KFNZ Acceptable Use Policy

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Mon Mar 21, 2011 11:23 am

Hi all

Please find below the KFNZ Acceptable Use Policy.

It has been a huge few of years for KayakFishingNZ.com (KFNZ), and since the website was launched in 2008, membership has exploded, and so has kayak fishing. So it was decided it was time to put some plain, easy to understand rules for the benefit of all members, this is wheat is called the Acceptable Use Policy.

I would like to point out that we have absolutely no problem with the behaviour of the vast, vast majority of our membership. You are the people that make KFNZ what it is, and we thank you. However sites of these size do not come without some troublemakers, which is why documents such as this become necessary.

This Acceptable Use Policy is geared around making KFNZ an independent resource for the kayak fishing community, and a place where we respect others and behave reasonably, but don't have to leave our personalities at the door.

Please read and review the Acceptable Use Policy. If you have any questions or comments, please contact any of the Moderators via the PM system. Please note that it is your responsibility to regularly review this document, as there may be changes from time to time.

Thanks for your participation & for making KFNZ what it is today!

Regards

The Admin & Moderator Team


KayakFishingNZ.com Forum
ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY


About:

The KayakFishingNZ.com Forum is an online bulletin board, designed as a meeting place for those that enjoy kayak fishing.

KFNZ is not a club, organisation, or company. KFNZ is operated by volunteers, who provide their free time to help administer the forum and develop the resource for the kayak fishing community.

Please note that KFNZ is merely a distributor of information, and does not purport to be, or aim to be a ‘publisher’. While KFNZ does have a Moderation and Post Reporting structure in place, KFNZ does not accept any responsibility for any material posted on this site.

KFNZ is intended to be an independent resource for those interested in kayak fishing. We will endeavour to keep KFNZ free of undeclared commercial interests, and as a place where both the beginner can learn about kayak fishing and ask questions, and the more experienced angler can share their knowledge.

While this Acceptable Use Policy may seem wordy and long, we have put this in place to ensure all members have a good experience at KFNZ. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the Acceptable Use Policy, please contact a Moderator or Administrator via the PM system. If you are unsure if something you wish to post is in contravention of the Acceptable Use Policy, please ask for clarification before posting. This will save any heartache and angst that could otherwise be caused by your material being deleted, and other action being taken against you.

We hope that you will find KFNZ a valuable resource, plus an entertaining place to discuss kayak fishing and related topics with like minded individuals.

Commercial Affiliations and Sponsorships:

We recognise that many of our members may work in the fishing, kayaking, boating and related industries, additionally, we recognise that some members may have commercial or sponsorship type affiliations with some companies.

In the interests of always providing a independent and honest point of view to the membership, it is expected that anyone with any commercial affiliation with any related company disclose this information to the membership clearly and consistently. This is discussed later in this document.

Do's and Don'ts

Please Do:

Be honest in your dealings with us.

# Please ensure that all information that you provide to us for your membership is correct.
# Please only maintain one membership of KFNZ. Multiple memberships are not permitted. KFNZ is not a parallel universe or Second Life type environment. If you wouldn't do it in real life, don't do it here.

Act like a reasonable human being:

