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Feb 27th, 2007 at 11:43am
 
The 'official' rules:

http://www.ozpolitic.com/forum/forum-rules.html



Below is a 'first draft.' All policies are open for debate. Feel free to suggest modifications or additions.

OzPolitic is committed to free speech and open debate about all political issues. We will try to avoid censoring people in any way for merely expressing political views.

If you suspect a person is trolling or wasting members' time, please ignore them. A forum that grants free speech will only function effectively if members are able to control their emotional reaction to inflammatory remarks. Please make an attempt to clarify a person's views via personal messages in case they are joking.

We have a swear word filter. Please do not try to bypass this filter by misspelling swear words. Some words have been taken off the list where it was deemed unnecessarily restrictive. Ask in the feedback board for more info.

Pornography is not tolerated. In some cases this may be difficult to determine. We will judge images based on the context and whether they are gratuitous (ie if an image involves nudity, is it necessary to get a point across, and is the nudity 'real' or more like a porn shot?).

Personal attacks (ad hominem) against other members are discouraged and may be censored. They add nothing to the debate. Unless a person uses their own reputation to back up their argument then their reputation is not relvant to the issue at hand. There is plenty of controversy inherent to political debates and there is no need to manufacture it with personal conflict. Remember that others are more interested in the issue, not who is debating it.

While political correctness is not mandatory, members are encouraged to avoid unnecessary use of politically incorrect terms, especially to 'bait' or where the term is likely to 'open old wounds' from recent historical injustices. Members are encouraged to use language appropriate for as broad a cross section of the community as possible and to assume that members of whatever minorty group they are discussing are viewing and participating in a discussion. While OzPolitic is dedicated to free speech, please remember that insensitive language can effectively prevent many people from speaking out and that the OzPolitic community will be poorer for their absence.

Remember that children view and use these boards, as well as foreigners - especially the global issues board. They are encouraged to participate. Please be patient with language barriers with non-english speakers, and also with foreigners who speak English but are not familiar with Australian slang.
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Reply #1 - Feb 27th, 2007 at 7:08pm
 
I will adhere. does that include the gwb and binladen pic?
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Reply #2 - Feb 27th, 2007 at 7:23pm
 
That's a tough one. I think we should vote on it. I haven't deleted it yet as it is political satire. I can't imagine anyone getting turned on by that. But it probably bothers people in the same way porn does.
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Reply #3 - Feb 27th, 2007 at 9:16pm
 
If anyone gets turned on by that picture, they need a psychiatrist.
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Reply #4 - Mar 2nd, 2007 at 12:18pm
 
Is anyone in favour of limiting the use of, or size of, images in signatures, or limiting font size, colour etc?
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Reply #5 - Mar 5th, 2007 at 3:20pm
 
freediver wrote on Mar 2nd, 2007 at 12:18pm:
Is anyone in favour of limiting the use of, or size of, images in signatures, or limiting font size, colour etc?


yes, i am in favour of limiting the size of images and text in signatures. that photo in donald trump's signature takes up alot room whenever he posts and can be quite distracting when the picture has nothing to do with the topic being discussed.

actually, come to think of it, it would be better if only text was in signatures, and any pics should be posted as avatars.
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Reply #6 - Mar 5th, 2007 at 3:27pm
 
If you can get at least 5 members to support that rule, and the majority of those who vote, then I will impliment it. Make sure you are clear what rule you want - a maximum image size or height, no images, and what about font size and colour?

And don't do a poll on it - get people to PM me or voice their opinions publicly.
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Reply #7 - Apr 17th, 2007 at 10:12am
 
Be nice to new members.
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Reply #8 - Apr 28th, 2007 at 10:36pm
 
Do not post personal messages publicly without the permission of the author.
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Reply #9 - Jun 28th, 2007 at 6:17pm
 
Do not post personal information about people without their consent. This includes contact details and information that was accidentally made public, if reasonable effort was made to have it removed.
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Reply #10 - Jul 29th, 2007 at 7:02pm
 
Don't get personal - stick to the issue.

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Reply #11 - Aug 2nd, 2007 at 9:52am
 
Racism and sexism:

While racist and sexist issues may be discussed, politically correct and polite language is to be used. This is not intended to limit the views that can be expressed, but how you express them. It is intended to cut out racial slurs, 'cheap shots' and comments designed to offend. There are some old threads around that clearly violate this policy. I will close them as I come across them.

Swearing:

I will also start enforcing a ban on bypassing the swear word filter by deliberately misspelling words. If you think the filter is too restrictive please raise the issue here.
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Reply #12 - Aug 2nd, 2007 at 11:19am
 
freediver wrote on Aug 2nd, 2007 at 9:52am:
Racism and sexism:

While racist and sexist issues may be discussed, politically correct and polite language is to be used. This is not intended to limit the views that can be expressed, but how you express them. It is intended to cut out racial slurs, 'cheap shots' and comments designed to offend. There are some old threads around that clearly violate this policy. I will close them as I come across them.

Swearing:

I will also start enforcing a ban on bypassing the swear word filter by deliberately misspelling words. If you think the filter is too restrictive please raise the issue here.


freediver,

I think most pple have come to accept in 2007..that the odd expletive here and there is aall part of the Australian  vancular. I think maybe words such as black person-nig ger etc should have your new restrictions placed upon them.but I think telling adults they dont have the right to use a cuss word here and there is a bit over the top.
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Reply #13 - Aug 2nd, 2007 at 11:21am
 
OK, but if I allow swearing that means we may have to put up with new members who put strings of expletives in every single post.
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Reply #14 - Aug 2nd, 2007 at 4:50pm
 
freediver wrote on Aug 2nd, 2007 at 11:21am:
OK, but if I allow swearing that means we may have to put up with new members who put strings of expletives in every single post.



I havent seen that have you?

Ive seen be quiet etc...but not an abuse of swearing.

keep in place the word recognition system you have right now..that will deal with most of it anyway and the regulars dont overstep the mark i dont think..

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