to the Talking Reds User Guide. Here you can find The Rules which all message
board users must follow and also some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).
board is reactively moderated. This
means that the moderators only read
the posts that you alert to them using the ‘report abuse’ link, so do help us
to keep the forum in good shape by alerting us to bad content; we can then remove it and take further action
if necessary. Should you read something
on the board that offends you, or that you think may break the rules of the
site, please alert the moderators by using the ‘report abuse’ link that you can
find at the bottom left-hand side of every posting.
this guide helps you to fully enjoy using the Talking Reds message board.
Can I swear if I use **** or other symbols to hide the offensive words? NO
Can I post my contact details on the board? NO
post messages in another language on the board?
NO – There are separate boards for the English, Chinese, Korean and Japanese
versions of the official Manchester United website. Languages must not be mixed
on these boards – for example, Japanese text is not permitted on the Korean
Can I post links to other message boards? NO
Can I post links to adult rated or sites with swearing? NO
Can I post links to other sites? YES but the other sites' content must not be
Can I post links to video clips of players, goals etc? ONLY if the clips are on
the official websites of the copyright holder, eg MUTV Online, UEFA.com,
Can I use the board to advertise a company or product? NO
Can I use the board to sell my own stuff? NO
Can I use abbreviated text, for example like mobile phone text talk? NO
Can I criticise other message board users, players, coaches etc? ONLY if your
criticism is constructive. Personal insults are NOT permitted
Can I discuss media rumours? YES, if the rumours are about football, for
example transfer speculation. NO, if the rumours are about people's, eg
players’ private lives.
Why are there so many rules?
The message board is open to people of all ages, so there are stringent rules
for the protection and benefit of all users. Also, this is the official
Manchester United message board and its content must not damage the Club’s
reputation. The Club has set the rules and expects the users to follow them and
the moderators to enforce them.
moderators read and check through all of the content posted to the boards? NO, the moderators only read the postings
that the community members alert them to using the ‘report abuse’ link, so if
you do see something that offends you, or that breaks the rules in some way,
you must alert the moderators if you
think it should be removed.
You are expected
to follow these rules at all times. If you breach the rules, you could be
warned, suspended or – if the breach is serious or continual – be permanently
banned from using this message board. The rules are for the protection of all
Rule 1: Swearing
and derogatory or defamatory remarks
or the use of language which is obscene, threatening, sexual, sexist,
libellous, defamatory, or invasive of another person's privacy.
No swearing is allowed. Any attempt to swear by misspelling or including ****
or other characters is not allowed. Also you may not post messages containing
language or topics that are considered risqué as defined above.
Expressions of hatred
of hatred towards racial, ethnic, national, religious or other groups including
those pertaining to sexual orientation.
You cannot post
messages which demonstrate any bias or prejudice as defined above.
Rule 3: Promoting illegal activities
that encourage, promote or provide information about illegal or criminal
activities (including pornography, explosives, weapons, drugs, programming
viruses, computer hacking and copyright infringement).
You cannot post
messages which promote illegal acts as defined above. You may also not accuse
others, including celebrities, players etc of any illegal or unlawful act,
including reproducing such allegations printed publicly on the world wide web,
prior to such allegations being proven in a court of law.
Rule 4: Banned website links
of addresses for websites that contain content that is banned from our message
board by these rules.
If a website that
you link to in your message contains material that breaches one or more of our
rules then you will be held responsible for that.
Examples of websites that you must not link to:
that allow you to reveal or share your contact details
that contain message boards, guest books etc
web sites that contain your contact information
links to copyright infringement materials like video
links to any organisation
involved in commercial or stock and share activity
Rule 5: Intellectual property rights
material that infringes a third party's intellectual property rights or any
other rights is not allowed.
Your message must
not include other people’s materials (written, photographic, video etc) that
you do not have permission to reproduce. This includes video clips from matches
which clearly are copied from authorised TV broadcasts.
Rule 6: Exchanging personal contact information
of user telephone numbers, emails or addresses, IP numbers is not allowed.
You cannot post any
contact details on the message board nor make any attempt to contact or meet
each other. Any attempt to do so is taken very seriously. This is for your own
safety and to protect other users, particularly those under 18, from acting
under peer pressure.
Rule 7: Harassing other users
or intentionally provoking other users, either privately or in a public forum,
is not tolerated.
our staff or any celebrities or characters is not allowed.
You cannot make
claims or use alias names that insinuate that you are a celebrity or a member
of staff of either the Club or the message board.
Rule 9: Potential disruption
that would disrupt or impair the functioning, stability or security of the
message board are not allowed.
This includes both
actions related to the technical security of the site (an attempt to hack for
example) and posting messages which are interpreted as attempts to disrupt the
Rule 10: Unauthorised commercial content
posting of message and links for the purpose of advertising a commercial
venture and/or to any membership or other scheme where a fee or any monies
change hands is not allowed.
Rule 11: Promoting stocks and shares
the posting of messages and links for the purpose of advertising or given any
advice towards the buying and/or selling of any stock and shares, pyramid
schemes, or other financial services is not allowed.
Rule 12: Rival fans
fans are welcome to post messages on the board but they must not deliberately
antagonise United fans. Any breach of this rule by a rival fan is likely to
result in their being banned from the board.
are separate message boards for the English, Chinese, Korean and Japanese
versions of the official Manchester United website.
Languages must not be mixed on these boards – for example, Japanese messages
are not permitted on the Korean board. The moderation team and users on each
message board can only be expected to read and understand their own language.
Links to websites in different languages are not permitted on the message
Rule 14: Invading rival boards
cannot discuss invading rival message boards. This is to protect the integrity
of this message board. Such behaviour brings this board into disrepute.
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