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admin
08-04-2012, 03:40 PM
The full Terms of Service (ToS) and Forum Rules here at Anthrogenica can be viewed in the FAQ (http://www.anthrogenica.com/faq.php), also located at the top of every page.

Announcements of changes to the above will be made here.

admin
01-23-2014, 06:32 PM
The following additions have been made to the ToS.



3.5 Anthrogenica caters to the discussion of personal genetic results from members who are customers/participants of unaffiliated projects/companies. Members who decide to post their personal results do so with the explicit understanding that they are contributing to the forum's content. The administration has facilitated the modification and/or removal of any member posts within a fixed time period (see Section 3.14) if desired. Beyond this period, the administration is not obliged to selectively remove personal genetic results from Anthrogenica under normal circumstances.




3.12 Anthrogenica is a forum for free and honest discussion. It is not a pulpit to proselytize or to promote certain viewpoints that would be better-suited to a personal blog. Such behaviour is prohibited. What constitutes the aforementioned, and whether infraction delivery is warranted, will be determined at the administration's discretion.

admin
03-23-2014, 08:06 PM
The following addition has been made to the ToS.




6.5 Individual bans/suspensions are not for general discussion on the forum as they distract from the forum's intended focus. Any open threads or posts relating to these will be managed accordingly. Instead, if members of the community wish to learn about another member's ban/suspension, they must contact a member of the administration via PM directly to address their inquiries.

admin
04-23-2014, 04:13 PM
Section 3.11 has been slightly modified to include posts which serve no discernible purpose on the forum.



3.11 Invectives and posts devoid of substance (e.g. threads or replies consisting solely of inflammatory content or triviality) will be considered junk postings and deleted. Anthrogenica encourages its members to engage in debate with each other, but discussions that degenerate into little more than flaming and inanity will be considered spam (see Rule 3.9).

admin
03-09-2015, 12:23 AM
Section 1.2 (moderators) has received new content clarifying the role of surname project moderators (announced previously (http://www.anthrogenica.com/showthread.php?3472-Surname-Project-Subsections)):



1.2 Moderators on Anthrogenica are appointed by the administration and are active indefinitely. If a moderator decides to step down from their post, a two week notice is required to provide the administration time to find a suitable replacement. Moderator responsibilities include basic forum maintenance and the delivery of infractions, including suspensions and bans. Furthermore, moderators have access to user IP addresses. However, moderators do not have any access to personal user data. Surname project moderators are regular members who run specific surname projects in the Genealogy section only. In turn, they have specific maintenance oversight for their sections alone. As such, they do not have jurisdiction over other forum areas and do not have full moderator functionality.


A new Section 1.3 has been included to clarify a new initiative taken by the team recently. The previous Section 1.3 has been shifted to Section 1.4.



1.3 Forum administrators and moderators have access to anonymous accounts (AdminBot and ModBot respectively). These accounts are used at the discretion of staff to undertake forum maintenance.

admin
03-24-2015, 04:06 PM
Section 2.3 updated reflecting our policy change on guest viewing. Members and guests are required to sign in and sign up, respectively, for full site accessibility.



2.3 Anthrogenica is fully accessible to registered users. Guests are provided with a several minute browsing period before requiring to register. These allowances are inapplicable to members who have been banned. In the event of banned users returning under new aliases or through other member’s accounts, the administration will re-ban said users automatically and infractions will be administered to any complicit users.

admin
05-01-2015, 04:39 PM
New addition to Administration Structure and Maintenance Policy section regarding member requests to delete their older posts.

We have received a disproportionate number of these recently from members regarding old content that neither breach any of our existing terms nor infringed on their privacy whatsoever. These sorts of requests unnecessarily add to staff workload.

If users wish to have absolute control over the content posted online, blogs are a recommended route to take. Thanks for your attention.



1.4 Forum administrators and moderators routinely respond to problematic content deemed to breach these ToS across the forum through either member private messages (PMs) or reported posts. However, member requests to delete their own public posts beyond the 24 hour catchment period will not ordinarily be actioned.

Administrator
06-28-2015, 10:48 PM
New addition to the Intellectual Property and Copyright Infringement section addressing fraudulent behavior.



4.4 Anthrogenica employs a zero tolerance policy towards fraudulent material irrespective of the perceived fulfilment (including but not limited to personal, financial or ideological gain). What constitutes as sufficient evidence of fraud, together with subsequent infractions, will be determined entirely at the administration's discretion.

