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    Posted: 20 June 2012 at 22:34
The following is an explanation for how the AMAE team works within Dyxum

What it means to be a member of the AMAE team

The AMAE team is made up of ordinary members of the Dyxum community who have been invited to join the team by the administrators in consultation with existing team members. Although AMAE team membership is generally viewed as a honour, team members are, in effect, servants of the community and do have to put in considerable personal effort and time.

Prospective team members are chosen for the varied skills and perspectives that they bring to the AMAE team. The AMAE team aspires to be representational of the membership in terms of age, culture and gender, but this is not the primary driver for identification of candidates. It should be noted that there are many senior members of Dyxum who have been invited to join the team over the years but have declined for reasons of their own; the names of these members are not publicised.

Alpha Eyes are primarily involved with photography, encouraging other members to take and post photographs through events and challenges and supporting development of photographic skills through the authoring and compiling of guidance and provision of critique.

As well as being involved in critique and development, Moderators ensure that the standards and rules of the site are adhered to; they have the ability to hide, delete and move posts, and to amend members accounts and suspend access if required..

Admins have access to a further set of functions that control the structure and appearance of the forum and have the ability to remove accounts where required. Admins will typically be the ones who deal with the more serious aspects of member discipline and will have the final say on policy decisions, following consultation with the rest of the team where this is practical.

Emeritus members include those who have previously provided service to the community ex-AMAE emeritus members retain their access to the admin forums and may take part in discussions but are not regularly active.

Together the team are responsible for maintaining the health and ethos of Dyxum. Team members are not above the rules of the site themselves, and in practice find themselves to be more strictly constrained by the rules than ordinary members as there is a need to set a positive example. AMAE team members do not receive any payment for their services.

The emphasis for AMAE team members in dealing with the rest of the membership is to be respectful, consistent, fair and decisive in dealing with issues. Where possible issues should be discussed with other team members, with a minimal and reversible holding action (such as the hiding of posts or posting of a Dyxum behaviours warning) being taken to contain any situation at an early stage. Every effort should be taken to avoid singling out individual members for public criticism.

Any critique given by team members should attempt to be as constructive as possible. Unless a poster is explicitly asking for critique or is taking part in an assignment team members should always get the permission of the copyright holder before re-posting an image or a modified image to illustrate some feedback or advice.

Although AMAE members may be less active for short periods of time, those who can no longer contribute may stand down or take on Emeritus status.

The Dyxum approach to discipline

Members who are repeatedly posting in contravention to Dyxum guidelines are likely to be given a warning via PM that a continuation of posting behaviour is likely to result in suspension of membership; these warnings are recorded in a post in the Admin forum and are likely to be 'active' for 18 months or more. Further rule violation after a warning can be followed by a suspension for a fixed term (typically 1 week to 1 month); notifications of suspensions are communicated to the person concerned via email from an Admin team member. Warnings, suspensions or other disciplinary actions are not discussed by AMAE team members outside the admin forum the emphasis is on rehabilitation and re-integration into the community with the member concerned following the common forum guidelines. The content of PMs exchanged with members are never publicised beyond the admin forum. In some cases a violation of Dyxum rules may be so serious that a suspension is issued without any warning. In rare instances (usually involving some form of illegality), a member may be permanently suspended and their IP address and Email address blocked.

The exception to the above is spammers, who have recently joined and seem to have no interest in the community other than to exploit it for advertising spammers, once detected, are blocked and their accounts removed immediately and without warnings.

Other members who appear to be joining purely to exploit the buy/sell forum and who post multiple low-value messages with the aim of getting 'groupie' status are not banned or suspended but may have rights to post in the buy/sell forums removed on a permanent or semi-permanent basis.

Occasionally members or ex-members will post on other forums criticising Dyxum or making attacks on other Dyxum members; this may constitute a violation of Dyxum rules, particularly where baiting, bullying and bashing are concerned, but each case is assessed in its own right.




Edited by Bob J - 16 October 2012 at 09:34
 



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