The following Online Discussion Rules (our “Rules”) apply to all Mountaineering Scotland and ClimbScotland social media accounts, online forums, and any digital engagement tools we use. In addition to our Rules, remember that all social media platforms and websites have their own terms of service, too.
We want our online channels to be a space where everyone, feels comfortable and is able to participate. We want to foster a:
environment that encourages you to share your views, and to listen to those of others.
Mountaineering Scotland encourages the use of social media and expects all users to abide by our Rules. Users should communicate and network online with appropriate discretion and courtesy. We always welcome debate, but it is important to remain respectful to other users. Focus on sharing and discussing your views and seeking positive contributions, rather than on personal attacks. You can help us foster this kind of positive space by following our Rules. Many of our social media platforms are open to the public – that means your comments are public, too! They can be seen by anyone, so think before you post.
Be kind – if you have a criticism, think how you would say it in person, and think about how to convey your tone (how the comment sounds and how it might come across). It is possible to have a robust disagreement and still be respectful.
The online world provides everyone with many opportunities; however it can also present risks and challenges and we have a duty to ensure that all children, young people and adults involved in our organisation are protected from potential harm online. We have a responsibility to help keep children and young people safe online, regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation. We will work in partnership with children, young people, their parents, carers and other agencies is essential in promoting young people’s welfare and in helping young people to be responsible in their approach to online safety.
Mountaineering Scotland is not responsible for any user generated content including user comments, the content of discussion forums and messages posted by users on social media sites where we have a presence. In particular, without limitation, Mountaineering Scotland has no responsibility for any advice or information posted by any user or for any reliance placed on that advice or information. Users shall not upload, transmit, distribute or otherwise publish any materials which:
Mountaineering Scotland reserves the right to exclude from using its social media channels any person whom we consider to be in breach of any of these Rules.
When engaging with Mountaineering Scotland/ClimbScotland and other people, please:
Please do not:
We reserve the right to take action where we consider contributions to be in breach of our Rules.
Actions can include:
Whilst we appreciate that the use of language, and how this is perceived by others, is subjective, we take a hard line on offensive content that includes hate speech. This is to safeguard a friendly and open environment, and promote a culture of mutual respect.
Mountaineering Scotland is a data controller under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and processes personal data according to the requirements of that legislation.