Forum Policy

Started by Gus, August 04, 2016
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August 04, 2016
Please take a moment to read the following Discussion Forum Policy. This should be read in conjunction with our User Policy and Privacy Policy. Please note that words that are defined in our User Policy also apply to this Discussion Forum Policy. If there is anything you do not understand, then please contact us.

This Discussion Forum Policy sets out certain rules that will govern your use of the discussion forums (the "Discussion Forums") including some guidelines that we hope you will find helpful.

The Discussion Forums are available to all users of the Website to look at. Only registered users of this Website ("Forum Users") are able to post messages. These Discussion Forums are provided to give you the chance to discuss issues, including your equipment needs, with other users and ask for advice from our advice team. As in a real community, forum users are asked to respect other forum users and their rights.

The Discussion Forums are divided into different areas, with each area dedicated to particular topics of discussion. Please ensure that any discussions you begin are started in the appropriate area so that other people know where to look for them.

1. Discussion Forum Policy
Your access and use of the Discussion Forum is subject to your acceptance of, and compliance with the provisions of this Discussion Forum Policy and any other legal notices and/or instructions which may appear in the Discussion Forums (including in any messages or attachments posted on a Discussion Forum) from time to time.
IMPORTANT:  By accessing and using the Discussion Forums you will automatically be taken to have read, understood and accepted this Discussion Forum Policy.  If you do not agree to be bound by this Discussion Forum Policy, please cease to access CURE’s Discussion Forums.  If you fail to observe any of the provisions of this Discussion Forum Policy, we reserve the right, at our discretion and without notice, to remove or edit any messages you may have left on a Discussion Forum and/or to exclude you (either temporarily or permanently) from the Discussion Forums and/or terminate your access to all or any parts of this Website, depending on the nature and severity of your breach.
If you are notified that your posting privileges have been suspended or terminated, you will not attempt to reregister as a user of the Discussion Forums or make any posts on it in any guise whatsoever.
When former users whose posting privileges have been removed do reregister or otherwise disrupt the Discussion Forums, this spoils the Discussion Forums and can cause severe distress or disturbance to other users. Dealing with the unwanted posts of former users distracts us from the core purpose of the Website and ties up management and technician time. Therefore, in such circumstances we reserve the right to:
  • Report offenders to their ISP.
  • Charge offenders for the administrative costs of identifying and removing their posts at the rate of $150 per hour necessarily spent plus any external costs that we incur.
  • Take legal action to recover these costs.
  • Report offenders to the authorities if their actions appear to amount to a breach of the Computer Misuse Act 1990 or any other relevant criminal legislation.
This Discussion Forum Policy may be amended from time to time, and we therefore suggest that you review it periodically.

