Rules and guidelines for using the Great War Forum
The Great War Forum is owned and operated by The Great War Forum Limited, a company registered in the United Kingdom.
The owners of the Great War Forum reserve the right not to accept registrations of new members.
Your use of the Great War Forum is subject to the rules and guidelines shown on this page. By using the Great War Forum in any way you signify explicit agreement to all of the statements contained herein. These rules and guidelines apply to the titles and body of your posts, to your signature and to private messages and emails sent from the forum. Failure to adhere to the rules may result in your posts being modified, moved or deleted. Continued failure to respect the rules may lead to your account being suspended or a ban being placed on your continued use of the forum.
Respect for your fellow member
You will not use profane language.
You will not post messages that are in any way racist, sexist, abusive or obscene.
You will not incite or be aggressive in tone.
You will respect the right of others to express their opinion.
You will not post irrelevant text designed to disrupt discussion.
You will not make any statements that could be construed as defamatory of an individual, group or business.
Threats or any form of harassment against another member will be taken seriously. The forum owners will cooperate fully with law enforcement agencies in the event of an action.
Respect for Forum moderators
All moderators have an absolute right to delete, move, edit or otherwise change any post added to this forum as necessary in order to maintain flow, ensure adherence to these rules and maintain the positive spirit of the discussion. If you don't agree with a decision you may discuss it with the moderator who made the judgment in private, but you are not entitled to a "hearing" or even a necessarily to a response. The rules outlined on this page will be used as moderation guidelines. Remember that the discussion forum is moderated by people who have volunteered to put themselves in the position of making difficult judgment calls. Following these guidelines/rules makes their life easier and everyone's experience visiting the Great War Forum better.
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Respect for copyright
You will not post material that may be copyright, where publication rights are owned by others. You own copyright to posts that you make on this forum. The owners of this Forum retain copyright in the overall compilation of the forum and has an implicit licence to use your message as part of the forum by virtue of that implicit licence. Specifically, the design of this forum including but not limited to domains, URL's, titles, logos and other images, category descriptions, html skins and other features is the property of the owners of the Great War Forum.
The Forum rules are in the process of being revised, but we wish to draw members’ attention to posting copyright material on the GWF, such as held by Ancestry.com, the National Archives and other similar subscription / pay per image sites.
What is ALLOWED:
Forum members may post images of Medal Index Cards (MICs)/Service Records etc. on the Great War Forum provided they have downloaded these themselves from Ancestry.com or similar sites, or have obtained them from, e.g. the National Archives, and they relate to a specific research project being undertaken by the GWF member in question. The source of the image should be acknowledged, copyright acknowledged, and the posting must not relate to a commercial activity.
Members may post transcribed information, provided an acknowledgement of the source is included, and copyright is acknowledged.
Members may post links to any items that can be downloaded from Ancestry.com, the National Archives or similar sites.
Members may post extracts from published copyright material provided they do not exceed 5% of the original document, and copyright is acknowleged
Members may post photographs provided they have permission from the copyright holder, and copyright is acknowleged
What is NOT ALLOWED:
Members MUST NOT use the GWF to display any images of MICs, service records etc downloaded from Ancestry.com or similar sites on behalf of a third party. Members who are NOT subscribers to Ancestry and similar sites, MAY NOT use the GWF as a platform to ask parties who are to download data on their behalf.
Members MUST NOT use the GWF (either main forum or messaging facility) to send any copyright items (including downloaded War Diaries) to other members, or indicate willingness to send such items off-forum.
We do not wish to stifle research, but we have a legal responsibility to ensure we do not breach any Terms & Conditions relating to the publishing or exchange of material. We feel it necessary to clarify the situation so as to protect the Forum and its users. We would ask members to report any breaches of the above.
It is the intention of the GWF Team, continuing the policy of the former owner, to keep the Forum as free of advertising as possible. Our intention has always been to remove overt promotion of companies and major businesses using the GWF as a free promotion vehicle, and sadly there have been occasions when individuals and companies have predated upon the Forum's hospitality. Amending the advertising rules was designed to prevent this. It is not our intention to hamper the activities of individuals in their research work, or even those operating their own small 'cottage industries' (please forgive the term, but it perhaps best describes some of the small enterprises represented here).
