General Info, Rules, and Policies
Basic Rules and Guidelines
Basic Rules, Tips, and Guidelines:
About This Community:
This is an interesting community, the kind that can perhaps only be found on the internet. There are all varieties of people here, and almost all of them get along quite well. You will find quite a wide range of interesting posts, many of them Buffy-related, but many of them not. We're a very fun-loving group, and enjoying yourself here is a requirement.
As you will find, we also have some rules. These rules help us to maintain the sort of community that we have. Some other message boards may not have or enforce such rules, but we take pride in the quality of this board and its contents and we strive to maintain that quality. At the very least, make sure you read this entire page, as well as the information about spoiler rules, and the information about Off Topic posts (here and here).
You will find that I (Jamie Marie) and the moderators heavily participate in these boards. We do our best to read as many posts as possible. We try to keep some semblance of order and organization while still maintaining a fun and laid back community (and thus far, we feel we've succeeded quite well), we participate in conversations, and we're always available to help out when asked or when we see that it's needed. We will often reply to your posts or send you a private message if you've made some "mistake" (for example, using the spoiler tags incorrectly), or if you seem to have trouble with one or more of the rules. This does not mean that we don't like you, we are not trying to insult you, and you should not take offense to it. We're just doing our job. Other users may try to help you out, too, and the same goes for them. Don't be rude. If you feel that we or other users are insulting you in some way, we suggest that you step back and take a break for at least a few minutes. Then come back and read the post objectively, and you will probably realize that no offense was intended. To be frank (you'll find that happens often, too), if you're especially sensitive to help and have a tendency to perceive it as an insult of some sort, then this may not be the right place for you. If you can handle or learn to handle a little help here and there, then we'll all get along fine.
What kind of "government" runs this place? The forums are run by myself, Jamie Marie, the webmaster of BuffyGuide.com and the administrator of the forums. I have a team of moderators who I depend on greatly to keep things running smoothly. We also depend on a certain amount of self-policing among the members, and take their opinions into account when feasible. The moderators are enabled to make many decisions on their own, and their input, as well as user input, is often weighed greatly. So, while there is a healthy sprinkling of democracy at work, in the end, I do have the final say on all administrative decisions, and I wasn't voted in, so it would not be inaccurate to call it a (benevolent) dictatorship or a monocracy.
These forums are provided to allow Buffy fans to interact with each other in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. If you discover a posting which violates these terms, please please report it via PM to Jamie Marie or a moderator, or send an email to Jamie Marie at . Be sure to let us know the user's name and a description of the problem. If the problem is with a post, please give us the URL or the exact subject.Back to Top
Just as BtVS is intended for persons age 14 and over, so is this community. Some content may be inappropriate for those under the age of 14.Back to Top
Treatment of Other Members:
You agree to treat all other members with reasonable respect and politeness. Specifically, you agree not to harass, attack, insult, or otherwise be mean to other members. We don't expect you to like everyone, and we understand that sometimes people just rub each other the wrong way. But as the saying goes, if you don't have anything nice (or neutral) to say, don't say anything at all. Remember, you're not obligated to read or reply to anyone's posts.
Feel free to debate with other users, but do not engage in personal fights or arguments. (Example of acceptable debate: "I disagree with your statement that Dawn is a whiny bitch. I think she's a realistic teenager who adds a lot to the show." Example of unacceptable arguing: "What do you mean, Dawn's a whiny bitch? Are you retarded? Dawn is realistic and great, and if you can't see that, you're either stupid or blind!") Also, do not intentionally try to provoke other members into getting angry, or attacking or insulting you.
Note that it does not matter who "started it" or whether you feel that someone "deserves" your attack/insult/what have you. This isn't first grade. You are responsible for your own actions. For example, if someone calls you a stupid arrogant whore, you do not have permission to respond in the same way. You should promptly alert a moderator to the situation, and if you wish, you may send the person a private message to discuss it (so long as you are not harassing them, viciously attacking them, etc.) If you and another member need to "have it out," do it via private messages. Also, if you do feel that someone is attacking or provoking you, consider stepping back for a while and reading it later before you respond. You may find that you misunderstood the intention, or overreacted.
