Guidelines and house rules

I can’t post a comment

To be able to comment on a blog you will need to be signed in with your WordPress account id. The discussion you are trying to join may already have closed to new comments. If so this should be displayed in the comment sections. In very rare instances, we may have to restrict an account from the blog if it has consistently breached our house rules.

My comment hasn’t appeared yet

In the first instance comments will be moderated and checked by one of our blog staff before being published. If you are a new user to the blog your first few postings may be checked before appearing. Once you’ve established yourself as a trusted contributor you will find that your comments are not immediately moderated.

If your comment does not appear, it may have been rejected by the moderators.

Why might my comments continue to be pre-moderated?

Members’ accounts are pre-moderated when they repeatedly or seriously break the House Rules. In this case, while others may be able to post messages straight to the board, every message a pre-moderated member submits to the board will be checked by a moderator before it appears.

What are the House Rules?

We’ve established the following House Rules so that everyone can get the most out of our blog.

Please note that these rules apply to rich media submissions such as images, video and audio clips, as well as content associated with you such as avatar images.

Names may be failed if they…

  • Contain website or email addresses
  • Contain contact information (i.e. phone numbers, postcodes etc)
  • Appear to impersonate someone else
  • Contain swear words or are otherwise objectionable

We reserve the right to fail comments which…

  • Are considered likely to disrupt, provoke, attack or offend others
  • Are racist, sexist, homophobic, sexually explicit, abusive or otherwise objectionable
  • Contain swear words or other language likely to offend
  • Break the law or condone or encourage unlawful activity. This includes breach of copyright, defamation and contempt of court.
  • Advertise products or services for profit or gain
  • Are seen to impersonate someone else
  • Include contact details such as phone numbers, postal or email addresses
  • Are written in anything other than English – Welsh and Gaelic may be used where expressly stated
  • Contain links to other websites which break our guidelines
  • Describe or encourage activities which could endanger the safety or well-being of others
  • Are considered to be “spam”, that is posts containing the same, or similar, content posted multiple times
  • Are considered to be off-topic for the blog discussion
  • Are considered vexatious and malicious in intent

We welcome and encourage feedback, both positive and negative, on our blog but please make sure any comments are in line with our House Rules. Repeatedly posting personal or offensive comments about individual members of the public or people who work for or alongside ASH Scotland may be considered harassment. We reserve the right to remove such messages and take action against those responsible.