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Old 09-10-2005, 08:12 AM   #1
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Code of Conduct Necessary?

I've never posted in this forum before because I generally try to keep a low profile at Interference and generally find things running well, but the recent activities in FYM regarding the Katrina aftermath and other issues has convinced me to bring this issue up for discussion here, especially for consideration by the mods.

Recently, flared up in several of their forums with some vicious and virulent personal attacks.

In response to this issue, Zootopia now has EVERY member read and resign a basic code of conduct on expected behavior and consequences for not adhering to that behavior before they log in to the Zoo.

To me, that is a VERY EFFEECTIVE mechanism to remind posters upon each log in that their behavior online IS BEING WATCHED and WILL BE DEALT WITH if they fail to live up to that code of conduct.

I know that Interference has a similar terms of usage when we all sign up for Interference, but I'm wondering if Interference wouldn't benefit by the same tactic as

I think the need to resign a code of conduct upon each log in to Interference would make everyone a bit more conscious and conscientious about what they are posting here.

I would really like some considered discussion on this.


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Old 09-10-2005, 12:48 PM   #2
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"no trying to solicit money"

(sorry Jamila, couldn't help it)

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Old 09-10-2005, 01:52 PM   #3
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I think it would be a pain in the ass.

Do you really think anyone really reads through all that anyway? I didn't really read through it even now -- just scanned it. I certainly wouldn't each time I signed would just be that much more blah blah blah going around.

I think the mods do a great job of reminding people of the rules and expectations here. I also don't see the people who need it the most actually believing it applies to them, so I can't see it doing much good.

Now a pic of Sicy in full banning mode.... that might have some effect!
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Old 09-10-2005, 02:18 PM   #4
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I don't want a fascist code of conduct. I think this forum operates well, as-is. It's not perfect, but I think it leads to reading each individual circumstance for what it is.

And if there are instances where there are perceived problems, we can always report the post or contact the moderators.

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Old 09-10-2005, 08:43 PM   #5
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Yea, I'm not suggesting that the mods don't do a great job.

I just think some of us (present company excepted) need to be reminded before we step into Interference that we ARE being held to a code of conduct and that we WILL face disciplinary measures if we abuse it.

Unfortunately, it's probably the people who would need the constant reminder that would be the same people who would forget it the moment they enter a thread.

At least this reminder would help the mods"justify" their actions when they have to take action against abusive posters.

Just an idea. And I thank you all for contributing.
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Old 09-10-2005, 08:56 PM   #6
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we have a faq actually which pretty much sounds like what you're describing:

and we pretty much expect everyone to adhere to it. by registering, you're agreeing that you'll abide by the rules.
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the faq is bloody brilliant. the problem lies with getting idiots to read the damn thing. the mods worked really hard on writing that and it is updated frequently.

fym is a different kettle of fish, but which still can run rather well with common decency remembered and adhered to. i still think 3 warnings and then privileges being restricted until they are no more is a good idea.
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Old 09-11-2005, 05:22 AM   #8
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I'd like to think our members are mature enough to behave in a decent way without any reading of any riot act.

Sadly I usually think wrong.
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Old 09-11-2005, 01:40 PM   #9
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I just see a lot of viciousness in forums other than FYM though.

As I said, this actually would help the mods rather than hinder them.
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While, in theory, one may think this is a good idea, in practice it would be useless.
A written warning really does no good; it's action (ie banning, restricting access) that will catch people's attention.
I think the mods are fair and ban/restrict when/where appropriate.
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We dont need to re-warn/sign people like the folks over at do. We have a much larger, more experienced, and simply incredible team of admins/moderators which really handle the balance of people quite well. When something/someone really gets out of line on an ongoing basis... they are dealt with whatever means necessary.

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To think of a few of the more serious results...

Got fired from their jobs.
Got the local authorities knocking at their door.
Got contacted by their county's District Attorneys office.
Got their Internet account(s) cancelled (and banned from future service).

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Old 09-15-2005, 01:32 PM   #12
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i think the mods to a fantastic job here. I think being warned and then ultimately banned for repeated bad behavior is action enough. The mods are smart and they listen really well when people take complaints to them. I dont see a need to make up some agreement to say what is already common knowledge here.
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