Blaze Community Forums - Registration

By accessing the Blaze Community Forums (hereinafter "we", "us", "our", "the forums", Blaze Community Forums", "http://blaze.iotaca.net/forum"), you agree to be legally bound by the following terms. If you do not agree to be legally bound by all of the following terms then please do not access and/or use the Blaze Community Forums. We may change our policies at any time and we'll do our utmost in informing you, though it would be prudent to review this regularly yourself as your continued usage of the forums after changes mean you agree to be legally bound by these terms as they are updated and/or amended.

You agree not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening, sexually-orientated or any other material that may violate any laws be it of your country, the country where Blaze Community Forums is hosted or International Law. Doing so may lead to you being immediately and permanently banned, with notification of your Internet Service Provider if deemed required by us. The IP address of all posts are recorded to aid in enforcing these conditions. You agree that Blaze Community Forums have the right to remove, edit, move or close any topic at any time should we see fit. As a user you agree to any information you have entered to being stored in a database. While this information will not be disclosed to any third party without your consent, neither Blaze Community Forums shall be held responsible for any hacking attempt that may lead to the data being compromised.

This forum is your community and we believe that you have a common sense feel for what is appropriate and what not when participating in discussions. We do, however need to have a set of policies for everyone to refer to when the need arises. This article applies to all Blaze Community Forum members, including staff, unless mentioned otherwise. These rules also apply to all members who have registered before issuing these policies.


POLICIES

Section 1: Posting

a. Posts should belong to the relevant forum. Repeated posts in the wrong forum will result in deletion of the topic or result in a warning to the poster. Users are asked to search for similar topics before posting a query.

b. Be respectful to all users at all times. Attempts to bypass the forum's word censoring system can lead to a ban. If you come across impolite, rude, abusive or harassing posts, feel free to report it to the forum staff.

c. Members should remember that this board is aimed at a general audience. Any pornographic content or generally offensive text is in no way acceptable and can lead to a ban.

d. Members are asked to respect the copyright of other users, sites, media, etc. Users linking to or asking for information on warez, crackz, etc. or re-printing material without permission will receive a warning and their post will be removed.

e. When embedding images using [IMG][/IMG] tags, respect the bandwidth of other users and use smaller sized images. Images should not extend outside the topic wrapper. Posts including images that violate these conventions are liable to be edited/removed.

f. The post text should be consistent with regard to "normal writing". It should not contain excessive UPPERCASE letters, as it seems like shouting. It should also not have excessive punctuation marks (????) or emoticons, large or small coloured text, etc.

g. Topics should have appropriate titles that gives a vague idea of the post. Do not use titles like "Help!!", "Problems...." or "Getting an error".

h. Spam, warez and similar are strictly not allowed under any section of the forum. Any such content will be deleted without notice and the user may receive a warning, or get banned depending upon the context.

i. Please resist the urge to use a sensationalist, extreme, and flame-baiting title like "I've had it with BLAZE!" "I bet you can't solve my problem" or "BLAZE sucks". Your problem is important, but so are other people's problems. The best way to get good help is to be specific and unemotional in your original post and its title, as you describe the problem.

j. Please do not execute any command suggested in a post without knowing what it does. Dangerous commands can cause physical system damage, leave it unusable or cause severe loss of data including preferences and documents. Any post persuading use of such commands will result in a permanent ban.

k. Forum staff reserve the right to edit and delete any post anywhere. They are also responsible for issuing warnings to any member when such a situation arises. It is to be remembered that Blaze Community Forums is a community run by a team of volunteers. All members of the staff and community are assisting you during their spare time with only your gratitude as compensation. We ask you to consider that when communicating with staff.


