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Forum Rules updated; new Warning System; more Ancestry options

Posted by Racial Reality (Administrators) at Feb 10 2012, 03:15 PM. 37 comments

I've updated the Forum Rules for clarity and to cover some issues that have been coming up lately. Beyond some re-wording and re-arranging here and there, the Profile and Account Rules and Reporting Rules sections are new, and many of the Posting Rules are new. So make sure you're up to date.

I've also changed the warnings from the restrictive 5-pip system to a clearer, more flexible percentage system, where each warning equals 5%. Since there are many variables and every situation is different, there's no strict rule on what number of warnings results in what penalties. In general, the higher the warn level, the longer and more frequent the suspensions, and the greater the chance of being permanently banned. However, if the warnings are minor and spread out over a long period of time, that will decrease the severity of penalties, but if they're more serious and concentrated in a short period of time, that will have the opposite effect.

Finally, I've added several more specific options to the Ancestry profile field that appears next to posts. Go to Preferences > Update Profile > Ancestry to make any changes. If that's still not specific enough and you'd like to elaborate on your background, or if it's very mixed and complicated, you can always fill out the Ethnicity field (in the same place) with anything you want up to 100 characters.

AnthroScape Re-Launch

Posted by Racial Reality (Administrators) at Dec 1 2008, 11:27 AM. 53 comments

In May 2008, one month after launching, a moderator account was cracked and the forum was deleted. The perpetrator of the attack was deranged cyberstalker and former member "r. suydam" (aka "Anon" in the old days and "n/a" on his new blog that nobody reads). His motive? Envy of this forum's rapid growth in the face of his own miserable failure, and frustration that his attempts at trolling here backfired. The terms "sore loser" and "temper tantrum" aptly sum up his path to vandalism.

On its homepage, ZetaBoards says it can restore lost data, which is what we've been waiting for. But in late October -- apparently after receiving a flood of requests they couldn't fulfill -- they revised that statement with a disclaimer that they don't guarantee they can or will perform restorations. Enough time has been wasted waiting, and we only lost a month's worth of data anyway, so we've decided to just start over from scratch. Security will be tighter now and there shouldn't be any problems like this in future.

If you already have an account but can't remember your password, follow the link on the login page to perform a password reset. Once you're logged in, you can request a name change under Preferences if you don't like the name you signed up with. Also, feel free to repost anything you had posted before, especially if it has "permanent" value, like a gallery of anthropology plates or a resource link.

You'll notice that we now have a number of different forum themes to choose from. In addition to the default blue/orange Original theme, there's an all-blue Classic theme, a gray Pro theme, and Light and Dark themes. You can make your choice using the theme selector at the bottom left of the board or the one under Preferences > Board Settings. Other themes may be added in the future.

Also, the Affiliate Directory is now a web page rather than a forum, which will help with quality control. If you would like your site added to the directory, send me a PM or an email with the site's name, URL and a brief description.

Please be sure to review the Forum Rules before posting, and read our Mission Statement for further information.

Thank you for your interest in AnthroScape.

Mission Statement

Posted by Racial Reality (Administrators) at Dec 1 2008, 11:12 AM. 0 comments

It all began in 2003 with Dodona, the web's first human biodiversity forum, conceived by Dienekes, Alex and myself, and brought to life by Dienekes with the help of AWAR. It was a runaway success, and when it shut down a few years later, it spawned several imitators. These have had varying degrees of success over the years, but eventually all either succumbed in their own right or strayed considerably from the initial model.

Now, with many forum-goers left homeless, dissatisfied or just feeling nostalgic for the old days, the team that created the original has jumped back into the game with a new name, new software and a hope of recapturing the magic of the past and maybe even attaining greater heights. We want to bring back that ambitious spirit of free speech, serious discussion, learning and camaraderie that made Dodona so successful and beloved.

So everyone who has an interest in biological and social anthropology is invited to come join in the discussion and help us build a great community.

What Is AnthroScape?

Posted by Racial Reality (Administrators) at Dec 1 2008, 11:05 AM. 0 comments

AnthroScape: Human Biodiversity Forum is an anthropology discussion group concerned with studying the human landscape and all of the variation contained within it. To provide a better understanding of what that means, here are some good definitions of anthropology from various academic websites:


"Anthropology is a multidisciplinary field of science and scholarship, which includes the study of all aspects of humankind -- archaeological, biological, linguistic and sociocultural. Anthropology has roots in the natural and social sciences and in the humanities, ranging in approach from basic to applied research and to scholarly interpretation."

http://www.aaanet.org/committees/ethics/ethcode.htm


"Anthropology, the broadest of the social sciences, is the study of humankind. One of the strengths of anthropology as a discipline is its 'holistic' or integrative approach; it links the life sciences and the humanities and has strong ties with disciplines ranging from biology and psychology to linguistics, political science, and the fine arts. Anthropological study is appropriate for people with a wide variety of interests: human cultures and civilizations both present and past, human and animal behavior, particular regions of the world such as Africa, Asia, Latin America, Oceania, etc."

http://www.anthro.ucla.edu/


"Anthropology is the study of all things human. It is concerned with the past, the present, and the future, and is the nexus between the natural sciences, the humanities, and the social sciences. Anthropology provides students with a comparative, theoretical, and global understanding of human culture and society from evolutionary, historical, and contemporary perspectives."

http://www.anthro.ucsd.edu/


"Anthropology focuses on human biological and cultural variation in time and space, with four traditionally recognized subfields: anthropological archaeology, biological (or physical) anthropology, ethnology (cultural or sociocultural anthropology), and linguistic anthropology."

http://www.lsa.umich.edu/anthro/about/index.html


"Anthropology is the integrative study of human beings at all times and in all places. Within this broad field of study, three thematic and overlapping concentrations form the focus of our department.

