Blind Cafe Policies and Guidelines: Welcome to our Blind Cafe community! We hope your visit here will be entertaining, fun and a source of knowledge
All members must be over the age of 18
Rule number one: There is no rule number one; we ask only that you be courteous and respectful of other members. The latest version of the Blind Cafe policies will always be posted at: http://www.blindcafe.net/policy.htm Please be advised that this policy may be subject to change without notice. The below policy applies to our web site, Blind Cafe as well as our chat rooms. The Cafe's Rooms: Our site consists of two types of rooms: General These rooms are meant for people over the age of 18 No foul language or topics of an adult nature are to be discussed in these rooms. These rooms are designed for adults only. Some topics of mature content may be discussed in these rooms and some are not moderated. Use of Your Username and Password: When you registered with Blind Cafe, you provided us with a user name and were issued a password. You may not share this information with others or loan your username or password to other individuals. Our site allows members to change their user name once a year. Passwords can be changed at any time and profiles can be modified at the memberís discretion. While you need a valid e-mail address when you register, it is possible to change or delete this address in your profile once you have joined. Random checks will be made frequently to ensure that a valid email address is associated with your username. Should your email address be invalid or missing, your site privileges will be suspended until you contact the Blind Cafe management to provide a new and valid e-mail address. Member Etiquette in the cafe rooms: a. When you enter our various chat rooms, you are encouraged to participate. You will need a microphone to interact with other members in the rooms as this site is a voice chat site. If you have not spoken in a reasonable amount of time, moderators may request that you speak. Should they not receive a reply, they have the ability and duty to remove you from the room. b. Public text chatting is strongly discouraged in our chat rooms. Please avoid text chatting when classes, seminars and presentations are being conducted. c. Recording either through mechanical or electronic means is prohibited in all our rooms except by authorized individuals. Occasionally some events may be recorded for archival purposes. d. It is against our policies to be in our chat rooms and access other audio chat rooms or Skype calls simultaneously. e. Harassment: We define Harassment as: i. Sexual harassment: Discussions of an explicit sexual or x-rated nature. ii. Repeatedly following someone from room to room (stalking). iii. Threatening: making statements of a threatening or intimidating nature. iv. Religious: Denigrating or imposing your religious views on others. v. Racial slurs: making derogatory or inappropriate comments based on race or ethnic origin. vi. Sexual Orientation: Making discriminatory remarks based on an individual's sexual orientation. vii. Disability: denigrating people or making comments or statements on the basis of physical ability or disability. f. Monopolization of conversation: If one or a few individuals are monopolizing the conversation in a room or holding the key for a long time, (to be determined by the moderator), the moderator may clear the queue and ask that other persons be allowed to speak. Noncompliance with Policy: (Two Step Procedure: a. Upon observation of a violation of our policies, the Moderator will immediately refer it to the management team for their review. b. the management team may choose to take one or more of the following actions: I. The compliance team may give a verbal warning. II. The compliance team may issue an email warning. III. The compliance team may choose to issue a temporary suspension of duration of the compliance teams choosing. V. The team may choose to ban the member permanently from the site. VI. The compliance team may wish to take an action not listed here but which they feel may be more appropriate. Revocation of Site Privileges: A member may have his/her site privileges fully or partially suspended immediately if: i. A policy violation is so flagrant that immediate suspension is warranted, ii. The compliance team feels that the individual has taken an action that may breach site security, iii. The member is using our site to engage in the exchange, sale, or promotion of child pornography. iv. The member is using our site to engage in software piracy, v. The member is using our site to engage in the sale and exchange of illegal drugs, vi. The member is using our site to engage in the illegal exchange of copyrighted materials. Filing a Complaint: We ask that anyone wishing to file a complaint be willing to go before a moderation committee if requested. This does not apply if there is a clear fear of physical or mental retaliation. We strongly discourage anonymous reports. When possible, try to solve any personal disputes you have with another member privately before making a formal complaint. If you wish to make a formal complaint, please email complaints@blindcafe.net. If you have any questions or comments pertaining to this policy, please feel free to contact us. Make blindcafe.net your Home page Copyright © 2012 - Blind Cafe All Rights Reserved. this policy was created on November 06, 2012.