The new rule will be interpreted sympathetically, and only links to major commercial operations will be automatically banned. Any links to sites run by individual members offering their own books, research or other WW1-related activities will be allowed unless, in the view of the moderators, they appear to constitute a major business, or push acceptable bounds of behaviour.
We are also aware of occasional advertising by proxy, i.e. where a member appears to make unnecessarily repetitive mentions of a commercial service. Again, we reserve the right to amend such posts accordingly.
The former rule limiting links to an eight word maximum in signatures has been has been lifted. However, we do retain the right to edit links that are unweildy, overlong or inappropriate.
As stated before, if anyone is unsure about commercial links in signatures, please contact us. The Team will discuss your queries and advise accordingly.
Promoting Great War related products or services by long-standing members is permitted in the 'GWF Classifieds' section under the specific rules set out in that section.
(updated 26 January 2010)
Advertising Of Personal Publications
In common with the membership, the Trustees are keen to know of new publications relating to the Great War, and we welcome news of new books etc, particularly those written by our members. It is an important part of our information exchange to learn of the availabilty of new publications, both for pleasure, and to expand research.
The question has been raised as to avoiding transgression of the GWF’s rules on advertising. The one rule we will make is that:
Only ONE image of the cover may be posted on the main discussion board, in addition to one in the Classified Section (if the author chooses to place a notice there).
Otherwise, we do reserve the right to edit overt advertising i.e. excessive mentions, links, multiple threads etc etc. In other words, please play fair, make use of the Forum, but do not abuse the Forum’s hospitality.
Where applicable, we ask authors to acknowledge the assistance of individual pals, and the GWF itself in their works. Inclusion of our URL http://1914-1918.inv...zone.com/forums would also be appreciated. After all, we can assist in the creation of even more good books if this is done.
We wish everyone who has, or is intending to publish, every success in their endeavours, and we look forward to carrying news of their projects and completed works.
(added 23 February 2010)
This forum is specifically designed to discuss matters relating to the Great War of 1914-1918. Clearly, on occasion, discussion necessarily drifts into related areas and this is permissible. There is also an off-topic area for non-WW1 discussion for the category of members whose status has been raised to "Old Sweat", which takes place at 100 posts. Discussions and posts on modern-day politics or religion will not be tolerated in any area of the forum. Always post in the appropriate area for your topic and don't post similar messages in multiple areas. Messages posted that are irrelevant to the discussion and designed to distract or disrupt will be deleted without warning.
Registration and personae
Multiple registration - that is, having more than one live membership - by an individual is not recommended. If second and subsequent registrations are detected the moderators may take action to close, suspend or otherwise render all but one registration inactive. Repeated attempts to register extra memberships, or the use of one membership to discuss in any way another existing membership opened by the same individual, will, once detected, lead to immediate closure of all membership accounts on the grounds of bringing the Forum into disrepute.
Suspension or termination of membership
In the case where these rules are violated, your membership of the Forum may be terminated and access blocked; alternatively a members posts may be made subject to moderator sight before they appear in the forum. Should any of these actions become necessary, the member may be advised by email. Repeated transgression will result in your account being banned and your ISP being informed.
Member's legal responsibilities
The member is held responsible for what they write in the Forum, regardless of whether it is a post in a forum, on their signature or profile or in an email or message that is sent by the forum. The member specifically agrees by use of the forum to indemnify and hold harmless the administrators, moderators and owners of this forum against any form of action.The forum owners and moderators do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message and are not responsible for the contents of any message. All members have accepted these terms on registering to join the forum and explicitly agree to these terms on their continued use of the Forum.
What to do if you see another member breaking these rules
Please report any messages violating these rules to the moderators. There is a link to do this alongside each message as you view them.
Changes to these rules
The owners and operators of the Great War Forum reserve the right to modify these rules at any time and without notice or announcement. Members continued use of the Forum is in explicit acceptance of the current version of the rules in force at the time of posting to the Forum.
Rules version/release date: V4, released 22.30 UK time 3 June 2012.