These rules outline what we consider to be acceptable and unacceptable content.
- Rule 1: Your opinions are invited.
We welcome your opinions on a wide range of topics. We want our readers to see and understand different points of view. Try to contribute to the thread, rather than just stating if you agree or disagree. Explain why you hold your opinion.
- Rule 2: This is a public forum. Once your comment is online, everyone with Internet access can read it.
Please make your comment clear to ensure that it is not misunderstood. Your comment may be rated by other users and categorised e.g. best and worst rated. You can express a strong opinion but please do so remembering that you are responsible for what you submit. Please also consider how your comment could be received by others, particularly those from other countries, cultures, genders, age groups, and so on.
- Rule 3: Language and relevance.
Be polite. Do not use swear words or crude language. Only English is allowed. Write about the topic, not about the other contributors
- Rule 4: Report abuse.
- Rule 5: No libel or other abuse.
You must not make or encourage comments which are: Defamatory, false or misleading; Insulting, threatening or abusive; Obscene or of a sexual nature; Offensive, racist, sexist, homophobic or discriminatory against any religions or other groups.
- Rule 6: Confidentiality, privacy and contempt.
Please respect people’s privacy. You are not allowed to submit confidential or private information. For example, you must not post contact details of any person. You should not write anything which could prejudice pending or on-going court proceedings of which you are aware. For example, if you have personal knowledge about someone who has been arrested or charged or being prosecuted for an offence, you must not mention it. If you do you could be in contempt of court.
- Rule 7: No advertising, solicitation or investigations.
You must not use our blog for: The promotion of any products or services or for any other commercial purpose; Any sponsorship, petition, campaign, scheme or chain message; An investigation e.g. tracing the whereabouts of any person.
- Rule 8: No impersonation and proper disclosure.
You must not pretend to be someone else (e.g. an expert, another user or a member of our team). You must not pretend that you are unconnected to a story or topic, when in fact you are. If you have a personal connection to a story or topic, you should disclose your connection or, where appropriate, not comment at all.
- Rule 9: Acknowledge the sources of your information and do not infringe on copyright.
You should properly acknowledge source of your content, and in no cases should you submit content which would be an infringement of copyright.
- Rule 10: Comments on our message boards.
Users can submit an unlimited number of comments across our site. However, there is a maximum of 10 comments per article in 24 hours. We may increase or decrease this limit from time to time.
- Rule 11: Respect the spirit as well as the letter of the House Rules.
In deciding what is acceptable, please also respect the spirit and tone of these rules and the community.
- Rule 12: Removal of content.
- Rule 13: Suspension and Termination.
Last update 1 May 2012
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