-= Intro, Rules, Regulations 2.5=- *MUST READ FOR ALL NEW MEMBERS*

Current Version: 2.5 Updated June 27th 2016
Version: 2.0 Updated on: May 3rd 2015

Version: 1.0 Updated on: Jan 2nd 2015

General Information:

Concept: Simply put, we are a news group network, we promote the exchange of opinions and information about topics that come up. The topic could be an article from another media outlet, a picture taken by a member, a video posted or shared in the group. We encourage you to speak up about the real issues within your community. But we expect members to act appropriate, everyone is in the spotlight here and in many cases we make our news right here in these groups so be presentable please.

General Key Points:

Keep in mind: Before creating a new thread, please scroll down to see if has been posted already. Multiple posts about the same topic get create chaos and will not be tolerated.

It is important that you also realize that a lot of the news posted on here is just news, until it happens to you or someone you know, then it becomes personal. At any given time a post that you read could affect you (ie: by knowing someone in that fire, or car accident or murder suicide, or many other scenarios) if this is the case you may want to leave the group, as the news will be posted as we hear it but in the most respectful way possible.

+ The purpose of this cluster (BBSN) is to help create networks of online communities and to help other similar communities. We believe in numbers we can make changes.
+ We, the admin/moderator Team monitor ALL the postings. Should you be in violation of good taste-you will be deleted from the group and blocked for a duration or permanently depending on severity of the situation. We also reserve the rights to Globally ban you on all groups throughout the network.
+ Please note…if a post has been removed, rest assured that there was a good reason for it, please contact an admin or sysop for an explanation.
+ You may also want to take this time to turn your notifications settings, if this group is larger then 5000 members (which you can find top right of this page), as some larger groups get very busy and with every comment your inbox fills faster and faster.
+ During any intense emergency situation(ie the Moncton shooting, T.S Arthur) that is occurring in one of the BBSN cities, the BBSN Management team reserve the right to lock the group down and prevent postings of threads by non-admin members for a duration deemed necessary. This is to ensure that the network cannot be used to harm authorities, but also to keep make sure there isn’t multiple different posts about one topic. We will merge posts and advise members to use designated threads for certain topics, this is especially the case with groups with over 5000 members.

Rules and Regulation:

– When you join in on a thread, we expect members to read ALL the previous comments before posting, as things can get quite repetitive if this is not enforced.
– Challenging our team openly on the group will result in your post being deleted and you may actually be banned if the situation is serious enough. If you have a problem with the group, an admin, a member, contact an unrelated admin or sysop if need be to have the issue resolved.
– Block an admin and you will be warned to unblock or else be banned.
– No posting addresses or any personal information about anyone related to the news being published.
– No duplicate posts, please first read what is already posted, it is not good when several posts about one event are made.
– No bashing/harassing of admins/sysops/mods, nitpicking is included in this category, 0% tolerance for this type of behaviour.
– Bashing and nitpicking members or personal attacks during discussions is not permitted, if something comes down to such a personal level, learn to walk away or scroll on.
– Bashing and nitpicking members during discussions is not permitted, if something comes down to such a personal level, learn to walk away or scroll on.
– If you have a problem address the admins
– No personal Posts unless related to your community in some way shape or form.
– Death threats and violent responses to undesirables in the media is not allowed regardless of if they are a member or not. We often understand your frustration but but really it’s not the way to act on a public board.
– Humour is allowed and promoted, but when serious threads come up we expect the humour to be put aside.
– News is expected to be relevant to the community but with the exception of a major new event in which case our team will decide whether to keep the post up or to even post the article itself. In the end our team has the final say.
– No bumping threads excessively permitted.
– No profuse swearing
– No racism / homophobia
– We do allow regulated advertising in the case of certain exceptions. These exceptions are: Sponsored Network Ads, Fund raisers, Charity events, Start-up businesses needing a boost. If possible please contact an admin or moderator to give a heads up about the post.
– In regards to blogging, we ask that citizen journalism be posted in BBS groups rather then News Chaserz as BBS groups are generally more about discussion/debate then “Mainstream News”. There is some exceptions to this rule so please contact an admin to find out if it is possible to be posted on NC communities.
– No posting names and certain info heard on a scanner feed as threads or comments within the group-(Names of accident/tragedies victims will NOT be posted on here until they have been released by the RCMP or are in the obituaries. Also Residential civic numbers do not belong on this board.)
– When posting media (Video/Images) make sure that license plate numbers are censured or are not in view: an exception to this is the license plate # matches one of a suspect that is wanted by police or government authorities.
– Using our platform to attack a business establishment local or non local without some form of legitimate news to back it up will not be tolerated. If in the news something is brought up about a business and claims are made in that article,video or document that go public that’s fine, those news sources take the proper precautions regarding the validity of the information they publish; we, on the other hand, do not have the resources to verify claims and check sources. If you really feel compelled to share then please contact an admin or sysop before making a move.
– If your account is found to be a puppet account and is not real you will be banned, not only from this group but all groups within this network, if you can’t use a real facebook account like everyone else then actions will be taken to remove you once detected.

