These are the Dhamma Wheel Terms of Service. Violations of the Terms of Service may lead to the removal of posting privileges, so please ensure you are familiar with them.1. Intention
Dhamma Wheel is an environment for the discussion of Theravada Buddhism. Special forums have been created for special areas of interest so please respect these boundaries.
Members are expected to self-moderate, being mindful of the adage that 'behaviour breeds behaviour'. Mutual respect and friendliness should be the basis of all interactions. If you find anything objectionable, let the administrators or moderators know using the Report Post function, but refrain from posting public responses because meta-discussion has the tendency to derail topics.
If you find yourself unable to access your account or wish to challenge an account suspension, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
and email@example.com. Speech
Any subject matter that may be off-topic or is intended to cause disruption or harm may be removed without notice. This includes, but is not restricted to:
a. Nasty speech
b. Badmouthing Buddhist discussion forums
c. Language or subject matter inappropriate to minors
d. Unsubstantiated allegations against individuals or traditions - including psychoanalyzing other members, and predictions or threats of kammic retribution
e. Disruptive meta-discussion (i.e. discussion about discussion)
f. Ad-hominem attacks, including the vilification of individuals based on any attributes - whether related to their personal attributes (e.g. gender, nationality, sexuality, race, age) or their approach to the Dhamma (e.g. their practices, level of experience, or chosen tradition)
g. Attacks against the Buddha, Dhamma, or Sangha, which violate the Intention of this forum (See Section 1. Intention
This is an English language forum, therefore posts must be in English or Pāli (i.e. the language of the Tipitaka and the ancient commentaries). As the majority of members are not fluent in Pāli, please consider the value of providing English translations for Pāli text where practicable. The English language requirement does not apply to general greetings and salutations, nor to the Non-English Resources section.3. Action
The following actions are not permitted at Dhamma Wheel:
b. Commercial advertising
c. Solicitation of funds
d. Advocating illegal activity
e. Infringing upon the copyright of others (instead… cite sources, apply Fair Use, and don’t link to material that violates copyright)
f. Expressing intentions of self-harm or suicide
g. The unauthorised collection and release of personal information
h. Claiming to be a Buddha, samma-sam-buddha, or Metteyya (Maitreya)
i. Proselytizing or evangelizing other spiritual paths
j. Wholesale revision and deletion of previous posts
k. The generation of multiple and/or fake accounts. 4. Mindfulness
At Dhamma Wheel, we respect your intellectual and spiritual autonomy. As such, the staff here will not enforce reverence to anyone or anything, nor censor speech gratuitously. In keeping with this respect for your autonomy, we expect you to be personally responsible for your own emotions and responses.
Since you are not here alone, new topics should invite discussion via questions, suggestions, an introduction, or provide appropriate context.5. Legal Statement
Dhamma Wheel and related sites of the site owner are owned and operated out of the U.S.A. As such it comes under the guidelines of 47 US Code Section 230(c)(1), including the Communications Decency Act, which provides owners, administrators, moderators, and members immunity from any content in here posted by someone else. Each is responsible for their own posting and the team has no liability even if administrators and/or moderators fail to remove an alleged offending post. Any poster who makes legal threats against anyone on this forum will be grounds for immediate banning.
For more info related to this law see: Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act
Use of this forum is at no membership fee and voluntary.6. Like the Vinaya, the TOS may be added to over time
The Sangha didn't need many rules to start with. More were created over time as issues arose within the community. We reserve the right to add, amend or delete rules as deemed necessary.
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[Last updated: September 11, 2016]