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Zen Space gets its ToS

Post by Dan74 » Fri Dec 22, 2017 5:52 pm

So... Santa (read: Meido) gave Zen Space a brand sparkling new Terms of Service. Rudolf (me) sped Santa's gift just in time, and here it is. :109:

Please have a careful read. This is an announcement, so not a discussion thread, but if you'd like to, start a thread to discuss it under Suggestions, or better still, PM Meido or myself.

I know it seems a bit funny to worry about the ToS before we actually have a vibrant membership, but maybe it can help to set the Board on a fruitful course. Such is certainly our hope.


1. Zen Space’s purpose is to primarily to provide a forum for discussion of Zen Buddhism. Members should take care to post in relevant parts of the Forum. Miscellaneous topics, including discussion of non-Buddhist traditions, are welcome in the Lounge.

2. Let’s keep discussion focused on the topic of the thread. Rather than post off-topic in a thread, please start a different thread. Threads that veer off-topic may be split by Zen Space staff.

3. As a Dharma forum, Zen Space is not a place to cast aspersions on Buddhism or Buddhist teachings. Reasoned debate and disagreement are welcome, but denigration of Buddhism (or any spiritual tradition) is not. Using the board to proselytize for other religious traditions will not be tolerated.

4. Language showing basic politeness and respect is the rule for all discussion.

5. Under no circumstances may defamatory statements be made in these forums. The use of excessive profanity, ad hominem, offensive language or links (including that which is discriminatory toward persons based on age, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, or socioeconomic status), and the like may lead to post deletion and possible banning.

6. Please do not post the same message to multiple forums.

7. Please do not post repeatedly within a thread before others have had a chance to reply to your initial post.

8. Avoid posting excessively or compulsively: post only when your words contribute meaningfully to discussion of a thread’s topic. Casual chat is of course welcome in the Lounge.

9. Please try to post concisely and in plain language. Not all members have English as their primary language; use of abbreviations in place of words, or non-standard layout of text, are needlessly confusing and impact comprehension for many.

10. When posts contain quotes or images, indicate the sources. Please observe applicable copyright law when sharing text or images belonging to third parties.

11. Forum members are happy to share their experiences. However, you are more likely to get a helpful response if you have already made reasonable efforts to investigate a topic yourself. Making the effort to search for previous discussions about a topic at Zen Space, and for information elsewhere online, is good practice before starting a new discussion topic.

12. Zen practice is traditionally conducted with guidance from an authorized teacher. Requests for Zen practice advice should therefore be directed to one’s own teacher who can reply in a manner matching one's conditions, rather than to strangers on this discussion board. Please be aware that even Zen Space members who are authorized Zen teachers, if they lack personal knowledge of the questioner, may be able to give practice advice of only the most general kind. Finally, members who are not Zen teachers should hesitate to dispense Zen practice advice to novices, as it is unethical (and possibly harmful) to do so. Note that this is not meant to prevent members from sharing their practice experiences with one another.

13. Discussion of personal experiences in Zen practice that are traditionally considered private, for example so-called "answers" given in koan practice or teachings received in a teacher's interview room intended solely for the recipient, are not permitted.


14. Members may register only one account, and when doing so must provide genuine names and contact details, including non-temporary/non-disposable email addresses. Accounts found not to meet these conditions may be banned.


15. Responsibility for the content of all posts at Zen Space rests solely with the authors. Zen Space makes no representation regarding the validity of the information supplied in posts, and readers should make their own assessments before using such information.

16. Members who are suffering a serious mental illness should seek diagnosis and treatment from a qualified medical professional within their community. Those suffering from an acute phase of a mental illness, including intention to self-harm and/or suicidal ideation should seek immediate assistance (e.g. www.befrienders.org). Members are asked not to use Zen Space as a platform to express intentions of self-harm or suicide, the experience of voices or other hallucinations or symptoms of acute mental illness.

17. Posting or other actions which breach these Terms of Service or cause a disturbance in other ways, should just be reported to Zen Space staff for action at their discretion. Members should refrain from attempting to moderate or correct other members.

