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The site is moderated by a team of volunteers. This is a very busy site and they may not track every post and thread 24 hours a day, so if you wish to bring something to the attention of a moderator please use the contact form but if possible please moderate yourself and encourage other members to do the same.
- We’re a community of many types of people, who all have the right to feel comfortable and who may not think what you think, believe what you believe or see what you see or share your sense of humour. Please keep things clean, friendly, and polite. Arguments do happen and the debate can get lively but please – Address the point, not the person.
- Any comment you make can easily be taken the wrong way. If in doubt, leave it out.
If you do offend someone, whether intentional or not please consider apologising or at least clarify yourself if you believe you have been misunderstood. Consider using the private messaging facility to discuss one-to-one and resolve differences off-site.
- Use plain and proper English: this isn’t the place to impress with the size of your thesaurus, and plz, no txt spk or SHOUTING.
- Try and avoid double posting – it’s possible that the subject you’re covering or the site you’re linking to has been the subject of a previous entry. Use the search engine and, if necessary, try and take a new approach.
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- Do not use the blog to promote your own commercial interests- but please use the Noticeboard facility to promote your band, your book, your website but please keep it reasonably relevant to this site.
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- This is an adult forum and ‘adult’ language will be used on occasion. However, please avoid gratuitously using the more extreme vernacular. Also, please use swear words in context, and not to attack or deliberately offend fellow posters. Equally, those who are easily offended by such language should recognise that this is an adult forum and that a degree of swearing (within the boundaries set out above) will be considered acceptable behaviour. Avoid swearing in post titles help us keep our feed SFW.
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- Please be frugal with your blog entries. Unless you have something really important to say, multiple posts from a single author over a short space of time are not welcome.
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- Be thoughtful. Rather than just post a video without commentary, we’d prefer you to tell us why we should watch it, why it means something to you, why you want to share. Try not to post in a throwaway fashion. Try to have a point
- Posts that are written largely in jibberish or have no point will be deleted. Avoid in-jokes as posts
- No more than one account per user is permitted to avoid confusion and sock puppets. Just be yourself!
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- If you wish to complain or appeal against a moderation decision please contact us directly to resolve the matter directly with the moderators and administrators of this website rather than starting a thread about it.
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Last Updated 23/03/20