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Forum Rules
General Rules & Cookie Policy
Our Forum exists so that we can learn about and share our knowledge of Proton BASIC Compiler, in our view the best compiler for PIC®. Our forum is a safe place for all users. We are a friendly, worldwide community with a common interest.

The Forum is free of politics, racism, sexism or personal attacks. We are here because we love programming and want to help and be helped. We contribute to the development of the Proton Compiler.

For a functional, peaceful Forum we need rules and a way of ensuring compliance. We know that the list is long, please read and obey the rules. Agreement is a condition of using this site.

General rules of use

These rules are to be adhered to by all users, both in Forum areas and when publishing articles on the web site. Failure to adhere to these rules will result in a penalty. Penalties may involve removal of posts, banning or the loss of points where an accumulated 10 points will result in both a temporary removal of service and 1 strike being associated with the user’s account. A total of three strikes will result in a permanent removal of service.
Penalties will be awarded by moderators, in relation to a user’s failure to adhere to the rules.

The following rules identify what is / is not allowed on our web site. The penalty for not complying is in brackets.

* While debating and discussion is fine, we will not tolerate rudeness, profanity (or attempts to bypass profanity filters), insulting or inflammatory posts or personal attacks. The moderator’s decision is final in these matters. (3 points)

* Please refrain from posting meaningless threads or posts. (1 point)

* Advertising in other than the provided section, spamming and trolling either directly or indirectly is not allowed. (10 points)

* Please wait a reasonable amount of time before reposting the same or similar questions. A minimum of 24 hours should be allowed. (post removal)

* Posts not related to programming, electronics or hardware should be placed in the lounge (1 point).

* We do not allow posts or links to sites that are sexual in nature or violate community standards. The moderators shall be the sole arbitrator of what does and what does not violate community standards. (3 points)

* Discussion of illegal activities such as software and music piracy and other intellectual property violations are not allowed. (3 points)

* Each member is allowed one login account. Registering with multiple accounts is not allowed, unless sanctioned by the moderators. (3 points)

* While we are quite happy to have constructive comparative conversations about competitors’ products, we will not tolerate blatant adverts (2 points). Also, we would appreciate it if you refrain from bashing other products. (1 point)

* Posts arguing about company policies are not allowed. You can contact the company direct if you have issue with company policies. (post removal)

* Posts discussing moderator actions are not allowed. (post removal)

* You cannot post advertisements or notices for contests outside of the section reserved for advertisements. (2 points)

* All posts must be made in English (post removal)


Reserved rights

We reserve the right to remove offensive posts without notice.
We reserve the right to bypass the points system in unusual circumstances and ban anyone who wilfully violates the Forum rules. Access to this website and Forums is a privilege and not a right.
While these rules cover most common situations, they cannot anticipate everything. Consequently we reserve the right to take any actions we deem appropriate to ensure these Forums are not disrupted or abused in any way.


Advertising Services and Solicitation

We do not allow people to post threads or to send private messages or emails to users that advertise or solicit any products, services, funds or donations. Explicit advertising and soliciting in signatures is also prohibited. Note: The only exception to this is for posts in the section designated for advertising. The moderators at their sole discretion may remove posts from the advertising section as they wish.
Linking to a commercial product/service is acceptable, provided it is not blatant advertising
A link and promotional text for a site that is not commercial and does not contain product(s) and/or service(s) is allowed, provided the site is not sexual or does not violate our community standards. The moderators shall be the sole arbitrator of what does and what does not violate community standards. (Examples include sites about drugs and/or sex.)
Duplicate links to the same URL in a signature are not allowed.
All signatures must be made in English


Avatars

Animated avatars are not allowed. Sorry.
Avatars that may be confused with official staff avatars are not allowed.
Use of the Proton logo in avatars is not allowed.


Signature Size Limits

All signatures should not exceed the following limits
You can't have both text and images in your signature
For text signatures: 4 lines normal size, 8 lines small size and up to 90 chars per line. Font sizes above 2 are not allowed. (Blank lines count as lines.)
Do not use images with large text to bypass the previous item
For images in signatures: 1 image up to 300 pixels wide, 125 pixels tall and 20k in size
Animated images in a signature are not allowed


Moderation

Although the administrators and moderators of the web site and Forum will attempt to keep all objectionable messages off this Forum, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the author, and neither the owners of this web site and Forum, nor the moderators and administrators will be held responsible for the content of any message.
By agreeing to these rules, you warrant that you will not post any messages that are obscene, vulgar, sexually-oriented, hateful, threatening, or otherwise violate any laws.
The owners of this web site and Forum reserve the right to remove, edit, move or close any thread for any reason.

