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Community Guidelines

Welcome to ukskydiver.co.uk (hereafter known as UKS).

To participate in our online forums, you must agree to abide by our rules and policies. We encourage open discussion and active debate, but remember you are our guest here. Civil and ethical conduct is required. To this end, you agree that, if asked, you will yield to the requests of the forum moderators or administrators. By posting, you have agreed to follow our rules and policies.

The "Golden Rule" is in effect for discussions on UKS: Treat others as you would wish to be treated.

We ask that you be professional and polite and respect our intention to create a friendly and inclusive environment where everyone feels welcome to participate.

We do not wish to censor or control your opinions, but we will ensure that the policies of the board are respected.

We reserve the right to delete, edit, or move posts at our discretion. (Note in particular that we have restrictions on where you may post advertising and how many times you may post the same message.)

The Forum Rules:

No personal attacks. No discrimination (racism, sexism, homophobia, anti-semitism etc).

No jokes about or references to paedophilia.

No advertising in the forums (except the classifieds).

Absolutely no commercial adverts without prior approval.

Post to the correct forum and stay on topic.

No linking to external sites unless absolutely necessary*

*Events should be added to the calendar, video's should be embedded where possible and articles should be reproduced in full. Lazy posts such as 'checkout our FB page / follow us on xxxx' will be removed. Unnecessary links or promotion / links to other sites may be removed without notice.

More details and clarification of these rules can be found below in our policies. Enjoy the UKS Forums! We truly believe that this is the best skydiving discussion board and community on the Internet. Your respect for our rules, and the valuable content and opinions you provide, will help keep it that way.

Phone numbers / email addresses are not to be posted in threads. (This rule does not apply to current forum sponsors who are posting commercial email addresses / phone numbers which have been approved by UKS)


Specific Forum Policies

No Personal attacks, Flaming and Trolling.

Personal attacks and hate posts will not be tolerated in any forum. Personal attacks on another user are a great way to earn some time off, as is posting inflammatory material specifically to provoke a negative response from someone (aka trolling).

Posts that contain material that we deem to be blatantly or unnecessarily racist, sexist, homophobic, bigoted, pornographic, or otherwise offensive, may be removed. While discussion of certain social and political issues may require the use of sensitive or potentially offensive terms, outside of those limited contexts the use of such terms is not allowed on this board and may be removed.

UKS is a worldwide community. We expect that you'll show respect and sensitivity to the beliefs and views of all users regardless of whether they are part of a specific geography or not. (Note in particular that this site or forum can be viewed by others from outside of the UK or EU, it is not intended to solely serve or promote UK values and beliefs per se. Be tolerant of diversity.) A member who is rude, excessively profane, or disruptive may receive a warning or may be suspended or banned immediately.

No References to Pedophilia or homosexuality

References to these topics should only be made in a factual context or in discussion of certain political and social issues. Outside of those limited contexts UKS will have a zero-tolerance policy to these terms and any reference thereto will be removed without explanation.

No Advertising

Advertising is forbidden in all forums except where noted.

An ad is defined as “a service or product being offered for trade or sale”.

It includes events or seminars (events and seminars can be posted within the calendar section).

You will not advertise or solicit other members to buy, sell or peruse any products or services for that purpose through this discussion forum.

In ALL our forums, chain letters and junk mail are strictly prohibited. The advertising policy covers all aspects of the forums including usernames, avatars and signatures. Please do not list multiple sponsors (or links to multiple sponsors) within your signature - a single name or link may be acceptable - speak to one of the mods first. Use the Classifieds section for all advertising or speak to James for more information about how to advertise on UKS via banners, block ads or forum sponsorships.

Topical Posting

Topical Posts and Cross-Posting

Posts should be made to the most relevant forum for the topic. The moderators may move posts at any time if there is a forum better suited for the topic in discussion. Do not cross post to multiple forums. Upon cross posting all duplicates including the original post may be removed. Use existing threads on your topic to continue a discussion rather than starting a new one. Posts that are repetitive in nature (i.e. Dead Horses) may be removed or locked at the discretion of the moderators.

No Spam

Do not create multiple posts / pm's etc along identical or 'similar' themes - ie xxx wanted or Boogie @ xxx - these are considered spam and all posts will be removed. If in doubt make sure that you post one thread only in the section that you consider most relevant to the topic - otherwise we will decide where we feel that the thread is most relevant.

Off Topic Replies and "Thread Hijacking"

"Drifting" threads are subject to locking or deleting. Replies to topics started by another user should remain within the context of the initial post. While we recognize that discussions often diverge and evolve, threads or responses that are completely irrelevant to the initial post will most likely be deleted or split into two different threads.

Bandwidth and Performance Saving

Threads that have a large number of posts or views may be locked to maintain optimal system performance and preserve bandwidth. When this is done it will be indicated as such and you're welcome to start a similar discussion again. Posts made with the explicit goal of soliciting multiple short responses (“Post Whoring”) may be locked or removed to preserve bandwidth.

User Requested Post Removal Policy

As an open public forum user, you are responsible for your own communications and are responsible for the consequences of posting those communications. We will usually endeavour to honor requests for post removals or editing. Please contact the moderators if you would like to have one of your posts edited but please understand that the moderators may be busy so it may take some time to edit your posts as this is not a priority for them.

Moderation

Generally speaking, moderators will endeavor to provide fair warning regarding behavior that might warrant their intervention. Failure to heed warnings from the moderators is grounds for suspension of posting privileges. We do however reserve the right to remove any post when these rules are abused or policies violated without prior notice or explanation. If you repeatedly violate any of these rules or otherwise seek to disrupt the board then the administrators can suspend your posting privileges or disable your account at their discretion.

Any abuse directed at our volunteer moderation team in the forums or via private message, including defying the moderators to suspend or ban a member, may result in an immediate suspension or ban.

"Gripe" threads about any action from a moderator including "Where did my post go?" posts will be removed.

If you have questions about a moderator's action and they did not provide a reason for the intervention, please contact them via private message.

By publishing or submitting any content including, articles, stories, postings and photographs to any part of this website you give permission that such content may be used or reproduced at the sole discretion of the site's owners / employees / moderators, for any purpose, in its original or edited form, at any time in the future.

You agree that this is private property and you are our guest, and that UKS reserves the right to delete any message. Membership of UKS is a privilege, not a right.

We may at any time revise these rules and policies without notice. Please check back regularly. Continued use (in any form) of UKS after any change has been made is your acceptance of the change.