Note also that you are not prevented from jokingly "insulting" someone who you expect will know that you're joking. (Things like the [wink] icon can help make it clear that you're kidding.) However, do not try to use this to make veiled insults under the pretense that you're kidding. Also, if you have learned that certain members do not "get" this kind of humor or do not take well to it, then do not use it on them.
Basically, just play nice, and treat others how you want to be treated.Back to Top
Posting Articles, Interviews, and Other Content:
(For example: Articles about Buffy or Angel or the cast and crew members thereof, interviews with the cast and crew members of the shows, articles from news websites or newspapers.) Posting the full body of articles, interviews, and other content from other websites or publications, without permission, violates copyright laws. What you should do instead: Post an excerpt and/or a summary, and provide a link to the full content on the internet. (If it's not on the internet, explain where the full content can be found.) In any case, you must acknowledge the source of the article/interview/content, providing a link when applicable. Helpful information: How to use quote tags (for quoting excerpts) and how to create links (for linking to the source/full content).
Note: If you have permission from the copyright owner to post the full text, you may do so. However, it is your responsibility to provide evidence of authorization. If it's a website that has an "open license" (i.e. they have a policy printed on their website stating that full reprinting is allowed), you must include the URL of that policy in your post. If it's print media with a similar policy, you must include the text of that policy in your post. If you personally requested and received express permission, you must make note of this in your post, mentioning how exactly you received permission (over the phone, email, etc.). (In all cases, you may wish to use the "small" or "smaller" markup tags to put the note in small text at the beginning or end of your post.) Note that the administration reserves the right to ask you for more proof of authorization, and/or to edit or delete your post if we feel, for any reason, that the content is not actually authorized for full reprint. If you do not provide any statement of authorization in your post, the administration will edit or delete your post it is not our responsibility to chase you around asking if you got authorization; you must proactively say so in your post.
Even when you do have permission to post the full text, you may want to reconsider if it is long. Many readers may not appreciate waiting for the long article to load, and having to scroll past it every time they come into the thread to read replies. Thus, in the cast of long articles, it might be more polite to simply link to it anyway. (Unless the website only archives their articles for a very short time - in that case, the link may not work for very long.)
And remember, whenever you are posting someone else's words, you must make that clear (don't plagiarize). The best way to indicate that you are quoting someone else is to put the quoted text in quote tags. And, of course, you must specify who/what you are quoting.Back to Top
Deleting Inactive Users:
Usernames will be routinely deleted from the database under the following circumstances:
What constitutes "logging in." All of the aforementioned circumstances depend upon you being logged in when you visit. This doesn't mean you have to post (lurking is fine), and it doesn't necessarily mean that you have to click the "Login" button. If you have cookies enabled, and don't manually log out, you'll be logged in automatically when you return. That's fine. As long as you see, "Welcome, [Your Name]. You have X private message(s)" at the upper right of the Main Index, you're all good. If, on the other hand, you see, "You are not logged in" in that spot, then the system will not know you're visiting, and your username will become subject to the aforementioned rules.Back to Top
We reserve the right to delete and/or ban users for any reason we see fit, at the administration's discretion. This would generally apply to, for example, users who harass or threaten other users, commit illegal acts, link to pornography or illegal content, abuse the board, consistently or blatantly refuse to follow the rules and guidelines set forth, etc.Back to Top
A valid email address is required to register. We do not and will not sell, rent, or give away your email address. Unless you put it in your public profile, no one will have access to it besides administrators and moderators. It is used to send you your password when you register, to send you your password again if you should ever forget it, to notify you of replies or private messages if you enable these options, and for the administration to email you with important information if necessary. We will not spam you, and you will not be subscribed to a mailing list. If, for example, the forums were going to be closed for a while, we might email all users a notification.
