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Shared Knowledge Rules

By submitting a comment to the 'Shared Knowledge' section of our site you agree to abide by the following rules. These rules are designed to ensure participants feel comfortable and equal in the online discussion and keen to take part, and that the discussion meets its objectives.

  1. Be respectful of others. Debates may be lively but taking part should be a positive experience for all participants. Comments should be civil and tasteful, and must not be malicious or designed to offend. No reference should be made to the personality of other participants nor should attacks be made on an individual's character.
  2. Stay on-topic. Your comment should be within scope of the topic under discussion. Please don't post messages that are unrelated to the discussion you are contributing to.
  3. Don't incite hatred on the basis of race, religion, gender, nationality, sexuality or other personal characteristic. Don't swear, use hate-speech or make obscene or vulgar comments.
  4. Don't break the law. This includes libel, condoning illegal activity and contempt of court (comments which might affect the outcome of an approaching court case). You should remember that you are legally responsible for what you write. By submitting a comment you undertake to indemnify The Movement for Reform Judaism against any liability arising from its publication.
  5. Don't post personal information - addresses, phone numbers, email addresses or other online contact details either relating to yourself or other individuals.
  6. Don't engage in "spamming". Please don't add the same comment to more than one forum, or more than once to the same discussion.
  7. Don't advertise. You can mention relevant products and services as long as they support your comment. No advertising or promotion is allowed except where it is for an event, publication or similar item that has direct relevance to the subject of discussion. Information about locating and sharing knowledge and expertise is welcomed, but within the specific discussion provided. All links submitted must be appropriate for a general audience, and must not link the site to material that is obscene, defamatory or inciting to hatred or violence.
  8. Don't impersonate or falsely claim to represent a person or organisation. Please don't mislead other users by abusing our registration procedure.
  9. Avoid being political - this site is about consensus-building, not political point-scoring.
  10. Be concise - other users are more likely to read your contribution if it is concise.
  11. We encourage open, lively debate but the decision to publish comments received via this site remains at the Movement for Reform Judaism's discretion.
  12. Posts may be returned to the participant by email, along with a reference to the broken rule(s). The participant will be invited to make appropriate changes so that the post can be reconsidered. If a participant repeatedly breaks the rules, their user account will be suspended and all their comments revoked.
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