Moderator Disputes

Any disputes with the moderators will be handled in private through the Private Message System to the administrator
We reserve the right to update and modify these rules as the needs of the community dictate to ensure the smooth operation of this community.

Cookies

European Union law was passed stating that websites that leave non-essential cookies on visitors' devices have to alert the visitor and get acceptance from them. This law applies to both individuals and businesses based in the EU regardless of the nationality of their website's visitors or the location of their web host. Unfortunately it is not enough to simply update our website's terms and conditions or privacy policy. We have to obtain your explicit permission to use cookies. Failure to do means we can be fined up to £500,000.

What is a cookie?

A cookie is a small, removable data file stored by your Web browser on your computer. We place a unique identifier in the cookie and use the cookie to connect your computer with the information we store for you in our database. Cookies do not contain any personal information and they do not give us access to your computer. You may find the following link useful when learning about cookies: http://www.allaboutcookies.org/cookies/

How does this website use cookies?

Some examples of how we use cookies:

* to alert you to new areas that may be of interest to you

* to customize Web page content that may be helpful to you

* to store information, such as what time your current visit occurred, whether you have been to the site before, and what site referred you to the web page.

* to enable you to re-enter the web site, within a session period, without the re-entry of user name and password for each visit

* to enable you to select products, place them in the shopping system on www.crownhill.co.uk and make a purchase


Cookies help us to identify you and make best use of information that you provide through optional, voluntary submissions. These voluntary submissions allow you to:

* receive our electronic newsletters

* participate in our Forums

* email a friend from within our website

* participate in polls and surveys


We do not divulge any information about an individual user to a third party.

Usage tracking

We do track user traffic patterns. We break down overall usage statistics according to a user's domain name, browser type, and MIME type by reading this information from the browser string (information contained in every user's browser).

We may track and catalog the search terms that users enter in our Search function, but this tracking is never associated with individual users. We use tracking information to determine which areas of our sites users like and don't like based on traffic to those areas.

Our cookies contain no personally identifiable information but they will use your computer's IP address to know from where in the world you are accessing the Internet.

Want to prevent the use of cookies?

You can refuse cookies by turning them off in your browser. If you've set your browser to warn you before accepting cookies, you will receive the warning message with each cookie. You do not need to have cookies turned on to use this site. However, you do need cookies to participate actively in message boards, Forums, polling and surveys.

If you do not adhere to the above rules, you may be prevented from using this web site and Forum.

These Forum rules were modified to include the Cookie Policy information. the cookie policy information has been displayed at the bottom of the Forum rules to ensure that users see the cookie policy before accepting the rules. Cookie policy information has been placed in other areas of the web site to ensure users are reminded that cookies are in use on this web site.
Privacy Policy
Privacy and cookies policy

From 25 May 2018, a new data protection law is being introduced in the UK, it's called the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This aims to give you greater control over your personal information and to better protect your data in the modern world. We'd like to take the opportunity to let you know more about how we use your data.

What's changing?
We have updated our "Privacy Policy" in line with these changes. Our "Privacy Policy " now include details about the following:
• Our legal reasons for using your information
• Your new rights relating to the information we hold about you.

It is important that you understand how we manage your data and what options you have. Please read our Privacy Policy, we encourage you to discuss it on our forum and advise us if you believe that it is in any way deficient or could be improved. We have used lawyers to construct our policy, we can refer back to them if it is lacking in any way.

We require you to read and acknowledge understanding this policy before we allow further access to our website.

1. Introduction
1.1 We are committed to safeguarding the privacy of our website visitors and service users.1.2 This policy applies where we are acting as a data controller with respect to the personal data of our website visitors and service users; in other words, where we determine the purposes and means of the processing of that personal data.

1.3 Our website incorporates privacy controls which affect how we will process your personal data. By using the privacy controls, you can specify whether you would like to receive direct marketing communications and limit the publication of your information. You can access the privacy controls via http://www.protonbasic.co.uk/usercp.php.

