Code of Conduct

The Law

Code of Conduct

Treat others in the same way you wish to be treated.

Simples!

In greater depth

One of the greatest causes of unhappiness is man's inhumanity to man. It is hard to say how The Law came about since it seems to have existed in the earliest recorded histories suggesting that the concept of this thing we call The Law is not essentially a legislated written thing but a way of life which is suggested as a wise thing for a people to live by.

When we refer to The Law in this way, we do not mean the rules and regulations, statutes and ordinances of a state, organisation or body politic but something which to us seems self-evidently fundamental to such types of law that it is a startling awakening when we first learn that with this type of law there are practices so departed from the very notion of justice that they ought not to be called law event though this is exactly what their makers, enforcers and judges would call them.

We are an online community and while we hope people will get along with one another, this is not a state of affairs we expect will ever actually exist, so we have some rules that members must follow in order to avoid a ban from the use of the site.

These rules are not The Law but a system which regulates the community so as to ensure no one causes a breach of the law without either reparition to the injured party or suffering a penalty for failing to do so.

The concept of The Law as described in the simple top section to this page is a very important thing for our members to understand and live by whilst engaging in our online community. The rules only come into play when there is a question of whether The Law has been broken or once it has been determinned that there has been a breach in The Law.

The Rules

1. We are all equal before the law and no member shall be deemed to be in breach of the law for engaging in activites that cause no injury to another member.

2. An injury shall have occurred if a member acts in a way which has affect on another member which the member so acting would themselve deem to be injurious if the act they committed was carried out against the member who acted.

3. In the case of an injurious act carried out by a member against a member in response to an earlier injurious act by member sustaining later injury from the responding member then the later injury will be judged on the merits of proportionality and the earlier injury will be treated as a breach of the law to likewise ruled on. In the case of a chain of injuries by members injuring one another, the member (or members) who started the injurious chain of events shall repair the damage to the extent possible discounting from this any acts of improportionality from the reparitions which are due.

4. Failure to repair the damage by the injury initiating member will result in a penalty being applied even if such failure comes about as a result of the member being unable to repair the injury which has been caused.

5. Should a member who initiates injury repair the damage their injury have caused then any member who responded injuriously shall be required or repair the damage they have caused or a penalty shall be applied to them.

6. A breach of the law may be reported to a member of staff by anyone witnessing such a breach using the mechanisms provided by the software.

7. The member of staff who deals with the report shall convene a carry out a determination on whether the reported member broke the law or not.

8. If it is determinned that the member did break the law then a member of staff will inquire into the injuries sustained by the injured party and call on the guilty member to repair the damage.

9. If a guilty member repairs the injury, or makes way toward doing so in a reasonable amount of time then the breach of the law will be deemed repaired and the guilty member will be considered innocent again.

10. If a guilty member unreasonably refuses to repair the injury or is incapable of repairing the injuring or sets out to repair the injury but at such miniscule effort that it is unlikely the injury will be repaired, then the guilty member shall have a penalty applied.

The Penalties

Although the victim of a member who has broken the law causing injury they will not repair may have a sense of vindication in absence of the desired reparition, the purpose of penalties is not to make the victim feel better but to protect the online community from self-injury. Thus the penalties are applied in regards to what are in the best interests of the community and is a matter of executive decision for the staff according to their rank and the circumstances in which a penalty is to be imposed.

Under this code of conduct, penalties are limited to bans for a variety of periods of time. In the case of a member who is a paying member, if a ban is to be imposed lasting more than a day, the member is entitled to either a refund or a discount on their next payment taking into account the days they have no had access due to the ban. It does not matter that they have caused irreparable injury or the extent of the guilt in the matter which they are to be penalised for. If they are not permanently banned over a very grevious matter then we expect them to return and the penalty is the ban itself and it would be injurious of ourselves to charge the member for time in which they did not have access to the online community. The default position is a discount on the next subscription fee for the member but a partial refund should not be unreasonably refused if the member so requests. Bear in mind that there are transaction costs in both receiving subscriptions and paying refunds and these should be taken into account in determinning the amount of discount or refund which is applicable. In no circumstances should these transaction costs be borne by the site since they have arose through the actions of the member found to be in breach of the law.

For Legal Professionals

The Law, as referred to on this page does not infer any connection with municipal, state, federal or international, ecuminical type of law but is merely an expression of a moral precept which may or may not overlap with various bodies of law that the legal profession find themself dealing with in a professional capacity. This Code of Conduct has not been written by a lawyer nor is it intended convey the sense of the word law which may come up in the jurisdiction of judiciary of a nation state or similar.