[Closed] Greenpoint Seeds Forum Guidelines
Greenpoint Seeds Forum Guidelines
There is no charge for joining this forum! We do insist that you abide by the rules and policies detailed below. By creating a new account or using your customer account to post on this forum, you agree to and accept the following rules.
This is a community of growers and customers of Greenpoint Seeds, both experienced and inexperienced. The Greenpoint Seeds Forum is a place where it's okay to be yourself as long as you always act respectfully and treat your fellow members (and the GPSF staff) with respect. Our goal is to treat our members as we would wish to be treated on their Forums. You are not expected to leave your personality at the door. There are going to be topics and discussions that will have 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.
We will willingly listen to your suggestions and complaints, and try to incorporate your ideas into our forum.
If you come across any violations to these guidelines or have any problems navigating the site, do not hesitate to let us know through the Greenpoint Seeds contact form. We'll be happy to address your concerns. Here at GPSF, we encourage everyone to participate in and enjoy the Community, while at the same time adhering to these Guidelines:
When newcomers arrive, welcome them to our growing community. Many of our community's senior members are a wealth of knowledge and have much to share. Help new members learn how to find information and resources, save time, and how to get involved in the Community.
Don't attack others. Personal attacks on others will not be tolerated. Challenge others' points of view and opinions, but do so respectfully and thoughtfully without insult and personal attack.
Think before you type. We encourage you to keep personal information personal and do not ask for personal information from others. Discussion forum posts that request members to submit personal information to another party will be removed. Information that should be considered personal includes (but is not limited to) your home phone number, name, and age. If you must give this out for any reason, please do so privately.
There may be places where explicit, obscene or vulgar language, graphics or behavior are appropriate. However, GPSF is not one of those places. Posts containing explicit, obscene or vulgar language will be removed. Similarly, posts that solicit or offer explicit or X-rated GIFs, JPEGs or similar content files will be deleted without notice! Links to websites with adult content/images anywhere on the site will be removed. We do not wish to be seen as supporting any site that contains adult content - adult content being defined as any material that you would not feel comfortable showing to your spouse, your teenagers, or your boss and co-workers. This represents our values and our desire to appeal to the widest possible audience not to mention keeping clear of any restrictions that our present or future advertisers might have regarding acceptable content.
The GPSF website resources, articles and discussions are based on basic, appropriate professional ethical behavior. Unethical behavior (use of other admin's member lists for PM invites, email invites, spamming, warez, etc.) are completely inappropriate and will result in the loss of membership at GPSF.
-No images allowed in signatures except for a maximum of 2 GPSF smilies.
-Signature text should comply with our regular posting rules. No all-caps, no alternating caps, etc..
-Signature links cannot be bought and sold! You may include only links to your own sites.
-Signature text that is too long or obtrusive will be removed. This would include overly creative use of punctuation, color, etc. which make the signature too flashy.
-Signatures with just your username will be removed. Usernames are on the top of every post, so there's no need to have it in your signature too.
-No affiliate links!
If your signature is in violation of any of these new rules, the Staff may remove it without prior notice. If you have any questions as to whether something is acceptable, please PM a Staff Member.
There shouldn't ever be any reason to post the same thing twice (one after another). You have 5 minutes to delete any post you make, so make sure you do. If you double-post on accident, you can delete one of them as long as you do it in 5 minutes. Any double-posts found on the site will result in having both posts deleted by an Administrator. Anyone continuing to double-post after they have already had double-posts deleted will be reviewed by the Administrator. We reserve the right to remove or ban anyone at our own discretion.
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.
No Advertising or Spam
Do not heedlessly place your advertisements through the discussion forums. This will be considered SPAM and could result in the loss of your GPSF membership. Affiliate links are not allowed within the forums.
