WHATSAPP GROUP RULES AND REGULATIONS
1 OBJECTIVE OF GROUP
1.1 – This policy is applicable to all official IVAO India Groups. Presently there are two such official groups, namely “IVAO-IN Members” and “IVAO-IN ATC”. All official groups have both IN-DIR and IN-ADIR as admins among others. Any other group perpetrating to be an official IVAO India group without IN-DIR and IN-ADIR as admins is not recognized by IVAO India.
1.2 – The objective of IVAO-India Division WhatsApp Groups as mentioned in 1.1 (henceforth mentioned as “group(s)”) is to :
- To coordinate the flight planning and ATC planning activities with other division members
- To discuss in matters strictly related to flight simulation, ATC simulation and IVAO.
To elaborate : The whole sole objective of this group is to facilitate information sharing for “planning phase” before your activity and sharing “experiences” post activities at IVAN. You may further discuss topics related to IVAO and flight simulation. It is an extra facility provided to IVAO-IN members for better coordination.
1.3 – This platform is a privilege being offered to all members of India Division equally, free of cost and should not be interpreted as their right for being part of IN Division. IN-HQ reserves the right to discontinue and or suspend this platform at any point of time, if felt necessary under certain circumstances without any prior notice to any group member.
1.4 – This group cannot be used for any official interaction related to IVAO. e.g a member suspended due to some reason on IVAO cannot ask any staff member for explanation on group, your training schedule etc. The correct way is to send an email to relevant staff and continue subject related discussions on email. Another example can be a rejected tour leg or delay in issue of awards; in case of any such situation, please write an email to concerned person.
1.5 – If in the opinion of IN-HQ, a member does not meet the requirements or abuses the Rules and Regulations, then IN HQ will make the sole determination of their membership status of this group (IVAO membership will still continue), up to and including removal from group. However in extreme cases, IN HQ reserves the right to report any member’s misconduct to IVAO Executive and recommend the suspension of such member from India division.
1.6 – Anyone willing to join this group will have to send a request from IVAO-IN website with all relevant information required to check the status of IVAO member and his personal details. No other kind of requests will be accepted from any existing member of IVAO and or this group. Rule applies equally for group admins as well as non-admin Staff members. Group invite link cannot be shared by admins with anyone on this group or outside.
1.7 – In case of any dispute in the group, the decision of IN-HQ (i.e. IN-DIR & IN-ADIR) will be final and binding.
2 PRIVACY STATEMENT
2.1 – To add members to this group, group admins will collect and store personally identifiable information. These are your first and last name, your email address and mobile number used during registration for this group.
2.2 – Messages, Images, Videos, Internet links and any kind of information shared by members of this group can be reviewed by IVAO-IN staff team at any point of time. IVAO-IN staff may collect, save and use content shared by you to ensure proper and regulated operation of this group.
2.3 – IVAO-IN division will not sell, rent or lease user lists, contact numbers and names to any third parties for promotion purpose or any kind of monetary benefit to any individual or IVAO as a whole. There may be occasions where sophisticated hacks may be carried out that we cannot protect from. If this is the case, IN-HQ is not responsible for informing members whose data may have been compromised.
2.4 – As per the basic model of operation of a WhatsApp group, it is known that all group members can access your personnel information like mobile number, name, pictures etc. as per the original application owner R & R;
2.5 – IVAO-IN is not responsible for any act or misconduct performed by any existing member or past member of this group in personnel chat messages. Any misconduct or insult done by any member to either the rules of group or any member of group will result in instant removal from WhatsApp group.
2.6 – IVAO-IN will disclose your personal information, without notice, if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to conform to the edicts of the law.
2.7 – The services of this WhatsApp group are offered to you free of charge conditioned on your acceptance of the rules and regulations published on IVAO-IN website for WhatsApp group. Your use of the group constitutes your agreement to all the rules and requirements, as updated from time to time. IVAO-IN reserves the right to change the rules and requirements without notice.
2.8 – You are supposed to follow & will be responsible for all the rules & regulation laid down by the parent managing company of WhatsApp. WhatsApp & any logo used is the property of the relevant organization and IVAO-IN has no right over any part of it.