Administrator
06-29-2015, 01:47 PM
New addition to the Site Content & User Participation section regarding advertisements in this forum.



3.16 Users may host advertisements on their public account profiles if they are in English. Furthermore, the only commercial advertisements permitted at Anthrogenica must be related to either genetics, genealogy or anthropology and are not associated with personal accounts. The administration has the right to modify or remove advertisements which do not conform with the above.

Administrator
07-02-2015, 02:41 AM
New addition to the Infraction Guidelines section clarifying the manner in which infractions are reached in this forum.



6.5 All member infractions are assessed on a case-by-case basis through the consultation of all available staff members. With the exception of circumstances deemed urgent by the administration, all decisions pertaining to infraction delivery are adjudicated by available staff at a given time.

Administrator
07-13-2015, 10:20 PM
New addition regarding the new approach to content management.



1.5 To minimize confusion, staff members are ordinarily expected to inform registered users of thread migration and/or modification through reputation point or private messages. Post alterations will be indicated by an "edit" signature. Expiring redirects may be set in place if deemed necessary.

Administrator
07-31-2015, 08:22 PM
Section 3.4, regarding the upholding of member privacy, extended to unregistered users.



3.4 Disclosure of both members and unregistered user private information, compromising details or similar items without the individual's prior consent will result in disciplinary measures. Please be mindful of what you share about others.

Administrator
08-30-2015, 04:28 PM
Hefty new term outlining the provisions of use for the Crowdfunding Initiatives section here at Anthrogenica. Please read this term carefully.



3.17 The Crowdfunding Initiatives section at Anthrogenica promotes funding endeavours in the amateur genetic genealogy community. Those seeking funding are expected to provide comprehensive detail with respect to the rationale for fundraising. In the event that a crowdfunding initiative is unsuccessful in reaching its stated goal within 30 days from the commencement date of the initiative, and the originator of the crowdfunding initiative does not wish to follow through with the project, testing, etc., an immediate refund of all donations received must be made. Special dispensations to extend the 30-day crowdfunding initiative period may be granted by the administration, at its sole discretion, if requested in a timely manner by the originator of the crowdfunding initiative and where good cause is demonstrated. Despite maintaining the above, the administration at Anthrogenica will not be held accountable for any permanent financial loss through the crowdfunding initiatives. Please think carefully before donating to your initiatives of choice.

Administrator
09-07-2015, 04:12 PM
Section 3.1 has been expanded briefly (in bold).



3.1 Anthrogenica ardently supports the reasonable exercise of freedom of speech. Forms of expression considered unreasonable are detailed in Sections 3.2-3.12 below. No censorship of an individual's ethnic, political, religious, sexual or ideological expression will therefore be taken by the administration/moderation provided the expression in question is not found to be in violation of the rules. Additionally, discriminatory language including (but not limited to) sexism, racism or other forms of bigotry are not tolerated.

Administrator
10-03-2015, 07:32 PM
We have now reduced the post editing window for members from 24 hours to one hour. Section 3.14 changed to reflect this.



3.14 Posts made on Anthrogenica are editable by the post creator for one hour. Members should therefore exercise judgement in deciding whether their contribution to discussions or the forum's total content is final and representative of their views beyond this point. In the event that posted material is deemed to be compromising for whatever reason later, members are advised to PM the ModBot account (see Section 3.8).


Second change made today with respect to multiple accounts (still disallowed, now resulting in automatic bans).



2.4 Anthrogenica does not permit the use of multiple accounts under any circumstances. Users found with more than one account will be banned immediately and without prior notice. If a reasonable explanation for the multiple accounts exist which the administration are likely to not deem as an abuse of the site's provisions, such members are instructed to message through the "Contact Us" feature at the bottom of every page.

Administrator
10-20-2015, 08:40 PM
New ToS update codifying our stance towards pseudoscientific material that is passed off as actual science or as viable alternatives to previous outcomes indicated by the scientific method.

A couple pointers for our members regarding this:


The Wikipedia definition of pseudoscience (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pseudoscience) for the unfamiliar. If this does not suffice, please explore the topic to cultivate your own insight.
Pseudoscience in itself, as a virulent phenomenon in the scientific literature and public discourse, is not barred from being discussed on Anthrogenica. It is the specific misappropriation of pseudoscientific inferences or principles that is restricted here.
Not all pseudoscience is "old science", and not all "old science" is pseudoscience.
As mandated by section 3.1, we continue to uphold all perspectives so long as they abide by the other rules established on Anthrogenica. The popularity of an opinion is irrelevant here.