2. Posting a Message on the Discussion Forum
When posting ("Posting") a message or a reply (including attachments) ("Message") on any Discussion Forum, you will need to be logged in as a registered Forum User. The following information will appear in your Posts.
  • Username - This will be published alongside your message. It will be the username you created when you registered;
  • Topic Title – This is only required if you are starting a new topic thread; and
  • Text – This will be published.  You are responsible for ensuring the safety of your personal information and we therefore recommend that you do not include your full home address, job title, telephone number or other more sensitive personal information in any messages. In particular, please remember that your email address may contain personal information about you such as your name and where you work.
3. Rules for using the Discussion Forums
  • General Behavior - Forum users must not transmit to any Discussion Forum ("Post") any Message, or knowingly receive via a Discussion Forum ("Access") any message that is unlawful, illegal, fraudulent, offensive, threatening, abusive, bullying, harassing, tortuous, indecent, obscene, defamatory, invasive of another's privacy or discriminatory whether racially, ethnically, sexually, religiously or otherwise, or which may incite or instruct any person or organization to undertake such activities. The persistent posting of critical messages that focus on other forum members is an example of behavior that is harassing.
  • Use of Language – Forum users must not post or access messages containing language that is in any way unlawful, threatening or offensive.  This includes the use of swear-words, bad language and offensive nicknames. Care should be taken with the use of language with attention given to tact and diplomacy and being non-judgmental.
  • Breach of Confidence – Forum users must not post or access messages that might, in any way, breach the confidence or privacy of another individual.  Examples include: an email received from an individual cannot be placed on a Discussion Forum without first obtaining that individual’s consent.
  • Breach of Intellectual Property – Forum users must not post or access messages that might, in any way, infringe any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright, database right or in any other way violates the legal rights of any third party.
  • Impersonation – Forum users must not impersonate any person or identity, falsely state or otherwise misrepresent their affiliation with a person or organization or disguise the origin of any content of a message.
Forum users post as individuals, they can state their background and experience, but should refrain from making repeated references to other services that they may work or volunteer for. Any views you express are your own. When views are expressed in a way which implies the support or endorsement of a third organization it can have damaging consequences for that organization including:
  • compromising core principles of independence, impartiality and client confidentiality
  • relationships with other third parties can be harmed
  • potential members / volunteers may be discouraged from contacting the organization
  • Viruses – Forum users must not post or access messages that might contain computer viruses or any other computer code, or programs designed to interrupt, destroy or limit the functionality of any computer software, hardware or telecommunications equipment.
  • Illegal and Harmful Activities – Forum users must not post or access messages relating to (or including links to) pirated software (including computer games), counterfeit goods or any other material which is, or might reasonably considered to be, illegal or otherwise harmful.
  • Pornography – Forum users must not post or access messages relating to (or including links to) any kind of pornography.
  • Personal Information – Forum users must not post any messages containing any information about another person from which that person can be identified. Please be aware that you do not have to name a person in order to identify them if sufficient other information is given.
  • Contact Details - Forum users must not post any messages containing email addresses, home address, telephone number or other contact details, of themselves or any other person.
    Spam/Advertising  - Forum users must not post any messages advertising products or services for profit or gain.
  • Off-Topic Messages - Forum users must not post messages that are off-topic for the forum or thread if these will be disruptive to other users (Moderators will determine whether the messages are off topic).
  • Sharing of Accounts - No account should be used by more than one person.
  • Repeat Posts - A repeated post or multiple very similar posts should not be placed in several forums.
  • Trolls - Forum users must not post inflammatory, extraneous or off-topic messages with the primary intent of provoking other users into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion
  • Other - Forum users must not act in any way that brings CURE into disrepute.
  • Moderator Complaints: Complaints and queries about moderators should be sent directly using our feedback form and not posted on the forums. We will not discuss moderation on the forum as this would help trolls and spammers.
  • Advertising/Commercial Use
    User-to-user recommendations of products is acceptable and encouraged, but any commercially-driven posts will be removed and your account banned or a warning issued. For example, inline text advertising is strictly forbidden.
    Any posts which do not adhere to the above will be removed and should the post be reposted the account may be subject to a warning or ban.
Reminder: If you fail to observe any of these rules, we reserve the right, at our discretion and without notice, to remove or edit any messages you may have left on the Discussion Forum and/or to exclude you (either temporarily or permanently) from the Discussion Forums and/or terminate your access to all or any parts of this website, depending on the nature and severity of your breach.
4. Monitoring / Moderation
In order to provide forum users with general support and advice in relation to their use of the Discussion Forums and for security and abuse-management reasons, CURE staff may act as moderators. All CURE staff who act as moderators have been DBS (was CRB) checked.
Moderators will access the Discussion Forums to help ensure that other forum users are adhering to this Discussion Forum Policy. However, moderators will not undertake monitoring every message nor monitoring the conduct of every forum user. Each forum user shall remain responsible for his or her behavior in the forum.  
We do not monitor all activity on the Discussion Forums and so we do rely on forum users to inform us if they observe any abuse or inappropriate behavior, in which case we will review specific messages and assess if they breach the forum or User Policies. When a message is reported as unsuitable it will not be removed automatically by the system. CURE’s moderators will determine what action is necessary - removal of the post, editing of the post or no further action. If you feel you have been threatened, damaged or abused in our Discussion Forums or if you believe any infringement of your rights may have occurred through the website or if you would like to report abuse or inappropriate behavior, then please do so by reporting posts using the 'Report Post' button. You must be logged in to report posts.
CURE’s moderators are members of its staff who work normal office hours (M-F, 9 a.m-5 p.m.) so reported posts and those that have gone into automatic moderation will only be dealt with during these times. CURE’s moderators will deal with reported posts as soon as they can. However, as they also have other duties and sometimes decisions about further action require discussion between moderators, CURE cannot guarantee an immediate response. However, all reported posts will be dealt with.
Do not abuse the ‘Report Post’ button. If you do not agree with a comment, please respond via the forum. The report post function is there to ensure that forum users have the means to report inappropriate content.
If we remove your message after reviewing it, you can assume that we removed it deliberately and you should take our warning notification seriously.
CURE reserves the right to:
  • access and monitor the use of Discussion Forums and any messages posted on them;
  • take whatever other steps we consider are necessary to protect our forum users; including editing or removing any messages or suspending or discontinuing any discussions; and
  • revoke your status as a forum user or otherwise limit your right of access to this website at any time where, in our opinion, you have materially or persistently breached this policy or the Terms and Conditions
  • restrict your ability to complain or in some cases revoke your status as a forum user if the complaint facility is used excessively or maliciously
5. Liability and Disclaimers
Please read carefully the paragraphs entitled “Disclaimers”, “Our liability” and “Your liability” in the User Policy, as they also apply to this Forum Policy.
Please note that:
  • The Discussion Forums consist largely of Messages Posted by forum users that are not employed or contracted by us, and we do not monitor every Message nor the conduct of every forum user. Therefore, we can accept no liability in respect of the content of any messages, including the accuracy or truthfulness of any such messages or any responsibility for the consequences of your acting in reliance on such messages. We do not endorse any opinions expressed by any forum users in any messages;
  • While we will take steps to edit or remove any messages which are in breach of this discussion forum policy and which come to our notice, we cannot guarantee the prompt editing or removal of any messages;
  • We reserve the right at our sole discretion to remove or edit messages from the Discussion Forums or to suspend or discontinue or take down from the website any or all discussion forums at any time for any reason; and
  • We reserve the right, at our sole discretion, to deny any forum user access to the Discussion Forums, without notice, for any breach of this Discussion Forum Policy and/or to terminate access to all or any parts of this Website.
  • Our staff and volunteers: Please note that acts of discrimination, harassment, bullying and victimization against our staff or volunteers (including moderators) will not be tolerated. This includes, but is not limited to, physical or verbal abuse or contacting our staff or volunteers outside working hours on personal numbers without specific permission.
6. Modifications to this Discussion Forum Policy
This Discussion Forum Policy (including the Privacy Policy and User Policy) may be amended from time to time, and we therefore suggest that you review it periodically.

7. Contacting Us
You can contact us by sending an e-mail message to:
Or by writing to us at: Cure Magazine, Online Forum Department, 666 Plainsboro Road, Plainsboro NJ 08536 
If you have a complaint, please email using our feedback form.

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