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#1 caliban

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Posted 03 May 2010 - 04:01 PM


“If you want to go fast, walk alone. If you want to go far, walk together”

Its not the most attractive aspect of walking together, but any confederation of private individuals needs common rules and agreements.
At ImmInst, these rules are the Institutes constitution (our 'Articles of Incorporation') -- but a lot of important matters are deferred in the Constitution to its Bylaws.

After extensive consultation in the Members forums, the Board has agreed to revise the entire ImmInst Bylaws.
The new arrangements revise the User Agreement (Bylaw A), Membership (Bylaw B) and Leadership roles (Bylaw C).

The new rules can be downloaded at http://www.imminst.o...aws_2010_03.pdf
or as attachment to this post.
They are also displayed on the webpage, and soon on the wiki.

Bylaw A has 2 Articles:
Article 1 is the User agreement, it sets the basic rules and expectations for ALL users of ImmInst, whether members, registered users or browsing guests.
If you are reading this and do not agree to abide by and respect every provision in Article 1 of Bylaw A, please leave this website immediately.
Article 2 lists some general guidelines that we expect from users in our forums. If you do not adhere to these guidelines, you may get a warning from a Moderator and repeated flaunting of Article 2 may get you suspended from the site.

Bylaw B sets conditions of membership.
After almost a decade of leaving the guideline amount for membership donations unchanged, we have now instituted a small change: the guideline amount for student membership donations has been raised from $20 to $25 per year. Obviously this change will not affect those with a currently valid membership donation in place. Another review of membership donations is likely later this year.

Bylaw C is an effort to improve ImmInst management. Over the years, ImmInst has grown to an ever more complex organisation and the revisions in the leadership structure are an attempt to formalise some tacit arrangements and hopefully to establish more effective, transparent and accountable structures.

These changes have been under discussion for a year. We kept putting them off to focus on day-to-day challenges, but we have reached a point where some initiatives are stymied precisely because these changes have not been implemented. However, as with many projects we will only really find out how successful these changes are once the are trialled out in the real world. So please bear with us if some aspects turn out to work less well and if some things still require tweaking, as we all continue to walk this road together.

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Edited by caliban, 03 May 2010 - 05:59 PM.


#2 Stan100

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Posted 04 May 2010 - 12:02 AM

Section06 Basic Prohibitions
(a) The following activities are strictly prohibited and may lead to immediate suspension or
deletion of the account, court action and notification of law enforcement officials.
(b) Violating any applicable local, state, national or international law;


So when are you blowing away the nootropic forum?

#3 EmbraceUnity

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Posted 04 May 2010 - 03:12 AM

Section06 Basic Prohibitions
(a) The following activities are strictly prohibited and may lead to immediate suspension or
deletion of the account, court action and notification of law enforcement officials.
(b) Violating any applicable local, state, national or international law;


So when are you blowing away the nootropic forum?


Merely talking about illegal substances is not against any law.

#4 e Volution

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Posted 04 May 2010 - 03:25 AM

Section06 Basic Prohibitions
(a) The following activities are strictly prohibited and may lead to immediate suspension or
deletion of the account, court action and notification of law enforcement officials.
(b) Violating any applicable local, state, national or international law;


So when are you blowing away the nootropic forum?


Merely talking about illegal substances is not against any law.

Indeed, on the contrary I think it needs expansion!

#5 Shannon Vyff

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Posted 04 May 2010 - 11:13 PM

These changes are the culmination of many discussions of how to better ImmInst. They have been hashed out extensively and I'm happy to see that they will be implemented.

#6 kafkastoaster

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Posted 09 May 2010 - 11:32 AM

Nice work.




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