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1. It is only natural, given the directive of this website, that there will be strong disagreement with the ideas and suggestions of others. It is important to remember when disagreeing that we should all follow the wise old phrase of “play the ball, not the man.” This I consider the main rule of decent and productive discussions. Do not be rude, condescending, antagonistic, or inflammatory.

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You can find some basic information here - [en.wikipedia.org]


1. While thread drift is a natural phenomenon on message boards you should try to avoid it. If you find that one subject is leading to another, the best idea is to start a new thread with the subject line reflecting the new topic. This will not only help us avoid the 300+ post threads, but should also cover each topic more completely as people will notice a new topic being discussed much more easily.

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5. The moderation team suggests that people who are proposing to send longer posts might prefer to consider editing and saving the text in another program before copying and pasting it to the Ma'at reply box. Then, if there is some unexpected technical problem, at least the original text will not have been lost.


Each person posting on this message board retains copyright in their own original comments or postings. Posts quoting from a written text should give a full citation. Direct quotations should not be altered, but, if some alteration is unavoidable, standard brackets [ ] should be used to indicate where this has taken place.

Posts quoting material from an online source should be limited to excerpts, with a link to the full article; posting entire articles without permission exposes Hall of Ma’at to liability for copyright infringement, and also absorbs bandwidth.

The relevant permission should be obtained before sending any posts quoting emails from third parties, whether private or to another group or list.

This situation extends also to images and photographs. Copyright should be presumed to extend to images and photographs elsewhere on the Internet, even if there is no direct indication that this is the case. Individual posters wishing to link to such material, or to post images using bbcode tags, or even uploading to their own webspace an hosting it from there, should contact the copyright owner before posting links or tags.

To sum up: can everyone please ensure that they own the copyright to any images posted on these boards. If the copyright of an image does not belong to you, then please post a link only, and not an image tag.

Some useful links

Copyright myths: [www.copyrightservice.co.uk]

Popular misconceptions about copyright: [www.templetons.com]

US Copyright Law: [www.law.cornell.edu]

International convention: [www.law.cornell.edu]

UK Copyright Law: [www.hmso.gov.uk]

and: [www.hmso.gov.uk]

ABC of Referencing and Citation [www.mdx.ac.uk]









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Rules and Guidelines (including guidance on Copyright)

Katherine Reece September 29, 2019 04:20PM

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