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Acceptable Usage Policy
Post Wed Dec 09, 2009 11:07 am
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Acceptable Usage Policy

By registering an account you agree to follow this policy (the AUP), which applies to all sites on the RLFANS network, and includes private messages and emails sent via the site as well as postings made in public areas.

All users of the forums are guests and their membership may be revoked at any time at the discretion of the board managers.

This policy was last updated on 22nd September 2017

The Policy

1. Prohibited Content

1.1. Messages that contain a level of profanity or sexual content that exceeds the moderator's definition of acceptable are prohibited.
* In practice this means content that would not be allowed on television before the 9pm watershed and also applies to website addresses that link to such material. Think of it like this: any post should be safe to view at work or by anyone of any age.

1.2. Messages that are in contradiction with the law of England & Wales, or that promote any act that’s against the law of England & Wales, are prohibited on this site.
1.2a. Legal action
* This covers posting anything that is libelous or racist/sexist/homophobic etc, or which risks legal action being taken against the site.
* Under libel laws in England & Wales the burden of proof is on the defendant – truth isn’t even always a defence.
1.2b. Copyrighted materials
* Linking to sites carrying content without the permission of the copyright owner, or mentioning how to access such material, is forbidden.
* This also includes posting links to, or explaining how to access, unauthorised video or audio of copyrighted broadcasts and recordings.
* When linking to official audio or video, only do so to the relevant page on the official web site. Do not link to other sites or directly to a media stream as this is usually against the terms and conditions of the service.
* Photographs may only be posted where you own the copyright, or have been granted permission to post them.
* Copying full articles or posting video is prohibited.
* When including any such material you must post the source.

1.3. Matter that are sub judice cannot be discussed.
* Under the law of England & Wales, when a matter becomes sub judice - from the moment a charge is filed or hearing arranged and until a resolution is reached - publishers are restricted under criminal penalty to what can be published so that they don’t prejudice a case.
* The definition of published content includes web sites and postings on message boards.

1.4. Messages intended to destroy threads or to only increase post counts are prohibited.

1.5. Moderators are entitled to act against posters who, by regular behaviour, stop others from posting a/or cause outbreaks of aggressive posting from others in response.

1.6. Users should only post telephone numbers and other private contact details on public areas of the network when relevant.
* Although not prohibited, users should be aware that they are posting on a public web site and we cannot restrict who can view those details.
* Members should never post or share any other poster’s details, including their identity.

2. Member Conduct

2.1. Comments that are meant to upset or cause distress to other members are prohibited on this site.
* We will not tolerate threatening or abusive behaviour. Anyone who is found guilty of acting this way toward any other member risks being banned from RLFANS.
* This includes messages sent via the private message system.

2.2. Public criticism of the moderation process is prohibited.
*If you have a question about the decision of a moderator, you should ask them via the private message system.
* If you are dissatisfied with their response, then you should contact the admin team, via http://support.rlfans.com/.

2.3. Spamming boards without prior approval is prohibited.
* This means posting the same message on multiple boards.
* Advertising approval is required by the admin team as per rule 3 below.
* For other messages, approval must be sought from a moderator of each message board that you wish to post on.

3. Advertising and promotion

3.1. Messages intended to advertise or promote external organisations and sites without prior approval of the admin team are prohibited.
* Official club advertising is allowable with permission of the relevant forum moderators.
* Advertising is permitted within your signature where it does not breach this policy.
* Links to other rugby league sites may also be promoted on the League Links Central message board.
* Private sellers may also advertise rugby league related products for sale on the League Marketplace message board.

3.2. Ticket touting is prohibited.
* This means any advertising or selling of tickets at more than their face value, whether directly posted or linked to on another site (including in signatures) for personal profit.
* They may only be sold above face value if being auctioned for charity.

4. Signatures and avatars

4.1. All rules above regarding unacceptable content apply to signatures and avatars.

4.2. The combined size of images used in signatures should not be larger than 450 pixels wide, 100 pixels tall, and 20 KB in size (20,480 bytes).

4.3. Using RLFANS network badges as an avatar is prohibited.

5. Board specific rules

5.1. Individual message boards may add their own rules, which should be considered part of this policy.
* These will be posted in a clearly titled ‘Announcement’ thread and where this is available, it should be read before posting on the board.
* It is left to the discretion of the moderators of each individual board what off-topic content they may allow.

Moderator Powers

On message boards that they moderate, a forum moderator may...

1. edit individual posts;
2. delete individual posts;
3. merge threads;
4. lock threads;
5. delete threads;
6. move threads to other message boards;
7. remove a member’s posting rights on their message board.

Any moderator may...

1. request that a member remove or change their signature or avatar;
2. issue warnings on behalf of RLFANS;
3. block a member's access to their user account.

The forum moderators for a particular board are listed on the top of the index page for that forum.

All moderators can be recognised by having one of the following badges:

Image or Image

Complaints

If you disagree with the decision of a moderator, you should contact them via private message to discuss the situation. Starting new threads or posting on existing threads to complain is prohibited under rule 2.2.

If you remain unsatisfied after discussing an issue with a moderator or if you wish to make a complaint against a moderator, then you should post your complaint to the admin team via http://support.rlfans.com/ with the relevant details.

Final Authority

The Acceptable Usage Policy is non-negotiable, and all decisions of the admin team are final.

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