North Lincolnshire Music Hub Forum Rules
These forum rules are disclosed to clarify the various responsibilities of all forum members. They have been compiled and are revised regularly by the Music Support Service and should be adhered to by everyone.
- 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. Harassing 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 member of the Moderator Team. Please use the “post report” feature to report posts. Do not respond to such topics yourself. Members who constantly “act” as moderators may be warned.
- Members should remember this board is aimed at a general audience. Posting obscene 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 linking to or asking for information, images, music, etc. or re-printing material without permission will receive a warning and their post will be removed.
- Members should post in a way which is consistent with “normal writing”. That is users should not post excessive numbers of emoticons, large, small or coloured text, etc. Similarly users should not SHOUT or use excessive punctuation (e.g. !!!!! and ???) in topic titles or posts. Users consistently abusing this will be warned.
- Spam is not tolerated here under any circumstance. This includes re-posting the same item over a period of days, posting in threads and topics older than 2 months and trying to get your thread to the top by posting concurrent replies. Users posting spam will be warned and their post removed.
- The moderating, support and other teams reserve the right to edit, remove or put on moderation queue any post at any time. Please note that currently any very first post is automatically placed in the moderation queue and will be approved/disapproved according to the present rules. The determination of what is construed as indecent, vulgar, spam, etc. as noted in these points is up to Team Members and not users.
- The above forum rules where applicable also apply to private messaging. Abuse of the private messaging system may lead to warnings (as above) and/or the revocation of private messaging.
- North Lincolnshire Music Hub operates a two strike policy. Users will first be warned for the contravention of any of the above rules, upon the second contravention a user will be suspended from posting replies, topics or posts for an amount of time to be decided upon the severity of the infarction, upon a third wrong doing a user will be banned for a time seen fit by the moderators. Strikes will be wiped clean at the end of each 31 day period.
- Arguing with team members 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 above.
- Users who feel they have been unfairly warned are welcome to contact the Music Support Service. If they feel you were treated wrongly they will remove a warning.
- Any attempt to circumvent a temporary ban or other moderator action will lead to a permanent ban of your account(s). Circumvention includes re-registering or using an already registered account under a non-banned username. Other examples include changing IP addresses, using a new email account or other action that can be taken to evade moderator action to hide your identity as the owner of the sanctioned account.
- An exception to the three strike rule applies when users contact staff directly (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 North Lincolnshire Music Hub may consider lifting permanent bans from time to time this is a rare occurrence.