3.13 Pseudoscientific material that is presented as scientific will be deleted immediately and without notice by the administration. It is the poster's duty to preemptively determine whether their imminent posts contain masked pseudoscience.

Administrator
10-26-2015, 02:38 PM
Modification to section 3.11 officially stating our position regarding discussion personalization on this forum (it isn't allowed here):



3.11 Invectives and posts devoid of substance (e.g. threads or replies consisting solely of inflammatory content or triviality) will be considered junk postings and deleted. Anthrogenica encourages its members to engage in debate with each other, but discussions that degenerate into little more than flaming and inanity, or resort to personal attacks or accusations, will be considered spam (see Rule 3.9).

Administrator
12-01-2015, 09:58 AM
An update to our infraction protocol. We now implement a 'four-strike' policy. Infractions received are irreversible (remain with users for the entirety of their presence at Anthrogenica).

Please note the team reserve the right to jump 'steps' at their discretion.



1st Infraction - Formal warning

2nd Infraction - One week suspension

3rd Infraction - One month suspension

4th Infraction - Permanent ban

Administrator
12-06-2015, 12:37 PM
Sections 3.10 and 3.11 have been revised. There was partial overlap in scope in these terms, which has now been address. 3.10 and 3.11 are now content and person specific respectively.

Please note the additions to 3.11, which also includes falsely accusing members of being trolls.



3.10 Certain standards of quality control will be enforced to ensure a productive forum atmosphere. Invectives and posts devoid of substance (e.g. threads or replies consisting solely of inflammatory content or triviality) will be considered junk postings and deleted. Breeches in basic forum etiquette include (and are not limited to) cross-posting different threads, consecutive posting in existing threads and reviving old threads whose course of discussion has long since expired ("necro-bumping").

3.11 Anthrogenica encourages its members to participate in discussions in a topic-focused manner. Personalization of discussions is completely prohibited at all times. This includes (and is not limited to) direct personal attacks, accusations, insinuations and false disclosures. Additionally, discussions that degenerate into inconsequential flaming or inanity will be deleted without prior notice.

Administrator
01-17-2016, 04:14 PM
New section inserted regarding username change requests. This reflects our consistent (albeit unwritten) stance towards these since launch.



2.6 Username changes on Anthrogenica are not routinely undertaken upon request. However, they will be considered if members have less than 30 posts and/or registered for less than one month. Members with exceptional circumstances (e.g. privacy concerns) must disclose these ahead of time with the forum team. Additionally, members are advised to carefully consider their username choices. Please reconsider your username if it contains your real name.

Administrator
02-08-2016, 02:43 AM
New rule regarding new registrations and their choice of username, or other features of a public profile on the forum which use language or symbolism that we consider to be inappropriate (e.g. racial slurs, profane language).

As mandated by section 3.1, we continue to uphold all perspectives so long as they abide by the other rules established.



2.7 The administration at Anthrogenica reserves the right to reject or modify member usernames, or other public aspects of an account, if they are deemed to be grossly inappropriate to the forum's environment.

Administrator
02-14-2016, 06:42 PM
ToS updated with the following two sections:



2.8 Member accounts are not normally suspended or closed once activated. Users wishing to remove themselves from the community are advised to simply withhold from logging in.




6.7 Public discussion or criticism of administrator or moderator decisions is prohibited. Any query regarding such decisions must be via a Private Message to an administrator to review in due course. Breach of this term will result in immediate account suspension or banning.


Section 2.8 reflects our longstanding (albeit unofficial until today) policy with respect to account closure requests.

Section 6.7 is agreed by the administration (both Admins and Global Mods) to be justified in light of the unnecessary threads opened by problematic users who have not fulfilled their agreement to section 1.1:



1.1 The administrators of Anthrogenica support the forum both technically and financially. Their role within the community extends into moderation duties as well as the above. Registered members are advised that administrators must only be contacted directly if the query can generally be deemed to be significant in nature or beyond the scope of the channels provided publicly on Anthrogenica (Section 2.5).


Additionally, section 6.7 is the natural extension to section 6.6, which addresses public discussion of suspensions/bans awarded to other users.

DMXX
02-14-2016, 07:35 PM
Just a quick comment regarding the section that's been introduced above (6.7). Uncharacteristic for me to weigh in publicly on the ToS changes, but this matter has admittedly been testing my patience in recent months.

