Guidelines (and Rules) for Using NATPA Forum

Approved by the Board of NATPA on April 30, 2012

 

The NATPA Forum is to provide a community of sharing and discussing ideas and opinions about issues and events of concerns to NATPA members and friends.  The Forum is self-moderated by its users in the sense they can, on their own, choose to opt out or block unwanted messages from certain users.  Such a lax approach allows its users great latitude of freedom of speech, but it can easily cause misunderstanding and unnecessary confrontation.  To maintain a civil Forum and enhance all users’ experience, the Board suggests the following guidelines for Forum participants to consider.

 1. Please be courteous and polite to each other. 

2. Respect other members and their views- even if you disagree with them.

3. Keep your message concise and precise.  If you have a lot of information to share, ask participants to contact you if they are interested.

4. Public posts should be open and inviting to all members.  Discussions among a select group of users should take place in private message.

5. Think twice before you respond to ALL.  Personal message (such as “Thank you!”, “Good post!”) should be directed to the sender ONLY.

6. To build a closer community among us, please list your region or local chapter when you post on the Forum.

7. Please occasionally charm us with a sense of humor, such as a flash of “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum…”

8. No personal attack nor profanities!  Feel free to make fun of yourselves, but not others. 

9. Relax and enjoy!  It is a forum, not an arena.  We can all go home happily!

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We hate to come down this far but we need to lay down some ground rules:

When a participant repeatedly deviates from the guidelines and disrupts the civil dialog on the Forum, his/her privilege to post on the Forum could be suspended if 10% or more of NATPA active members file a petition and the petition is reviewed and approved by the Board.  The suspension will last for two months for the first approved petition and six months for the second approved petition.   After three approved petitions, s/he will be permanently removed from the Forum.

Please take note that the petition to suspend a certain member’s privilege to participate is to be initiated by fellow members.  The Board has adamantly tried to avoid the procedure and appearance of imposing censorship. 

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