Suggested rules of conduct

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Bill Thoo Regular Member • Posts: 220
Suggested rules of conduct

There has been a lot of discussion on whether and how allegations of cheating in the challenges should be handled here.  The arguments have been about how this should handled by forum members in a fair way (no one disagrees that cheating is a bad thing).

As others have commented on in previous threads, the forum isn't a court or legal entity, but rules of logic, rules of behaviour, and rules for decision making can be helpful to protect accounts from unnecessarily having their reputations attacked.

Once again, no one is trying to protect a challenge cheater.  But an attack on someone's reputation that is not proven, logical, or justified, is a worse offense.

I'll summarise my view below:

The accused should be given an opportunity to clarify what is going on. This should happen initially in private, with DMs, and the privacy and reputation of accounts honoured.

It is up to the accuser to prove that cheating has occurred, not the accused to prove innocence.

Public shaming of unproven allegations or allegations with alternate explanations should be called out as should the accuser.

Those proven to be cheating should be called out.

Doxing or other personalised attacks of accounts should be called out and the accounts doing so called out and banned.

Without resorting to discussing specific accounts, please debate.  Please debate this civilly.

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