Board rules

These rules are disclosed to clarify the various responsibilities of all community members here on Cruise Community Forum. They shall be adhered to by everyone to ensure that our board runs smoothly and provides a fun and productive experience for all of our community members and visitors.

  1. Forum rules

    1. Posts are to be made in the relevant forum and members are asked to read the forum descriptions before posting. Members are also asked not to "cross post" (posting the same topic in more than one forum, or multiple times in the same forum). Members consistently posting to the wrong forum, or cross posting, may be given a warning (see policing below). #
    2. Members should post in a way that is respectful of other members and not disrupt the normal flow of dialogue, or otherwise act in a manner that negatively affects other members' ability to engage in real time exchanges. Flaming or abusing members in any way, seeking retribution or fuelling confrontation with other members which may lead to members leaving or the overall harmony of Cruise Community being disrupted, will not, under any circumstances, be tolerated and will lead to a warning. #
    3. Any member who is percieved to be a Troll by a reporting member and/or Moderator or Administrator may be subject to an immediate and permanent ban. #
    4. Members must not post in a degoratory manner anything to any named person, be they a member of Cruise Community or not, nor post in such a way that any person can be identified from the information posted. Any such breach will result in a warning. #
    5. Members are asked not to act as "back seat moderators". If a member notes an issue which contravenes something in these rules then they should use the report facility to bring it to the attention of a Moderator/Administrator. A member should only do this once and should not respond to such topics themselves. Members who constantly act as moderators may be warned. #
    6. Members should remember this board is aimed at a general audience. Posting pornographic or generally offensive text, images, links, etc. will not be tolerated and will lead to a warning. #
    7. Members are asked to respect the copyright of other members, sites, media, etc. Members linking to, or asking for information on, other sites or reposting material without permission may receive a warning and their post may be removed. #
    8. Spam is not tolerated on this forum under any circumstance. Members posting spam will be warned and their post removed. #
    9. Members should post in a way which is consistent with "normal writing". That is members should not post excessive numbers of emoticons, large, small or coloured text, etc. Similarly members should not SHOUT or use excessive punctuation (e.g. ! and ?) in topic titles or posts. Members consistently abusing this may be warned. #
    10. Members should use an appropriate, descriptive title when posting a new topic. Examples of bad titles include; "Help me!", "I'm stuck!", "I've got an error!", etc. Examples of good titles are; "Getting help with Disabilities", "Cannot change my e-mail address", etc. #
    11. The moderating team reserves the right to edit or remove any post at any time. The determination of what is construed as indecent, vulgar, spam, etc. as noted in these points is up to the Moderators and not individual members and Moderators/Administrators will not enter into communication with members on these or any other matters. #
    12. The forum rules, where applicable, also apply to private messaging. Abuse of the private messaging system may lead to warnings (as above) and/or the revocation of private messaging. #
    13. As a member you acknowledge that content, whether publicly posted or privately transmitted, is the sole responsibility of the person from which such content originated. This means that you are entirely responsible for all content that you upload, post, email or otherwise transmit via Cruise Community and, as such, there is no guarantee of the accuracy, integrity or quality of such content. You also acknowledge that by using Cruise Community, you may be exposed to content that is offensive, indecent or objectionable. Under no circumstances will the management team of Cruise Community be liable in any way for any content, including, but not limited to, for any errors or omissions in any content, or for any loss or damage of any kind incurred as a result of the use of any content posted, emailed or otherwise transmitted via Cruise Community. #
    14. With respect to any content that you elect to post on Cruise Community, you, as a member, grant a royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive and fully sub-licensable right and license to reproduce, modify, adapt, edit, publish, translate or distribute such content (in whole or part) and/or to incorporate it in other works in any form, media, or technology now known or later developed, and you waive your moral rights to object to any derogatory treatment, or to be identified as the author, of that content. If you do not want to grant the permission set out above, please do not post or share your content on Cruise Community. #
    15. Members are allowed to insert an image within their post with a maximum height of 300px and a maximum width of 300px. Members who exceed these limits may have their images removed and any continual abuse will result in the removal of this posting privilege. #
    16. Members are asked to not disclose to any 3rd party, board or list any vulnerabilities in Cruise Community before first notifying the Site Administrator. #
    17. Any new member who does not make a post within the first six weeks of their membership is liable to have their membership of this forum deactivated and will need to contact the Site Administrator to have their membership re-activated. Any member who tries to circumvent this by registering under a different username and/or email address is liable to a permanent ban. #
    18. Members should respect the bandwidth of other members and sites. The use of inline () image tags pointing to data stored on third party systems for which the user has not received permission to link to may be removed. #
    19. Members may not, in any way or by any means, "poach", "tout" or "harvest" other members of Cruise Community to become members of any other similar type of forum. If any such actions are brought to the attention of any of the Site Administrator of Cruise Community then this will result in an instant, and permanent, ban. #
    20. Members are welcome to use the test forum for general "test purposes". These may include checking signatures, testing a link or image, etc. (subject to previous points on decency etc.). #
    21. Any member posting derogatory or defamatory remarks on this, or other sites, about this Board, its Administration, its Administration and/or Moderation Teams or its Members (be that individually or collectivly) may be subject to an immediate and permanent ban. #
    22. Any member posting a link to any site that is found to contain a virus and/or malware will have that link removed immediately. The management of Cruise Community accept that this may be accidental in the first instance but if the same member is found to subsequently post infected links then they will be given an immediate, and permanent, ban - this will also apply to anyone reposting an infected link.

