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ForensicsOnline is a family-friendly community of speech and debate students, alumni, coaches, parents and other supporters of forensic activities.
Please be respectful. While participating in an online community is more anonymous than talking to someone in the same room, the rules of courtesy in communication still apply. Treat others as you expect to be treated. Use sensitive language, avoiding racism, sexism and other negative terms that denigrate against people who may be different from you. Rude posts will be deleted by moderators/administrators and abusive members will be banned. There's a different between attacking someone's views and supporting those attacks with substantive reasons versus attacking the individual by calling him/her stupid.
Due to "trolls" (members who use anonymous/fictitious identities or fraudulently pose as other people, for the sole purpose of spamming the community with inappropriate or irrelevant content), we have several security measures to uphold the integrity and safety of this family-oriented, online community. As is the case with so many organizations and communities, participation is a privilege, and not a right. To ensure greater transparency, we require all users to identify themselves by their legal names, as well as requiring some type of description of affiliation (school), as well as status (student, parent, alum, coach, etc.).
Avoid profane language. The English language is vast enough that there are plenty of alternatives to inappropriate words. Think about your word choice just prior to a forensic awards assembly, where legendary coaches, parents and families are in attendance. That is the public reality of a Web site, such as this.
ForensicsOnline generally tries to maintain PG-13 rating-type environment, as the site is primarily intended for the use of high school students. Therefore, we maintain certain rules on what kind of pictures can be posted. We want to pretty lax about restricting the types of pictures that are allowed, but obviously, not everything can be put up.