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House Rules

Postby andalucia » Wed Aug 31, 2011 3:32 pm

We have established these house rules to keep the Forum or message Board a healthy environment for discussion. All contributions are subject to the Forum Terms and Conditions in addition to the general website legal advice and privacy policy.

You agree not to post any libelous, abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening, vile, disgusting, sexually-oriented material.

You agree not to post messages that advertise commercial products or services or Internet Web sites. Specific personal recommendations in response to requests are acceptable if we consider them to be genuine. Businesses should PM "Private Mail" the poster directly if they want to help without advertising. Those wishing to advertise on this website should complete an enquiry form at This policy is designed to protect our advertisers who fund this notice board. It also applies to commercial usernames and tag lines.

Private Mail facility
The PM facility may only be used for individual messages to a specific recipient and not a broadcast or ‘spam’ facility. Repeated posting of similar material is not permitted. This practice is often called spamming. Private Messages are private. You cannot post them or parts of them on the forum.

Relevance to Andalucia:
Keeping to the forums purpose we prefer posts to be relevant to Andalucia. We accept posts that also relate to other parts of Spain particularly in the Travel and Tourism section, and accept posts about issues generally affecting 'expatriates' living abroad. We discourage posts without any relevance to Andalucia and generally discourage posts about world events, member’s home country events, politics or television programmes. We accept that at times such off topic subjects may warrant discussion on the forum and these should be posted in the Amigos Lounge. If such topics are posted in the main forum they will either be deleted or moved to the Amigos lounge.

Entry to the Amigos Lounge is restricted to established members who have made at least 25 posts. Entry is not automatic, it is by request to the moderators by Private Message. There may be a delay in being granted access as requests have to dealt with in batches for technical reasons.

Reporting posts
If any member feels that a post is contrary to any of these house rules they are free to report it by clicking on the report icon – a small exclamation mark at the top right of the post. Moderators cannot be expected to read every post on the forum so this method will ensure that it is brought to their attention and action taken as appropriate.

Off topic posting
Whilst we do have a sense of humour and see no harm in a light hearted comment that strictly speaking is not relevant to the original posting there is a tendency for this to divert an otherwise useful post. Not wanting to make future searching of the forum more difficult we may well consider this section of a thread to have become “off topic” and the posts may be deleted. Persistent posts of this type, especially if they are clearly designed to take the thread “off topic” may result in the account being removed.

Courteous and Respect
Members are encouraged to post and respond in a courteous and polite manner and to be respectful of other users at all times. Our preferred board etiquette is for members to respond to posts with useful or relevant information that pertains to the subject of the thread. We discourage posts that are provocative, unnecessarily critical, attacking, bullying, ridiculing others. If posts fall into this category they may be removed or edited and the user will receive warnings. Persistent offenders will have their accounts removed.

Inflammatory threads or posts that are clearly designed to upset or antagonise other members will be removed and the poster will receive a warning. Further such postings may result in the account being removed.

Posts of one or two words and expressions that offer nothing of value to the thread may be deleted from time to time.

Critical of Posts
Members are discouraged from making critical posts that unnecessarily question the motives or the wisdom of other posts. This applies in particular to the posts and questions from ‘newbie’ members.

Material which does not comply to these terms and conditions may be edited or moved into another section or deleted. We do not keep records of deleted postings and can not debate why a moderator deleted or edited a specific posting. Discussion on the open forum of moderator actions is not allowed and any such posts will be deleted. If you have any issues with moderator action please email moderators (at)

If you post potentially libelous (in our opinion) material, we may ask you to provide full contact details and other information to support the assertions. This information together with email address and IP records will only be disclosed to third parties in accordance with a judicial process.
Those who persist in posting messages that do not comply with these terms and conditions will have accounts deactivated or deleted and their IP address banned from posting.

Quoting Posts
Please use the quoting of previous posts facility sparingly and never quote, in full, the post immediately preceding yours.

The long standing forum members who are moderating this forum are "El Cid" and "Beachcomber", they may be contacted by email at: moderators (at)

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