We also do not and will not sell or share the information you put in your public profile or in messages that you post to the forums. However, it is obviously available for the public to see, so you should not include anything you don't want publicly accessible. By placing any information in your public profile, or revealing any information about yourself in public posts, or in private messages to other users, you absolve BuffyGuide.com and the administration of any and all responsibility for any consequences or results that may arise from doing so.
BuffyGuide.com will not disclose your name, email address or any other personal details supplied by you with your registration or other communication except in the following circumstances:
You should be aware that the webmaster (NOT moderators) has the ability to view any private messages you send until the recipient deletes it AND you delete it from your "Outbox." The messages are entered into the database, which is stored on the site server, and obviously the webmaster has access to that database. Your private messages will not be viewed for "fun," but the administration reserves the right to view any of the messages if necessary, as deemed by the administration (i.e. to investigate accusations of harassment, errors, etc.). By using the private messaging system, you accept this condition.
OPTING OUT: If you are registered for our forums, you can request at any time to have your forum registration deleted. You may do so by sending a request via email to Jamie Marie at . This will cause your username and all of your related personal information to be deleted from the database (such as your profile and preferences), including your contact email address, none of which will be saved or used in any way. Note that having your registration deleted does NOT delete any posts or messages you made while registered. If you wish to delete any contents of your posts, you should do so BEFORE requesting to have your registration deleted.
This site has security measures in place to protect the loss, misuse and alteration of the information under our control. While there is no such thing as "perfect security" on the Internet, we will take all reasonable steps to insure the safety of your personal information. All of the data regarding users, in relation to forum registration, are stored on a server. That server is owned and hosted by Rackshack.net, and leased by BuffyGuide.com. This server is located in a locked and guarded space and only authorized Rackshack personnel have physical access to it. Only the BuffyGuide.com webmaster, and authorized Rackshack personnel, have remote access to the server and the data stored on it.
This site contains links to other sites. BuffyGuide.com is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of other Web Sites.
Terms of Service / Legal:
Acceptance Of These Terms And Conditions
Registering for membership allows you full access to the Service, including posting on the forums. Use of this Service is conditional on your acceptance of these Terms and Conditions. You are required to read all these Terms and Conditions and to complete the registration details before being registered as a member. You agree to provide accurate and true information as prompted by the registration form and to promptly provide updates if this data should change.
By using these forums in any way even if not as a registered user, and/or even if you manage to register without checking the "Agree to Terms and Conditions box you are confirming that you have read, understood and agree to these Terms and Conditions, as well as any and all rules set forth by the administration, on this page and others.1. Modification & Amendments
We reserve the right to amend at any time any policies governing these forums, including this agreement, at our sole discretion without notice. The amended terms shall be effective immediately upon posting. If you do not accept the amended terms, you must cease using the forums. Your continued use of the forums will constitute acceptance of the modifications or amendments by you. Reasonable effort will be made to notify users of changes; such notice may be provided via email, private message, or by posting on the forums.2. The Service
These forums are owned and operated by Jamie Marie Arnold, for BuffyGuide.com. The Service includes online forums where members may post comments and replies to other posts, send and receive private messages from other members, etc. The administration may, without obligation to its members, limit the time or space for storage of forum postings, private messages or any other uploaded compositions or items. Limits may also be imposed on the size of any forum postings or private messages. The administration reserves the right to modify or discontinue features of this Service at any time and such alterations will be subject to these Terms and Conditions. The administration may also choose to discontinue the Service at any time without notice.3. Password and Account Access
On registration, you will be provided with a password for your membership access. You may change your password at any time by going to your Control Panel and choosing "Edit Your Basic Profile."
You agree to make a reasonable effort to use a password that others cannot guess. (You should not use important dates, names of significant others/friends/family/pets, etc.) You agree not to reveal your password to any other person (including significant others, friends, etc.). You shall be responsible for the confidentiality of your password and for all activities that occur from its use. Your username and password are also stored in a cookie on any computer from which you login. If you do not manually logout (by clicking "Logout"), that information will remain on that computer. Should any other person gain access to your account here due to that information remaining on any given computer, you shall be responsible for all activities that occur from its use.
