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    Michael Hobbs
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    If you find a forum post offensive, please report it to our Membership Moderator.

    Please read these terms carefully.
    You must abide by them if you use the Forums.
    The principle is simple: you must behave respectfully to all other forum users.

    General Etiquette

    1. ALWAYS respect the views of other participants even if they don’t agree with you.

    2. Be constructive. It’s okay to disagree with other forum participants, in fact we encourage debate, just keep the dialogue positive.

    3. Always keep things civil. We recognise that this can be difficult sometimes, especially when you are passionate about an issue, but it is important to keep the discussion focused on the issues rather than letting it deteriorate into personal insults. Talk about the issue being debated and never let the discussion turn into a personal attack on a fellow forum user. 

    4. If you feel that someone has insulted you, report their comment to the NTV Forum Moderator. Don’t perpetuate the dispute by continuing the conversation on the forum. The NTV Forum Moderator will take a look at the offending comment and decide on the best course of action.

    5. Stay on topic. This forum has been created as a safe place to share ideas and converse about current events. Please stay within the boundaries of the subject matter.

    6. Turn off the “CAPS LOCK”. Writing in ALL CAPS is the equivalent of SHOUTING and can cause offence.

    7. Don’t be a “troll”. Trolls intentionally incite annoyance or offence. They do not participate constructively in the discussion and do not add any value to the debate.

    8. Don’t bully, harass or threaten other participants. If another participant proffers an opinion that you don’t agree with, you have no right to demand that they support their position with a detailed argument. They do not have to respond to your questions. It is up to each individual to participate in the forum as much or as little as they wish.

    9. Please respect the NTV staff. Their job is to keep the forum safe and constructive so that everybody gets to have their say in a safe and productive discussion space.

    10. Try to avoid using acronyms or text talk. By sticking to plain English more people will understand the points you are trying to make.

    11. If you are posting something or a link to something that could be offensive in any way please include a warning that states what may be offensive about the content so users have all the information before proceeding.

    Moderation Rules

    This site is subject to the following moderation rules:

    1. Never post personal information about another forum participant.

    2. Don’t defame anyone. A comment is defamatory if it lowers or harms the reputation of a person. 

    3. Don’t post anything that could be considered intolerant. This includes derogatory comments about a person’s race, culture, appearance, gender, sexuality, religion, age, academic capacity/performance or their mental health.

    4. Don’t be obscene and don’t use foul language. Lots of people from different backgrounds participate in these forums. We want them to be able to continue to do so from home, work, university or wherever they may be. Disguising swear words by deliberately misspelling them doesn’t make them any less offensive.

    5. Don’t personally insult or harass other participants. Always focus on the logic of their argument rather than the individuals involved in the argument. Users are entitled to choose not to enter into debate with you.

    6. Don’t post or link to any inappropriate, offensive or illegal material. Inappropriate content is anything that may offend or is not relevant to the discussion.

    7. Don’t complain about the moderation on the site, you can always direct an email to the NTV Forum Moderator if you are unhappy with how the forum is working.

    Unacceptable Behaviour

    Breaches of the moderation rules will be dealt with as follows:

    1. Removal of content: any content that, in the view of the NTV Forum Moderator, breaches the moderation rules or significantly challenges the etiquette of the forum will be removed.

    2. Temporary suspension: a participant who repeatedly and flagrantly flouts the moderation rules and ignores the forum etiquette may be suspended from posting for period determined by the NTV Forum Moderator. The period will reflect both the severity and consistency of the breach.

    3. Permanent blocking: a participant who continues to violate the moderation rules and ignore the forum etiquette may have their access to the forum permanently blocked.

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