The RSGB provides forums, lists/reflectors, web forms and online questionnaires for those who are genuinely interested in developing and furthering amateur radio or a specialist thread of it, to allow them to comment, share views and explore ideas. The vast majority of those using these facilities do so in the spirit intended. However, a small minority seem to need guidance to explain what is and is not acceptable conduct. That is the purpose of the following guide notes, which will ensure that our online facilities are enjoyable to use, that people show respect to each other and that for newcomers they serve their original intended role of promoting the hobby that we all enjoy so much.
The following general guidelines apply to all RSGB interactive Forums, lists/reflectors, web-forms, forums and questionnaires.
The RSGB’s preference is that people identify themselves with their name and call sign (if one is held). Current practice or setup on some forums and lists is that this is not possible. In these cases a username might not be accepted if it:
- Appears to impersonate someone else
- Contains swear words or is otherwise objectionable
- Appears to be a replica of an existing identity, unless good reason is given for the duplicate identity
The RSGB reserves the right to refuse to accept messages. In the case of moderated Forums or lists/reflectors, moderators may amend or reject postings and, in the cases of repeated abuse, ban/remove the person from the Forum or list.
The following message contents fall outside the ethos of the Society and would be unacceptable:
- Comments that are considered likely to disrupt, provoke, attack, impersonate or offend others. For the avoidance of doubt this includes comments that contain swear words or language that might offend, or content that is racist, sexist, sexually explicit or abusive.
- Off-topic content in relation to the topic in the Forum, list or questionnaire unless there is a clear request, such as in “Have Your Say” to invite comments of a broad nature. Off-topic content includes spam, which is also sometimes characterised by repeated postings.
- Statements that are thought to break the law or condone or encourage unlawful activity. This includes breach of copyright, defamation and contempt of court.
- Comments that describe or encourage activities which could endanger the safety or well-being of others.