GENUKI Maintainers' Pages

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Standards of conduct for maintainers

GENUKI standards

The GENUKI standards consist of:

Maintainers operate under a code of conduct which reflects the GENUKI standards. Maintainers also have a set of rights and responsibilities.

Adhere to GENUKI technical standards

Maintainers are expected to adhere to the mandatory technical standards for the structure and content of GENUKI web pages. There is also a set of advisory technical standards to which it is recommended that maintainers also adhere. However, it is important for maintainers to own, and exercise control over, their pages, and the mandatory technical standards have been kept to a minimum with this objective in mind.

Keep within the law

Maintainers are expected to adhere to all the laws which apply to the publication of online information. In particular, maintainers are expected to ensure their pages do not infringe the either the letter or the spirit of legislation on Copyright, Accessibility and Data Protection.

Protect GENUKI's intellectual property and trademark

Maintainers are expected to protect the intellectual property contained within or referenced by the GENUKI website(s) by ensuring that GENUKI's intellectual property (or that referenced by GENUKI) is properly marked as such and protected.

Maintainers must not register new domain names including the string "genuki" without prior permission from the GENUKI Trustees.

Avoid bringing GENUKI into disrepute

Maintainers are expected to avoid bringing GENUKI into disrepute. You should take care when engaging in exchanges with readers of your GENUKI pages who are critical of their content. No matter how unreasonable your correspondent's attitude, it is important that you remain calm, logical and polite. If your correspondent continues to act unreasonably, contact the GENUKI Trustees, for advice and assistance.

Promote good relations

We rely on access to information from others, and must do everything we can to build a climate of trust and cooperation with the relevant archive and church authorities, as well as cement our existing cooperation with organisations such as Record Offices and Family History Societies.

Maintainers must be careful not to offend the people who possess information, in the various libraries, archives, churches, societies, etc., in order to retain their continued cooperation.

Participate in discussions

From time to time, issues arise which are likely to affect the operation, structure, organisation and even the existence, of GENUKI. The maintainers have, as a body, an enormous amount of invaluable experience and need to play a major role in these policy discussions. Maintainers should also feel free to raise policy issues and respond to questions of policy from the Trustees.

Maintain at least a minimum role

There are times when a maintainer will find it difficult to exercise an active role in GENUKI. Personal circumstances might mean you don't have enough time or energy to seek out new information and update your pages to refer to it. The minimum role of a GENUKI maintainer involves fixing broken links, and keeping in contact.

What to do if you no longer wish to continue maintaining your section

Circumstances change over time and we will all reach a point where we can no longer continue GENUKI section maintenance.

[Last updated at 08.42 on Monday, 14 July 2014, by Mel Lockie. ©2015]
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