Forum rules, etiquette and other things you should know

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Forum rules, etiquette and other things you should know

Post by admin » Fri 7 Dec 2007 21:16

Version date: 23 September 2008

This document contains the rules and etiquette of LymeNet Europe (LNE), as well as other information you should know. It is supplemental to the LymeNet Europe - Terms of use.

Note: this document will be updated from time to time.

Forum rules
  • Members should post in a way that is respectful of other users. Flaming or abusing users in any way will not be tolerated and will lead to a warning. Different opinions are allowed on this board, but ad hominem argumentation (personal attacks) should be avoided. So, however much you disagree with someone, attack the argument, not the person. Agree to disagree.
  • Members are asked to not act as “back seat moderators”. If members note an issue which contravenes something in this policy document they are welcome to bring it to the attention of the admin. Please use the “post report” feature to report posts. Do not respond to such topics yourself. Members who constantly “act” as moderators may be warned.
  • Posts are to be made in the relevant forum. Users are asked to read the forum descriptions before posting.
  • Members should use an appropriate, descriptive title when posting a new topic. Examples of bad titles include: "Help me!", "What is this?", “Check this out”, etc.
  • When replying, members should either stick to the subject of a topic or start a new topic. This doesn't mean you can't make some incidental off-topic remarks, but make sure the original subject isn't changed altogether. Forum topics naturally digress, and when this happens, it's the best practice to create a new topic.
  • If you are receiving a spamming or abusive private message (PM) or e-mail sent via this board, then you can contact the admin and forward the PM or e-mail to the admin. Note: do not post such PMs or e-mails at the forum. Reported PMs and e-mails will be reviewed and may lead to warnings and/or the revocation of private messaging or e-mailing via the board of the abuser/spammer. Also see this post for info about blocking posts and PMs, and reporting spamming or abusive e-mails.
  • The determination of what is construed as indecent, vulgar, inappropriate, or otherwise not complying with these forum rules as noted in these points is up to the admin and not users.
  • LNE operates a three strike policy. Users will be warned a maximum of three times for any and all offences in a three month period. If the need arises for a fourth warning a temporary ban will be put in place of between 7 days to 1 month.
  • Arguing with the admin after having received a warning will lead to an immediate additional warning. Should this exceed three strikes a temporary ban will be put in place as above.
  • Any attempt to circumvent a temporary ban will lead to that ban being made permanent. Circumvention includes re-registering under a non-banned username, changing IP addresses to evade an IP ban, registering a new email account to evade an email ban.
  • An exception to the three strike rule applies when users contact the admin personally (via any method) and post insulting, indecent or vulgar material. Such users may be subject to an immediate permanent ban.
  • Permanent bans are a last resort and thought is given before implementing them.

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