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Terms of Service
« on: December 23, 2008, 10:54:36 AM »
Terms of Service

The boxercrazy.org service (hereafter "Boxer Crazy" or "the Forum") is provided free for use and enjoyment by all members. After registering, you may discuss Boxers and a variety of topics with registered users throughout the world. The goals of the Forum are to provide information and discussion about the Boxer breed, conscientious breeding, health, safety, and responsible pet ownership.

We do insist that you abide by the rules and policies detailed below. For the duration of the document, "We" refers to Boxer Crazy and its Administrators, Moderators, agents, and affiliates.

Your Forum Profile
Username and Password
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.

One Account
You agree you will register only one account. If you have trouble with your log-in or password, contact the Administrators rather than registering again. Posts may be merged at the discretion of the Administration of Boxer Crazy for any member with two or more user accounts.

Profile Information
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.

Signatures
Signature text and images should comply with our regular posting rules. In order to keep threads easy to read, signature pictures/banners must be no higher than 160 pixels, and no wider than 500 pixels.  Signature text is limited to 200 characters.

If your signature is in violation of any of these new rules, we may remove it without prior notice. If you have any questions as to whether something is acceptable, please PM an Administrator

Avatars
Avatar images are subject to the TOS/Rules for the Boxer Crazy Forum.  Image size is limited to 160 x 160 pixels. 

Uploading/Linking Photos
To conserve storage space, we request that all members use a free photo-hosting service such as Photobucket to post pictures.  Only avatar photos should be uploaded and stored on the Boxer Crazy site.

You agree that you will upload or link only photos that are deemed appropriate for public viewing. The decision of the Administration will be final. Uploaded photos are also limited in size and disk space per user.

Your Forum Activity
Topics/Posts
Please try to post under the appropriate forum.  This will enable members to easily find your posts and respond in a timely fashion.  By the same token, please try to use meaningful Subject lines that relate to the content of the post; "Help! My Boxer Ate a Chipmunk!" is a meaningful subject line; "Help!" by itself has little meaning.  We do have a "Search" function that we encourage you to use - your question may have been asked in the past, and a search may get you an answer faster than a new post will.

Off-Topic Posts
Please try to avoid going too far off-topic or "hijacking" a thread.  It is in the nature of some discussions to migrate from the original topic; so long as the original question/issue has been addressed, and there is not an ongoing effort to bring the discussion back on-topic, these migrations will be allowed.  While short, somewhat-related detours are generally well-tolerated, if the other topic is significantly different or detracting from the original subject, we reserve the right to split the other topic into its own thread in the appropriate forum.

No Cross-Posting
Do not post the same discussion more than once on a discussion forum or on many forums. Duplicate discussions are frustrating and counterproductive for other members, especially for those whose time and energy is limited. Duplicate discussions will be deleted.

Personal Information
For your own safety, please do not post personal information, such as address, telephone number, or e-mail address on the Forum.  Other members may contact you privately using the Personal Messaging system or, if you choose to allow it, by sending you an e-mail via the Forum interface.

Veterinary Advice
We do not advocate blindly following any one person's advice, so discussions and information about veterinary matters, common procedures, 'traditional' practices, etc. are encouraged; however the Boxer Crazy Forum is not meant to take the place of veterinary care or advice. Members may post information, opinion, experiences, or personal advice; however such sharing of information does not establish a client-patient-veterinarian relationship and is not a professional, licensed veterinary consultation, and should not be interpreted as such.  In the event of an emergency, contact your veterinary or emergency clinic first.

Competing Sites
The internet is a big place, and it's no surprise that there are other sites which occupy the same niche as Boxer Crazy. We have no issue with that. However, it would be against our best interests, and therefore the best interests of our members, for us to allow such sites to build upon our popularity by being promoted on Boxer Crazy. Therefore, no Boxer-related Forums may be referenced or linked on Boxer Crazy in any way, including but not limited to links in posts, signatures, profile information, Personal Messages, or e-mails originating from the Forum.  "Smaller niche" sites, such as Boxer-rescue-specific forums, may be linked in certain circumstances, with the permission and at the discretion of the Administrators.

Breeding Discussions
Boxer Crazy is dedicated to supporting responsible breeding practices - those aimed at maintaining or improving the quality, temperament, health, and longevity of the Boxer breed; ensuring the proper care of the individual dogs produced for their lifetimes; educating potential purchasers; and offering support and assistance to puppy buyers for the life of the dog. Please do not post threads promoting irresponsible or casual breeding practices - this would include, but not be limited to: breeding dogs who have not been screened for common health issues in the breed; breeding white Boxers; selling pet puppies without a non-breeding contract; misrepresenting or making false claims about the health, testing, or titles of the dogs being bred. Questions about what responsible breeding entails, or about why a certain practice may or may not be considered responsible, are welcome; discussions or debates about who "should be allowed" to breed, or about legal restriction of breeders, are permitted so long as they do not violate the Forum rules; however promoting, advertising, or recommending irresponsible breeding practices is not allowed. 

