Code of Conduct and Forum Etiquette

What we expect from our members

Code of Conduct and Forum Etiquette

Postby forumadmin » 31 May 2014, 13:50

neoBrainformation is a not for profit public discussion forum open to all individuals who accept the following terms of use. As such, links or referrences to sites promoting commercial or business enterprises deemed to be solely for the profit of the publisher will be removed without notice. The user account responsible for posting such links will be terminated and possibly banned permanently. This forum is presented solely for the entertainment of our registered members, and any use for commercial purposes is strictly prohibited.


GENERAL REGISTRATION AGREEMENT
When you register with neoBrainformation, you legally agree to the following terms:

By accessing “neoBrainformation” (hereinafter “we”, “us”, “our”, “neoBrainformation”, “http://neo.brainformation.com”), you agree to be legally bound by the following terms. If you do not agree to be legally bound by all of the following terms then please do not access and/or use “neoBrainformation”. We may change these at any time and we’ll do our utmost in informing you, though it would be prudent to review this regularly yourself as your continued usage of “neoBrainformation” after changes mean you agree to be legally bound by these terms as they are updated and/or amended.

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You agree not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening, sexually-orientated or any other material that may violate any laws be it of your country, the country where “neoBrainformation” is hosted or International Law. Doing so may lead to you being immediately and permanently banned, with notification of your Internet Service Provider if deemed required by us. The IP address of all posts are recorded to aid in enforcing these conditions. You agree that “neoBrainformation” have the right to remove, edit, move or close any topic at any time should we see fit. As a user you agree to any information you have entered to being stored in a database. While this information will not be disclosed to any third party without your consent, neither “neoBrainformation” nor phpBB shall be held responsible for any hacking attempt that may lead to the data being compromised.


WE EXPECT OUR MEMBERS TO:
In addition to the legal terms (above), we expect the following from our members:

1- Treat all the members of this web site with dignity and respect. Any activity designed to intimidate, harass, or debase the integrity of our members is prohibited.

2- Keep it clean and in the context of a young adult viewable site. Sexually explicit content, violence, bullying and subversive activity is prohibited.

3- Refrain from using excessive profanity in all forums.

4- Refrain from Post Whoring. Post whoring = flooding the board with multiple topics and/or replies with no substance.

5- Respect the privacy of our forum participants. Do not post direct quotes from e-mails, instant messages, community private message service, or other confidential communications.

6- Adhere to all applicable copyright laws. In that neoBrainformation is a nonprofit community discussion forum we believe that text, images, movies, music, or any other multimedia materials (or hyperlinks thereto) posted on this web site comply with Fair Use of copyrighted work, and thus does not constitute infringement of the copyright owner's protection. We recognize that individual sources, typically news service web sites, publish Terms Of Service (TOS) which may supersede the copyright holder's protection. In those instances it is the responsibility of each person posting such material to comply with the TOS of their sources, and to be able to provide proof of permission to publish to this site's management on demand.

7- Be accountable for their account activity. Each of our members is responsible and accountable for any and all activity associated with their account.
  • Adherence to the Code of Conduct and specific forum rules is the sole responsibility of the registered member.
  • Continued membership and participation on this web site is at the sole discretion of the administrators.
  • Any member account may be canceled or deactivated for any reason at any time.
  • Complying with the neoBrainformation Code of Conduct and rules of etiquette does not in itself constitute a right to continued membership.
  • New applications for membership may be challenged and/or rejected by the site's administrators at their discretion.

FORUM ETIQUETTE:
The following points of etiquette should be strictly applied in our Discussion Forums.

    TOPIC TITLES: The title of a topic should give a clear indication of the subject being offered for discussion. A review of the topic titles should give the reader enough information to determine if the post is of interest to them.

    REPLIES: Comply with our Code of Conduct guidelines. Replies should be focused on expanding, clarifying, or contributing to the subject of the post.

    TOPIC DRIFT: Avoid topic drift as much as possible. Formal debate protocol is not required in any forums; a casual and friendly dialog is encouraged in all. Side notes and personal comments are acceptable, but care should be taken not to allow the original point of the post to be lost.

    CHAT: Keep forum discussions on a general interest level. It is often necessary and entertaining to single out individuals in order to advance a point of discussion. However, it is inconsiderate to reply in a manner that excludes responses from any and all readers. Personal one-on-one comments should be restricted to private messages and to our Chat Forums.

    POST OWNERSHIP RIGHTS: Ownership of a topic goes to the member creating the original post. As such the owner has a right to request the topic to be deleted or locked. However, the administrators and moderators of neoBrainformation have the final responsibility to determine if the content of any topic is appropriate.

    PERSONAL SIGNATURES: Signatures should be regular text. To avoid visual distractions, and to assure a uniform presentation, signature graphics are limited to 350px x 20px maximum. Hyperlinks (URL's) of any kind are not allowed in signatures.


REMEDIES:
Violations of this site's Code of Conduct will be handled by, but not limited to, the following procedures:

MODERATION: Moderators are responsible for overseeing the posts in the forums to which they are assigned. They have an obligation to enforce forum rules and the general Code of Conduct in practice and in spirit. Site Moderators may at their discretion, and without prior warning, remove or alter posts which are judged to be inappropriate.

WARNINGS:All members are invited to use the "Report this post" link (usually an exclamation point [!]) to notify the site moderators of possible violations of the Code of Conduct, etiquette, or specific forum rules. Each report will be investigated and an appropriate remedy applied.

ABUSE REPORTS: Report any instances of abuse to abuse@brainformation.com or use the site's private messaging (PM) system to notify moderators and/or administrators. Include the following in all abuse reports:
  1. A description of the abuse
  2. The name of the perpetrator(s)
  3. The name of the person(s) being abused
  4. When and where the abuse took place
  5. Any documentation to support the claim of abuse
The reporter of abuse may be contacted by the site administrator(s) for additional information.

SUSPENSION AND BANS: Continued violations of neoBrainformation's Code of Conduct will be handled in a "3 Strikes And You're Out" fashion:
    1st offense: a written warning
    2nd offense: a temporary suspension of account and/or private messaging privileges.
    3rd offense: a permanent ban from participation
Exceptions to the 3-Strikes policy may be applied on occasion, and in all cases the decision of the site administrator is final.


HOUSEKEEPING
FORUMS:
As Brainfromation Forums matures, it will grow in size. In order to keep an efficient house, and preserve hosting server space, automatic processes may be installed to prune forum posts. All discussion forums that have not been posted to in a twelve month period will be subject to pruning. Pruning will permanently delete old topics from the database.

MAINTAINING ACTIVE MEMBERSHIP:
Periodic review and purging of our membership list is a site policy. We understand that not everybody can be a highly active participant in our forums. However, we believe it to be reasonable and proper to expect our members to participate at least once in a six month period. Participation is considered to be the posting of a reply to an open forum. Posts to the Chat Forums, private messages, and simply visiting the forums without posting does not qualify as participation. Any account that does not participate for six consecutive months or more will be a candidate for deletion from our registered members list.

Additionally, a valid and working e-mail address must be maintained in each member's profile. Changes in a member's e-mail address of record must be done via a request to the site administrator. Questions regarding an account's status also should be directed to a site administrator.


Revised and Edited: 31 May, 2014
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