Anthrogenica was launched and is maintained exclusively by longstanding members of the genetic genealogy community. We are tasked with the responsibility of monitoring the forum and ensuring it serves the interests of this community by creating an environment conducive for productive discussion. This has always taken place amidst the backdrop of real-world responsibilities (and emergencies).

This, however, appears lost on an exceedingly small (but vocal) minority of registrants, who seem to hold a very unreasonable expectation of omnipresence and collective consciousness from us. Despite being a cooperative, we won't be everywhere, all the time.

Also, we will make mistakes! That has been addressed from the forum's outset through section 1.1 and 1.7. An internal feedback system regarding this has been in place from day one. Instead, some users decide to publicly undermine administrative calls made by the team. In addition to drawing attention away from informative discussions, these do absolutely nothing to improve our oversight here.

To reiterate the point made above, section 6.7 is specifically against public discussion or criticism of moderator or admin actions. In keeping with 1.1 and 1.7, we expect members instead to directly contact an administrator (or another one if the most immediately available administrator is the subject) through PM's. I have personally communicated with at least five of you in the past year along these lines and we've ensured the feedback directly improved our ToS to prevent future repeats. The system works. The vocal minority have willfully ignored the terms they agreed to upon registration, and that willful ignorance necessitates this new term.

The continued contribution of our regulars alone is the only expression of appreciation I'd personally like to see from our community. Thank you, the majority, for enriching Anthrogenica with your thoughts and contributions.

Administrator
05-07-2016, 11:10 PM
Update to section 4.1, making our policy towards paywall material clear:



4.1 Anthrogenica only permits the posting of publicly accessible publications that have been properly attributed to their authors. In the event that a piece of literature is behind a paywall but the supplementary data is freely available, members are welcome to share the supplementary items in posts or threads. If both the paper and the supplementary are behind a paywall, neither are permitted to be shared publicly.

Administrator
06-04-2016, 10:09 PM
New section codifying our stance towards religion and politics in the forum. Further information on section 3.19 will be provided shortly:



3.19 Political and religious discussion is currently prohibited in Anthrogenica. Members are advised to limit the scope of organic tangents arising from discussions. Failure by participants to limit said tangents will be construed by the administration as a breach to section 3.10 and/or 3.12 above.

Administrator
07-04-2016, 02:23 PM
Per our recent upgrades (http://www.anthrogenica.com/showthread.php?7755-Forum-Updates-amp-Changes-Please-Read-(Jul-16)), the following three new sections have been implemented:


2.9 All financial contributions made to Anthrogenica are non-refundable. Although we have kept our subscription fees exceptionally low, please think carefully before proceeding with your subscription payment or donations. Similarly, in the event a contributing user is banned, we will not accept any refund requests. Additionally, financial contributions to Anthrogenica will not result in changes to our application of our infractions policy or otherwise affect our administrative actions as mandated by our Terms of Service (ToS).


3.19 Political and religious discussion is only permitted in The Atrium, a forum section voluntarily selected for by subscription class members with at least 500 posts. Such discussions are strictly prohibited everywhere else in Anthrogenica. Members are advised to limit the scope of organic tangents arising from discussions. Failure by participants to limit said tangents will be construed by the administration as a breach to section 3.10 and/or 3.12 above.


4.5 'Gold' subscription class members have access to The Vault, an off-site Google Drive repository modeled after this forum's sections. Gold members are expected to comply with both these Terms (specifically section 4.1) and Google's own policies. In the event members are discovered to be sharing paywall material in The Vault, their 'Gold' class permissions and access to The Vault will be revoked without prior warning and without a refund to their subscription fee payment.

Administrator
08-27-2016, 02:36 PM
New term inserted addressing our forum's consistent stance with respect to 'racial taxonomy' and outlining our position on 'guess ethnicity' threads following the closure of that section in The Lounge several years ago.



3.11 Further to the above, threads or posts forwarding requests for ethnicity guessing or 'classifications' based on the pseudoscientific precepts of 'racial taxonomy' are automatically considered as both devoid of substance and trivial. Such content will be deleted without prior notice. Please note members who persistently defy this aspect of content moderation will be sanctioned as deemed appropriate by the administration.

Administrator
11-21-2016, 04:33 AM
An extension of our infraction policy has been added relating to newer members (does not apply to our regulars):



6.8 The administration reserve the right to ban new members who demonstrate continued defiance of these Terms following the delivery of informal warnings and/or a first infraction. It is the responsibility of all members to adhere to these Terms. Per section 6.5, at least two members of the administration are required to apply this section. What constitutes a "new member" or the rationale for applying this section is entirely at the discretion of the administration. This section does not apply to longstanding members.