3 GENERAL RULES & REGULATIONS
3.1 – The official language for the WhatsApp group is English because this is understood by majority of users. Since India has diverse culture and our members are from different parts of the country, we understand that few words of their native language are used in communication. Such words are permitted only if used infrequently and to express views. Use of such words to promote regional discrimination or continuous conversation in any other language is not permitted.
3.2 – Members of this group are not allowed to share profile pictures, status or any kind of personal data of another group member in this group. Doing so will result in immediate removal from group without warning/notice/explanation.
3.3 – Each individual person is only allowed to have one registered mobile number for this group. If any member found to have multiple mobile number registrations, will be removed from group (both numbers) and he has to send a fresh request for being part of this group.
3.4 – Since organizations are also a part of IVAO as members, each organization is allowed to have one registered mobile number for group. Organization cannot use this group for any kind of product/service promotions. If organization wants to share some information on this group, they have to send an email request to Public Relations Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org) marking a copy to email@example.com to seek their approval, however the information on group will only be shared by either a staff member or IN-HQ.
3.5 – Registration to group requires member’s real first and last name. A false user name will result in removal from group. Since WhatsApp has an inbuilt feature of changing the display name of user, if your user name is found or reported inappropriate, IN-HQ reserves the right to remove the member without any explanation.
3.6 – To remain as an active member of this group, members must participate in information sharing least once every three (3) months. Members found or reported with no activity will be removed without any explanation. Such member if wants to join group again, he will have to send a request from IVAO-IN website again.
3.7 – Upon initial registration, members will be asked to introduced themselves, as a courtesy to fellow members you are expected to share your full name, location, age, reason of joining group and any other information relevant to IVAO which is in agreement to the rules & regulations of group. Any organization introducing first time on group is required to only share their name, location, purpose of joining group and official website, no other kind of promotion is allowed.
3.8 – The minimum age for being part of this group is 13 years. At the time of registration, you accept that you are 13 years or older. If any member is found or reported violating this rule, IN-HQ reserves the right to remove the member without any explanation.
3.9 – In case of any violation of rules of this group for the first time, you will be contacted on a personal chat message by a staff member. If you do not respond to message of staff member within a day or before posting any message on group, IN-HQ reserves the right to remove the you without any explanation.
3.10 – You will not discuss, simulate or become involved in real world ethnical, political and religious conflicts and problems. We also will not allow the discussion of any form of aggression or war. IVAO is an entertaining and educational network where every world citizen, without any exception, is welcome to join the fun and pursue their virtual aviation experience.
3.11 – IVAO-IN staff may share some information with all members of the group as and when required but this should not be considered as alternate to the IVAO mailer system. You will receive all the relevant information about NOTAMs, activities etc in the form of emails sent by IVAO HQ.
3.12 – Use of any voice message or personal video on group is not allowed.
3.13 – Members are allowed to share maximum three pictures of their simulator per member per day. However, in case of a group flight, the maximum number of pictures shared by all members of that group flight put together is ten per group flight per day. End of Day will be considered as 00:00 hrs as per IST. You may however upload the media to any file sharing server or social media and post that link in the group (max one link per day).
3.14 – Members will not share any media or link to any media that is not related to IVAO. For eg do not share videos of Aircraft incidents and accidents, or of TV series like Air Crash Investigations etc.
3.15 – The term “Aviation” has very broad coverage and cannot be defined for the purpose for publishing a rule; Such cases as below are not be discussed on the group:
- Member asking for real world flight information for personal travel/flight bookings
- Member sharing pictures taken at an airport or his travel in an aircraft, If you are a plane spotter, we suggest you upload them on a server and share the link once in a while only.
- Member sharing recorded ATC instructions from any part of world recorded by anyone; However, you can share link or abstract of conversation in a message,
- We understand some of you may fly for the first time in real life. However you are not permitted to share information related to airport/flight/tail number/aircraft model etc; However, you may send a message in group asking/telling others to join for same flight/aircraft/tail number/route to be simulated on IVAN.
- 28 – If you recently visited a hobby platform or were allowed inside a real cockpit, you will not share any media on the group.