# Please don't use your membership to Spam, harass, or exploit other members in any way.
# Please don't use Vulgar, Abusive, Racist, or Sexist Language. This applies to what type, and also any images you may post or link to – including avatars. Our test is that if a reasonable person may be offended by any material, then we consider it to be offensive and it is not welcome.
# Please don't mass post or flood the boards.
# Please make a genuine and reasonable effort to ensure correct spelling and grammar in all of your posts. While the occasional typo or error is understandable, posts in SMS/TXT speak are not welcomed, and continued poor grammar, punctuation and spelling are annoying for other users to read and interpret. There are a number of free on-line tools and spellcheckers that make this requirement quite easy to meet.
# Please don't go overboard with signature lines. While at present there are no hard and fast rules, please don't use signature lines to link to sponsor or product websites, and please don't include tall images that take up a lot of vertical space on the screen. If your signature line is outside what we consider to be reasonable, you may be directed to modify it to suit.
# Please make a genuine effort at contributing to the core areas of the forum. Kayaks and kayak fishing are our core reason for existence – hence the name, and as such, it is expected that a members posts will consist of a minimum of 75% of posts being dedicated to these areas. Disproportionate use of other areas of the forum, such as “Off Topic” is not welcomed.
# KFNZ is not a place where you are judged by the number of posts you have made. A user shouldn't feel it necessary to 'run up' their post count – either to obtain credibility amongst members, or to qualify for full membership, or for other reasons. We'd rather see how good you are with a fishing rod than a keyboard.
# Please don't start inflammatory and 'trolling' type posts. While we encourage and foster genuine and serious debate about kayak and fishing related topics, topics posted to deliberately provoke response from other members are not welcome.
# You are responsible for what you write. Just because this is an internet forum does not absolve any member of their legal responsibilities regarding defamatory or libellous material. All posts, IP addresses, times and dates are logged and archived, and will be made available to law enforcement and legal sources as required.
# If there is a post or material posted that you feel is defamatory to your person, please contact a KFNZ Administrator or Moderator via the PM system. Please include in your message your full name and address, precise details of the material that you believe to be defamatory, and why you believe it to be defamatory. Please note that KFNZ takes all threats of legal action seriously, and should a member make threats of legal action against KFNZ, that this will result in the immediate banning of their KFNZ account and privileges.
# By joining KFNZ as a member, and by participating in threads and discussions on the KFNZ site you are agreeing to abide by the KFNZ Acceptable Use Policy, and you agree to be legally responsible for material you post and link to. If you do not agree with these conditions, or do not agree with the KFNZ Acceptable Use Policy, please do not visit or use the KFNZ website.

Respect Others:

# These message boards are a place where it's okay to be yourself. On the proviso that you always act with respect for your fellow users of these boards and chat rooms, we promise that when on the KayakFishingNZ.com Forum you won't have to leave your personality at the other end of the computer.

Contribute:

# It is intended that KFNZ be a constantly evolving resource that will cater to the needs of it's members, and the kayak fishing community. For us to do this, we need your feedback and suggestions.
# Please don't be afraid to contact us with your suggestions, ideas or questions. You shouldn't be afraid to discuss your ideas for the site with other members, either via discussion threads or polls. We will listen to your suggestions, complaints, and surveys and try to incorporate your ideas in everything we do on this web site.
# While changes may not happen overnight, we aim to stay ahead of the curve, and ensure that KFNZ is the most relevant kayak fishing resource in New Zealand.

Participate:

# If you're new to our forum taking the first step to post publicly can sometimes seem intimidating.
# Don't be afraid to jump into a discussion, or post a fishing report or request for information. We were all new users at one stage. Fellow users of these boards are very supportive they can offer encouragement and enthusiasm. They all look forward to meeting new people and making new friends.
# KFNZ run a number of regular, and one-off competitions. These competitions are about fun and participation. We encourage all of our members to participate in these competitions. However in the interests of fairly distributing prizes, you may be ineligible to win prizes in some competitions depending on your previous winnings. This will generally apply if you have won monthly competitions previously, or if you have won a major prize in a one-off competition. Ineligibility will be made clear in the entry terms and conditions of each competition.
# Member Blogs and Websites: KFNZ recognises that members may have their own blogs or websites where they publish trip reports and other kayak fishing related content. We think this is great, as it showcases kayak fishing to the world in a variety of format and content.
We understand that what you may wish to publish on other sites may not be suitable for publishing here - ie video rich content, photo rich content etc etc.
However we do not wish for KFNZ to be used as a vehicle to only promote your own website - we refer to this as 'blind linking'. Effectively we do not want to see the types of posts along the lines of "I went fishing - check out my website at http://www.xyz.com" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; for the trip report".
Currently this is not been a issue as there are relatively few members with their own sites, and gentlemen's agreements have been in place. But with more members developing and maintaining their own sites, we have now developed a formal position on the issue.
We are not averse to links to your own website being included in the post, subject to the following conditions:
# There should be a full trip report published on KFNZ. This does not need to be a verbatim copy of what is published elsewhere, but it should at least be an 'abstract', 'executive summary' or 'précis' of the article. Basically a member should be able to read it, and get the full gist of the story, without having to go to another site to get important or key details.
# Please note, this condition only applies to members own sites. Linking out to other forums is not considered acceptable.
# We are relying on member's goodwill and common sense to make this work. Please don't abuse it and force us to make more draconian guidelines.

