Terms of use for the QTRA Discussion List

When you use the QTRA Discussion list you are agreeing to be bound by the following terms of use:


The Terms of Use, together with the Posting Guidelines, set out the minimum standard of acceptable behaviour expected on the QTRA Discussion List. Their aim is to help make the QTRA Discussion List a friendly place where healthy debate can prosper by ensuring courteous and professional behaviour.

The main points are:

  • You must be polite at all times
  • You must not use profane language
  • You should keep posts ‘on topic’
  • You must not use the QTRA Discussion List for advertising
  • You must not infringe copyright by posting other people’s writing, images or other work
  • You must not post in a way that is illegal
  • You should ensure your posts comply with the QTRA Discussion List’s “Posting guidelines”
  • You agree to any posts you send being made available in the list’s archive

1. Introduction

1.1 Why we have Terms of Use

The purpose of these Terms of Use, together with the list’s Posting Guidelines, is to set out the standard of behaviour expected whilst you are using the list.

1.2 Nature of the agreement

The QTRA Discussion List is administered by Mike Ellison (the administrator). Use of the QTRA Discussion List indicates your acceptance of an agreement between yourself and the administrator to be bound by these Terms. If you do not accept these terms you should unsubscribe from the QTRA Discussion List by sending email to sympa@lists.qtra.co.uk with the subject “SET qtra-users NOMAIL”. Alternatively, you can login at //www.qtra.co.uk and then set your Receiving mode to “no mail”. The administrator may vary these terms from time to time by posting them to the QTRA Discussion List and placing them on the QTRA website.The use of the QTRA Discussion List other than in accordance with these terms may constitute an offence under section 1 of the Computer Misuse Act 1990.

2. Acceptable Conduct

2.1 Purpose of the QTRA Discussion List

The QTRA Discussion List is a forum for discussion on all aspects of trees and their care and maintenance. The list is open only to current QTRA Registered Users. The aim of the forum is to promote a better understanding of tree risk management through active debate and the exchange of information. Whilst some light heartedness helps make a readable list please keep your messages to the QTRA Discussion List on topic and at all times maintain courtesy and respect to all who may read the mailing list.

2.2 Responsibility for posts

You are responsible for the content of all messages that you post to the list. The administrator accepts no responsibility whatsoever for the content of any message except those posted by himself.

2.3 Courtesy

You must be polite at all times and respect others points of view and differing levels of knowledge. The intention of the list is the dissemination of tree related knowledge for the mutual benefit of members. It should provide for informed debate and not be a forum for bickering.

2.4 Language

The QTRA Discussion List emails are delivered to the inbox of many family computers. The use of foul or profane language in messages is not acceptable.

2.5 Commercial promotion and advertising

The QTRA Discussion List should not be used for commercial promotion. Advertising of products, service or events is prohibited. If you breach this condition you may subject to sanctions as set out in section 6 of these terms.

2.6 Legality

You must only post in a way which is legal in England and Wales. In particular you must not infringe copyright. In deciding whether or not a post contains content that is not legal it will be assumed that the list’s subscribers include both consumers and businesses. One effect of this is that the content of your posts must not in any way contravene the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 or the Business Protection from Misleading Marketing Regulations 2008.

2.7 Posting guidelines

All posts to the QTRA Discussion List are expected to comply with the current Posting Guidelines which are on this page. The administrator reserves the right to use technical means to enforce compliance with these guidelines.

3. Responsibility for virus checking

You are responsible for ensuring that your computer is adequately protected against viruses. The administrator does not guarantee to check messages sent through the QTRA Discussion List for viruses and accepts no liability whatsoever for any loss or damage caused by a virus transmitted through the QTRA Discussion List.

4. Archive

Any message that you send to the QTRA Discussion List may be archived. In posting a message to the QTRA Discussion List you will be deemed to have agreed to copies of that message being stored and made available to both present and future QTRA Registered Users. Users of corporate systems that attach confidentiality disclaimers should particularly note that messages sent to the QTRA Discussion List will NOT remain confidential.

5. Privacy

5.1 Privacy of your personal data

The administrator undertakes not to sell or reveal your name or email address to any third party unless required to do so by law. You should understand, however, that if you post a message to the QTRA Discussion List your name and email address will be contained within that message, which will be passed to all other members and made available in the list archive. The list’s privacy policy is described in more detail in the Quantified Tree Risk Assessment Limitid’s Privacy Statement. Continued subscription to the QTRA Discussion List will be deemed to indicate your agreement to the Privacy Statement.

6. Breach of Terms

If a user of the QTRA Discussion List behaves in a way that may offend other members or potential members, or otherwise breach these terms of the posting guidelines, the administrator reserves the right to take the following actions:

• MODERATION In the first instance the user will be placed on the moderation list. Any message posted by the user will have to be approved by at least one of the moderators before being transmitted to the other members. The need for only one moderator to approve a message equates to requiring a unanimous decision in order to censor.

• SUSPENSION or BARRING Users who persistently breach these terms may, at the administrator’s discretion, have their account suspended or barred from posting on the list. The administrator reserves the right to announce on the list any sanctions which have been taken against a subscriber and the reasons for those sanctions, or to announce any breach of the terms without taking further sanctions.

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