Community Rules

Our guidelines and rules in detail

Welcome to The Student Room. By using the site, you agree to follow these rules. We encourage open discussion and active debate, but to ensure that all our users enjoy the site we have the following rules.

Be friendly

1.Be friendly to other members

2. Don’t insult people, don’t patronise or belittle them, and don’t make personal attacks.

3. Think before you post – would you feel comfortable saying what you’re about to write face-to-face? How do you think that person or group for people might respond?

4. Do not express discriminatory or otherwise offensive views. You know the kind of thing – there’s no place for racism, religious hatred, sexism or homophobia here. We recognise that discussion of certain social and political issues may legitimately require the use of sensitive or potentially offensive terms, but outside of those limited contexts the use of such terms is not allowed on this site.

5. We have a 'swear filter' on the site, that censors a small list of words considered to be inappropriate. If you try really hard you can get around it: please don’t. You can self-censor if you wish, in which case the entire word must be starred out. For example, "f*ck" or "f***" would not be acceptable), but otherwise, just type out all words in full and the filter will replace any censored words with asterisks. Please - no images or other media that include unfiltered swearing, and no links to any content that includes significant unfiltered swearing.

6. Respect the opinions of others and their privacy. Don’t post personal details of others without their explicit consent and don’t post personal email addresses (including your own) on the public forums.

Keep it clean

1. Do not post or link to adult content, which would include sexually explicit images or text and graphic/violent images or video clips. It’s fine to discuss sex on TSR - but please remember this isn't the place for sex chat or tips.

2. Be friendly to other members. There's no need to be hostile and aggressive just because you disagree with someone. There’s a big difference between respectfully disagreeing and being rude or disruptive. If you think someone is trolling please report it and a member of the team will look into it.

3. Text speak (eg, "b4", "l8r") is impenetrable gobbledegook for many people, so please don’t use it on TSR.

4. Please also avoid posting in a foreign language unless you also provide a translation (aside from in the Foreign Languages forums or the International Lounge).

5. Do not post 'spoilers', such as what happens at the end of The Sixth Sense, without using 'spoiler' or 'expand' tags to obscure the content of your post.

Stay on topic

1. Please keep your posts relevant to the conversation and on topic.

2. You can help keep the conversation flowing by posting in the correct forum, keeping to the topic of the thread and adding constructive posts.

3. If you get the feeling that members are naturally going off-topic on that particular thread start a new discussion in another thread and quote in the members who seem interested in talking about topic.

4. If your post is made up wholly or predominantly of images, emoticons or 'memes', it might be worth asking yourself what it’s adding to the conversation.

5. Sometimes people want to 'bump' a thread (ie, post in it again so it returns to the top of the chronological thread list). That’s fine once, if your thread hasn't had a response after a significant amount of time. But please don’t bump a thread multiple times or without allowing appropriate time for others to read the thread and reply. How much time you should wait for a reply depends on the forum - in busier forums, it becomes appropriate to bump a thread sooner than in quieter ones. As a rough guide, please give it a few hours and don’t bump a thread while it’s still near the top of the most recently updated threads in its forum.

6. Do not post the same content multiple times, within either a single or multiple threads.

7. Please check before posting that the thread is still current. If you’re adding to a thread that’s been dormant for more than six months, you’re probably better off starting a new thread instead.

No cheating!

1. TSR is not here to help anyone gain an unfair advantage over others in interviews, academic work or similar.

2. Some exams are taken in different locations worldwide at different times. For many of these, there are restrictions on when discussion of these can take place on The Student Room. Keep an eye on the site for announcements about these restrictions, which you should read before posting about an exam.

3. If you see a piece of information that has been posted that could help someone to cheat please report the post using the report function

4. You are welcome to share the fact that you plan to or have attended a university interview but please do not post information on any of the questions asked or any form of assessment. The same goes for graduate assessment centres and similar style job interviews.

No advertising

1.No spammers, please. This means no advertising or other promotional activity.

2. If you post a link, please make sure it’s useful. This isn't the place for promotional activity, so please don’t post about both commercial and non-commercial products/services, job adverts, Facebook groups, societies and forums other than TSR (unless you’re linking to a specific, relevant thread from another forum). One exception is in the Find a Flatmate forum, where private accommodation classifieds can be posted (subject to the forum's guidelines, outlined here).

3. Don’t post referral links, codes or similar, which offer a benefit to you when another person uses the link/code to make use of a service.

4. Don’t campaign for votes, or similar.

5. Links to national and international petitions can be posted on TSR but please post responsibly bearing these points in mind:

5a. Only e petitions created on http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/ or www.change.org can be included in the original post (OP).

5b. Please only post e-petitions or change.org petitions that already have 100 signatures that have a national focus or a broader international focus

5c. e-petitions are created by a member of the public to influence government and Parliament in the UK. An e-petition can be created about anything that the government is responsible for and if it gets at least 100,000 signatures, it will be considered for debate in the House of Commons. Change.org is the world's largest petition platform, empowering people everywhere to create the change they want to see.

5d. The OP should be an opinion piece with a poll, representing a point of view and providing the community with an opportunity to engage with the debate, post in a poll and sign the petition via the link posted should they wish.

5e. Only one e-petition per thread. Any subsequent links posted within the thread will be removed. Members are encouraged to start a new thread in a relevant forum which can include the e-petition

5f. The following petition threads will be removed:

- petitions which are not approved e-petitions established via epetitions.direct.gov.uk/ or change.org

- petitions with less than 100 signatures

- petitions focusing on a local change and not one which will potentially be rolled out nationally or internationally

- Where the original post only has a petition link included with no inclusion of a poll and a written statement.

