Chat room & message boards Rules, Policies, and Disclaimers:
Our site serves to bring together people who live in or have an interest in the nine county Finger Lakes region. The purpose of the chat rooms and message boards are to exchange information and ideas, and to offer support to peers. Please note that this website is private property, not public domain. Its use is a privilege, not a right.
Thank you in advance for complying with the following guidelines, which we believe will ensure a positive experience for you and all members.
I. POLICIES AND DISCLAIMERS:
The use of the message boards and chat rooms constitutes acceptance of our policies and disclaimers and all administrative decisions. Members are responsible for reading and following all rules. You agree, through use of service, that you will not post any material which is knowingly false and/or defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, vulgar, harassing, obscene, profane, sexually-oriented, threatening, invasive of privacy, market any service or product, or otherwise violate any law. You agree not to post any copyrighted material unless it is owned by you or by FingerLakes1.com All information entered into the chat rooms or message boards becomes property of FingerLakes1.com. Publishing information onto the site freely provides copyright and the ability to present on FingerLakes1.com websites. Please note information contributed will be openly accessible on the Internet. We therefore request you keep any personal and financial information private.
We are not responsible for, nor vouch for, the content, accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any message. The messages express the views of the author, not necessarily those of FingerLakes1.com, nor any entity associated with us. You remain solely responsible for the content of any messages and agree to indemnify and hold harmless FingerLakes1.com and our agents with respect to any claim based upon transmission of your message(s). FingerLakes1.com reserves the right to kick users out of the chat rooms & message boards, or completely ban them. FingerLakes1.com reserves the right to edit or delete any message, for any reason, at our discretion.
FingerLakes1.com reserves the right to reveal your identity, as well as any information obtained about you, in the event of a complaint or legal action arising for any message posted by you.
PLEASE NOTE: Advertisements, chain letters, pyramid schemes, and solicitations are not permitted on this site.
All chat room conversations are recorded for the safety and security of the community. The transcripts and message boards are reviewed and monitored as time permits. It is not possible to review or confirm the validity of any information prior to its being posted or shared in a chat room, considering the real time nature of the site.
Bans occur due to breaking of any rules. Warnings are sometimes given first unless it is obvious disregard which shows prior knowledge of those rules. Final decisions are made by the administration of FingerLakes1.com Any user who is banned is denied permission from any further access to the chat or message boards. This is not dependant on username, it is based on the user who is denied access. Any future attempted use will be
documented. If the user is found to again access the site, they may be charged with trespassing. We reserve the right to declare choice of venue. The user will also be responsible for all lost time of FingerLakes1.com employees and all legal fees associated with any legal dispute.
I. RULES: All users must be at least 16 years of age. Knowingly and willingly continuing a discussion with anyone under this age could results in loss of privilege.
# Register and use one username for the message boards and/or chat rooms. You may be asked to change a name that is offensive, degrading, or inappropriate. Friends or family must register their own name. If your email address changes, make sure to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org so that your contact information is up-to-date.
# Please respect that this is an English-speaking site.
# Do not share offline personal information (home addresses, phone numbers, etc.). Do not ask for this information from other users.
# Do not give websites for other chat rooms, message boards, or commercial sites. You may share websites for informational purposes only.
# Use of explicit, obscene, vulgar, or abusive language will not be tolerated.
# Personal insults that include threats, racial insults, or comments that are abusive or insulting will not be tolerated.
# Agree to disagree. Be respectful. If you find yourself at odds with another member, use the ignore feature or do not respond to the offending post. Report the incident or post to a moderator if they are present or email email@example.com.
# Do not argue with a moderator.
# No discussions of sexual actions or situations, including innuendo. Cybersex and looking for partners will not be tolerated.
# Please make every effort to greet and pay attention to newcomers, making them feel comfortable and welcome.
# Any request for participation in organizational events must request approval from FingerLakes1.com prior to posting or sharing.
# NO SOLICITATION.
III. Commercial use of FingerLakes1.com's Chat & Message boards: Vendors, resellers, distributors and anyone who seeks to market to this community ARE NOT PERMITTED TO USE THE CHAT ROOMS AND MESSAGE BOARDS.
# No solicitations what so ever. A solicitor will be classified as a "commercial interest or personal interest that does not benefit the community" in these rules and bound to compliance as such. This includes and not limited to any individual or party seeking to receive any money, goods, services, etc; anyone who seeks to solicit our audience for any cause (examples not limited to joining a group, board or chat).
# No advertisements, pyramid schemes, or solicitations.
# Selling or posting advertisements on the board is not permitted!
# No collecting contact information from message board community members for distributing commercial messages or communicating material not relevant to the forum.
# Anyone who repeatedly makes a statement or general message will be taken as an advertisement and removed accordingly. The poster will be banned and subject to a fee of $500.00 per advertisement. By acting in such a manner you willingly accept this fee.
# Commercial interests that post messages for the sole purpose of generating interest or sales in their products will be assessed a fee of $500.00 per each reference. By acting in such a manner you willingly accept this fee.
# Commercial request of any user's personal information is strictly prohibited. This includes contact information such as, but not limited to, email, phone number, or mailing address. Any deliberate marketing to any member of this community is subject to legal action.
FingerLakes1.com reserves the right to modify or append these rules as needed.
If you see a questionable message posted, feel free to contact the site administrators at firstname.lastname@example.org.