The internet is an extension of society, hence we welcome thoughtful and civil discussion from a broad spectrum of viewpoints. Nevertheless, to maintain a safe and welcoming environment for a wide range of people to engage in meaningful conversations, we prohibit certain conduct.
Each contributor is responsible for complying with the following Netiquette rules:
- Threats of violence and incitement: we do not allow content or actions that threaten, encourage, or incite violence against anyone, directly or indirectly.
- Hate speech: we do not allow content that promotes violence or hatred against people based on characteristics like race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, disability, disease, age, sexual orientation, gender, or gender identity. We do not allow posts that glorify, celebrate, downplay, or trivialize violence, suffering, abuse, or deaths of individuals or groups. This includes the use of scientific or pseudoscientific claims to pathologize, dehumanize, or disempower others. We do not allow calls for intolerance, exclusion, or segregation based on protected characteristics, nor do we allow the glorification of groups which do any of the above.
- Harassment: we don’t tolerate harassment, which includes bullying, threatening, or shaming someone, or posting things likely to encourage others to do so
- Sexually explicit content: we do not allow text, images or videos of pornographic nature. We do not allow gratuitously graphic or disturbing media, even if it’s not pornographic.
- Exploitation of minors: we do not allow the posting of anything promoting the sexual or violent exploitation of children.
- Promotion and glorification of self-harm: we do not allow activities that encourage, promote or glorify acts of self-harm, such as cutting, eating disorders like anorexia or bulimia, and suicide. If you encounter users contemplating or threatening self-harm, please report it to us via this form.
- Deceptive conduct: we do not allow deceptive conduct on our blog. This includes:
a. Posting content or impersonating a person or organization in a way likely to deceive people. Forwarding hoaxes. Using our blog for phishing or fraud.
b. Don’t use tags, links, titles, or other metadata in a misleading way. Don’t link to or embed malicious or harmful code or software in your posts.
c. Don’t use deception to generate revenue or traffic
d. If you have received compensation, free goods/services or anything of value in connection with the topic of a post, you must make this clear.
- Acronyms: use acronyms sparingly. If you need to use acronyms, please explain them.
- Irony and sarcasm: facial expressions and body language cannot be interpreted in the cyberspace. This medium offers very little context. Hence, do not use irony or sarcasm.
- All caps: avoid typing in all caps since it is considered to be the equivalent of shouting or yelling.
- Disagreement: in case you disagree with other comments or the content of our sites, give reasons for your opinion so that your contribution can be discussed properly.
- Copyright and trademark infringement: respect the copyrights and trademarks of others. Unless you’re authorized to use someone else’s copyrighted work or trademark (either expressly or by legal exceptions and limitations like fair use), don’t do it.
- Personal or confidential information: do not publish any personal data such as addresses, telephone numbers, credit card numbers, etc. - not of others, but also not of yourself. If you comment under a clear name, you may only use your own name.
- Revenue: do not use comments for advertising or commercial content.
- Political opinion: do not post any election or party advertisement. CBM will not release calls to campaigns, demonstrations, petitions or the like.
- Take your time: reread and rethink your comment before sending it. Does it comply with the Netiquette?
Violations of our rules may result in consequences such as non release or deletion of your comments.
CBM will not tolerate any violation against our Netiquette, against our guests’ rights - especially against the German AGG. Any kind of shared opinion that violates these rights are not covered by the right to freedom of opinion.
CBM does not censor, but we exercise domestic authority on our websites.
There is no entitlement to publication. In particular, there is no entitlement to justification in the event of non-publication if the above rules are violated.
How to report a violation
If you find a post on our blog that violates these rules, please send us an email at contact(at)cbm(dot)org
All users are responsible for their own content.
CBM reserves the right to change or add its Netiquette.
CBM is not responsible for any linked content.
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