It seems we could benefit from some disclosure and clarity. I consider these to be my Foundation Principles for CPUG:
1. I'm Barry J. Stiefel ("Stee-ful"). I'm based in San Francisco. Through my company, Information Engine, Inc., I provide and maintain the hardware, software and connectivity for all of CPUG's websites and I maintain the Internet domain names and the CPUG® trademark. My company's attorneys handle the legal issues. I'm not a Check Point employee. I don't work for a Check Point partner.
2. The subtitle, or motto, I've chosen for CPUG is "Resources for the Check Point Community. Fast. Useful. Independent". I try to run CPUG according to that motto.
3. I want CPUG to be a place where Check Point firewall administrators can tell the truth and help each other out.
4. CPUG and the discussion board are open to everyone, including Check Point employees and partners. I want CPUG to be the hub for the entire Check Point community.
5. I have not been elected to any position by the users here. I'm the Administrator by default because I created CPUG and maintain its resources. I don't speak for anyone but myself, although I'm willing to summarize the opinions I've heard from other users.
6. Everyone here is responsible for their own words and not responsible for anyone else's words.
7. The site has been designed to give maximum freedom to every user. Every user has the freedom to visit or not visit, the freedom to browse or not browse any forum, the freedom to view or not view any thread, and the freedom to read or not read anything on the site. Every user also has the option to prevent (on their own web browser only) the display of posts by any other user by following these steps: User CP | Settings & Options | Edit Ignore List and adding someone's username.
8. Another freedom every user has is the freedom to express their opinions without another member being able to censor them by making appeals to the Administrator. If you don't like what someone has posted, the appropriate response is to post a reply and explain why you disagree and give supporting evidence. This is how science works. If you think they're being rude, unproductive, not helping CPUG, too negative, or have an opinion that differs from yours, the appropriate response is another post.
9. Appeals to me to suppress another user's speech on the board are almost always a waste of time.
10. CPUG and its resources are funded by Information Engine, Inc., primarily through tuition from CPUG University and revenue generated at CPUG CON. We receive no funding from Check Point.
11. I regularly enjoy the pleasure of destroying spammers by deleting all their posts, deleting every thread they've created, and permanently banning their accounts. I also delete content and ban users for behavior that looks like a deliberate attempt to sabotage the smooth running of the discussion board. Lastly, because our members so hate seeing racist comments, I sometimes delete posts or parts of posts and ban users who post these comments.
12. As Administrator, I have the right, but not the obligation, to view everything on the discussion board, and to delete content or ban users at my sole discretion. I also hope to never use this right.
13. I hope that CPUG can have a mutually-beneficial relationship with Check Point. Our users are their customers.
14. The best predictor of website usability is fast pageloads. Through continuing hardware and software optimization, CPUG pages load very quickly. CPUG sites are fast.
15. The second biggest predictor of website usability is finding a clear path to accomplish what you came here for. I also continuously optimize the site to meet this goal. CPUG sites are easy to navigate.
16. In creating and maintaining CPUG, I take inspiration from Craig's List, the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, Penn Jillette, Richard Dawkins, Carl Sagan, some Libertarian philosophy, and PhoneBoy.
17. CPUG and its resources are not for everyone. If you are unhappy in any way with anything on our sites and you can't get satisfaction by communicating your wishes to other members or the Administrator, your only recourse is to stop using CPUG and its resources.
18. I reserve the right to update these Foundation Principles at any time.
19. I'm always looking for feedback on these Foundation Principles.
Last Update: Friday, 2011-02-25T16:19 PST