Hi Gareth - question about the rules (not related to this original post, but to your response so I hope it's okay to post this question here).
When I use the search feature and find the thread I want to reply to, this causes me to bypass the main forum where the rules are pinned, and therefore don't always see the forum rules. Now, I do "know" them, but I wonder if other users are missing them for this reason. Do you think there is a way (easily) to get a link to the forum rules into each post that is in that forum. I don't know if that makes sense. I ask because we have a similar issue in my school- teachers search for a topic in the forum, finally find it, and then just post, forgetting the information that was pinned to the top of the forum (where I ask them what course they teach and such). If you think there is a non-complex solution to that situation, I'd love to hear and implement in my own Moodle. If not, then I will continue to remind them as you do here.