Forum Guidelines and Rules


Introduce yourself.

The welcome activity will help you get to know your classmates and help create a positive educational environment. Use the off-topic forums to talk with other students.

Ask questions.

If you find something confusing or want to know more, do not hesitate to ask questions. Make sure to post your questions in the appropriate thread.

Participate.

Do not hide in the background; it is not fair to lurk and let others do all the work. Contribute to discussions to get as much as possible from the course and to maintain your participation grade.

Do not dominate a discussion.

Share your knowledge, but not to the point of excluding others. If you have something to offer, please share it, but allow everyone to contribute equally to a discussion.

Be intellectually rigorous.

Do not excuse sloppy or illogical thinking. Challenge yourself and one another.

Be tactful.

Be critical of ideas, but remember there are other people involved. Be tactful and kind. You can hurt the feelings of a person reading your post.

Forgive other user’ mistakes.

Do not correct others, even if you follow the rules of netiquette and use good manners. Just because you do not agree with a student’s post does not mean that he or she is wrong. Instead, offer a different perspective to encourage further discussion.

Read the whole thread before posting.

Read all the posts in a thread before responding so you don’t repeat what others have already said. Try to contribute clarifying information or a new idea to a discussion.

Be concise.

Do not waste people’s time by posting basic, repetitive information. Make your point clearly and quickly.

Reread and check your posts.

Practice professionalism. Be mindful of how you look online; others will likely judge the tone and quality of your writing. Reread your posts and edit for clarity and mechanics.

Cite your sources.

If you use a source, cite it properly. Give credit where credit is due. Include links where appropriate.

Maintain confidentiality.

Respect your classmates’ privacy. Do not repeat the personal information that others share.

Report technical problems.

If the platform is not working properly, please let me know as soon as possible.

RULES

Rules:

1.No discussion of any illegal activity.

 2.No use of explicit, obscene or vulgar language or images and/or messages, including racist remarks.

 3.No posts that attack, insult, “flame”, defame, or abuse members or non-members.   Respect other members of the community and don’t belittle, make fun of, or insult another member or non-member. Agree to disagree. This applies to both the forums and any other comments posted on Laikipo by guests or members.

 4.No advertising or links to advertising or “Spam” is permitted. Advertising or Spam is defined as posting a link for the purpose of selling, soliciting, or promoting by someone that has an ownership or other “vested interest” to the web site involved, including efforts to promote other online forums or web sites by web site owners.

 5.No links to any web site or use of any username that fits into rules # 1-4 above

 6.No use of multiple usernames. Please register and use only one username for the forums.  Posting under multiple user accounts will result in administrative action (ie. banning).

 7.No posts of the copyrighted material.  Information copyrighted or owned by any individual or entity other than the person posting should not be posted on the message boards without the consent of the owner.

 8.No posts of lengthy articles.  Sharing information is allowed, but the forums are not to be used to publish articles. It is an improper use of critical forum resources. We keep the right to edit and/or shorten contributions if deemed necessary. The maximum number of words recommended is 500.

8. No irrelevant or off-topic posts. Posts which are not relevant to the forum topic may be deleted at the moderator’s discretion.

Privacy and Reputation
We do not allow the following:

  • Posting copies of private communications between private individuals without the explicit consent of all parties to the communication
  • Doxing, which includes not only private or obscure personal information but also the aggregation of publicly available information to target, shame, blackmail, harass, intimidate, threaten, or endanger
  • Posting intimate or explicit images taken or posted without the subject’s express consent
  • Content that violates others’ privacy, including sensitive or confidential information such as credit card numbers, social security numbers, non-public phone numbers, physical addresses, email addresses, or other non-public information

Restricted categories
We do not allow posts or accounts that engage in the following restricted categories of activity:

  • Promotion of material or information
  • Facilitation of gambling or betting
  • Facilitation of buying or selling social media interactions, including off-platform
  • Facilitation of illegal sexual services
  • Facilitation of copyright violation

Related conduct
We do not allow posts or accounts that engage in on-platform, off-platform, or cross-platform campaigns of targeting, harassment, hate speech, violence, or disinformation. We may consider off-platform actions in assessing a Medium account, and restrict access or availability to that account.

Duplicate Content
We do not allow posting duplicate content, whether from a single account or across multiple accounts, either publicly or as an unlisted story. Post original content that you have created.

Affiliate links are not allowed but you may include a link in your profile

Failure to keep these guidelines and rules will result in account cancellation-banned.