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The Forum Terms and Conditions


1.Acceptance of Terms. In order to contribute to any of the interactive pages of the Forum, you must agree to abide by the Post Rules and Swear Word Policy below. If you do not agree then you must leave the Forum immediately. By completing the Forum registration form and by entering your email address and password, you will be deemed to have accepted these Terms and Conditions in their entirety.

2. Accuracy of Records. During the registration process, you agree to provide true, accurate and complete information about yourself, and to update this information when it changes. If you do not update it, The Post may suspend or terminate your use of the Website. Any personal information that you provide to The Post is subject to the terms of the Data Protection Notice and Cookie Policy detailed in our main terms.

3. Password. When you register, you will choose a password so that you can access your account with The Post. You agree that you will keep this information confidential. You are completely responsible for activities that happen under your account and password. If you think there has been unauthorised use of your account or password, you agree immediately to notify The Post and co-operate with The Post to resolve it. You understand that if you do not follow the terms of this paragraph, The Post may suspend or terminate your use of the Website.

4. Unauthorised Access to your Password. You will not do anything that would assist anyone who is not a registered user to gain access to any secure area of the Website. You undertake that you will not maliciously create additional registration accounts for the purpose of abusing the functionality of the Website, or other users; nor will you seek to pass yourself off as another user.

5. Access Termination. The Post can terminate your access to the Website at any time. The Post may also remove any content that you post without cause, without giving reasons and without notice to you. This includes all postings, profiles or other personalised information you have created while on the Website.


These Rules have been developed so that everyone can get the best out of contributing to the Forum. They aim to protect anyone who reads or contributes and to help everyone to have an enjoyable and safe time. By participating in the Forum, you agree to abide by these Rules. The Post reserves the right to change these Forum Rules at any time by posting these changes online. You are responsible for regularly reviewing information posted online to obtain notice of such changes. Your continuing use of the Forum once these changes are posted constitutes your acceptance of these Forum Rules as modified by the posted changes.

Please be warned that if any content breaks the rules below it will be removed by the moderators of the Website.

Rules for Contributing to the Forums and Principles that You Must Accept.

1. Adding Comments. To add your comment to a Forum, click the "Add Your Comment" (or similar) button on the bottom of the article. If the comment on that specific Forum requires the user to log in or register then please click on the relevant link.
2. Moderation. The Post is keen to encourage lively and informed debate but at the same time considers that some of its topics will require a closer level of editorial oversight. That is why The Post has moderation for some discussions. When comments appear on the Forum they will either be "moderated" or "non-moderated". Moderation means that the PostÕs staff will check each comment before posting it onto the Website. The Post cannot guarantee that all comments can be published. The Post will publish as many comments as it can without editing. However, The Post may edit your comments.
3. Complaints. We want to encourage safe and open discussions but if you think a comment breaks the Forum Rules, click on the "Report" link which appears beside each comment. You will be asked to log in / register (if not already logged in). Once you have logged in, the "Report" form will appear with a field to enter your reason. Please fill this in telling The Post why you think the comment is not acceptable. Once you press the "Report" button, your complaint will be brought to the attention of the Post's moderators, who will decide whether the comment breaks the rules. If it does, they will remove it. If it doesn't, it will be allowed to remain on the Forum. This process may be automated, and the comment may be removed automatically, before being reviewed by the moderators. Then it will either be reinstated, or remain removed from the site. The Post will not normally enter into correspondence about complaints, but will do so in special cases. If you want to take the matter further, you can do it via the Contact Us section, listing the article in question (please include the web address) and the offending comment and author. Please do not abuse the complaints system. It is there to allow users to report any comments which you deem unsuitable and in breach of the Rules. Similarly, please do not use the "Report" link to complain about spelling errors, differences of opinion or multiple postings. Anyone who repeatedly abuses the complaints system simply because they disagree with comments may have their account suspended.

4. Personal attacks are prohibited. Commonly known as flaming, personal attacks are posts which are designed to put down or insult Forum members. Text of this nature is not beneficial to the Post's community spirit and will not be tolerated.

5. No Trolling. 'Trolling' is a post that is deliberately made for the purpose of angering and/or insulting the members of a Forum. Posts of this nature are disruptive and contain deliberately provocative text just to cause trouble. It's not polite so please don't do it.

