This site wants to show its commitment to your privacy. We want to fully disclose our information practices to our users and members.
The company that owns this site is the sole owner of the information collected here. We collect information from our users at several different points on the site.
To make the best use of this site, you must first complete the registration form. During registration you will be required to provide contact information such as your name and e-mail address. We use this information to contact you about services, content, information, or products on our site in which you have expressed an interest. We do not ask about or collect information about your gender, race, marital status, income or other demographic information. We do collect unique identifiers such as a username (consisting of your e-mail address) and a password. These are used to protect your information from unauthorized access by others and to allow us to offer you a more personalized experience of this site. You may update your information at any time.
To allow us to follow up requests for information, complaints, praise, suggestions and other requests, we require information about how to contact you. If you are a member, this information will be taken from your member registration information. If you are not a member of this site, you will be required to provide this information before you can submit a contact form.
In several places on this Web site, we provide you with the ability to add articles, listings and other content to this site. Should it be approved, this information will be available for public display, together with your display name. If you are not comfortable having this information displayed, please do not post it here. By adding information, you are agreeing to have it published on this site and are providing us with unrestricted use and access to this information. If you are adding information that you have already published elsewhere, please include the copyright information in the space provided and be certain that you are legally free to give us unrestricted use and access to this information. By adding this information, you are warranting that you have the right to grant us unrestricted use and that you are not infringing any copyrights or other protections by doing so. You further agree to indemify and hold this site harmless from any claims of copyright infringement or other claims resulting from the display or use of this information.
To allow you and other visitors to enjoy this site and to give you a more personalized site experience, we store information that we collect through cookies, log files, clear gifs, and/or third parties to create a profile of our users. A profile is stored information that details the pages that you visit on this site and the information that you like to see. This information may be linked to your contact information, but most commonly we use this only as part of an aggregate view of all site visitors. Where we link this information to your membership information, it is used to provide offers and improve the content of the site for you by tailoring our Web site to your needs and preferences. We do not share your profile with other third parties except as part of our site development effort. Our site developers and/or advertising and promotion contractors are permitted access to all information collected on this site, but use it only to assist us in building, maintaining, and promoting this site and the software that powers it. Except in this context, your profile is shared in aggregate form only, without personally identifiable information.
Third Party Advertising
We reserve the right to include advertising on this Web site. Any ads appearing on this Web site are delivered to users by a third party ad company, our Web advertising partner or by our site developer. Information about your visit to this site, such as the number of times you have viewed an ad (but not your user name, address, or other personal information), is used to determine which ads will be displayed.
Like most standard Web site servers we use log files. This includes internet protocol (IP) addresses, browser type, internet service provider (ISP), referring/exit pages, platform type, date/time stamp, and number of clicks to analyze trends, administer the site, track user's movement in the aggregate, and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use. IP addresses, etc. are not linked to personally identifiable information. We use a tracking utility that uses log files to analyze how you and other visitors use the site.
Clear Gifs (Web Beacons/Web Bugs)
We may in the future use a third party advertising company that employs a software technology called clear gifs (a.k.a. Web Beacons/Web Bugs), to help them better manage advertising on our site by informing us what content is effective. Clear gifs are tiny graphics with a unique identifier, similar in function to cookies, and are used to track the online movements of Web users. The main difference between the two is that clear gifs are invisible on the page and are much smaller, about the size of the period at the end of this sentence. Clear gifs are not tied to your personally identifiable information. Clear Gifs can "work with" existing cookies on a computer if they are both from the same Web site or advertising company. That means, for example, that if a person visited "www.companyX.com", which uses an advertising company's clear gif, the Web site [or advertising company] could match the clear gif's identifier and the advertising company's cookie ID number, to show the past online behavior for that computer. This collected information would then be given to the advertising company [or Web site]. Should we use an advertising company that employs this practice in the future, we will do our best to find out and let you know.
We currently do use clear gifs in our Web pages, but only to serve as placeholders for Web graphics like the thin colored lines that you may see on our pages.
On rare occasions it is necessary to send out a strictly service related announcement. For instance, if our service is temporarily suspended for maintenance we might send users an e-mail.
We communicate with users on a regular basis to provide requested services and in regard to issues relating to their account we reply via e-mail or phone, in accordance with your wishes.
Sharing of Information
Privacy Legal Disclaimer
Though we make every effort to preserve user privacy, we may need to disclose personal information when required by law wherein we have a good-faith belief that such action is necessary to comply with a current judicial proceeding, a court order or legal process served on our Web site.
