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PostSubject: *Site Rules* Everyone Read   Sat 1 Aug 2009 - 21:45

Extreme Weather Chase Team Site GUIDELINES

The basic ground rules for discussions on our community are simple: be polite, use common sense, don't break the law and don't post any message that even hints at advertising.

We take the "be polite" rule VERY seriously! We do not tolerate ANY rudeness, profane or offensive language whatsoever. Any member who is intentionally unpleasant or disruptive may be suspended or banned.

We don't intend to censor messages based on the opinions expressed within posts, but we will enforce the policies outlined here. We reserve the right to remove, modify or move posts at our discretion and without explanation. If a thread or post of yours gets deleted by one of our Admins, or Moderators, it means it was deleted for a violation of the policies of the forum - do not repost it.

In light of our policy of encouraging candid, open exchanges of views and the rapid distribution of information originating from many sources, the Extreme Weather Chase Team can not determine the accuracy of information that may be uploaded to the Forums or Blogs.

Opinions, advice and all other information expressed by participants in discussions are those of the author. You rely on such information at your own risk. Participants are urged to seek professional advice for specific, individual situations and not rely solely on advice or opinions given in the discussions.

Remember that this community is only as good as you make it. The community members get all the credit for making this a worthwhile place to visit.


Site Rules & Guidelines
While we promote debating and discussion, we will not tolerate rudeness, defamatory or insulting posts, personal attacks or purposeless inflammatory posts. Our decision in these matters will be final.
Discussion of illegal activities such as software and music piracy and other intellectual property violations or posts that infringe any patent, trademark, copyright, trade secrets or proprietary right(s) of any party are not allowed.
As a source for information about severe weather and the Extreme Weather Chase Teamô, this is and shall be a family friendly site. Profane, pornographic, or adult oriented discussions/topics are not allowed. The moderator team shall be the sole arbitrator of what does and what does not violate our community standards.
Each member is allowed one login account. Registering with multiple accounts is not allowed.
Memberships are never deleted, even upon request. If you're unhappy with our site you're free to stop visiting.
Participants may not use our community for commercial gain.
Participants may not use our community to direct others to any pages which they have commercial interests in; these include commission or referral hyperlinks.
Participants may not create duplicate threads or direct others to threads they have started (cross-posting).
Websites/URLs may not be posted/advertised in avatars.
Members may not impersonate, or attempt to impersonate moderators or other staff members, or claim to be an employee or claim association with the NOAA, the NWS, the SPC or any other government agency unless they are actual employees of such agency. The admins or moderators may require verification of such employment by requiring any such member to validate their account through their government e-mail address. This includes, but is not limited to, usernames as well.
Participants may not bump threads. Bumping can refer to posting useless information, making corrections or updates in a new post, posting one-liners or any other action to deliberately keep a thread hot or to bring it to the top of its thread. Administrators will use their discretion, depending on the nature of the post, as to whether to take action or not.
Participants may not use spaces, dots, or substituting characters; or by any other means in an attempt to defeat the word censors put in place by the Extreme Weather Chase Team Site. We reserve the right to remove or edit offensive posts without notice.
Participants may not post email addresses, screen names, or any other method of contact. Such information should be set up in your profile, or communicated to another member via the Private Message (PM) or Email feature.
We have the ability to remove objectionable content and we will make every effort to do so, within a reasonable time frame, if we determine that removal is necessary. You agree that you will not use this site to post any material which is knowingly false and/or defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, vulgar, hateful, harassing, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, invasive of a person's privacy, or otherwise in violation of any law. You agree not to post any copyrighted material unless the copyright is owned by you or by this site.
We reserve the right to modify and amend these terms at any time without notice. It is your responsibility to remain informed of current Site Rules.

Advertising Services
We do not allow people to post threads or to send private messages or emails to users here that advertise or solicit any products or services. Links to sites, both for profit and non profit must be placed in the Website Links section. Please keep all advertising Extreme Weather Chase Teamô and/or weather related.

Explicit advertising in signatures is also prohibited.

Hyperlinks/Methods of Contact - Signatures
You are not allowed to post links to forums or personal and/or business websites in your signatures. This includes Myspace and Facebook links. All website links must be placed in your profile or in the Website Links section.

You are not allowed to post email addresses or other forms of contact (phone, fax, physical address) in your signature. All forms of contact must remain inside your own profile.

Hyperlinks/Methods of Contact - Posts
A similar rule applies to posting, with the exception of requests for further information.

There should be no links to your personal or business related websites or forums, for profit or not, in your posts. All links should be placed in your profile or in the Website Links section. Also, there should be no form of contact information (phone, fax, physical address, email address) placed in your posts.

Exception - If during a discussion another member wants to see your website and they ask for it openly, then you may post a link to it.

Warning: DO NOT try to work us over on this. DO NOT say something along the lines of, "I have a site if you want to see it."

As always, the moderators have the right to modify your post/signature if need be to comply with the rules/guidelines and also issue warnings and infractions as needed.

Copyright Issues
Do not post copyrighted material here. It is generally acceptable to post portions of the article (no more than three paragraphs) and give a link to the source article. This applies to online newspaper and magazine articles, blogs, product manuals, etc. If in doubt, post a couple of paragraphs and a link.

Also, when posting radar imagery or storm/damage photo or videos, please provide a link to the source or give credit to the owner. It's only fair.

The Moderators will edit any post that does not meet these guidelines.

All Rights Reserved
The content on this site, including but not limited to, forum threads and posts, blog entries and comments, site text and Extreme Weather Chase Team logos and banners, are property of Extreme Weather Chase Teamô or it's respectful owner and may be protected by copyright and other restrictions as well and may not be used without written permission.Copyrights and other proprietary rights in the content on this website may also be owned by individuals and entities other than, and in addition to, Extreme Weather. Extreme Weather prohibits the copying of
any protected materials on this website.

Our logos and banners may only be used to promote this site, and must include the HTML tags found here.

No Legal Advice or Attorney-Client Relationship
Information contained on or made available through Extreme Weather Chase Teamô site and message boards is not intended to and does not constitute legal advice, recommendations, mediation or counseling of any kind under any circumstance and no attorney-client relationship is formed. Do not act on or rely on any information from this site without consulting with a licensed attorney.

No Obligation to Monitor
Extreme Weather Chase Teamô does not control the information delivered to the message boards, and has no obligation to monitor their content. However, the Moderators reserves the right at all times to disclose any information as necessary to satisfy any applicable law, regulation, legal process or governmental request, or to edit, refuse to post or to remove any information or materials, in whole or in part, for any reason whatsoever, at its sole discretion.

Privacy
Message boards are public and not private communications, and therefore others may read the communications and posts of any user without his knowledge. The staff recommends you should always use caution when giving out any personally identifying information about yourself in any posting or message. Generally, any communication posted on this site is considered to be non-confidential.

Reporting
Any user who feels any content of the message boards is objectionable is encouraged to contact us immediately by contacting the Community Leader Team through the Contact Us section located at the bottom of every page. You may also report a guidelines violation via the reporting button located on top of every post. We have the ability to remove objectionable content and we will make every effort to do so, within a reasonable time frame, if we determine that removal is necessary.

It is the memberís responsibility to check the Site Rules often. These rules may be changed at any time.

If you have any questions regarding the site or forum, please use the Contact Us feature found at the bottom of every page.

In closing, thanks for becoming a contributing member of Extreme Weather Chase Teamô site. Remember to be safe, have fun, and I'll see you in the forum.

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Marc
Chase 1
F/F Level IV & Rescue Technician II
UMD- Maryland Fire & Rescue Institute


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