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Board Guidelines and Rules

FORUM RULES AND TERMS OF USE:

Last Updated on: 21st of July 2010

1. These Rules and Terms of Use will apply to each Internet User who wishes to access and/or post messages to the Forum. Each User must fully comply and adhere to these Rules and Terms of Use in order to access and use the Forum. A User’s access to or use of the Forum will be deemed to be his unreserved acceptance of all of the provisions contained herein.

2. Posts are to be made in the relevant forum. Users are asked to read the forum descriptions before posting. Users consistently posting to the wrong forum may be given a warning.

3. Members are asked to respect the copyright of other users, sites, media, etc.

4. Any messages may be edited or deleted by the Moderator at their sole discretion at any time. Use of this forum and your posts in this forum is not a right; It is a privilege granted to you by the forum.

4a. The Forum Owner or a Moderator reserves the right to refuse membership to anyone for any reason.

5. The Forum Owner or a Moderator reserves the right to monitor all postings made by Users and to delete or amend such postings as it sees fit and Users shall have no claims whatsoever against the Forum Owner in such regard. Further, the Forum Owner reserves the right to permanently block access to the Forum to those Users who repeatedly or severely violate the provisions herein.

6. Each member is responsible for his/her own posts. Messages posted at this forum are the sole opinion and responsibility of the poster. You agree not to hold this forum or its members liable for anything stated within the forums. When a message is placed in this forum, you are granting an irrevocable license to the forum to use it in perpetuity.

7. Indemnity and Waiver

Each User agrees to indemnify and keep indemnified the Forum Owner and their respective directors, officers, employees and agents from and against any and all liability, damages, losses, claims (including reasonable legal fees) resulting in any way from his use of and from any postings made to the Forum or from any other matter relating thereto including but not limited to use of the information posted on the Forum. Further, each User waives any right to bring any claim or action against the Forum Owner for any loss, damage or injury arising from use of the Forum or any material posted on the Forum or from these Rules and Terms of Use.

8. Exclusion of Warranties and Liability

The Forum Owner does not warrant the content, accuracy or veracity of any material or information on the Forum, the responsibility for which rests solely with the Users. Each User accepts that the Forum and the materials therein are posted and provided "AS IS" with any faults or failings and without any representation, warranty or guarantee whatsoever, express or implied, including without limitation any implied warranty of accuracy, completeness, quality, merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose or non-infringement. In no event will the Forum Owner be liable for any injury, loss, claim, damages or any special, incidental, consequential, exemplary or punitive damages of any kind arising out of or in connection with any User's access to, or use of the Forum or any material thereon or any goods, materials or services promoted therein, whether based in contract, tort and whether negligent or otherwise, even if the Forum Owner has been advised of the possibility of such damages.

9. Term and Termination

Each User agrees to remain bound by these Rules and Terms of Use, as shall be amended from time to time at the sole discretion of the Forum Owner, for as long as they remain a User unless the Forum Owner earlier terminates, suspends or otherwise limits access to the Forum or as it otherwise deems is appropriate.

10. Applicable Law

Each User agrees that these Rules and Terms of Use and any dispute arising in any way in relation to the Forum will be governed by and construed in accordance with the applicable laws of South Carolina and shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the relevant courts in South Carolina.

11. Members should respect the bandwidth of other users and sites. The use of inline ([IMG][/IMG]) image tags pointing to data stored on third party systems for which the user has not received permission to link to may be removed.

12. Members should post in a way which is consistent with "normal writing". That is users should not post excessive numbers of emoticons, large, small or coloured text, etc. Similarly users should not SHOUT* or use excessive punctuation (e.g. ! and ?) in topic titles or posts. Users consistently abusing this will be warned.

12a. *Regarding shouting: Do not write any word in all or all first caps (uppercase) except where necessary or appropriate. This rule also applies to subject line and post owner name. Remember: all sentences begin with an uppercase (first) letter, all words in a sentence do not.

13. Spam is not tolerated here under any circumstance. Users posting spam may be warned or banned, their post may be subject to removal and their membership may be suspended or terminated. Posts may also be kept public by forum administration as a proof of spamming or fraudulent activity.

