Forum policy and rules
Please take a few minutes to read the following Policy and Rules.
They are here to provide both you and your fellow members with parameters to work within in order to give protection to all users and also those involved in the day to day running of the forums.
The rules are not flexible and ignorance (not knowing them) will not be considered defense in the event of infringement. The policy and rules are necessary now as the forum members grow in number and the job of moderating it all becomes more time consuming and difficult.
Tecskills prides itself on having a highly moderated forum community with vigilant forum moderators. This system creates a pleasant atmosphere for all to participate in which in turn leads to interesting, educational and entertaining discussions being held.
The website admins are assisted by ‘Moderators’ who are unpaid volunteers who help enforce the Policy and Rules. They work long, hard hours trying to make the Forum the best place it can be, and they deserve your respect. Without them chaos would reign and the forum would not exist. If a Moderator contacts you with an issue, please work hard at trying to understand the root cause of why you were contacted.
Don’t fire back an email/pm knee-jerk reaction in protest, rather take time to think about it and then feel free to contact us for clarification, or if you feel a misunderstanding has occurred. Under no circumstances should you question a Moderator’s decision in public, or lash out at a Moderator. This is likely to leave the Moderator with little choice but to take action against you. Again, if you have a problem, take it to the Moderator in private or email the Administrators.
Below you will find the policies and rules in categories to help you easily read and understand them.
A short explanation to clarify what our forums actually are to aid in your understanding of the rules and policies.
Although we, and many people refer to the board as a ‘forum’, a better description is a ‘Message Board’ which is a collection of ‘forums’. Our ‘Message Board’ has many ‘forums’ ie. General Discussion and News.
Within each Forum are the ‘Topics’ or ‘Threads’.
Once you get inside a Topic/Thread, you can then ‘post’ a message so each individual message is called a post or reply.
Are the things you say in your ‘posts’.
Often other members have a different opinion from your own. Often these opinions are in conflict with your own. Just as You have a right to state your opinion (within the website Policies and Rules) so do your fellow members.
We expect you to respect the opinions of your fellow forum members whether you agree with them or not. Please curb any urge you may have to dismiss someone’s opinion (Examples: “that’s stupid”, “that’s ignorant”, “that’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard”, or “that’s b*llshit”). By all means offer more detail to strengthen your own opinion rather than trying to put down someone elses opinion.
Being polite to other users is certainly the best way to gain respect for yourself and others are more likely to offer help and less likely to be aggressive or rude towards you.
b. Flaming, Abuse & Harassment
No flaming or trolling (i.e. deliberately picking fights with other members). – You can not post anything that you know will upset other people or start an argument – this is called flame posting or flaming.
It is not WHAT you post about but HOW you post about it that determines whether it is a flame or not.
No bully posting (posts intended to hurt someone’s feelings or cause them embarrassment). – This is a form of harassment.
Harassment occurs when a member insults, attacks, or denigrates another member, either on the public forum, or in a PM (Private Message).
We have zero tolerance for taking an argument to a personal level and we watch closely for comments that are abusive in nature and specifically target any individual.
Example: The use of terms such as “idiot, moron, stupid” and other derogatory terms constitutes harassment. Likewise, telling a forum member to “go <bleep> themselves” is also unacceptable.
If a personal attack occurs, the offender with be notified and depending on the severity of the attack, may be warned, banned, or even reported to authorities.
b. If You Are Harassed
If you feel that you have been harassed, notify a moderator or administrator. Whatever you do, absolutely do not respond to the person by posting a retaliatory personal attack, even if “they did it first”.
If you think about it, the reason someone hassles you is to get you to react in a similar manner. You beat them not by playing their childish game but by ignoring them or simply having a moderator deal with them.
c. Racial Slurs
Racial slurs are strictly prohibited. We have no tolerance for this at all.
d. Post topics in the appropriate Forum.
Resist the temptation to post something off topic because you think you’ll get “better responses” in a particular forum. If you post a topic in a forum where it does not belong it will be either moved or deleted by the moderators. If you are unsure then take your best guess or ask a moderator by pm or email.
