|11-12-2016 until 12-01-2018|
Join Date: Feb 2000
(we bet you thought this was a different type of announcement, no?)
We will be initiating work to upgrade the forums to a new platform soon. This will be the first time since the Digital Spy community began 16 years ago that we are moving to a completely new platform - no small task as we prepare to move over 600,000 users and over 84 million posts - and we wanted to let you know ahead of time.
The reason for this move is, as dedicated members of our boards are aware, the system we are currently using has not scaled as well as we hoped. The age of the software and our size has throttled functionality that you would expect a forum to have (a working search being one of them).
The forums will be going in read-only mode for up to 72 hours when we commence migration of all your threads, posts, messages and accounts. Once we have a definite date scheduled, we will let you know - though don't hold it against us if that turns out to not be enough notice!
Some of the things that will be changing:
We will be gaining an advanced search. You will once again be able to search through users, posts, threads and forums.
Any time someone replies to your thread or mentions you, a notification will pop up on your screen.
You will be able to react to any post: like, dislike, laugh... Maybe even cry if you're in the Politics forum (kidding)
In 16 years, we have amassed over 16,000 banned accounts. Starting now, we are going to be reviewing anyone who chooses to appeal their ban again. Those wishing to appeal should email firstname.lastname@example.org with the title 'Ban Amnesty'. Be sure to include your forum username when messaging!
Similarly, users that have had their accounts terminated (but haven't been physically deleted) are also able to request a return. In this instance please title your email 'Terminated Account'.
Our new forum software brings with it a points based warning system. This means that rather than issuing bans for smaller offences, we can place users in jail - this allows you to stay on the forum but certain privileges will be lost (the ability to make threads being one of them).
With this change, we thought it would be the perfect opportunity to review the many different forums we have on offer and whether they are still necessary. As such, the following are our current proposed changes:
- Fashion & Beauty will be merged into General Discussion.
- Comics will be merged into its parent forum, Print Media.
- Gaming Forums will receive a restructuring; PC and Mac Gaming & Mobile Gaming will be merged into the main Gaming forum, with more focus being placed on the major consoles
- Need Help? Ask the Digital Spy team: This forum will be archived. We will be making ways to contact the forum team more visible, so the need for this forum will be replaced.
- Netflix and BT Vision will be merged into Online Entertainment Services
- Doctor Who will be promoted to the main board.
- Football will be promoted to the main board.
- Dancing with the Stars will be merged into the Reality TV forum.
No threads should be lost in this process, however if you want to save anything we would recommend looking at it now.
New Forum Design, Emojis and auto-save
The forums will be getting a new lick of paint and our current emojis, including fan-favourite cat-dog will be retired and replaced with new models. All posts created will now periodically save as a draft so there is no more risk of losing long posts.
With this new forum software, we will be lifting the restriction on embedded media. As an example, if you link to a YouTube video it will automatically embed into your post for users to play without the need to leave the site.
There are several new functions and ideas that we have and when we flesh them out a little more, we will of course announce them in a similar way.
Update: December 16, 2016
We have successfully completed the migration of all the user data from 2000 through the Wednesday we placed the forums as read-only.
This preliminary process was necessary as we needed to check that all user associated data - private messages, posts, threads, polls, emails etc - can come across seamlessly. We identified a few issues that we can now iron out when we do a final migration of all user data from this point on.
We appreciate your patience and we apologise for the interruption to your forum enjoyment. We are hopeful that when we begin the next migration, we can take our learnings and speed up the process.
|06-08-2009 until 07-09-2020|
Join Date: Feb 2000
We strive to ensure that Digital Spy is a constructive, non-discriminatory and friendly place to discuss a wide variety of topics. To maintain a positive atmosphere and to promote constructive discussion, we ask that you adhere to the terms and conditions. As well as this, please consider the points below to ensure that the time you spend at Digital Spy is both enjoyable and productive.
The community guidelines apply to all aspects of Digital Spy including: forum posts, article comments and private messages.
Contacting Digital Spy
If you have any queries or comments regarding forum operations (including technical issues), please make use of the dedicated contact forum. Every message is reviewed and we appreciate your feedback. Please be sure to include as much information as possible including URLs of the content to which you are referring and details of any error messages which may be showing on-screen.
Dealing with Inappropriate Content
The forum is predominantly reactively moderated and we ask that forum members notify us of any inappropriate posts by clicking the red ALERT button next to the post in question. Please only alert posts which break the community guidelines and not just posts that you disagree with. Please provide any relevant information in the reason for reporting textarea.
Please refrain from being overly emotive and using terms such as "Excuse me?!?! I've been banned for less!" - the key to effective alerting is to be clear and concise while supplying as much contextual information as possible. Abuse of the alert feature - whether for nonsensical reports or excessive use - can result in posting privileges being revoked.
Further, please don't 'add fuel to the fire' by saying "I've reported you!" or "I got <forum member Z> banned".
You can also add users to your ignore list which will prevent you from seeing any of their posts and messages they may send you. Please alert and ignore when you see a bad post.
We have created a forum thread to answer basic questions about the forums, such as How do I add a poll? and How do I multi-quote?. You can review that thread here. If your question still remains unanswered, please use the contact forum.
1.5 - Posting personal information
For your own safety, please do not reveal your personal information on the forums. This includes your full name, email address, post codes, home address or phone numbers.
2.0 - Copyright
Do not reproduce complete texts/images to which you do not own the copyright. When linking to articles elsewhere on the Internet, you can quote the first few lines and then provide a link to the content in full. If quoting other media, be sure to cite your source.
