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Old 08-02-03, 15:46
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Geoff Winnington-Ball (RIP) Geoff Winnington-Ball (RIP) is offline
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Exclamation Acceptable Use Policy

Please familiarize yourself with these "rules of engagement" before you begin posting. We are by nature a tolerant community, but we've learned from experience that any internet discussion group will eventually have to deal with people who have no respect for others and who will exhibit intolerable behavior accordingly. These rules are for the protection of all members, casual viewers, and the forum itself. They will be upheld.

1. Basic Terms of Use

(a) MAPLE LEAF UP cannot be held responsible for the content of submissions posted to our forums.

(b) MAPLE LEAF UP does not review submissions for content before they are posted, and does not verify, endorse, or otherwise take responsibility for the contents of any user-created post. We reserve the right to remove any submission from our forums that we determine is in violation of our rules and guidelines.

(c) MAPLE LEAF UP may terminate user accounts at any time, without notice, for conduct that violates these guidelines, or for any other reason, and may terminate user accounts and delete any and all user information for conduct that MAPLE LEAF UP believes is harmful to the business of MAPLE LEAF UP, and any of its users, or partners. Posts or links found in violation of these items may be subject to immediate deletion and removal from our server, and their poster subject to banishment from the MAPLE LEAF UP community.

(d) MAPLE LEAF UP will cooperate to the limit of its ability to provide law enforcement agencies with evidence (posts, IP addresses, registration information, etc.) of any individual attempting to maliciously interfere with the life of any forum member outside the forum. Contacting third parties or publishing private information of forum members will be considered evidence of malicious intent. This information may also be made available to the aggrieved party (at the aggrieved party’s request through legal means) should the aggrieved party wish to bring a civil action against the perpetrator.

2. Unacceptable Content and Behaviors

The following is a non-exclusive list of content and behaviors which are unacceptable on MAPLE LEAF UP. We reserve the right to modify this list without notice and to designate a post as "unacceptable behavior" at our discretion.

(a) Content that contains or contains links to: nudity, pornography, adult content or sex;

(b) Use of information contained within, or deduced from the forum to maliciously interfere with the life of any forum member outside the forum;

(c) Posting personal information of another forum member not otherwise available within the public areas of the forum without the express consent of the forum member being "exposed";

(d) Content that condones, promotes, contains, or links to ‘warez’, cracks, hacks, their associated utilities, or other piracy related information, whether for educational purposes or not;

(e) Content that has been promoted through the sending of unsolicited email (spamming) or mail fraud schemes, or links that promote or condone the sending of unsolicited email. Users who utilize MAPLE LEAF UP resources, including email addresses posted to the forum for spam are also subject to prosecution to the fullest extent of the law;

(f) Content that commits acts of copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret or other intellectual property infringement;

(g) Content that is racist, or otherwise extremely offensive to others, including content which harasses, threatens, defames, or abuses others;

(h) Links to sites that exploit images of children under 18 years of age.

3. Other Guidelines and Waivers

The following are additional guidelines and waivers we have been advised by legal counsel to include in this brief.

(a) Each member is allowed to register only one account, except Staff Members as required for the seamless operation of the site;

(b) Business links are welcome and may be submitted by members; we require all links to personal websites or advertising of any nature to be suited to adult audiences, except as in Paragraph 2 (a) above;

(c) The use of real names is strongly encouraged on this forum. The system will permit you to register a screen name, but MLU Staff will encourage you to amend that as a courtesy to other members. No other personal information, including your email address, is accessible by anyone other than MLU Staff;

(d) Users must register to post to any forum. Registration requires submission of a valid e-mail address and each new registration will be manually approved by one of the Moderators before you are permitted to post. This address will not be released to third parties except as required by law;

(e) MAPLE LEAF UP provides space for displaying our users opinions, submissions, or other information but makes no implied or express warranties about the reliability of this content;

(f) MAPLE LEAF UP is not responsible for any deletion, alteration, or loss of data due to network or system outages, file corruption, accidental deletion, or any other reasons;

(g) MAPLE LEAF UP provides the services accessible on this website on an "as is" basis without warranties of any kind, either expressed or implied;

(h) MAPLE LEAF UP and its staff, shareholders and partners make no warranty with respect to any content, information, services, or products provided through or in conjunction with this website;

(i) MAPLE LEAF UP and its staff, shareholders and partners make no guarantee of the accuracy, correctness, or completeness of any information on this website and are not responsible for any errors or omissions arising from the use of such information; any failures, delays, or interruptions in the delivery of any content or services contained on our servers; or losses or damages arising from the use of the content or services provided by MAPLE LEAF UP;

(j) MAPLE LEAF UP reserves the right to include traffic generated by all user inserted links it hosts in its overall accounting of page views, unique users, and other usage measures. This includes providing web traffic measurement companies with all URLs linked from MAPLE LEAF UP for use in their projection of MAPLE LEAF UP's overall traffic;

(k) MAPLE LEAF UP may also link to or include on its site resources and information provided by 3rd party partners and providers. We do not guarantee the reliability of this information, nor does the inclusion of this information imply our recommendation of these services; it is merely provided for your assistance and information;

4. Summation

(a) You agree to indemnify MAPLE LEAF UP and its partners against any and all claims and expenses, including attorneys’ fees, arising from the your use of this service. This expressly includes your responsibility for any and all liability arising from the violation or infringement of proprietary rights or copyrights and any libelous or unlawful material contained within your post;

(b) MAPLE LEAF UP reserves the right to amend or change these guidelines at any time without notice.
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