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Forum Etiquette

Be excellent to each other.
In the wise words of Bill and Ted: Be Excellent to each other. Even if other people's choices aren't to your liking, everybody is entitled to have an opinion.

Keep it clean.
Bad language and inappropriate links/images are not welcome on this forum. If it's not safe for work, it's not safe for here. Automatic systems are in place to remove swearing and repeat instances will trigger a ban.



Site Guidelines

By registering, using or reading uk-mkivs.net you hereby agree to the following terms and conditions:

You agree, through your use of this forum, that you will not post any material which is false, defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, vulgar, hateful, harassing, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, invasive of a person's privacy, or otherwise in violation of ANY law. This is not only harmful, but legal actions can be taken against you. You also agree not to post any copyrighted material unless the copyright is owned by you or you have consent from the owner of the copyrighted material. Spam, flooding, advertisements, chain letters, pyramid schemes, and solicitations are also inappropriate to this forum.
Note that due to the real time nature of this forum, it is impossible to review all posts as they are made. Please remember that we do not actively monitor the posted messages and are not responsible for their content. We do not warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any information presented, and the messages express the views of the author, and are not necessarily the views of uk-mkivs.

Anyone who feels that a posted message is objectionable is encouraged to notify a moderator/admin immediately - either by PM or the reporting system. We have the rights to remove objectionable content, within a reasonable time frame, if we determine that removal is necessary. This is a manual process, however, so please realise that we may not be able to remove or edit particular messages immediately. This policy extends to member profile information as well.

You remain solely responsible for the content of your messages, and you agree to indemnify and hold harmless this forum, and any related websites to this forum. The owners of this forum also reserve the right to reveal your identity (or any information we have about you) in the event of a complaint or legal action arising from any information posted by you.You have the ability, as you register, to choose your username. We advise that you keep the name appropriate. With this user account you are about to register, you agree to never give your password out to another member, for your protection and for validity reasons. You also agree to NEVER use another member's account to post messages or browse this forum. Members are permitted to have only one account and duplicate accounts will be deleted along with suspension / bans being issued at the discretion of the uk-mkivs team.

Changes.
The administrators reserve the right to add, modify, or remove any of these rules at any time without prior notice. Rule changes apply to past, current and future posts.

Anti-Spam Policy.
uk-mkivs now operates an Anti-Spam policy. This policy has been formed to steer members away from posting topics, and replies, which degrade the theme of the forums, contain malicous or derogotary comments and/or otherwise portray the forums in a negative light. Such topics and replies include personal message threads and contentious topics which should be dealt with by other communications means. This is not to say we will actively delete all threads we deem as spam, but every now and then some topics do wander and this policy is there to keep things on track.
With effect immediately - any post(s) identified as being spam will be deleted without warning.

Personal Fueds/flame wars.
Sometimes a forum debate will turn into a personal feud between two (or more) posters. We want to make it perfectly clear that:
1) We will not allow, under any circumstances, this feud to be carried out publicly. The topic(s) will simply be deleted.
2) We will not intervene nor be a judge to personal feuds.
3) We will not offer any of the facilities this website has to offer - primarily the Private Messaging system - to serve this feud. We ask that you take the means of communication offline i.e. emails.
It’s obvious why we choose not to allow topics of such nature to persist. It gives a totally wrong impression of the forums, posters and general atmosphere. It also leads to a negative ‘slant’ being perceived and can quickly spiral out of control.
If you send an offensive Private Message to another poster, be it unsolicited or not, be aware that it is their full right to complain to us about it, and should we find that PM to be indeed offensive, we will not allow you to use the PM system, and upon repeated complaints (from one or all) treat this as any other public issue - we will ban that user altogether from the website.
Furthermore, in radical situations, when a couple of posters constantly attack each other or harass each other - in public or via PM - We will bar BOTH sides from exchanging ANY word on the forum (in public or via PM) with each other. If they continue to do so, one or all, they will be banned.
In addition, we will not look at things as a "who started it" situation. If someone insulted you, you are not absolved for insulting back. And, if you think someone should be banned and we disagree - then tough; if we're not convinced about it (and you're welcome to try to convince us reasonably by private means i.e PM or. email) then it doesn't license you to take the situation into your own hands and launch a campaign of harassments against that poster. Insulting him back won't make us think you're right; it will only make us think you're the trouble we should be dealing with.
This will NOT be a forum used for personal feuds/flaming.