Aggregate Information (non-personally identifiable)
We share aggregated demographic information with our partners and advertisers. This is not linked to any personally identifiable information.
Third Party Developer and Service Providers
We share site usage information about users with NetSprockets, Inc. where such information is incidental to or necessary for the maintenance or developement of this site. We partner with other third parties to provide specific services. When you sign up for these particular services, we share names or other contact information that is necessary for the third party to provide these services. These third parties are not allowed to use personally identifiable information except for the purpose of providing these services.
In the event this company goes through a business transition, such as a merger, being acquired by another company or selling a portion of its assets, users' personal information will, in most instances, be part of the assets transferred. You would be notified either by e-mail or via a prominent notice on our Web site for 30 days prior to a change of ownership or control of your personal information. If as a result of the business transition, your personally identifiable information will be used in a manner different from that stated at the time of collection, you will be given the option of removing your information.
This site contains links to other sites. Please be aware we are not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of each and every web site that collects personally identifiable information. This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by this site.
Surveys and/or Contests
Our site may request information from users via surveys or contests. Participation in these surveys or contests is completely voluntary and you have a choice whether or not to disclose this information. The requested information typically includes contact information (such as name and shipping address) and demographic information (such as zip code). Contact information will be used by us and or the contest or survey sponsor(s) to notify the winners and award prizes. Anonymous survey information will be used for purposes of monitoring or improving the use and satisfaction of this site. Your personally identifiable information is not shared with third parties unless we give prior notice and choice. Though we may use an intermediary to conduct these surveys or contests, they may not use your personally identifiable information for any secondary purposes.
Correcting/Updating/Deleting/Deactivating Personal Information
If your personally identifiable or contact information changes (such as zip code, phone, e-mail or postal address), or if you no longer desires our service, we provide a way to correct, update or delete/deactivate users' personally identifiable information. This can usually be done by accessing your member page or by contacting the phone number or address at the bottom of this page.
Content Warranties and Disclaimers
Considering the real-time nature of the Discussion Forums and the fact that this site can receive content from site members, it is impossible for us to review all messages or confirm the validity of all information posted. Please remember that we do not actively monitor the contents of and are not responsible for any content posted. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message.
The messages express the views of the author of the message only. Any user who feels that a posted message is objectionable is encouraged to contact us immediately by email. We have the ability to remove objectionable messages and we will make every effort to do so, within a reasonable time frame, if we determine 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.
Although we do not and cannot review each and every message that is posted and are not responsible for the content of any of these messages, we reserve the right to delete any message for any reason whatsoever.
Messages are typically deleted as a result of the following:
-- Profanity in subject lines or signatures, or profanity within messages deemed to be blatant as opposed to incidental Spamming or commercial solicitation
--Flaming other members with the apparent intent of inciting or perpetuating a conflict or argument
--Bombing forums or individual threads with repetitive, pointless posts
--Posting pornographic or otherwise objectionable material Impersonating other individuals or false representation
--Discussion of illegal activity, or posting links to other websites that deal with such activities
--Posts made under secondary usernames or other aliases for the purpose to either supporting or belittling other readers
--Posts which are completely unrelated to the forum in which they are posted
--Excessive cross-posting (this is considered spam) Posts which breach another member's privacy, i.e. containing phone numbers, addresses or other personal information
Site Acceptable Use
You agree, through your use of this site, that you will not post any material which is knowingly false and/or defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, vulgar, hateful, harassing, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, invasive of a person's privacy, or otherwise violative of any law.
You agree, through your use of this site, not to post any copyrighted material unless the copyright is owned by you.
You agree, through your use of this site, not to post advertising of any kind in the Forums whether you are a private party or company.
Limitation of Liability
IN NO EVENT WILL WE BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGE WHATSOEVER (INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION DAMAGES RELATING TO LOST REVENUES OR PROFITS, LOST DATA, WORK STOPPAGE, COMPUTER FAILURE OR MALFUNCTION) RESULTING FROM OR IN ANY WAY RELATED TO THE USE OF ANY MATERIALS POSTED ON OR MADE AVAILABLE VIA THIS WEBSITE OR VIA ANY OTHER WEB SITE TO WHICH A LINK IS PROVIDED OR ON WHICH A LINK IS PROVIDED TO THIS SITE, EVEN IF WE HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES AND REGARDLESS OF THE LEGAL THEORY ON WHICH SUCH DAMAGES ARE BASED.
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