TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF USE
The Backwoods Home Magazine Readers' Forum and the Forum Chat Room (collectively referred to herein as "Forum" or "the Forum") is an online information exchange service provided by Backwoods Home Magazine, Inc. (BHM) Its primary focus is on adult conversation and education about self-reliance and homesteading and everything that goes along with them. It offers many boards dedicated to a wide variety of topics and interests.
Use of the Forum requires your agreement to and compliance with the terms and conditions set forth below. This document is reproduced in the FAQ section of the Forum.
PLEASE READ THIS DOCUMENT CAREFULLY BEFORE REGISTERING FOR OR USING THE FORUM. IT STATES THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS UNDER WHICH YOU MAY USE THE FORUM AND ITS FEATURES. IF YOU DO NOT ACCEPT THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS STATED HERE, DO NOT REGISTER FOR OR USE THE FORUM.
The privilege extended to you to use the Forum is personal to you and is not transferable to any other person or company.
BHM reserves the right to change these terms and conditions and/or to impose new terms and conditions. Such modifications or additions shall be effective immediately upon notice to each Forum Member. Notice may be given by any reasonable means including, but not limited to, posting a revised version of this Agreement on this page or notification by the Forum message feature or electronic mail. Any use of the Site after such notice shall conclusively be deemed to constitute acceptance by you of such modifications, additions, or deletions. It is your responsibility to periodically review the posted terms and conditions to be aware of such revisions.
Section 1. Member Registration
1a. Registration to use this Forum requires you do so using a primary, traceable email address. A traceable email address is one issued to you by your Internet Service Provider, a government agency (.gov), an educational institution (.edu), a military address (.mil), a long-established business with an easily verifiable physical address and telephone number, or one that is already in our customer database because it was previously used by you to make a purchase in our General Store. More information regarding the reasons and options is available in the Registration and Membership Levels sections of the Membership Information FAQ. With the exception of an address already in our customer database, use of ANY web-based email service is not acceptable and will result in your registration being denied. Web-based email services include, but are not limited to:
bigstring, care2.com, email.com, excite.com, fastmail.com, gawab.com, gmail.com, gmx.com, hotmail.com, hotpop.com, hushmail.com, inbox.com, incredimail, juno.com, lavabit, live.com, mail.com, msn.com, myspace.com, myway.com, netzero.com, rocketmail.com, yahoo.com.
1b. As you register, you have the ability to choose your Username and password.
- We advise that you keep the Username appropriate for a family-friendly Forum. Business, website, blog, and similar names are not acceptable as Usernames.
- We advise that you use random password 10- to 16-characters long to prevent hacking into your account. Random passwords using various character sets may be generated here: http://passwordplace.net/
- You agree to never give your password to any other person. You also agree to NEVER use another member's account to post messages or browse the Forum.
1c. After you register, the Forum will send an email containing a link you must follow by clicking on it or by copying & pasting it into your browser's address bar, then pressing Enter. Once you have done that, your Registration will be submitted for Moderation. We check all new Registrations to verify they comply with all Registration rules outlined above and/or on the Registration pages. This process may take 24 to 48 hours and may take longer on weekends and holidays.
1d. If your Registration is declined you will receive an email outlining the general reasons (usually email or Username) we decline Registrations. You are welcome to re-register if you fix the problem.
1e. If your Registration is accepted, you will receive a welcome email which may contain important information. You will begin as a member of the "Registered" group. You will have access to most areas and functions for the Forum, but some areas and functions are reserved for "Confirmed" members. You will be automatically promoted to "Confirmed" after reaching a period of membership and level of participation in the various boards.
Section 2. Member Behavior and Posting
2a. You will not engage in any conduct or post any material which is false, defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, vulgar, hateful, harassing, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, invasive of a person's privacy, in violation of ANY law or that might constitute a criminal offense, or that might give rise to civil liability. Any activity that restricts or inhibits any other user from using the services of the Forum or the BHM website or any feature thereof is also prohibited.
