The Bus Zone Forum is hosted at Google Groups. Anyone can read and search
for posts in the group, but you will need a Google account and forum
membership to post messages.
Alternatively, all of the latest news is highlighted on the Bus Zone Updates page which has archives
back to January 2002. Additionally, the Bus Zone News Page
offers more detailed reviews of selected events from the Bus Zone area. Important items
posted to the Google Group by members will usually be highlighted on these
The message archive is open for viewing with or without membership.
You must become a member in order to post a message to the Forum. Alternatively you are
also welcome to email items directly here for
inclusion on the Forum, Updates Page, News Page or any other pages.
Regular visitors are encouraged to register as a member.
All membership requests have to be approved by a moderator to help prevent spam getting
through. In normal circumstances requests will be approved within 48 hours.
Whilst it is preferred that a username should help identify who
the user is in the off-line world, this is not essential. However messages from those who
choose not to provide an identity are more likely to be dismissed should their message
contradict or conflict with those from others.
Attachments are allowed with submissions to the group.
Rules and Regulations
Members should post in a way that is respectful of other users. Flaming or abusing users
in any way will not be tolerated and will lead to a warning.
Members should remember the forum is aimed at a general audience. Posting generally
offensive text, images, links, etc. will not be tolerated and will lead to a warning.
Members are asked to respect the copyright of other users, sites, media, etc.
Members should post in a way which is consistent with "normal writing". That
is users should not post excessive numbers of emoticons, large, small or coloured text,
etc. Similarly users should not SHOUT or use excessive punctuation (e.g. ! and ?) in topic
titles or posts. Users consistently abusing this will be warned.
Members should try to use an appropriate, descriptive title when posting a new topic.
Examples of bad titles include; "Help me!", "I'm stuck!",
"Question", etc. Examples of good titles include; "Route 17 Question",
"Sightings from 28th May", etc.
Please avoid posting test messages, and instead wait until you have something relevant
Please avoid posting thank-you messages, and instead email the person/people directly.
Spam is not tolerated under any circumstance.
The moderating team reserves the right to edit or remove any post at any time. The
determination of what is construed as indecent, vulgar, spam, etc. as noted in these
points is up to moderators and not users.
The above forum rules where applicable also apply to the chat facility. Abuse of the
system may lead to warnings (as above) and/or the revocation of the facility generally.
Bus Zone operates a three strike policy. Users will be warned a maximum of three times
for any and all offences in a three month period. If the need arises for a fourth warning
a temporary ban will be put in place of between 1 to 7 days.
Arguing with team members after having received a warning will lead to an immediate
additional warning. Should this exceed three strikes a temporary ban will be put in place
Users who feel they have been unfairly warned are welcome to contact other moderators or
the group owner. If they feel you were treated badly they can remove a warning. Their
decision is final. Contacting group members over warning matters should be done so as a
very last resort... group members do not want to be bothered unless vital.
Any attempt to circumvent a temporary ban will lead to that ban being made permanent.
Circumvention includes re-registering under a non-banned username or registering a new
email account to evade an email ban. Circumvention includes posting as an anonymous user.
An exception to the three strike rule applies when users contact team members personally
(via any method) and post insulting, indecent or vulgar material. Such users may be
subject to an immediate permanent ban.
Permanent bans are a last resort and thought is given before implementing them. While
Bus Zone may consider lifting permanent bans from time to time this is a rare occurrence.
Until 6th January 2006 the Forum had been hosted by Bravenet here,
and until 16th November 2020 at Yahoo!Groups here.
The decision to move was from Bravenet taken primarily due to the increasing
number of intrusive adverts being placed on the page, and the wider range of facilities that
on Yahoo!Groups. Whilst Bravenet had it's advantages in terms of accessibility, it was
felt that the time had come to make a move. Then in 2019 Yahoo! began to
scale back the functionality they offered before eventually closing their
site entirely from 15th December 2020, and so the group was moved to Google
Groups which offered the closest alternative. If you have any comments about
the moves, please do make them known as the situation will be continually
monitored. Beyond that however, it is intended that this page should become the first port of
call should any problems develop.