September 10, 2015 at 11:54 am #3470
Pet Powwow is not a pre-moderated forum. Our policy is to keep intervention to a minimum and let the conversation flow. That said, we’re also here to make members lives easier, so where necessary, we will use our discretion to delete posts (or ban posters) if it seems to us that doing so is in keeping with this aim.
We do have a few forum rules to make sure we keep Pet Powwow Boards a good place to spend your time:
- No personal attacks
- No posts that break the law
- No trolling, misleading or deliberately inflammatory behaviour
- No trollhunting
- No spamming
You can report any of the above to us using the report button above each post.
Remember, we do not pre-moderate posts. We rely on our members to let us know about any posts that break our Guidelines.
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We’re all for freedom of speech. That said, we’ll remove posts we consider to contain personal attacks, to break the law and/or to be obscene, racist, sexist, disablist, ageist, homophobic or transphobic, once they are brought to our attention. We will also delete any posts that we think are just seriously unpleasant (please note that any subsequent posts repeating the words in the deleted post may be deleted, too).
If a whole thread is deleted, please don’t start a new one repeating and/or rehashing everything that’s been deleted. It’s highly likely that the new thread will be deleted, too.
It’s not our policy to delete swearwords (we’re all adults, after all) but we do draw the line at obscenity, racist, ageist, disablist, homophobic or transphobic language, and wording that is truly beyond the pale.
We have no problem with people posting the odd link to other sites/blogs that other posters might find useful or interesting. But we’ll delete anyone’s attempts to spam the boards with links, as a way of promoting their own product, services, survey or e-petition, as it annoys our members.
If you’d like to know more about promoting your product on Pet Perks, please read about our advertising opportunities and have a look at the many free listings opportunities on Pet Perks Local. If you’d like folks to know about an e-petition, you can post on our Petitions Noticeboard.
We only allow fundraising for registered charities to be promoted on Pet Powwow boards – and these threads should be posted on the Charities noticeboard. This is in the interest of protecting our users as we aren’t able to vouch for or endorse individuals running crowdfunding campaigns or anything along those lines.
We don’t generally delete whole threads; it’s frustrating for those who’ve taken the time to write responses to see them removed. That said, we’re here to make people’s lives easier, so if you have a pressing reason for wanting a thread you started to be deleted, please report it to us and we’ll take a look.
As we hope you’ve already found out, the vast majority of Pet Powwow Conversations are genuinely informative, supportive and friendly (even when we all disagree with each other!) but, from time to time, we are visited by trolls, for whom friendly supportive chat is definitely not on the agenda.
If you suspect someone of being a troll, please don’t trollhunt (accuse them publicly on the discussion thread). If you’re wrong, you could cause untold hurt; if you’re right, you’ll merely be giving them the kind of attention they’re after.
Instead, report your suspicions to us and we’ll check them out.
Please bear in mind that we’d rather err on the side of being taken in than of accusing a genuine poster who’s in need of support of being a troll.
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