Posted 15 February 2004 - 08:31 AM
As I'm sure that you will appreciate, this is a bit of a delicate subject at the moment.
Essentially, some members have felt that the new TOS was unfair or unreasonable in its provisions. Additionally, some members have expressed a feeling of lack of safety around the very short time period they were given to decide whether to sign the TOS prior to having their membership status set back to 'awaiting authorisation'.
Additional confusion was caused by some members passing on, in good faith, inaccurate legal advice that they had received. All in all, this has contributed to some fairly heated discussion and discomfort across the community.
The Moderators collectively have been compelled to devise the new TOS to mitigate the risks posed to us by the possibility of litigation. Additionally, there are some provisions in the TOS which enable us to try to protect the members who use this board: namely, preventing counsel defending alleged rapists from using the writing of the complaining witness here to discredit them.
Of course, no change can be universally popular, and some members have exercised their right to leave the community and seek peer-support elsewhere.
I hope this answers your question. In order that this thread doesn't become a rehash of what has been written previously, if you have any further questions about this could you contact me [or one of the other mods, of course!] directly?