YourSayPays Forum Acceptable Usage Policy
By posting on the YourSayPays (YSP) forum you agree to follow this Acceptable Use Policy (AUP), which applies to all forums on the YSP site.
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 is unacceptable on this site.
- This applies not only to content posted directly on the forum but also to websites addresses that link directly to such material.
1.2. Messages that are in contradiction with British law, or which promote such activity, are prohibited on this site.
1.2a. Legal action
- This covers posting content that is libellous or racist, or which risks legal action being taken against the site.
- Under British libel laws the burden of proof is on the defendant so we will consider anything potentially defamatory as libellous.
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.
- Brief excerpts from articles carried elsewhere, whether a web site or in print, or images captured from TV broadcasts may be posted for editorial purposes only. Copying full articles or posting video is prohibited. If responding to comments made on another web site or in print, relevant portions may be quoted as appropriate.
- When including any such material you must cite the source.
1.3. Matters which are sub judice cannot be discussed.
- Under British law 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 as not to prejudice a case.
- The definition of published content includes web sites and postings on message boards. As such any discussion of ongoing cases cannot be permitted anywhere on the YSP Forums.
1.4. Messages intended to destroy threads or to only increase post counts are prohibited.
- Users who intentionally aim to prevent conversation on a thread will have their posts removed and risk losing posting rights on the board in question, or to the whole site.
- This site is open to people of all ages and from public places, any content posted should reflect this.
- As stated above, content not acceptable on television before the 9pm watershed is unacceptable on this site.
- Messages posted should be suitable for viewing from a place of work or publicly accessible computer. The Moderator has discretion to allow content where there is sufficient justification for it and suitable warnings are given.
- Posting of links or other content designed to deliberately cause a nuisance to someone viewing the site, or to disrupt the working of their computer, is prohibited.
2. Member Conduct
2.1. Comments that are wholly designed 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 towards any member risks being banned from the YSP forums.
- Racist, homophobic, or similarly offensive content is unacceptable.
- Where a user wishes to keep their identity private this should be respected.
2.2. Public criticism of the moderation process is prohibited.
- Any member who has a question about the decision of the moderator should ask them by email (see email address at bottom of page).
- If you are dissatisfied with their response then you should contact the site Admin by email (see email address at bottom of page).
- Starting new threads, or posting on existing threads, to complain is prohibited
2.3. Spamming boards without prior approval is prohibited.
- This means posting the same message on multiple boards.
- For advertising approval is required by the site Admin.
- For other messages approval should be sought from a moderator.
2.4 Public criticism of YourSayPays is prohibited
- Any member who has a question or comment about YourSayPays or our surveys should contact the Site Admin by email (see email address at bottom of page).
- Starting new threads, or posting on existing threads, to complain is prohibited.
3.1. All rules above regarding unacceptable content apply to avatars.
- Avatars will be subject to review and will not appear in your profile until is has been approved. Images that are offensive, or which include offensive language, will not be approved.
4. Moderator Powers (Employees of YSP).
On message boards, the forum moderator and site admin may...
- Edit individual posts
- Delete individual posts
- Lock threads
- Delete threads
- Remove a member's posting rights on their message board
The moderator may...
- Request a member remove or change their signature or avatar
- Block a member's access to their user account
The forum moderators and site Admin personnel for YSP are listed at the bottom of this Policy.
- If you disagree with the decision of a moderator you should contact them by email (see email address at bottom of page) to discuss their actions. Starting new threads, or posting on existing threads, to complain is prohibited under rule 2.2. above.
- If you remain unsatisfied after discussing an issue with a moderator, or wish to make a complaint against a moderator, then you should email your complaint to the site Admin including all relevant details (see email address at bottom of page).
6. Final Authority
- The Acceptable Usage Policy is non-negotiable, and all decisions of the Admin Team are final.
- All involved in YourSayPays - the Admin Team, the forum moderator, site editors, and other contributors - take this site seriously and are proud of how popular it has become. These rules have been developed in order to protect both the site and its members.
There are two options for anyone using the site: either follow the rules (whether you like them or not) or stay away.
Moderator - Katie (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Admin - Charlotte (email@example.com)