Photography forum Code of Conduct

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  1. plasticbastard

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    Hi guys, I've been commenting and following along in this thread in which f@rmboy suggested a code of conduct may be a good idea. I agree with this completely (although I think it sad that we can't just use common sense and courtesy like adults can), and as such have created a few. These are just some thoughts which I've placed in the Wiki, available here.

    They are also posted below for your info:

    Code of Conduct

    • I will provide a positive contribution to the Photography forum.
    • I will not attack, troll, or slander a person, nor will I be offensive or make derogatory comments about models, or other forum members.
    • I will respect that every member of this forum has the right to share their opinion and I will treat others with respect and courtesy, as I would also like to be treated with the same respect and courtesy.
    • Avoid derailing threads, bumping old threads.
    • I don't have to comment on a photo if I don't like it. If I do, I will not attack the poster, nor make offensive or derogatory comments, but will respectfully state my opinion.
    • I will not attempt to troll, nor actively spam these forums.
    • I will search the forums before posting another 'what tripod to buy', or 'what DSLR is for me' thread, or other similar threads.
    • The moderators decision/s are final.
    • I will respect the copyright of other members and will not reproduce the photo under any circumstances unless I have their express permission.
    • Most importantly, I will have fun!


    Vendor, Paid Events & Group Buy Code of Conduct - DRAFT FOR REVIEW/COMMENT

    • Follow any relevant forum rules and or decisions made by the moderators.
    • For not-for-profit events, disclose all costs up front within 48 hours of posting.
    • State clearly all terms as regard to the event and costs.
    • Provide contact details to answer any questions - contact methods accepted are either e-mail or phone/fax. Please be prompt in reply.
    • Act in a professional manner at all times.
    • When advertising specials, please be clear on expiration dates, who it applies to, promo codes, etc.
    • If you have a vendor account, please note that your comments made while using your account do carry some weight with forum members, whether intentional or not. If you are going to post a new topic, or reply in existing topics in a non representative role, it might be better to not use your vendor account.
     
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  2. f@rmboy

    f@rmboy Terrorist Photographer

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    Great start Plasticbastard. Especially the last item.
     
  3. Fortigurn

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    f@rmboy approves. :p

    So do I. Great idea. :thumbup:
     
  4. gatecrasher

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    Sounds like common sense to me, given we are mostly mature adults here I reckon it should just go without saying. But if people really need more rules & guidelines to read then by all means don't let me get in the way of writing them :)
     
  5. Zzapped

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    Excellent, now just give me the ban stick so I can enforce it :), seriously I think its an excellent idea and with a bit of refining and input from a few more we can develop a great code of conduct for the Photography forums :thumbup:

    Cheers

    Z
     
  6. Sir Ghallahad

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    Looks and sounds good, and I agree with it all. But how is this at all enforceable? I mean really, what are the chances of the several hundred people following this?
     
  7. Scratchy

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    How about.

    Photography is as much as art form as it is a science. Just because a photo isn't technically good doesn't mean it isn't good. Some of the best photos break fundamental rules of photography. Because it's part art, you may not appreciate a photo. Look for the good as well as the bad if offering criticism.
     
  8. plasticbastard

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    Sure, is this an addition or an edit? Feel free to update the wiki page, but let me know so I can update this list here.

    Thanks guys :)
     
  9. FranchiseJuan

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    I am sorry, but if the people on this forum need a code of conduct to regulate their conduct, and don't have the common sense to know most of these points already, then there is probably not much fun left to be had here. :(
     
  10. oli

    oli Member

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    It's only a small minority who do though.
     
  11. FranchiseJuan

    FranchiseJuan Member

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    So ignore or ban them. Problem solved.
     
  12. oli

    oli Member

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    I don't really get upset by them, and I think the repeat offenders have all had their stint in the ban box...

    That's not to say banning them wouldn't work either. But neither of us are mods so that is not up to us. :)
     
  13. djjc

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    I just added a guide to critique...i just said this in the other thread, then realised this thread was started...whoops!
     
  14. plasticbastard

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    Thanks djjc - I hope you don't mind that I've edited it a bit.

    I've also added Scratchy's suggestion to the wiki & the list here.
     
  15. djjc

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    Good call on both counts.

    It was a rushed job, procrastinating from assignments :(
     
  16. PaulM

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    Just a quick note, it's 'drivel', not 'dribble'.

     
  17. sabretooth

    sabretooth Overdue for a new title

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    Glue liberally applied to the back of this thread.
     
  18. djjc

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    Thanks sabre, now my hands are filthy. :p
     
  19. Gibbon

    Gibbon grumpy old man

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    I like this, though I find it very sad that we need it.

    There does seem to be a lack of respect and common courtesy here - unlike other photography forums I frequent (far more often) like FM and POTN. I'm not entirely sure why, but I'd be interested to hear people's thoughts.

    The main differences I can see are:
    - the other photography forums are dedicated photography forums
    - the other forums would have a much older average age (just an observation)

    I suspect it's mainly a maturity issue, but also because for some reason IT-related demographics seem to be more willing to become keyboard warriors IMO. The rest of the OCAU forums seem to display the same lack of respect and common courtesy (a lot of the time the forums almost seem to be a vehicle for people to show how much of a smartass they can be), so without a code of conduct I think it'd be an uphill battle to change anything here - unfortunately.
     
  20. oli

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    Easy solution, remove the photography sub-forum. :)
     

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