14. Signing up with an invalid email address will automatically put you in a category of suspended or banned users and your registration will become a subject to removal. You may be also blocked from future access to this forum or even all of EQUAY.COM®.

15. While debating and discussion is fine, we will not tolerate rudeness, insulting posts, personal attacks or purposeless inflammatory posts. Our decision is final in these matters.

16. Please refrain from posting meaningless threads, one word (or shorter) non-sense posts, or the such.

17. Multiple or repeated posting in order to increase your post count is not allowed. Such posts will be subject to removal.

18. Advertising, spamming and trolling is not allowed. This includes using the forum email and Private message system to spam other members.

19. We also do not allow posts that are sexual in nature or violate EQUAY.COM® community standards. The EQUAY.COM® team shall be the sole arbitrator of what does and what does not violate community standards.

20. Discussion of illegal activities is not allowed.

21. Each member is allowed one login account. Registering with multiple accounts is not allowed.

22. We reserve the right to remove offensive posts and member profiles without prior notice.

23. If you are going to post non-English on these forums, please also post an English translation of your post.

24. Do not insult other members, visitors or moderators. Moderators actions should not be discussed in the forum, but only via a Private Message. Complaints regarding moderator's actions should be addressed to the Administrator or discussed with the Moderator via private messaging or via email.

25. No flaming or fights! Express yourself kindly, even if you are upset.

26. Do not post anyone's private information (email address, residential telephone number, personal correspondence, SSN, ID, residential street address, personal photo, passport pages, etc.) on this forum (without first receiving the private information owner's approval).

27. Check your spelling, punctuation and overall order of your post.

28. Do not advertise another forum (message board, bulletin board) on this forum.

29. Do not discuss any legal issues.

30. This is not a scam or a fraud board, neither this is a consumer complaints forum, therefore please refrain from such posts.

31. You cannot post any affiliate or referral links (including links in your registration profile under "Website" in "Memberlist" and in your signature) or links that lead to click-through ads page(s), or post anything asking for a referral.

32. Inactive, "Under Construction", blank page, "Not Found" or "dead" links are not allowed. Such posts and member profiles will be subject to removal.

33. If you live/reside in a Country "A" (one country) but state on your profile or signature that you live (are from) in a Country "Z" (different country) then please post a convincing and a reasonable explanation in your profile on why you are posting away from your legal country of residence, otherwise your membership may be suspended or may become a subject to removal.

34. This Forum is not a marketplace and "For Sale", "Wanted", "Trade" ads of any sorts are not allowed.

35. You cannot post advertisements or notices for contests or polls anywhere on this forum including your profile and signature.

36. No forum / message or bulletin board websites are allowed in anyone's registration profile under "Website" in "Memberlist" nor in signatures.

37. We also reserve the right to ban anyone who willfully violates the forum rules.

38. ADVERTISING SERVICES:

We do not allow people to post threads or to send private messages or emails to users here that advertise or solicit any products or services. Explicit advertising and soliciting in signatures and member profiles and profile homepage links is also prohibited.

39. You should never give out your EQUAY.COM® customer number or password to anyone, and you should not disclose server logins and/or passwords to anyone except through the EQUAY.COM® support system. We can not take responsibility if you disclose this information to anyone else.

40. LINKING GUIDELINES:

Linking to a foot traffic-related commercial product/service is fine (active members only*) (exceptions apply), provided it is not any kind of forum, message board or a bulletin board nor a product or service that competes with a product or service offered by EQUAY.COM®, does not advertise or promote use of any kind of medicine or prescription drugs and it is not an affiliate program link for EQUAY.COM® or any other affiliate program. We reserve the right to request removal (or remove them ourselves) of links from your profile and signature that we may consider inappropriate.

*40a. Members that do not contribute to the forum and those who do not actively participate in the forum (including new members with less than 10 posts) are not allowed any kind of links in their registration profile under "Website" in "Member listing" nor in signatures. Any member (new or advanced), who has not been active on the forum for 30 days may have their home page link removed by moderator or by administrator. This is done to prevent 'link spamming'.