- Where the same e-petition has been posted twice it will be removed in line with the rules on spamming

5g. Only locally focused petitions will be permitted in a university forum i.e. a student attending the University of Birmingham shares a petition for changes put forward at their university. The change must be focused on and specific to that particular university.

Members are prohibited from posting e-petitions in the Study Help forums. Any petition focused on education should be posted in the Educational Debate forum or the most appropriate forum in the Debate and Current Affairs section.

If you would like to post a survey or questionnaire as part of your research project or dissertation you can do so in our Media Opportunities and Research forum. Any surveys or questionnaires posted in other forums will be removed and posted here.

Nothing illegal

1. Do not use TSR to assist with, condone or advocate illegal activity.

2. Examples of illegal topics would include copyright infringement (including torrents and unauthorised streams of copyrighted material), fake IDs and drugs that are either banned or (where not in a prescribed context) prescription-only.

3. We’re a UK-based site, so the laws of England and Wales are our guideline for determining illegality, although laws from other countries will be considered if appropriate to the context of the relevant post.

4. The full site guidelines also apply to content included in avatars, signatures and personal reputation comments.

Do not misuse secondary accounts.

1. You are welcome to create and operate multiple accounts on The Student Room, so long as you continue to follow the guidelines.

2. If you have an account that has been temporally banned, you may use another account to browse the site and/or to post in the Moderation Queries forums to ask about the reasons for your ban. However, any other use of the account - including posting, sending private messages, leaving visitor messages or use of the reputation system is not permitted.

3. Should you receive a permanent ban on one of your accounts, your secondary account will also be banned.

4. Do not use another account to back up the opinion that you post using one account or otherwise to deceive/mislead others. Do not impersonate other members.

5. Do not use another account to abuse the reputation system, eg, by attempting to get around the usual restrictions on the frequency of leaving reputation/post ratings.

6. Be aware of and follow any specific rules for each forum in which you post.

These will be flagged up by an announcement, 'sticky' thread, "useful resources" widget entry or similar.

Chat: the Chat forum is intended for general chatter, so the rules on keeping posts constructive and on-topic are relaxed in there.

Health and relationships: there is an anonymous function in these forums – please make sure you understand when it’s appropriate to use this and that you’re familiar with the 'three strikes' policy for more serious rule-breaking. You can read the rules here.

Debate and current affairs: the guidelines for this forum give some advice on how to introduce a topic for discussion, especially in relation to more controversial issues.

Study help: these guidelines set out the best way to ask and answer academic questions, and there’s also information here on the strict restrictions around the discussion of certain public exams.

 

Careers: please do not post/discuss specific content from your interviews/assessment centres. This includes posts requesting information on what questions may have been asked and responses to them.

 

Media and Research Opportunities: This is the forum to post any surveys or questionnaires as part of your dissertation or research project. All guidance can be found here

 

Moderation

Sometimes the moderators and community team may edit, delete or move any material that is posted on the site. For example we might edit or remove posts, or close individual threads. If you are using The Student Room in an inappropriate or unacceptable manner, including through breaking any of the forum rules, we may restrict, suspend or terminate your membership, either by banning you from part or all of the site or by using the warning system.

If you break any of the community rules, a 'reminder' or warning may be issued to you by a member of the moderation team or community team.

A reminder is used for minor issues and will let you know that one of your posts (or other contribution) has broken a TSR rule. It isn't intended as a punishment, just a helpful reminder of our community rules. They aren’t permanent and will expire after one month and will no longer be recorded on your community record.

It’s your responsibility to check the Community Guidelines to make sure you don’t break them again.

If you continue to break the Community Guidelines, you can receive up to four reminders

If you receive four Reminders in quick succession (or break a more serious guideline) you will automatically receive a Yellow Card Warning or potentially a ban.

If you think what you have written has been misinterpreted you can contact one of our moderator team in Ask a Moderator.

A warning card is used when either the issue is more serious or you have been alerted over a minor issue via a reminder and it happens again. Warnings are incremental: if you are warned about something and then do it again, you’ll probably get a higher warning the next time.

A yellow card will stay on your community record for two months before expiring, though in a few cases this period is extended.

A red card will stay on your community record for three months before expiring, though in a few cases this period will be extended.

If you accumulate three active yellow warning cards on your account, you will get an automatic temporary ban from the site. This will normally last for one week, but you might be permanently banned if you get repeated temporary bans.

If you accumulate two red cards you will be permanently banned from the forums.

An immediate permanent ban may also be applied in response to very severe rule-breaking, unauthorised commercial advertising or the misuse of duplicate accounts.

 

Due to the sensitivity of issues discussed in the Health and Relationships forums, a 'three strikes' policy applies, whereby three warnings for serious offences will result in a permanent ban from the Health and Relationships forums.

We spend a lot of time trying to make TSR’s rules and guidelines fair and we’re always happy to discuss the way moderation works. If you have any questions about any moderation action taken towards you, please post in Ask a Moderator, where we aim to reply to questions within 24 hours wherever possible. But please don’t discuss any specific moderation action to any extent on the public forums or through visitor messages, private messages or similar.

We can only discuss warnings with the member receiving them, so please do not ask about other members' warnings.

These rules, in addition to our current Terms & Conditions constitute the understanding between you and us as to your use of The Student Room, and supersede all prior agreements and understandings.