Forum Rules

The Digital Site - Code of Conduct

1. Introduction
(a) The Digital Site (TDS) is a privately owned community website available to all registered members subject to the terms and conditions set out in this Code of Conduct.
(b) By accessing or using this site, you are agreeing to the Code of Conduct. If any member breaches any of the Code their use of this site may be suspended or terminated, at the discretion of the site administrators.

2. Registration
(a) Members are required to provide a username, password and valid e-mail address, and are entitled to only one account. 
(b) If a member is found to be actively using multiple accounts they may be removed from membership with no recourse to any benefits gained. 
(c) This will not apply where members of the administration team need to set up test accounts to test improvements and innovations to the site.

3. Posting on the Forum
(a) Members are asked to keep posts “on topic” in the correct area of the site. The “General Chat” forum may be used for off-topic posts and anything that doesn’t fit elsewhere on the site. 
(b) In the interests of keeping a friendly atmosphere, members are asked to avoid discussion of religion or politics as these subjects almost always lead to heated disagreements.
(c) Details of warez, serialz or other items regarding piracy or breach of copyright may neither be requested or discussed.
(d) Advertisements for goods or services you sell commercially must not be included in forums or galleries without first obtaining permission from the site administrators.
(e) Members must be treated with respect and courtesy at all times. Members are requested not to insult or make personal attacks on other members, either past or present. Remarks deemed to be libelous, defamatory, slanderous or offensive will be deleted.
(f) All information posted on the forum becomes public information and caution should be exercised when deciding to share any of your personal information or discussing another person, website or organisation.
(g) The administrators reserve the right to remove any messages at any time and ban the members responsible if they consider that the messages contravene the Rules set out in this Code of Conduct.

4. Uploading Images

(a) Whilst there is no limit on the number of images in the Gallery, members are asked to only upload a maximum of 4 images a day in order to avoid monopolizing the "last uploads" gallery page.  This will ensure that other members’ images are not unfairly pushed off of the screen before they’ve had a chance to attract comments. 
(b) Photos posted in the gallery must be 256KB or less in size and we suggest a pixel size of 800-900 pixels on the longest size for ease of viewing on most computer screens. 

(c) Members should usually only upload photos that they have taken themselves, and for which they own the copyright. However, members may upload other photos, providing they have the legal right to do so, and they must clearly state the true source and ownership in the photo information.  All photographs and images remain the copyright and property of the owner. 
(d) The site administrators take no responsibility for images that breach copyright. 
(e) Images deemed inappropriate for any reason will be deleted and an explanation of the reason sent to the member, either by PM or e-mail.

5. Commenting on Images
(a) Members are encouraged to provide constructive comments on other members’ images whenever possible, to enable all members to progress in their photographic development.
(b) It is site etiquette that members should comment on two other images for each image uploaded.

6. Advice and validity of post 

(a) The administration team do not actively monitor posts and is not responsible for their validity or content. We do not warrant the accuracy of any information posted.  
(b) Each message posted is owned by and the opinion of the original poster. None of the site owners, administrators, or moderators are legally responsible for anything posted on these forums. 
 
7. Offensive Posts or Photos
(a) Any post or photograph that is deemed to be offensive may be removed at the discretion of the administration team.  
(b) Any member may report a post or photograph as offensive and if the report is found to be justified, the post/photograph will be removed within a reasonable time and the poster notified with an appropriate caution.   
(c) Continued posting of such material will result in the member concerned being banned on a temporary or permanent basis as required. 

 
8. Complaints
(a) Any complaints against another member must be addressed to a member of the administration team and not on the forum or in a person’s photo gallery. 
(b) Disputes and problems will be handled privately in a fair and discreet manner so as not to disrupt the site. 

(c) In the unlikely event that a ban has to be imposed, then this will only be done by a joint decision of at least two administrators or moderators and a full explanation of the reason for the ban will be sent by e-mail to the member’s last registered e-mail address.

9. Ask permission to modify images 

(a) Any modification of images posted by members may only be carried out with the express permission or by invitation of the member concerned.  

10. Changes to the Code of Conduct
(a) The Code of Conduct may be amended at any time to reflect the needs of the members.
(b) Any such changes will be notified to the members by way of a message posted on the forum by a member of the administration team. 

 
Help/Assistance

If you need any help or advice on how to use our site, please contact one of the administration team members. You can get a list of the team members by clicking on the link marked ‘The Team‘ in the lower right corner of the main forum screen.   If you click on any one of their names, you can go to their profile and send them a Private Message.   Any one of us will do what we can to help you. 
 

© Gareth Kitchener 2016