40b. If you are posting a link to a website of a foot traffic-related institution (company, corporation, service, etc.), along with any comments or opinions of your own or of other people on that institution, company, service, etc., it is imperative that you provide your full legal name in such a post (message) and a clear explanation whether you are the owner, a share holder or an interested party of that particular institution (company, service, etc.).

40c. Duplicate links to the same URL are not allowed. That includes different URLs with the same root domain (first and second level domain).

40d. Internet address (URL, http://...) is not allowed in a subject line of your post or your message.

40e. Links that lead to or promote any of the following are prohibited:

Affiliate pages with ads (example: Google Ads)
Affiliate programs
Brutal violence
Coarse language
Cursing
"Dead" page/site
Disturbing images
Drug, alcohol and/or tobacco use
Ethno-cultural slurs
Gory scenes (visual depictions of bloodletting or tissue damage, as in a combat, horror, or surgical context)
Mature themes
Medicine, prescription or non-prescription drug sales
"Not Found" page/site
Nudity
Offensive language
Profanity
Racial slurs
Scatological slang and images
Sexual content
Sexual expletives
Sexual violence
Sexually explicit material
Spam (unsolicited advertising)
Substance abuse
Suggestive language
Suggestive scenes
"Under Construction" page/site
Violence
Vulgar expressions

All of the above applies to all linking methods including your website or homepage link in your profile and in your signature.

40f. The EQUAY.COM® team shall be the sole arbitrator of what does and what does not violate community standards. Examples include sites about drugs and/or sex. New members with fewer than 10 posts are not allowed any kind of links in their registration profile under "Website" in "Memberlist" nor in signatures.

41. AVATARS:

Animated avatars are not allowed. Sorry for inconvenience.

Avatars that promote any of the following are prohibited:

Brutal violence
Coarse language
Cursing
Disturbing images
Drug, alcohol and/or tobacco use
Ethno-cultural slurs
Gory scenes (visual depictions of bloodletting or tissue damage, as in a combat, horror, or surgical context)
Mature themes
Nudity
Offensive language
Profanity
Racial slurs
Scatological slang and images
Sexual content
Sexual expletives
Sexual violence
Sexually explicit material
Substance abuse
Suggestive language
Suggestive scenes
Violence
Vulgar expressions

Avatars that may be confused with official staff avatars are not allowed.

42. USERNAMES:

Usernames that promote any of the following are prohibited:

Brutal violence
Coarse language
Cursing
Drug, alcohol and/or tobacco use
Ethno-cultural slurs
Mature themes
Nudity
Offensive language
Profanity
Racial slurs
Scatological slang
Sexual content
Sexual expletives
Sexual violence
Sexually explicit material
Substance abuse
Suggestive language
Violence
Vulgar expressions

Usernames that may be confused with official staff usernames are not allowed.

43. We reserve the right to relax and bend the forum's rules to a certain degree in certain cases if and when we see it necessary.

44. The Foot Traffic Forum - EQUAY.COM® is for foot traffic related discussions and services only. EQUAY.COM® will not be responsible for the contents of the posts on this forum. We do not thoroughly screen anyone on this forum. There may be false information, opinions, offers and propositions. It is up to you to decide, whether to do business with such individuals or companies or not. We will only remove an abusive or illegal post upon a request and provided proof of abuse if we see it necessary. If you disagree with all this, you should leave now. Please do not post for sale and commercial ads that are unrelated to foot traffic exactly as it is explained in our forum. Please be careful how you word your post. Any other inappropriate posts may be removed and as a result of such activity your account may be suspended or deleted and your computer's IP address, your email address and even your email domain may be banned from further posting. Thank you for your understanding and welcome to the Foot Traffic Forum!

Also, while these rules cover most common situations, they cannot anticipate everything. Consequently, we reserve the right to take any actions we deem appropriate to ensure these forums are not disrupted or abused in any way.

Sincerely,

EQUAY.COM® Administration


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