Code Of Conduct

Welcome to the Kerry Blue Terrier Foundation website(s) & community engagement platforms. Our digital platforms are here to provide you with a friendly environment where you can discuss ideas, give advice, have fun, and converse about any related topic to our community, websites & organization. 

Community platforms are at their best when participants treat their fellow users with respect and courtesy. Therefore, we ask that you conduct yourself in a civilized manner when participating in any of our online digital platforms.

Code Of Conduct Guidelines

All Kerry Blue Terrier Foundation platforms are “Civilized Places” for community discussion. Please treat this user interaction & discussion with the same respect you would a public park. 

These are not hard and fast rules, merely guidelines to aid the human judgment of our community and keep this a clean and well-lighted place for civilized public discourse.

1. Improve the Discussion

Help us make this a great place for discussion by always working to improve the discussion in some way, however small. If you are not sure your post adds to the conversation, think over what you want to say and try again later.

The topics discussed here matter to us, and we want you to act as if they matter to you, too. Be respectful of the topics and the people discussing them, even if you disagree with some of what is being said.

One way to improve the discussion is by discovering ones that are already happening. Spend time browsing the topics here before replying or starting your own, and you’ll have a better chance of meeting others who share your interests.

2. Be Agreeable, Even When You Disagree

You may wish to respond to something by disagreeing with it. That’s fine. But remember to criticize ideas, not people. Please avoid:

  • Name-calling
  • Ad hominem attacks
  • Responding to a post’s tone instead of its actual content
  • Knee-jerk contradiction

Instead, provide reasoned counter-arguments that improve the conversation.

3. Your Participation Counts

The conversations we have here set the tone for every new arrival. Help us influence the future of this community by choosing to engage in discussions that make our platforms an interesting place to be — and avoiding those that do not.

Kerry Blue Terrier Foundation  provides tools that enable the community to collectively identify the best (and worst) contributions. Use these tools to improve your own experience, and everyone else’s, too.

Let’s leave our community better than we found it.

4. If You See a Problem, Flag It

Moderators have special authority; they are responsible for this chat portal. But so are you. With your help, moderators can be community facilitators, not just janitors or police.

When you see bad behavior, don’t reply. It encourages the bad behavior by acknowledging it, consumes your energy, and wastes everyone’s time. Just flag it. If enough flags accrue, action will be taken, either automatically or by moderator intervention.

In order to maintain our community, moderators reserve the right to remove any content and any user account for any reason at any time. Moderators do not preview new posts; the moderators and site operators take no responsibility for any content posted by the community.

5. Always Be Civil

Nothing sabotages a healthy conversation like rudeness:

  • Be civil. Don’t post anything that a reasonable person would consider offensive, abusive, or hate speech.
  • Keep it clean. Don’t post anything obscene or sexually explicit.
  • Respect each other. Don’t harass or grief anyone, impersonate people, or expose their private information.
  • Respect our chat portal. Don’t post spam or otherwise vandalize the platform.

These are not concrete terms with precise definitions — avoid even the appearance of any of these things. If you’re unsure, ask yourself how you would feel if your post was featured on the front page of the New York Times.

Keep the language, links, and images safe for family and friends.

6. Keep It Tidy

Make the effort to put things in the right place, so that we can spend more time discussing and less cleaning up. So:

  • Don’t start a channel with our searching for an exist one.
  • Don’t cross-post the same thing in multiple topics.
  • Don’t post no-content replies.
  • Don’t divert a topic by changing it midstream.
  • Don’t sign your posts — every post has your profile information attached to it.

7. Post Only Your Own Stuff

You may not post anything digital that belongs to someone else without permission. You may not post descriptions of, links to, or methods for stealing someone’s intellectual property (software, video, audio, images), or for breaking any other law.

8. Powered by You

Our platforms are operated by your friendly local staff and by you, the community. If you have any further questions about how things should work here, open a new discussion in the site support channel and let’s discuss! If there’s a critical or urgent issue that can’t be handled by a meta topic or flag, contact us via the staff page.

