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Thread: Terms of Service and Forum Rules Update

  1. #11
    New addition regarding the new approach to content management.

    1.5 To minimize confusion, staff members are ordinarily expected to inform registered users of thread migration and/or modification through reputation point or private messages. Post alterations will be indicated by an "edit" signature. Expiring redirects may be set in place if deemed necessary.
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  3. #12
    Section 3.4, regarding the upholding of member privacy, extended to unregistered users.

    3.4 Disclosure of both members and unregistered user private information, compromising details or similar items without the individual's prior consent will result in disciplinary measures. Please be mindful of what you share about others.
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  5. #13
    Hefty new term outlining the provisions of use for the Crowdfunding Initiatives section here at Anthrogenica. Please read this term carefully.

    3.17 The Crowdfunding Initiatives section at Anthrogenica promotes funding endeavours in the amateur genetic genealogy community. Those seeking funding are expected to provide comprehensive detail with respect to the rationale for fundraising. In the event that a crowdfunding initiative is unsuccessful in reaching its stated goal within 30 days from the commencement date of the initiative, and the originator of the crowdfunding initiative does not wish to follow through with the project, testing, etc., an immediate refund of all donations received must be made. Special dispensations to extend the 30-day crowdfunding initiative period may be granted by the administration, at its sole discretion, if requested in a timely manner by the originator of the crowdfunding initiative and where good cause is demonstrated. Despite maintaining the above, the administration at Anthrogenica will not be held accountable for any permanent financial loss through the crowdfunding initiatives. Please think carefully before donating to your initiatives of choice.
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  6. #14
    Section 3.1 has been expanded briefly (in bold).

    3.1 Anthrogenica ardently supports the reasonable exercise of freedom of speech. Forms of expression considered unreasonable are detailed in Sections 3.2-3.12 below. No censorship of an individual's ethnic, political, religious, sexual or ideological expression will therefore be taken by the administration/moderation provided the expression in question is not found to be in violation of the rules. Additionally, discriminatory language including (but not limited to) sexism, racism or other forms of bigotry are not tolerated.
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  8. #15
    We have now reduced the post editing window for members from 24 hours to one hour. Section 3.14 changed to reflect this.

    3.14 Posts made on Anthrogenica are editable by the post creator for one hour. Members should therefore exercise judgement in deciding whether their contribution to discussions or the forum's total content is final and representative of their views beyond this point. In the event that posted material is deemed to be compromising for whatever reason later, members are advised to PM the ModBot account (see Section 3.8).
    Second change made today with respect to multiple accounts (still disallowed, now resulting in automatic bans).

    2.4 Anthrogenica does not permit the use of multiple accounts under any circumstances. Users found with more than one account will be banned immediately and without prior notice. If a reasonable explanation for the multiple accounts exist which the administration are likely to not deem as an abuse of the site's provisions, such members are instructed to message through the "Contact Us" feature at the bottom of every page.
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  9. #16
    New ToS update codifying our stance towards pseudoscientific material that is passed off as actual science or as viable alternatives to previous outcomes indicated by the scientific method.

    A couple pointers for our members regarding this:

    • The Wikipedia definition of pseudoscience for the unfamiliar. If this does not suffice, please explore the topic to cultivate your own insight.
    • Pseudoscience in itself, as a virulent phenomenon in the scientific literature and public discourse, is not barred from being discussed on Anthrogenica. It is the specific misappropriation of pseudoscientific inferences or principles that is restricted here.
    • Not all pseudoscience is "old science", and not all "old science" is pseudoscience.
    • As mandated by section 3.1, we continue to uphold all perspectives so long as they abide by the other rules established on Anthrogenica. The popularity of an opinion is irrelevant here.



    3.13 Pseudoscientific material that is presented as scientific will be deleted immediately and without notice by the administration. It is the poster's duty to preemptively determine whether their imminent posts contain masked pseudoscience.
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  11. #17
    Modification to section 3.11 officially stating our position regarding discussion personalization on this forum (it isn't allowed here):

    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, or resort to personal attacks or accusations, will be considered spam (see Rule 3.9).
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     BalkanKiwi (10-26-2015), Erik (10-26-2015), Jean M (10-26-2015), red (10-29-2015)

  13. #18
    An update to our infraction protocol. We now implement a 'four-strike' policy. Infractions received are irreversible (remain with users for the entirety of their presence at Anthrogenica).

    Please note the team reserve the right to jump 'steps' at their discretion.

    · 1st Infraction - Formal warning

    · 2nd Infraction - One week suspension

    · 3rd Infraction - One month suspension

    · 4th Infraction - Permanent ban
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  14. #19
    Sections 3.10 and 3.11 have been revised. There was partial overlap in scope in these terms, which has now been address. 3.10 and 3.11 are now content and person specific respectively.

    Please note the additions to 3.11, which also includes falsely accusing members of being trolls.

    3.10 Certain standards of quality control will be enforced to ensure a productive forum atmosphere. 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. Breeches in basic forum etiquette include (and are not limited to) cross-posting different threads, consecutive posting in existing threads and reviving old threads whose course of discussion has long since expired ("necro-bumping").

    3.11 Anthrogenica encourages its members to participate in discussions in a topic-focused manner. Personalization of discussions is completely prohibited at all times. This includes (and is not limited to) direct personal attacks, accusations, insinuations and false disclosures. Additionally, discussions that degenerate into inconsequential flaming or inanity will be deleted without prior notice.
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  16. #20
    New section inserted regarding username change requests. This reflects our consistent (albeit unwritten) stance towards these since launch.

    2.6 Username changes on Anthrogenica are not routinely undertaken upon request. However, they will be considered if members have less than 30 posts and/or registered for less than one month. Members with exceptional circumstances (e.g. privacy concerns) must disclose these ahead of time with the forum team. Additionally, members are advised to carefully consider their username choices. Please reconsider your username if it contains your real name.
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