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About The Forums

Postby Enigma » Fri Nov 14, 2003 6:23 am

About The Forums
Last updated by all_apologies, April 2007

This document supplements the FAQ and is in addition to other information posted by the management of the forums.

Introductions

You most likely will be accessing this topic because you have joined the Forums. If you have not already joined, “Caligula, what on Earth do you think you are doing?”

Purpose

These forums exist for people to seek help about emotional and physical problems. Problems maybe brief or in-depth, and either way those problems have been posted because that member is confused and stressed about their problem. Although the majority of membership is in the United Kingdom, the forums are here to serve people all around the world. Use of the forums is free, however users are required to register in order to participate.

Management

The forums are maintained by a group of carefully selected moderators. Moderators' work on a voluntary basis with their role involving various tasks, primarily editing inappropriate content from forum posts in relation to the forum regulations. The moderator team is here to assist you with any technical difficulties you may experience on the website, and to investigate any concerns that you may have about the forums.

Members are promoted to moderator status by invitation only.

Technical support queries can be made in the Forum Support forum, where your question will be responded to shortly after it is posted. Confidential enquiries can be made using the Private Message feature, with general matters directed to any moderator, and complaints sent straight to myself.

Changes to the operation of the forums and information of relevance to all forums will be posted in the Site Announcements forum. Within each forum specific announcements will be pinned at the top, and moderators will make posts of particular significance stick at the top of the topic lists so that they are more prominent.

Start

For forum newcomers there are plenty of Chit Chat topics in which you can post, in order to help us to get to know about you and for you to settle in with us. Following are a selection of those topics:

‘Member Introductions’ – introduce yourself
‘What's In A Name?’ – explain your username
‘Where In The World?’ – where do you live?
‘How Did You Find Us?’ – how did you come to join the forums?

Have a productive and safe time with the ProblemPages.co.uk forums!



Regulations

Advertising

Advertising products and services is not permitted. This refers to posting off topic links and excessively name-checking websites or companies. You must not advertise or offer to sell or buy any goods or services for any business purpose.

Anonymity

Reveal as much or as little detail about yourself as you feel comfortable with. Bear in mind that there maybe members of the forums in your area, and indeed closer to home than you would expect. Friends tend to recommend these forums to other friends, which therefore means that some members have an offline connection, such as a school or employer.

Copyright

You must not falsify or delete any author attributions, legal or other proper notices or proprietary designations or labels of the origin or source of the content of forum posts. You must not post images, photographs or other material protected by intellectual property, copyright, or trademark laws, unless you own or control the rights thereto or have received all necessary consents to do the same. Permission must be obtained before you use an offsite graphic as your avatar.

Dating

The ProblemPages.co.uk forums are not a dating service. Friendships will form through the use of these forums, however do not intend to use these forums for the purpose of dating.

Flames

There is no reason why the forums should turn into flame wars. Discussions should not degenerate into a series of personal attacks against the debaters, rather than a discussion of their opinions and positions. Intentionally inflammatory postings (flame bait), designed to elicit a strong reaction and to create a flame war, will be deleted. Please do not ignite or fuel flame wars. Don't be a pain in the Net!

Focus

Keep discussion on topic. It is only natural for the focus of topics to develop, however please always keep in mind the title and subject matter of each topic that you contribute to.

Grammar

Write your posts following rules of language in order to effectively communicate through the forums. Write in paragraphs, and use punctuation. Do not use ‘TXT LINGO’ as these forums are not mobile phones, and therefore such abbreviation is not necessary.

Grooming

Do not use the ProblemPages.co.uk forums with the intention of cultivating relationships for sexual contact with people under the legal age of consent. Any incident of Internet grooming will be reported to the police.

Harvesting

You are not allowed to harvest or otherwise collect information about forum members, including e-mail addresses. You must not use, download, or otherwise copy, or provide (whether or not for a fee) to a person or entity any directory of users of the ProblemPages.co.uk forums and the features of the website that contain information about them.

Pornography

Posting or linking to pornographic material is strictly prohibited. This refers to images, text, animations, and videos with content that is considered to be pornographic, whether the media is for profit or not.

Posting

Post your problem once only, in the forum category that is the most appropriate for your problem. Members will respond to your topic in due course. Give your topic a specific title that is relevant to the content of your opening post. Do not title your topic with general terms such as “help” or “what can I do”. This does not help members in helping you, and indeed the other members who could be helped by the discussion in your topic.

No more than three exclamation marks are necessary for the title of your topic. There is no need to write the title or content of your posts in capital letters, since in regards to Net Etiquette (Netiquette) this is classed as shouting. Emphasising your topic by shouting will not make members respond to you in any less time, as members will post in your topic when they feel they have a contribution to make.

Profanity

It is not necessary to use profanity on these forums or in any feature provided on the website. To use abusive and violent terms, or to make comments lacking due respect or dutifulness is not appropriate. Discussions may get emotional and you may get angry, but there is a whole dictionary of alternative words to use.

Respect

The forums exist for anyone to use them, no matter which age, colour, creed, location, lifestyle, race, religion or sexuality. We are all equal and everyone is welcome. Respect each members individuality.

Spam

The interactive features provided on these forums may not be used in connection with contests, pyramid schemes, chain letters, junk email, or any duplicative or unsolicited messages (commercial or otherwise). Any such instance of this will be handled with zero tolerance. It is acceptable to post links in context and of relevance to a specific topic, but do not use the forums as a promotional tool.

Security

Keep your password private and change it on a regular basis. Remember to Log Out of the forums at the end of your session, especially if you have been browsing on a shared computer such as one at a library or school.

Sex

The ProblemPages.co.uk forums are for people of all ages, and as such are not suitable for specific discussion about sexual activities. There are forums elsewhere on the Internet where you can do this. Advice about sexual health and sexuality is acceptable and general information can be given regarding sex, however step-by-step direction is not permitted.

Spelling

Check the spelling of your posts, because posts that are unclear make it harder for members to help you.

Truth

Put only truthful information about yourself in your profile and in the posts you make in the forums. Do not create false identities, since this is malicious and serves no purpose in the forums.

Procedures

Posts

Posts that are deemed inappropriate in regard to the forum regulations will be edited or removed entirely from the topic they are contained in. Topics that are placed in an unsuitable forum will be moved or deleted in their entirety. Any such action will be recorded in a moderator log, and the moderator performing such actions may or may not notify members associated with the posts or topics about the action made.

Members

Each member issue is evaluated on its individual circumstances. Depending on the severity of the issue at hand, a first warning may be issued to the member or their membership maybe terminated without warning. Further warnings maybe issued if it is believed that the member could modify their behaviour within the forums. A continued negative influence on the forums and intentionally malicious behaviour will lead to termination of membership.

If it is believed that a member is involved with terrorist activities or other such crimes, then we have a legal obligation to notify the relevant authorities about this.

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A situation, matter, or person that presents perplexity or difficulty
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