Facebook Forum Policy

The Disabled People’s Voice Online Forum is intended to be a place to find support to live as independently as possible, a civilised place for connecting with other Disabled People to share skills, knowledge, ideas and interests through ongoing conversation.  We want to create a welcoming environment for all the different voices and perspectives – a space where people are free to express themselves.  We all have an exciting opportunity and responsibility to make this, our online community, something we can be proud of.

There are opportunities for you as a user of our online forum to actively participate by creating, providing, sharing and uploading comments, ideas or suggestions for, articles, resources, discussion forum threads, blogs, or other information.  Please share your ‘disability hacks’ to help each other get stuff done.

The purpose of this code of conduct is to ensure that the Forum is a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of age, body size, ability, ethnicity, gender, level of experience, nationality, personal appearance, race, religion, or sexual identity and orientation.

Standards
Be respectful and considerate.  Nothing sabotages healthy conversation like rudeness. Be civil and professional, and don’t post anything that a reasonable person would consider offensive, abusive, or hate speech. Don’t harass anyone. Treat each other with dignity and consideration in all interactions. 

Be respectful of the topics and the people discussing them.  You may wish to respond to something by disagreeing with it. That’s fine. But remember to criticise ideas, not people. Avoid name-calling, personal attacks, responding to a post’s tone instead of its actual content, and knee-jerk contradiction. Instead, provide reasoned counter-arguments that improve the conversation.

Be welcoming and open-minded.  Other Disabled People may not have the same experiences or background as you, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have good ideas to contribute. We encourage you to be welcoming to new members and those just getting started.

Communicate with empathy. Disagreements or differences of opinion are a fact of life. Being part of a community means interacting with Disabled People from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives, many of which may not be your own. If you disagree with someone, try to understand and share their feelings before you address them. This will promote a respectful and friendly atmosphere where people feel comfortable asking questions, participating in discussions, and making contributions.

Contribute in a positive and constructive way.  Improve the discussion. Help us make this a great place for discussion by always working to improve the discussion in some way, however small. If you are not sure your post adds to the conversation, think over what you want to say and try again later.

Be clear and stay on topic. Communicating with strangers on the Internet can be awkward. It’s hard to convey or read tone, and sarcasm is frequently misunderstood. Try to use clear language, and think about how it will be received by the other person.

Share mindfully.  Don’t post links that don’t add value.  Any links should provide relevant and appropriate information and resources. Links should not be posted to simply drive traffic or attention to a site. Links should always be accompanied by an explanation of the content and purpose of the link. Posting links, especially unsolicited ones, without relevant and valuable context can come across as advertising or serving even more malicious purposes.

Keep it tidy. Make the effort to put things in the right place, so that we can spend more time discussing and less time cleaning up. So:

  • Don’t start a topic in the wrong category.
  • Don’t cross-post the same thing in multiple topics.
  • Don’t post no-content replies.
  • Don’t “bump” posts, unless you have new and relevant information to share.
  • Don’t divert a topic by changing it midstream.
  • Rather than taking an existing topic in a radically different direction, open a new topic.

Be trustworthy.  Always be honest. Don’t knowingly share incorrect information or intentionally mislead others. If you don’t know the answer to someone’s question but still want to help, you can try helping them research or find resources instead. 

What is not allowed
Threats of violence. You may not threaten violence towards others or use the site to organise, promote, or incite acts of real-world violence or terrorism. Think carefully about the words you use, the images you post, and how they may be interpreted by others. Even if you mean something as a joke, it might not be received that way. If you think that someone else might interpret the content you post as a threat, or as promoting violence or terrorism, stop. Don’t post it.

Hate speech and discrimination. As Disabled People we are subject to enough hate crime.  We do not tolerate speech that attacks a person or group of people on the basis of who they are.

Bullying and harassment. We do not tolerate bullying or harassment. This means any habitual badgering or intimidation targeted at a specific person or group of people. If your actions are unwanted and you continue to engage in them, there’s a good chance you are headed into bullying or harassment territory.

Don’t share sensitive information. This includes your own email address. We don’t allow the sharing of such information in this Forum, as it can create security and privacy risks for the poster, as well as other users.

Impersonation. You may not impersonate another person by intentionally using a deceptively similar username or otherwise posing as someone else. 

Doxxing and invasion of privacy. Don’t post other people’s personal information, such as phone numbers, private email addresses, physical addresses or passwords. Depending on the context, we may consider other information, such as photos or videos that were taken or distributed without the subject’s consent, to be an invasion of privacy, especially when such material presents a safety risk to the subject.

Prurient/Sexually explicit content. Basically, don’t post pornography. This does not mean that all nudity or sexual content is prohibited. If you have any questions or concerns about something you want to post, feel free to reach out and ask beforehand.

Spam.  Don’t post advertisements, link to spammy websites, or otherwise vandalise the Forum. The Forum is meant to be a place to learn and share ideas with one another – not for advertising or other spam-like content. Such content will be removed.

Copyrighted or illegal content. Only post your own stuff. You are responsible for what you post. If you post something you didn’t create yourself, you must have the right to post it. You may not post illegal content, including content illegal under copyright and trademark laws, links to illegal content, or methods for circumventing the law.

Active malware, exploits or scams. Being part of this Forum includes not taking advantage of others. We do not allow anyone to use our platform as a means to deliver malware or to attack infrastructure.

Anyone under the age of 18. If you’re a child under the age of 18, you may not have an account on the Forum.  If we learn or have reason to suspect that you are a user who is under the age of 18, we will unfortunately have to close your account.

Other conduct which could reasonably be considered inappropriate in a professional setting. 

Enforcement
When you see bad behaviour, don’t reply. It encourages the bad behaviour by acknowledging it, consumes your energy, and wastes everyone’s time. If you see a problem, report it.  We will investigate all reports.

We recognise that sometimes people may say or do inappropriate things for any number of reasons. Perhaps they did not realise how their words would be perceived. Or maybe they just let their emotions get the best of them.  And sometimes, there are people who just want to spam or cause trouble.

Each case requires a different approach.  We’ll review each situation on a case-by-case basis and respond as appropriate, using this Code of Conduct to guide our decision.  If we determine there to be a violation of this Code of Conduct action will be taken, either automatically or by moderator intervention.  Actions we may take include:

  • Content Removal
  • Content Blocking
  • Forum Account Suspension
  • Forum Account Termination

Let’s work together to keep the forum a place where people feel safe to participate by being respectful of them and their time.

Legal Notices
Yes, legalese is boring, but we must protect ourselves – and by extension, you and your data.  We have Terms and Conditions and a Privacy Policy describing your (and our) behaviour and rights related to content, privacy, and laws. To use our Forum, you must agree to abide by our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy.

This Code of Conduct does not modify our Terms and Conditions and is not intended to be a complete list. Disabled People’s Voice retains full discretion to remove any content or terminate any accounts for activity that is “unlawful, offensive, threatening, libellous, defamatory, pornographic, obscene or otherwise objectionable or violates any party’s intellectual property. 

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