IILG Code of Conduct
Use of the IILG lists/forums/galleries constitutes acceptance and agreement to the IILG Code of Conduct (COC) and list/forum/gallery user Agreement. If you violate the Code of Conduct or User Agreement, we reserve the right to terminate all accounts belonging to you without prior notice. We prefer to advise users of inappropriate behavior, however, flagrant and repeated violations of our COC will result in an immediate ban. Our failure to enforce this policy, for whatever reason, shall not be construed as a waiver of our right to do so at any time.
We created the Code of Conduct to provide a basic understanding of what's allowed and not allowed on the lists/forums/galleries. The following are guidelines for the establishment and enforcement of our COC:
While we believe in the principles of free speech, certain activities may be damaging or disruptive to both the IILG and our Members and cannot be permitted under the guise of free speech.
As a Member of our Guild, you must participate responsibly. If you have any questions regarding our COC, please contact any of our list/forum/gallery moderators by email.
Violations of the Code of Conduct
The following constitutes violations of our Code of Conduct.
Spam includes, but is not limited to, the following:
Please note that our lists/forums/galleries are not the place to advertise your own site or forums or sites with similar content to ours.
Any list member who seems to have joined one of our lists/forums/galleries or is making posts solely to promote another site will be permanently banned.
You may not use profanity. What constitutes profanity will be at the discretion of the moderators.
We have no tolerance for personal attacks, flamers, trolls, or members that seem bent on disrupting the Guild and or its Members.
Anyone who is determined to be harassing Members, Board Members or intentionally disrupting the Guild and/or Members will be banned.
Please note that words carry different meanings in different cultures, and that while a word may be acceptable use in one part of the world, it may not be in another. In addition, any one can invent his/her own derogatory terms. Because of those factors, the list moderators will evaluate the context in which the term was used to determine whether a violation has occurred.
Porn/Sexually Offensive Materials
You may not post or link to pornography or sexually offensive materials. If you are unsure whether what you wish to post may be in violation of this rule, don't post it. Or please consult a moderator first before posting.
You may not use our lists/forums/galleries for illegal purposes, in support of illegal activities, or encourage conduct that would constitute a criminal offense, as determined by the laws of the United States of America. Such activities will guarantee a ban. We reserve the right to cooperate with legal authorities and/or injured third parties in the investigation of any suspected crime or civil wrongdoing.
English is the official language of our lists/forums/galleries because it is the common language between our moderators and users. Because we cannot moderate conversations in a foreign language, you may not hold a conversation in the lists/forums/galleries in language other than English.
Moderation and Bans
Questionable Actions and Content
IMPORTANT NOTE: Contrary to popular beliefs, the COC isn't designed to cover everything. We may act - issue a warning, moderate your posts, suspend your email privileges or ban you from the IILG - if, in our judgment, you undertake any conduct that is deemed:
Suspension or Expulsion
A. The Secretary shall send a private warning when an infraction of the Code of Conduct is committed.
B. If this warning is not heeded, the Secretary will inform the Member via private email that he/she will be moderated for thirty (30) days. The Member will be able to read the lists' and/or forums' posts but not be allowed to post directly to the lists and/or forums.
C. If the Member refuses to abide by the moderation, then he/she will be banned from posting and reading the lists' and/or forums' messages for three (3) months.
D. If all efforts fail, the Member will be expelled from the IILG for life.
Any Member who willfully disregards the rules, Bylaws, or Board directives shall be subject to removal from the Guild at the Board's discretion.
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