Content Moderation & Discipline Guidelines

Note that the following moderation guidelines are not exhaustive, and may not address all manner of offensive behavior. As such, the platform moderators shall have full discretion to address any behavior that they feel is inappropriate. Also, suspension or banishment from one of our platforms will always result in the same in regard to all Kerry Blue Terrier Foundation platforms. Your access to these platforms is a “privilege,” and not a “right.” 

Kerry Blue Terrier Foundation reserves the right to suspend your access to these platforms at any time for reasons that include, but are not necessarily limited to, your failure to abide by these guidelines. We reserve the right to evaluate each incident on a case by case basis. The action we take may be more lenient or more severe than those listed under each category:

  • Racial / Ethnic
  • Extreme Sexuality / Violence
  • Real-Life Threats
  • Distribution of Real-Life Personal Information
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Posting Fraudulent Links, Malware, Trojan Horses or Malicious Programs/Websites
  • Impersonating a Kerry Blue Terrier Foundation Employee
  • Obscene / Vulgar
  • Inappropriate Language
  • Harassing or Defamatory
  • Major Religions or Religious Figures
  • National
  • Illegal Drugs or Activities
  • Spamming or Trolling
  • Creating Duplicate Threads
  • Cross Linking Threads
  • Advertising
  • Discussing Disciplinary Actions
  • Circumventing a Suspension / Ban

Racial / Ethnic

This category includes both clear and masked language and/or links to websites containing such language or images which:

Promote racial/ethnic hatred

  • Are recognized as a racial/ethnic slur
  • Allude to a symbol of racial/ethnic hatred

If a user is found to have participated in such actions, he/she will:

  • Be temporarily banned from the platform
  • Be given a final warning, after which any further Code of Conduct violations may result in a permanent ban from our platforms

Sexuality / Violence

This category includes both clear and masked language and/or links to websites containing such language or images which:

  • Refer to and/or violent sexual acts
  • Refer to violent real life actions
  • Pornography

If a user is found to have participated in such actions, he/she will:

  • Be permanently banned from our platforms

Real-Life Threats

This category includes both clear and masked language and/or links to websites containing such language or images which:

  • Refer to violence in any capacity

If a user is found to have participated in such actions, he/she will:

  • Be temporarily banned from our platforms
  • Be given a final warning, after which any further Code of Conduct violations may result in a permanent ban from the platforms

Sexual Orientation

This category includes both clear and masked language and/or links to websites containing such language or images which:

  • Insultingly refer to any aspect of sexual orientation pertaining to themselves or other users

If a user is found to have participated in such actions, he/she will:

  • Be temporarily banned from our platforms
  • Be given a final warning, after which any further Code of Conduct violations may result in a permanent ban from our platforms

Posting Fraudulent links, Malware, Trojan Horses or Malicious Programs

This category includes:

  • Posting links to fraudulent links, malware, or malicious viruses, programs & websites

If a user is found to have participated in such actions, he/she will:

  • Be permanently banned from our platforms

Impersonating an Employee

This category includes:

  • Passing yourself off as an employee to post false information

If a user is found to have participated in such actions, he/she will:

  • Be given a final warning, after which any further Code of Conduct violations may result in a permanent ban from our platforms.

Obscene / Vulgar

This category includes both clear and masked language in posts, signatures, and/or links to websites containing such language or images which:

  • Are an inappropriate reference to human anatomy or bodily functions
  • Are pornographic in nature

If a user is found to have participated in such actions, he/she will:

  • Be given a temporary ban from the platforms, depending upon severity

While these repercussions may seem harsh, we feel very strongly that this behavior has no place on the platforms due to its extremely offensive and inappropriate nature.

