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Forum Rules
« on: July 04, 2021, 05:50:35 PM »
Forum Rules:

To ensure that Soul of Adoption forums are a safe, supportive and smooth-running for members, Soul of Adoption forums the following rules apply.

At any time, should we be concerned about a member, the content of their post or anything that raises concerns regarding safeguarding or welfare of children or vulnerable adults, we have a responsibility to share concerns and relevant information with agencies who need to know regarding safeguarding.

1. The Soul of Adoption forums are a public forum and the content can be viewed by anyone visiting the Soul of Adoption forums. To protect your identity and security, we therefore ask that you remain completely anonymous on the forums and do not divulge any identifiable details about yourself, your family or any other third parties (for example: do not include names, locations, contact details, schools attended etc). We ask that you always use your anonymous online username (created at registration) and that you create additional online nicknames for family members, as required.

2. The Soul of Adoption forums are for adopters, potentional adopters, families of origin, adult adoptees, formerly fostered adults, extended families and friends to communicate advice, support and knowledge and to respectfully express their opinions in discussions regardless of their level of adoption and / or foster care experience or time as members. All members must be respectful of other members opinions and experiences. Soul of Adoption does not tolerate any form of verbal abuse, online bullying or deliberate attempts to initiate tension/arguments on the Soul of Adoption forums. Any member found to break this rule will receive a formal warning and/or, in extreme or persistent cases of this rule break, may be suspended/banned from the Soul of Adoption forums.

3. You must not include in your fourm posts any swearing, offensive or taboo language.

4. The Soul of Adoption forums must not be used to post or link to any material that is: illegal, defamatory, threatening, offensive, abusive, obscene, racially, sexually or otherwise discriminatory, knowingly or potentially inaccurate, libellous, anything that could encourage or constitute a criminal offence, anything that gives rise to civil liability or causes harm, loss or suffering, anything objectionable of any nature or anything else which disrupts the smooth running of the forums.

5. Information or opinions posted by members on the Soul of Adoption forums do not reflect the opinions or recommendations of Soul of Adoption and Soul of Adoption cannot be held responsible for any consequences that may arise from the content of members posts. We therefore ask that members also carefully consider the content which you post on the forums as members are fully responsible (and potentially legally liable) for any consequences that occur as a result of the content of their posts.

6. Even though anonymous usernames/nicknames are used on the Soul of Adoption forums, we also ask that members carefully consider the level of information that is shared about their children’s histories and backgrounds. This is out of respect for the children as, in many cases, the information is their information to share if/when they choose to and, even where anonymised, it may not be appropriate or fair to a child for a parent to share details about their past on an online forum.

7. In accordance with copyright laws, you may post on the Soul of Adoption forums small quotes and excerpts of content (poems, songs, articles, extracts from books, journals and magazines, recipes, extracts from external websites, information specifically sourced from a training event) which is held under intellectual property rights by a third party. If the content is your own, please clearly state this.

8. You may not use the Soul of Adoption forums to promote, link to or gain support for an external organisation or website that you either run yourself or work/volunteer for, whether the organisation or website is commercial or not-for-profit, without prior permission from Adoption UK. If you would like to publicise an organisation or website that you run yourself or work/volunteer for, on the Soul of Adoption forums, please contact the Online Team at board@soulofadoption.co.uk with this request.

9. You may use the Soul of Adoption forums to appeal for sponsorship or funds but please send a private message first to admin or Philippa.

10. You may not use the Soul of Adoption forums to make media or research requests without prior permission from Soul of Adoption. Media and research requests should be made through Soul of Adoption by contacting the Online Team at board@soulofadoption.co.uk . This is to ensure all requests are genuine and appropriate for theforums. In cases where requests are granted, you can post details.

11. Due to important issues surrounding safety and liability, you may not use the Soul of Adoption forums to arrange (for either yourself or others) any form of informal, non-Soul of Adoption ‘meet-up’ between members.  However, you can arrange meeting via private messages.  Soul of Adoption accepts no responsibility for any harm, damage, loss or injury caused as a result of Soul of Adoption forums members meeting up privately under their own initiative via arrangements made through channels external to the public Soul of Adoption forums.

12. You must not impersonate other online users, individuals or any other third parties.

13. Trolling with no relation/interest in adoption and / or foster care using the Soul of Adoption forums for the sole intention of causing trouble/seeking attention, is not tolerated by Soul of Adoption. Where any suspicious users are noticed Soul of Adoption forums will investigate and reserves the right to permanently ban from the Soul of Adoption forums anyone found to be ‘trolling’.

14. If members suspect that another user is a ‘troll’, they should report their suspicions to the online community moderators by either using the ‘reported topic’ function on the forums or by emailing board@soulofadoption.co.uk . It is not acceptable to (directly or indirectly) publicly suggest that another user is a ‘troll’. Where any users do publicly suggest this, their post(s) will be removed and they will receive a formal warning in accordance with rule two of these Forum Rules.

15. We ask that you adhere to the specific topic areas of the Soul of Adoption forums. Please keep ‘off topic’ posts (such as discussions on popular culture, the weather, children’s toys, recipes etc) to the General or Family boards. Also, although we understand that the Soul of Adoption forums are a space to discuss issues, please also note that extremely long posts can disrupt the smooth running of the forums and time spent moderating them can affect the speed at which other issues are dealt with.

Forum Moderation

Every post on the forums is read by a team of Soul of Adoption forums moderators, and moderated where necessary, within 24 hours of it being posted.  Soul of Adoption forums moderators reserve the right, without prior notice, to remove, edit or move any posts which are deemed to break any of the Forum Rules listed above.

Soul of Adoption forums moderators will, in most cases but not necessarily all, members involved to advise why posts have been removed/edited.

In instances of serious/persistent breaches of the Forum Rules Soul of Adoption forums will issue a formal warning and operates on a ‘three strikes' policy.  Soul of Adoption reserves the right to temporarily suspend a member’s profile or permanently ban users from posting on the forums.

The Soul of Adoption forums moderators' and Soul of Adoption decisions are final.
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