Declare any Commercial Affiliations:

# Posts from members who are involved in the commercial aspect of kayak fishing are more than welcome. We value the knowledge and experience of our members with commercial ties, and their input and advice on forum topics can be of great benefit to all users of the site. We encourage commercial members to answer questions about their own products/services in general terms, and participate in discussions about these products/services.
# If you are a Commercial member, we would like you to be a productive and useful member of KFNZ in your own right. This can be done by contributing regularly and reasonably to kayak and fishing related topics on the forum. If your posts consists mainly of advertising or other commercial-related posts, KFNZ is not going to be the site for you.
# It is our intention for KFNZ to be a valuable community and meeting place for all kayak fishing aficionados. KFNZ is not designed to be an advertising portal for commercial members, nor is it designed to be a trading post. It is a reasonable expectation that our commercial members will reward (offer discounts) to all KFNZ members for their participation in the community, and not simply parrot their standard prices that are offered elsewhere.
# To assist members to identify other members with a commercial connection, those with commercial ties should identify such affiliations within one or more of these locations:
# As part of your Member Profile
# As part of your Signature
# As part of your Location
Examples:
'xxxx Kayaks Dealer, YakSeller Limited'
'xxxx Kayaks Fishing Team member'
'Sponsored by xxxx Kayaks'
'Auckland, xxxx Kayaks Sales Team'
# This will not only help other members evaluate posts in the context of commercial affiliations, but will also provide a level of protection against any accusations of covert product bias.

Please Don't:

Cause Trouble:

# Please note that while we welcome all members to KFNZ, subject to the Acceptable Use Policy, there may be occasions where an member's behaviour may require action to be taken. Action may be taken by either a Moderator, or Administrator. This action may include a warning being issued, your membership to KFNZ being revoked for a period of time, or your KFNZ membership being revoked permanently.
# Disclosure of reasons behind a warning or ban being issued will be completely at the discretion of the Moderator, or Administrator. The decision of the Moderator, or Administrator will be final in these circumstances, and no correspondence will be entered into.
# Please note that should a warning or ban be issued, this applies to the person rather than the membership. Attempts to circumvent this by creating a duplicate or alternate membership will result in an immediate permanent ban to the person and all associated accounts.

Privacy:

# Please note that any private information collected by KFNZ about you will not be shared with any third party, without your consent, unless legally required to do so. The sorts of parties that this information may be shared with include competition partners, where for example you have won a prize which needs to be sent to you, or legal or law enforcement agencies.
Please note that your participation on KFNZ is not anonymous. Your IP address is logged at all times during your participation on the site, and this information is archived, and will be made available to legal and law enforcement agencies on request.
# As part of our efforts to fund our site and hosting fees, and provide a professional and useful resource for all members, we may use Google targeted advertising on the site. You will note that the Google ads you see will be targeted to you by two methods – firstly the content of the KFNZ page you are viewing, and secondly by the search and viewing history of you personally. This is information that Google as a third party collects, and while KFNZ publishes the resultant advertisements to you, these are not due to information passed on to Google from KFNZ.
# Please note that there is not implied, inherent or guaranteed privacy in respect to the Private Message (PM) system. Any PM messages sent to other members may be forwarded to any other member without your consent or knowledge, or quoted in a post on the board. As a general rule, you should not put anything in a private message that you wouldn't be comfortable being sent to your worst enemy's solicitor.
# Please note that all posts placed by you on KFNZ are considered to be in the public domain. These are viewable by anyone – not just members of KFNZ, and will not be deleted, unless they are considered to be in breach of the Acceptable Use Policy. KFNZ material will also be collected and referenced by various internet search applications, and the results made available through third party search engines. This is completely out of the control of KFNZ.

Thank you for taking the time to read and understand the Acceptable Use Policy. If you are unclear as to any area of this policy, please contact either a Moderator or Administrator.

The Acceptable Use Policy may change or be updated at any time, and it is in members' best interests to regularly view the document for updates and changes.
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