Forum Guidelines and Rules


Blackland Prairies Participation Guide and Rules

Participants are responsible for reading and understanding these rules. By participating you agree to these rules.
Use your Real Name
If it is determined with careful consideration by the Moderator that a participant’s actual identity is in question, that person will be suspended until proof of identity is provided. If it appears that fraud, forgery, identity theft, or computer crime laws have been violated, Blackland Prairies will notify the appropriate legal authorities.
Experience in other online discussion forums has shown that the use of real names rather than pseudonyms is more likely to result in a polite and respectful discussion. However, you may have a valid reason for not wanting to use your real name. In this case, an exception can be made and the Moderator can approve the use of an alias. However your identity as a plot holder must be established and agreed with the moderator. This is to ensure that only plot holders of the Blackland Prairies take part in discussions on the forum

Keep to the Topic

Keep topics within the Blackland Prairies Forum purpose.

Be Civil

This is a public educational forum all participants are real people. Please respect people with differing views. No insults, name calling or inflamed speech. Personal one-on-one arguments, disagreements or personality conflicts are not appropriate on this discussion forum. Attempts at humour or sarcasm should be labelled, etc. verbal Attacks or Threats will be strictly dealt with and may lead to your being barred from taking part in the discussion forum – This keeps the Forum safe. If content is illegal it will not be displayed. Personal attacks or public threats against the safety or security of participants or the Blackland Prairies are not allowed. If you receive private communication from another participant that causes you serious concern, you may communicate that to the Moderator, but no action will be taken by the Moderator to intervene in private disputes among individuals except to prevent offending parties from taking part. When a moderator takes any action this may not be communicated to any other party. If you feel you have privately received an illegal threat via email, you should contact the appropriate legal authorities.Blackland Prairies is not responsible for any private behaviour.

Privacy

Private stays private. Don’t forward private replies without permission of the original author. Contact the moderator if in any doubt.

No Rumours

Avoid false rumours. Rumours of a personal nature are not allowed. Asking for clarification of what you’ve heard in the community can be appropriate if issues-based. You alone are responsible for what you post.

Right to Post and Reply

Sharing your knowledge and opinions with your fellow citizens is a democratic right. Only those who are registered with Blackland Prairies as approved participants may post. Any person that is a administration approved expert of the Blackland Prairies has a right to reply.

Items Not Allowed in Forums

No attachments. Send any files you wish to share to the Moderator, who will store them in the files section if they are relevant to the discussion.
Commercial advertising and chain letters are prohibited from the Blackland Prairies forum. Email based posts must be plain text without file attachments.
Comments or complaints about forum management or complaints about member rule violations must not be posted to the main forum. Instead, direct such messages privately to the Moderator.
Public event promotions and links to commercial, media, or non-profit online content related to the scope of the Blackland Prairies Forum are not appropriate.
Participant “signatures” providing links to the work or projects of an individual are not acceptable, and the display of specific products for sale are not allowed.
Public Content and Use

This is a public forum this is a forum specifically designed for educational purposes and all ages appropriate. The forum is for the use of registered participants of the Blackland Prairies to discuss matters at hand in respect to the knowledge base that forms the Blackland Prairies.

Warnings and Suspension

Blackland Prairies Forum is moderated by Blackland Prairies Directors or members assigned by the Blackland Prairies Directors.
Moderators reserve the right not to publish postings that are deemed offensive, illegal or otherwise unsuitable. Should a posting to Blackland Prairies Forum be deemed objectionable, the moderator will contact the author, explain the reasons and encourage the participant to revise the posting so that it is acceptable. You may lose your right to participate based on your behaviour in the Blackland Prairies Forum. You may also regain your rights. You may receive informal or official warnings from the Moderator if your postings violate the Blackland Prairies Forum rules. After two official warnings, you will be suspended from the Forum for the duration of the current topic discussion. You can register again for any of the following topics of discussion. Technical maintenance, full e-mail inboxes, or excessive bounced messages may cause a member to be temporarily or technically removed from the Forum or result in a delayed distribution of their posts. In these cases, the member may rejoin the forum at any time.

