MIC Forum Rules

MIC Forum Rules

These participation rules are based on the rules developed by E-Demoracy.Org and have been edited to suit the needs of the Municipal Innovators Community (MIC).

Use your Real Name
If it is determined with careful consideration by the Moderator that a participant’s actual identity is in question, that person will be suspended until proof of identity is provided. If it appears that fraud, forgery, identity theft, or computer crime laws have been violated, MIC moderators will notify the appropriate legal authorities. Experience in other online discussion forums has shown that the use of real names rather than pseudonyms is more likely to result in a polite and respectful discussion.

Keep to the Topic
Please keep topic content relevant and applicable to the intended scope of MIC.

Be Civil
This is NOT a public forum but all participants are real people. Please respect people with differing views. No insults, name calling or inflamed speech. Personal one-on-one arguments, disagreements or personality conflicts are not appropriate on this discussion forum. Attempts at humour or sarcasm should be avoided or labelled … ;-), :-), etc. Verbal Attacks or Threats will be strictly dealt with and may lead to your being barred from taking part in the discussion forum – This keeps the Forum safe. If content is illegal it will be deleted. Personal attacks or public threats against the safety or security of participants or MIC are not allowed. If you receive private communication from another participant that causes you serious concern, you may communicate that to the Moderator, but no action will be taken by the Moderator to intervene in private disputes among individuals except to prevent offending parties from taking part. When a moderator takes any action this may not be communicated to any other party. If you feel you have privately received an illegal threat via email, you should contact the appropriate legal authorities. MIC is not responsible for any private behaviour.

Private stays private. Don’t forward private replies without permission of the original author. Contact the moderator if in any doubt.

No Rumours
Avoid false rumours. Rumours of a personal nature are not allowed. Asking for clarification of what you’ve heard in the community can be appropriate if issues-based. You alone are responsible for what you post.

Right to Post and Reply
Sharing your knowledge and opinions with your fellow citizens is a democratic right. Only those who are registered MIC members may post. Any person that is a member of the MIC has a right to reply.

Items Not Allowed in Forums

  • No attachments. Please place documents in the Document LIbrary.
  • Commercial advertising and chain letters are prohibited from the MIC forums.
  • Comments or complaints about forum management or complaints about member rule violations must not be posted to the main forum. Instead, direct such messages privately to the Moderator.
  • Public event promotions and links to commercial, media, or non-profit online content related to the scope of the MIC Forum are not appropriate.
  • Participant “signatures” providing links to the work or projects of an individual are not acceptable, and the display of specific products for sale are not allowed.

Public Content and Use
This is not a public forum – this is a forum specifically designed for the use of members of the MIC to discuss matters related to municipal challenges and innovation.

Warnings and Suspension
The MIC Forum is moderated by members assigned by the MIC founders. Moderators reserve the right not to publish postings that are deemed offensive, illegal or otherwise unsuitable. Should a posting to MIC Forum be deemed objectionable, the moderator may contact the author, explain the reasons and encourage the participant to revise the posting so that it is acceptable. You may lose your right to participate based on your behaviour in the MIC Forum. You may also regain your rights. You may receive informal or official warnings from the Moderator if your postings violate the MIC Forum rules. After two official warnings, you will be suspended from the Forum. Technical maintenance, full e-mail inboxes, or excessive bounced messages may cause a member to be temporarily or technically removed from the Forum or result in a delayed distribution of their posts. In these cases, the member may rejoin the forum at any time.

Moderator Responsibilities
Moderators shall behave in a manner that models good participation skills to other participants. Any personal information given to MIC for your subscription to the MIC Forum will be used only for the purpose for which it was intended. Should these rules be amended, the Moderator will announce the changes in the Forum.

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