Our forums are reasonably relaxed with regard to language, However, excessive foul language is not allowed and is likely to get moderated. We ask that you find more descriptive ways to make your point rather than using bad language. Moderators will use their judgement in this regard.
We do require that you leave all rough or offensive language out of the Thread subject.
f. Constant Posting
Tecskills does not restrict the amount of posts a member can make. We do suggest, however, that you are careful to not make a nuisance of yourself by making comments in too many threads. It is best to only post comments in threads to which you have something constructive to say.
Not everyone can spell well, in fact a large number of people of all ages have spelling difficulties. Please be aware of and have tolerance for this. If you can spell well and choose to spell badly or use abbreviated spelling (ie. ‘wat’ or ‘wot’ instead of ‘what’) many people may not understand or even bother to decipher what you are trying to say.
Spelling / grammar corrections. If you feel you must correct another member, contact the person via email or through a Private Message. Note: an exception to this rule would be pointing out to someone that they have misspelled a url. Still – keep it polite!
h. Do not use ALL CAPITAL LETTERS.
Do not type your subject and/or message body all in CAPITALS (caps). This includes posting message titles in mostly CAPS. It is considered the on-line equivalent of yelling and is rude. It’s common etiquette to type predominately in lower case as per normal written English.
i. Unacceptable Post Content
Please do not post any of the following type of content…
- Political, Racial and Religious Discussions or illegal activities of any kind, including such things as willful damage, verbal or physical abuse, theft and defamation.
- Unauthorized commercial advertisements and/or solicitations within Forum without the express consent of the Tecskills Administrators are strictly prohibited. Marketing initiatives whether direct, indirect or veiled are also strictly prohibited.
- Links (or requests for links) to sites that sell or trade or contain bootleg, illegal, hateful, threatening, pornographic or explicitly obscene content or otherwise violate any laws or pictures containing the same.
- Trades/requests for copies of copyrighted material.
- Be mindful of copyright
Finding material on the Internet does not mean it is copyright free. If you use someone else’s material or images in your posts ensure you have permission and/or acknowledge appropriately. This is entirely your responsibility. Tecskills Forums and it’s representatives do not monitor for copyright infringements and accept no responsibility on such.
6. Joking Around
We encourage people to have fun and have provided emoticons so you can clearly show the emotions or meaning of your comments. This helps others to see that you are joking and hopefully don’t misunderstand you.
We do not allow joking in the For Sale section (see For Sale section below for more details) and also ask that joking is kept to a minimum in the clubs forums.
2. Commercial Advertising
a) Commercial Advertising Restrictions
Under no circumstances shall posts be made that advertise or plug any form of commercial venture within our forums or private messages without prior arrangement with the website administrators. This includes not only the obvious stakeholders such owner/proprietors and staff of the business/company in question, but also any family members or relatives, volunteers, or any other associated persons.
Exceptions to this rule are legitimate charity organizations, nonprofit groups or official government bodies making announcements.
If you are a commercial venture and wish to be able to advertise your business, services or products on our website we offer very cost effective advertising campaigns. Included are Banners of varying types and pricing.
If you have a certain advertising idea in mind you think might work on our website, please feel free to contact us to discuss how we can customise something to suit both our requirements.
Advertising Service Delivery Agreement
Tecskills is committed to providing a reliable, high-quality banner advertising system to support its customers. Delivery of your banner advertisement as per your banner selection is closely monitored.
Advertising Usage Policy /Refusal of Service
Customers will be held responsible for any illegal activity and content from banner/s hosted from their respective web site/s. This includes where banners may link too.
Publication of private information or copyright material without the consent or permission of the person(s) concerned is prohibited. Publishing content that violates any laws, ordinances, regulations, or assists any other individual(s) to violate any laws, ordinances, regulations, pertaining to any relevant issue whether that be web based or otherwise is prohibited.
Prohibited content includes:
Infringement of Intellectual property rights.
Defamation of Character.
Publication of content that may considered harmful.
Publication of any other material that may abuse or break existing laws, or publish anything condoning illegal activities.
Publication of pornographic or malicious banner content.
