Antiochians Acceptable Use Policy

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There are a few ground rules for participation in the Antiochcollege.org Discussion Forums and the Antiochians Mailing Lists or any other mailing lists, forums, websites or portions of websites that are managed by the Antioch College Alumni Board &/or the Antioch College Istitutional Advancement Office.

ANTIOCH COLLEGE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY (AUP)

Approved by Antioch College Alumni Board – June 2010

The Antioch College Community now extends into cyberspace in many locations. As such, the principles established for the conduct and comportment of Antioch Community members in the physical and published realms necessarily apply to their conduct and comportment in online venues. All Antioch Community members participating in online communication and exchanges on any mailing lists, forums, websites or portions of websites that are managed by the Antioch College Alumni Board are therefore expected to abide by the principles expressed in the Honor Code (1) and the Civil Liberties Code (2) as well as the specific guidelines and rules presented herein

Participant Responsibilities

Member:
If you sign up for an account, you become a member of the Antioch College online community. Whenever you log into your antiochcollege.org user account, you are signing in as a member of our online community.

  • Members agree to abide by commonly accepted Antioch community standards.
  • Aggrieved members may seek relief from the moderator, Advancement Office of Antioch College, or full board.

Moderator:

A moderator is also a member. Moderators help to maintain the discussion forums. Lists on antiochians.org and antiochcollege.org will have one or more moderators, to be approved of by the Advancement Office of Antioch College. These moderators will work with the Advancement Office to make sure all community members are adhering to these guidelines.

  • Moderators have the ability to modify, move, and remove posts, as described herein.
  • Posts should be modified to remove extraneous header information, such as long quoted texts from emails that are already clearly stated in the forum.
  • Posts may be moved to be combined with threads of the same topic title, in cases where a topic has become split (through a glitch in a mail-bridge, or similar). A topic may also be moved to another forum if that forum is a better match for the subject of that topic of discussion provided the original message was not posted in a private forum or list (see private correspondence below).
  • Posts should be removed when they are exact duplicates of another post -- exact same author, content, and timestamp.
  • Posts which are deemed offensive to community standards shall be reported to the Advancement Office of Antioch College and shall be subject to modification or removal.
  • Posts should not be modified, moved, or removed for any other reason, without approval from the Advancement Office of Antioch College.

Administrator: An administrator is also a moderator and a member. Administrators may, upon the request of a forum member, reset that member's password and grant him or her access to private forums or groups within the site. Administrators are responsible for maintaining the structure of the site/forum.

Site Policies

Be civil:

No personal attacks. Focus attention on the argument, not the person. Do not disrupt the community with negativity directed towards others.

Stay on topic:

Most of these groups are read by busy people, so please pay attention to the topic of your messages, and check that it still relates to the charter of the forum to which you are posting. Off-topic discussion should be moved to private email. Off-topic discussion not determined "off-topic allowed" by the site administrator/moderator, is eligible for removal from the forum. The site administrators/moderators may also move any topic to a different forum that is more appropriate.

No multiple accounts:

Members are allowed only one user account. It is never acceptable to create multiple accounts. If you decide you'd like to change your username or if you are having trouble accessing your current account, please contact the administrator.

Off-topic posting:

Do not post messages that are clearly outside of the stated topic of any forums, nor disrupt a forum by deliberately posting repeated irrelevant messages or copies of identical messages ("flooding"). Off-topic posting is subject to removal by the site administrator/moderator.

Respect personal information:

You may not collect email addresses, screen names, or other identifiers or personal information without the consent of the person identified (including, without limitation, phishing, Internet scamming, password thieving, spidering, and harvesting). You may not collect or use information without the consent of the owner of the information. Do not impersonate any person or entity, forge or manipulate identifiers in order to disguise the origin of any posting.

Respect boundaries:

Do not attempt to access any protected sections of the sites or forums, nor make use of any hacks, cracks, bug exploits, etc., to bypass or modify the features of the forum software.

Take responsibility for your security:

Protect the confidentiality of your password. Change your password periodically.


Content Guidelines

Private Correspondence:

Do not post or forward private correspondence without the express permission of the author. Messages posted in private forums; lists or other areas should be treated as private correspondence.

Personal Information:

Do not distribute or post the private or personal user information of another member of the forum without him or her express permission. This includes names, addresses, phone numbers, and other relevant information.

Be honest:

Do not post material that is knowingly false, misleading, or inaccurate.

Offensive Content:

Do not publish content that is excessively violent, incites violence, threatens violence, or contains harassing content or hate speech.

Spam/Bulk Messages

Do not post advertisements, chain letters, pyramid schemes, or solicitations, all of which are inappropriate and prohibited in the forums.

Ownership and Usage:

You accept all liability for any model or property release issues that may arise from an individual or trademarked property in the content of graphic images or other content that you post.

Violations

All members of the community may take action to report users and posts that violate this Acceptable Use Policy. Violations can be reported to the Antioch College Institutional Advancement office through email, post, or via the forum's built-in "Report" function (for forum violations). Violations of the Acceptable Use Policy may result in removal from the forums.

  • 1st offense: E-mail warning to the offender(s)
  • 2nd offense: Placed in moderation
  • 3rd offense: Permanent ban.

