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    Posted: 14 Dec 2012 at 2:23pm
The Woodworkers Institute Forum is a friendly and informal place, however we do have a few ground rules to let people know what is appropriate and what is not. Please read the following rules and guidelines as anyone participating on the forums is subject to them. If you have any queries whatsoever then please contact technical support or magazine staff and we shall endeavour to help. If you see a post that you think contravenes the rules please draw it to the attention of the moderation team by using the “Report Post” facility which is accessed by clicking on “Post Options” at the top right of the post.

Staffing of the Woodworkers institute website & forums:

Magazine staff: Mark Baker (Forum Administrator), Derek Jones, Tegan Foley and Anthony Bailey

Appointed moderators: Walter Hall (Lead Moderator), Philip Greenwood, John Hodgson, Claude Freaner, Ian Thorn and Neil Lawton.

We want everyone to have a good time and experience on the website and expect everyone to behave in a friendly and cordial manner. You are able to express personal opinions based on your experience with techniques, products and so on but not personal attacks directed at anyone.

Usernames: You may choose a username for yourself but please avoid using random sequences of letters and numbers as this is a technique often used by spambots to set up false accounts for the posting of spam. Accounts with names made up of random letters and numbers will be suspended.

Multiple accounts: You may not create more than one account for yourself. If multiple accounts are created all of your accounts will be suspended.

Posts to the forum & PM system: All posts made by users of this forum are the property of the poster who made them. They do not necessarily reflect the views of the woodworkers institute and the Woodworkers Institute will not be held responsible for them in any way. In the event of a legal dispute, we shall not hesitate to hand over details to the relevant authorities pertaining to the relevant action.

Spamming: Any form of spamming seen on the site shall be removed and the person making the post shall be permanently banned from the site.

Pornographic material: Any form of posting of pornographic pictures or text or links of any kind to content of pornographic sites is forbidden and shall result in the post being removed and the person who posted the item being warned as to their conduct, or banned from the site.

Trolling, personal or offensive behaviour: Any form of trolling, deliberate goading of members, posting of personal remarks or any other such behaviour or comments that could, in the opinion of the administrators and moderators, reasonably be construed as offensive, derogatory, inflammatory, a personal attack or that are likely to cause personal distress to anyone viewing the site shall result in a warning and/ or ban and the posts being removed.  
Please remember that the internet and forums such as this remain part of the real world and you are not exempt from the consequences of your actions. The laws relating to defamation and slander apply to what you post on this forum.

Abuse of the PM (private messaging system): The PM system is a facility to allow private communication between members and if people use it to abuse, provoke or in any other way offend and we are alerted to it, we shall immediately warn the person concerned or suspend the account of the person who sent the offending PM. The PM system is subject to the same rules and standards as the public forums. Private messages between moderators and members shall be kept private except in that moderators may discuss the content of forum related Private Messages with other moderators.

Persistent offenders: If, despite warnings as to conduct, people consistently behave in a bad, disruptive or offensive manner they shall be suspended from the forum, then if they persist after a suspension they shall be banned from the forum.

Intellectual property and copyright: GMC Publications and Woodworkers Institute respect the intellectual property rights of others, and we expect our members to do the same. We may at our discretion suspend the accounts of members who are proven to have violated copyright.

All work posted on this site must be the original work of the poster. Where work is, to the knowledge of the poster, based upon or influenced by the work of another the source of that influence must be credited. By submitting images of work to this site, you are representing that you are the owner of the work, or are authorized by the owner to do so. As a consequence, all the work posted in this site is assumed copyrighted by the respective makers, and shall not be reproduced or copied without permission and proper credit.

People should be careful when posting or posting links to images, excerpts from books, magazines, text, audio or film / DVD clips, other forums and other media sources on the forum as it may be subject to copyright. If you post a link to something that is not your own work, then please ask the person concerned or the copyright holder for permission to use it on the forum. If in doubt, do not post it or link to it. We reserve the right to ask if permission has been sought from the person who posted the item and remove any post / material that may be in breach of copyright.

We reserve the right to use excerpts or entire posts in our print magazines, articles, books and journals as we see fit.

Illegal or offensive topics: You may not discuss or post anything of an illegal or offensive nature including discrimination on the grounds of race, sex, age or disability, and any form of religious or political discussion. 

Health and Safety: We reserve the right to restrict the publishing of any posts which we deem display, demonstrate or promote dangerous practice. Following the ban by the AAW of fractal burning, also known as Lichtenberg it is our policy not to permit any post that features work made using the technique or discusses the subject except for posts that warn against its use.  

Advertising: This forum is a place for the discussion and sharing of ideas between woodworkers whether professional or amateur and as such commercial advertising is not permitted. This does not mean to say that members who offer goods or services cannot mention this, but any such promotion should be as part of a post which contributes to the subject matter of the thread. Thus for example a member offering a course in French polishing might in response to a query about technique offer some basic advice to the person making the request, but then add that they can offer more extensive training through their courses. Members should also be wary of promoting their services too frequently, more than about once a month would be considered excessive. This policy does not apply to the sale of surplus or unwanted tools and equipment by private members or even by professionals so long as this is not part of a commercial enterprise. It also does not preclude direct responses to requests for help such as “Can anyone make me a thread adaptor?” by those with the facilities to do so.

Concise posts: Posts should be as concise as possible and written in a way that is unambiguous so as to avoid any potential misunderstanding.

Commenting on Gallery Posts: We welcome comments from all of our members whether novices or seasoned professionals and in order to help everyone have more confidence about how and when to comment we have prepared these simple guidelines for you to follow.

To avoid disputes and confusion, those who wish to receive critical appraisal of their work should clearly indicate this by stating “critique welcome” or similar. If a member does not clearly indicate that critical comments are welcomed, only positive comments should be made. Posts which contain unwanted critique may be removed by the moderators at the request of the member.

If you have a fragile ego, don't ask for criticism. If you would like to discuss someone’s reaction to your work take it up with them privately through the PM system. Do not start disagreements on the open forum.

It is not difficult to offer constructive criticism of poorly designed or executed work sensitively and every effort should be made when commenting on the work of others to give clear reasons for your critique. Comments should be limited to your opinion of the item being assessed and personal criticism should be avoided at all times. If someone chooses to disregard your critique, remember they have every right to do so.

Modification of posts and sanctions: We reserve the right to move posts if they are in the wrong areas, delete / modify your posts as deemed necessary to remove content that is inappropriate, we also reserve the right to issue warning as to conduct, delete forum accounts and - in extreme cases of repeatedly infringing the rules and ignoring warnings - ban your IP address as necessary.

Moderation and action taken on the forums: We shall act responsibly and in an even-handed manner when working through any issues that may arise. We work to a standard set of guidelines and apply the rules universally and uniformly to all members. It is not our intention to be heavy handed in any way, just to make sure the website and forum is a fun place for everyone to be part of. Your cooperation in this matter is much appreciated and by all means discuss an issue with any of us, that said, our decisions and actions taken are made in good faith and as such binding. The discussion of moderation action on the forum is not permitted. If you are unhappy with a decision please contact the moderation team.

We reserve the right to change the rules and guidelines at any time.

Edited by Administrator - 14 Aug 2017 at 9:22am
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