House rules


Contributions must be civil and tasteful

Please be nice to each other. Please respect Representatives and Senators. If you think they have an easy job, you're very, very wrong.

Please be patient

Users of all ages and abilities may be contributing to OpenAustralia. Also, remember this site is run by a charity, so please bear with us if we’re slow to get back to you.

No disruptive, offensive or abusive behaviour

Contributions should be constructive and polite, not mean-spirited or contributed with the intention of causing trouble.

No unlawful or objectionable content

Unlawful, harassing, defamatory, abusive, threatening, harmful, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, racially offensive or otherwise objectionable material is not acceptable.

No spamming or off-topic material

We don't allow the submission of the same or very similar contributions many times. Please don't re-submit your comment to more than one discussion.

No advertising

At all. Ever. Even subtle stuff.

Please use your own name if you can

We'd prefer you to use your real name, but understand that for some people this won't be an option – the name you choose will be displayed on the site.

Don't impersonate others

They tend to get cross. As do we.

Please don't link to websites you wouldn't want your grandparents to visit

No porn, no snuff, no filez etc.

Deliberate misuse of the "report this comment" complaints system is not permitted

If you persist in doing this action may be taken against your account. It's bad form.

Break these House Rules once, and we'll let you off with a warning.

After that, we reserve the right to get medieval.