"These innovative concentrations consider humans as their lives are framed simultaneously by cultural meanings, the social systems in which they participate, and the biology and ecology of the human species in its evolutionary context and contemporary variation."

http://anthropology.unc.edu/

Forum Rules

Posted by Racial Reality (Administrators) at Dec 1 2008, 10:52 AM. 0 comments

     General Rules

  • Be civil and respectful
    While lively discussion and heated debate are encouraged, rudeness, insults, racial, ethnic and sex slurs, personal attacks, threats and purposeless, inflammatory posts will not be tolerated.

  • Keep it clean
    This forum is aimed at a general mature audience. Frank discussion about sexuality and occasional mild profanity are OK, but pornographic images/videos and excessively vulgar language are not permitted.

  • Don't be a nuisance
    Trolling, spamming and advertising are strictly forbidden. This includes using the forum email and private message system to harass other members.

  • Use facts and evidence
    All statements must be backed up by reliable sources. Making unsupported or poorly supported claims, particularly if they're controversial, will be considered trolling/spamming.

  • No sock puppet accounts
    Each member is allowed one login account. Registering with multiple accounts to troll or get around a ban/suspension is not permitted.


     Posting Rules

  • All posts and topic titles must be in clear, well-rendered English and consistent with "normal writing", that is, written in complete, properly capitalized sentences that are organized into paragraphs, without an excessive amount of punctuation (e.g. !!!!!), SHOUTING, emoticons, large, small or colored text etc.

  • New topics are to be started in relevant sections and given appropriate, descriptive titles. Read the section descriptions carefully before posting, and let the other topics in each section be your guide.

  • If you start a topic about an article, study etc., don't just post the link. Copy and paste the text. If it's a very long item, either bold the important parts or just copy a few excerpts.

  • Stay on topic. Sometimes threads flow organically from one topic into another related topic, and that can be OK. But don't introduce something completely foreign that will derail the thread. Start a new one instead. And don't engage in chit-chat about yourself, your travels, other members, avatars and signatures etc. Personal matters belong in The Lounge or in private messages.

  • Refrain from posting meaningless threads, one word (or short) nonsense replies, and the like.

  • Avoid quoting long posts in your replies, especially when they contain a lot of images. Learn how to use the quoting system to quote only the part(s) you're replying to.

  • Preview and proofread your posts before submitting them to make sure they're formatted correctly and don't contain errors. The Firefox browser has a built-in spell checker that can be helpful.

  • Don't bump topics, especially not your own and especially not repeatedly. This usually happens with Guessing/Classifying topics, and the best way to keep those at the top of the list is to answer the replies. If you don't get any replies, wait at least 24 hours and then politely ask once for more guesses/classifications.

  • Don't start more than one Guessing/Classifying topic for yourself. If you want to be classified after being guessed, or re-classified at a later date based on new photos, use the same topic.

  • Never give away the answer to someone else's Guessing Origins thread if you happen to recognize the subject. Don't even boast that you know it because your own ancestry and posting history could be a clue.

  • Avoid "blanking" your posts by editing out all of the content. It's understandable if the content is private photos for guessing/classification but when it comes to text, think before you post to avoid having to do that. Another option is to place the content you want hidden between [member][/member] tags so that only registered users will be able to see it.

  • Don't post photos of other members, or members of other forums, without their permission, even if they've posted them here themselves. And certainly don't Photoshop the photos to mock people.

  • Avoid referring to members by names they've used in the past, at other forums or by their real names (if you happen to know them). Refer to them by the names they're currently using here to avoid confusion.

  • Host your images at a service like ImageShack, TinyPic or PhotoBucket so that they'll always show and won't use up other sites' bandwidth. You can also upload them as attachments.


     Profile and Account Rules

  • Don't enter false or "joke" information into the profile fields. You can leave them blank to protect your privacy, but misrepresenting yourself is trollish and leads to confusion.

  • Don't request name changes on a regular basis, or make multiple requests in a short period of time. After a while, they'll be denied. Select an identity and stick with it. If you've become well established under a particular name, it's urged that you not change it.

  • Don't request to have your account deleted or your posts and topics removed. We don't do that here, as it's not practical or fair to other members. If you no longer want to participate in the forum, simply log out and don't return.


     Reporting Rules

  • Members who violate the rules can be reported via the Report button (Posted Image), but only report legitimate rule violations. Reporting posts that you disagree with or simply don't like to try to get someone banned is an abuse of the system.

  • Don't overuse the Report system. If you notice multiple violations for the same member, just file a single report and mention or link to the others in your report.

  • Don't engage in the behavior you're reporting. If you report someone for insulting you, but you insulted them first or you insult them in the following post, you'll also be reprimanded.


     Penalties for Rule Violations

  • Members will be issued a series of warnings for rule violations. They can keep track of their warn level and the reasons for the warnings next to their posts or in their profiles.

  • Members who continually violate the rules will be suspended for a period of time to be determined based on the severity and frequency of their violations.

  • If behavior doesn't improve following suspension(s), members will be permanently banned from the forum.

  • Telltale bad behavior (e.g. immediate and persistent trolling or spamming) may result in a direct ban without warning or suspension.


     Disclaimer

  • While these rules and guidelines cover most common situations, they cannot anticipate everything. Consequently, Forum Staff reserves the right to take any actions deemed appropriate to ensure the forum is not disrupted or abused in any way.
 

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