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Rules: No Names, No Advice, No Details, No Ads. Keep it Nice

Rules: No Names, No Advice, No Details, No Ads. Keep it Nice

Postby dls » Wed Nov 07, 2012 8:04 am

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Re: Rules: No Names, No Advice, No Details, No Ads. Keep it

Postby atticus » Mon Nov 16, 2015 9:42 am

A further rule - the boss's decision is FINAL. dls owns this board. He is the one who would get sued for defamation etc. If you don't like a decision to remove your post, you may start your own website and post whatever you want there, as long as you are prepared to face the consequences.

By the way, I read at the weekend a report saying that an ever increasing percentage of defamation cases arise from things said on line.
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Re: Rules: No Names, No Advice, No Details, No Ads. Keep it

Postby atticus » Fri Oct 28, 2016 10:12 pm

And a reminder that defamatory and gratuitously offensive material will be deleted. If posts cannot be easily edited, then do not be surprised if the whole post goes.
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Re: Rules: No Names, No Advice, No Details, No Ads. Keep it

Postby atticus » Fri Aug 11, 2017 5:08 pm

When you register here, you click a button to say you agree to various things. I don't think there is an easy reminder of what these things are, so I have cut and pasted from the registration page.

We have all agreed to all the following. I have put a couple of key sentences in bold.

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