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Discussion in 'Introduce yourself - New Members say hello here.' started by mistcoat, Nov 21, 2015.

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  1. mistcoat

    mistcoat Colour Changing Cowboy Staff Member PPS Painter Bar Member

    Here are the rules of our forum, please review them regularly as they may be updated from time to time and by registering, you have agreed to be bound by them.

    Painter's Pit Stop is a place for people working full time in the Painting, Decorating and related industries to network and share business ideas i.e. (Painters, Decorators, Wallpaper Hangers, Manufacturing Industries, Vendors and the likes).

    Are you a Home Owner looking for a Painter & Decorator? This section of the forum is best suited for your needs --> Click here if you are Looking for a Decorator.

    Are you a DIY'er looking to post "how to" questions? Unfortunately, we haven't got a PPSdiy forum set up yet. In the meantime we're directing DIY questions to UHM which is a UK based Handyman/DIY forum.

    These rules are general guidelines and can be flexible, as is their enforcement and amendment. Please do not try to cleverly circumvent them. We are spelling them out in layman's terms. They don't cover every possible interpretation or situation and they will evolve as we are presented with new situations. We will update them periodically to reflect these changes.

    The rules are intended to keep PPS useful and fun for as many members as possible. If the rules seem overly strict, we recommend a pint of Black Sheep Ale.

    Disclosure: Please note that Painters Pit Stop forum and including its other social media platforms receives a small commission from MyPaintbrush for products and services we promote, and/or endorse and that you as a consumer then purchase from MyPaintbrush via a link on the forum or the logo on the sidebar.

    Painters Pit Stop is independently owned and the opinions expressed by the owner here are our own, except where indicated.

    Why do we have rules?

    PPS has rules because as a forum, we are bound by rules and law.

    Member Accounts/Registering.

    By registering, you agree that on occasion, you are happy to receive emails from Admin. This may be just an email or it may be the odd newsletter.

    Never give your password out to anyone, this is for your protection and for validity reasons.
    We HIGHLY recommend you use a complex and unique password for your account, to prevent account theft. Your account is your responsibility.

    Please do not store any private information (credit card or identity related details) on your account here. PPS won't be held responsible for damages incurred by storing or sending such information using our services.

    Registering multiple accounts is not allowed. Your newest account will be deleted if the old account has postings.

    We reserve the right to deny service to any person at any time without cause.


    Usernames and avatars should be inoffensive. They must not contain a URL (i.e. .co.uk / .com etc), email address or Twitter @name. They can be up to 25 characters and not be in UPPERCASE. We sometimes allow uppercase just for initials.

    We reserve the right to change a forum username of any user without notice if it is deemed inappropriate or breaching any other rule within our guidelines.

    Profiles & Signatures.

    Within your profile you can add your own avatar image. This should be inoffensive.
    No images of business cards or vans showing contact details in your Av. We class that as advertising and advertising needs to be paid for.

    Decorator members can have a signature and this will be automatically shown after every post you make. This is done by clicking your Username at the top right of the forum page and clicking the Signature link in the drop down pane.
    Remaining an inactive member here for a long period may cause any url links in your signature to be removed, (at Staff Member's discretion).

    Vendors can create signatures too. The same rules apply as a Decorator member.

    Affiliate Links within your posts or Signature are NOT allowed.

    Your Signature; up to 140 characters are allowed.
    You may add your business website address/url here.
    No phone numbers or email to your business.

    Be nice or don't bother posting.

    We want PPS to be a valuable source of information to our trade. We think it is a friendly forum and take pride in that. We will not tolerate rudeness or disrespect between members. If you wish to abuse each other, please take it to Conversation (Private Message as it is known to some). Any member who is intentionally disruptive or violating this rule shall be subject to a warning. Continued abuse may result in a forum ban.

    When you post.

    You agree not to post any copyrighted material unless you own the copyright or you have written consent from the owner of the copyrighted material. If you do post copyrighted material, please use small sections and link to the article. When posting copyrighted material please give credit to the author in your post.

