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House Rules March 2014
« on: March 19, 2014, 07:21:46 PM »
All newbies and anyone unsure of the house rules should read them before posting.

House Rules

Members should:

- Try to be helpful and caring to other members here.

- Try to keep the messages they post on topic.

- Members are asked to add the yellow warning icon to any thread they start or post they make which mentions topics such as suicide or distressing cruelty

- Try to remember to add a written description of any pictures, photographs, or videos they post.

- When a member posts a link to a picture article or video which contains flashy images or lights, or upsetting images/information they should warn members about this.

- It is possible to place You Tube directly in a message before you post it and this means any video added in this way needs to have the sort of content which does not require a warning.

- Try to be constructive in their approach to using the message board.

- Make use of Ouch Too as a means of community living and progress. Have fun. Give yourself permission to be happy or sad, glad or mad.

- Say sorry when you know you are wrong and be gracious if someone apologises to you.

- If a member wants to report a post or personal message which they think breaks the House Rules they can use the Report to Admin/Moderator option at the bottom right of the post.

- Due to a situation that arose earlier in 2012 where a now ex member decided to delete their posts manually (and re write what they had written using the edit option we have put a time limit of 24 hours on the edit option. If you wish to edit you post after 24 hours please get in touch with either Kizzy or myself. This includes both the title of threads you start and the text in the posts you make.

- If a member is finding it hard to post within the rules and recognises they are for example upset and bad tempered they can ask to be put on Gardening Leave. The member will decide how long they wish to be on Gardening Leave and their account with be changed so they can still read the Ouch Too message board but they can not post. Over the years Gardening Leave has been used by several members and it helped them.

- Please read the disclaimer at the bottom of this message.

Members should not:

- Use overtly flashy animations in the avatars on their profiles. If someone uses an animation and it causes visual problems for someone else they will be asked/helped to make the animation static or change the avatar altogether.

- Make deliberate attempts to disrupt, provoke, attack or offend others.

- Use language which is racist, sexist, homophobic, sexually explicit, abusive or otherwise objectionable. Swear words should be used sparingly, The F and the C word should not be used, but people can use ****, and also lesser swear words eg arse.

- Break the law or condone or encourage unlawful activity. This includes breach of copyright, defamation and contempt of court. At times people do post sarcastic comments about members of the Government and are given leeway to do so as long as it does not get out of hand.

- Advertise products or services for profit or gain.

- Students or Researchers should not join to and then ask members to take part in surveys or other similar research without either asking permissione from Admin first via the email address is or via posting a opening thread. The opening thread can contain information about the topic being research etc but should not contain contact details such as an email address.

- Impersonate someone else, or have more than one membership on Ouch Too, with the exception of accounts such as the Ouch Archive and the Quietly Loud accounts which are used for admin and archive purposes.

- Include contact details such as phone numbers or postal addresses. Emails addresses using a members real name will be deleted unless moderator permission is given before the email address is posted.

- Describe or encourage activities which could endanger the safety or well-being of others.

- 'Spam', that is post messages which contain the same. or similar, message posted multiple times.

- Place links to this message board in inappropriate venues eg the Daily Mail website.

- Behave in a way that puts either Ouch Too or it's members at risk.

- Post using consecutive or random capitalisation because it adversely affects people using screen readers and can also make posts difficult to read. Abbreviations and acronyms can be posted using capital letters. Any posts found to break this rule will be edited by a moderator and if a member repeatedly deliberately breaks this rule they will receive a warning.

Both members and Non Members remember:

People posting message can have strong opinions about their place in the world both on and offline. We will not always agree with each other and this should not be seen as a negative because debate is good and means we are not acting like drones. We are not (all) the sweet, innocent and fluffy disabled of the tabloid press, nor are we the workshy scroungers portrayed by the same tabloid press. We come here as individuals who happen to be sick, disabled or able bodied and we each respond to circumstances in our own way.

Kizzy Kazaer and I have taken on the task of being Global moderators and Monic is a moderator on the Welfare Rights board. Moderators are here to help the community run smoothly, if people need help using the message board they will point them in the right direction, if members request that their posts be edited, moved or deleted we will help with that. We can also rename threads to give them a more descriptive title, merge threads on the same topic, or split a thread that does off topic.  If people break the rules moderators have tools include the ability to 'edit' a post eg replace a swear word with ****, delete posts and post the reason why, give members time outs, temporarily ban members or permanently ban member.

Moderation will be be kept to a minimum and so that freedom is maximised.


The health and welfare benefits advise given on Ouch Too is given in good faith and to the best of our knowledge. Ouch Too does not employee legal representation or professional benefits advisors, and this means any advice we give or suggestions we make are given in the context this. For definitive legal or medical advice you would  need to talk to or correspond with a professional eg lawyer or doctor.

If there are any questions in relation to the rules please just post to this thread or personal message or email me.
Thank you for reading,

Sunshine Meadows.


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Re: House Rules March 2014
« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2014, 07:35:31 PM »
Additional Information

Members who have Charter member status or who have made over 50 posts are given access to two boards not available to everyone else.

These boards are :

Management Feedback where members can post topics and questions related to the way Ouch Too is managed. Some threads that originally start on the Talk board are moved or archived to the Management Feedback Board eg threads about scheduled updates.

3 am and still awake is a place to talk about personal worries and ask for help from fellow members. It is for members only and is not available to guests.

Members who do not have Charter member status and who have not made 50 posts do not have access to other members email addresses or the Ouch Too personal messaging system. This avoids situations whereby someone joins Ouch Too to mine email addresses or try to engage in one on one conversation with a disabled person they were not already in contact with.


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Re: House Rules March 2014
« Reply #2 on: July 08, 2014, 02:56:52 PM »

Ouch Too has a new moderation policy in place which means anyone who makes a post saying they are leaving and/or posts messages referring to an intention to commit suicide will have their account put on moderation.

Putting an account on moderation means Kizzy or I will check the member's posts before they become public. It is not a punishment and censorship will be kept to a minimum.
When a person is put on moderation it will also mean that they will no longer have access to the Personal Messaging option.
Once on moderation the person being moderated will be able to see that their account is tagged as being moderated, only that member, Kizzy and myself can see that tag. It is set this way so the member does not feel he/she will stand apart from everyone else.

For more information members can go to this thread in Management Feedback;topicseen#msg101579

The options for voluntary Gardening Leave or being put on moderation will continue as is and any members using either option will keep there access to Personal Messaging.