Forum Code of Conduct

Welcome! Thank you for joining AssistiveWare's online discussion forum. Use of our forums constitutes acceptance and agreement to our forum Code of Conduct.

Principle Guidelines

The Code of Conduct (CoC) is created to provide a basic understanding of what's allowed and not allowed in our forums. The following are the principle guidelines for the establishment and enforcement of our CoC:

  • Ensure a friendly atmosphere for our forum members
  • Ensure the privacy of our members and that of others
  • Comply with existing laws
  • Encourage responsible use of our forums and discourage activities which disrupt our community and/or reduce the value of our services to our members
  • Encourage the freedom of expression and exchange of information in a mature and responsible manner

As a member of our forum community, you must participate responsibly. Any abuse could have a negative impact on the entire community. If you have any questions regarding our CoC, please email: support@assistiveware.com

If you are unsure whether what you wish to post may be in violation of a rule, please consult a moderator first before posting.

Violations of the Code of Conduct

It is extremely important for you to understand that this Code of Conduct isn’t designed to cover everything. We may take action — issue a warning, ban your account(s) and/or IP addresses, delete/edit your post(s)/thread(s), etc. — if your conduct is counterproductive to the Code of Conduct’s principle guidelines.

Posts that violate the Code of Conduct will be removed.

Unauthorized access / Forum Security

The following actions are strictly prohibited:

  • Accessing, or attempting to access, the accounts of other users
  • Exploiting, or attempting to exploit, bugs, vulnerabilities, or loopholes; whether they are disclosed or undisclosed
  • Penetrating, or attempting to penetrate, security measures of AssistiveWare’s software or hardware, or electronic communications system

All intrusions will subject all your forum accounts to immediate termination.

Users are responsible for the security of their AssistiveWare accounts.

Usernames

Usernames must not be in violation of this Code of Conduct. We reserve the right to terminate accounts whose associated usernames are in violation of this Code of Conduct, or are otherwise deemed inappropriate and/or potentially offensive. Users may be invited to register under a new name at our discretion.

Ad Hominem

Ad Hominem comments/personal attacks towards anyone – staff or forum member - is subject to the message being deleted.

Spamming

Spamming is prohibited. Spamming includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Excessive off-topic threads
  • Posting nonsensical messages
  • “Flooding” the forum with similar meaning messages
  • Blatant advertising
  • Messages without content
  • Fraudulent activity (Pyramid schemes, chain letters, etc.)
  • Free-____ links (i.e. Free iPods, Free PSP, etc. etc.)

Advertising and Solicitation

Posts advertising or soliciting donations for fundraisers or giveaways will be removed, along with unsolicited posts from companies promoting their own products.

Forgery or Impersonation

Attempting to impersonate any person, including staff, in an effort to deceive or mislead is prohibited.

Profanities

Use of profanity is prohibited.

Harassment

You may not use terms or audio/visual materials referring to ethnic/national origin, ideological/religious beliefs, gender, or sexual preference in a demeaning context.

Derogatory Terms

If you use any terms in an offensive context against a person, race, culture, group or organization, as determined by our moderators, you are in violation of this rule. Please note that words carry different meanings in different cultures, and that while a word may be acceptable use in one part of the world, it may not be in another.

Offensive Materials

You may not post or link to pornography, shock sites or offensive materials.

Illegal Use

You may not use our forums for illegal purposes, in support of illegal activities, or encourage conduct that would constitute a criminal offense. Such activities will guarantee a ban. We reserve the right to cooperate with legal authorities and/or injured third parties in the investigation of any suspected crime or civil wrongdoing.

Non-Disclosure Agreements

We will delete posts containing materials in breach of active Non-Disclosure Agreements. We reserve the right to cooperate with the companies in the investigation of any NDA breach.

Privacy

  • You may not post any form of real life information of a user unless the user has first permitted it by express consent. Examples of real life information include name, address, IP addresses, and phone numbers.
  • You may not distribute any form of real life information, email address, private/email Messages, and Instant Messenger messages (“Chatlogs”) with intent to harass or in any demeaning manner as determined by a moderator, regardless of consent.
  • You may not disclose a user's unpublicized email address unless the user has first permitted it, either by actual consent or previously releasing said information.

Official Language

English is the official language of our forums as it is the most common language between our moderators and users. Conversations in a foreign language will be translated for moderation. 

Email Addresses

  • You may not harvest email addresses from our forums for any purpose
  • You are required to keep your forum account's email address up-to-date

Moderation & Bans

  • If you violate the Code of Conduct, we reserve the right to terminate all accounts belonging to you without prior notice
  • You may not publicly complain about or demand a reason for another user's ban, the deletion of a message, or the deletion/closure of a thread. Any discussion about warnings, bans, message deletion, thread deletion and thread closure should be done over private email between the person concerned and the moderators
  • You may not post a message on behalf of a banned user.

Miscellaneous

  • You may not re-edit a message that has been edited by a moderator
  • Do not post negative posts and discussions that are repeated over and over and over with no other purpose than to disrupt conversation. If you feel the need to say something, say it once and then move on.
  • Do not disrupt multiple threads in order to get your view out.
  • You may not bait/troll users. Bait / Trolling is defined as posting with a clear intent to provoke anger, incendiary posts, and behavior that results in other users violating the CoC.
  • You may not bait, insult, flame, or otherwise abuse an AssistiveWare staff member.
  • You may not abuse your ability to post in HTML in HTML-enabled forums
  • You may not post in a manner that is harmful to AssistiveWare or post confidential AssistiveWare documents.
  • You may not register multiple accounts with intent to violate any part of this CoC.

Disclaimer

The views, opinions, and activities in user submitted posts are solely those of the author and the information contained therein no way serves as an endorsement or guarantee by AssistiveWare®. User posts are not edited for accuracy; however, to ensure a continually positive experience for the community, we reserve the right to remove content that violates this CoC.