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Greater Houston Skeptic Society Message Board › Membership Guidelines

Membership Guidelines

user 7881900
Spring, TX
Post #: 54

Be civil and polite.

use the message board for discussions, not the email list. Abusive or spam emails will results in a warning, and then removal from the group.

The Houston Skeptics wishes the group and member board to be a friendly and lively (if challenging) place for a mature audience and therefore will endeavor to ensure that civility will be the norm, however 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 board is read by many people in many difference locations (including work places), 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; if you are not sure if something is NSFW, provide a clear warning to other Members of the nature of the content.

The following are some of the behaviors that are not acceptable:

Advocacy of suicide or of violence to others: If you tell someone to kill or harm themselves, or to harm someone else, you will be suspended or banned without prior warning. Example: "Go kill yourself."

Sexual harassment: Defined as unwelcome sexual advances, sexual suggestions, or sexual content directed at another user, when reported. Generalized misogyny or misandry not directed at a specific user will not be considered "sexual harassment".

Extremely cruel or hateful content directed toward another user: This includes content in private messages. Generalized cruel or hateful content directed at groups will not be prevented in order that such topics viewpoints may be discussed, as long as such content does not encourage or incite violent acts.

Rules for posting on the discussion board

1. You will not post anything that is considered to be potentially criminal.The posting of computer viruses, child pornography, or links to computer viruses or child pornography is prohibited. Posts made under circumstances indicating a considered likelihood of inciting a violent or felonious act, or a subjective intention or knowledge that its content will be used for, or in furtherance of, any criminal purpose are also prohibited. Such posts will be moved offline and referred to proper legal channels.
2. You will not post anything that is considered pornographic, obscene, or contains excessive reference to violence and/or explicit sexual acts. This includes representational artwork as well as photographic or video media and includes linking directly to such content from the Forum
3. You will not post any commercial advertisements.
4. You will not post "copyright-protected1" material in its entirety
5. You will not post anything that demonstrates a clear and present danger to the welfare of another person, or otherwise tends to create alarm or apprehension that the welfare of any person is in imminent jeopardy.
6. You will not "spam" or "flood" the group
7. You will not post a person's private information that is not otherwise publicly available or if it is not required for a discussion.
8. Attack the argument, not the arguer.
A former member
Post #: 59
Thank you very much for having these rules. I'm about to leave a group very like yours that doesn't have me because of the tone.
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