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Join Date: Mar 2009
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Mar 20th, 2009 until Apr 20th, 2029
Please read the following document carefully before continuing with the registration process and/or accessing the Web Site. By accessing or using the Web Site, you acknowledge that you have read, understand, and agree to be bound by these terms and conditions.

Warning: This is a public forum. Your posts can be read by anyone with an internet connection.

1. General Overview
Pregnancy Forum Guidelines.
  1. When using the Web Site, be polite, use common sense, don't break the law, and don't post anything that has any hint of advertising or self publicity.
  2. Opinions expressed within messages are those of the poster and are not the views of the Web Site or its owners. You rely on such information at your own risk and are urged to seek professional advice for specific and/or individual situations, and not rely solely on advice or opinions given in the discussions.
  3. We reserve the right to move, modify, review or remove any messages transmitted to the Web Site at our discretion and without explanation.
  4. You are permitted a maximum of one account, active or inactive (including previously banned). If you choose to ignore this restriction all your accounts will be banned. If you require temporary access for any reason, require a user name change, or have forgotten your log in details and are unable to retrieve them via the system, do not create a new account, please contact the Web Site administrator using the 'Contact Us' link below.
  5. The Web Site administrators have the final say as to what is and isn't a violation of rules.
  6. By using the Web Site, you agree to be contacted by the Web Site administration, regardless of your account settings, if it becomes necessary to do so.
  7. The Web Site administrators and moderators assume members have read these terms (as confirmed at registration) and will not take ignorance as an excuse for not following the rules and policies outlined here.
Please contact the Web Site Administrator using the 'Contact Us' link below if you do not understand any of the rules outlined below.

2. Forum Rules
These rules apply to all Forums.
  1. Rudeness, flaming or trolling is not tolerated on, or about the Web Site, or its members. Any member who is intentionally disruptive may have their account restricted or banned without warning.
  2. Antisocial, discriminatory or offensive messages (intended or otherwise) aimed at the community at large, certain demographics (including parenting styles) or specific members, are not permitted.
  3. You agree not to provide inaccurate, misleading or false information, or encourage others to do so.
  4. Your account is yours alone. You are responsible for any activity created with it. You may not share your account login with anyone. Ignoring this rule may result in your account being restricted or banned.
  5. All publicly displayed messages, posts, titles and signatures are limited to the English language.
  6. Posts made in TXT SPK (text speak) or messages entirely in CAPITAL LETTERS are not permitted.
  7. It is strictly prohibited to use any information obtained from the Web Site (either directly or indirectly) to contact, advertise, solicit, or sell to any user without the prior explicit written consent from the Web Site management.
  8. Signature Spam (a post that was made in hopes of showing a signature attachment) is not permitted.
  9. Duplicate posting (submitting the same message more than once) is not permitted.
  10. You may not post about or on behalf of any banned member using any of the messaging, signature, or e-mail features.
  11. Harboring a previously banned member (knowing about a banned member signing up again without reporting it to forum administrators) is strictly prohibited. Ignoring this important rule will result in your account also being banned.
  12. You may not post words or URLs that are censored by adding spaces, dots, or substituting characters, or by any other means in an attempt to defeat any censors put in place by the Web Site. Please contact us if you feel a word or URL is unjustly censored.
  13. You may not post advertising, commission, referral or affiliate links. You may not link to sites whose main income is derived from affiliate or referral links.
  14. You may not link to third party forums or unapproved social networking Web Sites (Approved sites: Facebook, Bebo, Myspace).
  15. Continuing locked or removed threads elsewhere on the forum is not permitted. If a thread has been moderated, it is with good reason. Posts questioning or complaining about such actions will either be removed or closed.
  16. You may not link, in any manner, to websites or images containing pornography, sexually explicit, gross violence, or are determined by moderators to be detrimental to the community.
  17. Any messages that encourage, promote or endorse illegal activity will be removed. Serious offences may result in your account being restricted or banned.
  18. Social network cross posting (cross referencing discussions/disputes between social networking websites and PregnancyForum.co.uk) is not permitted. If an Administrator has reason to believe that a member is involved in cyber-bullying or member/website bashing, We reserve the right to restricted or ban the offenders account.
  19. Whilst linking to personal blogs, profiles, petitions and charity pages is not against forum guidelines, threads made solely for publicising these pages do contravene our 'self-publicity' and 'advertising' rules, and will be removed (you may however place a link in your signature).
  20. You must make ten posts before posting URL's*. If you make meaningless posts to avoid this restriction your account will be banned.
  21. You must make five posts before using the PM and system e-mail features or viewing member profile information. If you make meaningless posts to overcome this restriction, your account will be banned.
  22. Some forum categories have a minimum post count restriction. If you make meaningless posts to overcome this restriction, your account may be restricted or banned.
  23. Account closures are honored by removing access to the Web Site. It is your responsibility to ensure that personal information and pictures are removed from the forum before you submit your request here.
  24. By providing content to the Web Site, you represent that said contents is not restricted by copyright, or that you have permission from the copyright owner to submit the content to the Web Site.
  25. You hereby grant the Web Site an irrevocable, perpetual, universal, and non-exclusive right to delete, modify, duplicate, display or otherwise transmit any content that you provide to the Web Site.
  26. Public posts debating these rules and/or moderators enforcement of such, will be removed without comment. We encourage feedback but request that you use the 'Contact Us' link below if you have any questions or concerns.