Administrator
12-05-2016, 09:46 PM
Addition to section 6.6.



6.6 Individual bans/suspensions are not for general discussion on the forum as they distract from the forum's intended focus. Any open threads or posts relating to these will be managed accordingly. Instead, if members of the community wish to learn about another member's ban/suspension, they must contact a member of the administration via PM directly to address their inquiries. Additionally, existing members must not post any content on behalf of banned members.

Administrator
01-19-2017, 12:40 PM
Addition to an existing section with regard to charity advertisements in this forum. This is intended to minimize the possibility of spambot scamming.



3.18 Users may host advertisements on their public account profiles if they are in English. Furthermore, the only commercial advertisements permitted at Anthrogenica must be related to either genetics, genealogy or anthropology and are not associated with personal accounts. Furthermore, charity advertisements may only be permitted following administration approval. The administration has the right to modify or remove advertisements which do not conform with the above.

Administrator
02-13-2017, 09:04 PM
New section outlining the terms by which company representatives are present in Anthrogenica:



1.7 Certified company representatives are permitted to be present on the forum. To maintain a distinction with other members or a representative's own personal account, they are signified publicly as 'Company Rep' accounts. With the exception of increased PM space, these accounts possess no additional functionality compared to regular accounts. Finally, 'Company Reps' have no administrative oversight over forum subsections named after their companies and have no access to any private forum or member information.

Administrator
06-01-2017, 06:10 AM
One addition:

As part of our recent anti-spam measures, new members (defined as those with less than 10 posts and less than 14 days registration history) are prevented from posting links on Anthrogenica.

New members who eventually meet this simple criteria will be automatically promoted to the "Regular Users" usergroup. You do not need to contact any members of staff for this to take place.



2.1 New members, defined as those with less than 10 posts and less than 14 days registration history, are subject to a link posting restriction. Once a new member exceeds 10 posts and a presence of 14 days in Anthrogenica, they will automatically be promoted to the "Regular Users" usergroup.



One modification:

In recent weeks, several registered members with minimal past activity have requested we completely remove their accounts and posts from Anthrogenica. All of these users have publicly maintained anonymity and no clear reason has been offered regarding the basis for these data removal requests.

As said requests appear spurious, we do not ordinarily entertain even account closure and in the interest of reducing our administration's (never-ending) workload, the following addition has been made to an existing Term:



2.9 Member accounts are not normally suspended or closed once activated. Users wishing to remove themselves from the community are advised to simply withhold from logging in. In addition, we will not routinely entertain requests to completely clear a member's public history and/or permanently deleting their accounts.

Administrator
08-27-2018, 01:44 PM
One Addition:

The Administration is clarifying our policy with respect to profile flag uploads (members routinely request these here (https://anthrogenica.com/showthread.php?28-Flag-Request-Thread)):



3.21 Members have the capacity to express themselves through a variety of modern and historical flags. The administration will routinely upload flags per member request to facilitate the means of reasonable self-expression. However, the decision to upload suggested flags is completely at the discretion of the administration. This decision will be guided by socio-legal considerations.


One Modification:



2.7 Username changes on Anthrogenica are not routinely undertaken upon request. However, they will be considered if members have less than 30 posts and/or registered for less than one month. Members with exceptional circumstances (e.g. reasonable privacy concerns) must disclose these ahead of time with the administration. Additionally, members are advised to carefully consider their username choices. Please reconsider your username if it contains your real name.

Administrator
10-16-2018, 07:39 PM
An addition to our Terms, which addresses future use (and potential abuse) of credentials in this largely lay environment:



3.22 As a discussion forum, Anthrogenica largely caters towards the lay public. Occasionally, members with qualifications in areas directly relating to the subjects discussed in this forum register and participate. To combat potential abuse associated with the professing of expertise in a lay environment, such members are obligated to produce evidence of their educational background. This may be undertaken either publicly or privately (presenting the evidence to a member of staff as third party verification).

Administrator
01-11-2019, 04:17 AM
A new addition to our Terms, outlining our policy regarding commercial activity in Anthrogenica:



1.8 Commercial activities in Anthrogenica operate on a largely free market basis. Should the administration receive confirmation that any commercial enterprises or their representatives are undermining this precept, swift action will be taken. This includes (and is not limited to) infraction delivery (in keeping with these Terms), limiting commercial functionality and/or blacklisting their representation on the site. What is construed as "anti-free market" is completely at the discretion of the administration.


