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Discussion Forum Acceptable Use Policy

Introduction

This Acceptable Use Policy is intended to help create an atmosphere
in which freedom of speech is balanced by self discipline and a mature
attitude to discussion. We encourage people to join these discussions
and it would therefore be very surprising if exchanges did not
occasionally become a little heated!

For this reason, we have compiled a Guidance section of useful tips
for those who are new to the etiquette of online discussion. Discussion
Moderators are available to help you to get the most out of
participating in online discussions and to ensure that these rules are
observed.

By virtue of your participation in this discussion, you are deemed to
have agreed to abide by the rules. Although the Moderator cannot take
responsibility for monitoring every message that is sent to the web
site, we must reserve the right to remove items submitted from anyone
who repeatedly ignores these rules.

1. Scope

This forum is intended for crime reduction practitioners to exchange
experience, advice and ideas. It is not intended as an area for the
general public to raise concerns or to discuss the delivery of crime
reduction. Members of the public will not generally be granted access to
the Forum without grounds that make them eligible to participate in this
professional interest group.

Members of the public wanting to contribute to a public debate should
visit either

Researchers and students may use the Forum to scope whether a
particular research programme might be of value to the crime reduction
community, but not to conduct surveys as this is not in keeping with the
aims of the Forum.

2. Personal Identification

All messages sent to a discussion must include your name and e-mail
address. Do not represent yourself as another person. Anonymous
contributions will not be accepted.

3. Use of Language

Messages should not be malicious or designed to offend. In
particular, the use of swear words or undue profanity is discouraged. By
participating in any discussion, you undertake to indemnify us and our
employees and sub-contractors against any liability arising from any
obscene, defamatory, seditious, blasphemous or other actionable
statement published by you on this site and against all damages, losses,
claims and costs (including without limitation fines and expenses
arising out of or incurred in conducting or defending any proceedings)
arising from any such actionable statements.

4. Conduct of Discussion

The Discussion Forum is intended primarily for crime reduction
practitioners for the discussion of items of professional interest.
Please try to keep to the topic.

This forum is provided for crime reduction practitioners to exchange
ideas and experience. It is not an appropriate medium for members
of the public wishing to air grievances about the performance of the
police or other authority. Members of the public wishing to make such a
complaint about the police or a local authority should contact the
authority in the first instance, or consult with one of the following
authorities

The Police Complaints Authority
Great George Street
London
SW1P 3AB
Tel: 020 7273 6450
The Local Government
Ombudsman

see http://www.lgo.org.uk/index.htm
for the address of your local office and how to make a complaint.

 

Your message should be within the scope of the subject under
discussion. If you make a contribution that is inappropriate to the
subject under discussion, you may be directed by the Moderator not to
raise the matter further or to raise it within a separate discussion
group. Any messages considered inappropriate may be removed by the
moderator.

No reference should be made to the personality of other participants
in a discussion nor should attacks be made on an individual’s character
unless the person concerned has already chosen to bring his or her
personality into the issue under discussion.

One to one arguments, disagreements and disputes of a personal nature
must be conducted through private Email and not through public
discussion, although ‘normal’ discussion should be conducted through the
Forum in preference to private email.

You should remember that you are legally responsible for what you
write. By participating in a discussion, you undertake to indemnify us
and our employees and sub-contractors against any liability arising from
any breach of confidentiality, copyright or other intellectual property
right published by you on this site and against all damages, losses,
claims and costs (including without limitation all expenses incurred in
conducting or defending any proceedings) arising from any such
publication. You must not make statements that are libellous, obscene,
seek to incite racial hatred or otherwise break the laws of the United
Kingdom.

5. Private Email

When replying to a message it is far better to respond using the
Forum in preference to replying directly to the author’s email address
or via telephone – share your ideas with others! The exception to this
principle is sending simple thank-you messages, which are most
appropriately sent personally in preference to using the Forum.

If a person has sent you a private Email you may not forward it to a
public discussion group without the prior consent of the person who sent
it. This does not prevent you forwarding private e-mail to the Discussion
Administrator
should you consider this appropriate.

6. Advertising and Research

No advertising is allowed except where it is for an event,
publication or similar item that has direct relevance to the subject of
discussion.

Information about locating and sharing knowledge and expertise is
welcomed, but within the specific discussion category provided.

As stated in Section 1. Scope researchers may use the Forum to
assay the value of a potential research programme, but not to conduct
surveys.

7. Complaints about a Breach of these Rules

Complaints about a breach of these Rules should ONLY be made by
private e-mail to the Discussion
Administrator
.

The Discussion Administrator will take timely and appropriate action
with regard to the complaint.

PLEASE NOTE

By virtue of your participation in this discussion, you are deemed to
have agreed to abide by these rules.

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Date modified: 14 August 2002
Review date: May 2003
Originator: Webmaster


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