Content and Comment Policy
SalfordOnline Content and Comment Policy
SalfordOnline is a free service for communication, self-expression and freedom of speech. Censoring content is contrary to a service that bases itself on freedom of expression. However in order to uphold these values and to avoid abuses that threaten our ability to provide this service there are some boundaries on the type of content that can be posted.
PORNOGRAPHY AND OBSCENITY:
- Pornography and Obscenity: Images that contains nudity, sexually graphic material, or material that is otherwise deemed explicit by us is not allowed anywhere on SalfordOnline.
- Paedophilia, Incest and Bestiality: Users may not publish written, or image content that promotes the aforementioned.
- Child Pornography: SalfordOnline has a zero-tolerance policy against child pornography and will report to the appropriate authorities any user who publishes or distributes child pornography.
HATEFUL CONTENT: You may not publish material that promotes hate toward groups based on race or ethnic origin, religion, disability, gender, age or sexual orientation.
VIOLENT CONTENT: You may not publish direct threats of violence against any person or group of people.
UNLAWFUL USE OF SERVICES: The facilities offered by SalfordOnline, should not be used for unlawful purposes or for the promotion of dangerous and illegal activities. The Editor and staff of SalfordOnline reserve the right to monitor all entries and if deemed necessary remove inappropriate material and if necessary, report such instances to the authorities.
We try to be as open as possible in terms of leaving comments on the site, but anything posted to SalfordOnline that violates our Content and Comment Policy will be removed. Additionally, content that is excessively promotional, disruptive, and/or off-topic may be subject to review and removal from the site.
1. We welcome debate and dissent, but personal attacks (on authors, other users or any individual), persistent trolling (abuse to incite replies) will not be tolerated. This is the key to maintaining SalfordOnline as a space where people feel safe to promote their viewpoint.
2. We will consider removing any content that others could find offensive or threatening. Please respect other people's views and beliefs and consider your impact on others when making your contribution.
We don't want to stop people discussing topics they are enthusiastic about, but we do ask users to find ways of sharing their views that do not feel threatening to others.
3. We will not tolerate racism, sexism, homophobia or contributions that could be interpreted as such. We recognise the difference between criticising a particular government, organisation, community or belief and attacking people on the basis of their race, religion, gender or sexual orientation.
4. We will remove any content that may put us in legal jeopardy, such as potentially libellous or defamatory postings, or material posted in potential breach of copyright.
5. We will remove any posts that are obviously commercial or otherwise spam-like. Our aim is that this site should provide a space for people to interact with our content and each other, and we actively discourage commercial entities passing themselves off as individuals, in order to post advertising material or links. This may also apply to people or organisations who frequently post propaganda or external links without adding substantively to the quality of the discussion on SalfordOnline.com.
6. Keep it relevant. We know that some conversations can be wide-ranging, but if you post something which is unrelated to the original topic ("off-topic") then it may be removed, in order to keep the thread on track. This also applies to queries or comments about moderation, which should not be posted as comments. If you have a query about moderation, please direct it to firstname.lastname@example.org
7. Be aware that you may be misunderstood, so try to be clear about what you are saying, and expect that people may understand your contribution differently than you intended. Remember that text isn't always a great medium for conversation: tone of voice (sarcasm, humour and so on) doesn't always come across when using words on a screen. You can help to keep the SalfordOnline community areas open to all viewpoints by maintaining a reasonable tone, even in unreasonable circumstances.
8. Anonymous commentators (those without a free SalfordOnline username) are more likely to be moderated.
9. Comments that are cut and pasted from other sites are more likely to be moderated.
10. You are welcome to write a note to the editors at email@example.com if you feel you are consistently treated unfairly.