COMMUNITY STANDARDS


Everybody in our Facebook group shares the responsibility to make the group an enjoyable, supportive and inclusive environment.

People rarely violate our community standards, but this page details what happens when somebody does.




Facebook’s rules


Our community standards build on Facebook’s existing rules, which govern anything you post on the social network, including in our group. These guidelines form the basis for our community standards and cover topics such as copyright, violence, incitement, hate speech, bullying, sexual content and false news. We go further to keep our group safe.




Our community rules


Be kind

Treat everybody with respect. Healthy debates are welcome, but always be polite. Do not post comments that are designed to incite an argument. This includes console wars!

  • Do not make personal attacks, swear at people or use insulting language. If you can’t stay calm, take a break from the keyboard.
  • Consider the tone of your messages, so that people always feel comfortable and welcome taking part in conversations. Language such as “shut up”, “I don’t care what you think”, “I’ll say what I fucking want”, “people who don’t get this are dumb” or “get your head out of your ass” would violate this rule.

Hate speech or exclusionary posts

Hate speech, degrading, dehumanising and supremacist posts on the basis of race, religion, sexuality, gender identity and other protected characteristics as laid out in Facebook’s rules are not allowed.

Exclusionary posts include insensitive or ignorant comments about protected characteristics such as race, religion, sexuality or gender identity. We may remove these posts, or reply to them publicly to explain why they violate our rules.


Bullying

Bullying is not welcome on our message boards. We use Facebook’s rules as a basis to determine whether behaviour crosses into bullying and harassment.


Spoilers

Please don’t post spoilers from newly released games, movies or TV shows.

  • We consider spoilers to include posts or screenshots that reveal storylines, plot points, surprises (Easter eggs), locations, characters and TV show winners / evictions that have not been disclosed in the official game / programme trailer.
  • A significant spoiler should be preceded with a *SPOILER WARNING* even if the game or programme is not newly released.
  • We offer specific Discord chats for new games and TV shows to provide a private channel to discuss spoilers.

Advertisement and recruitment

Our message boards are not a place to recruit people to your own groups, boards or communities. We do not allow shout-outs asking people to add, message or follow you.

  • Advertising for products, companies, TV shows and so on is not allowed on the boards without the express permission of the admins.
  • We operate The Outpost message board for people looking for a housemate or who have a room available to rent. Gaming and geek-related items for sale can also be advertised here.

Sexual content

  • Facebook does not allow sexually explicit content such as posts, comments, images and videos. This can also include memes and GIFs of a sexual nature. We remove this content to avoid being restricted by Facebook.
  • We’re a gaming group, not a hook-up app so please don’t post about your sex life.

Inauthentic behaviour

We expect our members to represent their true selves and may investigate and remove inauthentic accounts and activity.


Keep it geek!

Please keep posts related to games, sci-fi and other geeky topics.




How we enforce these standards

Our admins and moderators enforce our community standards. If you see something on our Facebook group that causes concern, use the reporting tool on Facebook to let us know. You can also report a concern anonymously on our website.


When a post is reported, we examine:

  • the likelihood of the post causing harm, stifling healthy conversation or making members of the community feel unwelcome
  • the severity of the rule broken
  • whether this is the first time the member has violated the rules
  • the member’s previous contributions to the community

We consider whether to:

  • respond to the post to create a “learning moment”, as requested by members of our community
  • ask the member to remove the post
  • remove the post ourselves, letting the member know why it has been deleted
  • place the member in ‘time out’, during which they will not be able to post in the group
  • remove the member from the group
  • take no action if the rules have not been violated

Some violations – including explicitly racist, anti-trans or anti-LGBT posts – will result in an immediate ban.

Updated 21 June 2020