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    Rules

    The Development Forum is an electronic venue for dialogue and knowledge-sharing on issues of sustainable development. We encourage you to participate actively in the Development Dialogues taking place in the Forum. We want these Development Dialogues to be opportunities for frank exchange of differing views and experiences, in a way that challenges, stimulates and enlightens you.

    In order to maximize the effectiveness of these Dialogues as exercises in focused knowledge-sharing and debate on specific development issues, each Dialogue will have a moderator, who will screen all messages before they are posted to make sure they follow the basic rules of the Forum and are relevant to the subject of the given Dialogue. This is in no way to limit the views expressed by Forum participants. We encourage and welcome a diversity of views, and we want you to speak your mind. As you do, however, we expect that you will follow some very simple rules.

    1. Personal Identification: You should include your name in all messages posted to the discussion. You should never represent yourself as another person.
    2. Conduct: You may not post libelous or defamatory messages or materials, or links to such materials. You may not post messages or materials that are obscene, violent, abusive, threatening, or designed to harass or intimidate another person.
    3. Liability and Responsibility: You are legally responsible, and solely responsible, for any content that you post to a discussion. You may only post materials that you have the right or permission to distribute electronically. You agree to hold the sponsors of the Development Forum harmless from any and all liability arising from your posting of any materials to the Forum Dialogues.
    4. Accuracy: The World Bank, as sponsor of the Development Forum, can not and does not guarantee the accuracy of any statements made in or materials posted to the Forum by participants.
    5. Attribution: Participants in the Development Forum, including participants in the Development Dialogues and the authors of contributions to the Speakers’ Corner, are assumed to be speaking in their personal capacity, unless they explicitly state that their contribution represents the views of their organization. For this reason, participants in the Forum should not quote the postings of other participants as representing the views of the organizations to which those other participants belong.
    6. Copyright and Fair Use: As a participant in the Development Forum, you retain copyright of any materials of your own creation that you post to the Forum. However, you authorize other participants in the Forum to make personal and customary use of that work, including creating links to or reposting such materials to other Internet discussion sites, but not otherwise to reproduce or disseminate those materials unless you give permission. You agree always to identify the source and author of materials you download from the Forum if you repost them elsewhere.

    The sponsors of the Forum retain the right to refuse to post any message that they consider to be in violation of the above rules, and may publish the messages posted to the Forum in whole or in part. The sponsors also retain the right to make copies of the messages posted to the Forum as part of the normal process of archiving the discussions.

    We strongly encourage all participants in the Forum to give their feedback so we can have a better sense of how effectively we are reaching out to a global audience, and so we can benefit from ideas about how to improve the Forum.




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