|About the RAUK Forum
Reptiles & Amphibians of the UK (RAUK) bulletin board was created to allow
networking, discussion, exchange of information and expression of views
regarding all aspects of the United Kingdoms native herpetofauna. From reptiles
and amphibians seen in gardens and the wider countryside, to the often thorny
issues of herpetofauna conservation, including impact of development and
habitat management, RAUK is the UK's premier site to air your views, ask for
information or simply to let the world know that the first frog has arrived in
your wildlife pond!
The RAUK bulletin board allows you to read and post
messages in a total of 31 different forums. Anyone visiting the RAUK website
can read all the messages posted but only registered members can reply to
messages. If you would like to reply to a message you have read and are not
currently a member, you will need to register.
Once registered you may reply to
posts in existing topics or create a new topic for your message. Look carefully
at the list of separate forums available, choosing the most appropriate forum
for your topic will increase the likelihood of receiving a reply.
necessary to register as a member before you are able to reply to any messages
you have read or ask a question, as you must have a unique user name for the
forum to function. Your user name will be your identity when you create or
reply to posts on the forums. Registration is straightforward, you only need to
enter a user name and password of your choice and a valid email address. RAUK
does not mass email its members or pass any information to third parties, or
make use of your membership in any way. Though you may wish to register
seperately to receive the
Newsletter and be kept informed of updates and additions to the web site
Registration allows you to make full use of the forums
facilities such as replying to posts, creating new topics, receiving
notification of new messages via email and seeing members profiles.
to use the forums now
|Entering a valid email when registering as
It is necessary to enter a valid email address to
register to use the RAUK forums. When you register an email will be sent to you
containing a link to activate your account.
registering as a member it is necessary to enter:
- A unique user name (this is your identity when you post
on the forum)
- A password so that you can login to the forums under your
unique user name and reply to messages and post new topics
- A valid email address
All other fields may be left blank, however you may
wish to fill in some of the other fields to let other users know where you are
from, your special interests or contact details.
forum may generate messages such as 'Sorry, you do not have permission to
post new topics in this forum'. If you are already a member of the forums,
check that you are logged in under your user name.
If you are new to
the forums you need to register to be able to post
new topics, reply in current topics and view members profiles.
|Posting Pictures on the
If you have registered you may wish to include a picture
in a message. There are various methods to include images in your posts.
- If the
image is already mounted on the
for example on your own website, you can click the following icon,
to open a text prompt window. Type or cut and paste the exact URL
to your image such as http://www.mywebsite/images/adder.jpg and click OK. If
the URL is correct the image will display in the post reply box before
you submit the new message. If a box with a cross is displayed the URL entered
was not correct, try again. Common errors include missing the http:// part of
the URL or forgetting to add the file extension such as .jpg, .png, .bmp etc.
Images are best reduced to approximately 700 pixels width for display on the
forum.You may also use a free image hosting account such as
mount your images on the internet. Your host will provide you with the correct
URLs once you have uploaded images to your account. Once you have the URL
follow the steps in (1) above.
- If the
image is on your computers local hard
(C: D:) etc. In many of the forums a picture upload facility is enabled.
Clicking on this icon,
will open a box that allows you to browse your computer hard
drive(s). The upload facility is restricted to files of 500 Kb or less, images
should be reduced to this size using photo editing software before the upload
else has failed you have tried everything and are about to give
post your message to the forum that you wish your image to appear in and then
email the image to the forum administrator with a note to let us know which
post you wish the image to appear in. We will then display the image for you in
the appropriate post.
|Receiving Email Notification of New
You may choose to receive notification by email of new
messages either in a specific single topic or an entire forum such as 'latest
news', 'grass snake' etc. This allows topics to be followed without visiting
the RAUK website. Once you have registered visit
the forum or topic which you wish to watch. Towards the foot of the page you
will see the following,
- For forums: Watch this forum for
- For specific topics: Watch this
topic for new posts
Clicking on these links will configure the forum to
automatically email you any new messages that appear either in the chosen forum
If you no longer wish to receive notification of new messages
via email, return to the appropriate forum or topic. If you have chosen to
watch for new messages the link towards the bottom of the page will have
Simply click the link to disable email notification of new
- For forums: Un-Watch this forum for
- For specific topics: Un-Watch this
topic for new posts
NOTE: REPLIES TO FORUM NOTIFICATION EMAILS WILL NOT APPEAR ON
THE FORUMS. (See below)
|Replying to Notification
If you receive a notification
email of a new message posted in a forum or topic you have chosen to watch
replying to the email WILL NOT POST A MESSAGE ON THE FORUM. Replies to forum
notifications simply end up in the admins in-box. Though we are usually able to
inform the user of the error, we cannot post the message.
