Forum Rules

Forum Rules

Forum Rules

Unread postby tech_admin » Tue Sep 09, 2014 2:45 pm

Board-Wide Policies
This document is designed to clarify various responsibilities of community members here at the forum. Please read it and become familiar with it. Its terms are retroactive and agreed by moderators and administrators.

Forum rules
Posts are to be made in the relevant forum. Users are asked to read the forum descriptions before posting. Users consistently posting to the wrong forum may be given a warning (see policing below).

Members should post in a way that is respectful of other users. Flaming or abusing users in any way will not be tolerated and will lead to a warning.

Members are asked to not act as "back seat moderators". If members note an issue which contravenes something in this policy document they are welcome to bring it to the attention of a moderator. Only do this if a moderator has not replied within 24 hours. Do not respond to such topics yourself. Members who consistently "act" as moderators may be warned.

Members should remember this board is aimed at a general audience. Posting pornographic or generally offensive text, images, links, etc. will not be tolerated and will lead to a warning.

Members are asked to respect the copyright of other users, sites, media, etc. Users re-printing material without permission will receive a warning and their post will be removed.

Spam is not tolerated here under any circumstance. This includes offering legal services (charged and free), divorce-related products, etc. Users posting spam will be warned and their post removed. See specific item on spam and 3rd party linking for more information.

Moderators and Administrators reserve the right to edit or remove any post at any time. The determination of what is construed as indecent, vulgar, spam, etc. as noted in these points is up to moderators and not users.

Signatures may contain up to five lines (one line being that displayed on a browser opened to 800px width) of text (of small or normal size). Text sizes should be between 9 and 12 (small and normal). Text in signatures is subject to the same conditions as posts with respect to decency, copyrights and so forth.

Links in signatures are permitted to a maximum of four unique pages or sites. You may not link to pornographic, political, racist or other similar hate sites. Links are included in signature size limits.

Users abusing these rules will be warned.

Spam and Linking Policies
Users may post links to third party or personal websites that offer legal services or other products that can assist divorced/divorcing fathers. No active solicitation, however, may be posted on the forums.

Links to products and services related to divorced/divorcing fathers may be included in signatures but should not include offers, prices, "specials" or slogans/trademarks.

If a link is deemed by moderators or administrators to be excessive in advertising a product or service, MensDivorce reserves the right to edit or delete such links.

Users who repeatedly violate this policy will be issued a warning and are subject to the warning policies as outlined below.

The forum operates on a three-strike policy. Users will be warned a maximum of three times for any and all offenses in a three-month period. If the need arises for a fourth warning, a temporary ban will be put in place of between one to seven days.

Arguing with moderators and administrators after having received a warning will lead to an immediate additional warning. Should this exceed three strikes, a temporary ban will be put in place as described above.

Users who feel they have been unfairly warned are welcome to contact the relevant moderator, e.g. if warned by a moderator you should contact him/her. If the moderators feel the users were treated badly, they will remove a warning. If you feel their decision is also unfair, you may contact the board administrator. Their administrator’s decision is final. Contacting Administrators over warning matters should be done so as a last resort.

Any attempt to circumvent a temporary ban will lead to that ban being made permanent. Circumvention includes re-registering under a non-banned username, changing IP addresses to evade an IP ban, registering a new email account to an evade an email ban, etc. Circumvention also includes posting as an anonymous user.

An exception to the three-strike rule applies when users contact moderators or administrators personally (via any method) and post insulting, indecent or vulgar material. Such users may be subject to an immediate permanent ban.

Permanent bans are a last resort and thought is given before implementing them. While MensDivorce may consider lifting permanent bans from time to time, this is a rare occurrence.

Terms of Use
By accessing “Divorce Forum and Child Custody Forum” (hereinafter “we”, “us”, “our”, “Divorce Forum and Child Custody Forum”, “”), you agree to be legally bound by the following terms. If you do not agree to be legally bound by all of the following terms then please do not access and/or use “Divorce Forum and Child Custody Forum”. We may change these at any time and we’ll do our utmost in informing you, though it would be prudent to review this regularly yourself as your continued usage of “Divorce Forum and Child Custody Forum” after changes mean you agree to be legally bound by these terms as they are updated and/or amended.

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You agree not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening, sexually-orientated or any other material that may violate any laws be it of your country, the country where “Divorce Forum and Child Custody Forum” is hosted or International Law. Doing so may lead to you being immediately and permanently banned, with notification of your Internet Service Provider if deemed required by us. The IP address of all posts are recorded to aid in enforcing these conditions. You agree that “Divorce Forum and Child Custody Forum” have the right to remove, edit, move or close any topic at any time should we see fit. As a user you agree to any information you have entered to being stored in a database. While this information will not be disclosed to any third party without your consent, neither “Divorce Forum and Child Custody Forum” nor phpBB shall be held responsible for any hacking attempt that may lead to the data being compromised.

Privacy Policy
This policy explains in detail how “Divorce Forum and Child Custody Forum” along with its affiliated companies (hereinafter “we”, “us”, “our”, “Divorce Forum and Child Custody Forum”, “”) and phpBB (hereinafter “they”, “them”, “their”, “phpBB software”, “”, “phpBB Group”, “phpBB Teams”) use any information collected during any session of usage by you (hereinafter “your information”).

Your information is collected via two ways. Firstly, by browsing “Divorce Forum and Child Custody Forum” will cause the phpBB software to create a number of cookies, which are small text files that are downloaded on to your computer’s web browser temporary files. The first two cookies just contain a user identifier (hereinafter “user-id”) and an anonymous session identifier (hereinafter “session-id”), automatically assigned to you by the phpBB software. A third cookie will be created once you have browsed topics within “Divorce Forum and Child Custody Forum” and is used to store which topics have been read, thereby improving your user experience.

We may also create cookies external to the phpBB software whilst browsing “Divorce Forum and Child Custody Forum”, though these are outside the scope of this document which is intended to only cover the pages created by the phpBB software. The second way in which we collect your information is by what you submit to us. This can be, and is not limited to: posting as an anonymous user (hereinafter “anonymous posts”), registering on “Divorce Forum and Child Custody Forum” (hereinafter “your account”) and posts submitted by you after registration and whilst logged in (hereinafter “your posts”).

Your account will at a bare minimum contain a uniquely identifiable name (hereinafter “your user name”), a personal password used for logging into your account (hereinafter “your password”) and a personal, valid e-mail address (hereinafter “your e-mail”). Your information for your account at “Divorce Forum and Child Custody Forum” is protected by data-protection laws applicable in the country that hosts us. Any information beyond your user name, your password, and your e-mail address required by “Divorce Forum and Child Custody Forum” during the registration process is either mandatory or optional, at the discretion of “Divorce Forum and Child Custody Forum”. In all cases, you have the option of what information in your account is publicly displayed. Furthermore, within your account, you have the option to opt-in or opt-out of automatically generated e-mails from the phpBB software.

Your password is ciphered (a one-way hash) so that it is secure. However, it is recommended that you do not reuse the same password across a number of different websites. Your password is the means of accessing your account at “Divorce Forum and Child Custody Forum”, so please guard it carefully and under no circumstance will anyone affiliated with “Divorce Forum and Child Custody Forum”, phpBB or another 3rd party, legitimately ask you for your password. Should you forget your password for your account, you can use the “I forgot my password” feature provided by the phpBB software. This process will ask you to submit your user name and your e-mail, then the phpBB software will generate a new password to reclaim your account.
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