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Forum guidelines

Chat forum usage guidelines

Editorial policy

Chat forum terms & conditions

Chat Forum usage guidelines

Skiclub.co.uk (this site) is owned and administered by the Ski Club of Great Britain

Much as we hate rules and regulations, a few forum usage guidelines are required in order to make the Ski Club chat forum as useful as possible to the greatest number of people. Please read and take note.

User types

The Chat Forum has been opened so that all users are able to read the majority of conversations that go on in the forum. As a Registered User you will be able to read and post in all forum topics except from Members Only area. As a Ski Club member you will have full access to the entire forum and can read and post at will.

N.B only registered affiliates will be able to start a new discussion in the Ski Club Partner forum.

Accurate and descriptive topic titles

Use a helpful title when starting new topics. For example the title "A question..." is not helpful. The title, "Snowboarders looking for resorts with fewer flat sections" is helpful. This makes the forum more useful and much easier to browse. Try to use the "Subject" field for your title, not the "description" field.

Search first, post later

Before starting a new thread use the search feature to check that the subject of your intended post is not already covered by an existing topic. If a relevant topic already exists, then feel free to post a reply asking for updates or further details. If no topic already exists, feel free to start a new one. Take care to post new topics to the correct category.

Stay on-topic

Try to keep the discussions "on-topic". If you find the discussion wandering off in a direction completely unrelated to the original topic then start a new thread. Off-topic posts are routinely moved to new and/or other existing topics by the moderation team.

Swearing

Do not swear in topic titles. Ever. All swear words are liable for immediate deletion from topic titles. Swearing in post contents is also seriously discouraged.

Posting of URLs

Don't make one-line posts such as "Check out this great link: http://i-am-a-skier.com/". If you want to refer readers to another webpage give them at least a couple of sentences of explanation about what the link is and why they should click it. It is also usually a good idea to copy and paste the first paragraph or so from the linked page - this allows the reader to decide whether they are interested in the target page before they click it. Only copy a maximum of around 100 words though, otherwise you risk copyright infringement. If the target page is in another language, please translate a few sentences into English. If the target page is an image, take a copy and post that as an attachment, but remember to take care not to breach any copyright.

Whitelisted websites

You can now upload photos and videos as part of your posts, and you will be able to embed links to third party photo and video sharing sites such as Flickr and YouTube. Here is the definitive list of whitelisted sites:

Facebook
Google+
YouTube
Vimeo
Twitvid
Telly
Viddy
Flickr
Photobucket
Pinterest
Smile by Webshots
Snapfish

Personal Information

Do not post personal information about any other Ski Club member or Registered User without prior express consent from that person. Personal information includes, but is not restricted to: e-mail addresses, full name, telephone number or address, photographs of that member.

Be nice to one another

Be generally nice to each other and try to avoid getting dragged into arguments. Rants and raves targeting particular groups of people, such as skiers, boarders, seasonnaires, men, women etc. are not allowed. Personal attacks against individual members of the forum (including moderators) are not allowed and are liable for deletion.

Report or Retort

The Report function is designed to notify the moderation team of inappropriate posts as described below (spam, trolling, abuse, attacks etc.). If you feel that you are the victim of an attack please be informed that retorting in kind on the topic itself excludes the protective function of the Report option.

Duplicate user IDs

The operation of two or more forum user IDs by one individual is strongly discouraged.

Occasionally a member may need a second ID in order to post something anonymously. This is permitted but only if there are reasonable grounds for doing so. For example, posting about a private medical problem, or making a complaint about an employer.

Duplicate IDs for the sake of posting a joke or a troll are not permitted.

Have fun!

Having said all the above, the most important thing is - don't take anything too seriously and have fun!

Editorial policy

The Ski Club chat forum is currently moderated by the Administrators and Moderators listed here. Their sole aim is to make the forum both a pleasant and a useful place to hang out.

- Elliot Rose (Marketing Communications Manager)

- Ella Clark (Head of Communications)

To this end the following policies are followed:

Post Edits

Generally the contents of any post are not edited. The only grounds for editing are as follows:

  • To fix broken links, broken images, and broken formatting code
  • To remove personal information about other members which has been posted without the consent of that member.

Post Deletion

Certain posts are liable for deletion. These posts include:

  • Posts written entirely in a language other than English. The occasional sentence or two in another language is ok.
  • Clear cases of spam - eg. viagra, cialis, 419 fraud, pyramid schemes, etc. Posts containing highly objectionable material including pornography, extreme violence, extreme hate.
  • Off-topic posts that have no content deserving of being split to a topic of their own.
  • Utter nonsense.