We allow links to breeder websites, and discussion of questions, concerns, red flags, etc. that might arise from them; however please keep in mind that libelous statements can open you up to a defamation lawsuit.  ("She's a money-hungry BYB" is a libelous statement; "It seems to me that this person does not have the best interests of the breed in mind" is an opinion.)  Also be aware that linking to a site may increase that site's ranking in search engines such as Google.

Breeding is a volatile and emotional topic.  If you choose to post about breeding your dog(s), please be prepared for questions about their health, temperament, conformation, testing, and your reason(s) for breeding.  While you are not required to provide this information, publicly or privately, the Administrators reserve the right to close breeding threads if we do not have confidence that the practices being discussed fit our definition of responsible.

Breeder Referral Listing
In an effort to help members and guests obtain a well-bred Boxer puppy from a responsible breeder, we have instituted a Breeder Referral Listing.  Members who have obtained a puppy from a breeder who meets our general guidelines for responsible breeding can submit a referral request to an Administrator, who will then post the information in the listing.  If a member objects to a particular breeder being included in the listing, they should privately contact and Administrator and explain their position; we will review the information and determine whether the listing should stay.  From time to time, we may open the issue for discussion in the members-only Debates area.  Inclusion does not equal endorsement by the Boxer Crazy Administration or Site Owner(s), but only endorsement by the member(s) listed in the referral.   Potential buyers are advised to thoroughly research even those breeders listed here.

Inappropriate Content
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 applicable laws.  Doing so may lead to you being immediately and permanently banned (and your service provider being informed). The IP address of all posts is recorded to aid in enforcing these conditions.

Debates/Disagreements
The Boxer Crazy Forum is a place where it's okay to be yourself as long as you always act with respect for your fellow members as well as the Boxer Crazy  staff. You are not expected to leave your personality at the door. There are going to be topics and discussions that will spark heated debates. Please think before you post and re-read what you type before you post it. Keep your comments limited to the debate at hand and do not make this a personal issue between you and another member.     

Insulting comments about other posters are not permitted. Criticism is acceptable; insults and flames are not. We expect our members to treat each other with respect.  Discuss the post, not the poster (debates on topics are good; arguments between members are not).  Because we are a smaller community, we are able to be more lenient about allowing these discussions to continue - however from time to time we may ask you to edit one of your posts, or we may edit it for you; the moderation is not based on whether we agree with your post, but whether it is in violation of the rules; is insulting, derogatory or inflammatory; and whether it is constructively contributing to the discussion.

Advertising
Advertisements for members' personal business ventures are permitted in the "Member Advertisements" area and are subject to the rules of that area.  At no time will advertisements of live animals, stud services, breeding inquiries, etc. be permitted in any area, public or private.  BoxerCrazy.org does not warrant or endorse any products or services advertised.

Solicitations
You agree not to invite, solicit or coerce others to join other community websites through posts, email, Personal Messaging, use of Boxer Crazy's membership list or any other resource within the Boxer Crazy website. Advertisements not described above, chain letters, pyramid schemes, and solicitations are inappropriate to post or send through Personal Messages, e-mail or any other feature of the Boxer Crazy website.

Copyrighted Material
Information copyrighted or owned by any individual or entity other than the member should not be posted on the Forum without the consent of the owner.  (A statement by the author/copyright owner included in the work, such as "Please feel free to cross post", is considered consent.)  If such an event occurs, the individual posting the information shall be held solely responsible. Boxer Crazy shall not be held responsible for member-posted information that may violate copyright law.  Under Fair Use provisions you can legally post a small abstract of an article - or perhaps the opening paragraph - and then link to the full article. The exceptions to this rule are press releases; press releases are meant for distribution and can be copied and distributed widely. If you are not sure if you can copy something then always err on the side of caution and simply post a link to the material.

Personal Messages (PMs)
Personal Messaging is provided to the members of Boxer Crazy as a service intended to enhance the Community experience. The purpose of Personal Messaging is to allow for discreet conversations to take place between members. This privilege is not to be abused!  All Forum Rules/TOS also apply to Personal Messages.  Solicitation, spamming, or harassment of any kind is strictly forbidden. Abuse of this privilege will result in a suspension or outright ban from sending any Personal Messages.  Any member receiving an inappropriate Personal Message should use the "Report" function to forward that message to the Administrators.  In addition, Personal Messages are not intended to deprive the Community of valuable information or experiences which could benefit the entire group. Please do not use Personal Messages if the content of the message can be helpful to others.

Although Personal Messages are normally only accessible by those who send and receive them, they are part of the database and as such, property of Boxer Crazy.   They are private, but not necessarily secret.  Reported message are forwarded in full and unadulterated form to the Administrators.   This Forum is powered by SMF software; like most other Forum software, SMF does not provide an interface for Administrators to read members' Personal Messages; however *unlike* most other Forum Software, SMF also does not provide or support a "mod" or "hack" that will create this functionality.  For legal reasons the Site Owner/Hosting Provider is able to access the database and retrieve PMs, if so required by law enforcement agencies or in cases where illegal activities or severe rule infringement is reported or reasonably suspected. 

