The Political Forums Revised Rules and Regulations
1. Members are expected to post in good faith. See further clarification on this rule below.
2. Harassment, or the persistent targeting of a member on any basis other than in good-faith judgment of their contributions, will not be tolerated. Threats of any kind against any person for any reason will be dealt with harshly and may be referred to a law-enforcement agency as necessary.
3. No racial or bigoted attacks on members.
4. No excessively vulgar or potentially illegal content.
5. Mild snark and chippiness is fine, but it should not be excessive or a distraction from the topic-at-hand. Full civility is expected after any moderator action.
6. No spam posts. Links to personal blogs (other than tPF blogs) should be in personal profiles only.
7. You must provide a link when quoting an article and follow fair use guidelines. In addition, do not alter another user's words when quoting them.
8. Do not question moderation publicly - PM a Moderator if you have concerns. General discussions or questions related to moderation are fine and belong in the technical issues and questions sub-forum.
9. A pattern of trolling or flamebaiting is not permitted. Trolling/baiting can be loosely defined as: rather than expressing a genuine opinion, it is expressing a disingenuous one for the purpose of provoking members to violate the rules.
10. No going off-topic in such a way which is not a natural evolution of a thread.
Good Faith Guideline (Clarification of Rule #1)
You are expected to engage in and contribute to discussion rather than detract from it. Examples of posting in bad faith include, are but not limited to: a pattern of behavior of breaking rules, trolling, going off topic outside of a natural progression, or attacking other members to include baiting members in threads or posts. Members who show a pattern of non-responsive insults, without contributing to the discussion in any meaningful way, will be subject to a violation of the good faith guideline.
We encourage users to post their thoughts freely and we support freedom of speech so long as it's not harmful to another user, or harmful to the site (such as copyright infringement). We wish to promote "world class" political discussion and these rules are intended to assist in that goal.
Disagreements with a decision made by the Moderation Team should be directed to the Moderator Representatives, who are bolded in green and can also be found on the site leaders page.
If you feel a post has violated these rules please report it and do not respond to it. Moderators are not expected to see every post on the forum and they rely on members to help ensure these rules are followed.
Members are expected to read and fully understand these rules prior to posting. Common sense and decency apply, and while these rules are not all inclusive, the Administrator and Moderators of this forum may act or react accordingly in response to specific situations. And remember, this is our forum. Please help us help everyone.
Last updated 23 September 2013
Last edited by ADMIN; 09-23-2013 at 04:05 PM.
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Members may receive an infraction for violating rules or disregarding in-thread and/or PM warnings.
If, after moderation requests and warnings, a member receives an infraction, he or she will be restricted to posting in the Hole only for 24 hours. The rest of the forum will remain readable.
If a member accumulates 3 infractions in a seven day period, he or she will be placed on post review (you cannot post unless that post is reviewed and released by ADMIN and you will not be able to use the PM function) and a subsequent ban may result. Bans can range from a number of days to a permanent ban and will depend on the infractions accumulated.
Depending on the infraction, members can be put on post review or temporary/permanent ban at the discretion of ADMIN and the Moderator team.
tPF uses a thread banning process where members may be banned from participating in specific threads. If a member is disrupting the content and spirit of a thread, an in-thread warning will be issued. The in-thread warning may be directed at the offending member(s) or given as a general warning. If the thread continues to be diverted, Moderators may choose at their discretion to either issue another warning or thread ban the offending member(s).
A member who is thread banned can no longer participate in that specific thread but may otherwise participate on other threads which they have access to. Multiple and frequent thread bans may, at Moderator discretion, result in infractions and/or temp/permanent bans.
Examples of thread diversion include (and are not limited to) trolling, off-topic posts, heckling and/or otherwise causing the discussion to substantially deviate from the original topic.
Please make note of a new standard added at the request of our forum leadership.
As stated in the guideline above, "Members are expected to post in good faith. You are expected to engage in and contribute to discussion. A pattern of behavior of breaking rules, trolling, going off topic, attacking other members--in short, acting in bad faith, will not be tolerated."
Thank you all for your contributions.
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New Standards on Flooding and Conduct in On the Serious Side
As stated above, members are expected to maintain topic discussion and to post threads in appropriate forums. Moderators may merge or move threads if they clearly are beyond the scope of the forum subject matter, or if they contain duplicate content. Posting multiple threads on a similar subject, without intention of follow up discussion, is considered flooding, and will be met with warnings and infractions based upon Moderator judgment. Upon receiving complaints, Moderators may also issue general, in-thread warnings to maintain the standards of a discussion in response to member complaints. Members in violation may be subjected to banishment from individual threads.
Our all-volunteer moderators enforce the standards that our membership has agreed upon. Moderators do not actively seek violations, and are already overworked by the noble effort to respond to each and every report individually. We can all support them by reporting witnessed violations, rather than responding to such offenses with similar behavior. In doing so, we will not only lighten their burden, but also promote the kind of forum which we all hope to be part of.
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