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Forum Rules

1. No Spam / Advertising / Self-promote in the forums

This forums defines spam as unsolicited advertisement for goods, services and/or other web sites, or posts with little, or completely unrelated content.

2. Do not post copyright-infringing material

Providing or asking for information on how to illegally obtain copyrighted materials is forbidden. If material is copyright, please state where materials can be purchased from, or provide links to the material.

3. Do not post “offensive” posts, links or images

Any material which constitutes defamation, harassment, or abuse is strictly prohibited. Material that is sexually or otherwise obscene, racist, or otherwise overly discriminatory is not permitted on this forum. This includes user pictures. Use common sense while posting and be ever mindful of safeguarding and child protection when you post. You must not post material that breaches safeguarding and this is strictly prohibited.

4. Do not PM users asking for help

If you need help, please make a new thread in the appropriate forum so that the whole community can help and benefit.

5. Remain respectful of other members at all times

All posts should be professional and courteous. You have every right to disagree with your fellow community members and explain your perspective. However, you are not permitted to insult, or otherwise belittle individuals or the quality of this community.

General Posting Guidelines

1. Please use SEARCH first!

There is a pretty good chance that some of your questions have been addressed on the forum before, please use the forum’s search feature first to see if there are already some good threads on the subject. It’s easy to search – just click the “Search” button at the top right of the page.


2. Be DESCRIPTIVE and use sensible topic names

PLEASE post a descriptive topic name! Give a short summary of your problem IN THE SUBJECT.

Here’s a great list of topic subjects YOU SHOULD NOT POST :

"Help me,  Hello,  Very urgent, I have a question"

Generally ANYTHING similar to those is unacceptable. Just post your question.

Here is a good example of a way to post a question

“how do I evaluate impact of support provided?”
“where can I find more information about supervision processes?”

Be patient, help people out by posting good descriptions of what you need help with, and provide considered responses.

General Forum Questionssy

Am I allowed more than one account?

No, there is no reason why you should have more than one account in the ELSA forum.

What happens if I break a rule?

If you break a rule, then you will either be warned or banned. A ban of your user account may either be temporary or permanent. The administrators and moderators also have the right to edit, delete, move or close any thread or post as they see necessary, without prior warning.

What happens if I see a thread/post which has broken a rule?

Please report the thread/post to the moderators.


Where can I find out who is in charge?

The Forum Moderators are displayed in every Forum.


Becoming a moderator

All moderator applicants must be a member for at least 90 days (3 months) and have at least 50 posts.
You must be active and regularly create and respond to threads in those forums. You must also maintain a working knowledge of the subject matter. Please be aware that applying to be a moderator does not guarantee acceptance and that moderators will only be appointed when needed.

Current moderators and administrators will review applications and decide if the applicant fits the desired post. Administrators have the final say and we reserve to right to refuse applicants with or without cause.


Moderator Policy

In Order To Apply To Be A Moderator You Must be:

  • a forum regular

  • committed to safeguarding

  • have been at the forum for over 3 months

  • have a positive presence on the forum

  • be proactive

  • polite and helpful towards other members and give advice whenever needed and whenever possible.

  • visit the forum each day, actively take part in discussions as often as possible, ideally once a day, setting a good example to the other members.

  • take an active part in discussions between Moderators relating to the running of the forum.

  • help to keep unsuitable content out of the forums as much as possible.

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