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KUMB Forum Terms of Use - please read first

Postby Up the Junction on Wed May 14, 2003 12:53 pm

Forum Terms of Use

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Set out below are the terms (`Terms of Use') upon which we provide access to the KUMB.com Forums. By using our forums you agree to be bound by these Terms of Use. If you do not accept the Terms of Use, please exit the website immediately.


SECTION ONE: MEMBERS

1. Before You Start...
Before posting for the first time, please take time to read the current entries in order to gauge the 'feel' of the forums.

2. Member Requirements
a). Your account is exclusive to you and you alone - do not share your password with anybody else. Members who allow others to use their log-in details will have their account terminated.

b). Members are prohibited from creating more than one account without the prior written consent of KUMB.com (contact details above). Any member that creates more than one account without permission may have ALL of their accounts suspended.

c). Although we provide numerous discussion forums our members are reminded that any accounts which are used primarily for non-WHU discussion may be suspended. This also applies to inactive accounts (accounts registered but unused for some considerable time).

3. Personal Abuse
Personal abuse - or unneccesarily negative posts (flaming) towards other members or guests, be they supporters of West Ham or otherwise - are not tolerated on KUMB.com. Offenders can expect to find their accounts temporarily suspended, then permanently if they continue to flout this rule (see 17). Please respect the opinions of others even if you disagree.

4. Advertising
Advertising/promotion/marketing of any nature is not permitted on any of the KUMB Forums unless you have been granted permission to do so. Offenders can expect to have their accounts suspended indefinitely. To apply for permission to advertise on the KUMB.com forums, please contact editor AT kumb.com. To apply for a copy of our latest advertising rates, please contact sales AT kumb.com.

5. Duplication
Before you create a new thread, scroll down the board or use the search facility to ensure nobody has posted on the same subject recently. Please note that duplicate or repetitive threads may be locked, deleted or merged with an existing thread without notice.

6. Bumping Threads
'Bumping' posts (ie posting merely to lift a thread back to the top of the board) - whether your own or otherwise - is prohibited.

7. Quoting
When quoting a previous post, please ensure that you quote the relevant section only. Any posts that fail to meet this requirement may be edited or deleted. This also applies to posts that quote more than one previous post and short posts containing large quotes. Under no circumstances should images be quoted (regardless of size).

8. Images/Photographs
Although the use of photographs/pictures is not generally encouraged on the forum we understand that in some cases they are necessary. When using pictures, please ensure that they are no larger than 600 pixels wide as any attempts to post images of a greater size will result in your post being edited or deleted. Under no circumstances are pictures of a pornographic nature permitted. We accept no responsibility for images hosted external to KUMB.com.

9. Grammar/Text Speak
Although there are no strict demands as far as grammar and spelling are concerned if your posts are difficult to read or understand, or use 'text speak', they are likely to be edited or deleted. This also applies to foul language/swearing in thread titles, which is strictly prohibited. Similarly, any attempts to circumnavigate the swear filter will result in the post in question being edited or deleted.

10. Fonts
CAPS are not to be used on the forum unless emphasising a (small) specific point. This also applies to non-default colour fonts. Under no circumstances are capital letters to be used exclusively to form thread titles.

11. Using Emojis (Smileys)
Although we provide emojis for general use on the forum they should be used sparingly, hence why new posts are limited to one per post. Any posts that overuse emojis - sourced from KUMB.com's gallery or otherwise - will be edited accordingly or deleted.


SECTION TWO: GUESTS/VISITORS

1. Touts
Any touts posting on our Ticket Forum can expect to have their posts deleted, their account suspended and their ISP informed as to their activities. Anyone encouraging touting (posting of links etc) will also be banned.

2. Journalists
Journalists - before you source any material from our forums - or any part of KUMB.com - please refer to Section 4 of our General Terms of Use/Privacy Policy: http://www.kumb.com/terms.php.

3. Non-WHU fans
If you are visiting our forums as a supporter of another club - which KUMB.com positively encourages - you are expected to be courteous at all times, and respect the fact that KUMB.com is a site provided primarily for supporters of West Ham United FC. Anybody who visits with the sole purpose of trolling will be banned immediately AND reported to their ISP.


SECTION THREE: MODERATION

1. The Penalty System
Temporary suspensions or permanent bans, in some cases, may be issued for any of the following acts:

    > abuse: malicious comments directed at either a group or an individual (includes racism/anti-semitism, sexism and homophobia).
    > trolling: comments that deliberately antagonise or cause offence to fellow member/s.
    > spam: unauthorised advertising; personal web links;requesting links/discussing unlicensed streams in match threads.
    > touting: attempting to sell tickets or other merchandise without authority/for profit.
    > posting pictures of a pornographic nature or otherwise offensive images.
    > persistent 'ITK' pestering/baiting; posting false or deliberately misleading 'ITK' info; passing off others' inside info as your own
    > promoting ad-blocking software of any nature.
    > persistent attempts to avoid the Forum's swear filter
    > Using the public forum/s to air grievances, personal or otherwise. Please note that all issues with moderation policy should be taken up by PM.

2. Thread Moderation
We are often asked why threads are locked or moved from the main GD (General Discussion) Forum. Examples of threads likely to be at risk of such action include:

    > threads consisting of just link/s (football related or otherwise)
    > threads unrelated to WHUFC/football (jokes, lists etc)
    > personal 'chat' threads between a small number of members
    > threads that duplicate the subject matter of an existing thread
The best way to ensure that your thread remains open? Stay on topic - and/or make it either informative, interesting - or both!

3. Applicability
These rules apply equally to both Premium and regular KUMB.com members. Please note that KUMB.com may be required to divulge your personal details to the relevant authorities upon request, should you post potentially defamatory or libellous comments on the KUMB Forums.

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