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OurPatch Forum User Guidelines

Our Patch represents communities across Australia and being part of a community means respecting and valuing each other. Please be aware of “Netiquette” by reading these points and keeping them in mind (you may even like to use them to enlighten other users).

  • Stay On-Topic
    Please try to keep the discussion centered on the subject, if posts starts to veer off-topic create a new thread in the appropriate area.
  • Thread Titles
    Please be certain that your topics and posts are clear as to their meaning, and contribute to the forum or thread. Uncertain thread titles such as "Please read this!" create confusion and make it difficult for people to discern your purpose. Moderators may rename your thread title if they find it unclear or unspecific.
  • Report Offensive Posts
    At Our Patch we feel strongly about making our forums a pleasant place for our members to socialise so we have built a feature that allows you to ‘Report Posts’. You can and must only report posts that Breach Our Terms of Service. You can click on our Terms & Conditions here.
  • Personal Information
    Under no circumstances should you post personal information (yours or others) on the forums such as email addresses, home addresses, mobiles, your workplace etc. This can bring unwanted danger so please be aware as we care about your safety.
  • Personal gossip
    Please use the forums appropriately. They are a place for friendly chatting but in-depth discussions about your personal life are best conveyed in a message, chat or instant messenger conversation where it is not kept online for public display, particularly if you are referring to people in your life. Please note that any potentially defamatory content will be removed.
  • URLS
    Posting URLS in topic headings is not allowed. If you post URLS within a thread be sure that they do not link to any offensive websites or action will be taken against you. If you have a business you would like to feature on Our Patch please be aware our listings are free! If you’d like to upgrade to a Premium Page please contact us as we’d love to help promote your business through the appropriate areas of the site.
  • Advertising
    You must not post material for commercial purposes – including promotional material or advertising. If you have a business you would like to feature on Our Patch please be aware our listings are free! If you’d like to upgrade to a Premium Page please contact us as we’d love to help promote your business through the appropriate areas of the site.
  • Trolls, Spammers and Flamewars
    Making intentionally inflammatory remarks to incite arguments will not be tolerated. If people are abusing this rule – simply report them – and ignore them. Do not take the bait and engage in an argument, as this is their aim. Our Patch moderators will deal with these members.
  • Bump
    Bumping is only allowed once by a member in any topic.
  • Anonymity
    Don’t try and hide behind internet anonymity – if necessary Our Patch will track your IP address. Our Patch reserves the right to co-operate with relevant law enforcement authorities.
  • Advice
    You must not post financial, legal, medical, health or other professional advice that may result in detriment to users.
  • *$&*&%^$#^#!! & CAPITALS
    Please do not swear or excessively use capitals. Offensive behaviour is not just considered as rude words, saying things in a particularly aggressive or hurtful manner can result in your post being censored by moderators.
  • Legalities
    We have a legal obligation to remove any posts that may be defamatory. This basically means that if you say anything that might lower or damage someone's reputation, it will be removed (regardless of whether or not it is true). Please co-operate with us.

Thank you,
The Our Patch Team

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