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Whilst not discouraging discussion of other ISPs in a general context, direct promotion of other ISPs would be considered as advertising. Further, it would be inappropriate use of the IDNetters forum to ask for recommendations for other broadband providers, and any such posts may be edited or removed at the discretion of forum staff.
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We ultimately reserve the right to decide what is acceptable or not, and the decisions of moderators and administrators are final. Working around the technicalities of these rules will not be tolerated. If a short ban is imposed for infringement of the rules, rejoining the forum under a new name will be dealt with by a permanent ban. Similarly, joining the forum with multiple accounts is prohibited. We further reserve the right to impose restrictions on a member's usage of any given part(s) of the forum, for any reason. If a restriction is imposed, any steps taken to circumvent this, will result in a full and permanent ban.
These rules apply to public posts, personal messages, signatures, profiles and any other comments you make on our forum. Please note that the content of any personal message you receive is confidential and may not be revealed to a third-party, or posted in the forums (however, if you consider a message to be offensive or in other ways against the rules of the forum, you may forward it to a member of staff for action to be considered against the sender).
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These boards are intended to be a friendly environment and to this end we do not accept foul language, or links to sites of an adult nature.
You may not post home addresses, personal phone numbers, mobile phone numbers, email addresses or other personal information about any individual, regardless of whether the information is in the public domain elsewhere, with the exception of formal contact email addresses to assist other members in resolving problems.
We urge all members to use a strong password, ie alpha-numeric with a mixture of upper and lower case letters and, ideally, one or more punctuation marks. We reserve the right to 'lock' accounts unused for a period of 90 days or more, or where there is evidence that attempts have been made to access the account illegally by a third-party. In the event of such a lock, an email address will be provided to request that access be re-enabled.
EU Privacy and Electronic Communications Directive
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On occasion, you may disagree with a decision made by a member of staff in the course of their duties on the forums. In the first place, you should contact the individual concerned by Personal Message, and ask for clarification of the reasons for their decision. If you do not accept the reasoning behind their action and you wish to complain or appeal against their decision, you should contact the forum team by emailing team [at] idnetters [dot] co [dot] uk. Starting a new public thread in direct response or opposition to a staff decision, or any other moderation action, may result in the thread being removed, and the member responsible may be banned.