The Organ Forum Rules

IMPORTANT: The Organ Forum is an active member of a global anti-spamming network. By registering as a member on The Organ Forum, you agree that if you place Spam on The Organ Forum, any/all information recorded about you and held on the site databases, can be provided to the anti-spamming network, by the Organ Forum administrators or moderators. You will also be banned immediately and permanently from The Organ Forum. We reserve the right to refuse or remove any member from The Organ Forum, with or without reason. The Organ Forum is privately owned and membership of the site is not a Right.

CREATING AN ACCOUNT ON THE ORGAN FORUM

[1] Members are required to provide a user name, password and valid email permanent address, and are entitled to only one account. User names must not contain swearing, sexual, or sexually suggestive wording, offensive words or any wording that could be taken to represent another person, or identity, including but not limited to user names that could be construed as identity theft or misrepresentation. Usernames must not be commercial unless you are representing that particular organization (please refer to rule 10 re commercial promotion). If the site Administrator or Moderators deem necessary, your user name may be changed, you will be advised if this is to be done. Temporary email addresses (e.g. provided by services like spamgourmet) are not permitted. If you have misplaced or forgotten your account details, do not create a new account. Contact site administrator via the contact us link at the bottom of the site pages and we will locate your account and provide you with relevant access information. Creating a new/second account could see your access to the site permanently removed. Your username and password are your personal access to the site. Members must not provide their username and/or password to other persons for them to access the site. Providing your username/password to a third party may result in you being banned from The Organ Forum.

NEW MEMBER LIMITATIONS

These rules have been put in place due to the increase in spammers pretending to be regular members, and posting promoting companies, products or services. As we have no way of knowing who is and who isn't a spammer these 30 days and 50 posts rules apply to all new members.

All new members are placed on moderated status for a period of typically 7 to 14 days. While on moderated status, users have the ability to create new threads, reply to posts, and use most of the forum features; however, while on moderated status, all user submissions are subject to approval by a forum moderator prior to becoming public. This process can take up to 24 hours.

Members with Under 30 day’s membership and/or 50 posts:

[3] Are not allowed to promote or complain! Promotion or complaints about services/people/organizations/products/businesses by new members are not allowed anywhere on The Organ Forum. New members are also not allowed to seek/advertise employment (either paid or unpaid) anywhere on the site.

[4] Can post a website link to their own personal website. All other links may be removed. Links to and/or promotion, (even naming) of commercial sites, businesses, people or any form of commercial discussion will be deemed as promotion, and thus may be deemed spam and may result in the removal of your membership to The Organ Forum.

YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES

[5] Members should be treated with respect and courtesy. Members are requested not to insult or make personal attacks on other members. Remarks deemed to be libelous, defamatory, slanderous or offensive will be deleted, "Flame bait" postings, identical or similar repeat postings will also be deleted.

[6] Threads are not permitted for promotion of sites similar to The Organ Forum. Comment or reference to another site as part of an ongoing discussion in a thread is permitted, provided that the thread or post is not blatantly promoting the other site and is in context with the thread topic and discussion. This also includes using the personal messaging (PM) system to promote other sites.

[7] Strong profanity/swearing is not acceptable, neither is excessive swearing in posts. Use of abbreviations or symbols that can be inferred to and/or represent strong swearing is not permitted. We have a automatic censor in place to block many swear words.

[8] Posting any comment/post or answer that is: abusive, hateful, racist, bigoted, sexist, harassing, threatening, inflammatory, defamatory, knowingly false, vulgar, obscene, pornographic, promote/show illegal drug use or are overtly sexual are not allowed. Remember that children visit The Organ Forum website and some are members.

[9] Your site 'signature' is for placing a link to your *personal website, providing information about your musical instruments, or other general information. It is not to be used to place large text, photographs or images. We allow signature images to be up to 40 pixels high and 600 pixels long. You are allowed 7 lines for your signature and only font sizes 1 and 2 may be used in members’ signatures. Do not place your email address/messenger system email in your site signature.

You must not place links in your signature to sites that: (a) are not your own personal site (b) are other organ forums/websites

*A Personal Website is defined to be a website or page that contains personal information, photographs and the like. This includes your own gallery, blog, various social media sites, Facebook, Twitter and the like as long as they are not predominately commercial in nature. The decision as to what is a predominately commercial site rests solely with the Organ Forum moderation team.

All decisions about what is deemed appropriate for members signatures is determined by site administrators and moderators.

[10] Commercial promotion/spam/recruiting/surveys/marketing. Commercial promotion is not allowed on this site without an advertising contract in place. Any posts/threads/signatures will be deemed to be spam that directly promote commercial entities, products or services, where the poster does not have a paid advertising contract. Members are not to use the site to recruit/survey/market to other members of the site. Site administrators and moderators reserve the right to determine what we class as spam/ commercial/recruiting/marketing/surveying posts. Embedding or inclusion of unauthorized affiliate code/commission links into posts is not permitted and will be treated as spam.

[11] Files uploaded to The Organ Forum must not:

  1. violate any law, statute, ordinance or regulation (including without limitation those governing pornography, false advertising, deceptive practices, or copyright)
  2. contain programming routines that are intended to damage, detrimentally interfere with, surreptitiously intercept or expropriate any system, data, or personal information.

[12] All information that you disclose may become public information and caution should be exercised when deciding to share any personal information or discussing another person, website or organization on the site. This includes providing your address, phone number or other personal information to another member. Please exercise caution. You are legally responsible for all content that you load to the site. The Administrator(s) reserve the right to access any or all content that you transmit using the site or that may be stored within the site and its databases.

[13] Posts/threads that could be deemed libelous or defamatory will be removed.

[14] Cross-posting (posting duplicate messages to multiple areas of the Forum) is not permitted. Duplicate messages will be deleted.

