The AMSA Shed Online User Guidelines

by theshedonline

The AMSA Shed Online (Blog & Discussion Forums) is set up to provide the Men’s Shed community with an online platform to share information, projects and engage in general discussion. Common topics include general shed chat, health & wellbeing information, latest Men’s Shed & community news, shed projects and shed operations FAQs & troubleshooting.

Any approved forum member can comment on the published blogs and contribute to the conversations on the discussion forums. Users will need to complete a member registration form prior to participating on the site.

The AMSA Shed Online is owned and moderated by the Australian Men’s Shed Association (AMSA). Content is reviewed to ensure that messages are appropriate for users, however all messages and posts express the views of the author and AMSA will not be held responsible for the content of any message not of their own publication. Users are encouraged to carefully review any projects or templates before implementing at their own Men’s Shed.

Unacceptable posts will be deleted by AMSA moderators and membership to the forum may be cancelled.  

Blog & Discussion Forum Rules

The AMSA Shed Online operates a three strikes policy. These “strikes” will be issued as infractions for any behaviour which contravenes the forum rules. 

Messages that breach any of these rules may result in issue of infractions under The AMSA Shed Online three strikes policy and this will ultimately lead to temporary or permanent bans from the site. Three strikes at any level will result in a temporary ban as a minimum.  The policy will work as follows:

  1. Strike one is a formal warning.
  2. Strike two will be an automatic two week ban.
  3. Strike three will be an automatic and permanent ban.

The AMSA Shed Online moderator’s decision on issues of unacceptable behaviour will be final.  Publicly posted complaints about moderation will not be tolerated, and will be regarded as a further strike.  If you wish to discuss a moderation decision then please contact theshedonline@mensshed.net.

We reserve the right to issue immediate permanent bans where a member’s conduct warrants this action.

1. No Flaming

You will not post any messages or links anywhere on this site that harass, insult, belittle, threaten, undermine or personally attack another member in any way.

2. No Trolling

You will not post any material or links anywhere on this site that disrupt the peace and harmony of this forum.  Discussion and opinions based on experience are encouraged, but not combative argument.

3. No Spamming

You will not double post or post the same message in multiple forums. You will not post for the sake of increasing your post count.  Meaningless, irrelevant, or unintelligible posts will be removed.  Please do not use “text speak” etc. that may not be understood by all.

4. No Offensive Posts, Links or Images

You will not post any material or links anywhere on this site that are profane, obscene, vulgar, sexually-orientated, hateful, threatening, racist, sexist, discriminatory, or otherwise in violation of any local or international laws.  This includes material or links in your signature, profile, blogs and bookmarks as well as posted images, photos and avatars.  Moderators will ultimately decide if something is appropriate or not.

5. Advertiser Feedback

All our Partners and Advertisers have the right to provide their own opinions or feedback but their posts are subject to the same forum rules.

Members are allowed to leave either positive or negative feedback but again, it is subject to the same forum rules.

6. No Advertising

You will not post any material or links anywhere on the forums that are primarily for the promotion or advertising of any commercial related website, forum or business, unless you are a current advertiser.  Some discussion of non-advertising businesses is acceptable.  The Moderation Team reserve the right to remove any link, signature, post or thread they deem to be inappropriate.

7. Sales

Any sales threads posted anywhere on the forum, will be removed without explanation. AMSA’s Men’s Shed Trading Post Facebook Group is the designated buy, swap and sell platform.

8. Public Posting of Copyright Material

You will not post, upload, attach, or post links anywhere to anything that is under copyright or license, except where you own the copyright and grant permission for it to be permanently displayed within this forum.

9. Accept moderation

By using the services provided by the Australian Men’s Shed Association via The AMSA Shed Online, you agree to accept the moderation by the Moderator Team. 

Publicly posted complaints about moderation will not be tolerated, eg “Where has my thread gone?” These may be regarded as a strike under the three strikes policy. Any messages to or about any Moderation Team member that contain derogatory remarks or swearing will result in an immediate ban.  All moderation aims to be fair and even handed.

Any grievance involving a moderator should be reported to theshedonline@mensshed.net.

Moderation

The AMSA Shed Online is a Public Group for use by Men’s Shed members and other relevant community stakeholders and guests. All users are required to set up an account to participate in the discussion forums.

Once members of the forum, users have permission to post. All posts will require approval from a moderator prior to being published.

Moderators will do their best to approve posts as soon as possible. All posts will be approved within 48 hours of posting (except on public holidays).

Application of General Forum Rules – FAQs

1. What happens if I break a rule?

The moderators have the right to remove, edit, move, copy or close any thread or post, or suspend or ban any member for any breach of the rules or for any other reason with or without warning or notice.

2. What if I see a message posted that breaks a rule?

Please report these posts or threads to the moderators by clicking on the “Flag as Offensive / Report Abuse” link facility of the offending post, and the post or thread will be reviewed and action taken as soon as possible.

3. What is my responsibility as a member?

Please keep these rules in mind when you post. The moderators have the right to change these rules at any time without notice. It is the responsibility of every member to remain up to date with the current rules.

Posting to the forum is only allowed if you agree to abide by these rules, and by posting to the forum you are accepting the terms of this agreement and the published The AMSA Shed Online User Guidelines.

4. Why have rules in the first place?

The rules are there for the protection of the community as a whole, to prevent abuse, conflict and disharmony within the forums and to ensure the use of The AMSA Shed Online is a pleasant experience for all members of all ages.

Please contact theshedonline@mensshed.net if you have any comments or any suggestions or changes to these rules.