18. Moderator actions are not appropriate forum discussion topics. Please contact staff directly by PM to discuss these.
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Re: Zen Space gets its ToS

Post by Dan74 » Wed Jan 03, 2018 5:50 am

Thanks to your constructive feedback, the ToS have been amended and stand as follows:

1.The primary purpose of Zen Space is to provide a forum for discussion of Zen Buddhism.

2. Language showing basic politeness and respect is the rule for all discussion. Under no circumstances may defamatory statements be made in these forums. The use of excessive profanity, ad hominem, offensive language or links promoting discrimination towards others may lead to post deletion and possible banning.

3. As a Dharma forum, Zen Space is not a place to cast aspersions on Buddhism or Buddhist teachings. Using the board to proselytize for other religious traditions will not be tolerated. At the same time Buddhist sectarianism and bad-mouthing of other faiths are strongly discouraged.

4. Reasoned debate and disagreement are welcome, but denigration of another’s path is not. Members should remain mindful that different Zen lineages approach the path in various ways and according to a student's conditions.

5. Members should take care to begin topics in relevant parts of the forum. Miscellaneous topics, including discussion of non-Buddhist traditions, are welcome in the Lounge. Similarly, members are asked to keep discussion focused on the stated topic of the thread. Rather than post off topic in a thread, please start a different thread. Threads that veer off topic may be split or closed by Zen Space staff.

6. Please do not post the same message to multiple forums.

7. Please do not post repeatedly within a thread before others have had a chance to reply to your initial post.

8. Avoid posting excessively or compulsively: post only when your words contribute meaningfully to discussion of a thread’s topic. Casual chat is of course welcome in the Lounge.

9. Please try to post concisely and in plain language. Not all members have English as their primary language; the use of abbreviations in place of words, or a non-standard layout of text, are needlessly confusing for many.

10. When posts contain quotes or images, indicate the sources. Please observe applicable copyright law when sharing text, images or videos belonging to third parties.

11. Forum members are happy to share their experiences. However, you are more likely to get a helpful response if you have already made reasonable efforts to investigate a topic yourself. Making the effort to search for previous discussions about a topic at Zen Space, and for information elsewhere online, is good practice before starting a new discussion topic.

12. Zen practice is traditionally conducted with guidance from an authorized teacher. Requests for Zen practice advice should therefore be directed to one’s own teacher who can reply in a manner appropriate to one's conditions, rather than to strangers on this discussion board. Please be aware that even Zen Space members who are authorized Zen teachers, if they lack personal knowledge of the questioner, may be able to give practice advice of only the most general kind. Finally, members who are not Zen teachers should hesitate to dispense Zen practice advice to novices, as it is unethical (and possibly harmful) to do so. Note that this is not meant to prevent members from sharing their practice experiences with one another.

13. Discussion of teacher-student exchanges in Zen practice that are traditionally considered private, for example so-called "answers" given in koan practice or teachings received in a teacher's interview room intended solely for the recipient, are not permitted.

14. Members may register only one account. The use of actual names and avatar photos is desirable.

15. Responsibility for the content of all posts at Zen Space rests solely with the authors. Zen Space makes no representation regarding the validity of the information supplied in posts, and readers should make their own assessments before using such information.

16. Members who are suffering a serious mental illness should seek diagnosis and treatment from a qualified medical professional within their community. Those suffering from an acute phase of a mental illness, including intention to self-harm and/or suicidal ideation should seek immediate assistance (e.g. www.befrienders.org). Members are asked not to use Zen Space as a platform to express intentions of self-harm or suicide, the experience of voices or other hallucinations or symptoms of acute mental illness.

17. Posting or other actions which breach these Terms of Service or cause a disturbance in other ways, should just be reported to Zen Space staff for action at their discretion. Members should refrain from attempting to moderate or correct other members.

18. Moderator actions are not appropriate forum discussion topics. Please contact staff directly by PM to discuss these.

19. The Terms of Service apply equally to private messages (PM’s) between members.
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Re: Zen Space gets its ToS

Post by Dan74 » Wed Jan 03, 2018 9:26 am

In addition, the Zen Forum just got its tradition-specific subfora. For tradition-specific discussions and inquiries, use these please.
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