RULES for posting on the SANParks Forums

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RULES for posting on the SANParks Forums

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Dear Forum Members,

Please consider each of the following points before posting. Failure to follow these guidelines may result in cancellation of membership.

1. This is a website dedicated to Nature Conservation and travel, in the South African National Parks. All postings must relate to this purpose.

2. We are striving to create a friendly forum that is open to people of all ages and convictions. Keep the tone of your message, personal message (PM) or post report civil. Personal attacks, cursing, abrasive, rude or vulgar language, pornography, adult jokes, hate speech, racism, sarcasm, sexism, insulting or generalizing about other cultures, provoking mudslinging, religious or political exchange, scolding, bullying, berating, making fun of, or otherwise harassing of other members online will not be tolerated! In addition, if you have nothing good to say, don't say it! Likewise, note that any abuse directed at the forum Moderators, or SANParks personnel, will not be tolerated. For anyone who is treated with disrespect from a Moderator, please email [email protected] and we will investigate further. If you have issues with other forum members, please raise them with the Moderators directly. When you post, always bear in mind: Diverse opinions are welcome. Attacks are not!

3. The Forums' language is English. If you post something in any other language, please provide a complete translation of your message within the post.

4. Registering with a user name that contains park, camp or picnic spot names, or names associated with the SANParks trademark, or that advertise businesses, is prohibited

5. Do not share a username with someone else. Unless the username clearly implies 2 members being an entity, e.g. Jill&John, there should be no confusion or ambiguity about the member's profile. Ask the moderators to help create a new email account for the other person, if necessary, and register separately.

6. Do not register with multiple usernames. This undermines the trust in communication and the integrity of the Kudu ranking.

7. Publishing a PM (private message) with or without reference to the sender may only be done after acquiring a prior permission from the sender, unless you are requested to do so by Forums Administration.

8. One of the draw cards of the Forums is the anonymity of the members, who by choice usually operate under a selected Forums username. Under no circumstances may members reveal the identity of or post photographs of other members without their express consent, or pressurize other members to reveal their identity.

9. It is prohibited for members to start research/naming topics on species. Such projects may only be conducted with the approval of SANParks Interpretive Officers. For services relating to tuskers naming and identification, refer to the tuskers project website.

10. You may not advertise or use the Forums to promote a business.

11. No forum member may request donations or start projects or groups on behalf of the SANParks Forums or SANParks. If you would like to raise or donate funds please make use of the E-Commerce facility on the site or work through a legitimate SANParks endorsed fund raising body such as the SANParks Honorary Rangers, who are a registered Public Benefit Organisation.

12. You may only promote causes that are endorsed and supported by the SANParks' Forum Management..

13. The production of any promotional material relating to SANParks or the SANParks Forums (logo, names, events, addresses, etc.), without official approval from SANParks Marketing and Forums Administration, is strictly forbidden!

14. Once a topic is locked, the topic/issue may not be reopened for discussion or continued in another topic.

15. Posts that appear on these Forums do not necessarily reflect the views or policy of SANParks and the Forums Administrators.

16. Posts made by members on this Forum become the property of the Forums and will not be deleted should a member leave the Forums. Active members who initiate an intentional widespread deletion of content will be banned without prior notice.

17. Plagiarism is strictly forbidden. When copying materials from other sources, strict citation guidelines apply. (Refer this Manual). When referencing from social networks like Facebook, Twitter, etc. screenshot of the original source must be embedded within the post. In addition, linking to smilies or images hosted by a third-party website is not allowed, unless the members have a prior permission to do so.

18. This Forum is the property of SANParks and all who participate in this Forum must do so within the rules as laid down by SANParks. SANParks retain the right to change and amend the rules as they see fit, and without prior notice.

With further queries, please contact SANParks Moderator ([email protected]) or the Senior Manager: E-Business ([email protected]).

South African legislation and its provisions, e.g. the constitution and the bill of rights prevails on this website.

Welcome to the SANParks Forums! Have fun!
Nedret Saidova
Senior Manager: E-Business, SANParks