Legalisation Talk Terms of Service

Who can use Legalisation Talk?

Membership of Legalisation Talk is open without payment to all qualified Notaries in the United Kingdom. Nonetheless it is completely at the discretion of the proprietors of the network, Milton Keynes Notary Service.

Why can’t I post a comment?

Only comments useful to other notaries are welcome. If you are unable to comment on a post, first check you are signed in. Legalisation Talk  discussions may be closed to new comments, in which case a message is displayed telling you the post entry is closed. In very rare cases the UK Notary Network has to restrict accounts from posting to the website. At the end of the day publication of comments is entirely at the discretion of the moderator.

Why hasn’t my comment appeared?

Your comment may be awaiting moderation. The posts are entirely pre-moderated, which means that all comments are checked by a moderator before they appear.. If your comment does not appear, it may have been rejected by the moderators.

What are the House Rules?

We’ve established the following House Rules so that everyone can get the most out of the UK Notary Network blogs.

Names may be failed if they…

• Contain website or email addresses
• Contain contact information (i.e. phone numbers, postcodes etc)
• Appear to impersonate someone else
• Contain swear words or are otherwise objectionable

We reserve the right to fail comments which…

• Are considered likely to disrupt, provoke, attack or offend others
• Are racist, sexist, homophobic, sexually explicit, abusive or otherwise objectionable
• Contain swear words or other language likely to offend
• Break the law or condone or encourage unlawful activity. This includes breach of copyright, defamation and contempt of court.
• Advertise products or services for profit or gain
• Are seen to impersonate someone else
• Include contact details such as phone numbers, postal or email addresses
• Are written in anything other than English .
• Contain links to other websites which break our Editorial Guidelines
• Describe or encourage activities which could endanger the safety or well-being of others
• Are considered to be “spam”, that is posts containing the same, or similar, content posted multiple times
• Are considered to be off-topic for the blog discussion
• Be considered not to be of technical value.

Please make sure your comments are in line with the above House Rules. Repeatedly posting personal or offensive comments about individuals may be considered harassment. We reserve the right to remove such messages and take action against those responsible.

What is moderation?

Comments on our posts are checked  to make Legalisation Talk a safe and enjoyable place to visit, and ensure that they meet the House Rules. Moderators may moderate the content of the posts, and it is their job to keep the discussions relevant to the topic and within the House Rules. They may close off-topic or other rule-breaking discussions, and sometimes make a decision on comments that have been referred to them as moderators. They may also deal with rule-breaking comments that they see in the course of their work.

At UK Notary Network we allow as much freedom as possible to have relevant discussions on our posts. However, we are also responsible for making sure that these discussions stay polite, safe and relevant and do not violate any laws or the UK Notary Network editorial policies. This is why we have a set of House Rules that we ask everyone to follow. Moderators only remove messages that break these rules.

Please take care when copying text from someone else’s post into your own. If the text you have copied into your post is seen to break the House Rules, your entire post will be removed.

Unfortunately we cannot give detailed individual explanations as to why a comment was removed, and can only consider appeals against the removal of comments if they concern a serious legal or editorial issue. If you need to contact us about a moderation decision, please email
Finally, it is important that you accept the Legalisation Talk’s Terms of Use before contributing. Please note that the terms clearly state that the UK Notary Network reserves the right to delete any contribution, or take action  at any time, for any reason.

Advertise a product

Advertising or promoting products or websites is not allowed anywhere on Legalisation Talk. This may include links to:

• Personal websites or forums
• Surveys and questionnaires
• Commercial websites or auction sites that mainly exist to sell products
• Details of charity or fundraising events

For example, if it’s relevant to the debate, it’s fine to link to a website that sells a book if its helping another user or recommending something they would like. However, posting up links to your own book or trying to drive buyers to your Ebay auction or fundraising site may result in your post being removed.

Risk breaching copyright law

Copyright law exists to stop someone from taking another person’s work and passing it off as their own. It applies to the internet in the same way as it does to TV, books and the press. Breaking copyright law can result in being taken to court
Please do not post large chunks of text copied from other sources as this may be an infringement of copyright. Short quotes to illustrate a point may be permissible, if the author is acknowledged, although this is at our discretion.
If you wish to refer to external sources of information, it’s better to include a link to an appropriate external website. However, make sure that all external links included in postings meet our editorial.

Posts which are not in English

  • Contributions which are not in English are not allowed.

Posts which contain potentially defamatory statements

  • Defamation laws exist to protect individuals or organisations from unwarranted, mistaken or untruthful attacks on their reputation. Posting a defamatory statement on a blog is the same as publishing it in a newspaper or magazine and can result in a court case if a formal complaint is made.
  • To avoid breaking defamation laws in your comments, please ensure that you verify the information in your posting, especially when presenting negative statements as facts. Also avoid jumping to conclusions, exaggerating or making subtle implications. Remember that adding the word ‘allegedly’ to a statement does not stop it being defamation.
  • Both you and the UK Notary Network can be held liable if you make a defamatory statement on the UK Notary Network website. We will remove comments where we have insufficient evidence to defend publication of your statement. This means the UK Notary Network moderators may err on the side of caution when considering some comments.

Are abusive or disruptive

Abusive or disruptive behaviour is not allowed on UK Notary Networkblogs. This includes:

• Using swear words (including abbreviations or alternative spellings) or other language likely to offend.
• Harassing, threatening or causing distress or inconvenience to any person or people.
• Flaming: This means posting something that’s angry and mean-spirited.
• Trolling: This means saying deliberately provocative things just to stir up trouble.
• Infringing the rights of, restrict or inhibit anyone else’s use and enjoyment of UK Notary Network
• Attempting to impersonate somebody
• Using multiple accounts to disrupt boards, annoy users, or to avoid pre-moderation.
• Bumping or creating duplicate threads, posting in such a way as to cause technical errors, or any other attempts to disrupt the normal flow of conversation.

Users who seriously or repeatedly demonstrate such behaviour may have their accounts pre-moderated or permanently restricted and will not be allowed to return.

Are offensive

Comments that contain offensive content are not allowed on UK Notary Network message boards. Racist, sexist, homophobic, disablist, sexually explicit, abusive or otherwise objectionable material will be removed and if extreme will result in immediate and permanent restriction of your account.

Are off-topic

Comments that are unrelated to the subject of the blog entry to which you are contributing are considered ‘off-topic’.
Please do not contribute off-topic material in subject-specific blogs, except where a blog has designated open post. If your comment has been removed for being off-topic, you may be able to resubmit your comment in a more relevant topic area.

Contain personal details

Including contact or identification details in comments such as phone numbers, postal or email addresses is not allowed .. Please do not reveal any
personal information about yourself or others as it might inadvertently put you or someone else at risk..

Contain spam

Spamming or flooding is not allowed on UK Notary Network blogs. Spamming means submitting the same or very similar contribution many times across blogs or entries. Flooding means re-submitting your contribution to the same blog or entry multiple times.

Please do not use a signature beneath your comment to promote websites, services, products or campaigns. This will cause your posts to be removed as spam.

Contain unsuitable URLs

When postings links, please make sure they adhere to our guidelines. For example you should not link to

• Unlawful, unsuitable or sexually explicit content.
• Websites that require payment to access
• Foreign language content
• Websites that initiate a file download or require additional software in order to view them. This includes .pdf and .mp3 files.
• Websites that advertise or promote products

In some cases the moderator will edit out the link/s leaving the rest of the comment visible on the board.

Can I appeal against a moderation decision?

If you disagree that your comment broke the rules, then you can appeal against the decision by contacting