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Thames Anglers’ Conservancy (TAC) ~ Site Rules
WE REQUEST THAT YOU PLEASE REGISTER TO THIS FORUM
USING YOUR REAL NAME ONLY. MANY THANKS.
** The TAC forum is Real Names Only ** Use of TAC name and/or logo Use of TAC link banner Signatures Avatars No racist comments or hate speech No pornographic or offensive material or links to be posted No naming of persons or waters on the basis of unsubstantiated rumours No advocating of illegal practices or cruelty to animals Classified Section Rule changes Bringing the site into disrepute Disputes Rule Breakers Disclaimer Posting Guidelines General Crossposting Foul language Name calling and personal attacks Spamming Text talk Thank you TAC ~ Site Rules
Please note: for the purposes of this document the TAC will be known as ‘the Association’ in many instances, as per the constitution. Use of TAC name and/or logo
If you wish to use either for any purpose, including socials, please make your request via one of the Association Officers. Your request will be considered at the earliest available opportunity. Use of TAC link banner
Please feel free to add our banner to your site for the purpose of linking to us. If you have added us to your site, let us know, and we will be happy to reciprocate via our links page. Such backlinks are of more benefit to mutual search engine rankings, than a one way link. We do not authorize the use of our banner or logo for any other purpose. Signatures
As a result of a recent Google upgrade, GoogleBots now count repetitive links as spam. Therefore, the use of active links or hyperlinks in signatures is strictly by permission only, official TAC Site Supporters and registered charities being the exception. Anyone else requiring to display such a link in their signature should contact a member of the Association Officers with a request. The same applies for any other kind of prospective advertising to be placed within signatures, including website addresses, unless authorised by a TAC Association Officer. The TAC Association Officers reserve the right to edit or remove any other material and/or those specified above. Avatars
The displaying of avatars or signatures for the purpose of promoting a business concern with which you are connected, whether personally or professionally, is strictly by permission only. The only exception being for genuine Site Supporters, otherwise please contact a member of TAC Association Officers with a request.
The TAC Association Officers reserve the right to edit or remove any material which it considers unauthorised advertising.
No racist comments or hate speech
Posts which are judged to be racist, or hateful, are not allowed. Posts which break this rule will be edited, or removed.
No pornographic or offensive material or links to be posted Threads, posts, or links referring to 'adult' websites, pornographic pictures, video, jokes, etc., or gratuitous violence, will be removed.
No advocating of illegal practices or cruelty to animals
The promotion of illegal activities is not permitted and this will include references to the use of illegal substances etc. Additionally, any threads/posts condoning cruelty to animals will be edited, or removed. Classified Section
Users of the TAC Classified Section advertise or buy items on this site at their own risk. The TAC Association Officers, Admins, and Moderators, accept no liability for loss of tackle, personal property or cash due to advertising on the TAC Forum. We strongly recommend that you meet in a public place to exchange items of tackle for cash, or swaps etc. Please do not put private information in posts, use e-mail or the PM system for this. Items of the following nature cannot be made the subject of any "for sale" or "wanted" advert upon the forum: Guns, knives, pirate copies of DVD's or other media, material of a pornographic nature or content, any illegal substances, counterfeit merchandise, livestock or stolen goods. If you wish to advertise pets of any kind, you must contact a member of TAC Association Officers or Admin for permission, before posting. Any items traded within the section that are deemed unfit by the TAC Association Officers, or Admin and Moderating Teams, will be be removed without question, and in such instances the TAC decision is final. Anyone trading tackle for the purpose of making a profit beyond the need to fund their personal equipment should make it known, by adding, *Trader*, to the end of their description in each and every advert placed. The TAC Association Officers may request that you place *Trader* within your adverts and this decision will be treated as final. Failure to comply with any of these terms may result in your account being suspended or withdrawn, and if necessary your information will passed to the relevant authorities. Before posting your advert, please familiarise yourself with the additional guidelines available at the top of the Classified Section. By posting adverts in the Classified Section you agree to these terms and conditions. Competition & Site Supporter Threads
Off topic banter, or spamming of any kind, are not permitted in these threads. Posts considered inappropriate will be edited or removed. Rule changes
The Association Officers, Moderators and Administrators reserves the right to add, modify, or remove any of these rules at any time. Rule changes apply to past, present and future postings. Bringing the Site into Disrepute
From time to time there will be disputes on the forums, and with so many passionate Members this is hardly surprising. If you feel that a situation has been dealt with unjustly then please make your case in the appropriate manner. You can post constructively in the "General Fishing Forum" forum, or contact one of the Association Officers, Moderators or Admin Team. Posting destructively on the open forums is considered to be bringing the site into disrepute and will be deemed as a breach of the site rules. Disputes
The Association Team of Officers, Moderators and Administrators reserves the right to have the final say in any rule dispute. Rule Breakers
In an effort to ensure consistency and fairness across the forum boards, the Association operates a 'Three Strikes' policy applicable to acts of misconduct, both on the site and/or at TAC events. Additionally the Association Officers reserve the right to apply this policy to Members whom persistently break other lesser site rules. In the circumstances that an act of misconduct is deemed to be serious, the Association reserves the right to withdraw membership to the site immediately and without any warning whatsoever. Warnings last for a minimum period of six months, after which time they may be removed at the discretion of the TAC Association Officers. In the first instance The TAC Association Officers will contact the Member concerned and advise them of the breach of site rule/s, and this will be deemed a first written warning. In the second instance The TAC Association Officers will contact the Member concerned and advise them of the breach of site rule/s, and this will be deemed a second and final written warning. The Member will also be advised should they commit any further breach of the site rules, their membership to the site will be withdrawn indefinitely. Further instances Notwithstanding any relevant-mitigating circumstances, the TAC Association Officers will contact the Member concerned and advise them of the breach of site rule/s, and the offending Member will have their membership of the forum withdrawn indefinitely, as per this "Three Strikes" policy. Disclaimer
The Association makes no warranty of any kind, express or implied, with regard to the posted communications or information contained therein. The Association is not responsible for defamatory, offensive or illegal conduct of any author posting to this forum.
