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Forum Guidelines - Effective June 24, 2008

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  • Started 3 years ago by Sean
  • Latest reply from uberlemurguy

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  1. Sean
    Founding Member

    Open Designs is an English language only Discussion Forum. Information or opinions contained in any posts are those solely of the user making the post and in no way is validated by or the opinions of our admins and moderators. Please note that use of any information on the Open Designs forum is done so AT YOUR OWN RISK. While we may at time respond to posts, OD admins and moderators make no warranties or claims regarding the validity of any information posted by users on this forum nor do we review posts for accuracy of information. The Open Designs board is moderated by 3 administrators and 10 moderators and we request that you please be respectful when interacting with our admin and moderating team. USER / MEMBER BAN POLICY: Open Designs has a 3 strikes policy. Users will only receive 2 warnings during any rolling 3 month period. Warnings may include a temporary ban. Any incidents beyond this will result in a permanent ban of the user's account. Please follow these guidelines carefully. NO OBSCENE LANGUAGE The OD forum is intended for family use. Please refrain from using any vulgar language that would offend someone else. Inappropriate words will be edited. NO OBSCENE MATERIAL Please, no pornographic material or links to it. If it is not fit for family members, it is not fit for here. DON'T DO IT! We have a 0 tolerance policy on this one. NO PERSONAL INSULTS OR ATTACKS We provide the Open Design forum for our users to gather and discuss Open Designs, templates, css, etc in general. You are free to disagree with others, but if you stoop to personal abuse or attacks, your post(s) will be deleted. If you ARE insulted please report the post to an admin or moderator, but DO NOT retaliate. We reserve the right to remove offensive posts without notice. NO RACIAL AND SEXUAL DISCRIMINATION We have a zero tolerance towards discrimination based on race, national or ethnic origin, color, religion, gender, age, sexual preference or mental or physical disability. If you violate this rule, you will receive a permanent ban. NO TROLLING, FLAME WARS OR "TRASH TALKING" Trolling and/or attempting to bait others into a flame war will not be tolerated. Any posts we deem to fall in this category will be deleted. This includes inflammatory comments about vendors and/or other people. POST IN THE APPROPRIATE FORUM CATEGORY Please read each forum description before posting to ensure you are posting in the correct category. Off topic posts will be moved to the correct forum. NO DUPLICATE OR REPEAT POSTS If no-one answers your question or responds to your post within a reasonable amount of time (24 hours minimum), please "bump" it rather than posting it again. Posting the same question over and over or in every forum will just annoy people and will not get answers. USE APPROPRIATE TITLES Titles like Help Me, or I'm Stuck serve little value in a forum. Try to be short but descriptive when submitting your post. PRIVACY You must respect the privacy of other members and individuals. Do not post personal information (i.e. addresses, phone numbers, passwords, personal identification numbers, or any other information considered private) without the express permission of the individual. FINAL THOUGHTS The above rules and guidelines are basic common sense and respect. We should all be able to handle them without any issues. Last updated: August 10, 2008 by Sean (OD admin)
    Posted 3 years ago #
  2. Sean
    Founding Member

    Ok, the forum guidelines now have a dedicated page on OpenDesigns.org site. You can get to it from the home page and also the FAQ/Help page. This should help people know about the forum guidelines if they drop off the Latest Posts on the home page sidebar.
    Posted 3 years ago #
  3. Sean
    Founding Member

    I have also added a link for the forum guidelines to the sitemap page as well, so there are multiple ways for people to see and read the guidelines. Site admins and moderators (board members) have full access and power to enforce these guidelines, so be sure you read them and have a full understanding of the "common sense and respect" guidelines that are now in place. Here's to a happier and healthier Open Designs forum and more respectful discussions.
    Posted 3 years ago #
  4. Ainslie
    Moderator

    Having received racial abuse from one member of the community I think it should also be added to the rules.
    Posted 3 years ago #
  5. Sean
    Founding Member

    @ainslie: When did this abuse take place? and exactly what happened? Also, we do have the "no vulgar language" clause in the rules, but if you can give me more specifics as to what happened, I can add/refine the rules to apply so we don't have racial abuse and if it happens in the future, we can take action right away.
    Posted 3 years ago #
  6. Skyshadow
    Member

    Posted By: ainslieHaving received racial abuse from one member of the community I think it should also be added to the rules.
    This is terrible news! I hope something can be added to the rules and the person who made these comments removed from community.
    Posted 3 years ago #
  7. Ainslie
    Moderator

    I think there should be a specific clause about it both on the forum and in business related to Open Designs. The details are unimportant. It was a while ago and I wish I hadn't said anything about it now! I just want to forget about it and get along with everybody nicely. :bakie:
    Posted 3 years ago #
  8. wfiedler
    Member

    Racial abuse isn't acceptable by no means!!! This person should be immediately banned!
    Posted 3 years ago #
  9. Sean
    Founding Member

    I agree, racial abuse should not and will not be tolerated. Our community is full of different races of people with a lot of talent, so we should all respect each other no matter what our race or culture. I need some input on how to word a rule/guideline for not having this happen. Please chime in with your ideas. Something sort and sweet would be good.
    Posted 3 years ago #
  10. I agree I think racial abuse should result in immediate permenant banning. Foul language is one thing then deliberatly hurting someone by persicuting their to race, genter, sexuality, physical disability , or mental condition is another. i believe that is to far and we should have no tolerance. I'm not great at writing clauses like the above comments or anything but so i'll leave that up to someone else
    Posted 3 years ago #
  11. acousticsam
    Member

    Modified from the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms...
    The Open Design Community has zero tolerance towards discrimination based on race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, gender, age or mental or physical disability.
    Maybe add that the admins/mods can take action to their discretion upon violation of this rule.
    Posted 3 years ago #
  12. I really think sexual orientation is a big point of descrimination these days and Should be included
    Posted 3 years ago #
  13. Sean
    Founding Member

    I've now updated our rules and guidelines to reflect the following:
    NO RACIAL AND SEXUAL DISCRIMINATION We have a zero tolerance towards discrimination based on race, national or ethnic origin, color, religion, gender, age, sexual preference or mental or physical disability. If you violate this rule, you will receive a permanent ban.
    Posted 3 years ago #
  14. thanks sean
    Posted 3 years ago #
  15. acousticsam
    Member

    two thumbs up :thumbup::thumbup:
    Posted 3 years ago #
  16. uberlemurguy
    Moderator

    Nicely written!
    Posted 3 years ago #

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