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Posted 14 August 2010 - 12:20 AM

A person who is facing charges is innocent until proven guilty, so comments presuming guilt (eg, "rot in hell" or "throw away the key") are not appropriate.

A person whose name has been suppressed by the court or withheld to protect the identity of victims must NEVER be identified in a post.

The restrictions on discussing crimes and court proceedings are relaxed somewhat after a person has been found guilty or if they have pleaded guilty. But this does not mean a free-for-all.

Posting news items:
When posting a news item, you must only post a snippet or section (up to 10%) due to copyright laws which state reproduction is for 'critiquing' purposes. Please attribute the article via a URL, so people can research it if they wish.

Members are asked not to just repost articles but provide interpretation or comment, given they are posting on a discussion board. Any slanderous language will be edited out without notification.

Please note:

It is dangerous to post in absolutes and condemnation in relation to news stories.

Modern media is such that the public rarely operate with all the facts. Whether a conscious act by the media or not, this is a fact that we have to accept.

Often EB members might be associated with a news item under discussion. No one is under any obligation to give a full story unless they choose to do so and, even then, are reminded that sensitivity and discretion are advised, given that what they put in print can be quoted.

Instead of calling on others to give the full story, members are advised to take a different approach: refrain from judging a situation and act with sensitivity and intelligence.

We have a legal obligation to remove any posts that may be defamatory. This basically means that if you say anything that might lower or damage an identifiable person's reputation, it will be removed (regardless of whether or not it is true). Even if you do not name the individual other information may achieve the same result.

You must not identify or comment on any individual doctor, midwife, medical practitioner, hospital, business, organisation or other individual. We also ask that negative comments about a business that may directly or indirectly affect their business not to be posted on the forums. If you post any type of defamatory comment on the site this could result in legal action. Fair comment is allowed but the Moderators may edit or delete posts and threads when they become a legal concern. Please understand we have laws to abide by and our decision is final.

Please be reminded to be extremely careful in your language so as to avoid potentially defamatory remarks. Just because many of the people discussed here are celebrities, they are people too. The following are some guidelines and examples to assist you. Small businesses and not-for-profits CAN be defamed, and many childcare centres fall into this category.

Please be reminded these are rules also apply to DOCTORS, MIDWIVES, OBSTETRICIANS etc. Any INDIVIDUALS. It applies to any SMALL BUSINESS of which a lot are discussed on EB.
Defamation occurs when published material, identifying a person, conveys a meaning that:

- Lowers/injures the person's reputation
- Leads people to ridicule/avoid/despise that person

Large corporations cannot be defamed, but small companies and not-for-profits can be defamed.

A person may be identified other than by their name (eg. by relationship, where they work, etc)

Both the client and the person who has posted the offending material can be liable, which must be kept in mind at all times.

Threats or wishes for violence against anyone or group standing trial, suspected or arrested for a violent crime will not be tolerated. Any post that does so will be immediately removed.

You're on the record:
Please be aware that what you post within Essential Baby is public domain and, in effect, means you're "on the record" and can be quoted for public record. Members have been quoted (including username) in various newspapers and magazines. So please think before you post: are you happy for your name to be associated with your comment? If you're in doubt, leave it out.

We kindly ask all members to adhere to the forum rules, found here, and refresh themselves with the Code of Conduct, found here.

Please post in Relevant Thread

Just wanted to remind everyone that if you have a comment regarding a specific show to keep it in the one thread so before starting a new one please check that there isn't one already.

For example if you want to comment on something that happened on a show or just want to give your opinion on a comment that was made on say Dancing With the Stars then please add that to the Dancing with the Stars Thread.

It just means that all comments/items are kept in the one section and also that way you won't miss out on anything about your favourite show.

From now on if a thread is started about a show where the programme has a thread running I will merge it into the thread or, if it has had a few posts and/or would be confusing if it was merged I will lock it and post a link to the relevant thread.

Hopefully this will help everyone as as you would be aware this is a busy forum and items very quickly go to the second page when people may not have seen them so this will I hope cut down on that happening.

Spoiler Policy

The aim of applying rules to the posting of spoilers is to cater for busy parents in all time zones of Australia. We want to keep EB has accessible to as many people as possible, all the time. No one should ever have to avoid the site for fear of "spoilers".

It will be presumed that members who post in this forum have read and are familiar with the Spoiler Policy. Any posts against the guidelines will be edited or deleted and, where possible, the poster will be referred to this thread.

1. Members are welcome to discuss program spoilers at any time - as long as the thread title is clearly marked as such and, therefore, can be easily recognised - and avoided. This is the suggested thread title format:
SPOILER {Program Title} {Date}  Where needed a show
can be set up with a Discussion thread and a Spoiler/Gossip thread to help with this.

2. Any program can be discussed freely after the program has aired in ALL parts of Australia. (Currently, the time difference between the east and west coast is three hours.)

3. Unfortunately, the spoiler rules cannot apply to those who have taped a program to watch later or in the case of "encore" screenings. In these situations, we advise members to avoid threads which may contain information that they would rather not read.

4. If a spoiler is inadvertently posted in a seemingly harmless thread and a moderator is not immediately contactable, members who have posted previously in the same thread should feel free to edit their posts to warn of a spoiler later in the thread. We encourage this practice - the more people keeping watch, the better!

5. Members are asked to keep all TV-related discussion to this forum. It is too difficult to watch for possible spoilers elsewhere on the boards.

6. Pay TV - please observe the same guidelines as for free-to-air spoilers. Many subscribers to Foxtel etc are on a cable service, which means that they are subject to the time difference problem.

7. Finally, if in doubt, post a spoiler warning! Too much information is better than too little.

If you need further information or would like a specific spoiler thread started by me feel free to pm me.

Updated Rules
Our Rules for the site were upgraded recently and I am going to include a couple of specifically relevant Rules which apply here

Piracy: As piracy is illegal in Australia any links to sites, or discussion of sites, that allow people to illegally download movies, music, TV shows, etc, are not permitted on Essential Baby. Any talk of software, hardware or how-to pertaining to piracy is not permitted.
Hacking: Any member caught hacking, or attempting to hack, into the site will be banned immediately and further action will be taken.

Privacy and Copyright
Refrain from posting the following as you may be violating copyright laws (among others):
- Private emails
- Personal letters/mail
- Messages from other forums
- Any part of a private messages (PMs)
- Any part of an instant chat (ie. MSN)
- Articles without permission to be reproduced (ie. News stories)
- Information from other websites
Aside from copyright concerns there is often no way to verify the validity of text copied from an email, PM or chat �" therefore do not ever consider these a reliable source. If you want to discuss information on another website (eg. a SMH news story) provide a link to the content.

Cutting and pasting from another site or area is not allowed under these Rules and I will edit accordingly.

Please let me know if you need further information or help.  I can be contacted via pm.

Have fun!

Ali, Moderator

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