No advertising, no
We don't mind links to informative (or
humourous) sites, but blatant advertising is strongly
discouraged. For example, if your first post on-site is no more
than a list of links and phrases designed to attract search
engines there's a very good chance your account will just be
deleted with no warnings given.
Try to keep things around
a PG-15 level where possible.
Not everyone who browses
the site as a Guest is an adult; try to remember that. Our
Moderators can edit/remove postings that are just too profane or
sexually explicit, but we'd rather not have to. Star out those
f*****g swear words!
Try not to post anything
that disrupts the flow of the site.
that I mean don't post links that force the page to scroll
sideways. For example, if you're linking to an image you found on
Google, link directly to the image itself and not to the search
page on which you found it. If you can't
avoid huge links then use a service like http://tinyurl.com
to shrink them to a reasonable size to post.
Post in the appropriate
If you're discussing The Archers, put it in
Discuss the Archers. (Duh!) For general chat, post in The
Bull, start "party" threads in The Bull
Upstairs etc.; problems with the site should be reported in
Notes & Queries.
Trolls and Sock-Puppets
are not welcome here.
We're reasonably tolerant of
registered users who choose to post as a "Guest" in order to
make anonymous contributions on threads about "sensitive"
subjects, or who want to comment on a very active thread without
associating it with their account, but registered posters who show
up as one or more "Guests" with the sole purpose of haranguing
other users or trying to break other House Rules without
"tainting" their own account will not be tolerated. Any such
"Guest" posts will be deleted without comment, and the user
may additionally be put into Pre-Mod or even blocked from posting.
"Guests" posting under multiple Ids without a registered
account will simply be blocked.
If you appear to be posting with
the sole purpose of starting a squabble or hassling another poster
then we will take steps to stop you. Depending on
the severity of the trolling these steps could range from a simple
warning to a police complaint. And if legal action does become
necessary, remember - we keep posting logs.
Users who have proven themselves to be especially
disruptive may find their accounts put into Pre-Moderation. This
means that they are still allowed to post, but that those posts
will not appear on the site until they have been seen and approved
by a Moderator. Users who are in Pre-Mod are not allowed
to try to circumvent this by posting as a "Guest" or
creating/using a different account to post. Postings made in this
way will be deleted without comment. Repeated attempts at
circumvention will simply lead to the user being blocked from
Don't carry arguments over from
It's considered bad form to pass comment on
the perceived shortcomings of other sites, or to badmouth posters
who aren't here to defend themselves. Such postings will be
We don't condone illegal
Talk about anything you like, but if
you start putting up links to Warez sites then expect to lose your
account at best. Kiddie-porn links will lead to
your details being forwarded to the police.