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Registered: 11-2017
Rules for Members


1. Member Responsibility: This forum is a professional setting. Members must be polite. Members will not write anything that they would not say in a classroom or other face-to-face setting. They will not make personal attacks, use bad language, post distasteful images (including avatars), or use speech that a reasonable person would consider hate speech. They will not bully, troll or stalk. They will not post spam. Members are their own first editors. They should not post haphazardly and depend on moderators to correct them. When in doubt, leave it out. When members are questioned about their behavior by a moderator, they will answer clearly, concisely and politely.
2. Member Discretion: The rules are here to help, not hinder. If everyone is getting along, don’t go looking for a rule. Do not clutter up the forum administration section (Foundation & Bureaucracy) with ill-considered issues.
3. Who are members? All moderators are also members. Administrators are not members.
4. Multiple Identities: Members may have only one identity on the forum. Forum administrators may have one non-administrative, non-moderator identity in addition to their administrator identity.
5. Keeping Posts on Topic: Members should stay within the topic of a specific thread. Moderators may direct them to another thread if they go off track.
6. Keeping Threads on Topic: Members should post threads in the appropriate sections. Moderators may move threads that are in the wrong section.
7. Duplicate Threads: Members should not post a new thread unless they have made a reasonable search to ensure that it is not a duplicate.
8. Tolerance of Duplicate Threads: Members should be tolerant of duplicate threads.
9. Confronting Bad Behavior: When a member misbehaves, other members have the right to confront them directly. If the misbehaving member becomes unreasonable, members should drop it and consult the moderators by making a post in the Bureau section.
10. Removing Members: Members will be removed from the forum if a majority of moderators agree that they have multiple identities, repeatedly use foul language, repeatedly post distasteful material, repeatedly abuse the forum or its members, repeatedly violate the spirit of the forum’s rules, violate rules of the hosting site, or violate laws applicable to the forum or its hosting site. Members who vehemently disagree with many futurist assumptions and are extremely vocal about their disagreements are not in violation of forum rules.
11. Discussing Rules: Moderators can post threads requesting opinions on rule changes or new moderators in the Foundation & Bureaucracy section. Members can recommend rule changes and recommend new moderators. They can discuss them in the Foundation & Bureaucracy section. All discussions of rules, moderation selection, or other administrative issues are open to all members. However, with two exceptions, only moderators can vote on rule changes, forum administration, and moderation.
12. Nominating and Adding Moderators: A member can initiate a vote in the Foundation & Bureaucracy section to have any willing member made into a moderator. The prospective moderator must be nominated and seconded and the prospective moderator must express their willingness to serve. Once all three have occurred, a vote will immediately be initiated and members will be allowed 72 hours from the time the vote was first called for to vote. For the vote to be valid, at least 10 members must vote. During the time that the discussion is underway, and the vote is being taken, the member that initiated the vote cannot be prevented from voting. If the member is removed from the forum, their vote will automatically be counted in favor of the person they nominated. If, at the end of the 72 hours, 4/5 of the vote is to have the nominated member made into a moderator, that member will become a full-fledged moderator. Votes will not be recorded with the forums mechanical voting mechanism. An unambiguous “Yea” or “Nay” will be necessary and sufficient.
13. Removing Moderators: A member can initiate a vote in the Foundation & Bureaucracy section to have a moderator removed if they believe the moderator has violated the forum rules. In this instance, a vote will immediately be initiated and members will be allowed 72 hours to vote. For this to occur, at least 10 members must vote. During the time that the discussion is underway, and the vote is being taken, the member that initiated the vote cannot be prevented from voting. If the member is removed from the forum, their vote will automatically be counted against the moderator they sought to have removed. If, at the end of the 72 hours, 4/5 of the vote are to have the moderator removed, that moderator will lose their moderating privileges. In this instance, no action by moderators or administration can be taken to restore that moderator’s privileges at any time in the future. Votes will not be recorded with the forums mechanical voting mechanism. An unambiguous “Yea” (remove them) or “Nay” (do not remove them) will be necessary and sufficient.
14. Legitimacy of Moderator Elections: All elections to add or remove moderators must be certified by Administration. Votes will not be counted from parties who do not appear to be legitimate members in good standing.
15. Undermining Legitimate Actions: No forum member (including moderators) may initiate an action intended to undermine a legitimate action taken by another member. Forum Administration will determine if such an action has been taken.

Last edited by TheInvisibleHand, 4/30/2018, 5:08 pm
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