Registration Agreement

These are the rules of the new Kent History Forum ("The Forum"):

1) You agree, through your use of this forum, that you will not post 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. You also agree not to post any copyrighted material unless you own the copyright or you have written consent from the owner of the copyrighted material. Spam, flooding, advertisements, chain letters, pyramid schemes, and solicitations are also forbidden on this forum.

2) Please note that it is impossible for the Admin or Moderators 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 therein. We do not warrant the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information presented. The posted messages only express the views of the author, and not necessarily the views of the Admininstrator, Moderators or members. Anyone who feels that a posted message is objectionable is encouraged to notify the Administrator or a Moderator of this forum immediately. The Admin and Moderators of the Forum reserve the right to remove objectionable content, within a reasonable time frame, if they determine that removal is necessary. This is a manual process, however, please realize that they may not be able to remove or edit particular messages immediately. This policy applies to member profile information as well.

3) You remain solely responsible for the content of your posted messages. Furthermore, you agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Forum, it's members, Admin or Moderators. The owner of the Forum also reserves 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.

4) You have the ability, as you register, to choose your username. We advise that you keep the name appropriate. With this user account you are about to register, you agree to never give your password out to another person except an administrator, for your protection and for validity reasons. You also agree to NEVER use another person's account for any reason.  We also HIGHLY recommend you use a complex and unique password for your account, to prevent account theft.

5) After you register and login to the Forum, you will be able to fill out a detailed profile. It is your responsibility to present clean and accurate information. Any information the forum owner or staff determines to be inaccurate or vulgar in nature will be removed, with or without prior notice. Appropriate sanctions may be applicable.

6) Please note that 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.

7) Please note that the software places a cookie, a text file containing bits of information (such as your username and password), in your browser's cache. This is ONLY used to keep you logged in/out. The Forum does not collect or send any other form of information to your computer.

To ensure the Forum retains its professional and friendly standard we ask that you follow the guidelines of the forum.  These guidelines were created to protect and help all members and to also help Admin and Moderators complete any moderation quickly and easily.    

The following guidelines are designed to make posting on the Forum easier.  All forums can be daunting and confusing to start with and due to the size of the Forum, it can be rather difficult at first.  Each of our boards have been dedicated to the most discussed topics and cover a wide range of areas of interest, please take a while to familiarise yourself with the boards that are currently available before you begin to post.  Please make use of our excellent search function which will allow you to check if a particular topic is already being discussed and in doing so it will enable you to post a reply in the correct thread.  

Posting on the Forum
Memories of places are always welcome and by using the search function you can ensure they are posted in the correct thread or board.  Please try to post particular places in their own threads.  Threads on high streets or closed pubs become too long and confusing and it is much easier to find specific places when posts are based on the one pub/shop/street/castle etc.  Please try not to deviate from the topic in the thread title, if something comes to mind that you wish to post about and does not fit in with the current topic then start a new thread.

Important Guidelines
Member's names cannot be changed after registration
When you want to bring attention of your post to a particular member please use their complete forum name, not their real name
Share – thank members for sharing their information by sharing yours too!
Please concentrate on posting facts, opinions can distract from the truth
Please do not post requests for information on this forum without sharing information with us too; this is an information sharing forum!

Respect and Sensitivity
We have many threads relating to people who have died, we therefore ask out of respect to these people that jokes are not made in serious threads

Clean and Tidy
We encourage a high quality use of grammar and punctuation.  Please make use of capital letters, correct grammar and punctuation in your posts, including the topic titles
When setting the topic title or post, do not use capital letters throughout
Do not use "text speak" in your posts
When replying to posts it is important that you stay on topic, off topic posts may be moved or deleted
When referring to a previous post please use the ‘Quote’ function and do not use dates, times etc to point to the post you mean
Do not duplicate photographs
Posts regarding a place or artefact that has already been spoken about on the forum should be added to the original thread
No large banners are to be used in your signature
No moving avatars
A Member’s account which is inactive for more than 180 days will be removed
Do not use this forum as a gallery; information is the main priority here
Please do not repeatedly post links to the same website, use the links board to point out good websites to others
Do not post multiple links to your own website, make use of the specified area for members websites

Ancestry
Any posts regarding ancestry should only be posted in the Ancestry category, please do not post queries in the history boards

Sources and Copyright
Do not copy other peoples work.  If you post anything from another site please provide a link and the author's name
Do not steal pictures from other websites; any taken from books should be supplied with details of the book, author and owner of the photograph, plan or picture
If you wish to post anything found at National Archives please provide admin with the file details and wait until a licence has been gained
Please give sources when sharing information and photographs
Do not use members photographs, plans or information on any other website without gaining their permission first

Ignoring the guidelines will result in offending posts being modified or removed and repeat offenders being banned.  General ‘cleanups’ of threads are made regularly, this may result in topics being edited, removed, merged, split or moved to maintain the forums high standard – please do not take offence, it is not personal!  If a reply is made to a post that has gone ‘off topic’ please consider that the reply and original post may be deleted without warning, this can be avoided by starting new threads instead of answering to ‘off topic’ posts.  This is not an exploration forum; please do not treat it as such.  The Forum was set up to share information; we welcome all relevant material but ask people to remember the purpose of the forum.  The administrators of the Forum reserve the right to reproduce any post only for use elsewhere on the forum.

