Getting Technical: 004 | Viewsbank

Getting Technical: 004

 

 

Poll Rules

 

  1. Do check your poll for spelling errors, factual errors or grammatical mistakes before you post it.
  2. Do limit the number of words in your question to twenty-five (25) or less. 
  3. Do limit the number of words in your answers to ten (10) or less.
  4. Do not use all capitals in your questions or your answers. It is not necessary, and can be considered aggressive.
  5. Please aim to use good written English at all times. 
  6. Do not use language which is offensive or defamatory. Swear words, slurs, explicit or adult language and abusive discrimination are forbidden.
  7. Do not target specific individuals, groups, or website users in a manner that could be conceived of as aggressive, threatening, or offensive. 
  8. Do not copy polls created by other users. Whilst similarities in format may be difficult to avoid, direct and conscious imitation is forbidden.
  9. Do not repeat your own polls. Do not re-post a poll that you have already created in order to try and get more votes. This obstructs the experience of every website user, and will not help.
  10. Do not create polls about Viewsbank. They may be deleted without warning.  If you have a problem with the website or your experience here, please contact us directly.

 

 

If you have any further questions about what is and is not permitted on our website, please refer to section 7 of the Terms and Conditions that you agreed to when you registered.

 

The first five poll rules (1-5) are our strong recommendations, and we will reserve the right to edit or remove polls which are in breach of them in order to create a more accessible and engaging experience for users of this website. Rules 6 to 9 regard serious breaches of conduct, and may be grounds for further action. Finally, rule 10 has been written largely for the sake of practicality, it is much more difficult for us to find and address your concerns if you air them in poll format.

 

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Hi again!

 

You can read the full Poll Rules and their explanation below, but I've got a few quick updates before you do. First things first, as I mentioned on Monday in The Pulse  and in Getting Technical last week, polls that you have voted on will now disappear from your feed!

 

Don't worry, your vote is still registered, and you can still go back to the poll if you'd like to. All that our update does is stop it from clogging up your home page by dismissing it once you've voted on it. The idea is to create an easier, more streamlined experience for everyone. We hope you like it!

 

We have also temporarily suspended the Forum. I gave you a heads up about this two weeks ago, again in Getting Technical (you can read the notice here), but it bears repeating as I realise some of you might have missed it. We're suspending the Forum whilst we build a new Groups feature.

 

In a lot of ways, this will be similar to the Forum that you know and love: there will still be topics and comment threads, and you'll still be able to open conversations on almost any subject that strikes your fancy. But the aim is that these Groups will be a more modern, organised and social way to have a conversation.

 

So we'll have an introductory group, managed by Viewsbank, and you'll be able to create and manage your own interest groups. If you want to talk about cars, but you're not all that interested in home insurance, then you can start a group about cars and even have a thread with relevant polls. In our introductory group, we'll be able to answer questions, pass on information, and suggest content for polls from the news and trends in social media. It's going to be a good thing, and we're excited about it. Keep your eyes peeled for the update which, like all technical website updates, will be going live on a Monday coming soon.

 

Right, now it's down to the nitty gritty. Here at Viewsbank, we've noticed over time a worrying trend of polls and comments that have been offensive or inappropriate.

 

We know that users have felt attacked and threatened, and we also know that repeat polls have become a chronic issue. None of this is acceptable, and so in order to better regulate user behaviour and user generated content, we have re-drafted our Terms and Conditions and created a new set of Poll Rules, which we expect all website users to respect and obey.

 

We will also be posting a new set of FAQ's very soon, and in future creating a walk through process for use of the website, in case at any point you are confused.

 

Please read the rules and explanation below. If at any point you have any questions about these rules, please do not hesitate to contact us directly.

 

 

 

Poll Rules

 

  1. Do check your poll for spelling errors, factual errors or grammatical mistakes before you post it.
  2. Do limit the number of words in your question to twenty-five (25) or less. 
  3. Do limit the number of words in your answers to ten (10) or less.
  4. Do not use all capitals in your questions or your answers. It is not necessary, and can be considered aggressive.
  5. Please aim to use good written English at all times. 
  6. Do not use language which is offensive or defamatory. Swear words, slurs, explicit or adult language and abusive discrimination are forbidden.
  7. Do not target specific individuals, groups, or website users in a manner that could be conceived of as aggressive, threatening, or offensive. 
  8. Do not copy polls created by other users. Whilst similarities in format may be difficult to avoid, direct and conscious imitation is forbidden.
  9. Do not repeat your own polls. Do not re-post a poll that you have already created in order to try and get more votes. This obstructs the experience of every website user, and will not help.
  10. Do not create polls to complain about Viewsbank. If you have a problem with the website or your experience here, please contact us directly.

