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PhUSE Wiki AUPs

Forum Rules and Acceptable Use Policy
The administrators reserve the right to modify these rules as necessary. Notice will be given when changes are made to the rules.

While the administrators and moderators of this Wiki will attempt to remove or edit any generally objectionable material as quickly as possible, it is impossible to review every message. Therefore, you acknowledge that all posts made to this Wiki express the views and opinions of the people posting them and not the administrators, moderators or webmaster (except for posts by these people). Neither PhUSE, the moderators, administrators, or technical staff will be held liable for any content posted on this forum by persons other than themselves.

Registration
Access to the site is free, however it requires a registration process.

Privacy
As a contributor you agree to any information you have entered during registration or in your posted messages being stored in a database. This information will not be disclosed to anyone unless required by law.


The webmaster, administrators, and moderators cannot be held responsible for any hacking attempt that may lead to the data being compromised. Although PhUSE Limited does keep the software up-to-date and have installed various security measures, there is always the risk of a successful hacking attempt. Therefore, we urge you to minimise the amount of private information you post here publicly or in private messages and strongly recommend that you take steps to protect your privacy.

This forum system uses cookies to store information on your local computer. These cookies do not contain any of the information you have entered above; they serve only to facilitate functionality such as automatic login. Your e-mail address is used only for confirming your registration details and password (and for sending new passwords should you forget your current one). If you change your email address, your account will be automatically disabled in order to protect your user account from unauthorized access. A new validation email will be sent to the new email address. Your account will remain inactive until re-validated by you.

The webmaster, administrators, and moderators agree to hold all information provided by users during registration and all private communications from users in confidence, not to be disclosed to any third party, except as required by law.

Conduct
We will remove accounts that are used to post advertisments for careers or that are used to send commercial emails or private messages containing advertisements to other users.

You may not post pornography or obscenity.  Pornographic or obscene content, and hyperlinks to pornographic or obscene content will be removed and the account will be disabled.

You may not encourage others to commit violence and any forum user who posts a credible threat of bodily harm to another user of this forum will be banned immediately.

You may not post or link to computer viruses or malicious code.

Forum Disruption and Verbal Abuse
It is valuable for the Wiki to have active posters with a broad range of opinions and that contributors be able to express themselves in any manner that they choose within the parameters of other forum rules and limitations. We recognise that debate often leads to spirited discussion. While it is not our intent to govern minor squabbles, serious verbal abuse may occur, harming substantive discussion. Examples of abusive, disruptive behavior are:

Bickering: When one or more posters in a thread stop responding substantively, and instead primarily make abusive or insulting comments. This often takes the form of an escalating, two-sided use of accusations, insults, derision, namecalling, sarcasm, mockery, and other forms of abusive language.

Spill-over: When a poster starts threads or interrupts other threads in order to further the bickering or abuse started elsewhere. This is an abuse of the forum when it creates sufficient "noise" to defeat bystanders' reasonable attempts to ignore the disruptive posters involved. This applies to posts and topics on the PhUSE forum. For example, if two users on this board engage in an abusive exchange on a different message board, and continue it here, only the posts on this forum apply to determinations of "spill-over". For our purposes, "spill-over" means abuse or bickering in a topic on this board that is continued in or distributed among other topics on this board.

Harrassment: When bickering or abuse is continued elsewhere in the Forum or in Private Messages. Harassment will be considered a particularly harmful attempt to reduce participation on the forum.

These are illustrations, and are not intended as a complete list of behaviors that may be considered abusive or disruptive. By "abusive", we mean the gratuitous use of insult, sarcasm, foul language, or cruelty directed at another user.

Abusive, disruptive behavior such as the above examples may lead to warnings, the splitting of threads, the temporary suspension of posting privileges, restriction of posting privileges, or permanent banning. These actions will be at the discretion of the Administrators, depending upon the severity of the disruption.

A certain level of give-and-take is to be expected in discussions of controversial issues. As with our rules regarding profanity, isolated mild insults may not result in administrative action. If someone repeatedly insults people, we're very likely to take action as described.


Copyrighted Materials
The administrators reserve the right to remove any copyrighted materials from any given post. We consider any published material not known to be in the public domain to be copyrighted by the original author. This includes but is not limited to printed material or material published in electronic media, i.e. email messages, posts from other forums or message boards, posts on Usenet, blog content, or web page content.  News articles are acceptable so long as a link to the article is avaliable. 

You may not post the private information of any person without their permission, except your own.

A person's home address, home or business telephone number, social security number, names of spouses and and children, and similar private information would be considered private information that we would remove if prior permission had not been obtained, even if it is published on a web page.

Spamming
Please do not post the same topic across several rooms or post the same message repeatedly in the same topic or different topics.

Posting links to events of interest will not be considered violations of this rule.

Unique Situations
No set of rules can be all-inclusive. Situations may arise that are not covered by these rules but that may require administrative action. Although we prefer to act only on situations covered by the written rules, the administrators reserve the right to act as needed to deal with situations that are clearly disruptive of Wiki use.

Decisions made by the Administrator are usually final, but reasonable appeals will be considered.

By continuing to post on this forum you agree to be bound by these conditions.