Your use of this forum is subject to the following terms and conditions (“Terms”). To use the forum you must agree to these terms with Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) , the organisation that runs the forum. We may change these Terms by updating this page at any time and it is your responsibility to check you are still willing to be bound by them

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Your Permission to Use the Forum

Subject to these terms, the organisation gives you permission to use the forum. Everyone needs to agree to these terms to use the forum.

Conditions for Use of the Forum

Your permission to use the forum is subject to the following conditions:

  1. You must be at least eighteen years old.

  2. You may no longer use the forum if the organisation contacts you directly to say so.

  3. You must use the forum in accordance with Acceptable Use and Content Standards.

Acceptable Use

  1. You must not use the forum in any way that breaks the law.

  2. You should not use or try to use another’s account on the forum without their specific permission.

  3. You should not buy, sell, or otherwise trade in user names or other unique identifiers on the forum.

  4. You should not send advertisements, chain letters, or other solicitations through the forum, or use the forum to gather addresses or other personal data for commercial mailing lists or databases.

  5. You should not automate access to the forum, or monitor the forum, such as with a web crawler, browser plug-in or add-on, or other computer program that is not a web browser. You may crawl the forum to index it for a publicly available search engine, if you run one.

  6. You should not use the forum to send e-mail to distribution lists, newsgroups, or group mail aliases.

  7. You should not falsely imply that you’re affiliated with or endorsed by the organisation.

  8. You should not hyperlink to images or other non-hypertext content on the forum on other webpages.

  9. You should not remove any marks showing proprietary ownership from materials you download from the forum.

  10. You should not show any part of the forum on other websites with an iFrame.

  11. You should not disable, avoid, or circumvent any security or access restrictions of the forum.

  12. You should not strain infrastructure of the forum with an unreasonable volume of requests, or requests designed to impose an unreasonable load on information systems underlying the forum.

  13. You should not impersonate others through the forum.

  14. You must not encourage or promote any activity that violates these terms.

Content Standards

  1. You should not submit content to the forum that is illegal, offensive, or otherwise harmful to others. This includes content that is harassing, inappropriate, or abusive.

  2. You should not submit content to the forum that violates the law, infringes anyone’s intellectual property rights, violates anyone’s privacy, or breaches agreements you have with others.

  3. You should not submit content to the forum containing malicious computer code, such as computer viruses or spyware.

  4. You should not submit content to the forum as a mere placeholder, to hold a particular address, user name, or other unique identifier.

  5. You should not use the forum to disclose information that you do not have the right to disclose, like confidential or personal information.


The organisation may investigate and prosecute violations of these terms to the fullest legal extent. The organisation may notify and cooperate with law enforcement authorities in prosecuting violations of the law and these terms.

The organisation reserves the right to change, redact, and delete content on the forum for any reason. If you believe someone has submitted content to the forum in violation of these terms, contact us immediately.

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Your Account

You must create and log into an account to use some features of the forum.

To create an account, you agree to provide at a minimum, a valid e-mail address, and to keep that address up-to-date. You may close your account at any time by e-mailing <>.

You agree to be responsible for all action taken using your account, whether authorized by you or not, until you either close your account or notify the organisation that your account has been compromised. You agree to notify the organisation immediately if you suspect your account has been compromised. You agree to select a secure password for your account, and keep it secret.

The organisation may restrict, suspend, or close your account on the forum according to its policy for handling copyright-related takedown requests, or if the organisation reasonably believes that you’ve broken any rule in these terms.

Your Content

Nothing in these terms gives the organisation any ownership rights in intellectual property that you share with the forum, such as your account information, posts, or other content you submit to the forum. Nothing in these terms gives you any ownership rights in the organisation’s intellectual property, either.

Between you and the organisation, you remain solely responsible for content you submit to the forum. You agree not to wrongly imply that content you submit to the forum is sponsored or approved by the organisation. These terms do not obligate the organisation to store, maintain, or provide copies of content you submit, and to change it, according to these terms.