General Etiquette and Helpful Hints

Be kind to newcomers:

Newcomers may seem annoying at first. They may ask the wrong questions, including ones that seem obvious (or whose answers seem easy to find). But lots of valued contributors started out this way, and treating newcomers with compassion makes them more likely to engage more fully and become valuable community members in the future. So while you don't have to humor them or suffer them gladly, and it's fine to point out when they make mistakes, point newcomers in the right direction in addition to turning them away from the wrong ones, and be kind to them in the process of correcting their transgressions.

Ignore spammers:

Despite our best efforts, you will occasionally see spam on the forums. Ignore it. Responding to spam is never useful, since spammers usually work through anonymous or stolen accounts. Replies only further clutter up the discussion, wasting everyone's time.

Trim your follow-ups:

Do not quote the entire content of the message to which you are replying. Include only as much as is necessary for context. Remember that if someone wants to read the original message, they can; it is easily accessible. A good rule of thumb is, don't include more quoted text than new text. There is always a need for some trimming — either a salutation, a signature, some blank lines or whatever. If you are doing no trimming whatsoever of the quoted text, then you aren't trimming enough. Cross-posting or double-posting: Is to be avoided. It is never appropriate to send the same message to two or more mailing lists or forums.

Top-posting vs. bottom-posting:

Some people like to put reply after the quoted text, some like it the other way around, and still some prefer interspersed style. Debates about which posting style is better have led to many flame wars in the forums. To keep forum discussion friendly, remove extraneous materials and place comments in logical order.

Identify your subject matter:

Not everyone has time to read all forum postings. To ensure that your message reaches the right people at timely manner, identify your subject matter clearly in the subject line. Subjects like "a question" and "problem" are not very helpful.

Glossary

  • Antioch Community: Inclusive of Alumni and current students, former and current employees, friends and family members who support the values and mission of Antioch College.
  • Bottom Posting: A person who responds at the bottom of a previous discussion, to create a sequential order of the discussion.
  • Forum: A forum is where online users can create and discuss a wide variety of topics.
  • Guest: A guest is anyone browsing the website or the forums, but is not logged in.
  • Post: A post is an individual entry in the forum.
  • Report: A report is a flagged post, notifying an administrator of a post that either needs to be deleted or modified.
  • Spam: Spam posts may contain anything from a single link, to dozens of links. Text content is minimal, may be innocuous, and is unrelated to the forum's topic.
  • Thread: A thread is a group of posts related to one topic.
  • Topic: A topic is the name/subject of a thread.
  • Troll: An "Internet troll" or "Forum Troll" is a person who posts outrageous messages to bait people to answer. Trolls delight in sowing discord on the forums. A troll is someone who inspires flaming rhetoric, someone who is purposely provoking and pulling people into flaming discussion. Flaming discussions usually end with name-calling and a flame war.

Disclaimers

Antiochcollege.org and its administrators are under no duty, and does not by this AUP undertake a duty, to monitor or police the activities on this site and disclaims any responsibility for misuse of this site. Please remember that the open and real-time nature of these forums makes it impossible for the administrator to vouch for the validity of the content. The views expressed in the posts belong solely to their respective authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of other members of the Antioch Community, nor the administrators of this site. This document is subject to revisions as needed, as determined by the Alumni Association. Original draft

The original draft of this document was based on Mozilla Forum Etiquette which is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 License. As such, this document (and all versions off it hereafter) are also licensed under the same.

See also

Antioch College Honor Code

"Antioch College is a community dedicated to the search for truth, the development of individual potential, and the pursuit of social justice. In order to fulfill our objectives, freedom must be matched by responsibility. As a member of the Antioch Community, I affirm that I will be honest and respectful in all my relationships, and I will advance these standards of behavior in others."

Civil Liberties Code

Adopted by AdCil and ComCil May, 1959 Antioch College, as an educational institution, is dedicated to the search for truth and to the development of individuals for their roles in society. This educational function demands a community in which mutual tolerance and understanding flourish. It depends upon freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom to assemble, freedom of conscience and opinion, the rights of members to the same freedoms that all citizens have in carrying beliefs into action, the right of privacy, and the right to fair hearings. We regard these as fundamental necessities of genuine education, individual worth and dignity, and democratic government. The nature of the Antioch Community demands these freedoms and obligates its members to maintain them in practice and to observe the responsibilities that go with these freedoms in all phases of the Antioch experience.

Community members, individually and as groups, are free to state and discuss their opinions openly. They shall be free to publish and distribute publications, posters, and handbills.

Community members have the right to free association with individuals or groups and the right to organize and conduct their own meetings.

Community members and recognized groups are free to invite speakers of any persuasion to campus. Members of the Community are free to reach, hold, and state their own beliefs — religious, moral, political, economic, or educational.

Entirely consistent with the openness of the Antioch Community is its respect for privacy. Confidential communication should be respected.

Community members have the right to take lawful social or political action to express or further their beliefs. Community members have the right to participate in groups for the purpose of furthering their beliefs. While such groups are not required to furnish lists of their membership or participants, the openness of the Community requires that there be no secret organizations, and the welfare of the Community requires that it know at all times the responsible leaders of all groups that use campus facilities. Individuals and groups, in exercising their civil liberties, are expected to act in accordance with Community standards and are accountable to the Antioch Community for their actions.

Community members and groups have the right to fair hearings at all levels of the Community process.

A person who joins the Antioch Community is expected to abide by common agreements and Community Standards, with or without full concurrence with them, so long as the agreements are in effect.


See also

Antioch Honor Code
Antioch Civil Liberties Code