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    Moderation Rules and Decisions

    This is a thread for moderators to post details of decisions made about moderation standards - may also include details of reasons for any further bannings or deletions for non-obvious reasons. This thread has been created so that there is less confusion about what the existing standards are (including for the various moderators!)

    No list of rules will be complete and the mods reserve the right to moderate anything at any stage for any reason. In general standards here are fairly liberal, however these are some of the standards that are already in place:

    * No illegal material (the main issues here are defamation, illegal vilification and threats of violence).

    * No swearing or excessive crudity. Some latitude is shown in mild cases but there is a low tolerance for crude/vulgar abuse towards other posters, particularly those who are relatively new to the board.

    * Irrelevant insults about personal attributes are not permitted. For instance, irrelevant insults related to age, appearance, weight, gender, sexuality, personal life or lifestyle will generally not be tolerated.

    * No spamming or post-flooding. Advertising coming chess events within Australia is strongly encouraged within the tournaments section, but posts advertising general chess websites from overseas will generally be deleted, especially if made by posters without previous posts. Any use of the forum's PM or email facilities to send the same unsolicited message to many users will be considered spam.

    * Please keep your posts relevant to the original topic of the thread, or at least to other posts on it, especially within chess-related sections of the board. Posts that are off-topic may be deleted or moved to new or other threads. Threadjacking (deliberately disrupting discussions with off-topic posts or irrelevant issues) is not permitted.

    * The shoutbox often provides the first impression new users receive of the Chess Chat community. Posters should therefore be respectful of other conversations and avoid even low level vulgarity. Excessive trolling may result in loss of shouting rights. Further shoutbox guidelines may be found here.

    * Attempts at circumventing the board's auto-censoring of words feature are not permitted.

    * Unnecessary thread proliferation (eg deliberately creating a new thread that duplicates existing discussion or starting multiple copies of the same thread) is not permitted. However, starting new threads to explore side-issues that are not relevant to the original subject is strongly encouraged.

    * Impersonation of other users or of Australian chess personalities generally, including via PM, is not permitted. Multiple accounts for a single poster may be permitted, or not, at our discretion. We will frequently ban anonymous accounts that are suspected of being operated by banned users, any account that misrepresents the nature of the person operating it (eg adult posters pretending to be juniors) and any account employing a proxy IP.

    * When quoting posts made on this board, please attribute them to the username of the poster who posted them, rather than the poster's real name (where different) or any other "name". The real names of posters who post under an alias may, however, be mentioned sparingly where known.

    * Links to material that falls outside the site rules must be clearly labelled "not work safe" and must contain additional warnings if the material linked to is unusually gross, potentially disturbing etc. In extreme cases links may be deleted even if a disclaimer is provided. Some links may be better posted in the Coffee Lounge rather than the main board.

    * Any user posting a link to something they have written elsewhere grants permission for CC members to quote part or all of the relevant section of the material they are referring to, on this forum. A user wishing to link to something they have written elsewhere, where the portion relevant to the thread being posted to is short (eg less than twenty lines long), should quote the part relevant to the thread instead of just posting a link. The moderators reserve the right to delete links to, or quotes of, self-written material that is out of date and of no interest to the thread at the time of posting.

    * While a poster is banned they cannot cause material to be posted on chesschat, including posting under a different account name or arranging for another poster to post material on their behalf. Any attempt to evade a ban in this manner will lead to a much longer ban. Starting a new account or using a hydra account while banned are also not permitted, even if not posting at the time.

    * While a poster is banned from chesschat it is not permitted to post on their behalf in any way, or to post links to anything they have written while banned. Quoting of banned posters is permitted only if (i) the material quoted was written before the poster's current ban commenced (onus is on the quoter to demonstrate this) or (ii) the quoting is clearly for the purposes of critical discussion (not necessarily negative) rather than deliberately helping the banned poster to circumvent their ban by having their comments appear here.

    Any post consisting largely of quoting of material by one or more banned posters with little or no original comment added will breach this rule, as will any post that quotes a banned user without discussing the comments quoted in relation to points being discussed on the thread. In any case all material quoted must be clearly within the site rules. If in doubt about this rule, please check your intended post with a moderator before posting it.

    * Issues related to suicide or depression must be handled sensitively. Also, it is not permitted to use expressions that can be reasonably read as suggesting that posters take their own lives, that posters should die, or that posters should come to serious harm, unless the context is clearly amicable and harmless.