Inappropriate Language

This category includes language and/or links to websites containing such language or images which:

  • Are a mildly inappropriate reference to human anatomy or bodily functions
  • Are otherwise considered objectionable
  • Bypass the Mature Language filter

If a user is found to have participated in such actions, he/she will:

  • Be given a temporary ban from the platforms, depending upon severity

Harassing or Defamatory

This category includes both clear and masked language and/or links to websites containing such language or images which:

  • Insultingly refer to other characters, users, Kerry Blue Terrier Foundation employees, or groups of people
  • Result in ongoing harassment to other characters, users, Kerry Blue Terrier Foundation employees, or groups of people

If a user is found to have participated in such actions, he/she will:

  • Be given a temporary ban from the platforms, depending upon severity

Harassment takes many forms, and is not necessarily limited to the type of language used, but the intent. Repeatedly targeting a specific user with harassment can lead to more severe action. The idea behind this is to prevent any one user from consistently being uncomfortable in the platforms.

Major Religions or Religious Figures

This category includes both clear and masked language and/or links to websites containing such language or images which:

  • Negatively portray major religions or religious figures

If a user is found to have participated in such actions, he/she will:

  • Be given a temporary ban from the platforms, depending upon severity

National

This category includes language and/or links to websites containing such language or images which:

  • Promote national hatred
  • Are recognized as national slurs
  • Allude to symbols of national hatred

If a user is found to have participated in such actions, he/she will:

  • Be given a temporary ban from the platforms, depending upon severity

Illegal Drugs or Activities

This category includes both clear and masked language and/or links to websites containing such language or images which:

  • Reference to abusing illegal drugs
  • Reference to performing illegal activities

If a user is found to have participated in such actions, he/she will:

  • Be given a temporary ban from the platforms, depending upon severity

Spamming or Trolling

This category includes:

  • Excessively communicating the same phrase, similar phrases, or pure gibberish
  • Creating threads for the sole purpose of causing unrest on the platforms
  • Causing disturbances in platform threads, such as picking fights, making off topic posts that ruin the thread, insulting other posters
  • Making non-constructive posts
  • Abusing the Reported Post feature by sending false alarms or nonsensical messages
  • Numbering a thread, IBTL, TLDR, or any other fad statements

If a user is found to have participated in such actions, he/she will:

  • Be given a temporary or permanent ban from the platforms, depending upon severity

Creating Duplicate Threads

This category includes:

  • Creating threads about existing topics
  • Creating a separate thread about an existing topic for further discussion in more than one platform

If a user is found to have participated in such actions, he/she will:

  • Be given a temporary ban from the platforms, depending upon severity

Cross Linking Threads

This category includes:

  • Linking to threads from other platforms
  • Creating threads with the sole purpose of linking another post

If a user is found to have participated in such actions, he/she will:

  • Be given a temporary ban from the platforms

Advertising

This category includes advertisement of:

  • Any non-beneficial, non-Kerry Blue Terrier Foundation related businesses, organizations, or websites

If a user is found to have participated in such actions, he/she will:

  • Be given a temporary ban from the platforms, depending upon severity

Discussing Disciplinary Actions

This category includes:

  • Creating posts or threads to discuss disciplinary actions taken against a user, including chat logs and email correspondence between a user and a Game Master (GM)
  • Creating posts or threads to discuss disciplinary actions taken against a character or account on the platforms

If a user is found to have participated in such actions, he/she will:

  • Be given a temporary ban from the platforms, depending upon severity

Circumventing a Suspension / Ban

This category includes:

  • Posting on another account
  • Having someone post on your behalf

If a user is found to have participated in such actions, he/she will:

  • Be permanently banned from posting on the platforms

IMPORTANT

  • Repeatedly violating any area of the Kerry Blue Terrier Foundation Terms of Use or platform Code of Conduct, including the areas detailed above, will often result in permanent banishment from the platforms.
  • This policy is not language-restrictive. Language that falls under this policy will always be subject to the repercussions listed, whether it is inappropriate in English or any other language.

The bottom line is that we want the Kerry Blue Terrier Foundation platforms to be a fun and safe environment for all users. While using Kerry Blue Terrier Foundationplatfroms and posting on these user content systems, you will encounter users who share different experiences and come from vastly different backgrounds. While certain language and images may not be offensive to you, consider the fact that that same language and images may have a completely different effect on someone else. We’ve done everything we can to make this a great environment – now it’s up to you!

Thank you for following Kerry Blue Terrier Foundation’s code of conduct. If you have any questions please contact support at any time.

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