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Forum Rules
« on: December 05, 2013, 08:22:24 pm » - Forum Rules.

Please keep to the following simple guidelines:

1. Don't swear

2. Don't insult people

3. Don't issue threats

4. Don't incite crime

5. Don't libel anyone

6. "Trolling" is strongly discouraged. (Trolling is defined as making a post with the intention of provoking conflict, or making a post founded on false opinions intended to provoke pointless discussion, including circular threads.) Posters who "troll" consistently will be placed on "Troll Alert" status. If they continue to troll consistently they will be banned. Edited - See Below : Trolling...

7. Do remember that the public can read these forums, including children, the press and the police.

8. No flame war. If you are concerned about a post by someone else breaching these rules, contact the moderator - don't get drawn into a flame war.

9. Messages that contravene any of these rules may be edited or deleted by a moderator.

10. Posters who ignore the rules, may have privileges or forum membership withdrawn.

11. Ad hominem attacks are not allowed. (Ad hominem - Oxford English Dictionery : Of an argument etc.: directed to the individual, personal; appealing to feeling not reason.)
This means that we expect users to attack the argument rather than the poster. Violating this rule will result in a single warning. A repeated violation will result in forum rights being withdrawn, or an immediate ban.

12. No individual user is permitted to have more than one account.

13. No Vitriol.

Trolling :
Communications Act 2003 Government Legislation wrote:
Section 127 Improper use of public electronic communications network - part of the Communications Act 2003 is :
Government Legislation wrote:
(1)A person is guilty of an offence if heó(a)sends by means of a public electronic communications network a message or other matter that is grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character; or(b)causes any such message or matter to be so sent.(2)A person is guilty of an offence if, for the purpose of causing annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety to another, heó(a)sends by means of a public electronic communications network, a message that he knows to be false,(b)causes such a message to be sent; or(c)persistently makes use of a public electronic communications network.(3)A person guilty of an offence under this section shall be liable, on summary conviction, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months or to a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale, or to both.(4)Subsections (1) and (2) do not apply to anything done in the course of providing a programme service (within the meaning of the Broadcasting Act 1990 (c. 42)).

(Rule 11 added 7th July 2005)
(Rule 12 added 22nd February 2008)
(Rule 13 added 19th January 2009)

Advice for Posters:

If a disagreement seemed to be getting heated, please remember that it's easy to misunderstand text based communications. Perhaps take ten minutes before you reply?

Don't be afraid of topic drift - topic drift is a natural part of the process of forum discussions. However, do try to be aware if the post you are making might be better as a new topic.

When posting a new topic, please try to post it in the best possible forum. This isn't always easy to decide, and we can move posts easily if it ends up in the wrong forum. We'd rather you posted in the wrong forum than you didn't post at all.

We will never delete posts or disbar posters because we disagree with their opinions, and as long as they uphold the above rules. All opinions are welcome if they are honestly held.

No Advertising is permitted - Violating this rule will result in a single warning. A repeated violation will result in forum rights being withdrawn, or an immediate ban. is not responsible for information or opinions posted in these forums by visitors.


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