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house rules
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Welcome to Collective’s house rules. The house rules exist so that everyone can get the best out of contributing to the site.

Collective reserves the right to change the house rules from time to time by publishing any amendments on site. You are responsible for regularly reviewing the house rules. By submitting a post you confirm your acceptance of any changes.

about your posts

Please keep your contributions civil, tasteful and relevant. We're committed to providing an atmosphere in which constructive and mature dialogue takes place. Therefore:
  • No flaming. Unlawful, harassing, defamatory, abusive, threatening, harmful, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, racially offensive, or otherwise objectionable comments are not acceptable.
  • No swearing. If you do swear, it will appear as ***s. If you are quoting it may be acceptable.
  • No spamming or flooding. Don't post the same comment to more than one conversation or more than once.
  • No advertising. We can only accept posts that are your own opinion. We will remove posts where we suspect a vested interest.
  • Spoilers must be clearly marked. Comments that unnecessarily give away the ending of a narrative e.g. film or book. Posts that are not clearly marked at the top will be removed.
  • No foreign languages. Posts containing languages other than English may be removed. Other users should be able to understand your comments and therefore posts with suspected hidden meanings may also be removed.
  • No impersonation. Adopting an inappropriate user name (one that is vulgar, offensive etc) is also unacceptable.
  • Be careful with including email addresses and instant messaging numbers, you may receive a lot of unwanted messages. Please do not include anyone else's personal details. We recommend you set up a new email account specifically and post the address in the form “name at” to avoid automated spamming. We will remove any postal addresses or telephone numbers unless it is publicly available e.g. a ticket line number or event venue.
  • Only include suitable URLs in your recommendation. Links to websites we consider unsuitable will be removed. If you are considering including a URL, please make sure that it adds value and interest to the subject of your recommendation. Unsuitable sites would include those with racist material, pornographic or sexually explicit material, potentially defamatory material, anything which encourages illegal activities, material which infringes copyright, sites which purely plug or promote commercial products or services without containing material which enhances the subject matter, or sites which may offend our users.
  • Please don’t abuse the complaints system. The complaints button exists so that users can alert us to content that breaks the house rules i.e. offensive material, not typos and spelling mistakes. If a user repeatedly abuses the complaints button we may suspend their account.
  • Please don’t post for suspended users. Anyone who posts on behalf of a suspended user may also have their account suspended. If we suspect that an account has been opened or is used by a banned user, the holder of the account may be asked to prove their identity. Failure to do so may result in the account being suspended.
  • No harassment. The BBC welcomes feedback, both positive and negative, about our programmes and services but please make sure your comments are in line with the above House Rules. Repeatedly posting personal or offensive comments about individual members of the public or people who work for the BBC may be considered harassment. We reserve the right to remove such messages and take action against those responsible.
about copyright

Only make posts to which you have the copyright or other permission to distribute electronically. You may not violate, plagiarise, or infringe on the rights of third parties including copyright, trademark, trade secret, privacy, personal, publicity, or proprietary rights.

By contributing to collective you grant us non-exclusive rights to publish on any media.

about the law

You may not post any defamatory or illegal material of any nature. Posting a message with the intention of committing an illegal act is strictly prohibited.

under 16s

If you are under 16 please get your parent's or guardian's permission before taking part in collective.

Never reveal any personal information about yourself (for example, your telephone number, home address or email address).

antisocial behaviour on collective

Collective members are expected to act in a community-spirited way. It is unacceptable to behave in an antisocial manner on Collective. Examples of antisocial behavior include deliberately dragging conversations off-topic or holding personal conversations in general discussions.

If a Collective member feels that someone is behaving in an antisocial manner, they should use the "complaint" button to alert the Editors. Continuation of antisocial behaviour may result in the transgression procedure being implemented.

if you break the rules

If you fail to abide by these House Rules and/or the BBCi Terms and Conditions, you will be formally warned by email. Not having a current email address registered with collective will not be seen as an adequate excuse for not knowing that you have been breaking the house rules.
  • For the first offence you will receive an official warning from the collective Editors.
  • A second offence will mean that your account is suspended for seven days.
  • A third offence will mean a suspension period of one month.
  • A fourth offence will result in your account being closed permanently.
For information about how this procedure is applied please read the Transgressions Procedure.

The BBC reserves the right to delete any posting or account, at any time, for any reason.
Don't forget to read the Terms of Use.

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