RUC site guidelines and use rules
The RUC (Rational User Community) is composed of executives and experts. It is a group that comes together to explore key issues, exchange ideas and to collaborate to develop and share content, information and best practices for the benefit of all community members. The community is run by the members for the members and addresses issues highlighted by members.
The community is an environment where members should feel free to contribute and enjoy the community. However in order to protect the whole community members agree to abide by the following rules;
As a courtesy to all, members have agreed that users of RUC must not :
Post libelous, insulting, antagonistic, racist, aggressive, defamatory comments or otherwise abusive remarks about any individual or company anywhere in the site, including, but not exclusively, within forum posts, Blogs or the PM (Private Message) system. Nowhere in the thread must they use language that is LIBELOUS. No matter how angry they are, they absolutely MUST NOT use language based on emotion and not FACT. It is, of course, ILLEGAL and will not be tolerated on the forums.
Post swear words in such a way as to circumvent the groups’s built-in swear word removal system (including in signatures)
Post any images or text which are deemed by the Webmaster or Moderators as inappropriate for viewing by other members
Promote websites which contain inappropriate material.
Use the discussion groups via posts or PMs or in your profile to invite people to competing forums or websites.
Post any spam or Spam related links. People posting spam will be instantly and permanently banned and their posts will be deleted.
Solicit business, through the forums. Members are invited (even encouraged) to post information about products on the site provided it is factual, is generally for the benefit of forum members and doesn't break this rule.
Create their new threads in more than one discussion group. (Doing so is called cross-posting). You should pick the single most appropriate group for your message. Duplicate posts will be deleted.
Use images from 3rd parties' websites without their permission. Linking to an image on someone else's website without their permission is considered to be bandwidth theft. This is not a copyright issue but a bandwidth issue.
We encourage representatives of Companies to declare who they work for in their user profile. This enables readers of their posts to judge the contents accordingly. The only exception to this rule is if the member's business is a sponsor of RUC in which case they can include their business details (with hyperlink) in their signature.
Have an inappropriate login name. We do not permit a login name which breaks any of the rules above or includes a business name. The only exception to this rule is if the member's business is a sponsor of RUC in which case they can include their business name in their login name.
Register more than once. Doing so will get one or both registrations and all the posts deleted.
Question the judgments or actions of Discussion Group moderators. They are far too busy to enter into discussions or arguments.
We find that the vast majority of site members have no problem with the above rules. However, if they are broken, it has been agreed that the group managing the site will take appropriate and immediate action to ensure the forums remain a pleasant place to visit.
If any Discussion Group member feels the moderators have abused their position, then they should contact the Webmaster (by private message or email) with the full details of the complaint. Contact details are on the 'Contact Us' page. Note, whilst the complaint is being processed the thread, topic, document or post will be removed and held in a suspense account pending the outcome.
Members have also agreed that the group managing the site have the right to read the relevant PM or PMs where a complaint has been made that a forum user has received a PM or PMs breaking this rule.
In summary, be nice and behave professionally and we’ll all enjoy learning, working and collaborating together!