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Moderators and the acceptable use policy

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What is a consultation?

A consultation is a way to get feedback from the public so we can make policy decisions that benefit the community. A consultation will target a specific issue, and usually runs for 4–6 weeks. After the consultation closes, we will make a decision that takes all our information sources into account.

How can I have my say?

First, you should read the background on the issue to find out why we want your feedback. You might also like to read what others have said.

Next, tell us what you think about the issue by answering the questions as completely as you can.

Can I have my say about anything?

Get Involved is where we seek feedback on specific issues, but you can bring related matters to our attention as part of this.

Other ways to have your say include starting or signing an ePetition, attending Community Cabinet or contacting your Member of Parliament directly.

Do I have to answer all questions?

Questions you must answer are marked with a red asterisk (*). Otherwise, you can choose to answer only questions relevant to you.

Can I be notified about the outcome of a consultation?

Yes. You’ll be asked whether you want to be notified.

Will everyone be able to see my response?

We prefer that your response is published so that the broad range of opinions about an issue is understood. However, if you want it to be confidential, you can choose not to publish it. Some consultations deal with sensitive issues and we may decide to summarise responses rather than publish them individually. Unless stated otherwise, your personal information will not be displayed.

What happens to my response if I ask for it to be published on the website?

To be published, responses must meet our acceptable use policy. Depending on the consultation, your response may be published immediately or after being reviewed by a moderator.

What if I want to change or add to my response?

You cannot make changes to responses once they are submitted. However, if your views change, you can submit a new response.

What are my responses used for?

All responses, published and unpublished, are considered when making policy decisions. By choosing to be notified when a decision is made, you can find out how your response was used.

What is a moderator?

A moderator reviews all responses to make sure they comply with our acceptable use policy. Moderators will not change the intent of your response in any way.

What is the acceptable use policy?

The acceptable use policy ensures responses are acceptable for general public viewing.

What happens to my responses if they don't meet the acceptable use policy?

It will be considered as part of the decision-making process, but will not be published. If you provide your email address, we will notify you if your response is moderated.

Do I have to give my personal details?

Sometimes. To keep you informed about a consultation, we will need your contact details.

Read our privacy statement for details.

Do I need an email address to have my say?

For some consultations, yes. If you want your response published on this website, you will need one so we can inform you if it is published or moderated.

What if my contact details change?

Change your contact details by emailing us. You need to provide both your old and new contact details and the consultation you subscribed to.

Last updated:
9 September 2011

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