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Policy Statement


rabble.ca is a public, independent, progressive news and information source. As part of rabble.ca, this message board (babble) was created to ensure that readers/participants could explore any issues of interest and concern. In defining itself as "progressive", rabble.ca embraces a pro-human rights, pro-feminist, anti-racist and pro-labour stance. Discussion which develops and expands progressive thought is encouraged and welcome.

babble is NOT intended as a place where the basic and essential values of human rights, feminism, anti-racism, and labour rights are to be debated or refought. Members that join babble who indicate intentions to challenge these rights and principles may be seen as disruptive to the nature of the forum. Such members may be warned, have their accounts suspended, or banned altogether. Repeated attempts to provoke conflict, bait or taunt will not be tolerated. Continued participation on these boards is at the sole discretion of the moderators and staff of this site.

You agree, through your use of this service, that you will not use this discussion board to post any material that is knowingly false and/or defamatory. You agree to avoid personal insults, attacks and mischievous antagonism (otherwise known as "trolling"). You will not post material that is inaccurate, abusive, hateful, harassing, obscene, threatening, invasive of a person's privacy or otherwise violative of any law. You understand that racist, sexist, homophobic, classist (e.g. poor-bashing) and other excluding language is not appropriate on babble. This policy applies to both public and private messages.

You remain solely responsible for the content of your messages, and you agree to indemnify and hold rabble.ca and its staff harmless with respect to any claim based upon transmission of your message(s).

You agree not to post any copyrighted work unless you own the right to the material. Short quotes, accompanied by both links and references to such material are acceptable.

Any user who feels that a posted message is objectionable is encouraged to do the following:

  • e-mail babble@rabble.ca;
  • in the body of the e-mail, include the title of the thread where the post is found, the URL for the thread, and a copy of the post you are complaining about.

While we do have the ability to remove offensive messages, we will only do so in the most extreme cases. In those cases where the removal of posts is deemed necessary, it will happen within a reasonable amount of time. This is a manual process, however, so please realize that we may not be able to remove particular messages immediately.

Considering the real-time nature of this message board, it is impossible for rabble.ca's staff to review messages or confirm the validity of information posted. Although we do not - and cannot - review all of the messages posted, and are not responsible for any of the content of any of these messages, we reserve the right to delete any message or thread for any reason whatsoever.

We are not obliged to remove any posts created before suspension, unless we deem it necessary. This material will not be used for commercial gain by rabble.ca.

We reserve the right to suspend posters who have provided false information for their profile. We reserve the right to reveal your identity (or whatever information we know about you) in the event of a complaint or legal action arising from any message posted by you. We reserve the right to read private messages when necessary to investigate complaints about inappropriate or abusive messages.

We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. The messages express the views of the author, not necessarily the views of rabble.ca or any entity associated with rabble.

The moderators of this board routinely close threads for the following reasons:

  • The thread duplicates topics that are already active;
  • The thread's length has become cumbersome (usually around 100 posts)
  • The thread has become off-topic, abusive, or argumentative to the point that civil discussion cannot be resumed;
  • The thread's subject matter explicitly targets and/or attacks another participant on babble.

A thread may be moved by the moderators from one forum to another that is more appropriate for the subject matter.

We reserve the right to revise this policy at any time in the future. Participants of this discussion board will be notified when changes occur.


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