    Thread titles should be meaningful, descriptive and relevant, giving us an insight into what we'll be reading. Threads should be started in the forum most appropriate for the topic. The Mods don't wish to continually have to move your threads to the appropriate forum. Follow-up posts should remain somewhat on-topic.
    We reserve the right to alter Thread Titles if they show spelling/grammatical errors or for forum search or SEO purposes.

    You remain solely responsible for the content you post. You agree to indemnify and hold harmless the owners of this forum, any related websites to this forum, its staff, and its subsidiaries.

    The owners of this forum reserve the right to reveal your identity (or any other related information collected on this service) in the event of a formal complaint or legal action arising from any situation caused by your use of this forum.
    With each post your IP address is recorded, in the event that you need to be banned from this forum or, your ISP contacted. This will only happen in the event of a major violation of this agreement.

    When adding images to posts, please consider adding them as attachments or using a free hosting service such as Imgur or similar. Linking directly to images hosted on other sites can be considered as bandwidth theft and is not good practice, linked images can be changed or removed from the host site at any time, resulting in unexpected nasty results and/or broken links.

    For legal reasons, please do not post any personal details/addresses etc of any customer(s) past, present or future within your posts, (this includes within “private areas” of the forum). Your post will be removed.

    Please do not post names of clients or contractors that have had you over for money or any other reason. This is for legal reasons, (this includes within “private areas” of the forum). Your post will be removed.

    Should you post a complaint about a supplier and their services/products etc on the public section of the forum and then realise that you would like it removed or moved (for whatever reason), that request may be denied if the supplier is a current member of this forum. The supplier has a right to reply and cannot do so if the post is deleted or moved to a private forum area.

    By posting content on the public forums of PPS you are granting us with a non-exclusive, permanent, irrevocable, unlimited license to use, publish, or re-publish your Content in connection with the Service. e.g. sharing a post you make on our Twitter feed or G+ page. When we do this, we will attribute the content to you. We will only use it within the PPS umbrella of content and websites.

    Please refrain from adding to posts any urls leading to your personal website/blogs/social media sites etc. However, you can cut and paste the content of your blog article on a PPS post.
    You have the ability to add such items to your Sig Line. We are pretty easy on one or two posts for new members, but longer serving members will have these urls deleted.

    Keeping posts clean.

    Please remember, many areas of PPS are viewable to the general public and we also have many types of members. Posting offensive material including, but not limited to, text, avatars, signatures, usernames, images, and links shall not be tolerated by PPS.

    If you feel a post is objectionable, please notify any of the mod team on this forum immediately, hitting the "Report" link seen at the bottom left of each post. Please do not attack the poster.

    We have a "Swear Box" filtering profanities as we have lady members on the forum and many sections are viewable to the public. This is appropriate and socially responsible. You may still find profanity on this forum in one form or another.

    The staff and the owner of this forum reserve the right to remove objectionable content within a reasonable time frame, if they determine that removal is necessary. Please realise, this is a manual process and they may not be able to remove or edit particular messages immediately. This policy applies to member profile information as well. If you have a question about why your post was moderated, please do so via private conversation (PC) rather than publicly.

    Private Conversation/Message.

    Private conversations/messages should be just that, private. The PC system is designed to allow members to communicate to one another privately. You should never publish private communications in a forum post without the prior permission of the original sender.
    For the purposes of site administration, please be aware that moderators may occasionally share PM content that they are included in.

    Validity of Posts & No Obligation to Monitor.

    It is impossible for the staff or the owner of this forum to confirm the validity of posts.
    Please remember that we do not actively monitor the posted messages, and as such, are not responsible for the content contained within. We do not warrant the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information presented. The posted messages expresses the views of the author, and not necessarily the views of this forum, its staff, its subsidiaries, or this forum's owner.

    No flaming or trolling.

    You agree, through your use of this forum, that you will not flame, troll or otherwise harass other forum members. Posting any material which is false, defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, vulgar, hateful, harassing, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, invasive of a person's privacy, adult material, or otherwise in violation of any UK or International law may well be removed, with or without prior notice. Mods decision in these matters will be final.


