Here are the rules outlining what we feel are acceptable/unacceptable content and behaviour.
Rule 1: Share your view
We welcome your views and opinions. If you don’t agree with something that has been written then please clearly share why. That way a nice thread of opinions can be formed. Also remember our website is intended to be light hearted so no need to go overboard.
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. We wouldn’t want someone taking your comment the wrong way. Don’t forget that you are legally responsible for what you submit. Please consider how others could receive your comment. Many different types of people of different ages may view your comment.
Rule 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.
Rule 4: Report abuse
If you consider that a comment does not comply with these rules or our Terms, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rule 5: No libel or other abuse
You must not make or encourage comments, which are:
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 upload the telephone number, email address or any other contact details of any person.
You should not write anything that could prejudice pending or on-going court proceedings of which you are aware. For example, if you have any 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, which is an extremely serious matter.
Rule 7: No advertising, solicitation or investigations
You must not use our Site for:
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: No linking or copyright infringement
You must not insert links to websites (URLs) or submit content, which would be an infringement of copyright.
Rule 10: Removal of content
Reader comments that violate the website’s spirit of these rules or Terms may 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 (or not published).
If a comment or a thread is removed, this may be for any number of reasons. Usually, this will be because the comment breaks these rules or our Terms or is the subject of an abuse report. Sometimes, the comment may be removed because it is connected to another comment, which is being removed. We hope that you will understand that, once properly notified of a complaint, we may have to remove a comment for legal reasons (whatever the rights and wrongs).
If your content has been removed, we may email you to let you know or to inform you if you have been suspended or banned from submitting further comments to the Site.
If you are aware that content has been removed, you must not deliberately resubmit the same content.
Rule 11: Suspension and termination
We reserve the right to suspend or ban an account at our sole discretion. Here are some reasons why we might do so:
The length of a suspension or whether we ban someone depends on all the circumstances. Bans are generally for extreme cases and repeated serious abuse.
If we suspend or ban your registration, you must not attempt to re-register or submit content (e.g. using someone else’s account), without our permission.
Last updated- 14th February 2018