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Usage Rules and Regulation

Last modified by Administrator on 2013/06/28 11:57

Welcome to UNIMAS Central Wiki Service. By using the site, you agree to follow these rules as well as our current Terms & Conditions. We encourage open discussion and active debate, but to ensure that all our users enjoy the site we have to enforce certain rules.

  1. No personal attacks or inflammatory behaviour
  2. Post in the correct forum and stay on topic
  3. No cheating
  4. No advertising or inappropriate links
  5. Post in the English language unless in an area where it is acceptable to do otherwise (a language society thread or the languages academic help forum.) Outside these areas always provide a translation. No text speak.
  6. Respect the privacy of other users
  7. Do not condone or encourage illegal activity

The spirit of these rules apply to all user contributions made to the site including forum posts, articles, private messages, rep comments, avatar images and signatures. Moderators will not hold back from acting to prevent the exploitation of loopholes.

We do not wish to censor or control your opinions, but we will ensure that the rules of the site are respected. To this end, you agree that, if asked, you will submit to the requests of the forum moderators or community team. The moderators' decision is final. We reserve the right to delete, edit, or move any content at our discretion.

We believe that this is the best student discussion site on the internet. Your respect for our rules, and the valuable content and opinions you provide, will help keep it that way. Have fun!

Rules in detail

No personal attacks or inflammatory behaviour

We want the service to be a welcoming, friendly and inclusive site. As such personal attacks and inflammatory behaviour will not be tolerated in any area of the site. Posting inflammatory material specifically to provoke a negative response from someone (sometimes referred to as trolling on service page) will be similarly penalised. 

Content that contains racist, sexist, homophobic, bigoted, pornographic, or otherwise offensive material will be removed. Whilst discussion of certain social and political issues may legitimately require the use of sensitive or potentially offensive terms, outside of those limited contexts the use of such terms is not allowed on this site.

We expect that you will show respect and sensitivity to the beliefs and views of all users. Comments we believe to be rude, excessively profane, deliberately antagonising or disruptive, or a personal attack will lead to a warning and may result in the involved member(s) being suspended or banned immediately from part or all of the site.

Post in the correct forum and stay on topic
  • Topical Posts and Cross-Posting
    Posts should be made to the most relevant forum for the topic. The moderators may move posts at any time if there is a forum better suited for the topic in discussion. Do not cross post to multiple forums. Upon cross posting all duplicates including the original post may be removed. Use existing threads on your topic to continue a discussion rather than starting a new one. Posts that are repetitive in nature may be removed or locked at the discretion of the moderators.
  • Off Topic Replies and "Thread Hijacking"
    "Drifting" threads are subject to locking or deleting. Replies to topics started by another user should remain within the context of the initial post. While we recognise that discussions often diverge and evolve, threads or responses that are not relevant to the initial post will most likely be deleted or split into two different threads.
  • Use descriptive thread titles
    Thread titles should be accurate and explain the content of the thread. Thread titles should not contain any censored words. If they do, you will be warned.
  • Do not repost deleted content
    Do not repost something that a moderator has deleted or edited. Doing so will result in a warning. If you are unsure why something has been deleted, ask in Ask A Moderator.


No cheating

Any attempt to ask for information about an exam you haven't taken yet or provide information about such an exam WILL result in a permanent ban and your IP address will be passed on to the relevant exam boards. We work closely with the major exam boards and we will provide them with our full support with regards any cheating investigation.

Linking to other sites is fine as long as it is within the context of a discussion; posting a link directly to a resource that answers a question is allowed. Overt promotion is not acceptable and will be removed.

  • Do not link to other sites or products for advertising purposes.
  • Do not post links containing referral or affiliate Ids
  • Do not promote pyramid schemes or other Internet scams
  • Do not link to torrent sites, pirate sites, hacker lounges or sites that host illegally copyrighted material or provide an index of links for places that do. Do not ask for links to illegal downloads.
  • Do not link to sites that contain any form of pornography, swearing or items otherwise unsuitable for the underage users of the site.

Advertising and inappropriate linking will be deleted. Persistent offenders will be banned. If you sign up and immediately begin advertising, you will be banned permanently and immediately. These rules extend to any material you post on the site, your signature, your avatar, private messages and your profile details.

Language

The swear filter is in place to filter out swearing. Avoiding the swear filter is not allowed and will be punished.

Do not post images, links or attachments that contain swearing.

Respect the privacy of other users

Do not post up other people's pictures or contact details (myspace etc) without their permission.

Do not post your email address or make a thread stating your email address and asking for information to be sent there directly. Likewise do not ask people to PM you information when it would be useful to the forum as a whole.

If a post has been made using the anonymous function do not attempt to reveal the identity of the poster

Usernames and user accounts

Any action which has the intention of impersonating or mimicking a member of the moderation or community team or member is not allowed. Username changes are generally not permitted but will be made at the discretion of the community team depending on circumstance.

Private Messages (PMs)

If you receive a Private Message that breaks any of the site rules please report it to a Moderator. 

Do not post warning PMs in public forums. Issues with moderation should be taken to Ask A Moderator.

Reputation
  • No Whoring (do not beg for rep)
  • No Donning (do not gang up to give rep)
  • No swapping (do not arrange rep rings or rep on a rolling cycle; repping specific individuals at the earliest opportunity allowed by the system)

Do not leave abusive comments, the rules for reputation comments are the same as for the rest of the site.

Images left in rep comments must be enclosed in spoiler tags ([spoiler]*image here*[/spoiler])

Abuse of the reputation system may result in you being denied use of the reputation system, reputation points deducted or your account being banned.

Guidelines for Specific Site Areas

Posting guidelines for specific forums may be found as an announcement or a thread above a forum. You are expected to read these before posting in forums with specific rules and may be penalized for not doing so. There are also specific guidelines for posting and editing wiki articles.

Moderation

The Moderators and Community Team reserve the right in their absolute discretion to edit, alter, delete or move any material whatsoever that is posted on the site. We may at any time, and without prior or post warning, close threads on the forum as we consider appropriate.

If you are found to be abusing UNIMAS Central Wiki Service, then we reserve the right to restrict, suspend or terminate your membership (through banning from part or all of the site, or through the warning system) or deny you access if you break any of the forum rules or if your use of UNIMAS Wiki Service is inappropriate or otherwise unacceptable. If you persist in attempting to access the service during a ban we may use other means to keep you from the site e.g. an IP ban. We also reserve the right to edit, ban or remove any user account for any reason. If you abuse the private message facility we may remove your ability to use PMs, or take other action such as warning or banning.

If you are in any doubt about terminology used in these rules please read the relevant article in the FAQs. If you are still uncertain please ask your question in either the about or Ask A Moderator forum.

These rules, in addition to our current Terms & Conditions constitute the understanding between you and us as to your use of service, and supersede all prior agreements and understandings.

Created by Administrator on 2013/06/28 11:54

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