Reasons for failing a comment
We've established these House Rules to protect you and
the our from legal and editorial risks. These are intended
as a guide to how you should behave and post on our.co.uk
of your messages. Repeated breaches will result in the
restriction of your our iD.
The our welcomes feedback, both positive and negative,
about our programmes and services but please make sure
your comments are in line with the House Rules. Repeatedly
posting personal or offensive comments about individual
members of the public or people who work for the our may
be considered harassment. We reserve the right to remove
such messages and take action against those responsible.
We reserve the right to fail messages which
Advertise a product
Advertising or promoting products or websites is not
allowed anywhere on our.co.uk. This may include links
- Personal websites or forums
- Surveys and questionnaires
- Commercial websites or auction sites that mainly exist
to sell products
- Details of charity or fundraising events
For example, if it's relevant to the debate, it's fine
to link to a website that sells an album or book if its
helping another user or recommending something they would
like. However, posting up links to your own band's album
or trying to drive buyers to your ebay auction or fundraising
site may result in your post being removed.
Risk breaching copyright law
Copyright law exists to stop someone from taking another
person's work and passing it off as their own. It applies
to the internet in the same way as it does to TV, books
and the press. Breaking copyright law can result in being
taken to court.
Please do not post large chunks of text copied from other
sources as this may be an infringement of copyright. Short
quotes to illustrate a point may be permissible, although
this is at our discretion.
If you wish to refer to external sources of information,
it's better to include a link to an appropriate external
Are not in English
Contributions which are not in English are not allowed
except on designated blogs. This is because we have to
ensure comments can be checked and to ensure that all
readers of the blogs understand the comment.
In addition to this, postings with heavy text speak or
unintelligible language such as codes are also not allowed
as this may disrupt the natural flow of conversation.
Risk breaking UK law
Contributing material to a our.co.uk community with the
intention to commit a crime, break the law, or condone
or encourage unlawful activity is prohibited.
In addition we may remove posts which we consider could
endanger other users - for example, offering medical and
health advice, or encouraging drug or alcohol abuse or
Contain potentially defamatory statements
Defamation laws exist to protect individuals or organisations
from unwarranted, mistaken or untruthful attacks on their
reputation. Posting a defamatory statement on a blog is
the same as publishing it in a newspaper or magazine and
can result in a court case if a formal complaint is made.
For more information, see our guide
to Defamation. You can also read more about our moderation
and defamation on the our
To avoid breaking defamation laws in your comments, please
ensure that you verify the information in your posting,
especially when presenting negative statements as facts.
Also avoid jumping to conclusions, exaggerating or making
subtle implications. Remember that adding the word 'allegedly'
to a statement does not stop it being defamation.
You can be held liable if you make a defamatory statement
on the our website. So we will remove comments where we
have insufficient evidence to defend publication of your
statement. This means the our moderators may err on the
side of caution when considering some comments.
Are abusive or disruptive
Abusive or disruptive behaviour is not allowed. This
- Using swear words (including abbreviations or alternative
spellings) or other language likely to offend.
- Harassing, threatening or causing distress or inconvenience
to any person or people.
- Flaming: This means posting something that's angry
- Trolling: This means saying deliberately provocative
things just to stir up trouble.
- Infringing the rights of, restrict or inhibit anyone
else's use and enjoyment
- Attempting to impersonate somebody
- Using multiple accounts to disrupt boards, annoy users.
- Bumping or creating duplicate threads, posting in
such a way as to cause technical errors, or any other
attempts to disrupt the normal flow of conversation.
Users who seriously or repeatedly demonstrate such behaviour
may have their accounts pre-moderated or permanently restricted
and will not be allowed to return.
Comments that contain offensive content are not allowed.
Racist, sexist, homophobic, disablist, sexually explicit,
abusive or otherwise objectionable material will be removed
and if extreme will result in immediate and permanent
restriction of your account.
Comments that are unrelated to the subject of the blog
entry to which you are contributing are considered 'off-topic'.
Please do not contribute off-topic material in subject-specific
blogs, except where a blog has designated open post. If
your comment has been removed for being off-topic, you
may be able to resubmit your comment in a more relevant
Contain personal details
Including contact or identification details in comments
such as phone numbers, postal or email addresses is not
allowed on most services. Please do not reveal any personal
information about yourself or others as it might inadvertently
put you or someone else at risk.
Risk contempt of court
Once a suspect is arrested for an offence, or offences,
legal restrictions apply. The 1981 Contempt of Court Act
makes it a serious criminal offence, once someone's been
arrested, to publish anything which could prejudice their
trial. Being arrested doesn't in itself indicate guilt,
so messages posted to the board which presume a suspect
is guilty also risk defaming the suspect.
Please use caution when discussing reports of an arrest
or court proceedings. Even linking to archived news stories,
blog entries and comments may be unlawful as UK contempt
law would usually prohibit any reference to the previous
conviction(s) of someone facing new court proceedings.
In addition, courts sometimes impose restrictions that
prohibit the publication of specific information such
as names and addresses of defendants.
Spamming or flooding is not allowed. Spamming means submitting
the same or very similar contribution many times across
blogs or entries. Flooding means re-submitting your contribution
to the same blog or entry multiple times.
Please do not use a signature beneath your comment to
promote websites, services, products or campaigns. This
will cause your posts to be removed as spam.
Contain unsuitable URLs
You should not post link to
- Unlawful, unsuitable or sexually explicit content.
- Websites that require payment to access
- Foreign language content
- Websites that initiate a file download or require
additional software in order to view them. This includes
.pdf and .mp3 files.
- Websites that advertise or promote products
In some cases the moderator will edit out the link/s
leaving the rest of the comment visible on the board.
If so the link will be replaced by [Unsuitable/ broken
URL removed by moderator]