2. How we use your personal data
2.1 In this Section 2 we have set out:
(a) the general categories of personal data that we may process;
(b) in the case of personal data that we did not obtain directly from you, the source and specific categories of that data;
(c) the purposes for which we may process personal data; and
(d) the legal bases of the processing.
2.2 We may process data about your use of our website and services ("usage data"). The usage data may include your IP address, geographical location, browser type and version, operating system, referral source, length of visit, page views and website navigation paths, as well as information about the timing, frequency and pattern of your service use. The source of the usage data is our analytics tracking system. This usage data may be processed for the purposes of analysing the use of the website and services. The legal basis for this processing is our legitimate interests, namely monitoring and improving our website and services
2.3 We may process your account data ("account data").The account data may include your name and email address.The source of the account data is you. The account data may be processed for the purposes of operating our website, providing our services, ensuring the security of our website and services, maintaining back-ups of our databases and communicating with you. The legal basis for this processing is our legitimate interests, namely the proper administration of our website and business.
2.4 We may process your information included in your personal profile on our website ("profile data").The profile data may include your name, email address, profile pictures, date of birth, interests and hobbies. The profile data may be processed for the purposes of enabling and monitoring your use of our website and services. The legal basis for this processing is our legitimate interests, namely the proper administration of our website and business.
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2.6 We may process information that you post for publication on our website or through our services ("publication data"). The publication data may be processed for the purposes of enabling such publication and administering our website and services. The legal basis for this processing is our legitimate interests, namely the proper administration of our website and business.
2.7 We may process information contained in any enquiry you submit to us regarding goods and/or services ("enquiry data"). The enquiry data may be processed for the purposes of offering, marketing and selling relevant goods and/or services to you. The legal basis for this processing is consent.
2.8 We may process information that you provide to us for the purpose of subscribing to our email notifications and/or newsletters] ("notification data"). The notification data may be processed [or the purposes of sending you the relevant notifications and/or newsletters. The legal basis for this processing is consent.
2.9 We may process information contained in or relating to any communication that you send to us ("correspondence data"). The correspondence data may include the communication content and metadata associated with the communication. Our website will generate the metadata associated with communications made using the website contact forms. The correspondence data may be processed for the purposes of communicating with you and record-keeping. The legal basis for this processing is our legitimate interests, namely the proper administration of our website and business and communications with users.
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2.11 We may process any of your personal data identified in this policy where necessary for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims, whether in court proceedings or in an administrative or out-of-court procedure. The legal basis for this processing is our legitimate interests, namely the protection and assertion of our legal rights, your legal rights and the legal rights of others.
2.12 We may process any of your personal data identified in this policy where necessary for the purposes of obtaining or maintaining insurance coverage, managing risks, or obtaining professional advice. The legal basis for this processing is our legitimate interests, namely the proper protection of our business against risks.
2.13 In addition to the specific purposes for which we may process your personal data set out in this Section 2, we may also process any of your personal data where such processing is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation to which we are subject, or in order to protect your vital interests or the vital interests of another natural person.
2.14 Please do not supply any other person's personal data to us, unless we prompt you to do so.

3. Automated decision-making
3.1 We may use your personal data for the purposes of automated decision-making in relation to providing access to features within our web site.
3.2 This automated decision-making will involve provision or removal of access to services, based upon the frequency and volume of your profile uses our services.
3.3 The significance and possible consequences of this automated decision-making are increase / reduction of status within our forum community and or increased access to services or limitation of access to services.

4. Providing your personal data to others
4.1 We may disclose your personal data to any member of our group of companies (this means our subsidiaries, our ultimate holding company and all its subsidiaries) insofar as reasonably necessary for the purposes, and on the legal bases, set out in this policy.
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4.5 In addition to the specific disclosures of personal data set out in this Section 4, we may disclose your personal data where such disclosure is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation to which we are subject, or in order to protect your vital interests or the vital interests of another natural person.[ We may also disclose your personal data where such disclosure is necessary for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims, whether in court proceedings or in an administrative or out-of-court procedure.]

5. International transfers of your personal data
5.1 In this Section 5, we provide information about the circumstances in which your personal data may be transferred to countries outside the European Economic Area (EEA).
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5.5 You acknowledge that [personal data that you submit for publication through our website or services] may be available, via the internet, around the world. We cannot prevent the use (or misuse) of such personal data by others.

