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Account Registration Agreement [Updated--02/17/07]
« on: February 17, 2007, 06:54:19 PM »
The following is the exact text of the terms of service you agreed to follow when signing up with this forum.  Yes they look scary, but that's just for legal reasons :P

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You agree, through your use of this forum, that you will not post any material which is false, defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, vulgar, hateful, harassing, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, invasive of a person's privacy, adult material, or otherwise in violation of any International or United States Federal law. You also agree not to post any copyrighted material unless you own the copyright or you have written consent from the owner of the copyrighted material. Spam, flooding, advertisements, chain letters, pyramid schemes, and solicitations are also forbidden on this forum.

Note that it is impossible for the staff or the owners of this forum to confirm the validity of posts. Please remember that we do not actively monitor the posted messages, and as such, are not responsible for the content contained within. We do not warrant the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information presented. The posted messages express the views of the author, and not necessarily the views of this forum, its staff, its subsidiaries, or this forum's owner. Anyone who feels that a posted message is objectionable is encouraged to notify an administrator or moderator of this forum immediately. The staff and the owner of this forum reserve the right to remove objectionable content, within a reasonable time frame, if they determine that removal is necessary. This is a manual process, however, please realize that they may not be able to remove or edit particular messages immediately. This policy applies to member profile information as well.

You remain solely responsible for the content of your posted messages. Furthermore, you agree to indemnify and hold harmless the owners of this forum, any related websites to this forum, its staff, and its subsidiaries. The owners of this forum also reserve the right to reveal your identity (or any other related information collected on this service) in the event of a formal complaint or legal action arising from any situation caused by your use of this forum.

You have the ability, as you register, to choose your username. We advise that you keep the name appropriate. With this user account you are about to register, you agree to never give your password out to another person except an administrator, for your protection and for validity reasons. You also agree to NEVER use another person's account for any reason.  We also HIGHLY recommend you use a complex and unique password for your account, to prevent account theft.

After you register and login to this forum, you will be able to fill out a detailed profile. It is your responsibility to present clean and accurate information. Any information the forum owner or staff determines to be inaccurate or vulgar in nature will be removed, with or without prior notice. Appropriate sanctions may be applicable.

Please note that with each post, your IP address is recorded, in the event that you need to be banned from this forum or your ISP contacted. This will only happen in the event of a major violation of this agreement.

Also note that the software places a cookie, a text file containing bits of information (such as your username and password), in your browser's cache. This is ONLY used to keep you logged in/out. The software does not collect or send any other form of information to your computer.  YOUR INFORMATION WILL NEVER BE SOLD TO A THIRD PARTY EXCEPT IN THE CASE OF TRANSFERRING OWNERSHIP OF THIS FORUM AND SITE.

In addition to the above, by accepting this agreement, you will follow all the rules presented below:


Language

- Official Language: These forums are officially english.  Any dialect will do as long as the majority of english speakers in the world can understand it.  If you have trouble speaking english, please let one of the moderators or admins know so we can give you a bit of help.  If you make a post in another language, please provide a translation below in the same post.
- Slang: Any local slang is discouraged as the many of our members are not native english speakers.  If you do use a term that some people may not know, please have the courtesy to define it in your post.  In addition, if a forum member asks you what a term means, define the term for them publicly.
- Internet Speak (the l33t rule): Using any sort of Instant Message typing is frowned upon.  This is a forum and not a real time chat, so there should be no need to rush your typing to get a post in.  Type out full words and try to use correct spelling.  We do understand that not all words are easy to spell, so just try your best.  The occasional use of certain AIM-speak shorthand is okay since it can show more emotion if used sparingly.
- Swearing and Terms of Disparagement: Swearing isn't encouraged, but as long as you don't swear in every post you make, we probably won't do anything about it.  As far as racial slurs and other derogatory language goes, we will not tolerate this at all.  If you do not know what this is, please see the wikipedia article at this link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Term_of_disparagement and this link as well: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hate_speech


Behavior

- Trolling: Trolling is not tolerated.  We will generally give a warning to you in the thread where you posted something considered trolling before we do anything more about it.  If you do not know what trolling is, here is the definition: Someone who posts to a newsgroup, bulletin board, etc., in a way deliberately intended to anger other posters and draw arguments, or otherwise disrupt the group's intended purpose.
- Spamming: Spamming is also not tolerated.  It's one thing to post a relevant link in a topic, but plugging your site in any way that's off topic will result in corrective action.  You may put your site in your signature as long as it doesn't lead to any referral based system.
- Flaming: Flaming is insulting someone, simple as that.  Don't do it.  If you need explanation on how not to flame, you should leave now.


Expectations of Posters

- All members of the forum are expected to maintain an appropriate level of maturity to the discussion at hand.  Most of the explanation to this maturity is explained in the above rules, and your guidelines for the maturity level can be seen by looking around the forums for a bit.  If you don't know what this is, you are not mature enough.


Miscellaneous

- This forum is a dictatorship.  What the moderators decide should not be argued with.  There is no free speech here. (If you want to look at the legality of this, be my guest.  It's private property.)
- This is not a furry forum.  Many of our members are in fact furries, but not all are.  Keep this in mind when talking about anything specific to the furry fandom.  the same goes with various other groups this site attracts.  In other words: Don't assume anything.

Also, as a last note, the server is based in Orlando, Florida.  Those laws, extending up to United States federal law is what will be referenced if anything of questionable legality arises.

A copy of this full agreement can be found in the "Rules, Information, and Announcements" forum.

Failing to comply with any part of this agreement may lead to immediate termination of your account.  This agreement may be changed at any time without notice.  The most up to date copy can be found in the forum.

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Account Registration Agreement [Updated--02/17/07]
« on: February 17, 2007, 06:54:19 PM »