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Cable Forum's ethos is to provide support and assistance to those using or interested in UK Cable Services. The Virgin Media and other IT areas of the board are thus our priority. Cable services cannot be viewed in isolation, so topic areas exist for other technologies. We recognise that a healthy site requires stimulus for it's community and hence the other discussion areas are provided.

Our origins were under the nthellworld website banner. The name change to Cable Forum was triggered by a desire to take a more balanced and proactive view. Inevitably forums attract more posts from those who are dissatisfied than happy with matters, and we recognise that people will wish to be critical. All we ask is that content is balanced and factual with the aim of helping members to understand the issue, and perhaps suggest resolutions.

When starting new topics, please select the correct board area. Each does have an established description for it's typical content. Try and select a thread title that reasonably describes the topic. For example is seeking assistance, putting a title of "Help" alone, won't encourage many to read the message. Please check with the search function that a topic on the subject isn't already under way, as we don't like duplicates. However if after a few months a thread has become inactive, starting a new topic may be preferable to bumping an old one.

Everyone is welcome to participate in threads. We simply ask that topic starters and subsequent replies are balanced and objective, and remain within the subject matter. If starting discussions, ideally provide a link to a web article, or other source that prompted your posting. Similarly links may be appropriate to back up your stance during a debate. If you are seeking assistance with a problem, try to be descriptive as to the difficulties and how they occur, the equipment involved and what steps you have tried to resolve it.

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