Modern Shift’s Guidelines
Modern Shift is not a pre-moderated forum. Intervention is kept to a minimum. We hope to make your lives easier so, where necessary, will delete posts (or ban users) for the good of the community.
We have a few forum rules to ensure Modern Shift remains a good place to hang out.
Please alert us to any rule breaking with the report button preceding each post. Remember, we do not pre-moderate posts. We rely on our members to inform us of posts that break our guidelines.
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General Ps & Qs/Post Deletions/Swearing/Spamming/Deleting Threads/Trolls and Troublemakers/Disclosures of Abuse
General Ps & Qs
Please be courteous when posting. Bear in mind how difficult this divorce business can be; if there's one thing we could all use, it's moral support and civility.
We support freedom of speech. That said, we will remove posts containing personal attacks or law-breaking, obscene, racist, sexist, “disablist,” ageist and homophobic comments. We will delete seriously unpleasant posts.
If a whole thread has been deleted, don’t start a new one with the same stuff. Most Modern Shifters consider that very bad manners and it’s likely the new thread will be deleted too.
Swearwords and Offensive Language
It's not our policy to delete swearwords, but we draw the line at obscenity and racist, ageist, “disablist” or homophobic language as well as wording truly beyond the pale.
Posting Links and Spamming
We appreciate users sharing useful links to other sites/blogs, but we will delete annoying attempts to spam the boards with promotional links of products, services, surveys or e-petitions. If you'd like to promote something valuable on Modern Shift, please read about our advertising opportunities and peruse the many free listing opportunities on Modern Shift Local. For posting e-petitions, see our Petitions Noticeboard.
Deleting a Thread
We don't generally delete whole threads; it's frustrating for those who have written responses to them. But, if you have a pressing reason for deleting a thread you started, please report it to us for review.
Trolls and Troublemakers
As we hope by now you’ll agree, the vast majority of Modern Shift users and discussions are informative, supportive and friendly (even in the midst of disagreement). Understand that those nasty trolls may surface anyway.
If you suspect a troll, don't accuse publicly. You may be wrong and cause untold hurt. Report to us and let us be the troll police. Review our separate Policy on Trolls and Troublemakers.
A Note about Disclosures of Abuse
We urge all Modern Shifters to direct abuse to the appropriate authorities and for the abusers to seek professional support in real life. We maintain a directory of credible individuals and organizations for such needs.