The moderating team have had a discussion concerning the posting of threads looking for training partners. We all recognise that it is beneficial for people to have training partners and we are always pleased when strong friendships are created through people meeting on this board. This is part of our community purpose as described in the TOS.
1.1 MAP Community Purpose:
The core purpose of the Martial Arts Planet (MAP) community is to bring people together for the purpose of the friendly exchange of information relating to the study of the Martial Arts and associated topics.
Where possible Martial Arts Planet has supported members who wish to organise public training events and moderators have in the past organised a number of meets themselves. Each event is looked at on a case by case basis.
The direct soliciting of training partners on MAP is different to the organisation of a group training event or a member visiting a country and looking to meet as many forum members as possible. Realistically there is very little way that by allowing such soliciting MAP would be able to prevent an underage person from hooking up for training with an adult. As such there are issues both in the safeguarding and protection of children and vulnerable adults.
Members who have been present long enough to use the PM function may contact other members they know privately to discuss or arrange training, but MAP is unable to endorse threads where a member seeks a training partner. In future these threads will be closed. All members should bear in mind the TOS below if they choose to do this.
1.3 Inviting outside Contact:
"Inviting" is termed as a post where you invite other members to contact you to find out more information, rather than post it in the forum. This is not allowed and any posts with emails or invitations to contact for more information will either be edited or deleted entirely.
1.4 Posting Personal Contact Information (Address/ Phone Number):
Members may not post personal contact information such as home address, work address, home telephone number, work telephone number, email address etc., in the public forums.
1.4.1 ANYONE, including guests to MAP, can read the public forums - this policy is in place for YOUR safety and protection.
Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.