You agree not to attempt to learn or guess the password of any other member, nor try to gain access to any other member's account via any other method.
Please note that no one in the administration can obtain your password. It is encrypted in the database, so even anyone with server access cannot find out what your password is. However, the administrator (NOT moderators) CAN login as you, by clicking a link which logs the administrator into your account without revealing your password. This is rarely used and will not be abused; it is generally only used for troubleshooting technical problems that you may have.4. Your Use Of The Service
You acknowledge that the Service is a public communication available for public viewing and contributions and that it is not an exclusive or private forum. By your use of the Service you agree that:
You will abide by any and all rules and guidelines set forth by the administration, written or unwritten, which are in existence now, or which are set forth in the future;
You will be responsible for any and all content you post in any form, and to post only content that is relevant to the particular discussion;
You grant to BuffyGuide.com a perpetual license to display, reproduce or use your postings, either in the original form or modified, either on the forums or on the BuffyGuide.com website. You also grant to BuffyGuide.com a perpetual license to use your postings either in the original form or modified and on any other media for the purpose of promotion of the BuffyGuide.com Service or website;
The administration may edit or remove any posted Content due to violation of the rules and guidelines, or for other appropriate reasons, at their discretion. You also agree that the administration may move any post you make from one forum to another more appropriate forum, at their discretion.
If you should at any point be made a moderator, you will be granted certain privileges for the purpose of enforcing the rules and guidelines and ensuring the smooth running of the forum community. By accepting the position, you agree to use these privileges in good faith for their intended purposes, and not to abuse them. You understand that any of these privileges, or your position as a moderator, may be revoked at any time, at the discretion of the administrator. You may also resign from your position as moderator at any time, by sending an email to Jamie Marie at .
While BuffyGuide.com reserves the right to remove any content that breaches these Terms and Conditions, at the discretion of the administration, you acknowledge that the administration is under no obligation to monitor any post or to edit or remove any content. You acknowledge that BuffyGuide.com does not warrant that it can supply continuous access to the Service and does not accept liability for any interruption for any period.5. Improper Use
By your use of the Service, you agree not to do any of the following:
Link to, distribute or otherwise publish through this Web site any message, data, information, text or other material ("Content") that is unlawful, libelous, slanderous, defamatory, obscene, pornographic, indecent, lewd, harassing, threatening, harmful, invasive of privacy or publicity rights, abusive, inflammatory or otherwise objectionable as determined by the administration;
Link to, distribute or otherwise publish through this Web site any Content that would constitute or encourage a criminal offense, violate the rights of any party, or that would otherwise create liability or violate any local, state, national, or international law;
Impersonate any person or entity or otherwise misrepresent your own identity, or your affiliation with any person or entity;
Distribute or publish unsolicited promotions, advertising or solicitations for funds, goods or services, including junk mail and spam.
Harass any other user in any way;
Transmit any material that contains software viruses designed to interrupt the function of any computer or its programs or files, nor will you in any way disrupt the BuffyGuide.com forum Service or its server;
Post an excessive amount of messages within a short period of time, as determined by the webmaster;
Violate any rules or guidelines of this service, established on this page or elsewhere.
The webmaster shall have the right, but not the obligation, to monitor any activity and Content associated with its forums and interactive areas.6. Enforcement
We may investigate any reported violation of its policies or complaints and take any appropriate action that it deems appropriate. Such action may include, but is not limited to: editing, moving, or removing posted Content; issuing warnings; and/or suspension or termination of service. We reserve the right and have absolute discretion to remove, screen or edit any Content that violates these provisions or is otherwise objectionable. We also reserves the right to report any activity that we suspect violates any law or regulation to appropriate law enforcement officials, regulators, or other third parties.7. Hyperlinks and Other Materials
The BuffyGuide.com forums and website may contain links to other sites not operated by BuffyGuide.com, and may also contain advertisements of products or services of a third party. These links or advertisements do not imply endorsement of any aspect of those sites, services or products. You agree that BuffyGuide.com accepts no responsibility for any goods or services that you are able to access through any linked sites or advertisements.
