What is your primary goal as a moderator?
No matter what the medium or the theme, a good moderator wants his or her
gathering place to be worth a return visit and committed interaction.
Whether that can best be achieved by active participation in the
conversation or by simply staying out of the way is a decision only the
moderator can make. In most cases, shifting between active participation,
and backing off to let the guests run with a conversation or provide
support to one another, is the best ongoing strategy. It's not about you;
the whole point is to find a way to help the participants share the
spotlight. Remember that the people in the discussions are your guests, and
a variety of personalities and opinions enriches the scene you are
creating. Treat them with courtesy, make them feel welcome and by and large
they will respond in kind towards you and one another. Everything you need
to evaluate a message for acceptability should be self contained in the message
itself and there is no need to infer meanings or determine truth. Whatever
steps you are able to take on the Forums, remember to give clear warnings
and to allow for honest mistakes. Be sparse but consistent in enforcing the
guidelines of being respectful, obeying the law, honoring IP, not
advertising, and staying relevant to chess.. Avoid
like the plague situations in which a guideline applies to one person or
group and not to another. And most of all, abide by the guidelines yourself.
guidelines presented below are meant to assist the USCF member community in
the interpretation and administration of the Acceptable Use Guidelines.
They outline and give possible examples on the responsibilities each member
of the community accepts when using the Forums and the types of actions
that the moderators may take to enforce the guidelines. Note the guidelines where applicable also apply to
respectful of the community and its members
Please keep all posts in English
Do not use
personal attacks, speculation, innuendo, or disparaging comments about any
individual. Do not make disparaging comments about companies. Do not flame
or troll. Do not respond to flaming or trolling.
not use material that contains vulgar, violent, explicit, obscene or
indecent language or images/sounds.
No stated intentions to take legal action against other
persons or companies.
post/forward viruses, hoaxes, and chain letters.
No all-caps (FOR EXAMPLE, LIKE THIS) or all-bolds
Do not use people’s names as thread topics or
not get into prolonged arguments or debates – agree to disagree
or threatening messages. No cyberbullying.
Don't send or
forward messages containing libelous, defamatory, offensive, racist or
Do not use
material that is bigoted or offensive regarding a person’s sexual
orientation, gender, race, color, age, religious views, national origin,
medical condition, or disability. Also no ethnic slurs.
not post phone numbers, e-mail addresses or other personal information
(PII) of others.
the law (material
No material that
advocates illegal activity or discusses illegal activities with the intent
to commit them.
No material that
could constitute or encourage conduct that would be considered a criminal
offense, gives rise to civil liability, or otherwise violates any law.
Intellectual Property (material removed, ban)
No use of
commercially copyrighted material in violation of copyright law.
No software or
other media piracy.
content on this bulletin board may not be used anywhere outside this board
unless you are given permission.
Advertising (material removed, warning)
Do not message
any commercial advertisements or any form of commercial solicitation.
Do not use the
bulletin board to advertise a particular product or service including eBay
or other commercial site direct links.
not sign your posts with commercial web sites or company names. Put the
link to your website in your profile.
Do not promote
your company, products, services, or forums.
or Phishing of any kind. Do not reply to Spam
No solicitations of funds. However,
solicitations of funds for worthy charitable causes may be permitted with
advance approval by the Executive Director (ED).
Posts that are
unrelated to Chess are discouraged.
Do not use
material that does not pertain to the forum or bulletin board's given
topic. Please keep your posts to the topic of the thread.
unrelated topics such as religion or politics.
Do not post the
same message more than once in a forum or in multiple forums.
Do not send
unwanted private messages.
topics for a new discussion.
of this forum have the right to remove, edit, move or close any topic at
any time as well as to warn consistent with this AUG. Send a PM to a moderator if you have a
question about a locked/edited posting.
Do not post or start a thread complaining about
moderation or FOC actions.
A PM is OK.
Do not publicly post correspondence you receive from
moderators and do not share it with other members of this bulletin board.
Do not repost the
same material, offensive post, and/or complain about the action, or restart
an argument after it has been removed or locked.
What to do if you
see an inappropriate message
you see a post which appears to violate any of our guidelines, do not
respond to it. Report the post to the moderators to alert them to the
violation by using the Report
Post button beside the offending message.
any moderator may
request the editing of material in lieu of removal and warning
any moderator may
remove material and issue a warning
two moderators [other than the one who pulled it] may restore material
moderators can place a repeat offender into a moderation queue
moderators may choose up to a one week ban for any [set of] ban
moderators may choose up to a one month ban based on the seriousness of any
[set of] ban violation[s]
ED can permanently ban a member from the bulletin board for any [set of]
Personal is: of, pertaining to, or coming
as from a particular person; and Attack is: to subject somebody to strong
or vehement criticism or attempting to overthrow or bring into disrepute by
criticism or ridicule. A personal attack occurs when one introduces
personalized statements or images about an opponent. Such personal
statements can include statements concerning ones character or personal
qualities and circumstances; name-calling or insults; personally directed conclusory allegations/opinions; and personalized
smears/ridicule. A personal attack need not be false but can be a fact,
substantiated, or even an observation. A personal attack can use either
true or false statements [including sounds or images] but it is still a
personal attack. Making statements about a group to which someone
belongs [like the EB] or about others' points of view, their record, their actions,
their behavior, or their opinions is not a personal attack.
Name-Calling: verbal abuse, especially as
a substitute for reasoned argument in a dispute. Abusive: expressing
offensive reproach. Reproach: to find fault with; blame; censure.
Allegation consists of or relates to a conclusion or assertion of fact for
which no supporting evidence is offered. Note an opinion is a personal view
-- the view somebody takes about a certain issue, especially when it is
based solely on personal judgment.
Smear: attack the good name and
reputation [the opinion which people in general have about a person etc, a
person's abilities etc] of someone. Defamation is written or
spoken injury to a person or organization's reputation. Ridicule is to reduce or dismiss
the importance or quality of somebody in a contemptuous way.
Disparage: To speak of in a slighting or
disrespectful way; to belittle, ridicule, discredit, mock, demean,
denounce, derogate, decry.
advertising in this context means the promotional presentation, other than
by the USCF, of a name, logo and/or message with the intention or possible
result of creating market awareness or sales of a product or service on a
larger than private scale. It is not intended for this definition to apply
to informational material or links whose purpose is not to sell products or
Legal action: A judicial proceeding
brought by one party against another; one party prosecutes another for a
perceived wrong done or for protection of a right or for prevention of a
wrong. Members must not use the Forums or PMs for encouraging,
promoting, endorsing, or inciting any kind of legal action against anyone. Such legal threats against
individuals often severely inhibit open discussion and inquiry, without
which, we risk one side of a dispute intimidating the other, thus stemming
debate and respectful communications. However discussions of legal matters
or simple suggestions to get legal advice should not be construed as
Frequently Asked Questions