 

 

If you have any further questions about what is and is not permitted on our website, please refer to section 7 of our Terms and Conditions. If your questions remain unanswered, please get in touch.

 

The first five poll rules (1-5) are our strong recommendations, and we will reserve the right to edit or remove polls which are in breach of them in order to create a more accessible and engaging experience for users of this website. Rules 6 to 9 regard serious breaches of conduct, and may be grounds for further action. Finally, rule 10 has been written largely for the sake of practicality, it is much more difficult for us to find and address your concerns if you air them in poll format.

 

We want this to be an enjoyable experience for everyone, and a big part of that is making sure that no user of this website, old or new, feels bullied, threatened, or taken advantage of. Language and views that are abusive, offensive, or discriminatory in any sense are utterly prohibited.

 

Whilst Viewsbank is a website for individuals over the age of 18, it is also a public space in which we strive to collect data and exchange opinions. This can create strong sentiment, especially if it's regarding current political or social issues. However, at no point are swear words or explicit language acceptable, in either the Polls or comment sections, and especially if they are aimed at other users.

 

Please strive to respect one another, this website is and should remain a safe forum for debate, not an arena for bullying.

 

In order to make this website an enjoyable experience we also need to regulate content so that it is mature, respectful and original. Nobody wants to be spammed, so please avoid repeating other people's (and your own) polls wherever possible. As a matter of best practice, please check your polls for spelling and grammatical mistakes, write in clear English, and do not use all capital letters.

 

Finally, regarding Viewsbank itself, whilst we can understand that people feel frustrated and unheard, and we are sorry for that - it is an issue that we are working on, creating a poll is not the best way to get your voice heard. Often, your complaints and queries will be lost amidst other polls, which makes it more difficult for us to find and address your concerns. If you have an issue, please contact us directly. We will happily and patiently listen to whatever issues that you might have, and we will then be able to work on a solution for both of us.

 

In order to achieve the above listed aims for both this website and your experience as a user, at our discretion we will remove or edit polls that we consider to have breached any of the rules that have been given above. If you feel that our decision was unfair, then you are welcome to contact us directly in order to appeal.

 

If we deem your poll to have broken not only the Poll Rules but the website Terms and Conditions, this could be grounds for termination of your account. (Again, please see section 7 of our Terms and Conditions). If this is the case, we will contact you directly in order to give you a chance to appeal. You will then have 48 hours to provide a satisfactory explanation for your behaviour. If no such explanation is given, or if it is not considered by the Viewsbank team to be satisfactory, then your account will be terminated.

 

If at any point you see content which you think has broken the rules that we have given above, please contact us immediately. We will need you if possible to give us:

 

a) A link to the poll in question

b) The ID of the user who created the poll

c) A screenshot of the poll itself

 

In future, we will be implementing a flagging system, in which you will be able to easily highlight and report polls which you think could be offensive, repeated, or in any other way in breach of website rules. Whilst this software is being built, we will strive to monitor the website wherever possible within office hours, however your help is greatly appreciated in this matter. Think of it like the Viewsbank Neighbourhood Watch.

 

A last note. Here at Viewsbank, we sincerely do want to hear what you have to say. We're interested in your opinion on any range of subjects, and we want to encourage open conversation between our users on those subjects. These rules are not intended to restrict or impeach upon you in any way. Instead, they are meant to make Viewsbank a safer, more accessible place for more people to air their views.

 

The internet can be a toxic and uninhibited place. It can be easy to forget yourself, and to say things that you might not at, say, dinner with your boss. Viewsbank is not meant to be quite that formal, but we do hope to strike a balance between a formal and informal environment. We're looking for your opinions as well as your thoughts, so we want things to be fairly relaxed, but we're also hoping that you'll speak honestly and with consideration. This isn't exactly Facebook or Twitter, it's not a platform on which you speak to your close friends or family. But it also isn't LinkedIn, it isn't your office either. Instead, Viewsbank is meant to be another space altogether, one which is sociable, creative, thoughtful and respectful.

 

Honestly, it's the users that have made Viewsbank is into what it is today: a real forum of debate and exchange of ideas. It's a good thing. We just want to keep it that way. We hope that you will continue to help us do so.

 

With thanks and my best

 

~ Gabrielle

 

Comments

I cannot submit a survey

You can my survey just read the information given then follow what on the page.

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I can not delete my last post. I wanted to reword it.

I accidentally did two polls the same as thought first one didn't go through are both doing well is there any way of merging them

I would like to do polls that I come up with.

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Adidas or Nike ?

Submit

I am unable to edit my poll before submitting.

How do I know if I have posted my poll because I can't see it and I think that I may have posted it more than once, ooops

I have drafted a poll, but it says 'access denied'.  I do not know what is wrong with it?