The recent problems with an older member making inappropriate contact with a number of younger members has caused the mod team and the site owners to give serious consideration to the safety of members here, the way we monitor communications, and also to consider the legal liabilities for the owners and staff. You will appreciate that allowing unmonitored private communications to and between people under the age of 18 is a serious security concern and a legal minefield, especially when anyone could sign up and initiate such communication unchecked. The aim of these changes is to reduce this risk. Some of these changes will not be popular with members, however we urge you to read the whole of this post before commenting or asking questions. Also please note that these changes are not up for discussion, apart from minor details such as wording. Membership Regular Members Regular members can use the forum as normal. They can also send and receive PMs to/from the staff team, which include moderators, advisors, community facilitators, and admins. They cannot send or receive PMs to/from anyone else. They cannot use the chatroom. Regular members can apply to be full members using a system and criteria that is still being finalised. It is likely that they will need to have made at least 50 posts in the forum before being able to apply. Applications will be considered by the staff team. Full Members Full members will have full use of the site including chatroom, PMs to other full members, and the staff team, (but not to regular members). If an established member seriously or repeatedly violates the Code of Conduct they can expect to be demoted to regular member status. Clearly there is a lot to lose so we hope it will encourage established members to continue behaving sensibly.