Rules of Conduct: PlymouthSpirit
PlymouthSpirit welcomes individuals of all religious and spiritual orientations – all are invited to engage in conversations on our online forum. When you participate in PlymouthSpirit discussions, you may encounter persons whose beliefs differ from your own. We ask that you approach these encounters in a spirit of tolerance, accepting the rights of others to freely express and follow their own religious beliefs.
We will not censor members for expressing an opinion, within the limits of these Rules of Conduct. To maintain a welcoming and safe community, and be sure everyone feels free to speak, we cannot permit behavior that disrupts conversations and community of our members. Plymouth Congregational Church has the right, but not the obligation, to remove or move any member-generated content for any reason, without notice.
The Rules of Conduct below apply to public community areas of PlymouthSpirit, such as message boards, public media, etc.
Courtesy: You agree that you will be courteous to others, even when disagreeing, and even to those whose beliefs you think are false or objectionable. When debating, express your opinion about a person’s ideas, not about the person. Do not make negative remarks about another’s age, disability, gender, ethnicity, race, nationality, sexual orientation, intelligence, character, appearance, health, mental health, education or any other personal characteristic.
Disruptive behavior: You agree not to disrupt or interfere with discussions, forums, or other community functions.
Proselytizing: You agree not to make aggressive, repeated, or unwanted attempts to convert another member’s religious beliefs.
Solicitation: You agree not to use PlymouthSpirit to promote websites, products and services.
You agree not to repeat substantially the same content (including URLs) more than once on PlymouthSpirit.
Copying messages: You agree not to post or forward transcripts of e-mail or other personal communication without the author’s express permission.
Use of code: You agree not to upload or link to any other code, tags, scripts, animations, file or program. You agree not to post content that is visually disruptive.
Your contact information: You agree to provide a valid e-mail address in your PlymouthSpirit communication.
Impersonation: You agree not to impersonate or spoof PlymouthSpirit members, employees, hosts, volunteers, revered religious figures or public figures.
Complaints: If there are problems, we want to know about them so that we can fix them. Please report complaints and problems appropriately. Do not post complaints on the site; they will be removed. The only appropriate way to report complaints and problems is to use the “report a problem” link at left.
- These Rules of Conduct apply to anything on PlymouthSpirit, including posts, screen names, member profiles, discussion titles, or any other text or images.
- We have the right to suspend or terminate your participation for violation of the above rules.
- We may seek your permission to re-use any member-created content (along with the username of the PlymouthSpirit member who posted it) somewhere else on the site or in any other medium (such as in a Plymouth Congregational publication).
- Caution: We have made every effort to keep this site from being searchable by Google and other search engines, but we cannot offer a 100% guarantee posts are not exposed to these products. Therefore, because PlymouthSpirit is quasi-public, and may be indexed by Google and other search engines, we advise members against revealing any personal information. If you choose to display your e-mail address, name, telephone number or location to other members, please be aware that Plymouth Congregational Church has no control over who uses your information or for what purpose. If you believe you are the target of a cyber-stalker, please refer to http://www.wiredpatrol.org/stalking for more information.
- We neither endorse nor are responsible for any opinion, advice, information or statement made or displayed in this forum by third parties, nor are we responsible for any errors or omissions in such postings, or for hyperlinks embedded in messages. Under no circumstances will we be liable for any loss or damage caused by your reliance on information obtained in this forum. The opinions expressed in this forum are solely the opinions of the participants, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Plymouth Congregational Church.
- Please check these guidelines periodically as they may be revised for the protection of our valued members. If you come across any violations to this covenant, do not hesitate to let us know. We’ll be happy to address your concerns. Please check these guidelines periodically as they may be revised for the protection of our valued members.
Rules of Conduct: Site-Wide
By registering as a member of PlymouthSpirit, you agree that you will not display content, or engage in any activity, that:
- is illegal, or advocates illegal acts;
- exploits or endangers a minor, or invites private communication between a minor and an adult [online safety tips for teens];
- compromises anyone’s privacy by using or revealing personal information;
- condones or may provoke violence toward any individual or group on the basis of age, disability, gender, ethnicity, race, nationality, religion, or sexual orientation, even if religiously motivated [learn more];
- is vulgar or violent;
- uses PlymouthSpirit community functions to harass or censure any person, group, or entity;
- violates intellectual property rights; or
- may cause or encourage substantial harm or damage to PlymouthSpirit or its members.
Furthermore you agree that you will not permit anyone else to display such words or images, or engage in such activity, on any PlymouthSpirit pages you control (your profile, journal, private messages, group pages, etc.).
The above rules apply to your activity and content anywhere on the PlymouthSpirit website, including articles, forums, profiles, journals, groups, photos, videos, audio, etc.
You may NOT use PlymouthSpirit Community functions, including private messages, to ask for money for yourself or any individual.
You may NOT use PlymouthSpirit to promote websites, products or services.
Please use restraint when sending messages to other members containing promotions. Most members resent such messages, and if PlymouthSpirit receives complaints we will take appropriate action.
If you come across any violations to this covenant, do not hesitate to let us know at email@example.com. We’ll be happy to address your concerns.
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