House Rules

The Swindonian appreciate all users and opinions but feel we must set out some house rules.

Rule 1: We welcome your opinions

We welcome your opinions. We want our readers to see and understand different points of view. In the case of comments or discussions, try to contribute to the thread, rather than just stating if you agree or disagree. Unless you have a witty one-liner, please explain why you hold your opinion.

Rule 2: This is a public forum

Once your comment is online, everyone with Internet access can read it. Please make your comment clear to ensure that it is not misunderstood. You can express a strong opinion but please do not go over the top. Don’t forget that you are legally responsible for what you submit. Please consider how your comment could be received by others. Many different types of people of different ages may view your comment. This applies to any content you submit.

Rule 3: Language and relevance 

Please be polite. Do not use swear words or crude or sexual language. Only English is allowed. Keep your submissions relevant to the story or topic.

Rule 4: Report abuse

We strongly support this site’s community in maintaining high standards of participation. If you consider that a comment, or any other type of content on the site, does not comply with these rules or our Terms, please email info@swindonnewsco.co.uk This facility should only be used for serious complaints, not simply because you disagree with something said.

Rule 5: No libel or other abuse

You must not make or encourage comments which are:
• defamatory, false or misleading;
• insulting, threatening or abusive;
• obscene or of a sexual nature;
• offensive, racist, sexist, homophobic or discriminatory against any religions or other groups;
• promoting illegal activity; or
• intended to deceive.

Rule 6: Confidentiality, privacy and contempt

Please respect people’s privacy. You are not allowed to submit confidential or private information. For example, you must not upload the telephone number, email address or any other contact details of any person without their permission.

Rule 7: No advertising, solicitation or investigations

You must not use your contribution for:
• the promotion of any products, services or chain messages or for any other commercial purpose without our prior consent;
• comparative advertising;
• any fraudulent purpose;
• harming or attempting to harm minors;
• sending or procuring the sending of unsolicited emails ,unauthorised advertising or other communications;

We retain the right to remove comments that refer to any sponsorship, petition, campaign or scheme, at our discretion.

If you wish to advertise please contact our advertising team here

Rule 8: No impersonation and proper disclosure

You must not pretend to be someone else (e.g. an expert, another user or a member of our team). You must not pretend that you are unconnected to a story or topic, when in fact you are. If you have a personal connection to a story or topic, you should disclose your connection or, where appropriate, not comment at all.

Rule 9: Copyright infringement

You must not infringe another person’s copyright, for example by copying and pasting content from another site and using it as your own comment.

You must also not submit copies of photographs taken from third party websites.

Rule 10: Respect the spirit as well as the letter of the House Rules

In deciding what is acceptable, please also respect the spirit and tone of these rules and the community.

Rule 11: Removal of content

As set out at rule 4 above, we may carry out some pre-publication and post-publication moderation. In addition to this, reader comments that violate the letter or spirit of these rules or our Terms may be removed (or, if checked in advance, not published in the first place). If we do remove something, we will generally remove whole posts, or where necessary, whole threads (not parts). This means that even if only one sentence is objectionable, the whole comment will usually be removed (or not published).

If your contribution or a thread is removed, this may be for any number of reasons. Usually, this will be because the contribution breaks these rules or our Terms or is the subject of an abuse report. Sometimes, the contribution may be removed because it is connected to another contribution which is being removed. We hope that you will understand that, once properly notified of a complaint, we may have to remove a contribution for legal reasons (whatever the rights and wrongs).

If your content has been removed, we may email you to let you know or to inform you if you have been suspended or banned from submitting further comments to the Site.

If you are aware that content has been removed, you must not deliberately resubmit the same content.

Rule 12: Suspension and termination

We reserve the right to suspend or ban your account and use of the site at our sole discretion. Here are some reasons why we might do so:
• Breaching these rules or our Terms;
• Serious failure to respect the spirit and tone of the community; or
• Conduct or comments that demand a disproportionate amount of our time or that abuse our staff.

The length of a suspension or whether we ban someone depends on all the circumstances. Allowing our users to contribute content is a privilege, not a right. If you abuse our rules, or our Terms, you should expect to be barred from using the site.

If we suspend or ban your registration, you must not attempt to re-register or submit content (e.g. using someone else’s account), without our permission.

We also reserve the right to take proceedings against you for breach of our Terms or these House Rules and to report the matter to the Police or other appropriate law enforcement agency. Failure to comply with the above Content Standards, and the other terms set out in these Terms, constitutes a material breach and you agree to indemnify us for all liabilities, costs (including, but not limited to, reasonable administrative and legal costs), expenses, damages and losses suffered by us which result from the breach.