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Thread: Terms of Service and Forum Rules Update

  1. #21
    New rule regarding new registrations and their choice of username, or other features of a public profile on the forum which use language or symbolism that we consider to be inappropriate (e.g. racial slurs, profane language).

    As mandated by section 3.1, we continue to uphold all perspectives so long as they abide by the other rules established.

    2.7 The administration at Anthrogenica reserves the right to reject or modify member usernames, or other public aspects of an account, if they are deemed to be grossly inappropriate to the forum's environment.
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  3. #22
    ToS updated with the following two sections:

    2.8 Member accounts are not normally suspended or closed once activated. Users wishing to remove themselves from the community are advised to simply withhold from logging in.
    6.7 Public discussion or criticism of administrator or moderator decisions is prohibited. Any query regarding such decisions must be via a Private Message to an administrator to review in due course. Breach of this term will result in immediate account suspension or banning.
    Section 2.8 reflects our longstanding (albeit unofficial until today) policy with respect to account closure requests.

    Section 6.7 is agreed by the administration (both Admins and Global Mods) to be justified in light of the unnecessary threads opened by problematic users who have not fulfilled their agreement to section 1.1:

    1.1 The administrators of Anthrogenica support the forum both technically and financially. Their role within the community extends into moderation duties as well as the above. Registered members are advised that administrators must only be contacted directly if the query can generally be deemed to be significant in nature or beyond the scope of the channels provided publicly on Anthrogenica (Section 2.5).
    Additionally, section 6.7 is the natural extension to section 6.6, which addresses public discussion of suspensions/bans awarded to other users.
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  5. #23
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    Just a quick comment regarding the section that's been introduced above (6.7). Uncharacteristic for me to weigh in publicly on the ToS changes, but this matter has admittedly been testing my patience in recent months.

    Anthrogenica was launched and is maintained exclusively by longstanding members of the genetic genealogy community. We are tasked with the responsibility of monitoring the forum and ensuring it serves the interests of this community by creating an environment conducive for productive discussion. This has always taken place amidst the backdrop of real-world responsibilities (and emergencies).

    This, however, appears lost on an exceedingly small (but vocal) minority of registrants, who seem to hold a very unreasonable expectation of omnipresence and collective consciousness from us. Despite being a cooperative, we won't be everywhere, all the time.

    Also, we will make mistakes! That has been addressed from the forum's outset through section 1.1 and 1.7. An internal feedback system regarding this has been in place from day one. Instead, some users decide to publicly undermine administrative calls made by the team. In addition to drawing attention away from informative discussions, these do absolutely nothing to improve our oversight here.

    To reiterate the point made above, section 6.7 is specifically against public discussion or criticism of moderator or admin actions. In keeping with 1.1 and 1.7, we expect members instead to directly contact an administrator (or another one if the most immediately available administrator is the subject) through PM's. I have personally communicated with at least five of you in the past year along these lines and we've ensured the feedback directly improved our ToS to prevent future repeats. The system works. The vocal minority have willfully ignored the terms they agreed to upon registration, and that willful ignorance necessitates this new term.

    The continued contribution of our regulars alone is the only expression of appreciation I'd personally like to see from our community. Thank you, the majority, for enriching Anthrogenica with your thoughts and contributions.

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  7. #24
    Update to section 4.1, making our policy towards paywall material clear:

    4.1 Anthrogenica only permits the posting of publicly accessible publications that have been properly attributed to their authors. In the event that a piece of literature is behind a paywall but the supplementary data is freely available, members are welcome to share the supplementary items in posts or threads. If both the paper and the supplementary are behind a paywall, neither are permitted to be shared publicly.
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     King (05-08-2016)

  9. #25
    New section codifying our stance towards religion and politics in the forum. Further information on section 3.19 will be provided shortly:

    3.19 Political and religious discussion is currently prohibited in Anthrogenica. Members are advised to limit the scope of organic tangents arising from discussions. Failure by participants to limit said tangents will be construed by the administration as a breach to section 3.10 and/or 3.12 above.
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     Jean M (11-21-2016)

  11. #26
    Per our recent upgrades, the following three new sections have been implemented:

    2.9 All financial contributions made to Anthrogenica are non-refundable. Although we have kept our subscription fees exceptionally low, please think carefully before proceeding with your subscription payment or donations. Similarly, in the event a contributing user is banned, we will not accept any refund requests. Additionally, financial contributions to Anthrogenica will not result in changes to our application of our infractions policy or otherwise affect our administrative actions as mandated by our Terms of Service (ToS).
    3.19 Political and religious discussion is only permitted in The Atrium, a forum section voluntarily selected for by subscription class members with at least 500 posts. Such discussions are strictly prohibited everywhere else in Anthrogenica. Members are advised to limit the scope of organic tangents arising from discussions. Failure by participants to limit said tangents will be construed by the administration as a breach to section 3.10 and/or 3.12 above.
    4.5 'Gold' subscription class members have access to The Vault, an off-site Google Drive repository modeled after this forum's sections. Gold members are expected to comply with both these Terms (specifically section 4.1) and Google's own policies. In the event members are discovered to be sharing paywall material in The Vault, their 'Gold' class permissions and access to The Vault will be revoked without prior warning and without a refund to their subscription fee payment.
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  13. #27
    New term inserted addressing our forum's consistent stance with respect to 'racial taxonomy' and outlining our position on 'guess ethnicity' threads following the closure of that section in The Lounge several years ago.

    3.11 Further to the above, threads or posts forwarding requests for ethnicity guessing or 'classifications' based on the pseudoscientific precepts of 'racial taxonomy' are automatically considered as both devoid of substance and trivial. Such content will be deleted without prior notice. Please note members who persistently defy this aspect of content moderation will be sanctioned as deemed appropriate by the administration.
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  15. #28
    An extension of our infraction policy has been added relating to newer members (does not apply to our regulars):

    6.8 The administration reserve the right to ban new members who demonstrate continued defiance of these Terms following the delivery of informal warnings and/or a first infraction. It is the responsibility of all members to adhere to these Terms. Per section 6.5, at least two members of the administration are required to apply this section. What constitutes a "new member" or the rationale for applying this section is entirely at the discretion of the administration. This section does not apply to longstanding members.
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  17. #29
    Addition to section 6.6.

    6.6 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. Additionally, existing members must not post any content on behalf of banned members.
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  19. #30
    Addition to an existing section with regard to charity advertisements in this forum. This is intended to minimize the possibility of spambot scamming.

    3.18 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. Furthermore, charity advertisements may only be permitted following administration approval. The administration has the right to modify or remove advertisements which do not conform with the above.
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