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SABRE Posting Guidelines Working Procedures 2007-2017

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SABRE is a site for discussion, education and research about roads. The forums are an opportunity for reasoned, open and constructive discussion and debate among people of all ages, occupations and backgrounds, and with strong and widely varying opinions. They are not intended for campaigning on pet issues.

We therefore ask you to keep to the following guidelines:

  • Always treat other users with respect, even if you disagree with them.
  • When posting, "play the ball, not the man." Discuss the actual subject, not how someone else has posted, or their spelling and grammar.
  • No personal attacks/flaming.
  • Keep the content "family friendly" - avoid subjects and language banned on TV before the 9.00pm watershed.
  • Avoid posting anything that could reasonably cause offence.
  • Try to stay on-topic - if you want to swerve in a different direction, it is usually better to start a new topic.
  • Remember you are not always right.
  • Avoid repeating yourself unnecessarily, either in thread or across the forums. If you don't have something new to add to the discussion, it is better to say nothing.
  • If you see a post that breaks these guidelines, don't reply to it in-thread.

If you are concerned about any post or private message - including accidental duplicate posts - let the Site Management Team know using the ! button at the top of each post.

What the Site Management Team will do

If we receive a report, we will acknowledge it within 24 hours - hopefully much sooner. We will then work to resolve any problems quietly and discreetly.

In addition, if you post in the wrong section of the forums, we will usually move the topic for you. We also often split discussions that have drifted into other areas into new topics.

Sometimes posts have to be edited or deleted, in which case we will write to you or post in the forum to explain why.

If you disagree with a Site Management Team action

There are several routes open to you:

  • Send a private message to the Site Management Team
  • Send a private message to the President
  • If you just want to discuss a matter of principle, you can post in the Society> forum.

Above all, do not post about it in the thread concerned. If you do, we will delete it as it would be automatically off-topic.

Moderation Guidelines

The SMT and Committee have published the following Moderation Guidelines, strictly within the scope of the existing Working Documents.

"Blue pen" posts and locking threads

If we make a "blue pen" post in a thread due to posting behaviour, it will also act as a warning that unless behaviour improves, we may lock the thread - initially for a short period such as 24-48 hours, but potentially a third "blue pen" post in a relatively short period could see a thread permanently locked.In general, and where possible, fair warning will be given of our intention to lock a thread if behaviour does not improve.

Official warnings

From now on, if a user is at risk of being suspended, we will be using the official phpBB warning utility. This generates a PM, and the warning will be held on your record for 90 days before it deletes itself.Normal procedures will apply to suspensions, including where someone's behaviour necessitates a suspension without warning.

Minor posting infractions

We often deal with minor infractions by sending friendly PMs asking for posts to be edited etc, without a hint of a warning. We make a record of these PMs, and if we're writing to you a third time about posting behaviour, it's likely to be in the form of an official phpBB warning - so five minor infractions could result in a suspension. You should also be aware that the SMT will take a dim view of people sending frequent vexatious Post Reports where, for example, posts are not judged to contravene the Posting Guidelines or do not need any other form of moderation - such as being moved to the correct forum or thread merging/splitting.

In simple terms, if someone uses the Post Report system to try to harass other members, stop debate or just be difficult with the SMT rather than for a good reason such as the examples then the SMT are not going to be massively impressed with it. The SMT's tolerance level is quite high on this, and the SMT would rather people genuinely used the system if they think there's something that we need to look at than be scared we're going to tell them off instead.

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