Please note that the term 'blacklisting' specifically refers to physical censorship of commercial links in posts or threads belonging to companies who are found to be in breach of the above Term, where said links are replaced by asterisks.

Administrator
01-20-2019, 03:38 PM
A modification to section 3.20 (reduction from 500 to 100):



3.20 Political and religious discussion is only permitted in The Atrium, a forum section voluntarily selected for by subscription class members with at least 100 posts. Such discussions are strictly prohibited everywhere else in Anthrogenica. Members are advised to limit the scope of organic tangents arising from discussions. Failure by participants to limit said tangents will be construed by the administration as a breach to section 3.10 and/or 3.12 above.

Administrator
02-23-2019, 11:02 PM
Multiple new Terms added in order to make Anthrogenica fully compliant with two key pieces of European Union (EU) legislation (General Data Privacy Regulation, ePrivacy):



5.7 This site is fully backed up on a weekly basis. The data is kept secure on three offline portable devices with an established contingency plan. The site's data is managed by one of Anthrogenica's founding administrators (considered the 'data manager' for these purposes). This data will never be conveyed to any parties outside of the current administration. Should the 'data manager' resign from their voluntary role within the site's administration, these duties will be transferred to a nominated colleague.




5.8 Anthrogenica complies with the right to erasure ('the right to be forgotten') for members posting from within the EU. Should an EU member decide they wish to have personal aspects of their online activity on this site removed, they should contact an active member of staff. In this context, we draw a distinction between public personal data (e.g. voluntary posting of surnames, birthdates) and privately collected personal data (e.g. registration emails, birthdates). Please refer to Section 6.9 for further stipulations.




5.9 Per the totality of these Terms, Anthrogenica is fully compliant with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and ePrivacy requirements, which we fall under the jurisdiction of, as 'data collectors' of private user information. Although our servers are based outside of the EU, we nonetheless comply with these legal rulings as a general policy. A one-time active consenting prompt will appear for new users or those accessing the site from another device.




6.9 To minimize the potential for abuse, EU members requesting for the removal of multiple portions of public personal data they had posted after the announcement of this section (announced around 2/23/19 23:00 UTC) will be subject to disciplinary measures. Despite our Terms indicating otherwise, please participate on the site as if all future contributions are irrevocable.


The following Terms have been modified in keeping with the above:



1.6 Member requests to delete their own public posts beyond the 24 hour catchment period will not ordinarily be undertaken by any member of staff, with the exception of members residing or posting from within the European Union (EU).




5.5 Anthrogenica collects a limited set of private user information from its members. This includes IP address data, registered email address and cookie data. In keeping with Section 5.1 and 5.2, the administration will not disclose any of these to any third parties, outside of a written and direct request from law enforcement. Should members request to view their own information or wish to learn why each are used, they should contact an active member of staff.




5.6 Anthrogenica stores cookies to personalize or enhance your user experience. A cookie is a small text file that is placed on your hard disk by a web page server and is uniquely assigned to you. They cannot be used to run programs or deliver viruses to your computer and can only be read by a Web Server in the domain that issued it. Cookies provide a convenience by storing information regarding any personalizations you've made on Anthrogenica. They save your preferences (i.e. forum skin choice) as well as remembering your login information during sessions for quicker site access. We employ only one third party tracking cookie (Google Analytics) for general activity monitoring. Members have the ability to accept or decline cookies at any stage. Most browsers automatically accept cookies, but members can usually modify their browser setting to decline cookies, which may disable some functionality on Anthrogenica.


Finally, another new Term regarding our position regarding VPNs and proxies:



2.11 Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) and other proxies are occasionally used by both members and guests to view the site. Unfortunately, VPNs and other proxies are routinely abused by ex-members of Anthrogenica. The administration considers the use of VPNs to be a 'yellow flag' sign. Further, the administration reserves the right to suspend newer members who are found to be using a VPN for further investigation. Based on any other available information, we reserve the right to consider newer accounts to be sockpuppets on a prima facie basis, resulting in their deletion per Section 2.5 above. In the interest of minimizing suspicion, we recommend prospective registrants to avoid using VPNs. Should a prospective registrant require the use of a VPN, we expect this information to be provided to us in advance. Finally, we clarify that this level of scrutiny will not ordinarily be placed on established members.

