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This Code of Conduct has been developed by 4x4 Response UK to ensure that all its forum members act responsibly and project a professional and expert image when conducting themselves in an online environment. This includes conduct both on this website and on third party websites, including social media.

All forum members agree to and will abide by the following:
  1. Know and follow the 4x4 Response rules, byelaws and code of conduct, as well as all other policies. These rules apply to both online and offline conduct.
  2. Members are personally responsible for the content they publish on-line, whether in a blog, social media site or any other form of user-generated media. Be mindful that what you publish will be public for a long time, potentially forever, protect your privacy and take care to understand third party website's terms of service.
  3. Identify yourself clearly and, when relevant, role within 4x4 Response or your own group when you discuss 4x4 Response related matters. You must make it clear that you are speaking for yourself and not on behalf of your individual group or the national charity.
  4. If you publish content online relevant to 4x4 Response in your personal capacity use a disclaimer such as this: "The postings on this site are my own and don't necessarily represent 4x4 Response positions, strategies or opinions."
  5. Respect copyright, fair use and all applicable laws, bear in mind the site you are posting to may not be based in the UK, so you could be subject to both UK law and the law in another country.
  6. Don't provide 4x4 Response, your own group or a user services's confidential or other proprietary information and never discuss group internal-only discussions or other sensitive matters publicly.
  7. Don't cite or reference user services, partners or suppliers without their approval. When you do make a reference, link back to the source. Don't publish anything that might allow inferences to be drawn which could embarrass or damage a third party 4x4 Response or individual groups works with or have worked with.
  8. Respect your audience. Don't use language that is detrimental on the basis of gender, ethnicity, race, religion, disability or sexual orientation. Do not use personal insults, obscenity, or engage in any conduct that would not be acceptable in a normal workplace. You should also show proper consideration for others' privacy and for topics that may be considered objectionable or inflammatory.
  9. Be aware of your association with 4x4 Response and your own group in online social networks. If you identify yourself as an responder, ensure your profile and related content is consistent with how you wish to present yourself with colleagues and user services.
  10. Don't pick fights, be the first to correct your own mistakes.
  11. Try to add value. Provide worthwhile information and perspective. 4x4 Response is represented by its volunteers and what you publish may reflect on 4x4 Response and/or individual response groups.
  12. Think before you write and read what you have written twice before you post an article to make sure it is what you mean to say.
  13. Don't use 4x4 Response logos or trademarks unless approved to do so.
  14. Please note that while 4x4 Response and individual groups may have a presence in social media networks access to these are not limited to responders only. They do not provide secure communication facilities and should not be used to discuss internal-only 4x4 Response matters, all the above guidelines should be followed when using these groups.
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