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By using this web site, you agree to be contacted by site administration, regardless of your account settings, when it becomes necessary to do so regarding your account activity.
The basic groundrules of the FIAT Forum are simple - keep it friendly, keep it clean, don't post illegal material and don't even think of posting advertising in the wrong section ;)
You are permitted a maximum of ONE account, active or inactive UNLESS you are a registered trader, in which case you may have one dedicated to your company. If you require a username change, this can be achieved automatically through the user control panel as long as you have donated to the forum.
We don't intend to censor messages based on the opinions expressed within posts, but we will enforce the policies outlined both here and on the forum. We reserve the right to remove, modify or move posts at our discretion and without explanation.
Although the administrators and moderators of The FIAT Forum will attempt to keep all objectionable messages off this forum, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the author, and neither the owners of The FIAT Forum, nor XenForo Limited (developers of XenForo) will be held responsible for the content of any message.
By submitting content, which shall include your member name, to the The FIAT Forum, you grant The FIAT Forum a royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive right (including any moral rights) and license to use, license, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, derive revenue or other remuneration from, communicate to the public, perform and display the content (in whole or in part) worldwide and/or to incorporate it in other works in any form, media, or technology now known or later developed, for the full term of any Rights that may exist in such content.
You also warrant that the holder of any Rights, including moral rights in such content, has completely and effectively waived all such rights and validly and irrevocably granted to you the right to grant the license stated above.
Once an account has posts made against it - IT CANNOT BE REMOVED, this is to ensure the forum isn't left with gaps in threads, making them nonsensical.
By breaking any of the rules below, you may be subject to penalties.
Non Trade Advertising
Public advertising is completely free on The FIAT Forum, however all for sale posts must be posted in the classifieds section and MUST NOT be posted to the main forum categories. Any classified posts found in the wrong section will be removed immediately.
For any trade user to be able to post in the classifieds, put an advert in their signature/avatar or post to the traders area they MUST sign up for a trader account - details of which can be found here. A user MAY NOT post links or recommendations to themselves UNLESS they have signed up as an official trader - and even then, MAY NOT spam the forum with posts. The amount of posts which constitutes spam is entriely up to the moderator discretion.
One-off Promotional Threads
If you are just looking to post a single (one-off) promotional thread about your business, we offer this service via our ads manager. A promotional thread incurs a one off charge, but will be kept on the site permanently. You don't need to sign up as a forum trader to use this service, but it does mean you are limited to self promotion on that single thread.
If a rule is violated, then a points system is used and a score is stored against your username until its expiry time is reached. If multiple violations occur before the previous point's expiry which bring the total to a set amount (see table below) then an automatic action is taken (again, see table below).
Mods may also, at their discretion, give a "24-hour Time-out" if it is felt you need to chill out a bit. This will be kept on record, but the points will expire once the ban is over.
|Posting defamatory comments about classifieds||2||1 Month|
|Blatant advertising||2||1 Month|
|Excessive profanity use||2||1 Month|
|FAO Thread||4||1 Month|
|Flaming other members||5||3 Months|
|Inappropriate material in avatars or signatures||6||1 Month|
|Disrespect towards the site staff||8||6 Months|
|Racist/Sexist/Prejudiced remarks and comments||10||6 Months|
|Unsavory material posted or linked to||10||1 Month|
|Points Reached||Action Taken|
|10||1 day ban|
|20||3 day ban|
|30||7 day ban|
|35||1 month ban|
Should you see a post which violates these rules, or you feel is unsuitable for The FIAT Forum, it can reported by clicking the "report" link which can found to the bottom of every post - an alert will then be sent to the relevant moderator so it can be acted upon.
If you wish to complain about a moderator this can be done confidentially using the help desk and following the prompts. Your complaint will not be seen by the moderator in question if you choose it not to be. However in some cases, for further facts to be gathered - it may be necessary to contact the moderator in question - at this point you will be asked if you still wish to proceed.