Discussion Boards Guidelines & FAQ
Please select which discussion board you would like to participate in:
Canadian Discussion Boards
TakingITGlobal is committed to creating a space that facilitates cross-cultural understanding and exchange among youth in an international context. Our discussion boards encourage members of the TIG online community to express their perspectives and experiences in an informed, thoughtful, and constructive way. It is our hope to promote the high quality of posts that are typical of our discussion boards.
Sometimes when we feel passionately about a certain topic or issue, we let ourselves intimidate others who don't share our views. This is dangerous when we direct these views towards marginalized individuals and/or groups. While a variety of perspectives on social, cultural, and political issues are encouraged (otherwise, what would we be discussing?), participants of the discussion boards need to be conscious of the language they use.
By choosing to participate in the discussion boards, you are agreeing to refrain from making personal attacks on an individual or a group as such posts will not be tolerated. Users must not use the discussion boards to attack others based on their ethnicity, gender, race, religion, and sexual orientation. We must respect and appreciate the diversity of our community -- after all, isn't it the role of youth leaders to move beyond the oppressions that have informed our lives?
TakingITGlobal believes in the principles of equity and human rights. We believe that every human being, regardless of their ethnicity, gender, race, religion, or sexual identity has the right to be afforded equal treatment and dignity in line with international humanitarian and human rights law.
Our guidelines are informed by the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Amnesty International.
This is the spirit of TakingITGlobal, and we know that you have been drawn to our community because of it. Please remember this when you post on the discussion boards.
A discussion board participant should:
The participant will not be permitted to commit the following offences:
Members will be asked to edit offending posts of this manner or may have their posts edited/deleted.
While there are designated moderators for each of the discussion boards, members are encouraged to be conscious of their own contributions in order to allow for self-moderation, in addition to reviewing and assessing the posts of others and reporting posts that are not in accordance to our discussion board user guidelines. When reporting an offence, please provide an explanation.
If a moderator witnesses a member committing a minor offence, the moderator will report the actions to the TIG Staff. The TIG Staff will use their discretion in following a three strike system:
If a moderator witnesses a member committing a major offence, the moderator will report the actions to the TIG Staff, who will use their discretion in following a two strike system:
If a moderator witnesses a member committing major offence #2 (Any threat of bodily harm that is clearly stated or implied), the moderator will inform the TIG Staff. The penalty will determined by the TIG staff and may include the permanent termination of TIG membership, regardless of user status within the site.
Moderators retain the right to edit or delete content at their discretion.
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Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is the difference between a board, issue, thread and post?
Discussion Board: A place for discussion that contains multiple forums and issues. TIG Discussion Boards are available in several different languages – also referred to as “language boards”.
Posts: single replies by a TIG member.
Threads: A collection of posts on a similar discussion question.
Issue: A collection of threads on a specific theme.
2. How do I post a reply to an existing thread?Once inside the thread to which you want to reply, you can post two ways:
After typing your replies, either quoted or not quoted, you can either click “Post” under the edit box, or “Preview” to see how your comment would look like if posted. If you choose “Preview” you will have to choose “Post” after you are satisfied with the way your reply will look. Be advised that there is a word limit not to be exceeded in your post; this in accordance to the TIG Discussion Guidelines.
3. How do I start a new thread?Follow these steps:
4. How do I respond to a member privately?If you would like to respond personally to a TIG member on a discussion board, you can send the TIG member a TIG message. To do this, click on the TIG Messenger button under his/her post on the left side. This will take you directly to the TIG Messenger area of the member’s profile.
5. How do I learn more about a member who has made a post?To find out more about a member that has posted, click on the “Profile” button under his/her post. This will take you to the TIG member’s profile page. You can send them a message by scrolling down to the TIG message part of the profile page.
6. How do I edit or delete my post?First make sure you are logged into the site using your username and password. Next, go to your post you would like to edit/delete. On the bottom right side of your post you will see two links: “edit” and “delete”. Clicking on these links you can either edit and repost or delete your previously posted comment. Remember, only moderators can edit and delete other members’ posts.
7. What if a specific post offends me or if I think it is offensive in general?When you see an insulting, offensive or otherwise abnormal comment on a board which contravenes the TIG Discussion Board Guidelines, you are encouraged to click the “Report this post” button. This will send a message to moderators of the TIG Discussion Boards. Before the message is sent, you will be asked the reason for which you are reporting it. You can write something like “this post seems to be insulting” or “there are racist comments in this post.” This message will ONLY be sent to the discussion board moderators. The member who posted the offensive comment will NOT receive any notification that his/her post has been reported.
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