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Pitpass ID Posting Rules

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11/08/2013

With your Pitpass ID you can have your say in the comments sections of our news stories and features, but please note that you must obey our posting rules and site etiquette as detailed below.

Posting Rules

1. When you make a comment please try and ensure there isn't an existing comment saying exactly the same thing.

2. It is inevitable that topics will tend to sometimes drift a little way from the original subject of the story or feature and that is accepted, but please don't be part of a 'hijack' of a comments section or continually post 'off topic' on a story or feature.

3. Be polite. That means no swearing! For one person it is just "cussing" but for another it may be deeply offensive. Pitpass visitors/users come from many varied cultures, please remember this.

4. Remember, for the most part we are talking "opinions" and we are all entitled to those!

5. Mere text can often be interpreted in a number of different ways, please make sure to clearly write or state the way in which your post is to be taken if you feel there could be some ambiguity.

6. Pictures are not permitted, they slow the site and create various copyright issues.

7. Please do not cut and paste material from other sites, post links, or direct user, to other F1 sites or to any website containing F1 related news articles. At worst these are infringements of copyright and will cause Pitpass legal problems, at best we do not want to encourage the posting of what potentially could be unsubstantiated information from rival sites.

8. This is the place for public conversation. If you have a message for just one or two people please ask them for a way to contact them off site.

9. Keep it legal.

10. Give credit to any original author - plagiarism is just stealing others' ideas.

11. Using ALL CAPS is SHOUTING. By all means emphasise important words, but don't overdo it.

12. Pitpass is an English based site, therefore please use English only - this also means we do not allow 'text speak'. Furthermore, please remember basic rules of punctuation - capital letters, gaps between commas and full stops - failure to do so will make your post difficult and frustrating to read.

13. Treat other people as you would like them to treat you. Respect costs nothing.

14. Please proof read your comment carefully as once posted you can not edit them

15. Be tolerant of others' mistakes - English isn't everybody's first language.

16. Try to make your post informative. If you agree - do you really need to say so?

17. The site is for supporters of all teams and all drivers

18. 'Flame wars' and repeated thread hijacking will not be tolerated.

19. You are entitled to an opinion, but please try and back it up with reasoned argument. Repeatedly trotting out the same statements without reasoned argument will not be tolerated.

20. The site is made by its contributors from the editor through the feature writers to those who choose to comment. Remember this when writing your comments and enjoy being part of Pitpass.

Reactive moderation

A short time after you leave a comment the site adminsitrators will inspect it to ensure it complies with the above rules. If it is deemed not to then your comment will be removed. Should this happen repeatedly the Pitpass administration team reserves the right to disable your Pitpass ID without further discussion.

If this happens and you feel the decision to be wrong then please contact us to open a reasoned dialogue about it.

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