Discussion Forum Rules

Anyone can contribute to Discussion Forums.  You will need to join the site and / or a group in order to post a question to its Forum.

Although the administrators and moderators of Planning Planet will attempt to keep all objectionable messages off the forums, it is impossible for us to review all messages. 

All messages express the views of the author, and the owners of PlanningPlanet.com will not be held responsible for the content of any message.

GENERAL FORUM RULES:

Planning Planet operates a three strikes policy. These "strikes" will be issued as infractions for any behaviour which contravenes the forum rules.  All infractions may be retained on the members user file for six months. Depending on the nature and severity of the behaviour they may, or may not, be preceded by a warning.  While these warnings do not count towards a users strike count they do remain on your account and visible to the Admin Team for the same period of six months.

Messages that breach any of these rules may result in issue of warnings and or infractions under Planning Planet's three strikes policy and this will ultimately lead to temporary or permanent bans from the site. Three strikes at any level will result in a temporary ban as a minimum.  The policy will work as follows:

  • Strike one is a formal warning.
  • Strike two will be an automatic two week ban.
  • Strike three will be an automatic and permanent ban.

The Planning Planet moderator's decision on issues of unacceptable behaviour will be final.  Publicly posted complaints about moderation will not be tolerated, and will be regarded as a further strike.  If you wish to discuss a moderation decision then please do so by pm and not by posting publicly on the forum. 

Alternatively contact ppadmin@planningplanet.com

We reserve the right to issue immediate permanent bans where a members conduct warrants this action.

1. - No Flaming

You will not post any messages or links anywhere on this site that harass, insult, belittle, threaten, undermine or personally attack another member in any way.

2. - No Trolling

You will not post any material or links anywhere on this site that disrupt the peace and harmony of this forum.  Discussion and opinions based on experience are encouraged, but not combative argument.

3. - No Spamming

You will not double post or post the same message in multiple forums. You will not post for the sake of increasing your post count.  Meaningless, irrelevant, or unintelligible posts will be removed. Any member found to be spamming the forum to achieve an increased post count will have their access removed for six months.  Please do not use "text speak" etc. that may not be understood by all.

4. - No Offensive Posts, Links or Images

You will not post any material or links anywhere on this site that are profane, obscene, vulgar, sexually-orientated, hateful, threatening, racist, sexist, discriminatory, or otherwise in violation of any local or international laws.  This includes material or links in your signature, profile, blogs and bookmarks as well as posted images, photos and avatars.  Moderators will ultimately decide if something is appropriate or not.

5. - Advertiser Feedback

All our Partners and Advertisers have the right to provide their own opinions or feedback but their posts are subject to the same forum rules.

Members are allowed to leave either positive or negative feedback but again, it is subject to the same forum rules.

6. - No Advertising

You will not post any material or links anywhere on the forums that are primarily for the promotion or advertising of any commercial related website, forum or business, unless you are a current advertiser.  Some discussion of non-advertising businesses is acceptable.  The Moderation Team reserve the right to remove any link, signature, post or thread they deem to be inappropriate.

7. - Sales

ANY sales threads posted anywhere on the board, except in a private group area and agreed with the relevant private group leader, will be removed without explanation.

ANY 'gauging interest' threads posted anywhere on the board, except in a private group area and agreed with the relevant private group leader, will be removed without explanation.

8. - Public Posting of Copyright Material

You will not post, upload, attach, or post links anywhere to anything that is under copyright or license, except where you own the copyright and grant permission for it to be permanently displayed within this forum.

9. - Accept moderation

By using the services provided by Planning Planet you agree to accept the moderation by the Planning Planet Moderator Team.  You also accept the pulished Planning Planet Terms & Conditions. 

Publicly posted complaints about moderation will not be tolerated, eg "Where has my thread gone?" These may be regarded as a strike under the three strikes policy. Any messages to or about any Moderation Team member that contain derogatory remarks or swearing will result in an immediate ban.  All moderation aims to be fair and even handed. 

Any grievance involving a moderator should be reported by PM (Private Message) to another moderator, alternatively contact ppadmin@planningplanet.com.

10. - Signature Restrictions

Your signature must not contain any links or banners which would contravene these rules.  The Moderation Team reserve the right to remove any signature, link or avatar they deem to be inappropriate.  You must represent yourself using your real name on your profile and the moderators reserve the right to require you to demonstrate or vlaidate the same.

 

APPLICATION OF GENERAL FORUM RULES

1. - What happens if I break a rule?

The moderators have the right to remove, edit, move, copy or close any thread or post, or suspend or ban any member for any breach of the rules or for any other reason with or without warning or notice.

2. - What if I see a message posted that breaks a rule?

Please report these posts or threads to the moderators by clicking on the "Flag as Offensive / Report Abuse" link facility of the offending post, and the post or thread will be reviewed and action taken as soon as possible.

3. - What is my responsibility as a member?

Please keep these rules in mind when you post. The moderators have the right to change these rules at any time without notice. It is the responsibility of every member to remain up to date with the current rules.

Posting to the forum is only allowed if you agree to abide by these rules, and by posting to the forum you are accepting the terms of this agreement and the published Planning Planet Terms & Conditions.

4. - Why have rules in the first place?

The rules are there for the protection of the community as a whole, to prevent abuse, conflict and disharmony within the forums and to ensure the use of Planning Planet is a pleasant experience for all members of all ages.

Please contact ppadmin@planningplanet.com if you have any comments or any suggestions or changes to these rules.

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