A frozen shard of memory
Joined: 27 Aug 2006
Location: South Wales
|Posted: Wed Feb 20, 2008 3:43 pm Post subject: Respecting Members On and Off the Board
|Scar Tissue is a message board that's based on respect and understanding. Given the nature of the topics discussed on the board, it is understandable that conversations may become heated or distressing, but please remember the rules for posting (stickied in all forums) and behave appropriately.
Please respect the boundaries put up by members, whether you're talking to them via the board, PM, email, instant messenger or text. If you feel that something you say might be triggering, please warn people first - on the board, PM or email put a trigger warning; if you're having an instant messenger or text conversation, warn them in advance and give them the option to ask you not to say it.
If you are talking to someone who you feel is overstepping the mark, you can do something about it. Ask the person to stop the conversation or get up and walk away. You can ignore emails and PMs or block MSN conversations, and we would encourage you to do this if it is affecting or triggering you. If you wish, you can contact me or Ali and let us know what's happened so we can talk to the person concerned on your behalf.
Inappropriate, negative, or abusive posts on the board will also be taken down. Specifically related to this post, any messages that insult or abuse individual members will be immediately removed. Posts accusing board members of being deliberately hurtful or abusive will also be removed. We know that it's hard dealing with problems, and we are here to provide support, but we will not accept or condone abusive behaviour.
We encourage you to talk to me or Ali if you are having issues with anyone on the board rather than posting it in the public forums.
Inappropriate behaviour or abuse of any kind will not be tolerated by ST, whether it takes place on or off the board. Individuals who continue to act inappropriately after being warned will be dealt with. ST operates on a 3 strike system which, although thankfully hasn't had to be used for a while, is still in force.
The first instance of inappropriate behaviour will result in a warning; the second with a week long ban; and the third with an indefinite ban. Both me and Ali will be implementing this as and when we feel it necessary for those members who refuse to treat others with respect.
Please remember that, while we are here to support others, we also need to look after ourselves. None of us are professionals in mental health and shouldn't be expected to act like we are. The important thing is to keep yourself safe.
~ When we walk to the edge of all light we have, and take a step into the darkness of the unknown, we must believe one of two things will happen - there will be something solid for us to stand on, or we will be taught to fly. ~