    * The Coffee Lounge is a private bonus subforum for users with at least 500 posts. Material written there may not be republished in any other medium whatsoever, including on other forums, except with the written consent of the author(s) of all material being republished. Links to the Coffee Lounge from the main board (or posts having the same effect as links) are not permitted.

    Moderators will moderate the following matter within the Coffee Lounge: defamation where a risk of legal action is perceived, crude abuse, gratuitous or excessive swearing, and material likely to offend many adults. If the site owner does not approve of a poster's behaviour in the Coffee Lounge for any reason, he may take any action he considers appropriate.

    * Private communications of any sort, including but not limited to PMs, emails and letters, may not be posted or quoted publicly (including elsewhere in the case of PMs or emails from this site) without the written consent of the author(s) of all material being quoted. A communication is private if its author has, or may reasonably have, an expectation of confidentiality. Exceptions include tournament announcements, newsletters and some other materials with a wide circulation that are clearly not in confidence. Internal proceedings of chess organisations and businesses are in confidence unless stated otherwise no matter how many recipients there are.

    The onus is strongly on the poster of a communication to ensure that its posting is permitted prior to doing so, if necessary by asking a moderator.

    * No legal threats (including threatening to "seek legal advice") may be made anywhere, including outside the site, against either the site or another poster on account of material posted here without first contacting the moderators and asking that the offending material be removed. Such a request may state that material is defamatory but may not include any reference to the possibility of legal action.

    * Posters who have been repeatedly moderated will be suspended if they post while apparently drunk.

    * The moderators/admins reserve the right to take any action they deem appropriate against members who make demonstrably false or misleading claims about this site or its administration/moderation on other sites. We recommend that members having issues with administration/moderation pursue those issues on this site. Action may also be taken against members who encourage other members to break site rules or breach moderation directives, no matter where or how the encouragement occurs.

    * The site has a responsibility for posts policy to make it possible to determine when those posters who also hold formal positions in the chess community are posting on behalf of their organisations. Comments that contravene this policy (ie that accuse posters of posting on behalf of organisations when they are not, and vice versa) may be moderated.

    * Failing to follow a directive from an admin or moderator may result in immediate action being taken against the poster. If you disagree with any decision or directive from the admins or moderators, take it up by PM with the admin or moderator concerned, in the moderation discussion thread or by starting a new thread in the non-chess or Help and Feedback sections. If still not satisfied you may contact the site owner.

    * The moderators/admins reserve the right to delete any sig files they deem to be inflammatory or controversial. This includes but is not limited to criticism of other members, this site or its moderation/administration.

    * Sig files that are excessively long, garish or otherwise detract from the primary purpose of the site, will lead to the member being requested to 'tone it down'. Failure to comply with such requests may also result in the sigfile being deleted.

    * If a member sends another member any PM that the recipient has previously indicated is not wanted, then the offending member may have their PM rights revoked or other action taken.

    * Premium members who obtain information not available to other members are not allowed to reveal that information publicly. Penalties include immediate loss of premium membership rights without refund and immediate banning.

    * The use of temporary, disposable or password-unprotected email addresses to sign up is strongly discouraged. Apparently genuine registrants from such addresses will be emailed and asked to provide a permanent email address instead. No response after 24 hours will lead to the original account being banned. All such email address domains that we discover will be added to our blocked domain list.
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    GinoTHEStud posted a number of irrelevant posts and flooded the shoutbox and was banned indefinitely following complaints from users - this is what we would normally do when an unknown poster is postflooding until we work out what is going on (otherwise these things get out of control, eg happyfriend). Apparently however it was an unfortunate misunderstanding - he is a visitor from elsewhere and wanted to get his postcount up to gain PM rights. I didn't know that was the case and had I known I wouldn't have banned him - he has now been unbanned.

    Postflooding to gain access to PMs is generally not allowed because the post limit to use PMs exists to discourage new posters from rapidly acquiring the ability to spam - all complaints about this restriction should be addressed to Matthew Sweeney. However if a new user has a good reason to use PMs quickly then all they need to do is approach the admins or mods with a request to be allowed to do so.

    I'd appreciate it if anyone introducing visitors from elsewhere made it clear that they are not allowed to use PMs until they have made ten posts and they need to consult an admin or mod if they wish to gain access more rapidly than by posting ten "normal" posts.
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    ChessGuru post deleted from Mt Buller bulletins thread as concerns about possible defamation of a person who doesn't post here have been raised. I'll try to find some time to look at it very carefully and if it is definitely harmless or the admin is happy to have it up, it can be restored.