Moderator Responsibilities

Moderators shall behave in a manner that models good participation skills to other participants. The Moderator accepts, rejects or holds messages for posting. The moderator may post modified versions of the original message to conform to the participation guide and rules. The Moderator will respect your privacy. Any personal information given to Blackland Prairies for your subscription to the Blackland Prairies Forum will be used only for the purpose for which it was intended. Should these rules be amended, the Moderator will announce the changes in the Forum.

Forum Sponsor and Publisher

Blackland Prairies as the publisher of Blackland Prairies Forum is legally liable for its content. To minimise the possibility of legal litigation, Moderators screen postings prior to publication. Postings are screened to ensure that the participation rules are respected. Postings are not screened to prohibit different views from those of Management or other members of the forum.

Please provide feedback to the Moderator:1. Contact US page.
Privacy Statement
1. General Legal Policy 

Forum Privacy Statement
This statement outlines Blackland Prairies policies in line with its commitment to ensuring the privacy of your information. This privacy statement applies to the entire website. Specific provisions may apply, however, to a particular part of the site. These specific provisions will override any general privacy provisions and will be posted on the site as it is further developed.
Information Collected

You cannot access this site anonymously without disclosing relevant member information. Statistical information is collected each time you visit the site to tally the number of times you visit the site, the time and duration of your visit, your use of specific pages and the address of the last site you visited (if you linked into the Blackland Prairies site from another website). This information is only used to evaluate the effectiveness of the site and is not used to identify individual web users.

Email addresses and other contact details you may have provided to request information will not be added to disclosed to a third party without your consent unless we are required to do so by law.
Form submission registers your email address for BP program updates, unsubscribe at anytime by sending a reply-email subject unsubscribe in the email you received.

Cookies

Blackland Prairies will use cookies and your agreement is assumed if you use this discussion forum.

Security of Your Personal Data

Blackland Prairies aims to protect the quality and integrity of your personal information and uses appropriate security and technology to maintain information, prevent unauthorised access and ensure the correct use of information.

This site does not provide facilities, however, that guarantee the security of information over the internet.

Further Information

Any enquiries about this Privacy Statement, should be directed to Council’s Privacy Officer on

2. Contact US page for the Privacy Policy Officer.
Copyright
Original Material
All original material, including but not exclusively, text, images, logos, icons, designs, audio, video and documents on this site is protected by the Copyright Act 5. Digital Certificates available upon request, and International copyright laws. The logo image on the “Home” page is the property of the Blackland Prairies.

3. Posted Messages
Copyright of messages posted to this forum remain with the person posting them. By posting an original message, the message author agrees to allow Blackland Prairies to distribute the message via email and the Internet and to include it in a publicly accessible online archive in perpetuity. While original message authors retain their personal copyright, they grant others the right to publicly quote portions of their message on this forum.

4.Content Reproduction
No content produced here may be reproduced on any other website, forum or through any media electronic, digital or analogue, written or through any other coded means. The only exception to this is where any statement deemed to have consequences might be called upon as evidence in a court of law.
Requests for Reproduction

Should you need to reproduce material that appears on this website for any other purpose, you must contact the management of Blackland Prairies for expressed written permission. Requests for reproduction from this web site should be directed to the Moderator see  Contact US.

Disclaimer
Discussion Web Site

This is a discussion web site and opinions put forward in posted messages are those of author and formally independent of those of the Blackland Prairies management team, advisers, assistants and moderators.

Site Information and Opinions

Information published on this website is subject to variation without notification, as may be required for technical or other reasons. The Blackland Prairies does not accept any liability for any loss or damages resulting from information or opinions put forward on this web site.

Links to External Websites

Any website address links provided from the this website are provided for convenience purposes only. The Blackland Prairies accepts no responsibility for the information or opinions contained within external websites.

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