2b. You will behave in a civil manner and treat other members with courtesy and respect, even when you disagree with them. Trolling and Flaming of any type is prohibited. This includes name-calling, labeling, denigrating, marginalizing, belittling, rudeness, insulting posts, personal attacks, purposely inflammatory posts and every other kind of uncivil behavior or language.
2c. Foul language of all types is prohibited. This includes the use of other characters in place of letters, as in s**t or f-----g.
2d. Business or commercial use of any kind of any part of the Forum is prohibited with the exception of any board set up specifically for that use. The existence of such a board is not a guarantee that you will be able to use it.
- If you post a link to your Forum, Blog, or other website in any of the Member Websites sections boards, you agree to include a link back to either Backwoods Home Magazine (http://www.backwoodshome.com) OR Backwoods Home Self-reliance & Homesteading Forum (http://www.backwoodshome.com/forum/vb/) on the home page OR on a Links or Resources or similar page that is linked directly from the home page.
2e. Use of the Forum to promote other websites of any kind, including blogs and Forums, whether commercial or not, is prohibited. This includes links to website(s) in Forum posts designed to promote or drive traffic to the site(s) or to enhance search engine link ranking. This prohibition does not prevent posting a single link to news stories and the like on other sites.
- You may may post, in your signature line, the unlinked name and web address of your personal, non-commercial Forum, Blog, or other website. Inclusion of Google or similar pay-per-click advertising does not constitute commercial use. Display of paid banner ads and/or text links and/or other paid advertising does constitute commercial use.
- If you post a link to your Forum, or other interactive message exchange, you agree to include in your signature on your site, the name and web address of this forum as follows: Backwoods Home Self-reliance & Homesteading Forum - www.backwoodshome.com/forum/vb/
- If you post the link address of your Blog, you agree to include in your Blogroll or Website links either Backwoods Home Magazine (http://www.backwoodshome.com) OR Backwoods Home Forum (www.backwoodshome.com/forum/vb/)
- If you post a link to other kinds of websites, you agree to include a link back to either Backwoods Home Magazine (http://www.backwoodshome.com) OR Backwoods Home Self-reliance & Homesteading Forum (http://www.backwoodshome.com/forum/vb/) on your home page OR on a Links or Resources page that is linked to directly from your home page.
2f. You may include the same unlinked address in your signature as you posted in one of the Member Websites boards provided you comply with both sets of conditions, if applicable.
2g. Spamming, flooding, advertisements, chain letters, pyramid schemes, lotteries, and solicitations are absolutely prohibited in this Forum.
2h. Registered and Confirmed members will keep their profile updated with their current, traceable email address. Failure to do so will result in loss of Confirmed member status and privileges.
2i. The Forum will periodically send out short emails to all members. If your email is returned as undeliverable for any reason, we will assume the you have abandoned the Forum and your membership may be terminated or moved to Inactive status.
Section 3. Use of Material, Copyright
3a. You will not post any copyrighted material, in whole or in part, unless the copyright is owned by you or you have consent from the owner of the copyrighted material. BHM recognizes a Fair Use exception of a short, one or two paragraph excerpt with a link to the whole article. You may not post articles from your business website that contain one or more links back to the website or to any other commercial website in which you have an interest.
3b. You retain full copyright over all original words and graphics you post, subject to paragraph 6a.
3c. You may view, copy, and print a single copy of Material posted in this Forum solely for your personal, non-commercial use. You must retain all copyright and other proprietary notices contained in the original Material on any copy you make of the material.
3d. You may not sell or modify the Material or reproduce, display, publicly perform, distribute, or otherwise use the Material in any way for any public or commercial purpose. The use of the Material on any other Web site or in a networked computer environment for any purpose is prohibited.
3e. If you violate any of the terms or conditions, your permission to use the Material automatically terminates and you must immediately destroy any copies you have made of the Material.
Section 4. Liability
4a. The Material posted in the Forum may contain inaccuracies or typographical errors. BHM makes no representations about the accuracy, reliability, completeness, or timeliness of the Material or about the results to be obtained from using the Forum or the Material. Use of the Forum and the Material is entirely at your own risk. Changes are periodically made to the Site, and may be made at any time.
