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Editorial Policy, Forum Guidelines and Site Disclaimer.

Post by admin » 18 Aug 2006

Editorial Policy and Forum Guidelines - work in progress.

Recent incidents have raised question about the Editorial Policy on these Forum. I would hope to make clear some of the guiding principles that we use. These are not meant to be hard and fast rules, merely guidelines which are likely to change and evolve as the need and encouragement demands.

Removal of posts.

In essence, except for cases where there is a clear factual error, unfounded personal or institutional libel or other legal contraventions posts will not be removed after they have been made. The forum software will allow you to correct your post for up to 1 hour after you have made it, after that you will not be able to change it.

If you require a change, then please contact a moderator but, in principle, posts will not be removed;
  • a) due to the damage that removing posts would make to topics,
    b) to avoid any criticism that posts are removed if they do not fall in line with the editorial policy,
    c) due to the forum being voluntarily supported, no one is paid to look after contributors.
From time to time we must reserve the right to "prune" time specific posts, (e.g. for events that have now past), admin requests or inconsequential posts.

If you wish to reply to a topic, consider first whether it would be best to reply personally to the original contributor via 'pm' [private message] or to make another public statement.

Privacy.

We appreciate that some individuals will feel insecure or unhappy with their experiences in the BKWSU and AIVV, and contributing current members of the BKWSU may wish for their membership to remain confidential.

All efforts to sustain the anonymity of contributors will be made. You are not obliged to reveal any personal details other than a live email address. Your contact details and IP address will not be sold, given over or revealled to any other parties. Moderators do not have access to personal details of any individuals. Efforts to reveal the private identity of individual contributors will be removed as soon as they are reported or discovered. However, please realise that the internet is an inherently insecure method of communication and the forum team cannot be held responsible for any disclosures.

Posting a 'personal message', or email, from another member onto the forum without permission is a breach of the forum guidelines.

Membership.

Membership and forum access is open to anyone interested or experienced in the BKWSU or AIVV and their teachings. To gain membership all one requires is an active email address and to answer a simple question determining which Usergroup one wishes to join. Membership is basis on trust and respect.

Because of the wish to protect contributor's anonymity, and the insecure nature of the internet, it is impossible for us to police individual's memberships. Although not encouraged, it is possible for individuals to have more than one membership and there is nothing the forum moderators can do about this. According to the limitation of the software, it is not possible to track where post are made from.

Following precedents set on other notable website, i.e. the Wikipedia, in some case this might be entirely valid and legitimate, e.g.
  • a moderator making a simple user account to explore user account permissions and limitation,
    a normal user who wishes to make a clean start,
    an individual who wishes to post crucial material of public concern but who does not wish to prejudice their normal interaction or be identified.
Users are advised to hide their identity. Site passwords are held in an encrypted form that does not allow any access even to administrators.

Users should note that it is also not possible for us in any way to confirm personal claims or details of any other individual and so caution is advised in any personal interaction with others on or off the Forum. If you are in any way unsure, do not reveal any personal details about yourself.

Most members are experienced Brahma Kumaris or Prajapita Brahma Kumaris followers or highly experienced ex-members. Most have a very good understanding of the basic BKWSU credo. Members are here by choice to discuss serious issued raised by their experience. Evangelising at a basic level is out of place.

Conflicts.

Where a problem arises, contact the Admin directly and allow a reasonable time for response, e.g. three working days, before raising the issue on the forum as there is no guarantee your message will be found. Usually matters will be resolved within 24 hours or sooner.

Smilies and punctuation marks.

Limit the use of smilies and punctuation marks to where they are ultimately only necessary to avoid verbal misinterpretations. There are technical reasons to why contributors need to limit the use of punctuation marks as mood indicators as they affect the way that text is rendered elsewhere on the site. Please use no more than three stop marks and use a break between the uses of fullstops and new words, e.g. "word ... new word".

Spamming.

Members are requested not to flood the personal messaging, email system or forum with duplicate messages and not to flood the forum with weblinks or headings to promote other websites. Such action with be considered spamming [unsolicited emails] and treated as abuse. Any members continuing to abuse other members in this way after a warning will have their membership suspended or be banned.

Don't attack individuals.

Extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof.

Any member who thinks that they are the current or next appointed Chariot of Shiva, the reincarnation of Lekhraj Kirpalani, Shankar or any other Hindu deity will be supported by this forum as far as to see medical (e.g. psychological) and spiritual healing. Any member persisting to believe such extraordinary claims will be required to provide extraordinary proof to satisfy all members of the forum. Any individual failing to do will have their membership suspended.
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Re: Editorial Policy, Forum Guidelines and Site Disclaimer.

Post by nivi » 08 Apr 2009

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