6. Retaining and deleting personal data
6.1 This Section 6 sets out our data retention policies and procedure, which are designed to help ensure that we comply with our legal obligations in relation to the retention and deletion of personal data.
6.2 Personal data that we process for any purpose or purposes shall not be kept for longer than is necessary for that purpose or those purposes.
6.3 We will retain your personal data as follows:
(a) When goods or services are ordered and a financial transaction tales place, Name, email address, delivery address, telephone number, products or services taken, may be retained for a minimum period of 1 year following the date of supply, and for a maximum period of 7 years following the date of invoice.
(b) In relation to our web forum services Name, email address, may be retained for a maximum period of 2 years following the date of last use of your profile on our system.
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6.5 Notwithstanding the other provisions of this Section 6, we may retain your personal data where such retention is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation to which we are subject, or in order to protect your vital interests or the vital interests of another natural person.

7. Amendments
7.1 We may update this policy from time to time by publishing a new version on our website.
7.2 You should check this page occasionally to ensure you are happy with any changes to this policy.
7.3 We may notify you of significant changes to this policy by email or through the private messaging system on our website.

8. Your rights
8.1 In this Section 8, we have summarised the rights that you have under data protection law. Some of the rights are complex, and not all of the details have been included in our summaries. Accordingly, you should read the relevant laws and guidance from the regulatory authorities for a full explanation of these rights.
8.2 Your principal rights under data protection law are:
(a) the right to access;
(b) the right to rectification;
(c) the right to erasure;
(d) the right to restrict processing;
(e) the right to object to processing;
(f) the right to data portability;
(g) the right to complain to a supervisory authority; and
(h) the right to withdraw consent.
8.3 You have the right to confirmation as to whether or not we process your personal data and, where we do, access to the personal data, together with certain additional information. That additional information includes details of the purposes of the processing, the categories of personal data concerned and the recipients of the personal data. Providing the rights and freedoms of others are not affected, we will supply to you a copy of your personal data. The first copy will be provided free of charge, but additional copies may be subject to a reasonable fee.
8.4 You have the right to have any inaccurate personal data about you rectified and, taking into account the purposes of the processing, to have any incomplete personal data about you completed.
8.5 In some circumstances you have the right to the erasure of your personal data without undue delay. Those circumstances include: the personal data are no longer necessary in relation to the purposes for which they were collected or otherwise processed; you withdraw consent to consent-based processing; you object to the processing under certain rules of applicable data protection law; the processing is for direct marketing purposes; and the personal data have been unlawfully processed. However, there are exclusions of the right to erasure. The general exclusions include where processing is necessary: for compliance with a legal obligation; or for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims.
8.6 In some circumstances you have the right to restrict the processing of your personal data. Those circumstances are: you contest the accuracy of the personal data; processing is unlawful but you oppose erasure; we no longer need the personal data for the purposes of our processing, but you require personal data for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims; and you have objected to processing, pending the verification of that objection. Where processing has been restricted on this basis, we may continue to store your personal data. However, we will only otherwise process it: with your consent; for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims; for the protection of the rights of another natural or legal person; or for reasons of important public interest.
8.7 You have the right to object to our processing of your personal data on grounds relating to your particular situation, but only to the extent that the legal basis for the processing is that the processing is necessary for: the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of any official authority vested in us; or the purposes of the legitimate interests pursued by us or by a third party. If you make such an objection, we will cease to process the personal information unless we can demonstrate compelling legitimate grounds for the processing which override your interests, rights and freedoms, or the processing is for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims.
8.8 You have the right to object to our processing of your personal data for direct marketing purposes (including profiling for direct marketing purposes). If you make such an objection, we will cease to process your personal data for this purpose.
8.9 You have the right to object to our processing of your personal data for scientific or historical research purposes or statistical purposes on grounds relating to your particular situation, unless the processing is necessary for the performance of a task carried out for reasons of public interest.
8.10 To the extent that the legal basis for our processing of your personal data is:
(a) consent; or
(b) that the processing is necessary for the performance of a contract to which you are party or in order to take steps at your request prior to entering into a contract,
and such processing is carried out by automated means, you have the right to receive your personal data from us in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format. However, this right does not apply where it would adversely affect the rights and freedoms of others.
8.11 If you consider that our processing of your personal information infringes data protection laws, you have a legal right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority responsible for data protection. You may do so in the EU member state of your habitual residence, your place of work or the place of the alleged infringement.
8.12 To the extent that the legal basis for our processing of your personal information is consent, you have the right to withdraw that consent at any time. Withdrawal will not affect the lawfulness of processing before the withdrawal.
8.13 You may exercise any of your rights in relation to your personal data by written notice to us, in addition to the other methods specified in this Section 8].

