1. Introduction and Code of Conduct Purpose
1.1 The purpose of this Code of Conduct is to:
(a) Provide guidance to users on the appropriate use and management of content posted on the Riposte Application;
(b) Encourage good practice;
(c) Protect the safety of users, user privacy and user confidentiality;
(d) Uphold the reputation of Riposte as a safe and secure Application that encourages healthy expression by it's users and engagement with the community overall;
(e) Ensure that users are aware that Riposte has a zero-tolerance policy for users that use the Riposte Application as a vehicle for any unacceptable ‘electronic behaviour’.
2. Riposte Supports Open and Safe Expresssion
2.1 Riposte regards the use of the Riposte Application as primarily a form of communication and relationship among individuals. Riposte believes in the expression of experiences among its users and believes that users and the community can both derive and provide important benefits from exchanges of perspective.
2.2 Riposte trusts and expects its users to exercise personal responsibility whenever they participate in using the Riposte Application. The Riposte Application enables individuals to share their insights, express their experiences and share information within the context of a community distributed conversation. Each tool and medium has proper and improper uses.
2.3 There is a difference between voicing a legitimate concern or grievance and simply badmouthing or some other form of written abuse of someone or some service. While we want users to robustly express their experiences, we draw the line at conduct that may make someone feel unsafe, seriously distressed, or that could otherwise cause them harm.
2.4 If you have any confusion about whether to publish something on the Riposte Application, the intention is that this Code of Conduct will resolve it. If, after checking this Code of Conduct, you are still unclear, it is best to refrain from posting the content.
3. Be Who You Are
3.1 Riposte believes in transparency and honesty. Use your own voice; bring your own personality to the forefront and share your experiences in a respectful manner.
3.2 Some users post anonymously, using pseudonyms or false screen names. While Riposte encourages you to be who you are, if you do not use your real name then you must not impersonate anyone in a way that could mislead.
3.3 If you create a parody account, it must be obvious. Please refer to the Riposte Terms and Conditions for more information.
4. Respect Your Audience and Other Users
4.1 Riposte is an online community that reflects a diverse set of customs, values and points of view. We want you to feel confident to be yourself, however we want you to do this respectfully. This includes not only the obvious (no ethnic slurs, personal insults, obscenity etc) but also proper consideration of privacy and of topics that may be considered objectionable or inflammatory. Use your best judgment.
4.2 Remember that there are always consequences to what you publish. If you are about to publish something that makes you feel even slightly uncomfortable, we recommend thinking about why that is and ensuring that you are complying with this Code of Conduct.
5. Be Responsible
5.1 You have responsibility for what you publish on Riposte. Always abide by Riposte’s Code of Conduct and the Terms and Conditions.
5.2 You must respect other people’s intellectual property including trademarked names and slogans and copyrighted material. It’s best practice to assume that all content online is protected by copyright.
5.3 In addition to the laws pertaining to copyright and IP, you must respect all laws and regulations in relation to privacy (Privacy Act 1993) when publishing any content on the Riposte Application.
6. Riposte Compliance
6.1 Riposte has a zero-tolerance policy for any conduct (actual or perceived) posted on the Riposte Application that is:
(a) Threatening, abusive, intimidating or of a bullying or harassing nature;
(b) Discriminatory or derogatory;
(c) Violent or encourages or incites or facilitates any violent behaviour or is considered to be a ‘personal attack’ on another user;
(d) Illegal, or of a nature that advocates any kind of illegal activity;
(e) Related to any organised criminal organisations, or terrorist groups, or any posts or content that promote them;
(f) Related to or facilitates any act of sexual exploitation or sexual violence.
6.2 Riposte does not allow any posts on the Riposte Application that:
(g) Glorify or encourage suicide or self-injury;
(h) Contain intimate images, leaked nudes or revenge porn;
(i) Are offensive, or indecent or any material that contains vulgar, obscene or indecent language or images;
(j) Are bigoted, hateful or racially offensive;
(k) Infringe the copyright of another person;
(l) Discuss the personal information of other users when that user has not authorised the information that is posted.
6.3 Users who violate this Code of Conduct deliberately, intentionally and/or consistently may lose their Riposte account permanently.
7. Staying Secure
7.1 In the interests of your own security, we recommend that you do not publish:
(a) Any links to malicious content (e.g. malware, viruses) or illegal content;
(b) Passwords or information that may enable another person to access your Riposte account;
(c) Someone else’s personal information (e.g. their physical address) without their permission/consent.
8.1 You must not engage in username “squatting” or attempt to buy or sell usernames.
8.2 We do not allow:
(a) any automated engagement with Riposte (e.g. mass account creation, mass following or follower accumulation, automatic posting, posting across multiple accounts etc);
(b) any paid endorsements;
(c) users of Riposte to be spammed in anyway.
8.3 We reserve the right to reclaim usernames on behalf of businesses or individuals that hold legal claim or trademark on those usernames.
9. Reporting Posts
9.1 We are serious about protecting people from harm on Riposte and follow the safe harbour process set out in the Harmful Digital Communications Act for this reason. If you think content on Riposte is harmful, we encourage you to report the post, and if that doesn't resolve things to your satisfaction, to contact Netsafe (see www.netsafe.org.nz).
9.2 If you see a post that you think violates this Code of Conduct, you can report it by tapping on the information icon in the bottom right corner of a post, selecting the appropriate reporting option, and filling out the report form. The information in your report is provided to the author of the post (but you can choose whether you include your name and other personally identifiable information, or your profile information, or whether you keep your complaint anonymous).
9.3 The author of a post must respond to a report within 48 hours of the post being reported, either by deleting the post, making it "private" (which means nobody but the author can see that post) or requesting to leave it as is. A copy of the response is sent to the person that reported the post.
9.4 If the author does not respond to the report within 48 hours, we will make the post "private". If the author chooses to leave the post as is, we will review the post, and decide to either make the post "private", or leave it as is, depending on what we think is appropriate (and in compliance with the law).
9.5 If the author thinks a report is an abuse of process they may also report it to us and we will follow the same response and review process.
9.6 If a post is reported multiple times, we may make it "private" automatically.
9.7 We reiterate that any users who violate this Code of Conduct deliberately, intentionally and/or consistently may lose their Riposte account permanently.