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PostPosted: Mon Oct 11, 2010 8:25 am 
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Welcome to the ElevenPlusExams forum.

To keep the Forum informative and enjoyable we have both Rules and Guidance on good Forum Etiquette.

Breaches of Forum Rules may result in posts being edited by a moderator, a warning, a temporary ban or a permanent ban, depending on the severity of the matter. Repeated breaches of Forum Etiquette will be dealt with in the same way. All decisions made by the moderator team are final.

Please remember at all times that membership of this Forum is a privilege, not a right.

Forum Rules

1. Name calling, insults and “flaming” (provocative or hostile posting) are not permitted. Threads that descend into a flame war may be locked or removed temporarily or permanently from the Forum.

2. Posts that may cause offence or are simply inappropriate, that may incite religious or racial hatred, or contain potentially libellous comments, will be removed without warning.

3. Swearing, profanity and the use of asterisks in place of swear words will not be tolerated.

4. No trolling. Suspected trolls may be banned without warning.
Members should heed this wise advice: Don’t feed the troll!

5. Forum members who are believed to be using multiple user names, or who use a disposable or temporary email address to register, may be banned without warning. Subsequent re-registrations by the same member may also be banned.
Members who, in the opinion of moderators, have been inactive on the forum for an extended period of time may have their membership suspended without further notice.

6. (a) Links or references to external websites will be permitted solely at the discretion of moderators.

    (b) Links should never be posted in isolation (a technique sometimes favoured by spammers). Unless the purpose of the link is already clear, there must be at least a line or two of comment or explanation, so that members can decide whether or not this is a link they wish to click on.

    (c) Please note that (unless moderators have specifically agreed to make an exception - see no. 7 below)
    the following are not allowed:
        (i) links or references to blogs and commercial websites
        (ii) the promotion of - or requests to join - social media groups
        (iii) invitations to forum members to participate in research

    (d) Any post deemed to be promotion of a product or service, whether related to the 11+ or not, whether explicit or implicit, will be considered a breach of forum rules.
    If there is a delay before your post appears, please be patient, and do not re-submit the post. Any delay is likely to be because of routine checks to ensure compliance with the rules, and to keep the forum as free from spam as possible.

    (e) Unsolicited recommendations or advertising via Private Message are not permitted, and members reported to be sending such PMs will be banned without warning. Any Private Message deemed to be promotion of a product or service, whether related to the 11+ or not, whether explicit or implicit, will be regarded as spam.

    (f) If there is any doubt about what is acceptable, members should seek permission from Moderators before posting.

7. (a) Mentions of household names (e.g. Tesco, Amazon, etc) are usually permitted on the Forum.

    (b) Posts on topics that are "below the radar", such as a request for recommendations for guinea pig hutches, are generally permitted.

    (c) If members are in any doubt they should contact Moderators before posting.

    (d) Announcements relating to practice 11+ tests ("mocks") are usually permitted if organised by a school or PTA or charity - but must not become excessive.

    (e) Posts about the sale of second-hand items are not normally allowed.
    However, at the discretion of Moderators, an exception may be made in the case of long established members who wish to sell second-hand 11 plus material - but permission should be sought before posting.
    (We commend the suggestion made by a member: "We gave all ours away; there were loads of books. They went to a family who were putting their child through 11+. We didn't want any money for them. I think they are on their fourth round now. There is nothing better than the act of charity especially when it comes to books.")

8. To maintain the highest quality of information on the Forum, mentions of 11+ preparation materials that are not available on this site are not permitted.

9. Advertising in signatures: Permission for anything other than the member's name is at the absolute discretion of moderators, only school-based charities/appeals are likely to be eligible for consideration, the wording must be concise and submitted for moderators' approval in advance, and the length of time the proposed signature is to be in use must be made clear to moderators in any request.
Members must state in their first subsequent post that the use of the signature has been approved by moderators.

10. Requests for tutor recommendations are not permitted because there is no way of knowing how genuine such recommendations will be.
Any recommendations sent to forum members will be treated as advertising and result in a ban.

11. Images and pictures are generally only permitted on Rehab and must not be likely to cause offence. Images carrying the copyright symbol are not permitted.

12. Copyright must be acknowledged when posting extracts from published material on the Forum.

Forum Etiquette

13. Be polite. Even though you are looking at a computer screen and cannot see other members, they are real people who have feelings.

14. “Think first, post second.” A post may not always read the same to others as it does to you. Review your post before submitting it and consider how it will be received by others. If your post is misinterpreted and causes offence, explain and apologise.

15. Staying on topic is a courtesy to the Original Poster. Threads that go off topic may be split, edited, or locked. Posters who persistently go off topic will receive a warning from a moderator.

16. Emoticons (smileys) are useful to add the correct tone to a post, but don't use them as cover for an unpleasant post.
Too many emoticons become irritating. Please don’t over-use them.

17. Over-large signatures make the Forum difficult to read, so please keep your signature brief. Offensive signatures will be removed.

18. The use of capital letters on internet forums is considered to be shouting. Please use sentence case in both thread titles and posts.

19. Please post in proper words, not text-speak, and avoid the use of abbreviations that may be unfamiliar to other posters.

20. Private messages are useful for personal chat and confidential information, but before sending a PM, consider whether your question would be best placed on the open forum so that the replies can benefit others.

21. The edit button is a useful facility for making corrections and minor amendments for a period of up to a week after posting, but should not be used in such a way as to distort a thread, or spoil it for other members. It can be helpful if reasons for the edit are given.

Moderators' decisions in all matters, including the interpretation and application of forum rules, are final.

Please see also the FAQs, some of which form part of the 'Rules & Guidance'.

Thank you.

Forum Administrator

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