Soberistas does not operate a pre-moderated system in our Forum; we would much rather give our members a free rein to talk about what they wish. BUT, in order to ensure that everyone enjoys their time chatting to other Soberistas, we are opposed to any of the following:
- Personal attacks
- Posts that break the law
- Trolling (i.e. deliberately winding people up through the use of deception, with the specific intention of upsetting them. NOT NICE!)
Our modus operandi is support with an optimistic slant. We want to offer help to people who are struggling with alcohol issues. Some people who visit Soberistas may be in a bad place emotionally. The last thing these people need is a lack of understanding. Be kind, be thoughtful; remember how hard it can be when you are trying to beat an addiction of any kind.
We ask members of the site to consider not entering the Chat Room when heavily under the influence of alcohol.
We rely on our members to report any posts that do not adhere to the above rules. As soon as any such post has been brought to our attention, it will be looked at and removed where necessary. We will not tolerate any posts that are racist, ageist, sexist, obscene or prejudiced towards any group in society to the extent that offence is caused. Whilst we do not want to operate in a heavy handed manner, we will remove any posts that fall foul of these rules as soon as we are able.
Photographs of children are not permitted. Any photographs of minors posted on the website will be removed by Soberistas as soon as we become aware of them.
Links & Spam
We are not concerned if you wish to put a link to another site on our Forum or in the Chat Room, where your reasons for doing so are not concerned with spamming and you believe other members will have a genuine interest in the link you’re posting. We will not, however, tolerate deliberate spamming as a way of self-promotion. This is annoying and ruins the flow of the conversations on our boards. We would also like to emphasise that Soberistas is about community and therefore blog posting purely for the purpose of driving traffic to your own website is strictly not allowed. We want people to support one another, not post for the benefit only of self-promotion.
If you are interested in advertising your product/company, please see the contact details at the bottom of the 'About Us' page.
If you have any concerns…
If you believe any member of Soberistas is trolling, spamming, or in any other way acting a nuisance, please do not initiate an online slanging match. Report the member to us on firstname.lastname@example.org and we will do the necessary. If you notice any offensive language or tone which contravenes the Soberistas ethos of tolerance, understanding, kindliness and friendship, then please make us aware. We will, wherever possible, ensure that our members are not subject to negative and damaging comments and we hope that everyone using this site follows the same school of thought.