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<strong>VNFORUM GENERAL POLICY</strong>
The first goal of the Forum is to be a friendly and
intellectual conference where constructive discussions
on Vietnam-related projects and issues are carried on.
The second goal of the Forum is to promote the flow of
different ideas on the discussed matters in order to enrich
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<strong>VNFORUM CODE OF CONDUCT</strong>
<li>Each Forum member shall act in a polite and courteous manner
toward every other member and administrator.</li>
<li>Administrators are, among other functions, rule enforcers and
judges in the Forum.</li>
<li>Only messages concerning issues related, or of significance,
to Vietnam or overseas Vietnamese communities are allowed in the Forum.</li>
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<li>statements and conduct likely to create disorder,
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or harm the Forum or any Forum member in any way,</li>
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For the benefit of non-Vietnamese speakers, English is considered the
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<li>Disciplinary measures: Violations of these rules of conduct
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The above disciplinary measures need not be administered in any
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appropriate for the offense at issue.</li>
<strong>Appeal</strong><br/>A disciplined member may appeal a disciplinary ru
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