In additional to the main rules which you agreed to when registering (you did read them, didn't you?) you further agree to abide by these guidelines.
A. Member Behaviour
1. Keep it friendly
Members should engage with one another in a friendly and positive way, but that does not mean that robust discussion on a topic is prohibited, far from it! But if a discussion becomes too heated, excessive swearing is used and or personal insults are thrown around (don't insult someone's mother/private bits, being the obvious ones) then warnings will be issued. You can attack the argument as much as you like, just not the person.
2. Trolling and Baiting
Don't post something with the sole intention of winding someone else up or trying to derail a topic. It's obvious to all and can land you in hot water. Also, don't try and provoke a strong reaction from someone with the aim of getting them reported.
3. Opinions matter
Forums are a great place for sharing opinions on any given subject, but sometimes some people believe that these opinions must be backed up with proof. This is not a academic site and no member has to prove anything here and if a member keeps demanding that others should provide proof of their opinions/posts, they could be issued with a warning.
4. Don't ignore and/or argue with staff instructions
This is already a main rule, but if a staff member asks you to do something or not do something, please abide it. Ignoring staff can result in either a temporary or permanent ban from this site. Staff are clearly labelled as such. Additionally, don't argue with staff in public. If you are unhappy about something, then create a thread here: Help and Feedback and staff will reply to you. That forum is private and your thread can only be seen by yourself and staff. Additionally, do not complain if your posts are moved/edited/deleted unless you feel that you have been unfairly treated. It is routine, as but one example, to delete off-topic posts.
B: Forum use
1. Keep on topic
Difficult this one, as the natural flow of conversation can ebb and flow, but please try and stick to the subject of the thread. The subject is set by the member who created that thread. The thread creator has a right to complain to staff if they feel their thread is going off topic or is being derailed by some other means.
2. Reuse threads
If a subject is already being covered in a existing thread, then please use that thread. How will you know if a thread already exists? Just do a search, but sometimes these threads can easily be identified because they are pinned at the top of forum lists and are sometimes labelled as "central threads."
3. Immigration/Race/Religion/Transgender etc in the UK
Anything about immigration in the UK, or matters related to different religious and racial groups in the UK (which always comes down to the same related issues) or other controversial issues related to sexuality and/or gender should be placed in this forum:
This forum works differently to the rest of the site in that it is largely unmoderated and members are allowed a "looser" posting style. However, all members should still abide by the main rules of this site and not post anything illegal in there. Apart from illegal posts, members are not permitted to report posts in this forum.
4. News links
When creating threads or posting about something happening in the news, please post a link to that story, so that other members can read the background details on the story. Please use BBC links where possible or links from other free sites. Avoid linking to sites behind a paywall and which require a subscription to read.
C: Use of Account
1. Usernames, Avatars, Profile pictures/banners and Signatures.
Do not use pornographic or other objectionable material such as nazi symbols and words. Also, don't use swear words or pejorative terms, ie don't choose words like "idiot" as that may result in yourself getting abused from other members.
2. Use one account
Members are not permitted to have more than one account. If you wish to change your username, please contact a member of staff.
D: Warning system
Generally, most situations are dealt with by a informal warning being posted in the thread where a problem is occurring. Sometimes, members might get named as part of that warning. Everyone should heed the warning and abide by the instruction given by the staff member. Formal warnings are given privately in Conversation and vary depending on the offence.
I'm sure I'll think of more draconian stuff as time goes on.