Content you submit to the forum belongs to you, and you decide what permission to give others for it. But at a minimum, you license the organisation to provide content that you submit to the forum to other users of the forum. That special license allows the organisation to copy, publish, and analyze content you submit to the forum.

When content you submit is removed from the forum, whether by you or by the organisation, the organisation’s special license ends when the last copy disappears from the organisation’s backups, caches, and other systems. Other licenses you apply to content you submit, such as Creative Commons licenses, may continue after your content is removed. Those licenses may give others, or the organisation itself, the right to share your content through the forum again.

Should other users violate the licence terms of content you submit to the forum, you agree that the organisation will not be liable for the violations or their consequences.

Your Responsibility

You agree to indemnify the organisation from legal claims by others related to your breach of these terms, or breach of these terms by others using your account on the forum. Both you and the organisation agree to notify the other side of any legal claims for which you might have to indemnify the organisation as soon as possible. If the organisation fails to notify you of a legal claim promptly, you won’t have to indemnify the organisation for damages that you could have defended against or mitigated with prompt notice. You agree to allow the organisation to control investigation, defense, and settlement of legal claims for which you would have to indemnify the organisation, and to cooperate with those efforts. The organisation agrees not to agree to any settlement that admits fault for you or imposes obligations on you without your prior agreement.

Privacy Notice

If STFC processes any personal information, we do this in-line with current data protection legislation outlined in our Privacy Notice.

  • If you post messages to this forum, be aware that any personal data you share within your post or you username will be visible to others.


You accept all risk of using the forum and content on the forum. As far as the law allows, the organisation and its suppliers provide the forum as is, without any warranty whatsoever.

The forum may hyperlink to and integrate forums and services run by others. The organisation does not make any warranty about services run by others, or content they may provide. Use of services run by others may be governed by other terms between you and the one running service.

Postings are made by forum users and are personal opinions and not those of the organisation. STFC is not responsible for the content or accuracy of any of the information contained in forum postings.

This forum is for information purposes only. We cannot accept liability for any losses or damages which may arise from using or relying on information on this forum.


The organisation welcomes your feedback and suggestions for the forum. See the Contact section below for ways to get in touch with us.

You agree that the organisation will be free to act on feedback and suggestions you provide, and that the organisation won’t have to notify you that your feedback was used, get your permission to use it, or pay you. You agree not to submit feedback or suggestions that you believe might be confidential or proprietary, to you or others.


Either you or the organisation may end the agreement written out in these terms at any time. When our agreement ends, your permission to use the forum also ends.

The following provisions survive the end of our agreement: Your Content, Feedback, Your Responsibility, Disclaimers, and General Terms.

General Terms

If a provision of these terms is unenforceable as written, but could be changed to make it enforceable, that provision should be modified to the minimum extent necessary to make it enforceable. Otherwise, that provision should be removed.

You may not assign your agreement with the organisation. The organisation may assign your agreement to any affiliate of the organisation, any other organisation that obtains control of the organisation, or any other organisation that buys assets of the organisation related to the forum. Any attempted assignment against these terms has no legal effect.

Neither the exercise of any right under this Agreement, nor waiver of any breach of this Agreement, waives any other breach of this Agreement.

These terms embody all the terms of agreement between you and the organisation about use of the forum. These terms entirely replace any other agreements about your use of the forum, written or not.


You may notify the organisation under these terms, and send questions to the organisation, at <>.

The organisation may notify you under these terms using the e-mail address you provide for your account on the forum, or by posting a message to the homepage of the forum or your account page.

Third party websites

This statement is not applicable to websites of third parties that are connected to our website by means of links. We have no control over the content of websites that we link to. We accept no responsibility for the content of other websites or for any loss or damage that may arise from your use of them. STFC advises you to go through the privacy statements of these third parties thoroughly.


The organisation last updated these terms on July 12, 2018, and may update these terms again. The organisation will post all updates to the forum.
Once you get notice of an update to these terms, you must agree to the new terms in order to keep using the forum.