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  1. christine2448

    christine2448 Retired WS Staff

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  2. hoppyfrog

    hoppyfrog Retired WS Staff

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    The rule at WS is that the sleuthing of minors is not allowed. If you suspect a minor is a perpetrator of a crime, you may not post about your sleuthing of him/her.

    Warnings and timeouts will be given for posts that include sleuthing of a minor.

    Thanks,

    Hoppy
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  3. imamaze

    imamaze Former Member

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    Thanks to JBean

    Threadiquette

    Name Variations and Name calling
    Please do not alter the names of anyone discussed in this case, except appropriate abbreviations.Derogatory name changes, or any kind of name change is not acceptable.
    Name calling is not allowed.



    If you have any questions about what is ok to post, please ask, you can check at the bottom of the page for a Mod on this particlular forum, we are all happy to help out and answer your questions. Glad to have you all here!!!
     
  4. ThePhantom

    ThePhantom Well-Known Member

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    The only thing I dislike about Websleuths is the (occasional) personal attacks, unnecessary sarcasm and "my opinion means more than yours does" vibe. Wow. Other than that, no other site out there will analyze a case and get to the bottom of it like Websleuths does!
     
  5. imamaze

    imamaze Former Member

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    Hi ThePhantom,

    None of that is allowed on Websleuths, please if you see or read something like that alert us to it by clicking on the triangle at the top right corner. We don't always get to see everything posted so if you see something against TOS, please alert us to it. Thank you!! Thanks too for the compliment, I agree our members are the best at getting to the bottom of a case!!!
     
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  6. JustToSeeYouSmile

    JustToSeeYouSmile Verified Expert/Professional in SAR and K9SAR

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    Is it okay to post LE related info in the PL if it has not been verified by the media, or if there is not a link to a media outlet online?
    Thanks.
    JustToSeeYouSmile
     
  7. Kimster

    Kimster Former Member

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    Posts in the Parking Lot are approved by the Mod Squad up front. If you have some information that you believe could qualify for private forum discussion, please contact a moderator. :)
     
  8. Kimster

    Kimster Former Member

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    P. S. It is best to contact the mod that is familiar with the case and is the moderator for that specific forum already. Thanks!
     
  9. JustToSeeYouSmile

    JustToSeeYouSmile Verified Expert/Professional in SAR and K9SAR

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    Thanks Kimster. Is there a way to know which mod is in that specific forum? Is there a list somewhere?
     
  10. Kimster

    Kimster Former Member

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    http://www.websleuths.com/forums/showgroups.php

    It is listed as "View Forum Leaders" at the bottom of most WS pages. :)
     
  11. JustToSeeYouSmile

    JustToSeeYouSmile Verified Expert/Professional in SAR and K9SAR

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    Kimster, thanks and forgive me for being an idiot- I see the section marked 'view forum leaders' or whatever, but is that what you are talking about? Thanks.
    Sorry- I mean, how would I know which was the appropriate one to contact?
     
  12. imamaze

    imamaze Former Member

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    Hi JustToSeeYouSmile :)

    Yes, that is what Kimster is talking about, when you click on 'View Forum Leaders' it will show you all the Mods and Administrators and which forums they Mod.

    ps... Its a very good question!!! I'll bet lots of people want to know this and was afraid to ask, lollol.
     
  13. JustToSeeYouSmile

    JustToSeeYouSmile Verified Expert/Professional in SAR and K9SAR

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    Thanks imamaze... I'll try and make sure I ask the right questions of the right folks. :)
     
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    Cosmictadpole New Member

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    What causes one to be placed on "time out," and is there a standard amount of time to be on "time out," or is it determined on a case by case basis?
     
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  15. Donjeta

    Donjeta Adji Desir, missing from Florida

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    Is it allowed for minors who have been identified as suspects or POI by the police or is discussing them off limits too?
     
  16. JBean

    JBean Retired WS Administrator

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    Good question.
    If a poster breaks any of the TOS or etiquette rules

    The Rules - Websleuths Crime Sleuthing Community

    they can be place on a TO at the discretion of the moderator of a forum or any administrator.
    Personal attacks on other posters, consistent name calling of case players / members,linking to banned sites,rude,hostile, or overly argumentative posts are the most common causes of time outs.
    Someone that breaks the more procedural rules like copyright violations or constantly posting OT will also get a time out if it continues.
    There is no set time and that is also usually up to the moderator of each forum and determined on a case by case basis. Typically it is 1-28 days.

    We try and send a note to each member when they break a rule but this is not always possible. It is important that members understand the rules.
    Basically treat everyone here like they are in your living room.
     
  17. imamaze

    imamaze Former Member

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    Regarding facebook,twitter, and myspace you can link but do not cut and paste. But the goal is to really only link to those that are directly linked to a case.

    IOW, we don't want to post to someone's mother, brother, employer, milkman , or postal carrier just because they know the main player. It just gets too invasive and half the time we are not even sure it is the right person. When a post starts out, I found 5 people with this name do you you think any of these are [insert person here]? that is not a good thing.

    It will often be up to mod discretion as to who can and cannot be linked, but the general rule of thumb is if they are named in the media specifically as having some role or are being questioned or have information then you are probably safe to link. No screen caps and no cutting and pasting. If a social media is set to private and you get in the back way and post what you see, that is not a good thing!Private means private.
    Just imagine if is you if you cannot decide and you shoulod be able to figure out if it is ok.

    You are free to discuss what you may come upon,but if it is just a lot of gossip and rumor it won't fly. People open facebook accounts and post whatever they want and to carry that as some sort of inside info is careless. but, sometimes there is really valuable information that may even come into evidence as in the Caylee Anthony case.So, if you know for a fact it is the right person and they are named outright in the msm as someone linked to the case it should be fine. IF IT IS A MINOR DON"T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT!!!

    If something was posted as public and then removed you might be able to post it, it is up to the mod of the forum and it depends on who, what, when and where.
    The mods are listed at the bottom right of the forum under the index, they can generally help. If not, they will ask admin for guidance and we will all decide what is best.

    Generally we try not to invade everyone's privacy and if the linked information has no bearing on anything, then leave it out.
    We moderate here. Some people love it and some people hate it. Up to you to stay or go, choice is yours. Complaining about our rules doesn't help. if you have a suggestion or think of a better way, bring it on! We are far from perfect and welcome your input as long as it is civil and basically polite.
     
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    manybooks Well-Known Member

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  19. Cubby

    Cubby fly the W!

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    You're welcome to start a thread either in the missing/located discussion forum, or the missing persons info and support (non discussion, family support only.) Anyone can start a thread.

    hth
     
  20. Nancy2441

    Nancy2441 Active Member

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    How do you know which sites are banned for linking purposes? What are the rules about posting information from other crime forums?
     
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