To post a
reply to a new message you must visit the RAUK website and reply to the
appropriate post in the normal way even if you were informed of a new post by
(It is hoped that shortly we will be able to modify the bulletin
board to allow replies to notification emails to automatically be posted to the
forum, as we appreciate that many users have very little spare time for
visiting the RAUK website though might be interested in watching and replying
in specific forums or topics)
you have registered and forgotten your password, click the link below. You will
be prompted for your user name and email address.
Forgotten your password?
Enter your user name
and the valid email address that you entered in your profile and click 'Email
Password', the bulletin board will email you a new password. You may now log
into the forums in the usual way using this new password and edit your profile
to enter a new password of your choice.
This facility will only function
if you entered a valid email in your profile when you registered or
subsequently and you use the same email address in the forgotten password
RAUK Admin has no facility to retrieve lost passwords for you,
as they are encrypted for your privacy. However we may be able to verify
whether your email address entered in your profile is your current valid
|Captive and Pet Reptiles &
RAUK is not orientated towards pet keeping and we
would suggest that questions regarding captive reptiles and amphibians would be
more appropriately placed on one of the many Internet forums dedicated to the
subject. (Contact the administrator if you would like links to pet orientated
However, if you feel that RAUK is the best place to
receive specific advice, please post in the 'off-topic' forum. All other forums
are dedicated to herpetofauna in the wild.
Pet related questions or
discussion outside of the off-topic forum or in an inappropriate topic will be
- when escaped pets are found in buildings, gardens or in
- discussion of serious captive breeding programs for the
purposes of conservation and re-introduction
forums are fully moderated jointly by the administrator and the forums
moderators Gemma Fairchild and Mervyn J Cottenden. Every post made to the forums is scrutinised.
There is zero tolerance of personal abuse. Members who join and purposely
mislead those who voluntarily give advice, will be suspended or permanently
blocked from using the forums.
We understand that on occasion
discussions become heated and hope that we moderate fairly. Members can report
any post that they feel is disruptive or abusive.
We reserve the right
to delete, alter, move or in any other way alter posts made to the forums.
Alterations will be indicated by the following message Edited by
administrator/moderator on (date) at (time) in most cases where the post
has been altered for moderation purposes an explanation will be
We also reserve the right to suspend, ban or delete the
registration and block the re-registration of any member without prior warning
In exceptional circumstances of disruption the forums
will be closed.
only one specific policy associated with the forums other than the standard
rules and policies you will be asked to agree to when you first register. This
regards the naming of sites where native species occur. It is very often better
not to name specific sites unless they are large areas of heathland such as
Purbeck, Hindhead Commons, Frensham or reconised areas such as the Kent Downs
or Ashdown Forest, naming the nearest large town is a useful way to describe a
location without being too specific. This policy is in the interest of
protecting native species.
We use our discretion when moderating site
names as many reptile 'hot spots' are already well publicised both on the
Internet and in the literature and we appreciate that not being too secretive
about where native herpetofauna can be found will often arouse interest and
A common question that is asked is 'where in my area can I find
wild reptiles & amphibians?'. We suggest that replies to such questions are
answered by forum members via email or the forums private message system if the
answer is very specific or the sites may be sensitive, it is the responsibility
of the answering member to verify that the request is genuine if the requesting
members is not know to them.
In particular, naming of smaller sites
where adder occur is not advised. Despite the species protection under the
Wildlife & Countryside Act (as amended), human persecution and collection
remain factors in the species apparent decline.
The forums policy is a
guide to protect native species, and members will not be penalised for stepping
outside the guidelines, it is simply a reminder to remain vigilant. If as a
member you feel that a site name posted to the forum is too sensitive, please
contact the forum administrator.
|Note from the
Thank you for taking the trouble to find out a
little about the RAUK forums. I hope that you choose to join the forums and
find them as interesting and as informative as I have in the past few
We understand that Internet forums can be a little daunting to
those who are unfamiliar with them. If you have any problems with using the
forum facility or any feature of the Reptiles & Amphibians of the UK
website, we are here to help.
Written by Gemma J Fairchild,
Updated June 2009 by Chris Davis, RAUK administrator