BITOG Standard of Conduct

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Staff member
May 14, 2007
Indianapolis, IN

The owner and staff at BITOG encourage discussion and sharing in regards to all allowable topics within the context of this site's endeavors. As our membership grows in numbers, we become more diverse; that comes with both blessings and challenges. We want all to enjoy their time here; please share with, as well as learn from, others. Agreement, debate and even disagreement are all acceptable as long as it happens with civility; the Golden Rule is our guiding principle.

To that end, we have Rules and policies as to how all members shall act/interact on BITOG. Please understand that the Rules are not a maximum limit, but rather a minimum threshold of the overall, total societal conduct we expect and enforce at our sole discretion. Appropriate conduct is embraced and welcome; inappropriate conduct will not be tolerated on any level and will be dealt with accordingly. This is a privately owned, family-friendly site; we insist upon behavior that supports and does not contradict our mantra.

Do not initiate conversations and/or discuss materials concerning the following topics: Religion, Sex, Politics (RSP)
Past experience has shown that those topics can't be discussed without conflict. Implication, innuendo and such similar efforts are also unacceptable. Hot-Button topics such as climate change, etc are also unwarranted.

The word censor/profanity filter shall not be bypassed
Use the preview tool on all posts before posting. If a word is marked censored then that word is not allowed. If you have to fool the censor using alternate spellings and/or special characters, you should not be using that word in the first place.

We do not support nor advocate for Legal and Medical advice
BITOG is not equipped or intended to be a source of information, advice, aid or general curiosity for those subjects. Seeking Legal or Medical advice from anonymous strangers is inherently ill advised.

Trolling, baiting, doxing, etc ...
Disruptive conduct means to incite conflict or data-mine for nefarious purposes. Definition of and response to disruptive conduct are the sole discretion of board representatives.

Linked materials shall be of acceptable nature
Today's technology gives us many opportunities to share a wealth of materials and images from other sources. Prior to posting anything here, it is your responsibility to review the material completely and assure it is in keeping with our rules and policies; it shall not include embedded content which will violate our tenets. This includes but is not limited to all visual and audible content, as well as any trademark and copyright status.

Policing the site
Our moderators cannot be everywhere at once. We count on the dutiful eye of each member to help us keep this site in order. We ask that you help us keep a great site going; please alert moderators if violations of the Forum Rules or Standards of Conduct occur.

Personal responsibility
Each member is expected to review and adhere to the Forum Rules Terms and Conditions as agreed upon joining our membership, as well as these Standards of Conduct.

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Notification process here:

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