6. Unlawful, harassing, defamatory, abusive, threatening, harmful, obscene, profane, sexually orientated, racially offensive or otherwise objectionable material is not acceptable. Swearing is not allowed on the Forum. The Post is encouraging young and old alike to use the Forum and swearing is not acceptable in that company. Please see the Swear Word Policy below for further details on what is not acceptable language for use on the Forum. If you do use language in your posting which goes against the Swear Word Policy The Post will remove your post. If you continue to break this rules you will find your account is closed down.

7. Be patient. Please remember when posting that people of all ages and abilities use the Forum. Remember when you were a new user and try to be kind.

8. No spamming or flooding. Spamming is the posting of the same (or very similar) messages to lots of conversation threads. Flooding is when the same (or very similar) message is posted over and over again to the same conversation. Please don’t deliberately spam or flood the Forum as The Post will simply remove your posting and possibly your account.

9. No advertising. Advertising is not allowed within the postings on the Forum. Writing articles that review or criticise commercial products, local restaurants, venues etc. are obviously fine as long as they're balanced, but adverts aren't. If you wish to advertise through a banner or a tile advert on the Forum pages please contact the Post direct.

10. Postings or articles containing languages other than English may be removed. The Post has to ensure that it understands a posting or article before it can pass it, therefore postings in languages other than English may have to be removed.

11. Don't impersonate others. Impersonating another user of the Forums, moderator, administrator or the Post's employees is strictly prohibited. This may be grounds for permanent loss of your Forum account and access.

12. Be careful with including email addresses, instant messaging addressesand phone numbers in contributions. DO NOT POST YOUR PHONE NUMBER AT ANY TIME! Do not include anyone else's personal details. You may include your own personal email address or instant messaging address in postings (providing it's acceptable, i.e. not vulgar or offensive), but please be aware that it is at your own risk and you are potentially opening yourself up to a lot of email and possible spam. You should be absolutely sure that you want people to able to contact you like this. It is not acceptable to publicise anyone else's contact details other than your own. However it is acceptable to include general contact details for companies, but you must only include publicly available details, for example, the telephone number of a restaurant or the email address of a local company.

13. Only include suitable URLs in your postings. Links to websites we consider unsuitable will be removed, so if you are considering contributing something that contains a URL please make sure that it adds value and interest to the subject of your posting and it isn't purely commercial. Unsuitable sites would include those with racist material, pornographic or sexually explicit material, potentially defamatory material, anything which encourages illegal activities, material which infringes copyright, sites which purely promote commercial products or services without containing material which enhances the subject matter, sites that start with automatic downloads or sites which may offend users of the Forum. The Post may also have to remove links to sites which are in languages other than English for the reasons described in item 10 above.

14. Feedback. The Post welcomes feedback, both positive and negative, about its products and services, but please make sure your comments are in line with the above Forum Rules. You can contact the moderator of The Forum by using the link provided on the page. Please note though that repeatedly posting personal or offensive comments about individual members of the public or people who work for The Post may be considered harassment. The Post reserves the right to remove such messages and take action against those responsible.

15. Copyright on the Forums. It's important to note that you retain copyright in your contributions to the Forums. This means that you are free to take what you have written and re-publish it somewhere else.

All you do in contributing to the Forums is to grant The Post the right to publish in accordance with these terms and conditions. In other words, what you create here is done on the condition that you grant The Post a perpetual, royalty-free, non-exclusive license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform, play, sublicense and exercise all copyright and publicity rights with respect to your contribution worldwide and/or to incorporate your contribution in other works in any media now known or later developed for the full term of any rights that may exist in your contribution and you agree to waive any and all moral rights that exist in your contribution for the purposes of its submission to and publication on the Forum and the purposes specified above. As The Post may wish to distribute the content in various formats over time, it needs to be sure that it has the right to publish everything posted to any Forum.

