Forum Rules 2019

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Mar 1, 2019
261 Forum Rules 2019

Moderation at this forum is an attempt to recognize the value of freedom of expression - essentially that users should be free to express their views within the bounds of the law - while at the same time demanding respect for other members in how those views are expressed.

Your use of this forum indicates that you have read, understood, and accepted these rules and guidelines.

The following are intended as general guidelines and should not be taken as an exhaustive list of forum rules.

You are a guest in the home of the and as such we expect you to abide by our house rules. Here, as anywhere, you have certain rights that are laid out in the laws of Ireland and in accepted international laws such as the GDPR. Anything else is a privilege, not a right, granted to you as a member of the forum, and any of those privileges can be suspended or revoked for breaches of our rules and guidelines or for behaving in unacceptable ways.

General Forum Rules

Registration at this forum is free. However, registration means that you accept the forum rules. The rules are not meant to be exhaustive and we reserve the right to edit posts and/or to take other action in accordance with the purpose and principles of the forum.

Please note that the moderators and administrators of this site are volunteers. They are here to enforce the rules of the forum and to try to mediate in member disputes. DO NOT SHOOT THE MESSENGERS. Abuse of moderators will not be tolerated.

Despite whatever rules or conventions may have been observed for this site in the past, Moderators and Administrators may participate in forum discussions and may also moderate in forum discussions in which they participate.

Although the volunteer Forum Staff of this website will attempt to monitor and remove objectionable content in the forum, it is probably impossible for us to review all posts thoroughly. If you find an objectionable post, please report it to forum staff.

All posts reflect the views of the author of that post and do not necessarily reflect the views of or Forum Staff. The owners of this website will not be held responsible for the content of any messages or information posted. By registering at this forum, you are agreeing to be held responsible for the information you add to the forum and that you accept and understand the basic forum rules of this Forum.

Interactions With Other Forum Members

Abusing or Attacking Other Members

Abusing or personally attacking other members of this website will not be tolerated. Personal or targeted insults, or posts that are just insulting or nasty will not be tolerated. Note that this rule also applies to Conversations (PMs or Private messages) and member profile comments or messages.

Please report abusive posts or Conversations ("Private Messages") to a Moderator or Administrator. Those who abuse post reporting for trivial matters will lose the ability to report posts.

Arguments and Disagreements

If you feel a post is not correct or the actions or comments of another member have upset you, do not start an argument in the forums. Instead, send a Private Message or email to the user and speak to them directly. Please do not question the actions of Forum Staff within the forums; instead, communicate via Private Message or email. In the event of disagreement, Forum Administrators will have the final say.

While moderators and administrators will attempt to ensure that insensitive or abusive posts are removed or edited, and as stated above you are encouraged to report any such activity to Staff, you alone are responsible for your interactions with other forum members. reserves the right (but is not obligated) to mediate or solve disputes between you and other users of the forum.

Avatars, Profile Pictures, Albums, and Other Images

All images uploaded to your profile, inserted into posts, or added to your signature must conform to the general Forum Rules, must be tasteful, and must be suitable for a general audience.

In particular:
  • No graphic nudity or sexually explicit images
  • No graphic depictions of violence
  • No violent or threatening images
The Forum reserves the right to remove or edit any images that violate these guidelines or are offensive in nature.

Advertising and Spam

Advertising a website, product or service is not allowed unless permission has been received in advance by a Forum Administrator, or unless it is posted in a specific forum where rules are posted on the types of posts that can be made. In the latter case, such posts are usually moderated and require approval of a Forum Administrator before becoming visible to the public or to other forum members.

Malicious Content

Any member posting anything that, or a link to anything, that s/he knows or should know may infect the computer of visitors or other members with malware, or cause the computer system of a member or visitor to experience problems will face an immediate and permanent ban from the forum.

Third Party Articles or Materials

All excerpts from third party articles must include full credit to the authors as well as a link to the original source and date of publication or retrieval. Please also ensure that you do not post material where the author has expressly forbidden reproduction.

Posts containing third party articles must follow international copyright laws and the terms of "Fair Use". As such, quoting an entire article is not permitted. You may post an excerpt consisting of 1 to 3 paragraphs or shorter quotes provided that you credit the authors and original source.

Ownership and Copyright

Members retain the copyright to their original content. However, all members, by posting on this forum, agree that they have conveyed a license in perpetuity to to display that content here on this forum.

First, this means that no one can take the personal posts of forum members and reproduce them elsewhere (within this site or otherwise) without the consent of Forum Administrators, which in such cases would also require the consent of the member posting. Authors of posts can post the same content on their own web sites or blogs, but no other members can post that content without the express permission of the original author.

Additionally, it means that members must understand that they are posting in a public forum, rather like the "Letters to the Editor" portion of a newspaper, and that others can both read and reply to what a member posts. This is, of course, the whole point of an online forum. Sometimes, members will ask that their posts or threads be removed. We may at times honor such requests, especially where concerns about privacy are the reason for the request, but we are under no obligation to remove posts or threads, just as once a letter to the editor is published it cannot be retracted. In many cases, to delete posts would disrupt the flow of a thread to the point where the thread would become incomprehensible.

Members can edit their posts to correct errors or to clarify the intended meaning.

We do respect the privacy of members and the Forum will take action to protect that privacy at its discretion. If you have second thoughts or concerns about threads or posts that you have submitted, you may contact an Administrator or Moderator to have such posts removed. However, the decision as to whether to remove any posts will be made on an individual basis at the discretion of Forum Staff. If a post is removed by moderators, any additional posts quoting the original may also be removed and the member quoting the post may also be subject to discipline: Remember that you are responsible for anything you post and that includes quoting the content of others.
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