Section 2: User profile

a. Avatars: Users can use gallery avatars, remote avatars or upload their own. Uploaded avatars should not exceed 10 KB in size. Avatars should not be larger than 60px X 60px. Avatars should not contain any form of pornographic images. Political images are also prohibited for usage. Animated avatars that appear flashy and become a means of distraction are discouraged and the user can be asked to change/remove the same.

b. Signatures: Signatures can contain up to 1 lines of text. Text sizes should be in between 75% and 100% (small and normal). Text in signatures is subject to the same conditions as posts with respect decency, warez, emoticons, and so forth. Links in the signature are permitted to a maximum of 2 unique pages. They should not point to pages that offer advertisements or adult content.

c. Usernames: Username should not contain any word that violates the Blaze CoC in any way. The forum management reserves the right to change the username at any point in case of violation of this policy. Since we allow usernames of different character sets (i.e. in international languages), any report against having words that disrespects the user's community will be removed or changed by the forum management notifying the user about the same.

d. Profile information: User profile information should not have any links pointing to advertisements, adult content, warez, cracks and related content. Profile field data should neither offend any other member of the forum, nor should it be a resource serving any content that may be regarded as flame inducing.

e. Newly registered members cannot make any changes to their profile until they have made one post in any part of the forum. This restriction is added in order to prevent spambots from adding inappropriate text and links to their profile and signature fields.

f. Any member violating policies 2a and 2b shall be asked to edit their profile and change it in accordance with the above mentioned rules. Further delay in taking action from the member's side will lead to removal of the avatar/signature from the user's profile within 48 hours (from first notification) and a warning, depending upon the intensity of violation. Consistent violation may result in the user losing their avatar/signature privileges.

g. Forum staff are exempted from policies 2a and 2b as they devote their valuable time in managing various aspects of the forum.


Section 3: Private messages (feature not activated)

a. All policies drafted under Section 1 apply for private messages as well.

b. Private messages should not be posted publicly without proper permission from the message author (sender). Reported incidents violating this rule will lead to a permanent ban from the Blaze Community Forums.

c. Private message harassments should be reported to the forum staff via PMs only. Kindly avoid reporting such events publicly.


Section 4: Creating an Account

a. You may create one (1) user account (the "Account") pursuant to the terms, conditions and restrictions contained in this Agreement. In order to establish an Account, you must be 18 or older. You may not share the Account with anyone. You are liable for all uses of the Account. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, you acknowledge and agree that you shall have no ownership or other property interest in the Account, and you further acknowledge and agree that all rights in and to the Account are and shall forever be owned by Iotaca Team.

b. During the registration process, you will be required to select a user name and a password that are specific to the Account (collectively referred to hereunder as "Password"). Your Password is to be kept confidential at all times and you are solely responsible for the security of your Password. You may not disclose your Password to anyone, or allow your Password to be used by anyone other than yourself. Iotaca Team is not responsible for any harm that may result to the Account (including without limitation the deletion or modification of characters in the Account) as a result of a lost or shared password. Iotaca Team is not responsible in the event that the Account is "hacked," or if the Account or your computer is damaged by a virus, or for any other issues with your computer or the Account. The user name you choose shall be subject to the naming guidelines contained in this Terms of Use Agreement.

c. Iotaca Team does not recognize the transfer of Accounts. You may not offer any Account for sale or trade, and any such offer is a violation of this Agreement and will result in termination of the Account.


Section 5: Legal

a. Blaze Community Forums does not take any responsibility for any content posted by a member. All messages belong to their poster and they have the full responsibility for any violation upcoming as a result of their post.

b. All resources developed by the forum staff including code and design are licensed under: Creative Commons - Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Italy. Blaze Community Forums provides no guarantee for it's software resources and takes no responsibility for loss of data or any other damage to your software due to usage of our code.

c. Blaze community forum staff officially includes all members belonging to either of these groups: Administrators, Moderators and Developers. Members of these groups can be identified by their group badges and coloured usernames.


This document is an official resource that is approved and accepted by the Blaze Community Forum management. Policies are likely to change in due course and it is the users' responsibility to keep track of changes on this page. As always, we welcome feedback about any concerns that you may have so feel free to post in the forum feedback section of the forums.