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Chat Box Policy

The new Chat Box should make for a fun addition to the Forums. As this feature is shown prominently on the main page of the Forums and is visible to both members and non-members, we intend to be stricter in the way this particular feature is run. Below are our guidelines for using the Chat Box (subject to modifications).

Please note:

If you are registered and logged in, you can turn off the right hand column (including the Chat Box, Calendar and other data).
To do so, go to "My Stuff" and then "My Preferences". You can change that setting at any time and it will free up space on your display.

We may turn the Chat Box off at any time and without warning.

Initially we will be turning it off during the night (Japan time) and when there are no moderators on the Forums for a prolonged period of time.

Please do not abuse this feature. What do we mean by that?

- NO PERSONAL INSULTS;
- NO SWEARING;
- NO OFFENSIVE OR "GUTTER HUMOUR";
- NO BADMOUTHING ANY COMPANY OR ORGANISATION;
- NO TOTALLY POINTLESS/STUPID POSTS (we'll be the judge of that!);
- NO DISCUSSION OF ANY BUSINESS SERVICES;
- NO ADVERTISING OR PROMOTION OF ANY KIND;
- NO LINKS.


Japanese fonts cause some problems with the Chat Box and so please do not post in Japanese on there. Thanks.

We are keeping logs of what goes on within the Chat Box. If we find that any member abuses the Shout Box, we will ban that member for a period of time that we see fit. Any ban is effective for both the Shout Box and the actual Forums.

Please also note that it is for the Moderators of the Forums to decide what constitutes "abuse" of the Chat Box, but they will be relying quite a lot on common sense when making decisions. Please don't push the limits of our policies as we will take that as going against our guidelines. The decisions of the Moderators of the Forums are final and are not up for discussion (unless we want to discuss them).

OK, now all that is out of the way, we hope that people will have a lot of fun using the Chat Box.

Thank you.
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We want the Shout Box to be a fun place where people can chat while they are on the Forums. It is, however, in a very visible position on the Forums - on every page - and everyone who visits these Forums, both members and non-members, can read what is being said in there.

For that reason we really do not want the Shout Box to become a place that attracts gutter-level humor, insults, swearing, offensive comments or bad-mouthing other readers (or companies). Here are the main guidelines that we have laid out.

- NO PERSONAL INSULTS;
- NO SWEARING;
- NO OFFENSIVE OR "GUTTER HUMOUR";
- NO BADMOUTHING ANY COMPANY OR ORGANISATION;
- NO DISCUSSION OF ANY BUSINESS SERVICES;
- NO ADVERTISING OR PROMOTION OF ANY KIND;
- NO LINKS

Things that you can post in the main forums might not be suitable for the Shout Box.

In the last few days we have had a number of incidents on there where we had to delete numerous posts. Things were getting slightly out of hand. We are not trying to curtail fun - just doing our job in generally protecting the Forums. Apart from long-term members objecting to content, it also does not create a good impression of the Forums to first-time readers.

If we find a post objectional, we are able to delete certain posts, but we do not want to have to be constantly keeping an eye on the Shout Box which takes up more of our time. There are enough things for us to be doing (by that I mean working on the site in general).

Apart from deleting individual posts, there are only really two options available to us:

1) Turn off the Shout Box so that no-one can use it;
2) Ban members who go against the guidelines. (Please note that a ban from the Shout Box means a ban from the main forums as well - we cannot separate those settings).

We really do not want to do either of those. Ideally we do not want to have to keep a constant eye on what goes on in there.

So we would like to ask that if you are going to use the Shout Box then please keep within the guidelines that we have set out. Hopefully that way it can develop into an important and useful part of the Forums.

Just to be clear - we are NOT saying "don't have fun" or "don't post things that aren't related to winter sports" or "don't post anything silly". That's not what we are saying. We want it to be fun and useful. We are simply asking posters on there to keep it clean and within our guidelines.

Many thanks.
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