Topic title edits

The moderators retain the right to edit any topic title at any time. The main purpose of this is to make the title as concise, helpful, and as descriptive of the topic content as possible. If you chose a title which is accurate and helpfully descriptive of your post content then your title less likely to be changed. The worst possible topic title is "Help!” Post such a title and you will incur the wrath of the moderation team at your peril. Swearing in titles will always be removed.

Topic merging, splitting, and moving

The moderators reserve the right to merge, split, or move any thread or sub-thread whenever they see fit. The purpose of this is to ensure that the threads are located within the correct category, that the threads stay on topic according to the first post in the thread, and to prevent multiple threads appearing all of which discuss exactly the same topic.

The moderators will attempt to inform individual members via email if posts or threads by those members are moved or edited. This communication, however, cannot always be guaranteed due to simple time constraints. If you have a problem or query regarding acts of moderation, you should contact your preferred moderator by email first, eg. (elliot.rose@skiclub.co.uk), not post to the public forum. Remember, moderators work for the good of the community as a whole. They never act with deliberate intent to persecute any one individual member.

Copyright

The copyright of a post belongs to the forum member who posted it. However, by making a post to skiclub.co.uk you are granting the Ski Club of Great Britain a non-exclusive, non-revocable license to publish that post.

Email Protection

The Ski Club of Great Britain takes the protection of your e-mail address against spam extremely seriously. We will never divulge your e-mail address or any other information about you to any third party without your prior consent. We will only send email to your registered address for the following reasons:

Account management:

  • For membership sign up and validation.

Alerts:

  • To notify you when new discussions are started in a forum
  • To notify you when new posts are added to a discussion
  • To alert you - daily alerts (if any) will be sent in a single email summarising all of the activity they are tracking
  • For forum alerts, you will be able to set keywords to filter the alerts they receive
  • Frequency of alerts – one email every 24hours, immediately or none at all

Policy updates

Ski Club of Great Britain reserves the right to update these guidelines as required; it is your obligation as a member/ registered user to review these guidelines from time to time. Changes to these guidelines can be reviewed by clicking the link at the top of the main chat forum landing page.

Chat forum terms & conditions

By using the Ski Club's chat forums, you are agreeing to these terms and conditions. If you don't wish to adhere to what you read below, you shouldn't use these chat forums.

Ski Club of Great Britain reserves the right to update these guidelines as required; it is your obligation as a member/ registered user to review these guidelines from time to time. Changes to these guidelines can be reviewed by clicking the link at the top of the main chat forum landing page.

Your continued use of the Ski Club's chat forum means that you accept any new or modified terms. We will post an alert on the Members Chat home page if changes are made.

Conduct

The Ski Club welcomes active and open debate among our members. All that we ask is that it's done in a lawful and civil manner.

Terms of use

  • Users must not antagonise other users of this service or post any information that could be considered defamatory, obscene, abusive, vulgar, hateful, fraudulent, harassing or unlawful. You may be held liable for the content you post.
  • Users must not use the forums to make detailed complaints against any individual or organisation.
  • Users must not post or transmit any material that you do not have a right to transmit under law (such as copyright, trade secret or securities) or under contractual relationships (as in non-disclosure agreements).
  • Users must not post, transmit or link to sexually explicit material.
  • Users must not impersonate any person or entity, or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with anyone or entity.
  • Users must not post or transmit statements that are intentionally false or misleading.
  • Users must not post or transmit any file that contains viruses, corrupted files, or any other contaminating or destructive features that may damage someone else's computer.
  • Users must not post any material that could be regarded as damaging to the Ski Club. If you have any complaint or criticism of the Ski Club, you should address it to the Ski Club itself (you can send an email to skiers@skiclub.co.uk).
  • We offer users the facility to report any message or discussion which you feel may breach the rules, and to ask us to take any appropriate or necessary action, including removing the relevant message or discussion - however, users must not abuse this facility, it is intended to be used in the case of a serious breach, not a petty disagreement.

The Ski Club does not undertake to monitor or moderate the Chat Forums. However, we reserve the right to monitor any information transmitted or received through our service, and, at our sole discretion and without prior notice, to review, remove, or otherwise block your entry to the chat forums for violating any of the above provisions. We may also delete any inappropriate message, or move any message from one forum to another. If we take any such action, we will notify the member concerned.