    Posting the same question/thread in more than one forum is not allowed. In the event of cross posting, the newest thread will get deleted. Continual cross-posting will get you one warning, receiving a second warning will earn you a temporary ban.


    Spam, flooding, links to affiliate schemes (on your own websites/blogs etc), chain letters, pyramid schemes, personal ads, posts with hidden links, and solicitations are also forbidden on this forum. If you wish to promote products via PPS, please view our Advertising Rules.

    Continually adding links to your website within posts will be considered spam and the links will be removed.


    As a goodwill gesture to members, a classified ads section is provided for selling, buying, or trading goods. Members may use this section of the forum completely at their own risk. Painters Pit Stop, its affiliates, and any other entity referenced herein are not responsible for the results of your use of this forum section. As a buyer, you are solely responsible to verify all the sellers details, item descriptions and making wise purchasing decisions.

    We reserve the right to remove any threads in the Classifieds section of the forum without prior notification.

    The forum and its Classifieds section may not be used for selling items in bulk. The forum administrator and moderators may remove posts for bulk selling of items and/or block a member from using the Classifieds section.

    Classified transactions between forum members should be handled privately throughout the entire transaction process. The forum is not a platform for publicising disputes. Any posts that publicise a dispute about such transactions will be removed immediately without warning.

    Auctions may not be conducted on the forum. However, you can use a website that specialises in auctions and link to that from the forum.

    Respect the PPS Moderators.

    Do not disrespect the PPS moderators. Be respectful in both public and private communications. Mods are volunteers and give their own personal time to help manage the forums and offer everyone here a great place to collaborate and learn.

    Please do not question any moderating action. A reason will usually be given during a moderating action, if a reason is not given, it may be due to us being busy. Please don't continually chase us down with regard to moderating decisions.

    Complaints to staff outside of PPS avenues (i.e. private or business contact via email/phone) could lead you to a perma ban!

    At the same time - Mods should also respect you members too!

    Username Changes & Account/Post Deletion.

    User name changes will usually only be allowed to correct typos, simplify long and/or complex names, avoid confusion with other usernames, or in an emergency (e.g. evidence of cyberstalking.)

    In certain circumstances (other than emergency name changes), there will be a mandatory requirement of "Formally XYZ" in your Custom User Title for an indeterminate timescale.

    Any requests for a name change are at the discretion of staff, and may be denied. We will be more accommodating to name change requests for users that have very few posts.
    It can take many hours, if not days of laborious editing and our rates for this service are very expensive. We would NOT change messages that reference an old username. Apologies.

    Under NO circumstance will your account be deleted (or your posts). If you find PPS is no longer for you, please do not feel obliged to stay.

    Intellectual Property.

    You may download or copy the content and other downloadable items displayed on this forum subject to the condition that the material may only be used for personal non-commercial purposes. Copying or storing the contents of this forum, other than for personal use/reference, is expressly prohibited.

    You may retrieve and display the content of this forum on a computer screen, store such content in electronic form on disk (but not any server or other storage device connected to a network) or print one copy of such content for your own personal, non-commercial use, provided you keep intact all and any copyright and proprietary notices.

    You may not otherwise reproduce, modify, copy or distribute or use for commercial purposes or malice, any of the materials or content on this forum.

    You further acknowledge that any other use of the material and content of this forum is strictly prohibited and you agree not to (and agree not to assist or facilitate any third party to) copy, reproduce, transmit, publish, display, distribute, commercially exploit or create derivative works of such material and content. Copyright to forum posts and other information become the property of the forum.

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    A Warning: Some topics posted on this site include activities which involve the risk of causing potential and serious injury or death. painterspitstop.com DOES NOT guarantee the accuracy or completeness of any information contained on this site. Always use proper safety precautions and equipment when carrying out any work on your own home. Please also reference reliable outside sources before attempting any construction or remodelling tasks!

    If you come across any posts which break these rules please do not hesitate to bring them to our attention by reporting them.

    We reserve the right to modify these rules at any time and apply these modifications to all posts, even if they pre-date the changes.

    With Thanks
    The Pit Stop Team
    Last edited: Apr 30, 2017
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