These are the National Forum of India's norms and other information. It is assumed that all registered members or active users are familiar with the rules and guidelines presented here.
=== Rules and guidelines ===
Following norms and guidelines which are designed to ensure the forum is fair and respects the interests of its users and members.
1/ Time is money for everyone.
While posting your message to The National Forum of India (NFI) please always remember, you are taking up someone's time, so please avoid two - three lines messages in forum like – "Thank you for your reply or I am good or Greetings or I agree etc. For simply appreciation messages write to the person individually"
2/ Respect always do matter.
As you know most of NFI's members / users have never met, in order to avoid any misunderstanding and to demonstrate respect for the other members / users, please keep the following norms in mind when you are communicating through The National Forum of India (NFI):
•Follow the same standards of politeness that you would in any other situation.
•Feel free to express your ideas, thoughts, and feelings, but do so in a way that willrespect others.
•Prepare your correspondence in a professional manner & please use respectful salutations.
•Everyone makes mistakes. Don't criticize others' simple errors. Check your spelling and grammar.
3/ Always Remember.
Please, don't pass on chain-letter-type messages, advertisements, materials from another website without mentioning it's original source, virus alerts, signing request for petitions, job adverts, give-away, email asking for financial supports and dire warnings etc. Also, please avoid followings in your personal e-mail signature – Resume or Personal Profile links of any kind i.e. supported by commercial advert links.
4/ 100 percent Freedom
NFI gives you 100 percent freedom to express your voices / thoughts / ideas / opinions / experiences and suggestions etc.
All members / contributors are responsible for their own comments and the OZG's team can not be held responsible for any views expressed on The National Forum of India (NFI) websites.
5/ Insults and threats will not be accepted
Please be respectful of others even when you do not agree with them, if that is asking too much then please ignore them.Insults and personal attacks are not welcome on this forum and any member who resorts to such behaviour will be warned first and then moderated if they persist. Members should feel free to be able to express themselves in a non judgmental environment. This does not mean other members can not question any view that has been express, nor should you expect your own view not to become the subject of debate, but that members should not be attacked personally for the view they hold, and only their reasoning should be open to criticism.
Anyone who threatens another member, or acts in such a way which causes another member to feel threatened, will be banned from the National Forum of India (NFI).
6/ Think before replying The National Forum of India (NFI) email
• Don't assume everyone is passionate about your cause. In other words, before hitting the Reply button, be sure you are replying to the correct party. If you are replying to NFI's e-mail id, does your reply need to go to everyone, or is it intended for the sender / contributor only?
• Ensure you have read an understood a message before replying to it, don't just skim read or assume someone's position. If you feel someone is misinterpreting you then don't get caught up on it.
• Both sides of the argument are available for other members to be able to make up their own mind.
• If you constantly try to push the same point people may get fed up or consider you unable to back up your position. And please try to reply to the spirit of the original message rather than a literal interpretation.
• Make sure your name and perhaps your city/town/place/country is on every message you send so that others can identify you.
• Make sure everyone is familiar with any jargon being used; be aware of acronyms and abbreviations.
•Don't type in all capital letters. It looks like shouting.
• Don't type in all lower-case letters. This is known as mumbling.
7/ Change the subject line -
It is inevitable that many discussions will go off on tangents or change direction, if this happens please, change the subject line to reflect the new topic of conversation.
8/ Misuse and copyrights issues -
At NFI, harassing any member or staff or approaching any member for network marketing purpose or misuse of any services and violation of norms will be dealt strictly.
In Forum, please don't post or pass other's work with your name. Don't forget to mention its original source in original form. You are allowed to re-publish or forward any email (of The National Forum of India) to third party without altering its emblem and links.
Please, do not copy, paste or reproduce the contents and materials of any websites of 'OZG India' for your personal or commercial blog or website. In such activity, you will be accused in violating of Cyber law and liable to face legal consequences. If you want to use any material for a non-profit purpose then approach to email@example.com with details of your request.
=== Complaints ===
If you have any complaint regarding NFI, any of its members or particular messages then please, mail firstname.lastname@example.org. It would be appreciated if you do not post your complaint to the forum (or to a contributor) as this has a tendency to cause disruption and can take longer to resolve than by being dealt with in private.
As a general policy it will be brought to someone's attention if there has been a complaint about them, although the anonymity of the complainant will be respected.Unless someone is clearly acting in an unacceptable way they will be left to decide whether or not they wish to change their behaviour, only when there have been several justified complaints, or if a member consistently ignores warnings, would someone be censured.
Termination or banning of membership from The National Forum of India will always be a last resort after all other attempts have failed.If some does offend you then the best advice is always to try and ignore them, just as you would in real life.
=== Function ===
The National Forum of India (NFI) websites are open access for everyone and can be access in all parts of the world.
Anything once posted at The National Forum of India make shortly available at its multiple websites. All websites are advert-free (no advertisements at all) and fast loading (which work at minimum internet speed) and quick posting so, its just take few minutes to appear your contents on websites.
The National Forum of India (NFI) is an easiest accessible public forum, where everyone's voices / thoughts / ideas / opinions / experiences / suggestions are heard without any intermediate moderation. It invites you to share anything on hot issues of any part of India and welcome your active participation in discussions.
The National Forum of India (NFI) is the part of OZG (an independent non-profit virtual organization). For more info about it please visit at www.ozg.in
NFI is the first forum of its kind in India with 12000+ unique memberships worldwide.
Members' Backgrounds -
NFI's members are from all kind of professions including Activists, Researchers, Writers, News Reporters, University Students, Govt. of India's officers, Policy makers, NGOs and NRIs etc.
Open Membership -
NFI's membership is free and open to all individuals and Organizations.
Language of communication -
Sharing information among its members and general public through the website, blog, email lists and an e-newsletter, facilitate debate and discussion and raise awareness and understanding.
Facilitating networking among professionals, university students, academics, researchers, policy-makers, and practitioners involved in development, within and beyond India;
Facilitating mutually beneficial relationships and meaningful cooperation between the academic, media community and professionals, including policy-makers, civil society groups including development NGOs;
How to contribute in the National Forum of India (NFI) –
To post your contents (press release, messages, articles, write-up, issues for public discussions and documentary video) at NFI's websites, simply send it to email@example.com. No sign-up or registration required.
Note: To post your messages, articles, write-up, issues for public discussions, documentary video and public event invitations at The National Forum of India (NFI) websites, simply send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. No sign-up required.