    * If you represent a company or charity as a professional spokesman and wish to link to your website, you must contact the Web Site administrator using the 'Contact Us' link at the bottom of the page before attempting any posts (for the majority this is common sense/polite, but unfortunately there is always a minority that will try and get around our SPAM filter). Ignoring this rule will be taken as the actions of a spammer.

3. Community Conduct
Specific rules to ensure a smooth running community.
  1. While Pregnancyforum.co.uk tries to remain pro-choice on most subjects, out of respect for majority of our members that are either trying to conceive, or pregnant, we ask that you do not discuss topics on abortion and terminations.
  2. Pregnancyforum.co.uk opperates a strict NO under 18's in the Waiting to try (WTT) or Trying to conceive (TTC) forums.
  3. Pregnancyforum.co.uk does not support minors 'Trying to Conceive'. While we understand that teenage pregnancy is becoming more and more common we do not endorse those under the legal adult age trying to get pregnant, and as such all threads pertaining to this will be locked.
  4. Due to legal reasons, posts about the author 'Gina Ford' or any of her books are not permitte=d on the Web Site.
  5. Asking fellow members to participate in a competition/contest polls in an effort to unfairly influence voting is not permitted.
  6. Requesting (through words or implication) money or charity from the general member population is not permitted. If it is suspected that a membership is being used with the sole intention of procuring free goods, services or wealth, the account may be restricted or banned.
  7. Anti-forum 'I am leaving....' or threads leaving behind negativity/bad feeling, will either be locked or removed. These are usually posted for attention, create arguments, and often stem from events that have already been dealt with.
    (Remember problems can only be dealt with if reported.)

4. Signature Rules
Rules to stop signatures from taking over the forum.
  1. Signatures are available to members with 5 posts or more.
  2. Please keep your signature within 600 x 300 pixels.
  3. No links to commercial websites, auctions/eshop, forums, referral or affiliate links, unauthorised third party pregnancy & parenting resources / forums.
  4. Signatures have been turned off in our ‘Miscarriage & Loss Support’ & ‘Problems Trying To Conceive’ forums. This decision was made for general consideration of members who may be experiencing hard times & may find the viewing of pregnancy tickers upsetting within these areas.
Donators & Contributors get VIP privileges. These rules are displayed on the Donators page.

Note: Signature's that do not conform to the above guidelines will be edited without notice.

