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Politics.ie Forum Rules

Politics.ie Forum Rules

All members are expected to treat other members with courtesy and respect. Personal attacks on other members or harassment of other members in any form will not be tolerated and may result in being banned from the forum. The Golden Rule, "Do Unto Others As You Would Have Them Do Unto You", is a good general basis for forum decorum.

Moderation at this forum is an attempt to recognize the value of freedom of expression - essentially that users should be free to express their views within the bounds of the law - while at the same time demanding respect for other members in how those views are expressed. Finding the right balance between the two can be tricky and is often a matter of trial and error.

Your use of this forum indicates that you have read, understood, and accepted these rules and guidelines.

The following are intended as general guidelines and should not be taken as an exhaustive list of forum rules. Trying to find ways around the rules by looking for loopholes does not mean you won't receive a forum infraction. This is not intended as a legal document so please refrain from armchair lawyer analyses and critiques.

You are a guest in the home of the Politics.ie and as such we expect you to abide by our house rules. Here, as anywhere, you have certain rights that are laid out in the laws of Ireland and in accepted international laws such as the GDPR. Anything else is a privilege, not a right, granted to you as a member of the Politics.ie forum, and any of those privileges can be suspended or revoked for breaches of our rules and guidelines or for behaving in boorish unacceptable ways.

General Forum Rules

Registration at this forum is free. However, registration means that you accept the Forum Rules. The Rules are not meant to be exhaustive and we reserve the right to edit posts and/or to take other action in accordance with the purpose and principles of the forum.

Forum members are permitted to have only one account. Whatever the practice may have been in the past, multiple accounts will be seen as a violation of our Rules and when detected may be merged and other action may be taken as deemed appropriate.

Please note that the moderators and administrators of this site are volunteers. They are here to enforce the rules of the forum and to try to mediate in member disputes. DO NOT SHOOT THE MESSENGERS. Abuse of moderators will not be tolerated.

Although the volunteer Forum Staff of this website will attempt to monitor and remove objectionable content in the forum, it is probably impossible for us to review all posts thoroughly. If you find an objectionable post, please report it to forum staff. Do NOT quote objectionable posts or you may also be subject to disciplinary action. Report it and let the moderators deal with it.

Note: Despite conventions followed in the past, whether or not a moderator has posted in a thread is NOT a factor governing whether or not that moderator or any other moderator may apply the Forum Rules and/or administer an infraction for a breach of the Rules. The Rules are there for a reason and it is expected that moderators will at their discretion enforce the Rules whenever and wherever they find breaches.

All posts reflect the views of the author of that post and do not necessarily reflect the views of Politics.ie or Forum Staff. The owners of this website will not be held responsible for the content of any messages or information posted. By registering at this forum, you are agreeing to be held responsible for the information you add to the forum and that you accept and understand the basic forum rules of this Forum.

Languages of the Forum

The accepted languages at Politic.is are English and Gaeilge (Irish). We request that you restrict the use of Gaelige to the Gaeilge forum out of respect for members who are not fluent in this language. Posting in other languages or quoting content in other languages is not permitted. Such posts will be edited or removed.

Interactions With Other Forum Members

Abusing or Attacking Other Members

Abusing or personally attacking other members of this website will no longer be tolerated. Personal or targeted insults, or posts that are just insulting or nasty will not be not tolerated. If you cannot make a point in a debate without hurling insults at other people, you should not be participating in the discussion at all.

Please report abusive posts or Private Messages to a Moderator or Administrator. Those who abuse post reporting for trivial matters will lose the ability to report posts.

Arguments and Disagreements

If you feel a post is not within the Rules or the actions or comments of another member have upset you, do not start an argument in the forums. Instead, you can try to send a Private Message to the user and speak to them directly. If you choose not to do that, report the post and leave it for the moderators to review.

In the event of any disagreement between your perceptions and the assessments of Forum Staff, Forum Staff will have the final say.

While moderators and administrators will attempt to ensure that insensitive or abusive posts are removed or edited, and as stated above you are encouraged to report any such activity to Politics.ie Staff, you alone are responsible for your interactions with other forum members. Politics.ie reserves the right (but is not obligated) to mediate or solve disputes between you and other users of the forum.

Avatars, Profile Pictures, Albums, and Other Images

All images uploaded to your profile, inserted into posts, or added to your signature must conform to the general Forum Rules, must be tasteful, and must be suitable for a family-rated website.

In particular:
  • No graphic nudity or sexually explicit images
  • No graphic depictions of violence
  • No violent or threatening images

The Forum reserves the right to remove or edit any images that violate these guidelines or are offensive in nature.

Advertising and Spam

Advertising a website, product or service is not allowed unless permission has been received in advance by a Forum Administrator, or unless it is posted in a specific forum where rules are posted on the types of posts that can be made. In the latter case, such posts are usually moderated and require approval of a Forum Administrator before becoming visible to the public or to other forum members.

Malicious Content

Any member posting anything or a link to anything that s/he knows or should know may infect the computer of visitors or other members with malware, or cause the computer system of a member or visitor to experience problems will face an immediate and permanent ban from the forum.

Third Party Articles or Materials

All excerpts from third party articles must include full credit to the authors as well as a link to the original source and date of publication or retrieval. Please also ensure that you do not post material where the author has expressly forbidden reproduction.

Posts containing third party articles must follow international copyright laws and the terms of "Fair Use". As such, quoting an entire article is not permitted. You may post an excerpt consisting of 1 to 3 paragraphs or shorter quotes provided that you credit the authors and original source.

Ownership and Copyright

All original posts and threads posted by members become the property of the Forum, much like a letter to the editor of a newspaper. Members still retain the copyright to their original content (e.g., they can post the same content on their own web sites or blogs) but have in effect conveyed a license in perpetuity to use that content here on this forum.

First, this means that no one can take the personal posts of forum members and reproduce them elsewhere (within this site or otherwise) without the consent of the author of the post.

Additionally, it means that members must understand that they are posting in a public forum, rather like the "Letters to the Editor" portion of a newspaper, and that others can both read and reply to what a member posts. This is, of course, the whole point of an online forum. Sometimes, members will ask that their posts or threads be removed. Often, we will honor such requests, especially where concerns about privacy are the reason for the request. But this rule exists to remind forum members that we are under no obligation to remove posts or threads, just as once a letter to the editor is published it cannot be retracted. In many cases, to delete posts would disrupt the flow of a thread to the point where the thread would become incomprehensible.

Members can edit their posts to correct errors or to clarify the intended meaning.

We do respect the privacy of members and the Forum will take action to protect that privacy at its discretion. If you have second thoughts or concerns about threads or posts that you have submitted, you may contact an Administrator or Moderator to have such posts removed. However, the decision as to whether to remove any posts will be made on an individual basis at the discretion of Forum Staff. If a post is removed by moderators, any additional posts quoting the original may also be removed and the member quoting the post may also be subject to discipline: Remember that you are responsible for anything you post and that includes quoting the content of others.

Revisions to the Forum Rules

Politics.ie reserves the right to amend or modify the Forum Rules and/or the specific descriptions of those Rules and/or the Infraction System used to enforce those Rules at the discretion of forum staff.

Last Revised: October 9, 2018

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