« on: October 22, 2007, 01:39:19 PM »
The Canadian Racing Online Code of Conduct.
The Basic Rules
There are four basic rules here at the CRO message boards: Keep it respectful, keep it clean, keep it on topic, and keep it constructive. Those rules are essentially the same rules I, the admins, the mods, and you too most likely, use every day in the course of our duties. Following is a brief overview of each.
Rule 1 - Keep it RESPECTFUL.
Do - Engage, discuss, report, ask questions, and seek clarification. Please tell us your point of view. We're here to talk about racing.
But don't engage in - personal attacks, name-calling, judgements, or blanket generalizations. This extends to anyone, from the poster you are answering, to the promoter of a race track on the other side of the country. Its simple - don't bad mouth anyone. You can support, criticize, or discuss an idea, but we draw the line at "so and so is an idiot", as well as other "more clever" ways of saying the same thing. Feel free to criticize if you must, just do it in a respectful manner and don't make it personal.
Don't ascribe motives to the actions of others. This includes ascribing motives to drivers, fans, officials and track management or staff on things that happen on the racetrack or in tech. You probably don't know the whole story, even if you think you do. Tell us what you saw, tell us what the result was, but please don't try to tell us what the other guy was thinking.
Rule 2 - Keep it CLEAN.
Don't use obscenities, don't use clever tricks to run around the profanity filters, and don't link to sites with inappropriate content. The acid test we use is the "Coffee Shop Rule", as if you were sitting in a crowded Tim Horton's having a conversation. If its something you'd probably lower your voice to say, then best to use the PM feature. If you could say it in mixed company without lowering your voice, then its probably OK. We want Jr. racers' moms to feel OK about their kid hanging out here too. Bottom line...the CRO message boards are here for the whole world to see. How do you act around strangers and work acquaintances? That's how we'd like you to act here.
Rule 3 - Keep it ON TOPIC.
Ok, so it's not that we actually forbid off-topic conversation. But keep in mind that this is a racing site that focuses on racing in Canada, with sub-forums on related topics. Try to put your posts in the right forums (it helps people find stuff, for one thing); off-topic posts go in the Off Topic forum, for sale posts go in the classifieds.
And in this category we should mention the "no religion, no politics" rule -- Please refrain from discussion of a religious or political nature - just don't do it. We're here to talk racing.
Lastly, if you feel a need to carry on a one on one conversation with someone, please do it via PM or the chatroom. There's room for side comments, but if it gets out of hand and derails a thread, then it might be edited.
Rule 4 - Keep it CONSTRUCTIVE.
We're passionate about racing, just like anyone else. Sometimes when things don't go the way we think they should, people can get snarky and judgemental. While negativity is OK...once or twice...repeated negativity (ie, beating a dead horse) that is not constructive could bring warnings. If you're only here to complain, spread discontent, spread malicious rumors, bash (tracks or people) or only talk about how much things "suck", then please go somewhere else. We might have issue and you could be warned.
It is expected that if you have a beef with a particular track's management, its best that you contact them yourself and deal with it privately rather than airing your track's dirty laundry in a public forum. It is our hope to maintain a positive relationship with the various speedways, and allowing constant complaining on the boards, complaints often based on false assumptions and rumor, is not beneficial to that relationship. We have no interest in an "us vs them" mentality with regards to race track managers....we'd actually prefer to be working WITH them.
What to Do If Another Poster Crosses the Line:
Simple. Report it. We have day jobs and don't sit at our computers 24/7. There's a little button on the lower left of any post that says "report to moderator". Use that, and we'll get back to you ASAP. However, please don't be offended if, in a given instance, the moderator doesn't agree with you. Sometimes personalities clash even when the rules are being followed. We can assure you that all of the moderators here do their best to be fair and frequently talk issues over amongst themselves.
With that in mind, we do have a couple of rules when it comes to moderators, and we ask you to abide by them:
1) Whether or not you agree with a moderator's stance, we do expect you to abide by their decisions and requests.
2) If you have a problem with a moderating issue, don't argue about it on the boards. That means no calling out of moderators and no challenging their decisions in the thread. Period. If you do it, expect your account to be suspended. Mods are human beings, just like you, trying to do the impossible. They don't get paid, and it is important that their job be as easy as possible. What this means is that you don't get to argue with a moderator publicly. Feel free to contact them by PM if you feel it is necessary.
3) Posting in RED text is reserved for moderator warnings. Our moderators are race fans too and will engage in discussions just like anyone else. When they post in red, its an official notice that someone has broken a rule or is coming close to breaking one.
4) Locked and Deleted threads. If something was offensive, it'll probably be deleted. Threads that simply get out of hand or degenerate too far from the original topic will probably be locked. Either way, you will be contacted via PM. Please don't try and resurrect an unaccaptable thread in a different thread.
What happens if I break the rules?
It depends. We may just email you, gently reminding you about the standard of conduct we expect here; we may post in the thread or topic if we feel it will help; alternatively, we may suspend your account, either temporarily or permanently.
The more posts you have accumulated, the less lenient we are likely to be. This is because we expect that any long-time member of CRO should know better.
Finally -- if you break a rule and admit to knowing it at the same time, we won't bother asking questions. Posts which include phrases like "this will probably get me warned or banned" show you're pretty much sticking your fingers up at the rules and the moderators, and will result in a banning. We probably won't even bother emailing you to let you know in these situations.
The moderators and their decisions (or "Rule 0")
This was touched on above, but deserves reiterating. Challenging a moderator publicly is not acceptable. They are human beings, just like you, trying to do the impossible. They don't get paid, and it is important that their job be as easy as possible. What this means is that you don't get to argue with a moderator publicly. You know the rules, and it is your decision as to whether or not you wish to post here.
Secondly, there is a very low tolerance for people who try to skirt the rules or seek loopholes. This is where "Rule 0" comes in - all of the above rules are really just guidelines to help you fit in at Canadian Racing Online. When it comes down to it, though, what we want you to do is use common sense, and moderators have the authority to do and say whatever is necessary to keep Canadian Racing Online the sort of place we want it to be. Think of them as race officials - yes, there are rules in the book, but the officials are the arbiters of what happens; if you don't like their calls, you don't have to race there.