      Furthermore when a user is found to have posted an infected link their account may be suspended until they can give the management of Cruise Community an assurance that this was accidental and that their computer(s) have been swept for any virus and/or malware. #
    23. Members are asked only to post in English, as this is an English speaking community. #
  2. Signatures

    1. Signatures may contain up to three lines (one line being that displayed on a browser opened to 800px width) comprising of a maximum of 50 characters. You may include one image of no more than 25px high and no more than 25px wide - also you may include 1 smilies. Animated images are not allowed. #
    2. Text size should be no more than 85%. Text in signatures is subject to the same conditions as posts with respect decency, emoticons etc. #
    3. Links in signatures are permitted to a maximum of 1 unique page(s) or site(s). Linked sites may not be commercial in nature. You may not link to porn, political, racist or other similar hate sites. Links are included in signature size limits. #
    4. The above rules will also be applied to a signature where it is included as part of a post. #
    5. Members abusing these rules may be warned. #
  3. Avatars

    1. Members are permitted to utilise a gallery avatar or to link to one of their own (subject to previous points on misuse of bandwidth). User defined avatars are to be no larger than 100px high and no more than 100px wide, contain no animation, contain no image which attempts to portray the user as having an official status here (e.g. mimicking ranks or copying avatars of team members), may not exceed 6kB (6144 bytes) in filesize and have a consistently high availability (i.e. links to images on slow servers or those prone to failure may be removed). #
    2. Avatars are subject to the same conditions as posts with respect to decency. #
    3. Members abusing these rules may be warned and/or may have their avatar removed. #
  4. Member's Profile

    1. For both the site and member's security Cruise Community operates a policy whereby a member is required to change their login password every 180 days. #
    2. Members must not include in their profile a link to sites that are commercial in nature, nor may they link to porn, political, racist or other similar hate sites. Such links will be removed and the member will be given a warning. #
    3. Any member found creating or modifying their profile in such a way that it appears to be that of a member of Cruise Community team will receive a warning or in extreme circumstances an instant ban. #
    4. The use of a "cloaking" mechanism for any part of a member's details is not allowed and any member found doing may be issued with a warning and if this is used to the detriment of the forum, or other forum members, then a permanent ban will be given. #
    5. Members who are found to have created, and used, multiple user accounts without a justifiable reason may receive a ban on ALL of their accounts. #
  5. Show Off

    1. Cruise Community does not provide a general fora or other solution for Members to promote their personal sites. Such posting constitutes spam and may lead to a warning. #
  6. Policing

    1. Cruise Community operates a three strike policy. Members will be warned a maximum of three times for any offence and each warning will stay on the member's account for 90 days. Once a member reaches the maximum warnings limit then they will automatically receive a ban from this site of 30 days. #
    2. Any member who upon receiving their fourth warning within any timespan and whether they have received a "three strike" ban or not will be liable to receive a permanent ban. #
    3. Arguing with team members after having received a warning will lead to an immediate additional warning. Should this exceed three strikes a ban will be put in place as above. #
    4. An exception to the three strike rule applies where one member contacts any other member personally (via any method derived from this board) and posts insulting, indecent or vulgar material. Such members may be subject to an immediate permanent ban. #
    5. Any attempt to circumvent a temporary ban will lead to that ban being made permanent. Circumvention includes re-registering under a non-banned username, changing IP addresses to evade an IP ban, registering a new email account of evade an email ban. Circumvention includes posting as an anonymous user.

      Permanently banned members who subsequently open another account will face an immediate ban. #
    6. Permanent bans are a last resort and thought is given before implementing them. While Cruise Community may consider lifting permanent bans from time to time this will be a rare occurrence. #
    7. Members who feel they have been unfairly warned are welcome to contact the Site Administrator. If it is felt you were treated badly the warning may be removed. #
  7. Copyright

    1. © 2012 - 2015 Cruise Community - last updated 17th September 2015 #