Moderation.
We reserve the right to moderate any content we (the team) determine contravenes these rules. While we do not wish to silence people, and fully believe in freedom of speech, from time to time content has to be removed. In some cases we do not take these decisions right away, so there may be a period of time between actions.
Therefore, under no circumstances are you to start a discussion about it (our decision) in the forum or thread itself. Firstly, it serves no purpose as no admin will respond to you publicly. Secondly, it merely instigates pointless arguments over how this BB should be run. We would like to make it clear: that 'how this forums should be run' is not open for debate.

Bans and warnings.
Rule breaking may invoke the forum 'warning system' which can result in any member being banned either temporarily or permanently. If an official warning has been issued, a yellow or red icon will be displayed in the users avatar/profile to indicate the severity of the warning. According to the nature of the rule breaking, users will receive a 'yellow' warning for the first two instances of rule breaking. Any subsequent occurrences may result in the user receiving a temporary or permanent ban which will be symbolized by a 'red' warning icon. In severe cases at the discretion of the team, members may receive an immediate 'red' warning resulting in an instant ban.

Specific details of any bans and/or warnings will remain the business of the uk-mkivs team and the poster(s) involved. No other member will receive any information about this, including if they themselves were the offended party.

We carry out the rules that govern this place in order to preserve the orderly functionality of this service for the wider audience. Someone is banned not to punish them (although no doubt the side effect is that they are punished by it) but rather to remove an obstruction in uk-mkivs normal daily working.
Therefore, not every 'offence' must or should end in a ban. Of course this is down the discretion of the team and is not open to debate.
However, if someone is repeatedly offensive or disruptive then he/she has no place here. Again, not as a punishment, but, rather as a measure of removing a cause of constant friction from the forums.

As use of the website is in principal acceptance of these rules that govern this service (all that have clicked on "I Agree" when they registered have accepted it), then there is no reason to ban them. If it seems obvious to us (the team), however, that someone disregards these rules or casues such disruption, then, as said, they simply do not belong here. This is not open to discussion and once a decision has been made it is final.

With reference to the team.
Over the past five years we have seen many discussions re. running of this website. Nearly all have been negative and some have ended in disputes involving many members. Therefore we have decided to introduce an underlying rule that you may not like but we insist on: ALL admins and moderators on uk-mkivs are to be treated with respect.

We (the Team) are a group of GOOD hard working people, with the very best of intentions regardless of what you may think, who really put in many hours a day (and in some cases have done so for a very long time) to provide a resource for everyone to use. We do not get paid for this and do this purely in our spare time – for you!

If, however, an administrator/moderator is in your views out of line, then you are perfectly welcome to complain. But you do it in PRIVATE and reasonably. We will handle it through our channels, not yours. And, although some people seem to want to see mud ‘thrown about’, we can tell you this much: posts that appear to be will be removed and the line of communication taken through our own channels.

You can ALWAYS make suggestions but you cannot demand, nor publicly challenge the way this place is run. Remember: this is a private service, we don't ask you to pay for its upkeep, we are not public officials and sadly or happily you do not get the chance to elect any of us.

Posting Guidelines.
In addition to the above General guidelines a set of posting guidelines has also been created.
  • Please post topics in the correct forum. It takes a lot of time and effort to run this board and it will make the uk-mkivs team's life a hell of a lot easier. It means better navigation of the forums for everyone, and stops the place looking cluttered.
  • Please try to practice general netiquette. What does this mean? Well not writing your posts or their subjects ALL IN CAPITALS. This is not only annoying, but it makes you look like you've got some kind of anger management problem. Also practice good English, and refrain from using ‘txt’ speak. You're using a keyboard to type with, not a mobile phone key pad.
  • Absoloutely no swearing what so ever on the site. We're keen to see this enforced - mainly as swearing promotes/encourages the wrong type of atmosphere. To help iron this out a swear word filter is enabled on the forum; this will block various bad words from posts. However please do not try and get around this by using exclamation marks or numbers to represent various letters, in other words 'Cr34t1ve Sp311ing'. This also includes using such text in the subject lines of posts. We believe that swearing leads to a 'playground' type of atmosphere, and reflects badly on the image of site. Please help us to keep the forums clean and acceptable to readers of all ages.
  • The ban on swearing also extends to posted pictures that contain swearing. If it is seen it will be removed.
Repeated abuse will lead to a warning being issued, then a temporary, or, total, ban. You have been warned.

