Member’s Forum Guidelines

Member's Forum Guidelines

The Blokepedia Member’s Forum is a safe place for men to discuss topics and issues relevant to them.

To ensure that every man gets the most out of the forum, we ask that members comply with the following rules when contributing to the conversations;

  • Be respectful. Appreciate that other members may have a different opinion to you.
  • Share your story. Get involved in the community by opening up about your own experiences and challenges – it’s likely to benefit someone else, or yourself.
  • Listen without judgement. Provide an ear, not a solution – If another member is sharing their story or an experience, try and refrain from ‘fixing things’.
  • Keep safe. Don't post personal information that you would not be comfortable sharing with a stranger. We recommend you use only your first name or a pseudonym in your username and that you don't post any information that may identify you or anyone else, such as your address, email address or phone number.
  • Stay on topic. When creating a new discussion thread, give a clear topic title and put your post in the appropriate category. When contributing to an existing discussion, try to stay 'on topic'. If something new comes up within a topic that you would like to discuss, start a new thread.
  • Report abuse.A strong online community is self-governing. If you see abuse, report it to us using the ‘report post’ button on the forums.

We maintain the right to remove posts

We need to make sure that material posted in the discussion forums is not potentially harmful. For this reason, we may edit or choose not to publish any post, avatar or display name that:

  • is racist, sexist, homophobic, sexually explicit or suggestive, abusive or otherwise discriminatory or objectionable
  • advertises products, services, events, research, health professionals or facilities
  • contains disrespectful or derogatory remarks about any other member
  • contains advice or content that we believe is damaging, unhelpful or distressing to others
  • contains links
  • contains swearing or offensive language
  • is nonsensical and/or irrelevant
  • promotes personal beliefs in a way that is disrespectful of the choices of others
  • infringes the privacy of individuals or service providers
  • makes any reference to specific prescription medication names and/or dosages, seeks to receive or provide medical advice
  • includes personal information such as full names, phone numbers, locations, postal or email addresses; or encourages the sharing of such details
  • makes attempt to facilitate personal offline contact with other members
  • describes or encourages violence or other activity which could endanger the safety or wellbeing of others
  • contains references to suicide, self-harm or sexual abuse
  • contains references to edits or moderation
  • is more than 2,500 characters in length or submitted in multiple parts to avoid the character limit

Moderation

A team of moderators oversees discussion in the Blokepedia Members Forum with the ability to intervene when these Community Rules have been breached.   Due to the dynamic nature and the sheer volume of posts, we can't immediately read everything written – therefore much of the responsibility for maintaining our friendly environment lies with you.

If any material you post raises concerns about your safety or the safety of others, we may try to contact you to make sure that you or others are safe.

We may also need to pass your contact details on to authorities who can help protect your safety or the safety of others (for example, to the police or a mental health crisis service).

Should you wish to query a moderation decision, please get in touch with us privately via email and we will respond on the next business day.

You will be advised by email if we are unable to publish your post, or if a post has to be edited or removed from the forums because it breaches our community rules.

We take our duty of care in providing a safe environment for all forum members seriously, and this includes recognising when a member may benefit from participating in our forums and when it may be more appropriate to seek support offline.

We reserve the right to permanently deactivate the accounts of users who breach our community rules.