Here are some guidelines we have developed to ensure our boards offer a positive environment.
Please note that the sharing of information & an exchange of ideas is encouraged & welcome on our message boards. While you may not agree with every message posted, flames (messages which are insulting or inflammatory in nature, generally used to judge or criticize someone, to belittle their ideas or just to be abusive), other forms of harassment including put-downs & general rudeness are discouraged on the boards or elsewhere on our site. As in the TOS, such behavior may result in loss of your account.
1. What you cannot post: Advertisements, chain letters, virus warnings, flames, pyramid schemes, and solicitations are inappropriate on this board. NO ADVERTISEMENTS, COMMERCIAL LINKS TO OTHER FORUMS/SITES OR SOLICITATIONS MAY BE POSTED ON OUR SITE. Further, chain letters, virus warnings, flames, pyramid schemes, and messages out of context, the purpose of which is solely to generate traffic to another site, may not be posted.
2. Use of our Private Message system: OCEAN MOTION MEDIA, LLC/SMOOTHEDATE.COM owns these boards, we also technically own the private message boxes. We reserve the right at anytime to restrict a member's usage of their private message box due to misuse or abuse. Misuse includes but is not limited to spamming & flaming of other members via private message. The rights & privacy of our members is our number one priority. We reserve the right to either provide or not provide private messaging for all users. If not provided, then you may message the members privately through the Smoothe Date profiles.
3. Signature files may contain photos, personal information, titles, etc. No images that indicate advertising or recommending off-site links are permitted. Links to, or advertising of, other message boards are NOT allowed. We reserve the right to edit or delete messages which are in violation of this policy. (When in doubt, please ask! ) Users who continue abusing this policy may be denied access to the site. Signatures must be of the required pixel size (70x70) to help prevent scrolling problems on our message boards. Members that have signatures wider than this will be contacted & if the signature is not fixed within a week, their signature will be removed.
4. Usernames or user profiles deemed objectionable by OCEAN MOTION MEDIA, LLC/SMOOTHEDATE.COM may be deleted at our discretion without notice or explanation.
5. Information posted on the board should not be used as a substitute for medical care. If you have questions or concerns regarding your physical/mental health or the health of your child, please seek assistance from a qualified healthcare provider.
6. While OCEAN MOTION MEDIA, LLC/SMOOTHEDATE.COM and/or it's Forum Hosts and Admin may monitor or review discussions, postings, transmissions and bulletin boards on the Service, we are NOT under any obligation to review every forum or post. We expect you to be mature, courteous & thoughtful in your postings to our boards. In fact, as a rule our involvement in conflict resolution is minimal (unless we feel our intervention is absolutely necessary, which will be at our discretion) As situations intensify, we may suggest options that can utilize to bring about change & resolution, but the job will ultimately rest on your shoulders. Each community has its own unique dynamic. We expect each of you to take ownership & be responsible for protecting what is important to you.
7. You acknowledge that OCEAN MOTION MEDIA, LLC/SMOOTHEDATE.COM does not control the information available in the interactive forums & that any opinions, advice, statements, services, offers or other information content presented or disseminated on any interactive forum are those of their respective authors who are solely liable for their content. Please note that we cannot confirm the veracity of any poster's identity (i.e. we make no guarantees that any poster is who or what they say they are).
8. Messages express the views of the authors of the messages, and reflect solely on these authors. They are not necessarily the views of this community or any entity associated with this community. Offensive/objectionable/off-topic posts may be removed at our discretion.
9. OCEAN MOTION MEDIA, LLC/SMOOTHEDATE.COM reserves the right, in their sole discretion, to edit, refuse to post or remove any material submitted to or posted on any interactive forum without notifying the author. Furthermore, you understand that OCEAN MOTION MEDIA, LLC/SMOOTHEDATE.COM is under no obligation to remove that which offends you.
10. You remain solely responsible for the content of your messages, and by using our boards, you agree to indemnify and hold harmless OCEAN MOTION MEDIA, LLC/SMOOTHEDATE.COM . as well as the makers of the bulletin board software, and their agents with respect to any claim based upon transmission of your message(s). Once you've posted your message, you will not be able to remove it. Think carefully before you post something you know will be objectionable - it may hang around long after you actually mean it, as may the fallout that usually results. Furthermore, use caution when posting information of a personal or personally identifiable nature these forums are viewable by the public, and posts may be included/visible in search engine indexes.
11. You acknowledge that OCEAN MOTION MEDIA, LLC/SMOOTHEDATE.COM may remove any user and/or posting privileges from its message boards for any reason without notice or explanation. Posting on our boards is a privilege, not a right. While banning is done infrequently, once you're banned from one or more of our sites, you're banned. If you try to circumvent a ban, we may take further action. If you post on behalf of a banned member, you may also be banned. You may email us for an explanation, but we are not obligated to respond. (In most cases, people know why they are banned.)
12. A word on censorship and freedom of speech: The US Bill of Rights allows citizens the right to free speech in a public forum without limitations imposed by the State. (Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech.) OCEAN MOTION MEDIA, LLC/SMOOTHEDATE.COM are not public forums; these sites are private forums open to the public. As a general rule, however, we uphold the ideals of the Constitution and do not condone the censorship of ideas. We allow relatively free and open discussion about just about anything. However, we do adhere to a simple tenet of respect. There is no place here for personal attacks. Flamming, Debate, and fault. DON'T abuse other members of the site. When in doubt, please remember this golden rule of message board etiquette: It's not just what you say, it's how you say it.
13. Any communication or material you post or transmit to the Service is, and will be treated as, non-confidential and non-proprietary. You assume full responsibility for anything you post or transmit, and you grant SMOOTHEDATE.COM and its affiliates the right to edit, copy, publish and distribute any information or content you post or transmit for any purpose. If you voluntarily disclose personal information (e.g. e-mail address) on a bulletin board or in a chat room, that information can be collected and used by other parties and may result in unsolicited contact. We do not allow personal information of other members to be posted.
14. 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, threatening, invasive of a person's privacy, or violative of any law. You agree not to post any copyrighted material unless the copyright is owned by you or by OCEAN MOTION MEDIA, LLC/SMOOTHEDATE.COM . Share written material posted online (including articles and newsgroups) with a link and no more than a few lines to serve as a description.
15. While we are open to feedback. Public debate about how the boards are administered is discouraged and should be handled privately. Keep in mind that we offer these message boards as a FREE service to their users and are not accountable in the way that elected officials are to their tax-paying constituency. Please contact us directly at Smoothedate.com to share your suggestions. We DO take them seriously.
16. We at this board 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. Your IP address is recorded with every post you make.
Some other considerations
As a reminder for anyone who needs to have a refresher in message board netiquette, please consider the following before you post:
1. Does your message have anything to contribute in a positive way to the thread?
Posts should be kept on topic out of respect to the original poster. Personal chat posts that don't pertain to the original topic will be removed
2. How would you feel and react if faced with the same message from someone else? If it would anger or upset you, you might consider re-framing your thoughts in a less objectionable tone. People are much more likely to see your point of view when it isn't rude, attacking or flamming them. Most people tend to shut down their minds to any different ideas in the face of condescension, insults or anger.
3. Message boards, unlike face-to-face conversation, lack tone and other nuances of expression. Be aware that when you post, what you mean and what others read may be very different! This is why smileys, or emoticons, were created.
Thank you in advance for your consideration and respect for all of the people who visit this board, no matter what their personal stance on any given issue.
If you have any questions about the message boards, please contact admin2 at Smoothe Date via Private message or if you need help, you may write your request under the Help Desk category in this forum.