Acceptable Use Policy

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1. Rules:

a. You agree, through your use of Applefritter, that you will not post any material which is false, defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, vulgar, hateful, harassing, obscene, profane, discriminatory, sexually oriented, objectifying, degrading, threatening, invasive of a person's privacy, or otherwise in violation of any law. You also agree not to post any copyrighted material unless the copyright is owned by you or you have consent from the owner of the copyrighted material. Spam, flooding, chain letters, pyramid schemes, and solicitations are also inappropriate. Advertisements are only allowed in the Marketplace forums.

b. It is impossible for us to confirm the validity of posts on Applefritter. Please remember that we do not actively monitor the posted messages and are not responsible for their content. We do not warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any information presented. The messages express the views of the author: not of anybody else. Anyone who feels that a posted message is objectionable is encouraged to notify an administrator of this forum immediately. We have the right to remove objectionable content 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. This policy applies to member profile information as well.

c. You remain solely responsible for the content of your messages, and you agree to indemnify and hold harmless this forum, and any related websites to this forum. We at Applefritter also reserve the right to reveal your identity (or whatever information we have about you) in the event of a complaint or legal action arising from any information posted by you.

d. You have the ability, as you register, to choose your username. Please choose something appropriate. You agree to never share your password and to never use another member's account to post messages or browse this site.

e. When you submit any content to Applefritter, you grant Tom Owad the nonexclusive, royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, and fully sublicensable right to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, and display such content throughout the world in any media, excluding printed publications. Most significantly, this means we have no obligation to delete all your old posts if you decide to throw a fit and want to make a nuisance of yourself. I also want to emphasize that, as we move to new formats, and especially any post-web formats, we have the right to migrate all content to that new format.

2. On etiquette:

a. Proper use of language strengthens our ability to communicate. Make a concerted effort to use proper spelling, grammar, and punctuation. If you are a "L33t Haxor," please enroll in an ESL course. If your keyboard lacks punctuation keys, you can simulate these keys by using an onscreen character palette.

b. Please use descriptive subjects when you start a new thread. "Look at this!" is not descriptive.

c. Keep threads on topic. If the subject starts to wander, start a new thread.

d. If you have nothing useful to say, say nothing at all. The painfully obvious is not useful. "Me too" isn't useful, either. If your post begins with "I have no experience with your problem, but," then please, please reconsider.

e. If you have a straight-forward technical question, take a moment to search Applefritter. Try a Google search. If you question can be answered with five minutes of research, it doesn't deserve a post.

f. Despite popular belief, your number of posts does not increase the amount of respect you get, show how knowledgeable you are, or increase the size of any body part.

g. Don't dredge up old topics without good reason.

h. Signatures may be no longer than 3 lines when viewed at 1024x768 resolution and may not include graphics or advertisements.

i. You are a guest here. You have the right to leave. We have the right to throw you out.

3. On moderators and administrators:

1. Respect the decisions of moderators and administrators.

2. Moderators and administrators, like all members, are required to abide by these rules.

3. If you wish to question a moderator or administrator's judgement, please do so via private email.