We exercise an advertising policy to attempt to protect its locally owned retail clientele from businesses advertising or selling unlawful or inappropriate items, or items that are not readily available to local businesses or other local retailers or largely discounted items not sanctioned by the Australian importers and/or brands themselves.
We reserve the right to refuse to accept any advertising from any person and/or business deemed to be selling unlawful or inappropriate items, or items that are not readily available to local shops or other local retailers or largely discounted parts not sanctioned by the Australian importers and/or brands themselves.
We do, at this time, only accept Australian based retail advertisers and will only consider foreign advertising that is not in direct conflict of interest with local interests.
In blatant circumstances the non-disclosure of any of the above policy breaches may result in the immediate termination of services to the client without refund of any monies paid.
Advertising Refund Policy
Tecskills does not offer prorated refunds for cancellation requests after payment has been made or banner advertising has commenced.
Any clients breaking our usage policy will be removed immediately and you will forfeit any reminder of banner advertising.
Cancellation of an account does not release you from financial responsibility. If your account has a past due balance and you are not eligible for a refund, the Tecskills Accounting department will continue collection efforts.
d) The Fine Line
If the admin feels that any one member appears to be selling an unreasonable amount of products suggesting that the seller is hiding commercial intent then the admin reserve the right to refuse selling rights to that member.
3. Private Messages
If you choose to use the PM system, please remember to clean out your message box every so often. Please be aware that if you hit the message limit (shown as a percentage) you will start missing messages from people – the system will throw them out – and they are not retrievable.
We expect you to use the PM system with your good judgment. Do not use it to either spam (advertise), harass, or send personal attacks to people.
c) Get a Room
Do not use it to ‘chat up’ the opposite (or same) sex. There are specific websites for that sort of thing and this isn’t one of them.
4. Removal of Threads and Posts
a) Protecting you and ours
We reserve the right to close or remove any thread for any reason. If and when we do so, if it isn’t obvious, we will try and send the relevant parties email or a PM letting them know why we had to shut the thread down.
b) Requesting Explanation
If you have a thread or post removed and want more details on why, Do not post in the forum asking why your post was removed. Instead, send us email or a PM asking why the post or thread was removed.
Typically, we work very hard with forum members before a banning is issued, usually in the form of a warning to cease and desist a certain behavior. We much prefer to help an offender to understand and hopefully work within the website policies and rules rather than ban them from it. However, if an offence is serious enough, or repeated too often, we may have no choice.
In addition, we reserve the right to suspend someone for an unforeseen reason not covered by the above harassment/personal attack sections.
You are solely responsible for the content of your postings and can be held responsible for violations of the law. Do not post content that violates the copyright, trademark, patent or intellectual property rights of others. Do not post threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane or indecent information of any kind.
It is your responsibility to know the boundaries for acceptable behavior in each Tecskills Forum.
We do not and cannot control who reads postings in our forums. Therefore, we recommend that you do not post telephone numbers, addresses or other personal information about yourself or others.
Though we may attempt to keep objectionable material off our site, we do not moderate and cannot review every message posted. We are not responsible for the content of messages. However, we reserve the right to delete, move or edit messages that we deem (in our sole judgment) to be inappropriate or unacceptable for any reason.
8. Organizing work and trading between one and another
Tecskills is not to be construed as a coordinator of any transactions within this Forum, employment transactions or events. Any matters arising out of employment, subcontracting, trade or events are not a matter for Tecskills and it accepts no responsibility for any liability arising as a result of such notification. The final responsibility for all parties is ultimately that of the the people and entities involved.
By using the Tecskills boards and providing information, the users agree to only engage in legally compliant works. In the event that they are not, Tecskills is not to be held liable for any action arising from the use of any improper works.
Tecskills website users, individuals and businesses involved are required to show the pre-requisite duty of care and acknowledge that they, and not Tecskills, are liable for any omissions, errors or negligence.
Tecskills is not responsible for any injury sustained for any participant on the job or for the provision of first aid for any injury sustained by any person arising as a result of suggestions or comments made within this Forum or or work agreements organized through this forum.