In brief, RPoL is here for enjoyment, pure and simple. There's nothing sinister here: You login, you post, you play. Your e-mail address isn't used for anything except for your login and site moderation; your copyrighted ideas stay yours. You don't have to buy anything and you don't have to do anything except for behave1.
However, if you are going to use the site, you really should read the rest of this document.
1 And by "behave" we mean whatever we decide is acceptable on the day. There doesn't have to be any rhyme or reason to what we view as acceptable from one day to the next. If you want to avoid censorship and/or banning then "do unto others as you would have them do unto you", and respect those who run the site.
Terms and Conditions of Use
Use of Contents
Any and every message posted must be relevant to the game or forum you are posting to, or to the message to which you are replying to. Abuse (a.k.a. flaming) will not be tolerated, nor will elevating yourself by putting down others, baiting, trolling, or making slurs of any nature, &c.
RolePlay onLine, and any other companion directories, is owned by Jason Roper and is operated by him and his helpful minions (referred to herein as "RPoL", "we", "us", or "our"). No content from RPoL may be copied, reproduced, republished, uploaded, posted, transmitted, or distributed in any way without the express, written permission of the author (whether it be us or the posting author).
Unless you are the original author, you may view, download and print contents from the Site subject to the following conditions:
- the content may be used solely for informational purposes; and
- the content may not be modified or altered in any way.
You may not republish, distribute, prepare derivative works from, or otherwise use the content other than as explicitly permitted herein.
You may not frame or utilise framing techniques to enclose any trademark, logo, or other proprietary information (including images, text, page layout, or forms) of RPoL without express written consent. You may not use any meta tags or any other "hidden text" utilising RPoL designs name or trademarks without express written consent.
All content published to this website remains the copyright material of the original author
, as per copyright laws. If the poster is not the original author then normal copyright law must be obeyed.
You do not acquire any ownership rights to any content in the Site. Any unauthorised use terminates the permission or license granted by RPoL.
Some areas within this site have adult content and are clearly labelled as such. Any person viewing the information provided within such an area must be of legal age to view such material according to the laws in their permanent place of residence and in the place in which they are currently residing.
Any infringement upon these conditions of use may lead to the restriction of access to some or all areas of RPoL, either by banning of an Account Name, an IP address, or an IP subnet. Unacceptable behaviour in the public sections of this site (including in the discussion boards) will result in the removal of posting privileges in some or all public forums, and possibly the removal of privileges for the entire site. GMs can administer their own games as they like and have the ability to ban users at their own discretion.
The determination of what constitutes abuse is at the sole discretion of the administrators and moderators of this site and is not open to debate.
Use of Contact Information
All Contact Information contained on this site and any site controlled, operated, and/or owned by us is provided for the convenience of our users and visitors for the sole purpose of making legitimate inquiries. No inquires shall contain software viruses, mass mailings, chain letters, or any form of "spam". You may not use a false e-mail address, impersonate any person or entity, or otherwise mislead as to the origin of the information. No contact information, whether postal, telephone, fax, or e-mail, may be used for any solicitation purposes, placed on any mailing list, or used for the purpose of unsolicited e-mail, a.k.a. Spam. e-mail harvesting robots/spiders are prohibited from being used on this site. All violators will be prosecuted to the fullest extent as provided for by law.
Reviews, Comments, Communications, and Other Content
You may submit comments and provide other content so long as the content is not obscene, illegal, threatening, or defamatory, and so long as the content does not invade the privacy or infringe upon the intellectual property of a third party. Further, such content may not contain software viruses, mass mailings, chain letters, or any form of Spam. You may not use a false e-mail address, impersonate any person or entity, or otherwise mislead as to the origin of the information.
Free Web-Based Services Provided by or in Association with RPoL
Free web based services, including but not limited to the message boards, are offered as part of RPoL. You shall not upload to, distribute through, or otherwise publish through RPoL any content that is libelous, defamatory, obscene, pornographic, threatening, invasive of privacy or publicity rights, abusive, illegal, or otherwise objectionable, or material that would constitute or encourage a criminal offense or violate the rights of any party, or that would otherwise give rise to liability or violate any law.
Please keep in mind that whenever you give out personal information online -- for example, via message boards -- that information can be collected and used by people you don't know. While RPoL strives to protect its users' personal information and privacy, we cannot guarantee the security of any information you disclose online, and you do so at your own risk.
Copyright and Trademark Information
RPoL is, by nature, a message board where users can submit information. If you know of any content hosted at RPoL (whether it be text, graphics, or otherwise) that contravenes any copyright law, please contact the administrator.