16. The Law. The Post accepts no liability in respect of any material submitted by users and published by it and The Post is not responsible for its content and accuracy. Please keep your comments relevant, in good taste and civil. If anything you post is illegal (for example defamatory), condones illegal activities (such as recommends drug taking) or infringes the copyright of a third party then it will be removed.
- Do not post any defamatory material of any nature anywhere on the Forum (for example a comment that is capable of damaging the reputation of a person or organisation. You could be liable for damages and costs if successfully sued). This includes text, graphics, video, programs or audio.
- Posting a message indicating your intention to commit an illegal act is strictly prohibited.
- Do not post comments which could be in contempt of court or which could break a court injunction - this means not posting anything that risks prejudicing on-going or forthcoming court proceedings (such as naming an individual or speculating as to their current whereabouts after a court has issued an injunction against doing so).
- Do not post messages that are unlawful, harassing, defamatory, abusive, threatening, harmful, obscene, profane, sexually oriented or racially offensive. Do not incite people to commit any crime, including incitement of racial hatred
- Only post material to which you have the copyright or other permission to distribute electronically. You may not violate, plagiarise or infringe the rights of third parties including copyright, trademark, trade secret, privacy, personal, publicity or proprietary rights.

17. Parental Guidance. If you are under the age of 16 Please get your parents' or guardians' permission before taking part in the Forum discussions. NEVER reveal any personal information about yourself (for example your telephone number, location, home address or email address) without getting your parents' or guardians' permission first.

18. Transgressions. If you fail to abide by these Forum Rules then, in most cases, the following procedure will be followed. Please note that The Post reserves the right to terminate accounts immediately at its discretion (in the event of such things as criminal behaviour or personal abuse or harassment of the Post's staff for example) or to vary the following process as it sees fit.
- For the first offence you will receive an official warning from the moderator.
- For the second offence your account will be suspended for seven days.
- For the third offence your account will be closed permanently.

In each case the warning or suspension notice will be sent to the email address you have used to register with the Forum. This email will explain the nature of your transgression and the process for transgressions. If this email address bounces your account will be terminated.
While suspended if you return to the Forums by creating another account this will constitute a further offence and will extend the suspension to the next period or will result in your account being closed permanently. Asking other Forum members to post on your behalf while suspended will constitute a further offence on your behalf and may constitute an offence by those members.

Violation of any of the Forum Rules could lead to legal action being taken against you by interested authorities or an aggrieved party. Be aware that if legal action ensues The Post could be legally obliged to reveal your registration information and/or IP address to those authorities.


As with the above Rules, this Swearing and Offensive Word Policy has been developed so that everyone can get the best out of contributing to the Forum. Swearing, bullying, and racist language will not be tolerated in any way.

By participating in the Forums you also agree to abide by this Swearing and Offensive Word Policy. The Post reserves the right to change this Swearing and Offensive Word Policy at any time by posting these changes online. You are responsible for regularly reviewing information posted online to obtain notice of such changes. Your continuing use of the Forums once these changes are posted constitutes your acceptance of this Swearing and Offensive Word Policy as modified by the posted changes.

Please be warned that if any content breaks the rules below it may be removed by the moderators of the Website.

1. If you see an unmoderated swear word within a posting or an article, bring it to the attention of the site moderator by using the link provided. The moderator will then remove the offending word.

2. If you see a word that you personally find offensive, but is not moderated, please bring it to the attention of the moderator, who will make a decision as to its suitability in the given context or if it needs adding to the filters list.

3. The Post would like to point out that it would prefer you not to use swear words at all. The Forum is fora wide range of readers and members, in terms of age, culture, nationality and personal attitude and many people are genuinely offended by swear words that others consider perfectly acceptable.

4. If you feel you must use swear words within a posting please "star" out the word yourself. Please note though that the starring out of swear words is not a means to get around the Forum Rules. If your posting breaks the Rules (i.e. it is obscene, profane, abusive, racially offensive etc.) it will be removed regardless of whether the words have been starred out or not. Swear words on the banned list that have been deliberately or accidentally mis-spelt will also be automatically removed by the filter or added after being noted.

5. Swearing and offensive Words: The Banned List
There is a large glossary of swear words and offensive on our Banned List which our filter will automatically replace with "[moderated word]".
Some of these words may at times be part of a perfectly acceptable larger word or sentence and still be picked up by the filter. we apologise if this is the case but we would expect you to be able to work out the genuine meaning without risking offensive language for our younger forum posters.



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