2.17 - Offensive Material
You must not post messages that are vulgar, crude, sexist, racist, homophobic or otherwise offensive. We will not tolerate offensive, immature or unconstructive postings.
'[BB Housemate X] is an ugly slut', and '[Random Politician Y] is a prick' are not acceptable. '[BB Housemate Z] is irritating me. Why do they have to shriek so often?' is fine.
Our aim is to make each of our members feel welcome. Racism, homophobia and sexism have no place on our forums and will be dealt with swiftly.
2.17 - Pornographic images/adult material
Posts containing links to adult content are not tolerated.
2.17 - Illegal activity
Discussions regarding illegal activities such as 'chipping', 'patching' and methods of distributing copyrighted material for free are not permitted.
2.18 - Baiting
Don't wind people up to try to get them to say something in violation of the Terms and Conditions. It's obvious to other users and to us, doesn't work (we evaluate other posts and wider context when dealing with alerts), and backfires.
2.3 - Privacy
Do not post personal email addresses, telephone numbers or other personal information on the forums. General contact information (that displayed on a company's 'Contact Us' page, for example) is fine.
'Try emailing email@example.com and see if they can help you!' is not.
2.9 - Advertising, External Links & Surveys
We only permit links to third-party sites when they are relevant to ongoing discussion. Any Users posting URLs of sites excessively or in a way which could be construed as advertising are liable to have their right to post removed. If you wish to discuss advertising solutions, please visit the Advertising Contact Form.
Due to the amount of students registering to post their dissertation questions or surveys, we no longer permit these and they will be removed as they don't promote any discussion.
2.9 - Potential Libel
Do not post libellous or defamatory comments.
2.9 - Respect
While you are of course welcome to disagree with other members, we will not tolerate posts which insult, belittle, bait or otherwise antagonise forum members. This includes posts which disrespectfully label others posters as 'fanboys', 'haters' or similar.
2.9 - Profanity
We have a language filter in place which should block terms deemed too offensive for use. Evading this filter by masking letters with an asterisk, reversing letter order or substituting numbers for letters will likely result in a ban. Swearing at people or groups is not permitted.
'May have had a little too much to drink last night. I feel like shit!' would be fine. Posts such as 'You're a w*nker, I hate you!' and 'That makes no sense, piss off!' are not.
Premium phone numbers
Due to ICSTIS regulations we are unable to permit the publication of premium rate numbers on the forum. Please do not go around the filter to post these.
Please be mindful of other forum members who may be trying to avoid spoilers. You may encase your post in tags where appropriate. Ignoring 'no spoilers' or ' pace' in thread titles is considered disruptive and will be dealt with as such.
Disruption: Multiple Accounts
We allow one account per person. If there is more than one person using your computer or network to access the Digital Spy forums, please contact us so as to avoid any confusion further down the line. Registering an account after having been banned (temporarily or permanently) is not permitted and will result in all linked accounts being terminated.
Disruption: Appreciation Threads
Appreciation threads are designed to allow fans of a particular subject to engage in positive and light-hearted discussion of a subject. Negative posts in an appreciation thread are considered off-topic and will be removed. If you wish to discuss the subject of an appreciation thread you are welcome to post constructive negative comments in a separate thread.
Posting in old threads with little reason to do so is considered disruptive. If a thread has long since died a natural death, a fresh thread should be made if you wish to continue discussion.
Disruption: Unconstructive, off-topic and pointless posts
Unconstructive posts are posts that contribute nothing to a thread. This includes:
- Posting "I've sent you a message!" or "Check your PMs!". The forum software will inform the person they have a message. The rest of the forum doesn't need to know about it.
- Commenting on spelling/grammar: we ask that users make the effort to communicate clearly and, so long as posts are understandable, there should be no problem.
Disruption: Proxy Services
We reserve the right to restrict forum access of users accessing Digital Spy via any anonymous proxy services to prevent abuse/ misuse of the site and protect our community.
Be mindful of the links that you visit from within posts. We are not responsible nor liable for third-party websites.
Try your hardest to communicate clearly: avoid using a large amount of 'txt spk'. We ask that all users post in English.
Duplicate threads and cross-posting
Before creating a new thread please carry out a brief search to see if your contribution could be made to an existing thread. Do not purposely duplicate threads or cross-post to multiple forums.
Post in the appropriate forum
Check that you are posting in the right place. Do not, for example, create a thread regarding Music in the General Discussion forum just because you "want more people to see it".
"Where has my thread gone?" "Why was my post removed?" "Why was I/XX banned?"
These are not questions that can be answered on the forum. Please contact us directly with your query regarding moderation via the contact forum.
Posts questioning why other posts have vanished, threads closed or deleted or why users have been banned will be removed as they are unconstructive and only further disrupts threads. Similarly, threads discussing bans and "who reported?" are not tolerated.
We know that a lot of forum members enjoy playing forum games and we have created subforums across the board where people can do so. The separate forums are in place so that those who do not wish to participate in games do not have to sift through a list of unconstructive or non-topical discussions to find what they are looking for. If you feel there is a particular forum which would benefit from the addition of a gaming subforum, please contact us.
If you are under 16 years of age please obtain the permission of a parent or guardian before you register. Do not reveal any personal information on the forums or via PM including but not limited to surname, telephone number, school name, or email address.
Terms and Conditions
Please take the time to review the terms and conditions and consider how they apply to you when posting. These guidelines are by no means exhaustive and it is expected that this part of the document will grow with time to cover situations which regularly arise. If there is an area of the terms and conditions which you are unsure of, please get in touch via Contact Us and your comments will be passed to the forums manager for consideration.