The content and services provided by this site are provided "As Is" and without warranties of any kind, either expressed or implied. To the fullest extent permissible by law, RPoL disclaims all warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. RPoL does not warrant that the content and services will be uninterrupted or error free, or that defects or errors will be corrected, or that the site or the server that makes it available are free of viruses or other harmful elements. RPoL does not warrant or make any representations to the use or results of the use of the content or services in this site in terms of their correctness, accuracy, reliability, or otherwise. You, not RPoL, assume the entire cost of all necessary servicing, repair, or correction.
Further, RPoL explicitly disclaims any responsibility for the accuracy, content, or availability of information found on sites that link to or from RPoL from third parties not associated with RPoL. Because some sites employ automated search results or otherwise link you to sites containing information that may be deemed inappropriate or offensive, RPoL cannot be held responsible for the accuracy, copyright compliance, legality, or decency of material contained in third-party sites, and you hereby irrevocably waive any claim against us with respect to such sites.
RPoL cannot ensure that you will be satisfied with any products or services that you purchase from a third-party site that links to or from RPoL. RPoL does not endorse any of the merchandise, nor has RPoL taken any steps to confirm the accuracy or reliability of any of the information contained in such third-party sites. RPoL does not make any representations or warranties as to the security of any information (including, without limitation, credit card, and other personal information) you might be requested to give any third party, and you hereby irrevocably waive any claim against us with respect to such sites. You are encouraged to make whatever investigation necessary or appropriate before proceeding with any online or offline transaction.
Limitation of Liability
Except as expressly stated in an agreement between you and RPoL, all content, services, products and software provided on this web site are provided "As Is" without warranty of any kind, either expressed or implied. RPoL and its contributors and licensors disclaim all warranties, expressed or implied, including, without limitation, those of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, and non-infringement. You are solely responsible for the appropriateness of the site, its content, and the products and services offered by RPoL on the site for your intended application and use. RPoL does not warrant that the site, its content, or the products and services it offers on the site meet your requirements or are free from defects, errors, or viruses. In no event shall RPoL's total liability to you for all damages, losses, and causes of action (whether in contract, tort [including, but not limited to, negligence], or otherwise) exceed the amount paid by you, if any, for accessing this site.
Information Obtained from Submission Forms
Except for information submitted for public viewing, information obtained from submission forms and mailing list submissions is confidential. It is not shared, made public, made available for sale, or procured for use by anyone outside of RPoL. Except for information you request from us or announcements in connection with your listing or a service provided by or through RPoL, you will not be sent any unsolicited e-mails, faxes, or regular mail without your consent. Additionally, all RPoL e-mail contains the reason you are receiving the e-mail and instructions for removal from a mailing list.
Information Obtained from Server Logs
Our server logs automatically collect specific information every time you visit our site. This includes: the date and time of your visit, your IP Address, your browser type, your operating platform, and the duration of your visit and the pages you viewed. The information is logged both per-session and in aggregate total. The per-session log includes all the aforementioned information. It is kept in a password protected directory and only accessible by RPoL and/or hosting staff. It is not shared or made available to the public. No personal, identifiable information is made available from these logs, including your IP address.
Information Obtained from "Cookies"
Web Beacons, a.k.a. Web Bugs
Web Beacons, also known as Web Bugs, are invisible images (usually 1 pixel by 1 pixel) placed on a web page to collect information similar to that gathered by banner advertisements, but users cannot detect the presence of bugs without looking at the source code or using special software (visit www.bugnosis.org to download free detection software). RPoL does not use Web Bugs or Web Beacons; we may, however, use such graphics for the sole purpose of webpage aesthetics.
Information You Post or Request be Posted with RPoL
Any information posted with RPoL, whether by us at your request or by yourself through any of the public Free Web Based Services, becomes public information and access to and use thereof is beyond our control. This includes, but is not limited to, any e-mail address posted.
Protecting Your E-mail Address
We do not give out e-mail addresses to anyone without your consent. However, as there are programs which employ the use of "spiders" to search Web Sites for e-mail addresses, for your security, when you post your e-mail address to any Web site, we recommend that you use either an alternate e-mail address (rather than your personal address), or enter the address in such a manner that it cannot be automatically used by others, i.e.. username@yourdomain.REMOVE.net, &c.) with a note telling users to delete the "REMOVE" from the address.
Links to Other Sites
Last updated: 13:00, Mon 30 Apr 2007.
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