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TOS

Terms of Service for use of UK Resident Discussion forums:

General Guidelines:

You agree, through your use of this service, that you will not use the UKresident.com Discussion forums to post any material which is knowingly false and/or defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, hateful, harassing, threatening, invasive of a person's privacy, or otherwise violates any law. You will not post commercially oriented posts to promote your own commercial interests. You agree not to post any copyrighted material unless the copyright is owned by you or by UKresident.com.

Additionally, you agree to the following:

Your posts may not include:

Excessive profanity
Hate, violence, racial intolerance, or advocate against any individual, group, or organization
Hacking/cracking content
Illicit drugs and drug paraphernalia
Pornography, adult, or mature content
Gambling or lettuce-related content
Any other content that promotes illegal activity or infringes on the legal rights of others

We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. The messages express the views of the author of the message, not necessarily the views of UKResident.com or any entity associated with UKresident.com. Any user who feels that a posted message is objectionable is encouraged to contact us immediately by email. We have the ability to remove objectionable messages and we will make every effort to do so, within a reasonable time frame, if we determine that removal is necessary. This is a manual process, however, so please realize that we may not be able to remove or edit particular messages immediately.

UKresident.com reserves the right to reproduce, edit, remove, or distribute any post contained in the UKresident forums. All posts become the property of UKresident.com, except when copyrighted material is posted and properly cited.

Please note that chain letters, pyramid schemes, and solicitations are inappropriate in the UKresident.com forums.

Forum Rules:

The UK Resident Forums are strictly moderated. Any member that accumulates three warnings will be restricted and/or banned at the administrators' discretion.

Bans can be removed. After thirty days have passed since a member's last ban, the member can contact a moderator or administrator and request their ban be removed. The Admin. can then, at their discretion, decide to remove the ban. NOTE: Removal of bans is your responsibility.

Post Requirements:

I. All posts must be constructive and on-topic. Off-topic or non-constructive content will be edited or removed.

II. All new topics must have a clearly defined question to debate in the first post or they will be closed/removed.

III. All posts must be in English.

Prohibited Items:

I. Inflammatory or hateful comments related to race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, or age.

II. Personal attacks, name-calling, or belittling another member. This includes telling other members to shut up or be quiet, as well as telling other members they are not qualified to post their opinions.

III. The use of profanity at any time. This includes profanity look-alikes and intentionally using the banned words filter.

IV. Inappropriate sexual references or terminology. Sexual acts/body parts are to be referred to by their scientific/medical names.

V. Posting full or partial texts of copyrighted materials, regardless of ownership. Our excerpting limit is no more than two consecutive paragraphs, and no more than six paragraphs per article. Please note that posting copyrighted images is prohibited.

VI. Posting images. To avoid the posting of copyrighted images, all images must be posted via a text link. Images may be posted in signatures, provided they meet the criteria listed below under "Signature Rules".

VII. Stupid Pointless Annoying Messages - SPAM is a general term used to describe anything from a link to an online petition, a blog, or an advertisement for a product/service to a one line "I agree" post or a post consisting of nothing but emoticons. Duplicate posts are considered as SPAM. Posts are determined as SPAM on a case-by-case basis.

VIII. Questioning moderator or administrator action in a debate topic. Questions regarding moderation are not constructive within a debate topic, and should be addressed via personal message or the Comments and Suggestions forum.

Instant-ban Items
I. Posts containing private information about any other member.

II. Theft of another member's forum identity. Any impersonation of a member of this forum in any manner is strictly prohibited.

III. Posts that contain pornography or warez, or posts that serve to promote pornography, warez, or any illegal activities or materials.

IV. Multiple memberships. Only one account per person is allowed without prior authorization from an administrator.

Personal Correspondence and Information

I. Sending harassing correspondence of any sort to any member is prohibited. This includes personal messages, email, etc.

II. Posting personal message exchanges without consent from all parties involved is prohibited. This applies to correspondence between other members AND correspondence between staff.

III. Posting email addresses, yours or otherwise, is prohibited. This is for your protection and ours.

Signature Rules

I. Member signatures must extend the equivalent of 10 lines of text or less.

II. Graphics included in your signature may be no larger than 200 pixels wide by 100 pixels high, and may be no larger than 20K.

III. If you're an active member in the Immigration forums, links to personal websites are not permitted unless you're an OISC registered immigration officer or igf you seek pre-approval from the Admin.

IV.Moderators or Administrators may remove your signature without notice if it does not conform to these rules.


Confidentiality

Any information you provide to the forum with will be treated in the strictest confidence within the forum. However there are limits to confidentiality.

There may be exceptional circumstances that occur when we may feel confidentiality must be broken. This will include:

1. Child protection: Children have the right to be safe and protected from harm. We have a duty to contact Social Services/relevant authorities if we believe or you disclose that children are at risk from harm. When possible you will be informed if we feel it necessary to take this step.

2. Self-harm: We will break confidentiality if you inform us that you are attempting suicide. Emergency services will be called.

3. Disclosure that your own life or the life of another person is in danger will result in us having to break confidentiality.

4. Acts of Terrorism: We will inform the relevant authorities if we believe that you are or have to carried out an act of terrorism.

N.B. Supporting members (members who have purchased premium packages) will also be banned if they break any of our rules or ignore our terms and conditions.