Community Guidelines

The following community guidelines have been written to help you understand what being a member of the OCR community means and ensure you get the best possible experience.

The guidelines may be changed at any time without notice, so please check them every now and then. If you continue to use the community we’ll assume you agree with the new guidelines.

If you have any questions about anything included in these guidelines, or would like us to explain anything in further detail, please contact us and we’ll do our best to answer your questions.

Protecting our community

Our moderation policy:

  • OCR operates a reactive moderation process; anything that you publish to the community will appear almost straight away. We rely on you, our community members, to alert us of any content or behavior that is inappropriate.
  • The moderators are here to help keep the community a lively, friendly and comfortable place to spend time in. Occasionally you might find some content you don’t like or feel breaks the guidelines. Please report anything you disagree with to the moderators and they will be happy to review it for you. You can do this by selecting the “report” option below any piece of content. We’ll review and take action as quickly as is reasonably possible.
  • We feel this is the best way to moderate the OCR community so that it can be kept open for discussion 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Moderators will give out friendly reminders rather than warnings wherever possible. We don’t enjoy having to warn community members and will think very carefully before doing so. We seldom ban first offences unless they are particularly severe.

However, if it becomes clear someone is unwilling to follow our community guidelines, they will be banned permanently. We issue permanent bans only as a last resort to protect our community.

Our three strike policy:

The OCR community operates a three strike policy for anyone found to be breaking the community guidelines or site terms and conditions. The three strike policy is:

  • First Warning: A reminder of conduct
  • Second Warning: A warning that further infringements will result in a ban
  • Third Warning: Exclusion from the community

We are not responsible for any content uploaded to the site which is staying within the law.

You and your account:

  • To use the OCR community you need to register and set up an account. Please only use one account, as we may remove any accounts that appear to be duplicated or suspicious.
  • If you can’t remember your password you can request a new one.
  • Your username is how other members of the community will identify you. To avoid confusion please don’t use terms that misrepresent yourself or other community members.
  • For your safety online, we ask that you don’t include your full name, an email or website address, telephone or fax number in your username. We also request that you do not use any terms that others may find offensive.
  • If you are an OCR assessor you should not identify yourself as such on this site.

Personal information:

  • Please remember that all the information that you post here is in the public domain. We want you to stay safe in the OCR community so we do not allow you to post your own or other people's personal information.
  • We have a Privacy Policy explaining how we handle personal information.

Remain respectful:

  • Please be respectful when posting on the OCR community; use clear, friendly language and remember most misunderstandings occur because it’s sometimes difficult to convey tone in text.
  • It’s your right to disagree with an opinion, but don’t attack the person or people who hold it and please make your point respectfully. We may remove any comments others find offensive or threatening.
  • If another community member doesn’t want to be quoted or has other objections, please be respectful of their requests.

Keep it relevant

  • Most of the conversations in this community relate to specific subjects. We know some conversations can be far-reaching, but content completely unrelated to the original topic may be moved to a more appropriate area or removed completely.

Swearing and abusive language:

  • Offensive or abusive language is unacceptable in this community. You should avoid using swear words or words that others may find offensive.
  • We don't tolerate racism, sexism, homophobia, ageism or other forms of hate-speech or content that could be interpreted as such. There is no place for this content in the OCR community.
  • Harassing other community members or any threats of physical violence will be taken very seriously and appropriate action will be taken by the moderators if this is the case.

Impersonation and imitation:

  • Impersonating other community members is a form of harassment and we take this very seriously. We may remove any content, delete accounts and ban users who are found to be imitating others.

Spam content and advertising:

  • The OCR community is a support resource for professionals and should not be used for promotion or commercial solicitation to our members.
  • We consider spam to include promoting web addresses, products or service. Action will be taken against any company found to be passing themselves off as an individual.

Staying within the law:

  • Please do not post any content that has an attached risk of prosecution for you or us, such as any content that is defamatory or breaks a copyright infringement. Please keep it legal.

Reporting content:

Occasionally you might find some content you don’t like or feel breaks the guidelines above. If someone posts something you feel violates our community guidelines or Terms and Conditions, please let us know immediately.

Report unfriendly or inaccurate content for review:

  • To report anything you disagree with, please contact us by clicking on ‘More’ and selecting 'Report Abuse', or using the feedback form. The moderators will be happy to review it for you.

Think before you act:

  • Persistent misuse of the complaints channels is disruptive. Please sit back and have a think before you report content. If you misuse the channels then the moderators may have to take action against your account. 

Moderators have the final say:

  • OCR moderators reserve the right to delete any contribution, or take action against any user account, at any time, for any reason.

Child protection:

For the protection and safety of children, this community does not support members under 18 years of age. Anyone identified as under the age of 18 will have their account removed from the community.

  • Please do not mention any pupils by name, candidate number or any other information that will make them personally identifiable.