Please read these rules carefully. They outline what we consider is acceptable and unacceptable user generated content. We may update the rules from time to time, so please read them before posting your contribution.
1. We welcome your opinions
We welcome your opinions. We want our readers to see and understand different points of view. In the case of comments or discussions, try to contribute to the thread, rather than just stating if you agree or disagree.
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. You can express a strong opinion but please do not go over the top. Don't forget that you are legally responsible for what you submit. Please consider how your comment could be received by others. Many different types of people of different ages may view your comment. This applies to any content you submit.
3. Language and relevance
Please be polite. Do not use swear words or crude or sexual language. Only English is allowed. Keep your submissions relevant to the story or topic. Do not insult other contributions or discuss the non-appearance or removal of any content on this Site or the suspension or termination of any users. If you would like to discuss the operation of the Site with us, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
4. Report abuse
If you consider that a comment, or any other type of content on the site, does not comply with these rules please email email@example.com to report the issue. This resort should only be taken for serious complaints, not simply because you disagree with something said.
We operate a system post-publication moderation and although we are under no obligation to moderate any content on this site, we expressly exclude our liability for any loss or damage arising from the use of any interactive feature by a user in contravention of these rules, whether the service is moderated or not.
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;
- promoting illegal activity; or
- intended to deceive.
6. Confidentiality & privacy
Please respect people's privacy. You are not allowed to submit confidential or private information. For example, you must not upload the telephone number, email address or any other contact details of any person without their permission.
7. No advertising, solicitation or investigations
You must not use your contribution for:
- the promotion of any products, services or chain messages or for any other commercial purpose;
- comparative advertising;
- any fraudulent purpose;
- sending or procuring the sending of unsolicited emails ,unauthorised advertising or other communications; or
- an investigation e.g. tracing the whereabouts of any person.
We retain the right to remove comments that refer to any sponsorship, petition, campaign or scheme, at our discretion.
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 staff 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.
9. Copyright infringement
You must not infringe another person's copyright, for example by copying and pasting content from another site and using it as your own comment.
10. 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.
11. Removal of content
As set out at rule 4 above, we will carry post-publication moderation. In addition to this, reader comments that violate the letter or spirit of these rules will be removed. If we do remove something, we will generally remove whole posts, or where necessary, whole threads (not parts). This means that even if only one sentence is objectionable, the whole comment will usually be removed.
If your contribution or a thread is removed, this may be for any number of reasons. Usually, this will be because the contribution breaks these rules or is the subject of an abuse report. Sometimes, the contribution may be removed because it is connected to another contribution which is being removed.
If your content has been removed, we may email you to let you know or to inform you if you have been suspended or barred from submitting further comments to the Site.
If you are aware that content has been removed, you must not deliberately resubmit the same content.
12. Suspension and termination
We reserve the right to suspend or remove your account and use of the site at our sole discretion. Here are some reasons why we might do so:
- Breaching these rules;
- Serious failure to respect the spirit and tone of the community; or
- Conduct or comments that demand a disproportionate amount of our time or that abuse our staff.
The length of a suspension or whether we remove an account depends on all the circumstances. Allowing our users to contribute content is a privilege, not a right. If you abuse our rules, you should expect to be barred from using the site.
If we suspend or remove your registration, you must not attempt to re-register or submit content (e.g. using someone else's account), without our permission.