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Useful Tips For Blogging

 
General:
Blogs are used by PokerSchoolOnline members to record and share information about poker-related topics. Blogs generally get more views when they're written in an informative, constructive and friendly manner, even if occasionally the blog topics get rather heated.

Below we will list some simple rules & guidelines for blogging that will help make it easier for you to get started with writing your very own personal blog.

Use the blog's search function:
Many topics and issues may have already been blogged about so using the search function will help you locate relevant blog posts or particular members to follow that might share the same experiences. 

Select a suitable heading:
Select a suitable heading for your blog. You firstly have to name the overall blog, so you might call it "my poker diary" and then the subsequent blog posts can be titled  day 1, day 2 etc.  All titles can be changed at anytime. The PokerSchoolOnline team reserves the right to change headings if necessary.

Allowed HTML code:
Please see this article which describes the HTML code that we allow on PSO, and examples of how you can use these to make your blog more attractive and functional.

Commenting on a blog post:
Please see the Comment Rules.

Moderating blogs and blog posts:
Please note that all member blogs are moderated, so you may notice a delay between your post submission and when it becomes available for public viewing.

Warning members:

In the case of violations of the conditions of use, members may be warned and, in serious cases, banned from using the blog system.

Reasons for issuing a warning include:
• Members will be issued with a warning if they draw attention to their own commercial tournaments  - either live or online!
• Members who post urls not related to PokerStars or PokerSchoolOnline or post urls promoting their own business interest or affiliate sites.
• Members who insult other members or employees of PokerSchoolOnline and PokerStars or who are not constructive in their statements and opinions.
• SPAM (unwanted posts whose content is not relevant and without a real subject matter)
• Abuse of the report function, for instance in order to reach Support more quickly.
• Anyone impersonating an PokerSchoolOnline team members or moderator will receive a warning!
Warnings will be issued by the moderators once they have personally assessed the situation. Anyone unhappy about a warning should private message the moderator in question and talk about it in a friendly manner and by providing support for the appeal. Warnings will only be retracted in justified exceptional cases.

Banning a member:
Members may be banned from the blog system if despite several warnings they continue to violate blog rules. Members may be banned temporarily or permanently. In particularly serious cases there may also be consequences for their PokerStars account.
• Members who cause trouble and/or provoke others will be banned.
• Members who harass other members with advertising spam via PM.
• Members who repeatedly use unsuitable language
• A temporary ban is the same as a warning.
• Banned users many not set up a new account  as this means they have a duplicate account, which violates PokerStars policy.

Content of contributions:
PokerSchoolOnline.com reserves the right to delete, move or edit blog posts that do not conform to the rules. This will be done without notifying the author in advance.
The following content is not permitted or undesired:
• Posts whose content is extremely political or religious in nature
• Content that is criminal in nature, pornographic, harmful to young people, insulting or defamatory
• Warez or third-party copyright-protected content
• Email addresses
• Song lyrics
• Personal details such as telephone numbers, addresses etc. (please use PM system to exchange such information)
• Otherwise unacceptable posts that have not been listed here but are against the law, are an affront to common decency, violate moral norms or violate forum rules.
• Advertising
• Full quotes
• Begging posts
• Tournament passwords. (links to the relevant thread in our password forum are allowed.)

Images, graphics and attachments:
When using graphics and attachments, copyright must be observed. If in doubt, post a link to the graphic or file. You may not, under any circumstances, do any direct linking of images or files from external servers (traffic theft), i.e. direct links to a photo or using a photo as a hotlink. This is only allowed if the server or web space is the user's own or of the links are from websites that allow these (clicksmilies, imageshack or other image hosting services).

Signatures:
Signatures are available to all members and can be used in any way whatsoever as long as the blog rules and the specifications for signatures are not violated. The signature may not be longer than three lines and 200 characters.
• Links to private blogs are only permitted with back link and upon prior consultation with the PokerSchoolOnline team.
• Hyperlinks to ref sites are not permitted.
• Images in the signature and banners are not permitted.
• No details such as telephone or fax numbers
• No email addresses

Links:
The following types of links are not allowed:
• links that point to competing offers, other poker sites or communities,
• that point to illegal contents,
• that have an attached referrer,
• that contain theft games of any kind,
• that violate law and order,
• that only serve to generate profit from users' clicking on it
• that are otherwise unacceptable.

Copyrights:
• A post's copyright remains with its author. By posting a contribution, the author grants the forum irrevocable right of use to the contribution. The forum continues to have right of use over the posts even once an account has been deleted or a user ceases to be a member.
• Posts by moderators will become the property of the forum and can be utilised in any way. In particular, this also applies for when a moderator quits.
• It is not permitted to post texts from third-party websites other than by quoting extracts.

Moderators:
Moderators are appointed and dismissed by the blog administrator. Moderators are forum/blog members with elevated rights. These rights are:
• Moving, editing and deleting posts and closing topics. These actions do not have to be justified or explained to the author of the thread in question. Moderators are accountable for their decisions and actions only to the administrator.
• Pointing out adherence to forum/blog rules
• Mediating heated debates (replies may sometimes take a while because moderators may have to confer with PokerSchoolOnline and/or PokerStars)

House rules:
The administrator or the moderators representing him/her reserve the right to issue a warning to a user or block or delete a user's account if rules of use are violated. The administrator exercises a virtual house right in this forum.
This house right does not just apply to the nickname but also to the natural person behind the nickname.

Assistance:
Given the great number of blog posts and members, moderators and the administrator are not always able to identify rule violations immediately. In order to prevent causing damage to the blogs, the operator or the domain owner, all members are called upon to notify us about a rule violation that has not been identified by one of the moderators or the administrator. These notifications about rule violations are not to be understood as a reproof but rather as a means of self-monitoring within the forum community.
A post may simply be reported to
support@pokerschoolonline.com

Miscellaneous:
Anything that is not specifically governed by these rules will be dealt with and decided on individually for each case depending on the situation by the moderators/the administrator.

Changes to the rules:
PokerSchoolOnline.com reserves the right to expand the rules or add to them if necessary.
If members do not agree with the forum rules, they have the opportunity to appeal in writing within 14 days. The account of the member in question will then be deleted.

Liability notice:
PokerSchoolOnline.com accepts no responsibility for any losses or damages resulting from the content and information provided.
It is the responsibility of the user to check the content provided at PokerSchoolOnline.com.
The use of the website of PokerSchoolOnline.com is at the user's own risk and responsibility.
PokerSchoolOnline.com accepts no responsibility for any resulting damage (e.g. as a result of the use of the content, loss of information etc.) including consequential damages and third-party claims.

Severability clause:
If individual regulations of these conditions of use of PokerSchoolOnline.com are invalid either wholly or in part or will become invalid, this does not affect the validity of the remainder of the user contract.
The invalid regulation shall be replaced by a valid regulation. The same applies should the general terms and conditions of use of PokerSchoolOnline.com contain any omissions or loopholes.
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