Please don't just register for an account and not bother to post. It will only cause the admin team more headaches come user account review. Also do not register more than one account per user. If this is found then both user accounts will be suspended pending investigation.

Signatures.
We feel, that with increasing amounts of posts on the forums, its important to make sure posted content is not distracted in any way. With the ever growing popularity with signature images on forums these days it's important that these do not detract from the main content on the forums - discussion. Therefore we have enforced a limit of sizes for signature pictures, this is to help keep the forums looking clean and tidy and long threads readable.

Images - 1 image only, 400 X 125 pixels limit and file size not exceeding 150kb (click for example) With exception to Tickerfactory.com images placed in Signatures, which aid personal, charity and forum promotion etc.
Text - No more than three lines of text at size 12 (default text size for forum) or below. No additional carriage returns (empty space) and absoloutely no HTML / inline CSS styling.
Any signatures observed to be not following these guidelines will be removed and replaced with a standard replacement advisin the user to change/update their signature. uk-mkivs administrators, moderators and advertisers are expempt from these guidelines due to their involvement with forum / line of business promotion.

Private Messaging.
Private messaging (or PM for short) allows users to send private messages to one another via the forum (please note you must be logged in to use this). There is a limit of 200 messages that can be saved in your PM inbox. Please note we do not offer a backup / restore service for PM's. If you delete the message it is gone forever.

Avatars.
With the new forum software its now possible to upload, or link to, your own Avatars. Size limit for Avatars is 80 x 80 pixels and file size limit for upload is 64k. Avatars which are seen to be abusive, vulgar, hateful, obscene, profane, sexually oriented or display a non advertiser logo for commercial purposes will be removed. Repeated abuse will lead to the Avatar upload system being disabled for all users.

Specific Section Rules .
- Group Buys
A Group Buys forum has been opened under the Classifieds section to encourage users to get group deals from Companies etc. Please use this section to post Groups Buys, any GB's posted in other forums will be deleted. All uk-mkivs.net members can create GB's (although companies must gain prior permission), but please do your research before creating the topic. Contact the supplier(s) in question and get all the relevant information needed. If necessary invite the supplier to participate on the forum to clarify any points your not sure about. If the GB doesn't take off, please contact the Moderator for the GB section and request that the thread be locked. Any fraudulent activity will be fully investigated and where necessary, reported to the necessary authorities, with all relevant information of the poster being passed to said authorities.
- Classifieds (For Sale, Wanted)
Any member can view a topic in the Classifieds section, although please note that members with a post count less than one hundred (100) and term of membership less than three (3) months will not be able to post an ad until they reach the specified criteria. This is to discourage individuals from joining up to the forum just to post ad's in the classifieds. Please use the section to sell your own private items. Any unauthorised commercial topics will be deleted. Advertisers may post ads. The Moderator team will review all posts and any found to be in breach of the rules would be removed at the discretion of the Moderator. Any fraudulent activity will be fully investigated and where necessary, reported to the applicable authorities with all relevant information of the poster being passed to said authorities.Please see this thread for further explanation of the rules re. classified ads.

Commercial Advertising.
Regular advertising is permitted only for subscribed site advertisers. One-off offers which may benefit our members may be posted in the Offers and Discounts section. Any unauthorised advertising will be removed at the discretion of the team - this includes links and contact information in signatures to companies.

At present uk-mkivs offer a number of opportunities for companies to advertise. The first is to take out a banner with us. The banner is an ideal way to reach members due its active display on all pages within the uk-mkivs website. Taking out a banner with us will enable the option of taking out a dedicated forum to discuss and advertise your products within the ‘Site Sponsors and Banner Advertisers’ forum, allow you access to set up Group Buys, and permission to have company links in signatures. Please contact advertising @ uk-mkivs.net (removing the spaces) for more information.

Here at uk-mkivs.net we make every effort to make your time on the forum as enjoyable as possible. We believe it's important that we run a clean and friendly environment on the forum, as this is what uk-mkivs has become recognised for. So in return we would like you, the user, to abide whenever necessary, to these rules listed. We accept this is a long list to take on board but please be aware that usage of this website does constitute acceptance of these rules.
We hope that you will find this forum to be one of the most friendly and informative VW boards on the web, and on behalf of the uk-mkivs would like to thank everyone for making it the place it is.

Cheers
The uk-mkivs team

If you have any questions or comments about these forum rules, or, use of these forums, please contact the Administration team via the forum or administrator @ uk-mkivs.net (removing the spaces).