Forum Usage Rules

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    screwfix.peter Administrator Staff Member

    Forum Usage Rules

    Actions which will result in a permanent ban:

    1. Religious, National Hatred, Homophobic etc. - Posts that negatively portray religions or promote national hatred or attack peoples sexual orientation, either clear and/or masked and/or links to websites containing this type of language will result in a permanent ban. Posts that stereotype based on country, race or religion and sexual orientation are unacceptable. Images, quotes, posts, avatars or signatures that are posted to provoke others for any reason will be removed and the poster will be banned.

    2. Impersonating Screwfix employees or Moderators – Impersonating any Screwfix employee or a Moderator will result in a permanent ban. Only vetted Screwfix staff or Screwfix partners are permitted to use the Screwfix prefix on their username.

    3. Posting Piracy information, Hacks or Trojans - Posting links to torrents, hacks, or viruses will result in an immediate ban. Discussion of piracy and illegal torrents and the naming of sites related to these activities is also forbidden and will result in a ban.

    4. Multiple Accounts - Each user is permitted one account only. Multiple accounts belonging to a single user will be removed. Those who continue to make additional accounts whether to get around a ban or to pose as different members will have all accounts closed.

    5. Pornography – Linking to, and the posting of, images related to or depicting pornography will result in the immediate and permanent banning of the member’s account without chance for appeal. Naming sites linked to or associated with pornography is also forbidden and will result in a ban. Photos or images from global advertising campaigns or TV shows are not permitted and will result in an infraction.

    6. 3 Temporary bans.

    Moderators and admins of the forum are empowered to make decisions and appropriate judgement calls as to what does and does not fall into these categories and take any necessary action based on these guidelines.

    Actions which will result in a temporary ban:

    Conducting any of the actions listed below will result in a temporary ban being awarded. Should a user accrue 3 temporary bans they will have their user account permanently banned from use on the forum.

    1. Swearing and Vulgarity – Actively working to get around the swear filter and posts containing or linking to profanity, obscenity, insults, personal attacks, accusations or abusive language will be deleted and will result in a temporary ban. Continued disregard for this rule will result in multiple temporary bans being received and multiple bans will result in a permanent ban. Do not post images that include inappropriate language or content. Masking characters to get around the swear filter is still considered profanity, as is using abbreviations that stand for profanity. Post titles and PM's are subject to the same restrictions as post content. Using inappropriate words that are not filtered, especially when aimed at others is not acceptable and will be dealt with accordingly. Posting words that you know will be filtered can make the posts hard to understand and posts that contain many words that have been filtered are not acceptable.

    2. Harassing - This includes any kind of personal attack, targeted harassment or intimidation either by posts or private messages. If you have concerns about the treatment you are receiving at the hands of another member, don’t respond in kind; report the posts or messages and feel free to contact a moderator for assistance.

    3. Spamming - Spamming includes bumping, creating posts with the sole purpose of linking to another post, excessively communicating the same phrase, similar phrases, or pure gibberish, posting the same post multiple times, repeatedly posting on the same topic in different places or repeatedly posting images or smilies only.

    4. Posts which link to competitor websites, or external sites such as Youtube will be permitted, provided that these are relevant to the thread topic. The decision of the Moderator will be final in determining whether links are relevant.

    5. Graphics, Links, and Screenshots - All files and content linked to from a post are subject to the same content guidelines as described above. If posting graphics from external sources please make sure to obtain permission from the original owner first. It is not acceptable to post scans of magazine articles, books or other publications on the forum.

    6. Avatars – avatars must be suitable for the forum environment. You are not allowed to use the Screwfix logo in your avatar. Please note that any references to racism, swearing, sexism, ageism or other inappropriate content will result in the member’s account being immediately and permanently banned without appeal.

    7. Bans - It is not appropriate to post about any bans given to yourself or others on the forum and any threads made for this purpose will be closed. Posts relating to bans may be removed.

    8. Please be aware abuse of the ‘Report Abuse’ system will be subject to the same discipline as abuse of any other system in place on this site.

    9. Posting Personal Details of Others – Posting personal details of others users including but not limited to name, telephone number, address, date of birth is not permitted and any user that does will face a temporary ban. Continual disregard for this rule will result in a permanent forum ban.

    Other Rules:

    1. Distribution of Personal Information - We advise against posting your contact details (telephone numbers, email addresses or addresses for yourselves or others) on the forum for your own safety.

    2. Forum Usernames – ‘Screwfix’, or any variation thereof is not permitted as a username. Screwfix reserves the right to change the forum username of any user without notice if it is deemed inappropriate or breaching any other rule within these guidelines.

    3. Removal of Disruptive Users - Screwfix reserves the right to remove users from the forum without warning if they are judged to be disruptive, negative towards other users or not positively contributing to the community.

    Failure to follow these guidelines can result in your posts being moved, locked or deleted, and may get your access privilege temporarily or permanently removed.
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