Enforcement of Forum Code of Conduct

OK guys (and Gals) I have begun to hide posts for review in an effort to stop this cycle of abuse of the Forum Code of Conduct on this particular thread in particular Negative feedbacks when I stated I wanted to move to Belize. My intention is not to squelch anyone's right to free speech, but rather to begin more strictly enforcing the rules and the intent and purpose of this site. The purpose is to provide a platform for expats in Belize to share their experiences (both positive and negative) to help existing and future members make an informed decision on a move to Belize. But let's remember most people come looking for information rather than to provide it. It is an information forum and not a social forum.

I must take some responsibility for the behavior on this thread the past week or so by not intervening and enforcing the rules sooner, the old "give an inch, they will take a mile" scenario our mommy's mentioned years ago seems to apply. Hardware issues have prevented me from intervening. I usually like to be relaxed on rules, lenient to peoples right to free speech and opinion, but I regret this last week has proven why rules have to be instituted and subsequently enforced to keep this Forum a neutral place  for the sharing of information. So, I assure members respectful of the rules, that is going to change starting immediately.

The Belize Forum and Website are provided to help members do research on a country they are considering a move to (in this case Belize). It is not a social forum for your personal conversations, political/religious views, or name calling and labeling individuals or groups of members. Comments should be relevant to the original topic posted.

Comments posted that are off topic, irrelevant to the thread or life in Belize will be removed. You can repost on an appropriate thread or create your own Topic if you wish.

Comments containing name calling, labeling of members, will be removed. It is perfectly OK to respectfully disagree with the opinion or insight of someone else. If you have a civil point to back up your position then make it in an effort to inform other members on your experience of life in Belize. But not just as a matter of conversation to argue or diminish the validity of the point of view of another member.

Submissions that are Religious or Political in nature will be removed. I don't care how you personally interpret the rules, there is no place for either on the forum either as a Topic or as a stated opinion on a Comment.

Comparisons to other countries are usually irrelevant. For example, to compare Belize to Mexico is probably irrelevant to anyone in the world other than an Expat in Mexico or a Mexican national thinking of moving to Belize. We can assume most people that are here are researching Belize and will visit the Mexico Forum to receive informed information on a move to that country.

The facts as we see them are often based on our personal perspective though past experiences and our interpretation of information. So then, that been said, all we all really have is our opinion. So when sharing our opinions to inform others, IMHO we all have a duty to base those opinions on personal experience, not on hearsay, conjecture, unverified research and percentages found online that is often skewed one way or the other, and so on.

In the beginning I will private message you with an explanation of the rule I am enforcing, but let me be blunt, after so many PM's informing you of Forum Code of Conduct violations, you will have proven your inability or unwillingness to follow those simple common sense rules and you will be banned. So govern yourselves accordingly by asking youself the following questions before hitting send;

~ Do I have something of value to say? Or do I just have to say something?
~ Is my comment relevant to the topic and will it help that member? Or not.
~ Is my comment based on personal experience, or just hear say?
If your honest answer to yourself on any of these questions falls after the "or", you should reconsider hitting send in the interest of being a helpful member, as I hope we will all strive to be going forward.

The opinions and contributions of all members are appreciated when submitted in the spirit of helpfulness, and certainly encouraged to provide other members with a broader perspective when researching here on the Belize Forum. To that end, I would encourage everyone to familiarize yourself with the "Forum Code of Conduct", and rather than using semantics to twist it to serve our personal agendas, interpret it in the spirit of helping others and making the forum a better resource for all members.

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