Administrator
03-09-2019, 06:27 PM
We are streamlining the member-administration communicative interface by limiting all interactions through the 'Moderator' account.

This account will no longer be contactable via PM. If you have maintained any communications through this one, please continue the discussions through 'Moderator'.

We have changed several of our Terms to reflect this, as shown below.



1.4 Further to the above, the "Moderator" account serves as a 24 hour permanently active line of communication between the general administrative team and the community. All active administrators and moderators have access to it. Members with any specific questions that require some level of confidentiality are advised to send a PM to one of the active administrators. The "Administrator" and "admin" accounts cannot be contacted.

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1.9 If issues with inconsistency or failure to maintain any of these ToS by any members of the administration, members are required to contact one of the active administrators.

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6.1 For minor infractions and violations of the rules, please use the "Report Post" feature located at the end of each post. All moderators of that section will be notified automatically. More serious offenses (violation of privacy, threats etc.) can be communicated directly to the moderation team and "Moderator" via PM.

Administrator
04-02-2019, 02:47 PM
We have removed section 4.4 of our Terms of Service, which described the access procedures to The Vault, our online, off-site repository for genetics and anthropology publications.

Please also be advised that The Vault was closed earlier today. Our decision was guided by a marked period of inactivity and to assure Anthrogenica fully satisfies the requirements of a discussion, rather than a content-hosting, platform.

Edit: Please also note that we have removed section 2.1 just now, which described the hyperlink posting restriction for new users. As we have lifted this restriction (here (https://anthrogenica.com/showthread.php?16803-New-Users-Hyperlink-Posting-Restriction-(Lifted))), this section is also obsolete.

We have updated the chronology of Section 2 in view of the above.

Administrator
04-11-2019, 01:18 PM
New Section concerning the (passive) advertisement of third party services in this forum, with a clarification of accountability.

A general statement will be made by us relating to this quite shortly.



5.10 Anthrogenica is an independent non-profit online discussion forum. Members of our website frequently share results or services offered by third party providers. The administration neither endorses nor guarantees the authenticity of any services shared by our members. Further, we cannot be held accountable for any potential loss of data, breach of privacy or other adverse outcomes that our users may experience should they decide to solicit the services of these third party providers. We therefore advise both members and guests alike to proceed very cautiously when interacting with any of these services, particularly if financial, personal or genomic data is involved.

Administrator
04-12-2019, 04:36 PM
Hi Regulars,

This doesn't directly affect any of you, but we've revamped our registration process (from open to request-only) as part of our anti-sockpuppet measures. This is reflected through section 2.3 (modified; repetition regarding banned member access replaced with the following, changes in bold):



2.3 Anthrogenica is fully accessible to registered users. Guests are provided with a several minute browsing period before requiring to register. Registrations to Anthrogenica are made by request. Unregistered users are able to make a registration request by clicking on the "Register" button at the top of any page on the site. Following a request, the assigned staffer will communicate with you. Please permit up to seven working days for a response before sending us a prompt.

Administrator
06-22-2019, 10:44 AM
We have altered section 2.3 to reflect the end of our 'membership-by-request' trial and a return to our previous 'open' registration process for prospective users.



2.3 Anthrogenica is fully accessible to registered users. Guests are provided with a several minute browsing period before requiring to register. Registrations to the site are open and can be initiated by clicking the "Register" button at the top-right of any page for users belonging to the 'Unregistered' usergroup.

Administrator
06-27-2019, 08:51 PM
Three changes.

1. Addition of a new Term relating to the penning of posts that advocate pornography, illicit drug use and other subject matter without any real merit:



3.2 As a general approach and as an extension to Section 3.1, intellectually meritless discussions which advocate pornography, illicit drug use, sexual paraphernalia that are illegal in the United States of America, piracy and violence are prohibited in Anthrogenica. Discussions of these topics as subjects in an anthropological context with a data-based approach may be considered permissible on a case-by-case basis.


2. Addition of a new Term with respect to our stance towards 'phenotype' discussions in Anthrogenica:



3.12 Discussions pertaining to physical appearance and/or phenotype that are quantitative and accompanied with structured analysis are generally welcome in Anthrogenica. However, subjective and arbitrary discussions relating to either subject that are agreed by our administration to breach section 3.11 above are generally prohibited. What constitutes as the aforementioned, and whether further action is required outside of content modification, will be carried out at the administration's discretion.