The Association reserves the right to remove any postings from this forum at its discretion; this reservation creates no affirmative duty in the Association and failure to exercise this power shall not subject the Association to any liability of any sort. This will include any requests by posters for their content to be removed from the TAC Association forum. Persons posting to this forum hereby agree to abide by all applicable laws both National and International and to accept legal responsibility for the contents of their communications. Any user who feels that a posted message is objectionable is encouraged to contact a member of the Association Officers, or the Moderator and Administrator Team. We have the ability to remove objectionable messages and we will make every effort to do so, within a reasonable time frame, if we determine that removal is necessary. While the TAC Association Officers, Administrators and Moderators of this forum will attempt to remove or edit any generally objectionable material as quickly as possible, it is not always possible to review every message. Therefore you acknowledge that all posts made to these forums express the views and opinions of the author and not the TAC Association Officers, Administrators, Moderators or Webmaster (except for posts by these persons), and hence will not be held liable.
If you participate in a discussion, you are responsible for ensuring that any material you post to the Tac Association Forum (text, images, or other multimedia content) does not violate or infringe upon the copyright, patent, trademark or any other personal or proprietary rights of any third party, and is posted with the permission of the owner of such rights. The TAC Forum ~ Posting Guidelines General
Please take a look at the recent posts in the relevant forum before you post your topic. The question or comment you wish to post may have already been discussed, answered, or resolved recently. Create a strong title for your topic that easily explains your enquiry. For example: "Which fishmeal do you recommend and Why?" rather than "Help me!". Be patient whilst waiting for replies, the Members of this site are using the forum and participating in discussions in their own time. Crossposting
Please post your topic to one forum only. Posting the same question in more than one forum can cause confusion and most likely reduce the chance of a reply. Try and post the topic in the correct forum, you are likely to get more relevant replies this way. If you feel your topic needs to be moved to another section, please alert a member of the Moderating or Admin Team. Foul language
The Association encourages the frank exchange of views and opinions and whilst bad language can be part of this process, the site does not condone it and would ask you to consider the family aspect of the forum, if you wouldn't like your family to read bad language, then don't post it. In which case, the Association Team reserves the right to edit or remove any such material considered to be offensive. Name calling and personal attacks
Please, no personal attacks or name calling. This includes talking about groups of people, not just individuals. We can be proud of ourselves in being a tight-knit community that polices itself well, and we would very much like to keep it that way. Spamming
Linking to websites for the purpose of making genuine recommendations to fellow Members, or suggesting relevant-alternative content (which you have no commercial connection with), is permitted. Anything else considered to be spamming, plugging, advertising, or for the purpose of promoting a commercial interest - which you receive some benefit from - will be removed at the discretion of the Association Team. Anyone wishing to advertise on the forum in any capacity should contact a member of the TAC Association Officers. Text talk
We recommend you do not post using text talk. Many of the more experienced Members are not familiar with this, and usually ignore posts of this type. For the maximum response to your enquiry, please use regular language. Private messaging
Private messages are subject to the same conditions as forum postings, eg private messages should not be defamatory, obscene, abusive or unlawful. Forum users should report any unsuitable messages by emailing admin. Please don’t use the forums to complain about private messages If you send any unsuitable private messages we reserve the right to temporarily lock your account while we investigate. In extreme circumstances (eg harassment), this may involve logging into your account to check your messages.
These rules and guidelines have been put in place in order to keep the forum a pleasurable place to be - our aim is to make the site enjoyable and informative for all, and with your co-operation, we can continue to grow and do well. Thank you for reading, and welcome to the TAC.
WE REQUEST THAT YOU PLEASE REGISTER TO THIS FORUM
USING YOUR REAL NAME ONLY. MANY THANKS.