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ptcrew Terms of Service Agreement.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 16, 2005 2:41 pm    Post subject: ptcrew Terms of Service Agreement. Reply with quote

It's simple, really: ptcrew.com is governed by a laissez faire administration. We believe in the rights of people to speak their opinions. We understand that when people feel passionately about something, conversations can become heated and debate can become lively. Dialog is critical in order to understand others' opinions and possibly fine tune our own. For those reasons, ptcrew.com will be largely uncensored. We, the creators of ptcrew.com, request you treat each member of the community like you would any person you'd meet on the street: if you wouldn't walk up to someone and tell them they are stupid, yell profanities at them, or threaten bodily harm, don't do it here. Better yet, if you would do all those things in a real life situation, don't do them here anyway.

Just like in "real" life, there are consequences to actions and you shouldn't say anything you aren't willing to stand behind. For this reason, ptcrew.com will not delete a user's post because he/she regrets posting something. Posts will only be deleted by ptcrew.com if they violate our terms of service. Posts will not be deleted without explanation to the author.

So, what are the Terms of Service for ptcrew.com?

This site is ran under the donation of money and time from the administration. We're pretty lenient but will neither tolerate nor support:

1. Hatespeech (to include but not limited to: racism, sexism, homophobia)
2. Child Pornography (instant ban, reported to authorities)
3a. Trolling (posting inflammatory statements and contributing trouble to the community) A more broad definition of trolling can be found here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_troll
3b. Chumming Chumming is posting intentionally antagonistic messages (posts.) Chummed posts are done to elicit reaction or perhaps instigate a flame war either with a specific person or a group of people. Posting to or about someone or sending PMs to someone who has asked you to not attempt to communicate with them is considered chumming. Additionally, posting private communication between members either from PM or email without their consent is also considered a negative action and "trolling/chumming."
4. Spamming Active members are allowed to promote their PT related products in the vendor's forum. those who join the site for the sole purpose of posting ads to their for-profit business or to drive traffic to their site are NOT permitted to join or post; such accounts will be removed and IP banned on first offense. If you have to ask yourself "am I an active ptcrew member? and/or "is this spam?" then you already know the answers.
5. Misuse Misuse is largely a "one warning" offense before having your account removed but may be reviewed on a case by case basis.
5a.editingThe activation of this function was primarily to address the lack of a spell checker. With the inclusion of a spellchecker, users still requested the edit feature. It is against policy, as of 7/28/05 to use the edit feature for any reason other than correcting spelling, grammar, punctuation, or format. Content or post integrity changes are not allowed. Exceptions may be made at the discretion of the Admin on a case by case basis.
People misusing the edit button will have their edit button privledges removed for a period of one month on the first offense. Upon second offense, they will have their edit privledges permanently removed. As with standard Terms of Service, those will count as "first and second strikes" and a third TOS violation will result in their removal from the site. Any post edited may be returned to it's "original status" by the Admin. Do not use the edit button to try to rid the site of a double post. PM me with a link and I'll fix it.
5b. privledges Any moderator, admin, or "shop owner" who uses their powers outside of the realm of enforcing the Terms of Service of this site will be and are accountable for their actions. Most speficially, instances involving censorship for self convenience.

I acknowldge the term "misuse" is subjective and open to interpretation but how about you not test me on it?

6. Copyright infringement please be aware any images you use which you are not the creator and/or owner of originally (such as cartoon character avatars, company logos, etc) and where copyright or trademark is held by a third party may be removed from the site at the request of that third party. In cases where the third party files complaint, ptcrew will do what is needed to cover it's own butt. Sorry.
7. Libel and Slander. Defined as:
libel 1. A false publication, as in writing, print, signs, or pictures, that damages a person's reputation.
2. The act of presenting such material to the public.
slander1. Law. Oral communication of false statements injurious to a person's reputation.
2. A false and malicious statement or report about someone.
8. Fraud Use of lies, intentional deceit, and/or theft from site members will result in an instant ban.

In addition to trolling, libel and slander will not be tolerated; for free speech to have meaning, the speech must ring true. So, feel free to post your opinions but be mindful of presenting opinion as opinion and not fact. The members of the site have been very clear in not wanting smear campaigns and in response to that, Libel and Slander have a One Strike, you're OUT, policy.

Upon agreement from a majority of active site members, spam posts will be deleted. Use of hatespeech and trolling/chumming get a warning for each offence and an account ban after the third offense. After two offenses the members of the site may petition the Admin to ban the member. If no petition is brought forward, on the third offense, the member will be banned. There is no appeal process and there will be no exceptions. Anyone banned from the site (TOSs'ed) will be informed and a post to the TOS forum will be made so the community is aware as well.

The terms of service may be amended at any point in time to address problems as they occur or a change in opinions of the Administration.

Welcome to ptcrew.com and enjoy your ride.


Are those the The TOS in your pocket or are you just glad to see me?
"Snitty cracks a mean whip!!" ~bluegoose 10/12/07
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