3. Re-numbering of all Terms within Section 3 given the addition of the above.

Administrator
05-26-2020, 09:31 PM
An expansion of 3.21 has been implemented:



3.21 Political and religious discussion is only permitted in The Atrium, a forum section voluntarily selected for by subscription class members with at least 100 posts. Such discussions are strictly prohibited everywhere else in Anthrogenica and this includes placing material in signatures which Administration deems to be political. Members are advised to limit the scope of organic tangents arising from discussions. Failure by participants to limit said tangents will be construed by the administration as a breach to section 3.10 and/or 3.12 above.

Administrator
07-01-2020, 07:40 PM
We have expanded the following two Terms:



3.7 To maximize communication efficiency across Anthrogenica's diverse community, the primary written language in Anthrogenica is Modern Standard English (either American or British). Other variants of English should not be used. Posts written in languages other than Modern Standard English are only permitted in the appropriate dedicated sub-fora catering to those languages. The creation and organization of said language fora will be decided on an in-demand basis and at the discretion of the administration.




3.8 A reasonable degree of grammatical coherency and punctuation on public postings is mandatory. Any posts that are grammatically incoherent would be treated as 'invectives devoid of substance' and as a breach of section 3.11.

Administrator
07-01-2020, 07:54 PM
We have also expanded on section 3.22 (please find the most pertinent changes in bold):



3.22 Members have the capacity to express themselves through a variety of modern and historical flags. The administration will routinely upload flags per member request to facilitate the means of reasonable self-expression. However, not all flag requests will be permitted on the basis of socio-legal considerations. Flag requests which our administrations deems to meet any of the following criteria will not be uploaded by us:


Modern separatist flags from entities that are unrecognised by their derivative nation or the UN
Modern flags from self-declared autonomous regions that are unrecognised by their derivative nation or the UN
Historical flags where the administration considers as being co-opted by highly inflammatory modern groups

Administrator
07-05-2020, 10:26 AM
We have also expanded on section 3.22 (please find the most pertinent changes in bold):

Hello,

Please be advised that we've updated 3.22 further (4th bullet point):



3.22 Members have the capacity to express themselves through a variety of modern and historical flags. The administration will routinely upload flags per member request to facilitate the means of reasonable self-expression. However, not all flag requests will be permitted on the basis of socio-legal considerations. Flag requests which our administrations deems to meet any of the following criteria will not be uploaded by us:


Modern separatist flags from entities that are unrecognised by their derivative nation or the UN
Modern flags from self-declared autonomous regions that are unrecognised by their derivative nation or the UN
Historical flags where the administration considers as being co-opted by highly inflammatory modern groups
Any flags subject to copyright or other legal restrictions for use



Thanks for your attention,

Administrator
07-20-2020, 08:20 AM
We have made the following additions to our Terms of Service (ToS):



2.11 On occasion, members may share devices or an Internet connection with other members (including friends, family or other relations). All registered users must disclose this ahead of time to the forum administration. Sharing of individual accounts is strictly forbidden in all circumstances.

6.8 Members of the forum administration frequently engage in on-site discussions with the rest of the community. In the event that our Terms of Service are breached in said discussions and to minimize bias, participating staffers will recuse themselves from adjudication. Instead, the remaining active team will assess the content in question. If the offending members were found to exhibit undue hostility towards staff in said discussions, escalated infractions are to be expected.


Additionally, we have added the following to our Forum Rules:



7.) On occasion, members may share devices or an Internet connection with other members (including friends, family or other relations). All registered users must disclose this ahead of time to the forum administration. Sharing of individual accounts is strictly forbidden in all circumstances.


Finally, we have rephrased, or made additions to, the following sections of our ToS:



3.13 Further to the above, threads or posts forwarding requests for ethnicity guessing or 'classifications' based on the pseudoscientific precepts of 'racial taxonomy' are automatically considered as both devoid of substance and trivial. Such content will be deleted without prior notice. However, the citation of basic 'racial taxonomy' categories as explicitly used in historical or modern literature is permissible. Please note members who persistently defy this aspect of content moderation will be sanctioned as deemed appropriate by the administration.

6.7 Public discussion or criticism of all administrative decisions is prohibited and will result in a suspension. Furthermore, abuse of moderators or administrators in the course of their duty will not be tolerated and will result in a permanent ban. All queries regarding administrative decisions are welcome, but must be communicated to us either through PM or the "Contact Us" feature at the bottom of any page for our review.


We have updated the number count per each domain of our ToS.

Thanks for your attention,