Ownership of Posts
While you retain full ownership of all your posts, you grant Boxer Crazy a non-revocable full and perpetual license to use, display, store, copy, archive, move, edit, delete, quote, or otherwise alter or adapt any post you make in any way deemed necessary for the normal operation and/or administration of this community.  As a user you agree to any information you have entered above being stored in a database. While this information will not be disclosed to any third party without your consent the webmaster, administrator and moderators cannot be held responsible for any hacking attempt that may lead to the data being compromised.

In the event of an account being terminated (voluntarily or as the result of disciplinary action) Boxer Crazy shall retain the above full and perpetual license on all posts associated with the terminated account. 

Posts and threads on the Boxer Crazy Forums may not be forwarded off of the BoxerCrazy.org site to other persons, Forums, or mailings lists without the express permission of all persons involved in the discussion.
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Re: Terms of Service
« Reply #1 on: December 23, 2008, 10:54:49 AM »
Administration
Discretion
Use of the site is at the discretion of the Administration of Boxer Crazy, and that any use may be terminated by the Administration at any time.

Post Administration
Most post moderation is done for the purpose of content clarity, thread continuity, or navigational help for visitors looking for specific information.  You agree that we may move your post from one forum category to another, or edit thread titles, for the purpose of content clarity, adding to the navigational help of visitors looking for specific information.  You agree that the webmaster, administrator and moderators of this Forum have the right to remove, edit, move or close any topic at any time should they see fit.  We reserve the right to delete any message for any or no reason whatsoever. 

We reserve the right to move or remove a post which does not relate to the topic being discussed in the Forum. In addition, Boxer Crazy reserves the right to organize discussion Forums in order to best serve the majority of our members. Boxer Crazy or  its assigned agents also reserves the right to prohibit or delete discussions that are thought to violate applicable law or that may be harmful to other members, the Boxer Crazy site, or the rights of Boxer Crazy or others. That said, we cannot ensure prompt removal of offending Forum posts.

Disabling Users
You agree that we may edit/remove the posts and/or disable the account of any member who does not comply with these community Rules or for any reason deemed appropriate by the administration for the good of the community and its safety. Requests for removal will entail inactivating the member account and removing personal data, location, avatar, etc., to protect the privacy of the person; however any posts which do not violate the TOS/Rules will remain intact to preserve the integrity of the Forum discussions.

Member Moderation
If you feel a thread is inappropriate, the correct course of action is to contact an Administrator privately and explain the situation, and we will take the steps necessary to correct the situation, redirect the thread, remove offensive material, etc.  Any posts which are on the order of attempting to moderate others, or telling other people how they should post, will be deleted or edited to remove that portion.  Repeat offenders will be subject to further disciplinary action.

Public Disagreements with Administration/Staff or Rules
You agree that if you disagree with Boxer Crazy policy or action of a staff member, you will not post public arguments or disagreements nor attempt to petition the owner/administration to change policy through posts, polls, e-mail, Personal Message, or any other service found within the Boxer Crazy website. If you disagree, you may respectfully PM or e-mail the Administrator(s).  Suggestions for improvement of the site are welcomed in the Site Suggestions area, and from time to time we may open discussions about various aspects of Forum administration; however these discussions must be relevant and meaningful, not just a litany of complaints about the way the forum is run. 

Freedom of Speech?
You agree that "freedom of speech" does not apply to Boxer Crazy as an individually owned website. While the Constitution of the United States of America guarantees that “Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech”, Boxer Crazy is not Congress. The TOS/Rules of this website govern the behaviors and activities of the members.

Limitation of Liability
Considering the real-time nature of this bulletin board, it is impossible for Boxer Crazy to review all messages or confirm the validity of information posted. Please remember that Boxer Crazy does not actively monitor the contents of all posted messages and is not responsible for any messages posted. Boxer Crazy does not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and is not responsible for the contents of any message. The messages express the views of the author of the message, not necessarily the views of Boxer Crazy or any entity associated with Boxer Crazy. Boxer Crazy reserves the right to remove objectionable content and will make every effort to do so, within a reasonable time frame, if it is determined that removal is necessary. This is a manual process, however, so please realize that we 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.

Boxer Crazy is a provider of an "interactive computer service". Postings on Boxer Crazy are "provided by another information content provider" and not Boxer Crazy unless posted by the owner. Boxer Crazy is not the "publisher or speaker" of any posts in the Forums unless posted by the owner.

Privacy Policy
This Forum system uses cookies to store information on your local computer. These cookies do not contain any of the information you have entered to register, they serve only to improve your viewing pleasure and to keep you logged in/out. The software does not collect or send any other form of information to your computer.  The e-mail address is used only for confirming your registration details and password (and for sending new passwords should you forget your current one). 

You agree as a condition of registering at Boxer Crazy to be truthful in regard to all information given during the registration process, to use the site as per the instructions, not to disclose his/her password to others for use, and that the site has a license (permission) for use of anything you submit or post to the site.

We 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.

Changes to Terms
We reserve the right to modify these terms and conditions, with or without notice, at our sole discretion. Your continued use of the Forum implies your acceptance of the current Terms of Service and Rules as updated from time to time, which can be viewed on the Boxer Crazy website.
Jennifer Walker
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