Supporting People
Supporting People Logo

Search Advanced Search
         
Quick Search
Supporting People :  Acceptable Use Policy Site map

Acceptable Use Policy

This Acceptable Use Policy is intended to help create an atmosphere in which freedom of speech is balanced by self discipline and a mature attitude to discussion. We encourage people to join these discussions and it would therefore be very surprising if exchanges did not occasionally become a little heated!

For this reason, we have compiled a Guidance section of useful tips for those who are new to the etiquette of online discussion. Discussion Moderators are available to help you to get the most out of participating in online discussions and to ensure that these rules are observed.

By virtue of your participation in this discussion, you are deemed to have agreed to abide by the rules. Although the Moderator cannot take responsibility for monitoring every message that is sent to the Web site, we must reserve the right to remove items submitted from anyone who repeatedly ignores these rules.

1. Personal Identification

All messages sent to a discussion must include your name and Email address. Do not represent yourself as another person. Anonymous contributions will not be accepted.

2. Use of Language

Messages should not be malicious or designed to offend. In particular, the use of swear words or undue profanity is discouraged. By participating in any discussion, you undertake to indemnify us and our employees and sub-contractors against any liability arising from any obscene, defamatory, seditious, blasphemous or other actionable statement published by you on this site and against all damages, losses, claims and costs (including without limitation fines and expenses arising out of or incurred in conducting or defending any proceedings) arising from any such actionable statements.

3. Conduct of Discussion

Your message should be within the scope of the subject under discussion. If you make a contribution that is inappropriate to the subject under discussion, you may be directed by the Moderator not to raise the matter further or to raise it within a separate discussion group.

No reference should be made to the personality of other participants in a discussion nor should attacks be made on an individual's character unless the person concerned has already chosen to bring his or her personality into the issue under discussion.

One to one arguments, disagreements and disputes of a personal nature must be conducted through private Email and not through public discussion.

You should remember that you are legally responsible for what you write. By participating in a discussion, you undertake to indemnify us and our employees and sub-contractors against any liability arising from any breach of confidentiality, copyright or other intellectual property right published by you on this site and against all damages, losses, claims and costs (including without limitation all expenses incurred in conducting or defending any proceedings) arising from any such publication. You must not make statements that are libellous, obscene, seek to incite racial hatred or otherwise break the laws of the United Kingdom.

4. Private Email

If a person has sent you a private Email you may not forward it to a public discussion group without the prior consent of the person who sent it. This does not prevent you forwarding private Email to the Discussion Administrator (at spkweb@odpm.gsi.gov.uk) should you consider this appropriate.

5. Advertising and Research

No advertising is allowed except where it is for an event, publication or similar item that has direct relevance to the subject of discussion.

Information about locating and sharing knowledge and expertise is welcomed, but within the specific discussion category provided.

6. Complaints about a Breach of these Rules

Complaints about a breach of these Rules should ONLY be made by private Email to the Discussion Administrator (at spkweb@odpm.gsi.gov.uk).

The Discussion Administrator will take timely and appropriate action with regard to the complaint.

PLEASE NOTE

By virtue of your participation in this discussion, you are deemed to have agreed to abide by these rules.

Back to the top