Stalking/Invite Only rule
As many of you are aware we have a rule in place called "Invite Only" which means that you are not to be posting in the CC's that you are not a member of. However, of course this is the internet and nothing can be hidden or locked away so if you DO go into these invite only CC's then you are doing that under your own responsibility and if you get "hurt" reading some comments or discussions then nothing can be done unless the post is against IF's COC. So what I mean is that if you come upon a post that is ridiculing your favourite character on TV DON'T REPORT IT unless it contains profanities or is against IF's COC. And it is a SINCERE request that you stop stalking each other's CC's and quit complaining about others stalking yours. If you post something or press the "like" button in a CC that you're not part of and you get reported then you will be one getting served a 20% increase in your warning level. NO QUESTIONS ASKED. This rule also applies to members of IF's development team members so please refrain yourself from going into other CC's. The only members exempt from this rule are the dev. Team of this section, Channel moderators, Global Moderators and IF Administrators.
Well this is another problematic area since many of you get confused with how is criticism different from discussion. Constructive criticism means criticism or advice that is useful and intended to help or improve something, often with an offer of possible solutions DO NOT call it criticism if all you are doing is posting snide remarks on an actor's looks or personal life. That is not considered critical from any point. Also, to those who cannot take a single thing being said against their favourite character please learn and respect that everyone has different views from each other. Just like you would not go reporting the littlest nuisance to a police officer and would probably ignore it. Apply the same method here. Ignore what you don't like. Furthermore, when we have discussions going on, there are bound to be two opposing sides and since India-Forums is based on DISCUSSIONS you will find a lot of people who are on the opposite end of the spectrum so don't fret over every little detail they post and don't get hurt over what they think is right. However, please note that ANY criticism containing foul or vulgar language will be dealt with severity.
Personal attacks on members
There are a growing number of public personal attacks on a number of people. Please refrain yourself from using expressions or language in posts that are considered foul, vulgar, hateful, bigoted, sexually harassing, racially offensive, or are in any way discriminatory. Calling people lesbians and uncles can be considered discriminatory and actions will be taken against those who will continue use of such language after this rules post comes in action. It doesn't matter how much you dislike somebody there is absolutely no reason for you to go on an attacking spree against them and disrupt the environment of the forum. Please always remember that our COC states, "Making posts that personally attack, insult, threaten, harass or are clearly disrespectful of the opinions of other participants. This means, if you are engaging in debates that involve challenging, questioning and disputing the opinions and views of others, you are required to do so in a civil manner and ensure that your posts are relevant and on-topic. This rule does not exclude posts that are critical or questioning. It does, however, require that you carefully consider the tone of language in such posts to ensure that they are civil." Keeping that in mind, personal attacks will be dealt with severity.
Bashing Actors / Characters
Okay so the waters here are a little tricky. We do realize that not everyone loves the same actors as others and some probably don't like any actors at all. However, we do have a lot of people who love these people as much as they love themselves. We are not asking you start loving an actor just because someone else does it but we would request you to be a little considerate of other people's opinions and do not post insulting or instigating posts. Express your opinions in a timely fashion so that the atmosphere or the forum remains harmonious.
India-Forum's Code Of Conduct
Please always remember to read through IF Code Of Coduct so you can make yourself more familiar with what we expect from you as IF members/
Anyone violating these rules will be dealt with severity. These rules are not that hard to follow in fact we would not even call them rules. Most of the points listed above are common sense that most of you should be applying before even being reminded of it. However, we do want people to know that we are not HITLERS we are simply here to make the forum a welcoming place for everyone so if you have any concerns or issues with this post [or the way we moderate] then please feel free to drop us a PM and we will get back to you ASAP.
Also, on an ending note we would like to ask members to give us feedback on this rules postONLY in this thread. Please let us know what you like or dislike about it so we can come up with a solution that everyone is happy with. This post is the final version of rules but if many of you feel that there needs to be some changes then we will be more than happy to accommodate such suggestions.
- Differences of opinion are bound to occur. Furthermore, everyone is equally entitled to having likes and dislikes, and hence was the notion behind Invites Only chat threads. However, lately such Invites Only threads are being used to target other fan bases, pin-point them, and or personally attack them. Such activities are STRICTLY PROHIBITED! Earlier, the rules were amended for discussion around actors, as long as they are constructive criticism, however, the same does not apply to discussion over fellow members. Hence we kindly request members to refrain from using anyInvites Only Chat Threads for this purpose. If anyone is found to continue such activity here onwards, it will be dealt with severity.
- This is another serious concern. As previously stated, members have been asked to avoid stalking IO CCs. We kindly request for the same again, as the purpose of IO threads are to discuss personal interests (based on their likes and dislikes). If you land on an IO and get hurt by an opinion, please do NOT report it, unless it breaches IF COC and or CC rules! If members report any IO thread that is non-offensive, they could faise a raise in W/Ls for intruding! Furthermore, members are strictly prohibited from discussing others' IO content elsewhere, and such cases will also be dealt with severity.
- It has come to our attention that multiple IDs (MIDs) are being created by the members of particular chat threads to disrupt the atmosphere of the same CC threads by bashing self and fellow members. We kindly request members to refrain from creating IDs purposely to cause chaos in their respective chat club threads. If anyone is seen to engage in such activities, their warning levels will be raised, without further question!
- There are increasing number of MIDs and if any MIDs are spotted on Chat Club Sections, the original ID will get a warning level raise by 20%, while the remainder of MIDs will be banned!