Code of conduct

The platforms are where the data journalism community and anyone interested in data journalism come to ask questions, discuss and share advice (or let off steam, sometimes). We understand some of the debate can get heated and we encourage freedom of speech, but we expect our members to treat others with respect and courtesy. We will not tolerate the following:

  • Abuse including bad language
  • Cyberbullying
  • Personal attacks
  • Racism
  • Anti-semitism
  • Sexism
  • Sexually explicit posts
  • Homophobia
  • Ban dodgers / suspended members
  • Harassment
  • Flaming
  • Flooding
  • Bumping multiple old threads (a form of flooding)
  • Spamming
  • Content that is in any way unlawful, threatening, offensive, bigoted, libelous, obscene, prejudicial to active legal proceedings, in contempt of court, otherwise objectionable or in breach of any obligations of confidence or copyright
  • The use of offensive names or nicknames
  • Trolls
  • Socks (to dupe users)
  • Re-posting a previously deleted thread or post
  • Instructions for illegal or otherwise harmful activities
  • Links to pornography, pirated software and/or computer games, copyrighted material or other counterfeit goods
  • Content that infringes any patent or trademark rights
  • Collection or distribution of personal data concerning other members of the community products or personally identifiable information about another person that is published without their express consent
  • Impersonation of another person, whether a friend, family member, celebrity, European Journalism Centre employee or other community member
  • Chain letters, money-making, or pyramid schemes
  • Organisation of raffles, lotteries, or quizzes that involve the taking of money.
  • Advertising products or services other than in the appropriate section of the forum
  • Offensive or copyrighted images
  • References to individual schools, colleges, or agencies - or their staff - whether by name or identifiable by a pseudonym or any other means

Members should not act in any way to disrupt the flow of an ongoing discussion. If a member does not wish to participate in an ongoing discussion or wishes to discuss a non-related topic, they are requested to begin another thread or go to the relevant Forum.

Your responsibilities

You may be held legally accountable for what you say or do online. In particular, you may be held liable for any defamatory comments, threats and untrue statements, or other illegal or fraudulent claims made by you.

Your profile name(s) must not include words that are racist, profane, crude or otherwise offensive.

You may be held accountable for any breach of the rights of a third party if you have not obtained their prior consent to the use of their property.

You agree and warrant that you will comply with the terms imposed by the owner or licensor of any intellectual property rights as may exist in all software and information you access or post and to indemnify against any action or cost suffered or incurred by as a result of a breach by you of this term.


  • does not undertake to monitor every communication or the conduct of every member of We operate a notice and takedown policy known as reactive moderation.
  • will use best endeavors to promptly remove content that is reported as being in breach of this Code of conduct or the Terms and conditions but cannot guarantee to do so.
  • does not endorse any opinions expressed by members of
  • reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to remove material at any time.
  • consists of information posted by third parties. As a result, accepts no liability in respect to the accuracy or truthfulness of any advice, information, or data posted online or any responsibility for the consequences of your acting in reliance on such information.

If you fail to observe either these rules or’s Terms and conditions at any time, reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to exclude you (either temporarily or permanently) from any part of the website depending on the nature and severity of your breach. The team of may release information about you (both present and past) to the relevant authorities when it believes that you have breached the rules or have used to commit unlawful acts. We also reserve the right to disclose your personal information where required to do so by law and where we deem it appropriate in response to complaints of a substantial nature.

Please note: Threads or posts may be deleted and members may be banned at the sole discretion of the team without notice.

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