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Forum Rules
A note for AOL, Earthlink array(and perhaps others) users.

These two ISPs treat a lot of e-mail as spam and do not let them get though to the "In Boxes" of their users.

When you register, the board will send you an e-mail that contains your password. You will not be able to log into the board until you receive this password.

If the e-mail address you are going to use when registering is an AOL or Earthlink account, you will FIRST need to tell the service that it is OK to receive e-mails from the BoatingABC.com domain.

To accomplish this, see the help files for the e-mail system of your ISP.

Sorry if you run into this inconvenience, but we have NO control over this.


Note: By agreeing to these rules, you are certifying that you are at least 13 years of age. If you are NOT at least 13 years old, you MUST first contact the Administrator of this Board. Please contact us at board_admin@boatingabc.com.

The first and foremost rule of this board is to have fun! We are, after all, boaters! It's what we do!

This board's purpose in life is to provide a medium for the friendly exchange of ideas, opinions and information about boating and the boating lifestyle. You are encouraged to participate in all discussions on this board about all things boating.

Please be aware that this board is rated "G", intended to be suitable for all audiences. Therefore, please use language that is suitable for the whole family.

You are welcome to post graphics related to boating. However, it is inappropriate to post anything that is not suitable for viewing by small children. Further, please be considerate of those who do not have high speed Internet connection by not posting graphics that are excessively large in file size. As a rule of thumb, if the file is bigger than 50-Kbyte, it is getting on the large size.

The Administrator and Moderators reserve the right to make final judgement as to the appropriateness or suitability of all postings on this board. They can and will delete, on sight and without notice, any postings found to be inappropriate or unsuitable.

Everyone is asked to be considerate of each other's views and opinions. Please refrain from "Flaming", "Slamming" or otherwise making derogatory remarks about a fellow member or their opinions. You are welcomed and encouraged to voice opinions and engage in polite debate. We all learn through a reasoned discussion.

Language Use:

In keeping with our orientation of being for the whole family and the rule that all postings be readable by young children, please keep in mind that the use of non-alphabet characters to spell out words that are inappropriate in "polite" company is not permitted. Several variants of these "spellings" have been entered into the non-allowed list. However, there is no way to enter in every possible configuration. The moderators of this board do not have the time to manually edit out such instances and thus will simply delete the entire posting that is found to contain any such creative spellings of inappropriate words.

Disclaimer:

BoatingABC.com does not confirm the validity of information posted on this message board. We do not necessarily actively monitor the contents of posted messages and are not responsible for any messages posted. Remember that the posted messages express the views of the author of the message, not necessarily the views of BoatingABC.com.

We array(BoatingABC.com, its employees, and its non-employee volunteer moderators) 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 the members of this message board, Groupe Corporation array(the makers of the message board software), and their agents with respect to any claim based upon viewing of this board and/or transmission of your messagearray(s).

By using this service, you have agreed that you will not:

  • Post any material that is knowingly false and/or defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, vulgar, hateful, harassing, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, invasive of a person's privacy, or otherwise in violation of any law.

  • Post any copyrighted material unless the copyright is owned by you or by this message board.

  • Use profanity of any kind on this board; posts that contain profanity will be deleted summarily. Repeat violators of this policy array(or any other board policy) will be banned from participating.

  • Post advertisements, chain letters, pyramid schemes, and solicitations. These are inappropriate on this message board, and will be deleted summarily. Violators of this policy are subject to banning.

  • Cross-post array(post your message in more than one place on this board). This will actually hinder you from getting a rapid answer, and repeated cross-posting may result in your being banned.



We reserve the right to reveal your identity array(or whatever information we know about you) in the event of a complaint or legal action arising from any message posted by you.

By posting content on this message board, you agree that BoatingABC.com can quote from, or reuse the content in promotional materials, newsletters, or other documents. If we intend to use content posted by you in such a manner, we will generally notify you as a courtesy.

While BoatingABC.com loves to see and read about members of the board organize informal "get togethers", BoatingABC.com is in no way a participant or sponsor of these ad hoc events and shall not be held liable or responsible for any action of any person who may attend, nor shall BoatingABC.com be held liable or responsible for any damages array(whether property or personal) that may arise from said non-sanctioned events. Further you agree to indemnify and hold harmless the members of this message board, BoatingABC.com, its employees, and its non-employee volunteer moderators and their agents with respect to any claim based upon any loss that may result from participation in any boating activity.