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    Link to Matthew Sweeney's blog provisionally deleted as blog contained a fair amount of Matthew's usual grossness and questionably adult content but he made no real attempt to warn the reader in providing the link.

    Links to dodgy stuff should at minimum be labelled "not work safe" by the poster and should also warn if the material linked to is unusually gross, potentially disturbing etc. Links without such warnings will be deleted - it's the poster's responsibility.

    In extreme cases links may be deleted even if a disclaimer is provided. Some links may be better posted in the Coffee Lounge rather than the main board.

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    One post has been deleted from one of the Sydney grade matches threads. While the basic point it made (that the SAC team's withdrawal from the event could create negative publicity for the SAC as a business) was fine I reckon it went too far and became a bit legally dodgy. Post's still under review but be surprised if it returns.

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    Several posts from George Howard CDs thread moved offline as they contained accusations of criminal activity.

    As a general rule accusations of criminal activity will not be tolerated here and those who repeatedly post them may be banned. If you have strong evidence to back such accusations the place to take them is your local police station, not here. If you don't have strong evidence then your comments may be defamatory.

    However claims about criminal activity will be permitted where the person referred to has been convicted in a court of law.

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    Quote Originally Posted by site rules
    We reserve the right to ban anonymous accounts that are suspected of being operated by banned users
    Account en passant banned under this rule.

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    Arrogant-One has lost private message rights for at least a month for PMing a user who had previously asked him not to PM that user, to which AO had responded with sarcastic disregard for that wish.

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    LONGINES banned - hydra of banned user.

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    Arrogant-One banned for a month for falsely calling another poster a liar.

    He has yet again failed to live up to his agreement to be more careful with regards unfactual criticisms of posters.
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    PhilD707 banned for a month for defamamatory comments about another poster.

    If he makes an unequivocal statement that he will undertake to cease making defamatory claims in future then the ban will be reduced to 2 weeks.
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    For some time this site has a rule against quoting posters who are banned from here, the current version of which goes like this:

    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham
    * While a poster is banned from chesschat it is not permitted to post on their behalf in any way, to post any previously unreleased material that poster has written, or to quote or link to anything by that poster first published or released somewhere else within the current ban period. The onus is on anyone quoting a banned poster to show that reposted material was published before that poster was banned.
    At one stage this rule was necessary to stop banned posters from getting friendly carrier pigeons to repost their nonsense here (thus enabling them to continue to troll this board from beyond the grave, so to speak) and also there was a lot of complaint about cross-board dragging at the time.

    Now, firstly those likely to act as sycophants for banned posters are generally inactive; secondly some of those who complained about the practice are no longer active, and thirdly the level of expressed concern about the practice (and similar practices) seems to be much less. As such, the rule as it stands is simply an obstacle to debate, and as AR pointed out, has the perverse result that people have to actually go and read the other forum to see what is being commented on. When AR made that comment I asked if anyone saw any reason why the rule should not be reviewed; no one said anything.

    We are therefore trialling the following as an attempt to relax the rule in question.

    * While a poster is banned from chesschat it is not permitted to post on their behalf in any way, or to post links to anything they have written while banned. Quoting of banned posters is permitted only if (i) the material quoted was written before the poster's current ban commenced (onus is on the quoter to demonstrate this) or (ii) the quoting is clearly for the purposes of critical discussion (not necessarily negative) rather than deliberately helping the banned poster to circumvent their ban by having their comments appear here.

    Any post consisting largely of quoting of material by one or more banned posters with little or no original comment added will breach this rule, as will any post that quotes a banned user without discussing the comments quoted in relation to points being discussed on the thread. In any case all material quoted must be clearly within the site rules. If in doubt about this rule, please check your intended post with a moderator before posting it.
    It is still very probably the preference of many posters that cross-board discussions be kept to a relatively low level rather than taking the form of endless flamewars.
    Last edited by Kevin Bonham; 24-06-2008 at 12:51 AM.

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    Axiom banned for 24 hours from the shoutbox for claiming the *** is a fact.
    He has been previously warned to refrain from mentioning it until he provides the mods with proof of his claims.
    To date no such proof has been provided.
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    Axiom banned for a week after admitting he has deliberately disobeyed moderation directions.
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    Axiom's ban reset to a week as of now for using a hydra whilst banned.
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