3.16 – Discussions about aircraft properties, physics, operation, engines, aerodynamics, navigation, route planning, charts, simulators, FSX, P3D, FGFS, X-Plane are allowed,
3.17 – Arguing over any topic or message is not allowed on group. You can continue the argument in personal chat with the concerned person.
3.18 – Sharing of any IVAO exams questions, patterns etc on the group is strictly not permitted.
3.19 – True meaning of a group chat is to interact with all members equally. Do not reply repeatedly to a particular person only. Extended one on one conversation should be taken to personal chat.
3.20 – Sending messages related to war, sex, politics, personal interest, web-marketing links, generic GIFs, product promotion, religious activity etc. are not allowed.
3.21 – You are not supposed to make inappropriate or derogatory comments at anyone or a group of people or an organization related or not related to IVAO. Use of abusive language or any such slangs is strictly prohibited.
3.22 – Discussion or unsolicited message about an online/offline flight simulation platform other than IVAO is not acceptable and this rule applied equally to all including staff members.
3.23 – Forwarded messages are not allowed. This includes jokes, B’day wishes, sayings, festival wishes. This group is meant to provide highly professional environment as close to real world aviation as possible and this can only be achieved by mutual cooperation of all members without any exception. One way of sending mentioned messages to all in this group is by means of a broadcast list.
3.24 – Making fun of a non IN-Division pilot or ATC online on IVAN with whom you had a bad experience due to his/her level of knowledge/skill will not be tolerated. They deserve the same level of respect as you do.
3.25 – If you are a part of a Virtual Airline which may or may not be registered with IVAO, you are not allowed to promote your VA by means of this group, however you can send all such requests to Public Relations Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org) marking a copy to email@example.com.
3.26 – If you do not like the behaviour or the text messages of a particular person PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND ON THE WhatsApp GROUP, but do let us know by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org & email@example.com.
3.27 – Any conflict or argument arising of speech on the group will be resolved on a judiciary basis as per IN-HQ or a conflict resolution group as recommended by IN HQ.
3.28 – Members observing any breach of rules will not act upon themselves, instead will report the matter to the conflict resolution group.
3.29 – If accidentally or knowingly you have left the WhatsApp Group and you wish to continue on the group please register your WhatsApp number once again on IVAO-IN website.
3.30 – In case of suspension from group, you are required to resend your request after mentioned suspension period. However, your registration to group for second or third time will be decided by IN-HQ. In case of a delay in response, please write an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
3.31 – Once a request is received for adding you to group, the concerned department may take a time up to 1 week to verify your VID, mobile number and email ID and act as required. This time delay is due to the fact that sometimes the concerned person is not able to access IVAO website due to technical difficulties. In such case, you are requested to reapply only after 7 days. If the request is still not answered, please get in touch with Staff members, you may get contact details from IVAO-IN website.
4 DISCIPLINARY ACTION
4.1 – IN HQ will nominate a Conflict Resolution Group (CRG) to take appropriate action against members for breaching the above rules. This group will act on behalf of IN-HQ to maintain the quality and standards in the group.
4.2 – The CRG comprises of three senior staff members : Rishab Kumar, Prajwol Lal Shreshtha and Gaurav Chugh.
4.3 – Upon first breach of a rule, any member of the CRG may warn the concerned member on the main group or through private chat.
4.4 – Any further transgression by the member will lead to the CRG suspending the member from the group as per offences table below.
4.5 – The CRG will classify the offence as per their opinion. The examples stated below are only illustrative and not exhaustive.
4.6 – The CRG on behalf of IVAO India HQ fully reserve the right to take any action against any misbehavior to protect the dignity and reputation of the division and its members.
TYPE OF OFFENCE
Ex. Sending non IVAO & non-aviation related messages / pictures / videos / links. Sharing more than 3 pictures
Ex. Creating discord in group by unnecessary arguments. Inappropriate (non abusive) behavior towards other members.
Sending commercial or promotional messages.
Ex. Use of abusive or inappropriate language or slang.
Behavior found inappropriate to be a part of IVAO India’s social groups.
After going through the rules and regulations, if you find any part or whole of it inappropriate or too much disciplined, please be informed that the traits of a successful Pilot or ATC includes discipline, maturity, decision making, respect for seniors and a sense of support to subordinates and juniors!
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