It is the longstanding policy of this board to NOT allow purely political debate. There are plenty of web sites out there for that. If you feel compelled to enter into a lively political debate, please find another forum to do it in. Any political topics will be deleted on sight and without notice of any kind.

Rules Pertaining to Images Within Signatures
The following will govern the usage of images within signatures.


  • The image MUST be directly related to boating. No exceptions.

  • Images MUST NOT be larger than 175 pixels wide by 100 pixels tall. Put another way... The TOTAL space used within a sig for images is not to be greater than 175 pixels wide by 100 pixels tall

  • Images SHOULD NOT be larger than 5,000 bytes in file size.

  • Images are to be in keeping with the board�s general policy governing all images in that they should be viewable by the whole family.



Vendors:
Vendors are welcome and encouraged to participate in all discussions on this board.

If you are representing a vendor, boat dealer, boat manufacturer or are otherwise involved in a boating related business, you are encouraged to disclose this information within any postings that you make on this board. The best way to do this is to include this information within your "signature". You can edit your profile once logged in to accomplish this.

One of the purposes of this board is to help fellow boaters learn of new products and services. However, for your own good, please be mindful of the fact that many boaters do not react well to vendors who's first posting is an overt sales pitch and then do not join in on discussions. Further, we all enjoy well thought out and meaningful debate about the relative merit of one product over another.

However, please refrain from making disparaging remarks toward another Vendor on this board. Spamming the board with advertisements is a BIG No No. Any such postings will be deleted on sight and may get you banned from the board.

We welcome you all to boatingabc.com and thank-you in advance for adhering to these simple rules.

IMPORTANT notice about how this board handles your E-Mail address.

This board has a feature that allows one member to send another member e-mail. This can only be done if the receiving member has elected to allow the board to display their address or has elected to allow the board to send an e-mail to them on behalf of the sender. If the second option is selected, the board will send the e-mail while keeping the receiving address hidden from the sender.

When you register, you will have the opportunity to set how this board will handle your e-mail address. There are three possible setting as shown below.



Simply click on the appropriate "Radio Button" and you are all set.

This array(and all other settings) within your profile can be changed anytime you like by editing your profile once logged into the board.

It is the policy of this board to keep all member information private. We will not give out or sell this information to anyone for any reason short of a legitimate court order of proper jurisdiction. It is up to you to choose how this board will handle your e-mail address.

Privacy Notice:

This privacy notice discloses the privacy practices for www.boatingabc.com. This privacy notice applies solely to information collected by this web site. It will notify you of the following:

  1. What personally identifiable information is collected from you through the web site, how it is used and with whom it may be shared.
  2. What choices are available to you regarding the use of your data.
  3. The security procedures in place to protect the misuse of your information.
  4. How you can correct any inaccuracies in the information.

Information Collection, Use, and Sharing:

We are the sole owners of the information collected on this site. We only have access to/collect information that you voluntarily give us via email, message board forum, or other direct contact from you. We will not sell or rent this information to anyone.

We will use your information to respond to you, regarding the reason you contacted us. We will not share your information with any third party outside of our organization, other than as necessary to fulfill your request.

Unless you ask us not to, we may contact you via email in the future to tell you about changes to this privacy policy.

Registration:

In order to use the bulletin board forum section of this website, a user must first complete the registration. During registration a user is required to give certain information (such as a username and email address). This information is used to establish your user account, and to contact you about subject material in which you have expressed interest. You should not use your actual name in your username portion of your account. This should be a fictitious name or "handle".

Cookies:

We do not use cookies containing any personally identifiable information on our site. Some of our business partners may use cookies on our site (for example, advertisers). However, we have no access to or control over these cookies. We encourage our users to read the privacy statements of any other site they may access via advertisement banners on this website.

Links:

This web site contains links to other sites. Please be aware that we are not responsible for the content or 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 any other site that collects personally identifiable information.

Your Access to and Control Over Information:

You may opt out of any future contacts from us at any time. You can do the following at any time by contacting us via the email address given on our website:

  • See what data we have about you, if any.
  • Change/correct any data we have about you.
  • Have us delete any data we have about you.
  • Express any concern you have about our use of your data.

Security:

We take precautions to protect your information. When you submit sensitive information via the website, your information is protected both online and offline.

We collect no Personally Identifiable Information. Our information is limited to the user account you establish on the bulletin board forum, including your email address and userid, as well as any information you may provide to us in your bulletin board forum profile, or via email.

If you feel that we are not abiding by this privacy policy, you should contact us immediately via email.





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