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Rules for the Chat Rooms

Jul 21, 2012
Rules for the Chat Rooms
  • Chat Room Rules

    For instructions on how to report problems in chat, see here.
    For more information on how we moderate chat, see here.

    YOUR AGREEMENT

    Upon entering the Phoenix Rising chat rooms, you agree to abide by the following rules. These rules apply to both private and public chat rooms.

    Rule 1: No rudeness or personal attacks

    While we honor passionate and informed discussion we will not tolerate rudeness, insulting messages, personal attacks or purposeless inflammatory messages.

    Rule 2: No condoning of physical violence, threats or harassment

    It is not permitted to advocate, encourage or condone physical violence, threats of violence, or harassment against anyone, whether members of these forums or not.

    Rule 3: No Discriminatory remarks

    Discriminatory remarks which are sexually explicit, harmful, threatening, abusive, defamatory, obscene, hateful, racially or ethnically offensive are not permitted.

    Rule 4: Keep language clean

    Excessive obscene or vulgar language is not permitted.

    Rule 5: No argumentative or divisive behaviour

    A user who appears in chat and immediately sows discord by insulting and/or swearing at others will be considered a troll.

    Rule 6: No medical advice

    Chat participants may offer their opinion or make suggestions regarding medical treatment but they may not tell others what they must or should do. If you are a medical professional, do not use the chat rooms to distribute professional advice and/or promote your services.

    Rule 7: No advertising

    Our chat rooms may not be used for any advertising. Advertising or spam is defined as posting a link in the chat rooms for the purpose of selling, soliciting, or promoting a product or service. Sharing of links to helpful and relevant websites is allowed if they are not posted for the purpose of advertising.

    Rule 8: Maintain Privacy

    Do not post personal contact information in the public chat rooms (your home address, full name, phone numbers etc.) Do not ask for personal information from others. This is to protect your identity and security.

    Rule 9: Accept requests for Private Chats from Chat Admin

    Chat users are not allowed to ignore the requests of Chat Admins (Chat Administrators). Repeatedly moving to another chat room when a Chat Admin enters is not allowed. Ignoring a request for a private chat from a Chat Admin is not allowed. Be respectful towards Chat Admins at all times.

    Rule 10: Do not publicly dispute Chat Admin decisions

    Do not post in the chat rooms questioning Chat Admin decisions or the integrity of the Chat Admins. Be respectful of the Chat Admin, both in the chat rooms and in any private communications.