Important Announcement - NEW Forum Policy

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Important Announcement - NEW Forum Policy

Postby AUbicycles » Fri Dec 31, 2010 11:38 pm

Dear Members and Guests,

In 2011 the moderation team of the BNA Australian Cycling Forums is taking a new approach to moderating the forums.

The good news is that we already have an overwhelming majority of great members who participate well and contribute to this knowledge pool. The bad news is that in 2010 the overall forum policy has been repeatedly challenged by a minority and there has been an increase in aggravation and flaming and our family friendly policy is becoming blurred. This is going to change and we ask for your support to help us improve the quality of the forum.


What will happen?
• The Guidelines are now called the Forum Rules and the moderation team will enforce these.
• If a member breaches the forum rules, action will be taken. A breach is a breach and will no longer be an invitation to complain, reinterpret the rules or repost infringing content.
• We ask members to use the REPORT button more often. Moderators already participating in a thread will also use the report button so that other mods can then review and take action.


Specifically
No more borderline content / images / language
If it is not appropriate for four years old, eight year olds, 12 year olds, 80 year olds etc, then it should not be posted. This is not to be confused with being conservative, rather for mature or sexually suggestive content, this is not the right platform, this type of content can be shared elsewhere.

No more swearing - specifically avoiding the word censor
For intelligent communication and exchange, swearing is not needed and it has recently been taken out of proportion on this forum with active avoidance of the word censor using ! * & % etc etc. It has the same meaning, is not appropriate for a family audience and is not required for intelligent discussion.

No more flaming
State that you disagree, outline your arguments but don't challenge another person with insults or cloaked insults.

No more time wasting complaints which are there just to argue a point
When a standard report is insufficient, formal reports for discussion can now be posted in the BNA / ACF Solution Centre inside the forum feedback section. Additionally a thread is been set up in which the forum policy and rules can be discussed constructively.

Clarity on the role of moderaters
There is continuing misunderstanding and criticism of moderaters and their role, this is an introduction to the role of moderaters so you know what they do. Please review the Forum Rules which have been updated.


We realise that the forum policy will not suit everyone, it is however aimed to suit the broadest possible audience and unite us in cycling.

For the vast majority who know this already, thank you for patience and I hope we can count on your support of the moderation team.
Lets have a positive and rich year for 2011. Happy New Year.

Christopher (Admin) and the moderation team
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Re: Important Announcement - NEW Forum Policy

Postby RobertFrith » Fri Dec 31, 2010 11:50 pm

Hi Chris and Mods,

First of all Happy New Year!
BNA is already a great forum in which to participate in large part to the great guidelines and wonderful (and I'm sure largely unseen) work of the moderators. The new policy will not hurt any genuine participant or thread.
See you in 2011!
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Re: Important Announcement - NEW Forum Policy

Postby sogood » Sat Jan 01, 2011 2:28 am

This will be a hit for 2011! Happy New Year!

I think this is the practical way forward, one that can better support the objectives of the web site/forum. Good one...
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Re: Important Announcement - NEW Forum Policy

Postby Max » Sat Jan 01, 2011 4:16 am

Good stuff, Chris and mods. Moderating a busy forum can't be easy, but I reckon the mods here at BNA have the right approach. Keep it up, guys :D

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Re: Important Announcement - NEW Forum Policy

Postby trailgumby » Sat Jan 01, 2011 8:15 am

Good move. Gets the thumbs up from me.
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Re: Important Announcement - NEW Forum Policy

Postby The Womble » Sat Jan 01, 2011 9:22 am

Pffft whatever
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Re: Important Announcement - NEW Forum Policy

Postby lovemybike » Sat Jan 01, 2011 9:37 am

Good idea :) and Happy New Year!
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Re: Important Announcement - NEW Forum Policy

Postby Downhill » Sat Jan 01, 2011 1:11 pm

Sounds fine to me!

Regarding the issue on swearing and censorship - what about removing the offensive acronyms that seem to have become an integral part of e-culture? Personally I think that if you wouldn't use them in a professional, corporate, or family environment, then they shouldn't be used here. Using an offensive acronym is no different to using a filter mask. The code is different, but the message is still the same.
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Re: Important Announcement - NEW Forum Policy

Postby AUbicycles » Sun Jan 02, 2011 8:02 pm

Dont be shocked... A number of posts that were discussing forum policy have been moved here: Forum Policy and Rules discussion - particularly on swear words and multiple accounts
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Re: Important Announcement - NEW Forum Policy

Postby AUbicycles » Sun Jan 02, 2011 9:10 pm

A few more posts were moved across to the forum policy section

It is best if we keep the discussion on these items in that section as it is ongoing and feedback and responses will be made there.
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Re: Important Announcement - NEW Forum Policy

Postby fatherofmany » Tue Jan 04, 2011 11:05 am

Thanks Chris et al. Keep up the good work, it's great to have a place for info and comment where I feel safe if the elder manys are watching over my shoulder. I confess, Ihave been guilty of avoiding the censor and will amend my ways.
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Re: Important Announcement - NEW Forum Policy

Postby .isaac. » Tue Jan 04, 2011 2:40 pm

AUbicycles wrote:If it is not appropriate for four years old, eight year olds, 12 year olds, 80 year olds etc, then it should not be posted.

Had a bit of that in one of my older threads, even though some people found it amusing, it wasn't my type of comdey ;). Thanks for your time and effort in enforcing the new rules.

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Re: Important Announcement - NEW Forum Policy

Postby Mustang » Fri Jan 07, 2011 12:22 pm

Hats off to you guys/gals for giving your time. :)
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Re: Important Announcement - NEW Forum Policy

Postby Westgarth » Sun Jan 09, 2011 11:22 pm

Strewth! No more malarkey from me then!
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Re: Important Announcement - NEW Forum Policy

Postby Nate » Wed Jan 12, 2011 8:55 pm

ummm seeking clarification your honour....

I'm guessing this applies to linked content also?
i.e. if i post a youtube vid with potty mouth - then it should be deleted?

Although its external content - its being accessed "through" the forums & thus comes under the banner?

Big thumbs up!
It really helps keep forums alive & not being over run with Journalists from the Telegraph...
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Re: Important Announcement - NEW Forum Policy

Postby Aushiker » Thu Jan 13, 2011 12:13 am

Nate wrote:ummm seeking clarification your honour....

I'm guessing this applies to linked content also?
i.e. if i post a youtube vid with potty mouth - then it should be deleted?

Although its external content - its being accessed "through" the forums & thus comes under the banner?


Hi

Good question Nate ... these videos however are usually reactions in stressful situations and sometimes the sound help explains the situation ... Hard one to call in my view. I killed the sound in my last one but with the sound it gives a better sense of the drama of the situation.

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Re: Important Announcement - NEW Forum Policy

Postby AUbicycles » Thu Jan 13, 2011 9:19 am

Strictly speaking, if it contained naughty words then it would be grounds to remove the link - possibly warn a member (depending upon the severity).

Unless the content is reported, realistically it would be then chance that it is found and action is taken. Rule of thumb is to avoid when possible. I completely understand that on the streets a broader more colourful vocabulary is used though if we make exceptions we get into the problem of grey areas and arguments with mod decisions (claims of favoritism).
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Re: Important Announcement - NEW Forum Policy

Postby im_no_pro » Thu Jan 13, 2011 9:39 am

And if you are unsure, you can always PM a moderator and ask prior to posting it.
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