You are responsible for all statements made and acts that occur through the use of your membership login.

Indemnification

You agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless the Ski Club and its affiliates, directors, officers and employees from and against any claim, liability, cost, damage or loss we may incur (including, without limitation, attorneys' fees) as a result of any material you post on our forum or any violation by you of your obligations under these terms and conditions.

Disclaimer

The Ski Club hosts this Chat Forum for its members and registered users. The views expressed are not those of the Ski Club. The content of the Chat Forum does not constitute any form of advice, recommendation or arrangement by the Ski Club and is not intended to be relied upon by you or others in making (or refraining from making) any holiday booking or other decisions. Appropriate independent advice should be obtained before making any such decision. Any arrangements made between you and any third party named in this Chat Forum are at your sole risk and responsibility. The Ski Club does not therefore accept any responsibility whatsoever in relation to any decision made or action taken by you or others based upon reliance on or use of information contained in this Chat Forum. By using this Chat Forum, you have entered into an agreement to be bound by these Rules, and you have waived any right against the Ski Club in respect of its contents.

Partner forum terms & conditions

By using the Ski Club's partner forum, you are agreeing to these terms and conditions. If you are unable to adhere to these, we would respectfully ask you to refrain from engaging in the partners’ forum.

Ski Club of Great Britain reserves the right to update these guidelines as required; it is your obligation as a Ski Club of Great Britain partner to review these guidelines from time to time. Changes to these guidelines can be reviewed by clicking the link at the top of the main chat forum landing page.

Your continued use of the Ski Club's partner forum means that you accept any new or modified terms. We will post an alert on the partner forum home page if changes are made.

Conduct
The Ski Club welcomes promotional posts from affiliates.  Each Ski Club partner may post a maximum of two promotions each month on the partner forum.  All that we ask is that it's done in a lawful and civil manner.

Terms of use

  • Users must not antagonise other affiliates of this service or post any promotion or information that could be considered defamatory, obscene, abusive, vulgar, hateful, fraudulent, harassing or unlawful. You may be held liable for the content you post.
  • Users must not use the forums to make detailed complaints against any individual or organisation.

  • Users must not post or transmit any material that you do not have a right to transmit under law (such as copyright, trade secret or securities) or under contractual relationships (as in non-disclosure agreements).

  • Users must not post, transmit or link to sexually explicit or inappropriate material.

  • Users must not impersonate any person or entity, or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with anyone or entity.

  • Users must not post or transmit statements that are intentionally false or misleading.
  • Users must not post or transmit any file that contains viruses, corrupted files, or any other contaminating or destructive features that may damage someone else's computer.

  • Users must not post any material that could be regarded as damaging to the reputation of the Ski Club. If you have any complaint or criticism of the Ski Club, you should address it to the Ski Club itself (please email: skiers@skiclub.co.uk)

  • We offer users the facility to report any message or discussion which you feel may breach the rules, and to ask us to take any appropriate or necessary action, including removing the relevant message or discussion - however, users must not abuse this facility, it is intended to be used in the case of a serious breach, not a petty disagreement.

The Ski Club does not undertake to monitor or moderate the partner forum. However, we reserve the right to monitor any information transmitted or received through our service, and, at our sole discretion and without prior notice, to review, remove, or otherwise block your entry to the partner forum for violating any of the above provisions. We may also delete any inappropriate message/ promotion. If we take any such action, we will notify the company concerned.
You are responsible for all statements made and acts that occur through the use of your affiliate login.

Indemnification
You agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless the Ski Club and its affiliates, directors, officers and employees from and against any claim, liability, cost, damage or loss we may incur (including, without limitation, attorneys' fees) as a result of any material you post on our forum or any violation by you of your obligations under these terms and conditions.

Disclaimer

Ski Club Great Britain hosts this Chat Forum for its members and registered users. The views expressed are not those of Ski Club GB. The content of the Chat Forum does not constitute any form of advice, recommendation or arrangement by the Ski Club and is not intended to be relied upon by you or others in making (or refraining from making) any holiday booking or other decisions. Appropriate independent advice should be obtained before making any such decision. Any arrangements made between you and any third party named in this Chat Forum are at your sole risk and responsibility. The Ski Club does not therefore accept any responsibility whatsoever in relation to any decision made or action taken by you or others based upon reliance on or use of information contained in this Chat Forum. By using this Chat Forum, you have entered into an agreement to be bound by these Rules, and you have waived any right against the Ski Club in respect of its contents.