Its also worth pointing out that:
1. Mods may at times disagree on certain things. In these instance (which are rare anyway), its best to to let them work it out between themselves.
2. What is set out below is a framework, not an absolute set of rules and regulations. It will be necessary at times to moderate posts for reasons that are not outlined below.
BIG RULES: Things deemed to be totally unacceptable:
Guidelines: Things we'd rather you did not do:
What to expect in terms of moderation:
If you ignore any of the BIG RULES, you'll will find yourself being moderated in one of the following ways (depending on each instance):
- A permanent ban.
- A warning which shows against your username and may result in you being unable to post for a period
If you ignore any of the Guidelines, in the first instance you'll be notified by a moderator, who will let you know what it is they deemed to be inappropriate. Your post(s) are also likely to be edited/deleted or merged with others.
If you continue to ignore the Guidelines, you'll will find yourself being moderated in one of the following ways (depending on each instance):
- Temporary or Full access ban.
- A warning which shows against your username and may result in you being unable to post for a period.
- Placed on a moderation queue meaning your posts will require approval before they appear on the forum.
The above may also apply to posts reported to us via the 'Report To Moderator' feature.
You can find details of the warning system here.
What Users can expect from the Mods:
Where possible we will always provide explanations or to moderate with the personal touch that we would like. However, the aim is to:
- Where possible/applicable, new users will be given a polite pointer to these guidelines if we deem it necessary.
- An explanation as to why you have been temporarily/permanently banned/had posting rights removed.
- An explanation should always be given for why a thread is locked, merged or moved to another forum.
Where an explanation is not forthcoming we're hoping that people will be able to find an answer in these guidelines. If however you can't, please feel free to ask why you have been moderated. Our preference would be for this to be done privately, but there is also the Feedback forum if you wish it to be a public discussion. Please note though, we're all volunteers, so if you do not receive an immediate response bear with us and wait for us to get back to you.
Thanks for reading.