4b. BHM DOES NOT WARRANT THAT THE SITE WILL OPERATE ERROR-FREE OR THAT THE SITE AND ITS SERVER ARE FREE OF COMPUTER VIRUSES AND OTHER HARMFUL GOODS OR CONDITIONS. IF YOUR USE OF THE SITE OR THE MATERIAL RESULTS IN THE NEED FOR SERVICING OR REPLACING EQUIPMENT OR DATA, BHM IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THOSE COSTS OR ANY OTHER COSTS, HOWEVER NAMED.
4c. THE SITE AND MATERIAL ARE PROVIDED ON AN 'AS IS' BASIS WITHOUT ANY WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND. BHM, ITS SUPPLIERS, AND CONTRACTORS, TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES, INCLUDING THE WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY, NON-INFRINGEMENT OF THIRD PARTIES RIGHTS, AND THE WARRANTY OF FITNESS FOR PARTICULAR PURPOSE. BHM, ITS SUPPLIERS AND CONTRACTORS MAKE NO WARRANTIES ABOUT THE ACCURACY, RELIABILITY, COMPLETENESS, OR TIMELINESS OF THE MATERIAL, SERVICES, SOFTWARE TEXT, GRAPHICS, AND LINKS.
Section 5. Disclaimer of Consequential Damages
5a. IN NO EVENT SHALL BHM, ITS SUPPLIERS AND CONTRACTORS, OR ANY THIRD PARTIES BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES WHATSOEVER (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, INCIDENTAL AND CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, LOST PROFITS, OR DAMAGES RESULTING FROM LOST DATA OR BUSINESS INTERRUPTION) RESULTING FROM THE USE OR INABILITY TO USE THE SITE AND THE MATERIAL, WHETHER BASED ON WARRANTY, CONTRACT, TORT, OR ANY OTHER LEGAL THEORY, AND WHETHER OR NOT BHM, ITS SUPPLIERS AND CONTRACTORS IS/WAS ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.
Section 6. User Submissions
6a. Any communication, graphic, or other Material which you post in the Forum or transmit to BHM or to the BHM website by e-mail, private message (PM), public post and/or other medium, known or not now known, can be used by BHM on a royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, nonexclusive license with the right to reproduce, modify, publish, edit, translate, distribute, perform, and display the communication alone or as part of other works in any form, media, or technology whether now known or hereafter developed, and to sublicense such rights through multiple tiers of sublicenses.
- Additionally, BHM may, at its sole discretion, record or cause to be recorded, compiled into transcripts, and archived everything posted in the Chat Room.
6b. As a user of the Site, you are responsible for your own communications and are responsible for the consequences of their posting. You must not do the following things: post material that is copyrighted, unless you are the copyright owner or have the permission of the copyright owner to post it; post material that reveals trade secrets, unless you own them or have the permission of the owner; post material that infringes on any other intellectual property rights of others or on the privacy or publicity rights of others; post material that is obscene, profane, defamatory, threatening, harassing, abusive hateful, or embarrassing to another user of the Site or any other person or entity; post a sexually-explicit image; post advertisements or solicitations of business; post chain letters or pyramid schemes; or impersonate another person.
6c. BHM does not represent or guarantee the truthfulness, accuracy, or reliability of any communications posted by other users of the Forum or endorse any opinions expressed by users of the Forum. You acknowledge that any reliance on material posted by other users of the Site will be entirely at your own risk.
6d. BHM does not screen communications in advance and is not responsible for screening or monitoring material posted by Forum members. If observed by BHM and/or notified by a user of communications which allegedly do not conform to this agreement, BHM may investigate the allegation and determine in good faith and its sole discretion whether to remove or request the removal of the communication. BHM has no liability or responsibility to users of the Forum for performance or nonperformance of such activities. BHM reserves the right to suspend and/or ban users of the Site and prevent their further access to the Site for violating this agreement or any law or regulation, and also reserves the right to remove communications which are abusive, illegal, or disruptive.
