1. Don't harass other people.
No one should make threats, or reveal identifying information about another person.
2. Don't make bigoted remarks.
Don't apply epithets to people or make crude generalisations based on people's age, race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation.
3. Refrain from insult and swearing.
In other words, do not attack people or their characters, or post swearing or profanity. Debates are welcome, especially debates that have substance. If your opponent's argument is truly weak, you shouldn't have to resort to insults. If it is necessary to post swear words (from example in a quote), ensure you mask the words using * or something equivalent.
4. Don't relay messages for people who have been gagged or banned.
If people have been gagged at the forum or locked out of the forum, it's because we don't want to hear from them anymore. Allowing people to relay messages for them would be counterproductive.
We at UsingEnglish try to keep our forums a clean and safe environment, and one way to do this is to keep profanity away; if you see a post with profanity, please report the post to us immediately for deleting.
Don't post the same message more than once. Do not post any unsolicited advertising - spamming is not tolerated. If you want to advertise your forum or web page, check with the moderator first to make sure it's OK.
This is a forum with members from all over the world, and therefore political discussion is banned due to its potential to offend.
4. Please capitalise words.
Please capitalise words correctly. This is a forum dedicated to helping you learn the English language and as such, keeping to this guideline will help you and others.
5. About making posts in languages other than English.
As this is a forum designed for members learning English, we would like most posts to be in English. However, we recognise that a few posts in other languages will happen in any thread, but if you wish to have full conversations in other languages, please post them in the Other Languages folder.
1. Disciplinary Procedure
Each case will be taken on its own merit, but in general the procedure is as follows:
The member will receive a formal warning
If, after the formal warning the behaviour persists, the member will be gagged for a period of 2 weeks.
If after being gagged the behaviour still continues, the member will be banned permanently.
For breaking above rules you may be warned/banned appropriately!