*These rules and regulations are subject to change at any time, with or without notice.*

If you are unable to agree with these restrictions then we ask that you leave the group.
History of Rules & Regulations(for those that care):

-==Changes from 2.0 to 2.5 Release==–

** Revised general key points (Purpose of network section)
** Added Rules about bumping posts.
** Separated rules about admin abuse from members and similar treatment , additional rule was created to focus on members.
** Added rule about death threats and violent responses to some very undesirable media topics.
** Revised rules about advertising once again, this time making it easier for these posts to exist.
** Rules about citizen journalism were created to allow these posts in BBS groups but not in NC groups. Overall NC groups generally have more backlash for this type of content and thus better suited for BBSN. This will be expanded upon in the upcoming months.

Changes:

Existing: + The purpose of this network is to help create networks within communities and to other communities. We believe in numbers we can make changes.
Replaced with: + The purpose of this cluster (BBSN) is to help create networks of online communities and to help other similar communities. We believe in numbers we can make changes.

Added: – No bumping threads excessively permitted.

Existing: – No bashing/harassing of admins/sysops/mods, nitpicking is included in this category. With that said there should also be none of this behaviour towards any other members either.
Replaced with: – No bashing/harassing of admins/sysops/mods, nitpicking is included in this category, 0% tolerance for this type of behaviour.
Also added: – Bashing and nitpicking members or personal attacks during discussions is not permitted, if something comes down to such a personal level, learn to walk away or scroll on.

Added: – Death threats and violent responses to undesirables in the media is not allowed regardless of if they are a member or not. We often understand your frustration but but really it’s not the way to act on a public board.

Existing: – No Advertising, Exceptions: Sponsored Network Ads, Fund raisers, Charity events. Any sort of local advertising for example an event or charity event must have approval of an administrator and must have the name of the admin in the post. It will then be verified by a System Operator for follow up. With time a system will be put in place to help manage this aspect of the network. When in doubt talk to an admin or moderator. Related to “External Group Postings”.

Replaced with: – We do allow regulated advertising in the case of certain exceptions. These exceptions are: Sponsored Network Ads, Fund raisers, Charity events, Start-up businesses needing a boost. If possible please contact an admin or moderator to give a heads up about the post.

Added: – In regards to blogging, we ask that citizen journalism be posted in BBS groups rather then News Chaserz as BBS groups are generally more about discussion/debate then “Mainstream News”. There is some exceptions to this rule so please contact an admin to find out if it is possible to be posted on NC communities.

–==Changes from 1.0 to 2.0 Release==–

* Removal of legal information
* Refined wording of existing template
* Modified advertising rules
* Removed External Posting rules to reduce unneeded complexities. This will also allow more freedom of information in and out of our network and break down barriers.

