May 30, 2018 at 7:13 am #435
Any content that violates our Forum Rules and Posting Guidelines may be removed, and interpretation of our rules and guidelines is at the discretion of the moderators and administrator.
Access to our community is a privilege, not a right, anyone who continually violate our rules will be permanently banned (regardless of any other contributions they might have made).
Volunteer moderators help us manage the forums and enforce the forum rules. The moderators cannot read every message, so they rely on members like you to report problem posts. The point of moderation is not to limit discussion, promote or suppress points of view, or any other bias or agenda. The goal of moderation is to keep the forums enjoyable and free from problems that detract from the experiences of our members.
Please remember that reports do not automatically trigger action to be taken by moderators, and some action taken will not be visible to the public forum (board, PM warnings).
The moderators are expected to stay neutral when moderating forum discussions. They are not permitted to moderate to favour or suppress any point of view. In fact, the moderators themselves have a diverse set of views. Their team approach and supervision ensure that personal opinions do not affect moderation. You can express almost any opinion, whether it’s a popular opinion or not, as long as you follow Forum Rules. If you insult someone else while expressing an opinion, any warning or discipline you receive is a result of the insult, not the opinion. Think carefully, before posting, whether your opinion is likely to insult or offend anyone and if you are not sure either don’t post it, or contact us to check.
Warnings and Bans are based on the rule involved, the nature of the violation, and any history of prior violations. In most cases users get only board warnings or no-action PM warnings for a first violation of forum rules. For repeated rules violations or violations of the most serious rules (e.g., personal insults), warnings or discipline move up the scale: , one day bans, 3 day bans, one week bans or longer and finally permanent bans. The goal is to get all users to follow the rules and if a ban was for more than a day it’s to show that you need to take the rules seriously.
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