Privacy Policy

This privacy policy sets out how The Kent History Forum uses and protects any information that you give The Kent History Forum when you use this website.
The Kent History Forum is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. Should we ask you to provide certain information by which you can be identified when using this website, then you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this privacy statement.
The Kent History Forum may change this policy from time to time by updating this page. You should check this page from time to time to ensure that you are happy with any changes.


What information we collect about you

We may collect the following information when you use our website:
-Username
-Email Address
-Date of Birth
-IP Address
-Other data collected that could directly or indirectly identify you.

Cookies and other tracking scripts
A cookie is a small file which asks permission to be placed on your computer's hard drive. Once you agree, the file is added and the cookie helps analyze web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.
We use traffic log cookies to identify which pages are being used. This helps us analyze data about web page traffic and improve our website in order to tailor it to customer needs. We only use this information for statistical analysis purposes and then the data is removed from the system.
Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website, by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us.
You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. This may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website.


If at any time you have questions about our privacy practices or any of your rights described below, you may reach us at stuart_waters66@yahoo.co.uk


How we use information we collect
We require this information to understand your needs and provide you with a better service, and in particular for the following reasons:
-Internal record keeping including service optimization, website stats.
-We may use the information to improve our products and services.
-We may periodically send promotional emails about new products, special offers or other information which we think you may find interesting using the email address which you have provided.  

Sharing with trusted third parties.
We may share your personal data with third parties with which we have partnered to allow you to integrate their services into our own Services, and with trusted third party service providers as necessary for them to perform services on our behalf, such as:
-Serving advertisements
-Performing analysis of our Services and customers demographics

Data about Usage of Services
Is automatically collected when you use and interact with our Services, including metadata, log files, cookie/device IDs and location information. This information includes specific data about your interactions with the features, content and links (including those of third-parties, such as social media plugins) contained within the Services, Internet Protocol (IP) address, browser type and settings, the date and time the Services were used, information about browser configuration and plugins, language preferences and cookie data, information about devices accessing the Services, including type of device, what operating system is used, device settings, application IDs, unique device identifiers and error data, and some of this data collected might be capable of and be used to approximate your location.

How we store and secure information we collect
We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorized access or disclosure, we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard.and secure the information we collect online.

While we implement safeguards designed to protect your information, no security system is impenetrable and due to the inherent nature of the Internet, we cannot guarantee that data, during transmission through the Internet or while stored on our systems or otherwise in our care, is absolutely safe from intrusion by others.


Compliance with legal, regulatory and law enforcement requests.
We cooperate with government and law enforcement officials and private parties to enforce and comply with the law. We will disclose any information about you to government or law enforcement officials or private parties as we, in our sole discretion, believe necessary or appropriate to respond to claims and legal process (such as subpoena requests), to protect our property and rights or the property and rights of a third party, to protect the safety of the public or any person, or to prevent or stop activity we consider to be illegal or unethical.

Communicating with you.
We may contact you directly such as necessary to deliver transactional or website related communications.
We may also contact you with offers for additional services we think you'll find valuable if you give us consent, or where allowed based upon legitimate interests.
These contacts may include:
-Email

You may also update your subscription preferences with respect to receiving communications from us and/or our partners by signing into your account and visiting your Profile -> Notifications page.


Transfer of personal data abroad.  
If you utilize our Services from a country other than the country where our servers are located, your communications with us may result in transferring your personal data across international borders

Links to other websites
Our website may contain links to other websites of interest. However, once you have used these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting such sites and such sites are not governed by this privacy statement. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.


Controlling your personal information
We will not sell, distribute or lease your personal information to third parties unless we have your permission or are required by law to do so. We may use your personal information to send you promotional information about third parties which we think you may find interesting if you tell us that you wish this to happen.
You may request details of personal information which we hold about you under by visiting your profile and clicking export data.
If you believe that any information we are holding on you is incorrect or incomplete, please email us at stuart_waters66@yahoo.co.uk as soon as possible. We will promptly correct any information found to be incorrect.
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