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Moderation Rules and Guidelines

Should any posting on the WSCC boardroom require moderation, for any reason, the first action taken will be to hide the posting from public view pending investigation. Deletion shall be carried out only at the end of the moderation process before a moderation report is closed.

All moderation shall be initiated and tracked backstage via a moderation report. These may be initiated by moderators in some circumstances to allow all moderation to be audited and to allow discussion between moderators.

The following Items shall be deemed appropriate for immediate moderation without the need for consultation with other moderators or delay:

  • Pornographic or adult postings;
  • Legally defamatory or libellous postings without substance - better to hide and then show than open the club to pecuniary damages;
  • Copyright material or other Intellectual property not belonging to the poster;
  • Trademarks or other associations with a company that do not exist.

All other items for consideration for moderation shall be reported firstly by a member. Where this member is also a moderator, they shall be considered not to hold the role of moderator for any further decision making purpose.

Where possible, the decision to moderate a member reported posting or topic shall be made by no less than two moderators.

In all cases the member being moderated shall have a PM sent to them explaining the reasons for the moderation and the likely course of action that will follow. Where necessary a post may also be put in place to explain to the membership the reasons why the moderation has occurred.

Other member's posts may require moderation due to quoting or otherwise referring to an offending post. Where this is necessary it is recommended that the individuals also be send a message via PM. An alternative to this is to post within the topic as necessary or seen fit.

Where a member report is deemed not to be moderated the reporting member or members should be send messages via PM with a brief reason for the decision by the moderators.

Adverts

Adverts may be posted under the following conditions:

Personal adverts may be posted by fully paid up WSCC Members in any member advert section of the site.

Adverts on behalf of other identifiable club members may also be made by a club member in these sections.

Adverts on behalf of non-members must be made into the External Adverts section of the site.

Any adverts that do not abide by the above rules will be removed or moved to the External Adverts section of the website.

Members may NOT post adverts on behalf of companies or commercial bodies.

If a member produces their own component(s) for fitment to their own Westfield and subsequently wishes to offer further examples of the component(s) for sale publicly to other members in the forums, that member must contact the Committee at committee@wscc.co.uk prior to doing so to obtain the Committee's permission. The Committee will consider all such cases on an individual basis and either:

  • Allow a very small number of components to be sold publicly in the forums;
  • Allow the component to be publicly mentioned but only sold via the PM system, or;
  • Decide that the member is operating a "cottage industry", at which point the member must either become a Trader or cease using the forum to mention or sell their component(s).

The Committee shall have the final say in all such cases, will lock or hide any threads or posts if it feels necessary to do so, and will insert a disclaimer in any such allowed advert to legally protect the club and its members.

Sponsors and Trade members may post commercial adverts in the relevant advert section of the site. These can offer any product or service for website users. Where a special offer is made to club members only, this should be apparent in the advert with any conditions.

Sponsors and Trade members may respond to posts with offers of products and services RELEVANT to the posters query or problem.

Non-members may post adverts during their initial 30-Day Trial Membership period to the External Adverts section either as links to another site or as full adverts.

Bulk Buys

Bulk buys shall be offered by commercial entities is such a way as to ensure that the contractual relationship is directly with each purchasing member. In practice, this means most bulk buy companies should consider trade membership to advertise and offer their bulk buy or members discount schemes.

Where a member is able to bring a special offer, this may be approved by the committee as a special bulk buy offered to the members.

On Topic Sections

The sections 'Start Line', 'Tech Talk' and 'FAQ' will be necessarily pruned to keep posts on topic and to prevent wander.

Posts in these areas may be subject to moving or pruning by moderators where thread drift or off topic items are posted.

Avatars

The contents of Avatars must not break other forum rules including but not limited to:

  • Copyright material;
  • Pornographic or profane;
  • Offensive;
  • Suggest association with any organisation that is spurious or otherwise non-existent.

In addition avatars may not include any advertising for any entity be it commercial or otherwise (unless the member is a WSCC Sponsor or Trader).

The Committee and / or Moderation Team shall have the final say on what is permissible, and any questions should be directed to them before altering or creating an avatar which might be affected by these rules.

Any avatar perceived as not complying with the rules should ONLY be reported to the Committee and / or Moderation Team by using the Report button located at the bottom of the post containing the avatar in question, and not via public boardroom debate.

Signatures

The contents of Signatures must not break other forum rules including but not limited to:

  • Copyright material;
  • Pornographic or profane;
  • Offensive;
  • Suggest association with any organisation that is spurious or otherwise non-existent.

Member signatures may include one line of non-commercial text, one non-commercial image no larger than 175px high x 600px wide, and a maximum of one link, the text of said link being only either the URL itself or the linked name of the website (for example "www.wscc.co.uk" or "Westfield Sports Car Club").

Area Organisers' signatures are to be of the pre-determined universal professional club format only and may have two links as long as both links pertain to club business. Link text font size must not exceed 12 point.

The Committee and / or Moderation Team shall have the final say on what is permissible, and any questions should be directed to them before altering or creating a signature which might be affected by these rules.

Any signature perceived as not complying with the rules should ONLY be reported to the Committee and / or Moderation Team by using the Report button located at the bottom of the post containing the signature in question, and not via public boardroom debate.

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