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Cate Perfect

The AVEN Terms of Service (ToS)

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Lady Ghoul   
Lady Ghoul

This portion of section 6:

A reinstated member comes back with 2 active warns, one lasting 3 months and one 6 months. The terms of reinstatement also include a possible permanent ban if it is earned (that cannot be appealed).

The returning member will be permanently banned under the following circumstances:

- If a nudge is received at anytime in the first six months

- If a warn is received in the first 3 months

- If two warns are accrued in the following 3 months, as, after the first 3 months, one warn expires and one is still active

- If 3 active warns are accrued after the probation period has ended

- If the returning member socks, trolls, flames, or similar, at any time

has been updated to this:

A reinstated member comes back with 2 active warns, both of which last 6 months. The terms of reinstatement also include a possible permanent ban if it is earned (that cannot be appealed).

While on probation, the returning member will be permanently banned under the following circumstances:

- If a nudge is received

- If a warn is received

- If the returning member socks, trolls, flames, or similar, at any time

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Kisa the Cat   
Kisa the Cat

Added an appeal SOL to the TOS

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Kisa the Cat

Changes to section 6:

The following:

When a member is banned, if it's not a troll or a spammer, a post will be made in Mod Forum with a short description of the reasons for the ban.


Moderators are able to warn for an offence in their forum without consulting the other Admods first. However, if an Admod is unsure, the issue is brought up in the Admods forum to be discussed.

Has been changed to:

When a member is banned, if the member is not a spammer a post will be made in the Admod Archives with a short description of why the member was banned. Note: some member bans will not be mentioned in the event that the member was banned for harassment or other reasons based on the Admod's discretion"


Moderators are required to bring up warnings with the admod team at least 24 hours prior to sending a warning for the team to review the situation.

Also, some mentions of admod and pt were changed to staff or had DT included.

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kelico

Changes made to section 5, Display Names.

 

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On 8/5/2005 at 10:25 AM, Cate Perfect said:

Display Names:
All display names must be at least three (3) non-white-space characters. Furthermore, to facilitate search functionality, we would ask that any display name contain at least two (2) consecutive non-white-space characters. Users may change their display names six (6) times per year (365 days). Names found to be too short or otherwise inappropriate may be changed without warning though the Admod Team will attempt to contact the user in question before any changes are made where it is not considered urgent. To learn how to change your display name, click here.

 

 

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Display Names:
All display names must be at least three (3) non-white-space characters. Furthermore, to facilitate search functionality, we would ask that any display name contain at least two (2) consecutive non-white-space characters. Users may change their display names six (6) times per year (365 days). Names found to be too short or otherwise inappropriate (this includes vulgar/profane words and words that are against the ToS) may be changed without warning though the Admod Team will attempt to contact the user in question before any changes are made where it is not considered urgent. To learn how to change your display name, click here.

 

 

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Changes made to Section 6a. for clarification.

 

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a. "Play nice warning" -- These are similar to a nudge that are not directed at anyone. They are posted in a thread that seems like it might escalate into flaming.

 

 

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a. "Play nice warning" -- Official communications from Moderators or Administrators are posts in bold green or red text. These are similar to nudges but are not directed at anyone in particular. They are posted in a thread that might escalate into flaming.
 

Green or red posts in a thread may be considered a nudge depending upon the severity of the situation. Even though they do not name anyone specifically, continuing the action that prompted the green/red post may result in editing or removal of content and further disciplinary action per the discretion of the moderator.  Green and red posts that do not fall under this criteria include thread/post moves, post locks, or other in-thread instructions or announcements.

 

 

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Section 2j. Members' security has been amended for clarification and specifics regarding bullying.

 

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j. Members' security
Stalking, bullying or harassing of any kind will not be tolerated. Should any account be used or created for this purpose, the account holder will be subject to official warning or outright banning from the site.

 

 

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j. Members' security
Stalking, bullying or harassing of any kind will not be tolerated. Should any account be used or created for this purpose, the account holder will be subject to official warning or outright banning from the site.
 
Bullying includes, but is not limited to, hateful comments, implying that someone is "less than" because of their beliefs or orientations, and "spill over" arguments that take place in multiple forums. This also applies to behaviors in AVEN chat and anything that starts in chat and continues in the forums (or vise versa). Bullying is generally considered to be repeated behavior towards someone in an attempt to intimidate them.

 

 

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Updated the link to the rules for researchers and students (the old ones have been replaced, so the link was not correct any more).

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Added in section 6e. What was 6e is now 6f.

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Amcan   
Amcan

Updated deletion requests section.

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Puck

Updated section 2a to include the portion about outside links known to harass members:

 

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AVEN reserves the right to de-list, delete or ban any links or advertisements to websites known to harass, bully or otherwise antagonize our members. The safety and well-being of the general membership is important and this rule is a pro-active step in creating guidelines for a respectful relationship between AVEN and external websites and communities. This is not meant to close discussion or even disagreement/criticisms of AVEN, but rather focus on the membership and community within.

 

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omgsospooky

Updated 6e to the following:

 

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Whenever a member receives an Official Warning for transphobic content or for gender identity related offences (such as identity policing with genders), then their warning will come with a temporary suspension of their ability to see or post in the Gender Discussion forum. If a member gets a warning for any content in the Tea and Sympathy forum, their warning will come with a temporary suspension of their ability to see or post in the Tea and Sympathy forum. If a member is repeatedly warned in either forum (gender or T&S), they may permanently be banned from that forum. Note that ban lengths may vary depending on the severity of the infraction. 

 

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Lady Ghoul   
Lady Ghoul

Section 6f said this:

 

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f. If either a Moderator or Administrator is warned, they are automatically relieved of their position. In the event a staff member is found to be irresponsible and is removed from their position, they will be barred from running in any election for 180 days, starting from the day they are removed from their position.

 

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f. If either a Moderator or Administrator is warned, they are automatically relieved of their position. In the event a staff member is found to be irresponsible and is removed from their position, they will be barred from running in any election for the same time period as if they had received their first active warning, starting from the day they are removed from their position.

 

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Puck

Added a section 8

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The admod team discourages the use of software that might allow a user to put an admod on "ignore". If you choose to use this software and you miss an admod message (like a green or red warning post) then you risk possible disciplinary action.

 

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Updated to add:

 

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Linking to websites which actively host pirated content (eg Putlocker) is prohibited on the forums; the link will be removed once brought to our attention, and repeated infringements can result in a nudge or warn. However, sites with protections against pirated content such as Youtube are fine.

Between generic rule about content and the clause about linking to harassing sites.

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Puck

Updated appeal clause for more clarity

 

 

Appeals
If you feel that you have been warned or banned unfairly, you may bring your concern to the Moderator or Administrator for discussion. This will begin a review process, where the Admod Team will address the concern in question, ultimately resulting in a decision to keep the warning or ban in effect or to repeal it. This decision is final and cannot be appealed further. If you decide to appeal, you cannot publicly discuss anything about the appeal until the admods have sent you the final decision. ("Publicly" includes posts, chat, and status updates.) Doing so will immediately end the appeal with the original decision made by admods being considered final. However, once the final decision has been made, you may then post about your appeal.

 

To learn how to appeal, read this thread: http://www.asexualit...-how-to-appeal/ 

All appeals by a member should be made prior to 2 weeks before their warning expires. Ban appeals can be made at any time but only one appeal is allowed. If a previously banned member gets banned again, after probation, they are allowed one appeal. 

Note that you cannot formally appeal a nudge, but you may PM an admod to discuss your nudge if you would like to do so. 

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