Moderation and Community Guidelines

Moderation Guidelines

Moderation Policy

As moderation issues come up we will update this page. Please check this page regularly.
This Moderation Policy covers policy for online discussions and posting of content using the University of Leicester Student Blogs website.

Moderation Aims

Please do comment! We want our blogs to be conversational and we want them to be useful, so please feel free to have your say. To leave a comment you’ll need to supply a username and an email address. We won’t use your email address for anything unless we need to contact you about a post.

This service includes many differing opinions and experiences. You may find opinions that you disagree with and some that you may find offensive. Our aim at all times is to provide a place where the maximum discussion can take place.

We try to be as fair as we can when moderating but in a large community of users, with many different viewpoints, there will always be some people that will not be happy with our moderation policies. While we regret that this happens, we cannot suit all of the people all of the time and have to make decisions based on what is best for the forum overall.

The views expressed on this forum do not necessarily reflect the views of the University of Leicester. The University of Leicester is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information contained on this blog.

How to Report Abuse

Report abuse by informing the Moderator. Please note that abuse reports are confidential and are not seen by the abuser. Please contact if you spot abusive or illegal content.

Libellous Content

If you feel you have been defamed or libelled in the forum, your first step should be to contact the Moderator to have the offending post removed. The Moderator’s e mail address is

Why was my Abuse Report not Accepted?

The Moderator may or may not accept that the issue you highlight is actually abusive under our rules.

What to do if your Post is Moderated

If your post is edited or deleted, you will either be sent an email from the moderator. If you still don’t understand why you were moderated then email the Moderator.

You Should Not:

  • Post the same message again.
  • Taunt the Moderator
  • Taunt other members of the forum for reporting you

I Don’t Agree with these Policies

Then please do not post materials.

Leaving the Forum

If you decide to leave the forum, we will not delete your old posts as it makes the discussions difficult to follow for the remaining readers.

Ownership and Liability of Posts

Messages posted at this site are the sole opinion and responsibility of the poster. We have the right to edit, delete, transfer, keep, sell or re-license posts at our sole discretion.

The Community Guidelines

Please be nice. Extend basic courtesy to all users. Always be respectful of other users, the system, and the Moderator.

1. Commercial posts

The forums are not a venue for unsolicited advertisements of any kind. It will be the sole discretion of the Moderator as to what constitutes an advertisement.

2. Personal insults

Do not directly insult other users on the forum. Personal insults do not contribute to the discussion and, if not checked, they lower the tone. If someone insults you, do not insult them back or you will be given a warning. Please report the abuse instead.

3. Off-topic posts / threadjacking

Please stay within the topic area of the section you are posting a message in, and within any topic that another poster may have started. A certain amount of straying from the topic can be expected, but we will warn and delete post that try to hijack a discussion about one topic into another.

4. Inciting illegal behavior

Discussing illegal behaviour is fine, but posts inciting illegal behaviour are not acceptable. This includes, but is not limited to posts discussing places to steal items, to copy or hack software, etc.

5. Venting

Claims of action, flames, and calls to action against any company, school, institution or person will be removed. We will remove any direct attacks on companies and individuals in those companies unless they are the topic of the news item.

6. Graphics and images

We do not allow nudity on any part of the forum.

We will delete images that are disturbing to our readers, such as images of violence or death.

We delete oversized pictures. Please keep your pictures less than 800 pixels wide.

7. Do not post in all caps

They are difficult to read and many people think they are the equivalent of shouting.

8. Illegal materials

We will check for materials that may be defamatory, infringe copyright or other Intellectual Property Rights, or are illegal for any other reason, including, but not limited to, Contempt of Court, pornography, or promoting terrorism and reserve the right to delete or amend any materials that in the Moderator’s reasonable opinion are likely to fall foul of the law.

9. The final word

If you found something helpful, just take a moment to leave a comment to let them know. They will really appreciate it.

And it goes without saying, The Moderator’s decision is always final.

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