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SIOP Bulletin Board

Definition of Terms 

Rules

Guidelines

Warnings, Suspensions, and Expulsions

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Definition of Terms 

  1. A forum is a question or general topic area of interest that serves to organize postings to the bulletin board.
  2. A thread is a beginning question or statement posted within a forum. 
  3. A response is a posting in response to thread. 

Rules 

There are very few rules as a member of this bulletin board.  Few restrictions, we have found, result in the greatest number of innovative contributions. However, a few rules are critically important.  If you send messages to the forum, you are agreeing to three rules.  These rules, by the way, apply to members of nearly any Internet news or interest group.  The rules are: 

Rule 1: Do not use the forum for illegal purposes, including but not limited to defamation, violation of intellectual property laws, violation of antitrust or unfair competition laws or violation of criminal laws. 

Rule 2:  Do not intentionally interfere with or disrupt other forum members, network services, or network equipment. This includes distribution of unsolicited advertisement or chain letters, propagation of computer worms and viruses, and use of the network to make unauthorized entry to any other machine accessible via the bulletin board.  

Rule 3:  Do not use the bulletin board for commercial purposes.  ‘Commercial’ as used for purposes of evaluating posted messages means communications whose primary purpose is to advance the business or financial interests of any person or entity, or otherwise to promote a financial transaction for the benefit of the author directly or indirectly.  Examples of prohibited communications include advertisements for products or services, notices regarding rental of office space, or direct solicitations of bulletin board viewers to purchase products or services.  The policy is not to prohibit discussion by SIOP members of products or professional services, rather it is to prohibit advertising or attempts to sell such products and services.

Guidelines 

In addition to these rules, various guidelines have emerged within the ‘culture’ of electronic forums.  By following these guidelines and rules, you will contribute to a climate of trust and collegiality that encourages a friendly, informed discourse. 

Guideline 1: Please keep your messages constructive, courteous, and brief.  The bulletin board will not accept entries that exceed 8000 characters in length. 

Guideline 2:  Please think globally. Though most of our members are from the U.S., some users of the bulletin board are not.  Try to avoid the use of colloquial/slang terms or long and complex sentences. 

Guideline 3:  Please be supportive of fellow bulletin board members and show mutual respect. 

Guideline 4:  Please post material only where it is relevant and tailored to the specific thread you have chosen. 

Warnings, Suspensions, and Expulsions 

Postings that fail to abide by the SIOP electronic bulletin board policy (shown above) will result in penalties.  The breaking of Rules 1 and 2 above will result in automatic expulsion from the bulletin board.  First-time violators of any other rules or guidelines will receive a warning from the SIOP Administrative Office, and their offensive postings will be deleted.  Serious and/or repeated violations of policy will result in a one month suspension of access to the bulletin board. The Administrative Office will notify offenders by email that they are suspended from the bulletin board.   During this period of suspension, offensive postings will be reviewed by a subcommittee consisting of three members of the SIOP Electronic Communications Committee, who will make a recommendation for or against expulsion.  The subcommittee will forward its recommendation to the SIOP Administrative Office, who will notify the offender of the outcome of the deliberations.


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