The standards appropriate to a forum run on behalf of the ECF would differ from those of a forum for discussion of English chess. Any ECF Code of Conduct is potentially enforceable on the former, but not on the latter, so if the forum owner chooses to refer to a notorious blogger in less than complimentary terms, the ECF's Code of Conduct is not relevant.Chris Rice wrote: Clearly this is a more significant issue than name calling and ECF Codes of Conduct, what was I thinking?
(edit) The complainant had a point in a roundabout way. The ECF directors were keen to propose a code of conduct which could have protected them and the ECF from hostile criticism, but didn't appear to appreciate that it applied to them as well. The robust manner used by at least some of them and other ECF officers to meet critics potentially fell foul of the code as worded.(/edit)