We appreciate your concern. It is noted and stupid.
Member # 9
FYI - there have been some minor updates to the user agreement. I've quoted it below.
In particular, the bits about email accounts have changed. I've removed most of the banned email providers, as the hand approval process catches them all anyway.
This means that you are now able to switch to a freemail address after signing up. Do note that some well-known services (hotmail, yahoo, etc) remain on the ban list.
Here's the agreement in full:
quote:By clicking the 'I Agree' button below, you state that you have read, understand, and except the following terms and conditions completely, without exception:
You recognize that we are not responsible for the content of the messages that are posted.
We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message.
The messages express the views of the author of the message, not necessarily the views of the administration of this board or any entity associated with the administration of this board.
We have the ability to remove messages and we will make every effort to do so, within a reasonable time frame, if and only if we determine that removal is necessary. We also have the ability to edit the contents of any message, within a reasonable time frame, if and only if we determine that editing is nessecary. This is a manual process, so please realize that we may not be able to remove or edit particular messages immediately.
Although the administration of this board does not and cannot review the messages posted, and is not responsible for the content of any of these messages, we reserve the right to delete any message for any reason whatsoever.
You remain solely responsible for the content of your messages, and you agree to indemnify and hold harmless the administration of this board, Infopop Corporation (the creator of the bulletin board software), and their agents with respect to any claim based upon transmission of your message(s).
We also reserve the right to reveal your identity (or whatever information we know about you) in the event of a complaint or legal action arising from any message posted by you.
You agree, through your use of this service, that you will not use this board to 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 internationally recognized law.
You agree not to post any copyrighted material unless the copyright is owned by you or by the administration of this board.
Please note that advertisements, chain letters, pyramid schemes, and solicitations are inappropriate here.
IF YOU SPAM US, WE WILL SHUT YOU DOWN! If you post a spam message to this board, you will be banned, and your ISP contacted concerning abuse of their serivices. (Spam is defined as any and all of the following: advertisements for services or websites, excessive useless fluff messages, flooding, and the like)
Trolling is strictly prohibited. Known trolls from other bulletin boards will be banned immediately following any questionable incident.
Please take note of the following statements:
We actively track and record your IP address when you browse the board. This information is recorded through the web server's logging faccilities, and through the bulletin board's user tracking feature ("Recent Visitors"). While you may choose to be invisible on the list of currently browsing users, your IP and actions are still recorded.
The recorded IP addresses are only visible to the board administration, not the general public.
In the event that you decide to abuse your posting rights, we reserve the right to use your IP address in any of the following ways:
Use a lookup to determine your ISP, then inform them of your actions
Prevent posting to this board based on the IP address
Prevent viewing of this board based on the IP address
Prevent anyone from your ISP from viewing this board.
By clicking the 'I Agree' button below, you agree to permit us to record your IP address.
Please take note of the following information:
In order to register on this BB, you must have a valid, working email address with your internet service provider.
This email address may NOT originate from a freemail service, such as Hotmail, Rocketmail, Yahoo, Excite, Bigfoot, and Everyone.net.
The email address you provide will only be used to mail you your password and contact you should an emergency arise, or to send information about this board. You may optionally choose to hide your email address from public viewing, and may opt out of any board mailings.
If, for some reason, you do NOT have a non-freemail address, please email the administration of this board and explain the situation. The admins may choose to set up a special forwarding address for your use in registering.