No Abuse of GPSF Personal Messaging System
Personal Messaging is provided to the members of GPSF 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! Solicitation, spamming, or harassment of any kind is strictly forbidden. Any member receiving an inappropriate personal message should forward that message to an Administrator or Moderator right away. Although PM's are normally only accessible by those who send and receive them, they are part of the database and as such, property of GPSF. An Administrator, if so inclined, could locate the Private Messages in the database and read them. They are private, but not necessarily secret. In addition, Private Messages are not intended to deprive the Community of valuable information or experiences which could benefit the entire group. Please do not use private messages if the content of the message can be helpful to others.
The internet is a big place, and it's no surprise that from time to time a site will come along whose mission is to occupy the same niche as Greenpoint Seeds. 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 promoting themselves on Greenpoint Seeds. Therefore, no competing site may attempt to gain traffic from Greenpoint Seeds in any way, including but not limited to, links in posts, signatures, profile information, PM's, emails, or IM's.
No Copyrighted Material
Information copyrighted or owned by any individual or entity other than the member should not be posted on the discussion forums or software libraries without the consent of the owner. If such an event occurs, the individual posting the information shall be held solely responsible. Greenpoint Seeds shall not be held responsible for member-posted information that may violate copyright law.
You cannot legally post entire articles or news in the forum without permission from the copyright holder. Even if you attribute the article correctly it’s still copyright infringement. Copyright law does not care if you make any money off of the work or not, what matters is if you hurt the potential income of the copyright holder. In this case you would be depriving them of ad revenue and it is illegal. Under Fair Use provisions you can legally post a small abstract of an article - or perhaps the opening paragraph. So, if you want to post an article you should do this and include a link, or just post the link. The exception to this rule is press releases; press releases are meant for distribution and can be copied and distributed as much as you want. 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.
Greenpoint Seeds Discretion
Greenpoint Seeds and its assigned agents reserves the right to remove a post which does not relate to the topic being discussed in the forum. In addition, Greenpoint Seeds reserves the right to organize discussion forums in order to best serve the majority of our members. For example, narrow-interest or minimal activity topics may, at Greenpoint Seeds discretion, be relocated to a more appropriate discussion forum, or deleted entirely. Greenpoint Seeds 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 sites that comprise Greenpoint Seeds or the rights of Greenpoint Seeds or others. That said, we cannot ensure prompt removal of offending discussion forum posts. We also reserve the right to remove your membership from you should you violate these Guidelines.
Considering the real-time nature of this bulletin board, it is impossible for Greenpoint Seeds to review all messages or confirm the validity of information posted. Please remember that Greenpoint Seeds does not actively monitor the contents of all posted messages and is not responsible for any messages posted. Greenpoint Seeds 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 Greenpoint Seeds or any entity associated with Greenpoint Seeds. Any user who feels that a posted message is objectionable is encouraged to contact us immediately by email. Greenpoint Seeds has the ability to remove objectionable messages 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, in fact, we may not edit or delete posts that break our rules at all. We have many time constraints on us and cannot guarantee that we will be able to edit or delete posts that break the rules/user agreement. If you do not agree with this then do not view or register for Greenpoint Seeds. Although this Discussion Forum does not and cannot review the messages posted and is not responsible for the content of any of these messages, we at Greenpoint Seeds reserve the right to delete any message for any or no reason whatsoever. You remain solely responsible for the content of your messages, and you agree to indemnify and hold harmless Greenpoint Seeds, and their agents with respect to any claim based upon transmission of your message(s). We at this discussion forum also reserve the right to reveal your identity (or whatever information we know about you) in the event of a complaint or legal action arising from any message posted by you (this does not include growing of marijuana, this does include harassment, stalking, child pornography etc....).
Use of the site is at the discretion of the Administration of Greenpoint Seeds, and that any use may be terminated by the Administration at any time.
Greenpoint Seeds is a provider of an "interactive computer service". Postings on Greenpoint Seeds are "provided by another information content provider" and not Greenpoint Seeds unless posted by the owner. Greenpoint Seeds is not the "publisher or speaker" of any posts in the discussion forums unless posted by the owner.
The user agrees as a condition of registering at Greenpoint Seeds 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 password to others for use, and that the site has a license (permission) for use of anything the user submits or posts to the site.