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    Dear community,

    I have an important forum announcement to share with you. Effective today, I am implementing an administrative function, commonly used on other forums, in an effort to better fulfill forum guidelines. Also we admin's/moderators have a new set of guidelines too. We are all starting fresh, with a clean slate! I’ve posted the rules below and also in the rules thread for your reference. If you have ANY questions, concerns or feedback, please let me know.

    The rules now correlate to a point system. Each rule has been designated with a certain number of points. Reaching a particular point total will result in restricting user permissions.

    Spam
    Definition: unsolicited off forum topic threads/posts and/or external links.
    Action: Immediate permanent ban

    Belly Dance Spam
    Definition: forum topic related but a. multi-thread and/or posts made in more than one forum simultaneously or b. post made off topic in an existing thread.
    Infraction = 10 points
    Reaching 20 points results in a 3 month ban.
    Warnings in lieu of infraction at moderator discretion, points never expire.

    Nudity, Pornographic & Sexually Explicit Material
    Definition: image or video depicting complete nudity, genitalia, actual or simulated sex acts. Sexually salacious text. Nudity in art work, or dance related material allowed within the context of forum topic, such as http://www.bellydanceforums.net/vide...stripping.html.
    Infraction = 15 points
    Reaching 30 points results in a permanent ban
    No warnings issued, points never expire.

    Off Topic
    Definition: Hijacking a thread - posting significantly off topic in a thread
    Infraction = 1 point
    Reaching 10 points results in a 1 week ban
    Warnings in lieu of infraction at moderator discretion. Points acquired expire every 6 months.

    Request for Calm & Cool
    Definition: attacking personal character of member(s) with negative language. Negative language is defined as disparaging, hurtful, malicious, sneering, or spiteful remarks about the CHARACTER of another.
    Infraction = 2 points
    Reaching 12 points results in a 2 week ban
    No warnings issued. Points acquired expire every 6 months.

    Abuse
    Definition:
    a. Cursing at another member.
    b. Calling member(s) a name (dumb, stupid… on up to an expletive).
    c. Derogatory slurs, in general or directed to member(s), in regards to sexual orientation.
    d. Derogatory slurs, in general or directed to member(s), in regards to ethnicity. If you are unsure what constitutes a racial slur you may refer to wikipedia’s list
    List of ethnic slurs - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    e. Derogatory slurs, in general or directed to member(s), in regards to religion/spirituality. If you are unsure what constitutes a religious slur you may refer to wikipedia’s list
    List of religious slurs - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Infraction = 15 point
    Reaching 30 points results in permanent ban
    No warnings issued. Points acquired expire after 12 months.
    Last edited by Salome; 05-03-2009 at 02:25 AM. Reason: adding info

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    I support Salome's new system. One of the things I've always liked about this forum is that there is something for everybody. If you want a serious discussion, it's here. If you want to joke and kid around (politely!! ... please!!), it's here. If we all get behind the spirit of what Salome is saying, this forum will be a great experience for everybody, including those just visiting. So, if you see something that is out of line, or perhaps you are not sure, hit the 'report' link. In order to keep a safe and sane environment, it is better to be safe than sorry. Between the volunteer moderators, and anybody else that is concerned, we can keep this forum the greatest one in the world in support of the art that we all support.

    I love ya all!
    Harry

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    I really like how this makes scoring points a BAD thing.

    Read and noted.

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    Great ... These are Excellent rules!
    Thanks Salome
    ~Mosaic
    Dance is like glitter, it not only colours your life, it makes you sparkle, you find it everywhere and in everything and it's near impossible to get rid of. (unknown)


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    Quote Originally Posted by Salome View Post
    Belly Dance Spam
    Definition: forum topic related but a. multi-thread and/or posts made in more than one forum simultaneously or b. post made off topic in an existing thread.
    Your rules seem very sensible. It sounds like a nightmare to administer - I hope the forum software has a way to help you automate it!

    May I ask a question? Would someone posting an announcement about a new product (such as a book or DVD), or about an event/workshop they're sponsoring be considered belly dance spam if they post ONLY one thread about it and aim to put that one thread in an appropriate topic category? I've noticed that people rarely post event announcements on the bulletin board - is that because there's a rule against it, or just because that's just not part of this particular online community's culture?

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    We have a separate board for events which I suggested because the calendar wouldn't show multiple evnts on same day if descriptions took up the space. .we have had people successfully promote their books etc. They could post under marketplace, or also under new thread related to the subject matter. I think what is aimed at here is the NEW HIP SCARVES posted in EVERY thread.

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    Oooops, I think Im gonna be banned for Offtopic very soon, I cant help it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by shiradotnet View Post
    Your rules seem very sensible. It sounds like a nightmare to administer - I hope the forum software has a way to help you automate it!
    The point system was a built in feature and it is actually all automated so I'm in luck there.

    May I ask a question? Would someone posting an announcement about a new product (such as a book or DVD), or about an event/workshop they're sponsoring be considered belly dance spam if they post ONLY one thread about it and aim to put that one thread in an appropriate topic category? I've noticed that people rarely post event announcements on the bulletin board - is that because there's a rule against it, or just because that's just not part of this particular online community's culture?
    No it definitely would not be considered spam. What Jenc said It's fine/encouraged to post an ad in market place for product sales, or events in the Events forum etc. Even a post is fine in an already existing thread as long as it is truly on topic.

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    This is all good.

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