|Board Mission Statement and Rules
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|Author:||plunderer [ Mon Jun 06, 2011 9:24 pm ]|
|Post subject:||Board Mission Statement and Rules|
RFL is an enjoyable home for free and in-depth discussion of the news and politics of the day, without influence, affiliation or control by any corporate or media organization. It is a home for those with a liberal slant, and conservatives who wish to respectfully engage in thoughtful discussion and/or debate. Using the electronic message board format, members can develop (or understand) liberal thought and debate and discuss the future of the movement, and forge new philosophies and directions for the liberal movement to rise above current progressive thought into a brighter future.
Although this is a liberal message board, we welcome thoughtful, concerned conservatives, and hope they join us and understand we are all a family of friends, and even though we may disagree, we can have fun together and respect each other. We don't have to see each other as the enemy.
Please take a moment to review these rules detailed below. If you agree with them enjoy your stay, otherwise click here.
Please remember that we are not responsible for any messages posted. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message.
The messages express the views of the author of the message, not necessarily the views of this bulletin board. Any user who feels that a posted message is objectionable is encouraged to contact us immediately by email. We have the ability to remove objectionable messages and we will make every effort to do so, within a reasonable time frame, if we determine that removal is necessary.
You agree, through your use of this service, that you will not use this bulletin board to post any material which is knowingly false and/or defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, vulgar, hateful, harassing, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, invasive of a person's privacy, or otherwise violative of any law.
You agree not to post any copyrighted material unless the copyright is owned by you or by this bulletin board. You agree that posts consisting of cut and pasted news articles will be deleted, and the poster notified by personal message that this is unacceptable. A general guideline for discussing a news story is to provide a link, your commentary, and NO MORE than 4 quoted paragraphs from the story. Continued violation will have the posters privileges suspended.
Hateful or Abusive Posting:
You agree to not post personal attacks; wishes for death or harm; racism; anti-Semitism; anti-Christian, anti-Muslim or other forms of discrimination on this board. All forms of hateful, discriminatory or abusive speech are prohibited and can result in banishment from this board. Such words create a hostile environment contrary to the purposes of civil discourse and a welcoming public forum environment. Such language will not be tolerated and constitutes grounds for banishment from this board.
The quotation feature of this board is a tool, and not a toy to misrepresent what others have said. You agree not to alter the wording of messages or make it appear as though another guest had said something that they did not. This misrepresentation is a form of abuse and can result in banishment from this board.
You agree that a user who has been banned, is banned. They do not just lose the username; the welcome to participate in this board is gone by any other name as well. A ban bypass attempt will result in further efforts to prevent postings to the board. Banned users may not post anywhere for ANY purposes. To dispute a ban, on can contact one of the administrators of the board through email (firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com).
Call Out Threads:
You understand and agree that this board is for civil discussions, not brawling and flaming (insulting or inciting) other guests. Uncivil language is a form of abuse and this board does not allow abuse of guests. Starting a topic for the purposes of picking a fight with another guest is not allowed. You agree that such posting can result in actions such as deleting the topic, locking the topic, and banishment from the board.
Contempt of Host:
You understand and agree that abuse or uncivil language toward the hosts is not allowed. The Owners and Admins of RadioFreeLiberal.com graciously host and support this board financially. Therefore, personal attacks against the hosts or administrators of this site are not permitted any more than people would tolerate themselves or their family being called names by a guest in their own home. Guests who do such things often find their welcome withdrawn. Criticism without getting personal is well within bounds, but personal attacks are not.
You agree that, as a member, you are allowed to have (and will only have) one account, as the rules of this board allow only one account per person. Multiple accounts are not allowed under any circumstances. Multiple accounts can be used for puppeteering (posting as another user to bolster your own argument with a straw man ally), for holding an account in reserve to commit a ban bypass, or for playing "good cop bad cop" style of debating and seemingly "ganging up" on other posters. You understand and agree that multiple accounts are not allowed and will be deleted upon detection.
A troll is a person that never offers anything of value or substance to the board. The troll has no intention of taking part in discussions, only to try and ruin them for others. Trolls may be banned within the sole discretion of the board. For more information on trolls, please visit the following sites:
Guidance for Use of the Board:
As above, you agree to refrain from personal attacks. Such conduct degrades the debate and cheapens the board. It is perfectly acceptable to say an IDEA is stupid. It is NOT acceptable to say a person is stupid. Attack and argue the ideas, not the speaker. You don't have to call someone an idiot, just refute his or her argument. If their argument(s) are without merit, the readers of the board will figure out for themselves whether the person should be deemed an idiot or not.
We very much want opposing opinions expressed. Debating sharpens your argument and reveals your opponents’ weaknesses as well as his or her strengths. Who knows, minds may even be changed – that is the point of free speech and debate. Bottom line: we are looking for intelligent, thoughtful (but at a minimum civil) debate with wit (if you have it) facts and reasoning to back up your position(s).
Please do not always use CAP LOCK. It can be annoying. Once in a while is acceptable – use your discretion and good judgment - but please not for an entire post. Please also use discretion with fonts.
The administrator reserves the right to put additional rules as their discretion.
One Last Thing:
We make every effort to minimize disruptive or abusive activity. We have a ZERO TOLERENCE policy for posters who want to disrupt and badger other posters. If you believe someone is being disruptive or abusive, please notify the administrator by personal message.
You agree that the board administrators will determine, in their sole discretion, if activity on the board requires further actions, including, but not limited to:
1) Removal of the offending post(s);
2) Suspension of a member for a designated period of time, in the sole discretion of the board administrators;
3) Permanent removal of the member to post and;
4) The final option of notifying the past member's Internet Provider.
All decisions of the moderator(s) are FINAL.
You can always reach us at any time via email, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
(Created June 07, 2011)
(Edited July 10, 2011)
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