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    zazen999 is offline Funky Cold Ribena
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    Dear Grapes

    Please can we bear in mind that this is a family gardening forum, and whilst general chat is actively encouraged, we must be aware that not all contributors are all in agreement on all topics.

    Very occasionally, the Mods have to try and sort out individual disagreements, or close a thread [either for a cooling-off period or for good], or even to delete a thread in its entirety.

    None of us take any of this lightly, we do try and limit our work to keeping the spammers away from the site, and thank all of you who diligently make us aware of situations that need looking at. We do try and only 'light moderate' wherever possible.

    We do however, have to take a wider viewpoint and if any Grapes do feel that we have made the wrong decision, we can be contacted to discuss any actions on our part. We would like to do this outside of the general forum in the first instance wherever possible, as sometimes things are personal and aren't best in a public forum. We also have no way of knowing if we have upset anyone and cannot PM everyone on a thread that has been closed or deleted, it is just not possible to do so every time.

    Part of our wider viewpoint is that this is a public forum and therefore if you discuss (say) something that has happened to a friend or neighbour, you aren't, in fact, telling a few friends in confidence but potentially 1000s of strangers. Same goes for if you discuss your own medical details, family difficulties etc.

    Whilst people haven't named names, there have been quite a few threads recently that, whilst well meant, have discussed quite intimate details about other people's lives. Should anyone feel the 'need', it generally wouldn't be that hard to track down the identities of those concerned.

    We also all have lives outside of the Vine, as this is not a day job, and we all dip in and out - on all days [and nights] of the week. In order to contact us, at the bottom of the forum home page is a link called 'view forum leaders'. If Grapes click on this, Grapes can see who is online and send a PM or an email to any of us and we will look into the matter.

    Please remember to:
    Keep it courteous
    Try not to stray into contentious or 'near the knuckle' territory
    Spats will simply be locked or deleted - we do not have time to monitor each and every post
    Remember that this is not a 'free speech' forum, but a lively gardening forum.

    Yours.

    The Mods.

    *reminder of the rules that everyone signed up to:
    By agreeing to these rules, you warrant that you will not post any messages that are obscene, vulgar, sexually-oriented, hateful, threatening, or otherwise violative of any laws.
    The owners of The Grapevine reserve the right to remove, edit, move or close any thread for any reason.
    Last edited by zazen999; 22-03-2009 at 09:24 PM.


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    zazen999 is offline Funky Cold Ribena
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    Hi Grapes.

    We have tagged this onto the Guidance thread, rather than start a new thread, both for info and to remind grapes of the above.

    Regarding...PM Abuse:

    It has been brought to our attention recently that several Grapes have received Personal Messages that are not in the spirit of the Vine, ie not for info, for seed swaps, or are of an unfriendly content.

    Grapes receiving these may consider them to be from a Troll, or a one off, or might brush them aside. However, if this if happening and nobody is reporting it, then nothing can be done about it.

    PMs can be directly forwarded to us, and all of us can be included, so that the content can be monitored and necessary action taken.

    We WILL ban and block Grapes who abuse this system, but we can only do so if we are alerted to the situation.

    For info, Mods are:
    Nicos, Scarlet, Veggiechicken, Bren in Pots, Jay-ell, burnie, bario1, Ms-T and Greenleaves.
    Kind regards, and happy Gardening

    The Mods.
    Last edited by Nicos; 22-08-2018 at 09:18 AM. Reason: To change mods


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    SarzWix is offline Gardening Gnomette
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    MULTIPLE USER-NAMES

    We would like to remind all members that Multiple-User Accounts are not accepted on the Grapevine without good reason. Where partners/offspring are members, we would ask that this is made clear to avoid confusion. If a Grape is having problems with their original account and is forced to re-register, the Mods and/or Admin should be notified, hopefully the original account will be able to be restored.

    Any multiple user-accounts attempting to; add weight to a heated debate, harrass other Grapes, or otherwise deceive or antagonise, are liable to all accounts being banned. Any attempt to register another user-name after being banned will lead to a full IP address block.

    We know that this will be unnecessary information for the majority of our members, but unfortunately it has become necessary to clarify this point.
    Last edited by SarzWix; 23-10-2009 at 10:25 PM.

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    SarzWix is offline Gardening Gnomette
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    PLEASE DON'T POST PHOTOS OF CHILDREN WHO AREN'T PART OF YOUR FAMILY, WITHOUT PERMISSION FROM THEIR PARENTS!

    I'm sorry, but there are laws about these things, and, if someone was posting photos of my kids on the internet without my permission I'd go absolutely bananas....
    Last edited by SarzWix; 01-11-2009 at 02:44 PM.

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    Without wanting to discourage the community spirit inherent in the chat section, there have been some concerns about some health related topics.

    Whilst it can be helpful to talk to friends and like minded people about health concerns, any immediate health problems should be discussed with your own GP, or in an emergency situation NHS Direct can be called on 0845 4647.

    Please bear in mind that any advice given by members of this forum is incidental to any professional expertise and is not being given in their professional capacity.
    Last edited by zazen999; 24-02-2010 at 07:58 AM.

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    Default Removal of Signatures explanation

    Hi Grapes.

    As Moderators we have to ensure that not only spammers are kept out of the Vine, but that the minimum of 'surreptitious' advertising is kept down.

    Sometimes, people will put their websites into their signatures which we have to look at and ensure that no sales or advertising is going on within.

    Often, although the website looks helpful it often links to products that the website/blog owner are either selling or take a cut of the money.

    When these are removed, the first answer that I get is that 'you have websites in your signature too and loads of people have them'; well, yes we do but we don't make any money out of them.

    Some people are allowed links, but that is because they are PAID UP advertisers with the magazine; and these are allowed due to this.

    Thus, if your signature is removed; it is put to the Admin team at the magazine, and you will eventually be asked to either remove it completely, to stop putting links into other threads to your website or any other action that the Magazine Admin team deem necessary.

    We often will remove the signature link until we hear back from the admin team in which case we will get back to you as soon as we hear back. Sometimes, they will contact you directly.

    We are writing this thread as a link, so if you have been directed here as a result of a signature removal; please can you take it up with the Admin team or wait until they make a decision rather than start a PM conversation with us - we are just here to Moderate and don't really want to engage in long drawn out arguments about it.

    If you are unsure of the rules it will be section 13.i that you are looking for [no advertising or promotion].

    We very rarely will remove links on the 'homepage' section of your profile, so could we ask politely that if your website does have advertising, please leave the link there and everyone will be happy.

    Many Thanks

    The Moderators.
    Last edited by bearded bloke; 01-01-2014 at 07:56 PM. Reason: removed dead hyperlink


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