Forum Guidelines (Updated May 2011)
Post Content and Privacy Please respect Paul's privacy and that of his family. Please don't post any details or images in relation to any of Paul's addresses or any links to any sources which may display these. Please don't ask the moderators or the administrators of the message board for any contact details or to pass on any messages or questions to Paul, his family or his staff as we are unable to do so. Post content deemed inaccurate or derogatory towards Paul or any of his family is subject to removal (this includes direct links to and quotes from sources which contain content of a private or personal nature). Contributions must not: Contain any material which is defamatory of any person. Contain any material which is obscene, offensive, hateful or inflammatory. Promote sexually explicit material. Promote violence. Promote discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age. Infringe any copyright, database right or trade mark of any other person. Be likely to deceive any person. Promote any illegal activity. Be threatening, abuse or invade another´s privacy, or cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety. Be likely to harass, upset, embarrass, alarm or annoy any other person. Be used to impersonate any person, or to misrepresent your identity or affiliation with any person. Advocate, promote or assist any unlawful act such as (by way of example only) copyright infringement or computer misuse Debates and discussions are always welcome and constructive criticism and opinions are valued but without the use of personal attacks, abuse or posting to provoke conflict. Members joining purely to provoke conflict by posting in a controversial or a malicious manner, with the blatantly obvious aim of provoking a response, may find that their accounts are de-activated without notice. If you see someone posting in such a way please do not respond to that poster but please inform a moderator immediately. This message board is not the place for airing out personal grievances on any private matters. Please keep any serious disagreements off the forums. If you have any grievances about another website or forums then please take it up with the webmasters or administration of those sites and do not discuss it on the forums here. Copyright Please respect the copyright of other board users, sites, media etc and do not copy and paste whole articles into posts without obtaining permission from the source. If you post the entire article (even if it is with a link to the source of that article) without obtaining permission to do so the post may then be subject to removal without further notice. If you wish to point out an article etc for discussion, please only quote the first paragraph or the relevant section of the article and then give a clear link to the source by way of acknowledgement. As already mentioned above, posts that do not follow these guidelines may be subject to removal without further notice. Game Threads The forums are primarily for discussion. We ask for users to be sensible when posting in game threads and/or creating new ones and follow any directives that may be applied on the forums by way of announcements or moderator posts. Any users taking advantage of any threads to rapid fire or block posting will be warned where necessary. Avatars/ Signature and Image sizes The avatar size limit is Height 155 x Width 125 pixels with a limit of 20 KB for animated images. Remotely linked avatars or signature images can be larger up to 200 x 200 pixels but please no more than 100 KB for animated images. Banners are OK but please keep these to around Height 125 x Width 450 pixels and again no bigger than 100 KB for animated images. Images in posts can be up to 300 x 300 pixels in size, and please no bigger than 100 KB for animated images. Anything bigger is asked to be posted as a link. Any avatars/signature images that are oversized may be removed. Spamming/Sales/Downloads Please do not post Spam on the board. Posting on the forums or in private messages purely as a means of outside advertising and posting duplicate or repetitive posts/threads in forums is classed as spamming and will be removed. Anyone registering to these forums purely to spam will have their membership removed. Do not use this site for any sales or sales advertising that has not been authorized by this web site. Please do not post or advertise direct links to unauthorized copies of performances, download/Bootleg sites. Anything posted of this nature is subject to removal. Block posting of any kind will be viewed as spam and is subject to removal. In respect of all Users (including New Registrations), any links posted in the Website or User's Profile which are deemed to be purely for advertising may be subject to removal. Anyone registering to these forums to promote a website of an inappropriate nature will have their membership removed. Reporting a Post or Thread Let the moderators do the moderating please. Posting about and to a user on the forums not only brings unwanted attention to a possible offender, but it can also serve to aggravate a situation further. Any users 'back seat' moderating may be warned. These forums are not closely monitored as it is impossible to review every post. If you see a post or topic that you have any concerns about, please contact a moderator by private message or email and then ignore it. It will be looked into as soon as possible by the moderating team and dealt with where necessary. Thread Merge This feature allows for two topics to be merged together and is mainly used for duplicate or 'similar topic' threads. Please note, the merged posts will be positioned within the destination thread in the order of time originally posted. If you can't locate a thread you have posted to, please click on 'view your posts' to see if they have been merged to a similar existing thread. For further help and advice, please send a private message to one of the moderators. Private Messages If you are in receipt of a private message that is of an abusive or distressing nature please report this to a moderator who will pass the problem onto an administrator. You will then be advised what to do. Private Messages are designed to remain 'private'. Any reproduction of private messages to the forums will result in an official warning being issued to the poster. Multiple user names per member We request that members do not have more than one active account. Posting under secondary, or multiple user names that have not been discussed and authorised for use by the administrators, or that are used for any violation of the forum guidelines, is grounds for losing both your primary account and any further accounts. If members have any concerns about this, please contact one of the moderating team. Complaints The administrators and moderators of this message board have the right to remove, edit, move or close any topic at any time should they see fit. If any user wishes to discuss further any actions applied to a thread or post, please contact one of the moderators privately about it. Anything posted to the forums will not be answered. Any users causing trouble or disruption to the forums in dispute of any actions taken by either the Moderators or Administrators may receive a warning. Warning and Banning Procedure A total of 3 official warnings will be issued. If, after the 3rd and final warning, the member persists in offending, then a temporary suspension of 14 days will follow. Prior notice of this suspension will not be issued to the member. If, during the suspension period, a banned member tries to re-register, then that member will be subjected to a permanent ban. Once the 14 day temporary suspension has expired the member will be allowed to return with the following proviso: if that member re-offends they will receive one further warning only. If, after that, the member re-offends, a permanent ban will be placed on this member, again without notice. No warnings or bans are issued lightly. Any obvious trouble or disruption caused by a member after receipt of a warning will lead to a further warning being issued immediately. Any member looking to cause trouble or disruption in respect of another member's warning or ban will also receive a warning. Occasionally, permanent bans may be issued immediately to members who show total disregard for the rules and well-being of the forums. This action will be at the discretion of the Administrators. Temporary and permanent bans are issued by an Administrator after due consideration of the offence and the Administrator?s decision is final. Any Board Related Problems For any board related problems that you may be experiencing, please click here.