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The "small print" - play nice, people!

No advertising, no SPAMming.
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.
By 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 boards.
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.

Pre-Moderation: Special rules
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 posting completely.

Don't carry arguments over from other places.
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 removed.

We don't condone illegal activities here.
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.


Thassorl.



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