9. Third party websites
9.1 Our website includes hyperlinks to, and details of, third party websites.
9.2 We have no control over, and are not responsible for, the privacy policies and practices of third parties.

10. Personal data of children
10.1 Our website and services are targeted at persons over the age of 16.
10.2 If we have reason to believe that we hold personal data of a person under that age in our databases, we will delete that personal data.

11. Updating information
11.1 Please let us know if the personal information that we hold about you needs to be corrected or updated.

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13. About cookies
13.1 A cookie is a file containing an identifier (a string of letters and numbers) that is sent by a web server to a web browser and is stored by the browser. The identifier is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server.
13.2 Cookies may be either "persistent" cookies or "session" cookies: a persistent cookie will be stored by a web browser and will remain valid until its set expiry date, unless deleted by the user before the expiry date; a session cookie, on the other hand, will expire at the end of the user session, when the web browser is closed.
13.3 Cookies do not typically contain any information that personally identifies a user, but personal information that we store about you may be linked to the information stored in and obtained from cookies.

14. Cookies that we use
14.1 We use cookies for the following purposes:
(a) authentication - we use cookies [to identify you when you visit our website and as you navigate our website;
(b) status - we use cookies [to help us to determine if you are logged into our website
(c) personalisation - we use cookies to store information about your preferences and to personalise the website for you;
(d) security - we use cookies as an element of the security measures used to protect user accounts, including preventing fraudulent use of login credentials, and to protect our website and services generally;
(e) advertising - we may use cookies to help us to display advertisements that will be relevant to you;
(f) analysis - we may use cookies to help us to analyse the use and performance of our website and services;
(g) cookie consent - we use cookies to store your preferences in relation to the use of cookies more generally

15. Cookies used by our service providers
15.1 Our service providers use cookies and those cookies may be stored on your computer when you visit our website.
15.2 We use Google Analytics to analyse the use of our website. Google Analytics gathers information about website use by means of cookies. The information gathered relating to our website is used to create reports about the use of our website. Google's privacy policy is available at: https://www.google.com/policies/privacy/.
15.3 We may publish Google AdSense interest-based advertisements on our website. These are tailored by Google to reflect your interests. To determine your interests, Google will track your behaviour on our website and on other websites across the web using cookies. You can view, delete or add interest categories associated with your browser by visiting: https://adssettings.google.com. You can also opt out of the AdSense partner network cookie using those settings or using the Network Advertising Initiative's multi-cookie opt-out mechanism at: http://optout.networkadvertising.org. However, these opt-out mechanisms themselves use cookies, and if you clear the cookies from your browser your opt-out will not be maintained. To ensure that an opt-out is maintained in respect of a particular browser, you may wish to consider using the Google browser plug-ins available at: https://support.google.com/ads/answer/7395996.

16. Managing cookies
16.1 Most browsers allow you to refuse to accept cookies and to delete cookies. The methods for doing so vary from browser to browser, and from version to version. You can however obtain up-to-date information about blocking and deleting cookies via these links:
(a) https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/95647?hl=en (Chrome);
(b) https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/enable-and-disable-cookies-website-preferences (Firefox);
(c) http://www.opera.com/help/tutorials/security/cookies/ (Opera);
(d) https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/help/17442/windows-internet-explorer-delete-manage-cookies (Internet Explorer);
(e) https://support.apple.com/kb/PH21411 (Safari); and
(f) https://privacy.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-10-microsoft-edge-and-privacy (Edge).

16.2 Blocking all cookies will have a negative impact upon the usability of many websites.
16.3 If you block cookies, you will not be able to use all the features on our website.

17. Cookie preferences
17.1 You can manage your preferences relating to the use of cookies on our website by visiting: http://www.protonbasic.co.uk/content.php/4033-Prevent-the-use-of-cookies

18. Our details
18.1 This website is owned and operated by Crownhill Associates Limited.
18.2 We are registered in England and Wales under registration number 2947425, and our registered office is at Hardcastle Burton, 90 High Street, Newmarket Suffolk, CB8 8FE (this is NOT our place of trade).
18.3 Our principal place of business is at The Old Station Yard, Station Road, Wilburton CB6 3PZ.
18.4 You can contact us:
(a) by post, to The Old Station Yard, Station Road, Wilburton CB6 3PZ.
(b) by telephone, on the contact number published on our website from time to time;
(d) by email, using the email address published on our website from time to time.
If you do not adhere to the forum rules, you may be prevented from using this web site and forum. You will also be required to read our privacy policy.

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