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    Terms of Service and Forum Rules Update

    The full Terms of Service (ToS) and Forum Rules here at Anthrogenica can be viewed in the FAQ, also located at the top of every page.

    Announcements of changes to the above will be made here.

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    The following additions have been made to the ToS.

    3.5 Anthrogenica caters to the discussion of personal genetic results from members who are customers/participants of unaffiliated projects/companies. Members who decide to post their personal results do so with the explicit understanding that they are contributing to the forum's content. The administration has facilitated the modification and/or removal of any member posts within a fixed time period (see Section 3.14) if desired. Beyond this period, the administration is not obliged to selectively remove personal genetic results from Anthrogenica under normal circumstances.
    3.12 Anthrogenica is a forum for free and honest discussion. It is not a pulpit to proselytize or to promote certain viewpoints that would be better-suited to a personal blog. Such behaviour is prohibited. What constitutes the aforementioned, and whether infraction delivery is warranted, will be determined at the administration's discretion.

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    The following addition has been made to the ToS.


    6.5 Individual bans/suspensions are not for general discussion on the forum as they distract from the forum's intended focus. Any open threads or posts relating to these will be managed accordingly. Instead, if members of the community wish to learn about another member's ban/suspension, they must contact a member of the administration via PM directly to address their inquiries.

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    Section 3.11 has been slightly modified to include posts which serve no discernible purpose on the forum.

    3.11 Invectives and posts devoid of substance (e.g. threads or replies consisting solely of inflammatory content or triviality) will be considered junk postings and deleted. Anthrogenica encourages its members to engage in debate with each other, but discussions that degenerate into little more than flaming and inanity will be considered spam (see Rule 3.9).

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    Section 1.2 (moderators) has received new content clarifying the role of surname project moderators (announced previously):

    1.2 Moderators on Anthrogenica are appointed by the administration and are active indefinitely. If a moderator decides to step down from their post, a two week notice is required to provide the administration time to find a suitable replacement. Moderator responsibilities include basic forum maintenance and the delivery of infractions, including suspensions and bans. Furthermore, moderators have access to user IP addresses. However, moderators do not have any access to personal user data. Surname project moderators are regular members who run specific surname projects in the Genealogy section only. In turn, they have specific maintenance oversight for their sections alone. As such, they do not have jurisdiction over other forum areas and do not have full moderator functionality.
    A new Section 1.3 has been included to clarify a new initiative taken by the team recently. The previous Section 1.3 has been shifted to Section 1.4.

    1.3 Forum administrators and moderators have access to anonymous accounts (AdminBot and ModBot respectively). These accounts are used at the discretion of staff to undertake forum maintenance.

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    Section 2.3 updated reflecting our policy change on guest viewing. Members and guests are required to sign in and sign up, respectively, for full site accessibility.

    2.3 Anthrogenica is fully accessible to registered users. Guests are provided with a several minute browsing period before requiring to register. These allowances are inapplicable to members who have been banned. In the event of banned users returning under new aliases or through other member’s accounts, the administration will re-ban said users automatically and infractions will be administered to any complicit users.

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    New addition to Administration Structure and Maintenance Policy section regarding member requests to delete their older posts.

    We have received a disproportionate number of these recently from members regarding old content that neither breech any of our existing terms nor infringed on their privacy whatsoever. These sorts of requests unnecessarily add to staff workload.

    If users wish to have absolute control over the content posted online, blogs are a recommended route to take. Thanks for your attention.

    1.4 Forum administrators and moderators routinely respond to problematic content deemed to breech these ToS across the forum through either member private messages (PMs) or reported posts. However, member requests to delete their own public posts beyond the 24 hour catchment period will not ordinarily be actioned.

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    New addition to the Intellectual Property and Copyright Infringement section addressing fraudulent behavior.

    4.4 Anthrogenica employs a zero tolerance policy towards fraudulent material irrespective of the perceived fulfilment (including but not limited to personal, financial or ideological gain). What constitutes as sufficient evidence of fraud, together with subsequent infractions, will be determined entirely at the administration's discretion.

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     Kaido (06-28-2015)

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    New addition to the Site Content & User Participation section regarding advertisements in this forum.

    3.16 Users may host advertisements on their public account profiles if they are in English. Furthermore, the only commercial advertisements permitted at Anthrogenica must be related to either genetics, genealogy or anthropology and are not associated with personal accounts. The administration has the right to modify or remove advertisements which do not conform with the above.

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    New addition to the Infraction Guidelines section clarifying the manner in which infractions are reached in this forum.

    6.5 All member infractions are assessed on a case-by-case basis through the consultation of all available staff members. With the exception of circumstances deemed urgent by the administration, all decisions pertaining to infraction delivery are adjudicated by available staff at a given time.

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