Section 7. Links to Other Sites
7a. The Forum contains links to third party websites. These links are provided solely as a convenience to you. Neither the websites nor their contents are endorsed or recommended by BHM. BHM is not responsible for the content of linked third-party websites and does not make any representations regarding the content or accuracy of material on such third party websites. If you decide to access linked third-party websites, you do so at your own risk.
Section 8. Indemnity
8a. You agree to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless BHM, its officers, directors, employees, contractors, and agents, from and against any claims, actions or demands, including without limitation, reasonable legal and accounting fees, alleging or resulting from your use or non-use of the Forum or your violation of the terms or conditions of this agreement.
Section 9. User Information
9a. BHM may use the information it obtains relating to you, including your IP address, name, mailing address, email address and use of the Site, for its internal business and security procedures.
Section 10. General
10a. BHM is based in Gold Beach, Oregon.
10b. BHM makes no claims that the Forum is appropriate for anyone, inside or outside of the United States. Access to the Forum may not be legal by certain persons in certain countries. If you access the Forum from outside of the United States, you do so at your own risk and are responsible for compliance with the laws of your jurisdiction.
10c. This agreement is governed by the laws of the State of Oregon. If any provision of this agreement is found invalid by any court having competent jurisdiction, the invalidity of such provision shall not affect the validity of the remaining provisions of this agreement, which shall remain in full force and effect. No waiver of any term of this agreement shall be deemed a further or continuing waiver of such term or any other term.
10d. Except as may be expressly provided in a particular "Legal Notice" or in Material on particular pages of the Forum, this agreement constitutes the entire agreement between you and BHM with respect to the use of the Forum. Any changes to or waivers of all or part of this agreement must be made in writing and signed by an authorized representative of Backwoods Home Magazine, Inc.
Registered and Confirmed members will keep their profile updated with their current, traceable email address. Failure to do so will result in loss of Confirmed member status and privileges.
The Forum will periodically send out short emails to all members. If your email is returned as undeliverable for any reason, we will assume the you have abandoned the Forum and your membership may be terminated.
Posting in the BHM Forum is a privilege for those members who are willing to carry on discussions and debates like civilized adults.
Participants are free to discuss any and all topics of interest to self-reliant people but we require that everyone keep their comments within the bounds of civility and good taste.
Civility and good taste are common and generally accepted terms which we will apply as we see fit. Those who exceed the limits of civility and good taste will have their posting privileges or Forum memberships revoked.
All members are to be treated with common courtesy.
You will not engage in any conduct or post any material which is false, defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, vulgar, hateful, harassing, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, invasive of a person's privacy, in violation of ANY law or that might constitute a criminal offense, or that might give rise to civil liability. Any activity that restricts or inhibits any other user from using the services of the Forum or the BHM website or any feature thereof is also prohibited.
You will behave in a civil manner and treat other members with courtesy and respect, even when you disagree with them. Trolling and Flaming of any type is prohibited. This includes name-calling, labeling, denigrating, marginalizing, belittling, rudeness, insulting posts, personal attacks, purposely inflammatory posts and every other kind of uncivil behavior or language.
Foul language of all types is prohibited. This includes the use of other characters in place of letters, as in s**t or f-----g.
Discussions of illegal activities are prohibited.
Business or commercial use of any kind of any part of the Forum is prohibited with the exception of any board set up specifically for that use. The existence of such a board is not a guarantee that you will be able to use it.
Spamming, flooding, advertisements, chain letters, pyramid schemes, lotteries, and solicitations are absolutely prohibited in this Forum.
If you cannot tolerate reading what another member has to say, skip over it or add them to your IGNORE list.
We are the sole judge as to whether or not a rule has been broken.
These rules may be amended from time to time so check back frequently to refresh your memory.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Note: Posting of these Rules does not negate any Rules posted elsewhere in the FAQ section, the Forum, or the BHM website.