We will empower our community members to moderate and filter content that is posted at Voyagers World in the
discussion groups, profiles, and personal messages (including couch requests).
The moderation in discussion groups is detailed in this article.
Profiles are also an area of concern because we will be allowing users to link to their profiles with outside sources.
That creates the potential of abuse by some doing things like posting links to sales pages, commercial offers, and
unsuitable content. Users will be able to flag when they see anything that goes against the rules, and when a certain
number of users flag it, the system will discard those links automatically. If the same user keeps adding stuff that
gets banned, they will be warned once, and banned if persisting.
Personal messages and couch requests are also a possible venue for attack and harassment. Users will have ways to
report this and we will have ways to review those instances.
Any user will be able to act, with a single click, to:
Ignore a thread in a discussion group.
Ignore any threads that include a chosen hashtag.
Ignore anything posted by a specific user.
Report that an external link points to advertising, improper contents, etc.
Block another user from sending him/her any messages.
Dispute a review received recently and have it reviewed by ambassadors.
Report that an event is unrelated to the purposes of our community or in conflict with our values.
Report that an information page contains advertising, solicitation, or improper contents.
Report that another user is sending personal messages, event invitations, or couch requests that are in clear
In addition to the actions above, ambassadors are invited occasionally to volunteer to:
Rule in disputes regarding negative reviews.
Generally it is enough to warn and educate a user. But when members knowingly and willfully disregards our
values, they have no business as part of this community. As much as possible the decision of who is in violation
must be taken by members of the community. We will implement resources so the process can happen in a simple way. If
the need arises to request that management ban a user, there will be channels available for it.
So what constitutes unsuitable contents? - You may be wondering.
Advertising or any kind, including advertising disguised as review or information page. Users can link to web sites
and pages that have commercial interests. It is only a problem when the only purpose of it is to bring the viewers to
this commercial interest.
Harassment, violent language as in personal threats.
Activities that are illegal either at the location where the poster lives or regarding an event where those
activities are considered illegal. For instance, a user may post an event regarding smoking weed in Denver as it is
clearly legal there, but not in Houston where it is not.
Any activity or expression that goes against our values, even if it is legal. For instance, it may be legal in
one's country to deny the right of voting to women, and also in accordance to one's religion and acceptable in his
country. But that would be in clear conflict with our core value of equality so that is not acceptable.
Posting racist jokes may be legal and acceptable in some countries, but it violates our core value of
inclusiveness so that is not acceptable either.
Material that is pornographic. That is not in violation of any of our values, but not blocking pornography will
surely result in our web site being flooded with material that would not contribute at all to the advancement or our
mission, which is to facilitate hospitality, friendships, and cooperation.
Uncivilized behavior. Some people simply can't keep the conversation civil and polite. They often attack those who
disagree with them, patrol the discussion boards looking for a fight, and disrespect others both on the boards and in
personal messages. To those people the same system will apply: Warned once, banned on the second offense.