Forum Rules and Guidelines
The use of any of healthLearn forum constitutes acceptance and agreement to our Forum Code of Conduct. If you violate the Code of Conduct, we reserve the right to suspend all accounts belonging to you without prior notice. We prefer to advise users of inappropriate behaviour, however, flagrant and repeated violations of our Code of Conduct will result in immediate account suspension. Our failure to enforce this policy, for whatever reason, shall not be construed as a waiver of our right to do so at any time.
We created the Code of Conduct to provide a basic understanding of what's allowed and not allowed in our forums. The following are the principle guidelines for the establishment and enforcement of our Code of Conduct:
What about free-speech?
While we are committed to the principles of free speech, certain activities may be damaging to the resources of both healthLearn and our communities and cannot be permitted under the guise of free speech. The resources of healthLearn are limited, and abuse of these resources by one user has a negative impact on the entire community.
As a member of our forum community, you must participate responsibly. If you have any questions regarding our Code of Conduct, please contact any of our forum moderators, or the healthLearn administrators via email.
Violations of the Code of Conduct
It is extremely important for you to understand that this section of our Code of Conduct isn’t designed to cover everything. We may take action — issue a warning, suspend your account(s) and/or IP addresses, lower your post count, delete/edit your post(s)/thread(s), etc. — if your conduct at healthLearn is counterproductive to the Code of Conduct’s principle guidelines.
Unauthorized access / Forum Security
The following actions are strictly prohibited:
All intrusions will subject all your healthLearn accounts to immediate suspension, regardless of whether or not the intrusion results in the corruption, loss, or theft of data.
Users are responsible for the security of their healthLearn accounts. Users may not share their passwords or transfer – via any means – their accounts to others without the express permission of the healthLearn Administration Team. In addition, users are responsible for all activity made by them or anyone the user allows to use their account.
Ad Hominem comments/personal attacks towards anyone - staff, forum member, or a visitor who is likely to view it on the forums - is subject to the message being deleted and action taken against the user, regardless of how pertinent or thoughtful the rest of the message might be.
Unless a thread or forum is designated as an area ok for spamming, you may not spam. Spam includes, but is not limited to, the following:
Please note that our forums aren’t the place to advertise your own sites, business or forums. You are welcome to link your site in your signature without a slogan.
Any forum member who seems to have created their account solely to promote another site will be permanently suspended.
Pirated Materials, Cracks, Keys, and Key-Generators
“Piracy” is the illegal copying and/or distribution of copyrighted content including, but not limited to, games, software, music, movies, pictures, ROMs, abandon-ware, and leaked software. “Cracks” are programs that disable copy-protection technology; a “Key” is a combination of numbers and letters that is required for software installation and sometimes used to validate users for online play; and “Key-Generators” are programs that generate valid Keys.
You may not encourage, post in support of, link to, or discuss activities, methods, and/or techniques involving piracy, cracks, keys and key-generators. In addition, the following are grounds for moderator action on your post and/or account:
Generally breaking this rule will result in an instant suspension of your account. However you may be given a warning for a first offence if, in our opinion, you are a new user who doesn’t understand why this is such a strict rule – this will be explained to you; any subsequent offences will result in a permanent ban.
Forgery or impersonation
Attempting to impersonate any person, including staff, using forged headers, instant messenger names in an effort to deceive or mislead is prohibited.
You may not use profanity or bypass the software-based censor. In addition to words included in the censor list, sexual remarks and slang may be considered profane when used in certain contexts.
A word about what is considered to be bypassing the software-based censor: Anything done to avoid the default *'s provided by the censor is considered to be a bypass of the censor. For example, if the word “angle” was in the censor (it is not), then all of the following are considered a bypass of the censor and thus in violation of the Code of Conduct:
You may not use terms or audio/visual materials referring to ethnic/national origin, ideological/religious beliefs, gender, or sexual preference in a demeaning context.
We have no tolerance for discrimination. You are in violation of this rule if the nature of your post discriminates, promotes hate, promotes violence or advocates hatred or discrimination against individuals, groups, races, cultures or organizations because of their ethnic/national origin, skin colour or culture.
If you use any terms in an offensive context against a person, race, culture, group or organization, as determined by our moderators, you are in violation of this rule.
Please note that words carry different meanings in different cultures, and that while a word may be acceptable use in one part of the world, it may not be in another. In addition, anyone can invent their own derogatory terms, unfortunately. Because of those factors, we will evaluate the context in which the term was used to determine whether a violation has occurred.
Porn/Sexually Offensive Materials
You may not post or link to pornography or sexually offensive materials.
Offensive Images / Shock Sites
You may not post or link to shock sites, or any such obscene material. Violations of this rule will result in a permanent ban on your account.
You may not use our forums for illegal purposes, in support of illegal activities, or encourage conduct that would constitute a criminal offense, as determined by the laws of New Zealand. Such activities will guarantee a ban. We reserve the right to cooperate with legal authorities and/or injured third parties in the investigation of any suspected crime or civil wrongdoing.
Signatures, whether facilitated by the forum software or by the user, may not exceed the following restrictions:
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