The webmaster makes no claim or representation regarding, and accept no responsibility for, the quality, content, nature or reliability of Web sites or other materials accessible from or through these forums by hyperlink or other method. These linked sites are not under our control and we are not responsible for the contents of any linked site or any link contained in a linked site, or any review, changes or updates to such sites. The inclusion of any link does not imply affiliation, endorsement, or adoption by BuffyGuide.com of the site or any information contained therein.8. Indemnification, Disclaimer, and Liability
Use of these forums and any materials obtained therefrom is strictly at your own risk. We take no responsibility and assume no liability for any Content posted or uploaded by you or any third-party, or for any mistakes, defamation, slander, libel, omissions, falsehoods, obscenity, pornography or profanity you may encounter. As a provider of interactive services, the webmaster is not liable for any statements, representations, or Content provided by its users in any forum or interactive area.
You agree to indemnify BuffyGuide.com and any of its officers harmless from any claim for losses, damages, costs and expenses whatsoever arising out of your use of the Service or from any post made by you or from your breach of these Terms and Conditions.
You accept that your use of any information or content contained on the Service is at your own risk and that you will undertake all and any necessary research or make your own assessment related to your own individual circumstances or seek the advice of a licensed expert before acting on any information or content displayed.
BuffyGuide.com's forums and any materials provided therein, including any software, are provided on an "as-is" basis without warranties of any kind, either express or implied. The webmaster disclaims, and you hereby waive, all warranties, express or implied. The webmaster does not represent or warrant that these forums or any materials contained therein are accurate, complete, reliable, current, or error-free.
We reserve the right to change or modify any and all content, functionality, or operation of these forums at any time without notice. Reference to any products, services, processes, or other information, by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, supplier, or otherwise does not constitute or imply endorsement, sponsorship or recommendation thereof by the webmaster.
You agree that your use of the Service is at your own risk and that BuffyGuide.com accepts no responsibility for any loss or trouble to you or any third party arising from your use of the Service.
BuffyGuide.com accepts no responsibility for deletion or failure to store your communications or customized settings or for temporary or permanent termination of your membership access to the Service.9. Intellectual Property And Copyright
You acknowledge that the Service, any software used in association with the Service and any information or content provided on the Service is protected by intellectual property rights, copyright, and trademarks. You also acknowledge that sponsor advertisements and content provided by third parties as displayed on the Service are similarly protected.
The content on the Service is for your personal non-commercial use only and you agree not to reproduce, modify, sell, distribute or exploit, in whole or in part, any part of the Service or its content without the prior written consent of BuffyGuide.com or its sponsor advertisers.
You retain ownership of your own posts, messages, or other writings, and may replicate them elsewhere, and may edit or delete them whenever the option is provided on the forums (these options are provided at the discretion of the administration). You grant BuffyGuide.com a perpetual license to use your posts, messages, or other writings, as outlined above in Section 4.10. Termination
Notwithstanding any of these terms and conditions, we reserve the right, without notice and in our sole discretion, to terminate your license to use these forums, in full or in part, and to block or prevent future access to and use of such services. Such termination may include banning your username or IP address, deleting your username and all pertinent information from the database, deleting all of your posts and private messages, or any other form or action deemed appropriate, at the discretion of the administration.
You may terminate your membership at any time by notifying the administration via email at . On termination, the administration will delete your username and all of your related personal information (such as your profile and preferences). Note that having your registration deleted does NOT delete any posts or messages you made while registered. If you wish to delete any contents of your posts, you should do so BEFORE requesting to have your registration deleted.Back to Top
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