– Removed Existing: – External Group Postings will be moderated. Due to our cautious nature shares and posts from certain groups and pages will not be permitted. This will change later on as we soon will have a system that clearly indicates who is affiliated with us and what is acceptable to share from. For now when in doubt contact an admin or sysop to find out if it is okay. Website articles do not fall under this category, this is strictly for facebook network (Groups/Pages)

– Removed Existing: – No Advertising, Exceptions: Sponsored Network Ads, Fund raisers, Charity events. Any sort of local advertising for example an event or charity event must have approval of an administrator and must have the name of the admin in the post. It will then be verified by a System Operator for follow up. With time a system will be put in place to help manage this aspect of the network. When in doubt talk to an admin or moderator. Related to “External Group Postings”.
– Replaced with: -No Advertising, Exceptions: Sponsored Network Ads, Fund raisers, Charity events. Any sort of local advertising for example an event or charity event must have approval of an administrator and must have the name of the admin in the post. It will then be verified by a System Operator for follow up.

–==Changes made for the 1.0 Release==–

Existing: + Please note…if a post has been removed, rest assured that there was a good reason for it, please contact an admin for an explanation.

Replaced With: + Please note…if a post has been removed, rest assured that there was a good reason for it, please contact an admin or sysop for an explanation.

Existing: + Please do not challenge us on the open board as that post will be removed. Send any Mod or admin a private message if you feel the need to know why.

Replaced With: – Challenging our team openly on the group will result in your post being deleted and you may actually be banned if the situation is serious enough. If you have a problem with the group, an admin, a member, contact an unrelated admin or sysop if need be to have the issue resolved.

Existing: – No bashing/harassing of admins/mods or any member for that matter.

Replaced: – No bashing/harassing of admins/sysops/mods, nitpicking is included in this category. With that said there should also be none of this behaviour towards any other members either.

Existing: – News that is expected to be relevant to the community.

Replaced With: – News is expected to be relevant to the community but with the exception of a major new event in which case our team will decide whether to keep the post up or to even post the article itself. In the end our team has the final say.

To Be Added: – External Group Postings will be moderated. Due to our cautious nature shares and posts from certain groups and pages will not be permitted. This will change later on as we soon will have a system that clearly indicates who is affiliated with us and what is acceptable to share from. For now when in doubt contact an admin or sysop to find out if it is okay. Website articles do not fall under this category, this is strictly for facebook network (Groups/Pages)

To be Added: + During any intense emergency situation(ie the Moncton shooting, T.S Arthur) that is occurring in one of the BBSN cities, the BBSN Managment team reserve the right to lock the group down and prevent postings of threads by non-admin members for a duration deemed necessary. This is to ensure that the network cannot be used to harm authorities, but also to keep make sure there isn’t mutiple different posts about one topic. We will merge posts and advise members to use designated threads for certain topics, this is expecially the case with groups with over 5000 members.

To be Added: – When posting media (Video/Images) make sure that license plate numbers are censured or are not in view: an exception to this is the license plate # matches one of a suspect that is wanted by police or government authorities.

Suggestion: Any sort of local advertising like an event or charity event must have approval of an administrator and must have the name of the admin in the post. It will then be verified by a System Operator for follow up.

Existing: – No Advertising, Exceptions: Sponsored Network Ads, Fund raisers, Charity events.

Replaced With: – No Advertising, Exceptions: Sponsored Network Ads, Fund raisers, Charity events. Any sort of local advertising for example an event or charity event must have approval of an administrator and must have the name of the admin in the post. It will then be verified by a System Operator for follow up. With time a system will be put in place to help manage this aspect of the network. When in doubt talk to an admin or moderator. Related to “External Group Postings”.

Added: – Using our platform to attack a business establishment local or non local without some form of legitimate news to back it up will not be tolerated. If in the news something is brought up about a business and claims are made in that article,video or document that go public that’s fine, those news sources take the proper precautions regarding the validity of the information they publish; we, on the other hand, do not have the resources to verify claims and check sources.

Added: – If your account is found to be a puppet account and is not real you will be banned, not only from this group but all groups within this network, if you can’t use a real facebook account like everyone else then actions will be taken to remove you once detected.