5. Indemnification
Things beyond our control.
  1. It is strictly prohibited to use any information obtained from the Web Site (either directly or indirectly) to contact, advertise, solicit, or sell to any user without the prior explicit written consent from the Web Site management.
  2. Trolling, Flaming and Libel is strictly prohibited on the Web Site.
If you breach any term under the heading 'Indemnification' you acknowledge that you will have caused substantial harm to the Web Site's reputation, but that the amount of such harm would be difficult to ascertain. As a reasonable estimation of such harm, you agree to pay the Web Site £25 for each offending communication.


6. General Provisions
About these terms of service.
  1. This agreement is governed by English Law.
  2. The terms 'Pregnancy Forum', 'We', 'Us', 'Our' and 'The Web Site' refers to the website Pregnancyforum.co.uk
  3. The terms 'User(s)' and 'Member(s)' refers to the those who have signed up as members to Pregnancyforum.co.uk
  4. The terms 'Troll', 'Trolling' and Flaming refer to disruptive members as defined by Wikipedia.org
  5. Pregnancyforum.co.uk reserves the right to modify and amend these terms and/or privacy policy at any time. While we will do our utmost in informing you of any major changes it would be prudent to review this regularly yourself as your continued usage of Pregnancyforum.co.uk after changes mean you agree to be legally bound by these terms as they are updated and/or amended.
  6. If any term or provision of these Terms and Conditions is held invalid, illegal or unenforceable for any reason by any court of competent jurisdiction such provision shall be severed and the remainder of the provisions hereof shall continue in full force and effect as if these Terms and Conditions had been agreed with the invalid, illegal or unenforceable provision eliminated.

7. Privacy Policy
What we do with any information provided.

Pregnancyforum.co.uk recognizes that you care about the personal information that is held about you and how that is used.
This privacy policy applies to all personal data, submitted by you, to the Web Site.
  1. By registering to Pregnancyforum.co.uk you need to submit a chosen name and contact information, more specifically an e-mail address. No extremely personal information, such as National Insurance, Social Security or Credit Card numbers are stored by us.
  2. Pregnancyforum.co.uk also stores and reads cookies to and from your computer. Cookies are alphanumeric identifiers that we transfer to your computer's hard drive through your Web browser to enable our forums and general website features to recognize your browser for when you return to this web site. By using this website, you agree that both the webserver, and any trusted 3rd party we chose, such as advertising networks, may place a tracking cookie on your machine and access it at any time during your session. In general, cookies are safe and are not a security issue when being used from 'trusted' internet sites, such as Pregnancyforum.co.uk. For information on how to manage cookies in your browser, please visit AboutCookies.org
  3. All other information provided by you goes into a 'public profile' and is entirely optional, all information held in that profile is held there at your own risk. This infomation can be edited via your Control Panel (UserCP).
  4. Pregnancyforum.co.uk will take all reasonable effort to ensure that all personal information about you submitted is maintained secure on our server. However, we make no warranty to this.
  5. This site is intended for individuals over the age of 16. Any information collected is intended to be of individuals over the age of 13. According to COPPA, our site does NOT cater to children. "Operators of commercial websites or online services directed to children under 13 that collect personal information from children" require a COPPA agreement and privacy policy. Since we do not cater to this age group, no COPPA exists on Pregnancyforum.co.uk.

Pregnancyforum.co.uk is managed under licence by Webby Media LTD (company number 7029184) and fully complies with the Data Protection Act 1998. Personal information submitted to The Web Site (usually limited to email address and date of birth, supplied during membership registration) is done so on a voluntary basis and held in Our database for internal purposes. To this end, we are not obligated to notify the Information Commissioner's Office. Account closures are honoured by removing access to The Web Site. It is your responsibility to ensure that any personal information and pictures posted are removed before submitting your request (as without any personal details to confirm your identity, we will be unable to remove it as a later date).
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