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Date of Last Revision: 4th February 2014 (Phishing and Spam section edit)

Previous Revision: 23rd August 2012 (Original Document)

The CRPS Community offers its members the ability to publish their own stories and so enabling them to see the world through the eyes of many other people. We have several areas on the website where members are able to connect as friends and thus share the things that are important to them.

The conversations and friendships that are made are a testament to the diversity of those that use the website. To balance the needs and interests of what we hope will become a global community we protect expression that meets the community standards outlined on this page.

Please review these standards. They will help you understand what type of expression is acceptable, and what type of content may be reported and removed.

Violence and Threats

Member safety is one of our top priorities, though safety can encompass many aspects, members may not credibly threaten to harm others, or organise acts of violence. We remove content and may escalate to the authories when we perceive a genuine risk of physical harm, or a direct threat to public safety.

We also prohibit promoting, planning or celebrating any of your actions if they have, or could, result in financial harm to others, including theft and vandalism.

Bullying and Harassment

We do not tolerate bullying or harassment. We allow users to speak freely on matters and people of public interest, but take action on all reports of abusive behaviour directed at private individuals. Repeatedly targeting other users with unwanted friend requests or messages is a form of harassment.

Though there is no specific legislation that covers online bullying harassment, we have where practicable mirrored UK employment related legislation. Remember many of our members are affected by disability! We place a great significance on our members being able to enjoy the community in an environment of peace and respect.

Bullying

There is no single legal definition of bullying, but it can include:

  • Offensive or insulting behaviour by another person which makes an individual feel threatened, or taken advantage of
  • Humiliation of another person

Some common forms of bullying are:

  • verbal abuse - eg persistent taunting
  • physical violence or violent gestures
  • public humiliation

Harassment

Harassment related to sex, gender reassignment, race, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation and age, along with sexual harassment, is explicitly prohibited when using this website!

Harassment is defined as any unwanted conduct related to race, age, disability etc that has the purpose or effect of either:

  • Violating the dignity of an individual
  • Creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive atmosphere for an individual

Note that members can claim harassment even if the harassment was not actually directed at them, for example where a member sees that another member is being verbally harassed by a male member and it violates their dignity.

With regard to sexual harassment in relation to use of this website, it is defined as any form of unwanted posting, or use of the internal mailing system, or making contact with another member that is of a sexual nature and that has the purpose or effect of either:

  • Violating the dignity of an individual
  • Creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive atmosphere for an individual

It can also occur when an individual:

  • Rejects the unwanted conduct mentioned above or unwanted conduct related to gender reassignment or sex, and is treated unfairly as a result

It's important to note that, while sexual harassment is commonly committed by a man against a woman, it can also be committed by a woman against a man, by a man against another man or by a woman against another woman.

Graphic Content

Members using the CRPS Community have the ability to share events through photos and videos. We understand that graphic imagery is a regular component of current events, but must balance the needs of a diverse community. Sharing any graphic content for sadistic pleasure is prohibited.

Nudity and Pornography

The CRPS Community has a strict policy against the sharing of pornographic content and imposes limitations on the display of nudity. At the same time, we aspire to respect people’s right to share content of personal importance, whether those are photos of sculptures or family photos of a child breastfeeding.

Identity and Privacy

Members connect and share using their real identities. This culture creates accountability and builds trust and safety for everyone. Claiming to be another person, creating multiple accounts, or falsely representing an organisation undermines our developed community ethos. Finally, you may not publish other people's personal information.

Phishing and Spam

We take the safety of our members seriously and work to prevent attempts to compromise their privacy or security. We also ask that you respect our members by not contacting them for commercial purposes without their consent.

We have a zero tolerance on spam of any nature!

While posting links to other websites is allowed, only those deemed by us as being appropriate for our visitors and members will be allowed. Where an external link is seen as inappropriate it will be removed without notice. Registered Members (those that have made 10 posts or more) who post spam will be warned on each occasion, three such warnings will result in a permanent ban.

Newly Registered Members (those that have made less than 10 posts) are banned on the first occasion that they post spam.

Reporting Abuse

If you see something onsite that you believe violates our terms, you should report it to us immediately. Please keep in mind that reporting a piece of content does not guarantee that it will be removed from the site.

Because of the diversity of our community, it's possible that something could be disagreeable or disturbing to you without meeting the criteria for being removed or blocked.

In the community and forum areas you will note a report button, it is sufficient to do this to alert us to any issues. We will contact you to discuss the issues and where appropriate issue warnings, remove postings or ban those responsible.

General

This Community Document forms part of our terms and conditions which you agreed to upon registration (post 4th February 2014). Members joining before this date have been informed of the changes to membership. Violation of these rules or any other document with the Legal Category may lead to a permanent ban.

Banning

Though banning members is an unusual event, we reserve the right to ban any member, at any time, for any reason without entering into any dialogue.