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Hot Topic Friday - 21/08/2015 - Member Guidelines - QLDAF Revoloution Part 4

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We have a number of threads that try and represent who we are. We have our Who We Are Post:

http://www.qldaf.com/forums/welcome-room-beginners-corner-22/who-we-77959/

We have our rules:

http://www.qldaf.com/forums/welcome-room-beginners-corner-22/forum-guidelines-77084/

We also have guidelines for admin and mods reproduced below.

What would you write in as members guidelines? How do you think hobbyists should treat other hobbyists.... After all this board and indeed all other platforms only exists for the hobbyist.

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Section Advisors Guidelines

Foreword: We are not police officers. Our key roles are not to police the community. Our key roles are to promote a sense of belonging and mutual respect within the community.

Our key role is as representatives of the community. We cannot represent unless we are actively listening to the members of the forum. Regardless of who is being talked to, it is key to take the time to understand their position. Until you have heard and understood their position, you cannot engage in a meaningful conversation.

Once we have heard, the members thoughts need to be advocated. The aim of the Section Advisors section is to ensure that the administrators and ultimately board owner are hearing members views, discussing them and then taking action to improve the forum.

At times we will need to take action such as editing content and issues infractions. This is typically a last resort or for significant breaking of the forum rules.

1.1 Section Advisors exist to promote discussion and encourage interaction within a specific section. The key outcome is to see the section having a healthy conversation about various topics within the topic area of the section, where all interested members feel free to have their say. This is done by

1.1.1 Ensure that new topics are being raised within the section. Encourage posting by posting questions?

1.1.2 There is typically no need to rush in and reply to every post, but ensure that every post is answered. This can be done by encouraging other members to reply to a thread.

1.1.3 Ensure that members needs are being met by the FM and Admin team. Please be active in advocating within the Section Advisors section for member needs

1.2 Forum Moderators exist to promote discussion and encourage interaction within the forum as a whole. The key outcome is to see the part of the forum that they are designated to is running actively and smoothly, and the section moderators are supported.

1.2.1 Within sections without a section moderator, the FM will undertake all the roles of the SA.

1.2.2 Within sections with a SA they will support the SA and act as a backup, if the SA is unavailable or an urgent issue arises.

1.2.3 Take a particular interest in new members and ensure there technical questions on use of the forum are answered.

1.2.4 Be actively listening to all concerns of members and bring the issues to the table within the moderation section and mod meetings.

1.2.5 Where absolutely necessary using the moderation tools to steer a conversation back on track, and prevent breaking of the forum rules.

1.3 Administrators exist to oversee the total running of the board. The key outcome is to see that the forum as a whole, is running smoothly as members, SM and FM’s needs are all being heard and considered.

1.3.1 Be actively listening to the FM and SA as to members feedback, be actively listening to sponsors concerns and needs as well as seeking direct the feedback of long time posters.

1.3.2 Ensure that the rules are appropriate and being enforced as they are intended to promote discussion and interaction, and not to stop

1.3.3 Actively consider technical solutions to any problem.

1.3.4 Final responsibility for the ongoing running of the board is the responsibility of the Board Admin.

2.1 It is important that all viewpoints are expressed freely in all mod section and meetings without fear of any repercussions. All are asked to keep these conversations confidential.

2.2 Our sense of community starts with our treatment of each other as representatives of the community. As such we must be aware to ensure we are listening to and respecting each others point of views. Disagreements are essential to creating vibrant healthy communities, it is how you choose to express the disagreement that matters!

3.1 Moderating Guidelines.

3.1.1 Always treat the person with respect. Sometime guidance in what to post and allowing the member to edit there post will leave them feeling heard, rather than gagged in a discussion.

3.1.2 Always read twice before moderating. Sometimes we can misread things.

3.1.3 If a moderator is handling or running a discussion, think twice before entering the discussion. It can look heavy handed to have multiple moderators, and a single member in a thread.

3.1.4 If a matter does need addressing immediately, ensure that you send a clear professional PM to the member indicating what rules was broken.

3.1.5 In the case of a major breach of the rules an infraction is appropriate to be awarded: for example: Posting or linking pornographic or illegal material, deliberate bullying of another member, trolling comments.

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Nice thread Gingerbeer

I searched for some time to find a site that would fit for me as a guy coming back to the hobby after some time, and realising i had forgotten a lot more than i thought.

As a New South Welshmen i couldn't find a forum as good as this one in my state and ended up here.

Since being a member here i have received a lot of helpful advice and i try to partake in as many threads as i can whether it be just the off topic stuff or even the more serious

if i have knowledge in the area and even just adding in a nice tank comment here or there when a member is nice enough to share what they are doing.

I have seen a lot of two and throw over a few threads of late of what should change....

But you know what... Don't go changing to much ... The forum is good

Things can always be better, but in the same token some people are never happy

But members here should cut the staff a bit of slack, and just get a bit more engaged with others on the site, that's what it all about, its not about complaining

But i do notice a lot of disrespect, disappointing ,but i think that is a sign of the times more than a sign of the members on the forum.

So

Member Guidelines

1.1- Respect staff and other members and consider that all inflammatory remarks should not be posted, its about building community not destroying it

Sorry for a bit of a rant

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Your post promotes guidelines but mentions rules. It also says these won't be policed... so why try to regulate when common sense and courtesy will do?

If someone is unhappy (rightly or wrongly) they will stop visiting and posting. Like all communities, a sense of belonging (and contribution) has to come from members.

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I am confused?

What does your post mean [MENTION=231]gingerbeer[/MENTION]huh? What are you trying to tell us?

Is it worthy of a Hot Topic heading? Maybe Soft Topic.

What is the revolution?

I am totally confused but I am a simple person maybe that explains it!

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Members are expected to remind mods they arent cops?

Who wrote these guidelines?

I seem to have created some confusion here. The Section Advisors guidelines are the rules that we have for moderators and section advisors only. The second post in this thread is to let you know this is what is expected of admin, moss and Section advisors. The question is what do we expect of our fellow members?

Been a bad day - kicked off the forum, let back on again, getting this post and a big day at work.

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The question is what do we expect of our fellow members?

What is to confuse with my post then?

After all you led with.....

Foreword: We are not police officers. Our key roles are not to police the community. Our key roles are to promote a sense of belonging and mutual respect within the community.
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What is to confuse with my post then?

After all you led with.....

That is from the guidelines for admin, moss and section advisors. That is there rules if you like....

Let me rephrase what I said. Start with a blank page and write up what you think the member guidelines should look like.

I am even confusing myself today.....

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can we add

when a member contacts a mod or admin, please allow 24 hours min for a reply as the one you contacted might have a real life issue and hasn't logged on,

also please contact the webmaster for forum issues not a mod as mods can't fix the forum and most times have no idea were to even start,

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[MENTION=231]gingerbeer[/MENTION] maybe we should add this part in bold to the guidelines

Foreword: We are not police officers. Our key roles are not to police the community. Our key roles are to promote a sense of belonging and mutual respect within the community. BUT sometimes mods / admin need to step in and delete posts or threads if they feel it is needed, which will be then reviewed by admin
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