If everybody stuck to our etiquette and style rules we’d never need to step in, but sadly sometimes members do cross the line. The following rules are all grounds for moderation so they should be considered inviolable. Continued violation of these rules may lead to a temporary or permanent site ban. We operate a "3 strikes and you're out" policy where - unless a violation is particularly serious - a user violating the rules below will receive two email warnings from the Administrators, followed by a site ban.
If you observe any violations of these rules by others, please do let us know immediately by clicking the ‘flag’ icon at the bottom of each post. This report will be sent to the moderation team and the thread owner.
- Copyright Violation - We expect that all content posted in the forums will have been created by the poster, but plagiarism or copyright violation not be tolerated. Where possible, we prefer summaries and hyperlinks to direct quotations of third party material. If you wish to quote something for which you do not own the copyright, you must make the excerpt explicit by using the “blockquote” formatting tool in the text editor and credit the author, ideally with a hyperlink. It is your responsibility as a poster to be aware of copyright law (UK or elsewhere) and to make sure that your material is compliant. Under fair use rules, it may be possible to use quotations of work made available to the public, e.g. fair dealing for the purpose of criticism or review, or fair dealing for reporting current events are possible defences allowed in some circumstances by copyright law against actions for infringement. However, it is important that the quoted material is no more than is necessary, and the source is mentioned. Please be aware that the law in this area is not 100% clear, particularly in relation to the Web, so it makes sense to err on the side of caution.
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