[15] Information regarding illegal activity may neither be requested nor discussed. Members are not to discuss/promote or otherwise disseminate information regarding any illegal activity. Discussion of any illegal activities – be they criminal or civil – is unacceptable. This includes requests for software copyright infringement, discussion or promotion of software copyright infringement, or requesting/providing access to serial number generation software, or download information regarding potential copyright infringement of software, but is not limited to these.

[16] Members must not behave in a way that could be construed as an attack on the site. This includes hacking the site via back-end or front-end, DOS (Denial of Service) attacks and similar criminal attacks.

CLASSIFIEDS : TRADING OF GEAR : EMPLOYMENT

[17] The Organ Forum allows For Sale and Wanted posts but only in the Classifieds section. Discussions re trading items is not permitted anywhere else on the site. Our Organ Forum Classifieds section is only available to active site members with over 30 days membership and 50 posts. Please refer to the forum specific rules at the top of The Organ Forum Classifieds section. Members are only allowed to post 'classified advertisements' in the Classifieds section, posting them anywhere else on the site, including via the Personal Message (PM) system, is prohibited.

LICENSE OF YOUR PROVIDED CONTENT TO THE ORGAN FORUM

[18] You retain copyright and any other rights you already hold in Content which you submit, post or display on or through, the Services provided by The Organ Forum. By submitting, posting or displaying the content you give The Organ Forum a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license to reproduce, adapt, modify, translate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute any Content which you submit, post or display on or through, the Services. This license is for the sole purpose of enabling The Organ Forum to display, distribute and promote the Services and may be revoked for certain Services as defined in site rules.

[19] You agree that this license includes a right for The Organ Forum to make such Content available to other companies, organizations or individuals with whom The Organ Forum has relationships for the provision of syndicated services, and to use such Content in connection with the provision of those services. E.g.. The Organ Forum makes content available via Tapatalk or Forum Runner (mobile device interfaces) and other such applications.

[20] You understand that The Organ Forum, in performing the required technical steps to provide the Services to our users, may (a) transmit or distribute your Content over various public networks and in various media; and (b) make such changes to your Content as are necessary to conform and adapt that Content to the technical requirements of connecting networks, devices, services or media. You agree that this license shall permit The Organ Forum to take these actions. E.g. Content maybe re-factored for various browsers or mobile devices.

[21] You confirm and warrant to The Organ Forum that you have all the rights, power and authority necessary to grant the above license.

LEGALITIES

[22] Links or pointers to other websites and references to products and services offered by third parties are provided to you for convenience only and do not constitute an endorsement or approval by us of (a) the organizations that operate such websites; (b) the content, privacy policies or other terms of use on such websites; or (c) such third party products and services. We have no control or responsibility over websites or content maintained by other organizations, or for products and services offered by third parties, we do not assume any liability for your use of any of the foregoing, which use you acknowledge and agree shall be at your own risk. Any data transmitted using the site software may be scanned for content, captured and viewed by a site administrator; this includes the personal messaging (PM)system. All the site rules apply to the PM system. Any member using the site for illegal purposes, or breaching the site rules via the PM system will/may be banned. The Personal Message (PM) system is called Personal only in that messages are not posted to the public forums

[23] Requesting/Providing Financial, Medical or Legal Advice on The Organ Forum:

The Organ Forum is a website with broad topic coverage. However, when it comes to medical, financial and legal advice, it's always recommended to seek advice from a qualified professional, rather than asking about it on The Organ Forum. As such, The Organ Forum takes no legal responsibility for posts seeking or providing Medical, Financial or Legal advice. Members use any advice provided via The Organ Forum at their own risk. The site owner, moderators or members cannot be held liable for any Medical, Financial or Legal advice posted on the site.

[24] Requesting/Providing Organ Repair and Modification Information on The Organ Forum:

Repairing electrical devices can expose hazardous and lethal voltages and should be left to qualified professionals. In addition, repair or modification attempts by unqualified personnel can result in new or additional damage to the item being worked on. As such, The Organ Forum takes no legal responsibility for posts seeking or providing information on repairing or modifying electrical devices. The site owner, moderators or members cannot be held liable for loss or damages resulting in any repair or modification advice posted on the site.

ADMINISTRATION AND MODERATION ON THE ORGAN FORUM

[25] The Organ Forum Administrators and moderators cannot and do not review every single post, nor are we responsible for the content of any posted message. However, we reserve the right to edit, move, or delete any message whatsoever, which may be done with or without explanation.

If an administrator or moderator edits any post/thread, users are not to re-edit that post/thread and reverse, remove or change any edits done by the administrator or moderator.

Should you disagree with an Administrator or Moderator's decision regarding one of your posts, please contact that person or one of Admin/mod team privately. Publicly challenging a staff member may result in banning, regardless of who is deemed right. For example: a moderator closes or removes your thread. Opening a new thread on the same topic or to insult or challenge the moderator may lead to your being banned.

Should an Administrator or Moderator contact you requesting changes in your posts, your signature, your posting style, or any other comments, you are expected to cooperate completely.

[26] Under no circumstances will the owner of The Organ Forum site, Administrators or Moderators be liable in any way for any content, or for any loss or damage of any kind incurred as a result of the use of any content posted, emailed, transmitted or made available in any other way via the website, by a member of The Organ Forum.

[27] If you disagree with these terms and conditions, you are able to have your account deleted from The Organ Forum site, by contacting the Administrator.

[28] As these Site Terms and Conditions may change periodically, members should ensure they familiarize themselves with them from time to time.


If you have any concerns regarding these rules, please feel free to contact the site administrator for clarification. For breaking above rules you may be warned/banned appropriately!

last modified December 11, 2016