By posting on the IS Forum you agree to abide by this Membership Agreement and any directions made by the Moderating Team.
The Membership Agreement is not meant be totally encompassing of all allowed and not allowed behaviour or content, it is a short as possible guide as to what you can and cannot do here that most reasonable people will have no major problems understanding.
We want the Forum to be available to as wide an audience as possible therefore the Forum has been subdivided into "Welcome to ISF", "General Topics" and "Forum Members" categories, and these categories into more specific areas of interest.
The Forum is a discussion forum and we want it to be a friendly and lively (if challenging) forum for a mature audience and therefore will endeavour to ensure that civility will be the norm, but this does not mean that Members will be insulated from all insults and certainly not from challenges; the nature of the Forum inevitably involves strong emotions and opinions which can result in heated exchanges. Having your views challenged is not considered unfriendly nor uncivil.
The Forum is read by many people in many different locations (including work and educational locations), so consider if the content you are posting is “NSFW” (Not Suitable For Work). This could include pictures, audio and video and links to other sites containing such material; please err on the side of caution and if you are not sure if something is NSFW mark it as such and provide a clear warning to other Members of the nature of the content or check with a member of the Moderating Team before making your post.
We have included further explanatory notes to many of the rules, click on the link for more details.
Rules for all sections of the Forum (includes private messages & visitor messages and any other kind of post)
Additional Rules for posting in the Welcome to ISF, General Topics & Forum Topics sections
These are additional actions that the Moderating Team may take that are not intended as punitive towards any Member. They are intended to help ensure that the Forum is easy to use, navigate and to keep discussions flowing. These actions will usually be noted with a blue "Info Box" rather than a red "Mod Box".E9
The Moderating Team consists of volunteers and it is not intended that they should be monitoring all posts on the Forum, and such oversight would not align with the spirit of the Forum therefore the moderation of the Forum relies on the support of the Membership and we do ask Members to consider using the report button to report posts they believe breach the Membership Agreement. Please refrain from publicly stating that you have reported a post though, since that tends to achieve nothing more than further derails and bickering.
The report button may also be used to make requests for "housekeeping" such as editing titles, and in general for bringing things to the attention of the Moderating Team.
Reports are considered confidential and may be exempt from many rules, such as rules 4 and 8, if the information contained is directly relevant to the report. However, they are still expected to be civil and should not be used to make attacks against other Members.
Warnings, Suspension & Banning
While there are several methods available for the Moderating Team to issue warnings it is the content of the warning that is important and any and all warnings should be considered to have equal weight.
When possible and when appropriate, requests and warnings will be issued publicly, usually in the thread where the breach occurs. The Moderating Team may also use private messages and emails with requests, warnings and general advice if they feel it is more appropriate to do so.
Members who have ignored prior warnings or committed a serious breach of their Membership Agreement may have their Membership suspended for a period of time or even be banned. Decisions to ban or suspend are made by the Administrators or the ISF staff.
The Forum does not use a points system to determine actions and there is no minimum or maximum number of warnings or suspensions required before stronger action is taken. History, context and the severity of a breach are all taken into account to determine the appropriate action.
Appeals & Complaints
Note: When suspended you may still send private messages to the Moderating Team and start a thread in the “Appeals” section to make a formal appeal.
If you have been subject to moderation you can formally appeal that action and the Moderating Team is obligated to respond to all such appeals. To make a formal appeal you need to create a new thread in the "Appeals" section, see http://www.internationalskeptics.com...63#post4489463 for details of how to make an Appeal thread. (It is acceptable to start a public discussion thread in the Forum Management section at the same time as starting a formal appeal or making a report.)
Discussion of moderation issues and Forum management issues, whether you agree or disagree with them, should take place in the Forum Management sections, there are additional guidelines that have to be followed when posting in the Forum Management sections, these can be found here.
Frequently Asked Questions
An FAQ is available that provides additional information and clarification for some areas of the Membership Agreement and how the Forum is moderated, click here to read it.
This Agreement may be amended and altered by the ISF at any time and by continuing to post here you accept any such alterations.
(New Membership Agreement Posted 15th August 2007)
Edited: 19th October 2007 - added section on appeals.
Edited: 27th October 2008 - clarity and layout, added FAQ section
Edited: 3rd March 2010 - major revision with changed rule numbers
Edited: 16th April 2010 - changed wording regarding Forum Management sections
Edited: 27th May 2011 - added commercial advertising into Rule 6
Edited: 4th October 2014 - changed JREF to ISF
Edited: 3rd January 2015 - changed "JREF Topics" to "Welcome to ISF"
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