Seattle Community Network (SCN) Policy Statement

Revision: July 18, 1999

 

I. GUIDELINES

SCN is committed to the following guidelines for network users:

+ FREE SPEECH
SCN is committed to placing a high value on freedom of speech and expression, and in the free exchange of ideas.

+ FREE ACCESS
SCN is committed to providing free access to public information for the community at large.

+ RIGHT TO PRIVACY
SCN is committed to maintaining the privacy of individuals. SCN will not provide its list of registered users to other organizations.

SCN will not disclose any personal information about individual users without a court mandate and the approval of the Board of Directors. Before disclosing information, we will attempt to notify affected users.

+ DUE PROCESS
SCN is committed to maintaining the right to due process of individual users of the network.

SCN does not and will not have any agreements with individuals or organizations that require restrictions to its policies, the Code of Etiquette, or the User Agreement.

 

II. USER REGISTRATION

SCN has both nonregistered and registered users.

+ NONREGISTERED USER
As a nonregistered user, you can browse freely on SCN.

If you want to have additional network privileges, you need to become a registered user.

+ REGISTERED USER
As a registered user, you can browse anywhere on the network and have access to all its materials and services. You can post your own materials and information, contribute to online discussions, and send and receive electronic mail (e-mail).

To become a registered user:
(1) Fill out a SCN registration form with the required details.

(2) Read and agree to follow SCN's Code of Etiquette and User Agreement.

(3) Sign the completed registration form to acknowledge your understanding and acceptance of these rules and then send the form to SCNA.

Registered user accounts are for individuals only. Organizations will be allocated accounts for web and maillist administrative purposes only. Staff and volunteers of organizations should register for their own personal SCN accounts.

 

III. SERVICES

+ INFORMATION ACCESS
All Information on SCN is private, except for what is published in forums and other public information areas.

+ ELECTRONIC MAIL (e-mail)
Definition: Electronic mail (e-mail) is a service to facilitate direct communication between two or more people.

Unsolicited advertising via e-mail is not condoned on SCN. SCN will not provide commercial and non-profit organizations with email lists of its users. SCN reserves the right to contact its own users for administrative and fundraising purposes.

+ INFORMATION PUBLICATION (World Wide Web)
Definition: Information Providers are users or associations of users including businesses and organizations. Information Publication is a service allowing Information Providers to publish material on the World Wide Web for anyone to read.

Information Providers communicate information through a designated individual user or users.

+ MAILLISTS
Definition: Lists of email addresses, which have been grouped together for the exchange of email on a specific topic.

Maillists will have an administrator who will be responsible for the usage of the list and compliance with SCN's agreed usage.

All maillists will have a description of their usage online.

Any registered user may request the creation of a new maillist.

Active maillists will be kept on the network. Inactive maillists will be deleted after a period of time set by the Board of Directors.

+ FORUMS (local SCN news groups)
Definition: A forum is a "place" on the network devoted to the interactive discussion of a specific topic. All users can read and registered users can post messages that fit the stated purpose of the forum. Forums may be moderated or unmoderated.

SCN does not support forums that are restrictive or discourage public participation.

Any registered user may request the creation of a new forum.

Active forums will be kept on the network. Inactive forums will be deleted after a period of time set by the Board of Directors.

A description of the purpose and nature of each forum and its criteria for message posting can be found on the network.

+ INFORMATION "FILTER"
If you are a registered user, you can use a "filter" facility provided by SCN to screen out unwanted postings or e-mail.

 

IV. GOVERNANCE

The Board of Directors of SCNA is responsible for maintaining policy documents (e.g. Code of Etiquette, User Agreement) and settling disputes.

The Board of Directors will setup a committee responsible for Governance matters, who will act on behalf of the Board. Initially the Governance Committee will undertake the Board's actions.

Known violations of the Code of Etiquette, misuse of the system or volunteer misconduct will result in warnings from the Board of Directors and may lead to revocation of registered status or special privileges for an indefinite amount of time. Any warnings or revocations can be appealed to the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors' decisions are final. Individuals with revoked privileges can still use the system as non-registered users.

If an individual would like to challenge any items in the Code of Etiquette, the Board of Directors will listen to the challenge and make a decision.