Thank you for taking a moment to review the Member Guidelines. The guidelines are here to: 1) help you become a valuable contributor to the community, 2) explain what kind of conduct is encouraged, and 3) make sure the community is enjoyable for – and respectful of – all our users. Please interact with other members accordingly and conduct yourself as you would in any face-to-face setting. We expect everyone to abide by our Terms and Conditions and follow these guidelines.
CHIFOO’s Online Community has one guiding principle: Play Nice.
The goal of CHIFOO Online Community is to further the mission of CHIFOO as a community of professionals expanding their understanding of all things interactive, especially those between humans and digital devices. We hope you enjoy visiting the community, return often, and become an active member and frequent contributor.
- Keep it clean, keep it friendly. Every post should make a positive contribution to the community and should be suitable for all users. The community is open to all points of view on the intended topics; mature, polite debate is encouraged. Please do not submit any post, photo, or avatar that is libelous, defamatory or offensive, including, but not limited to, language, violence, and nudity. Always interact with other users respectfully, as you would in any face-to-face setting.
- Stay on topic. Good contributions help the entire community by providing relevant, insightful information or asking important questions. If your post contains anything unrelated to the topic of the forum or article, it may be removed.
- Use the right channels for complaints. This community is not an appropriate forum to resolve website issues, or billing or membership disputes. All complaints submitted here will be referred to the CHIFOO Secretary to resolve the issue with you.
- Be honest, be yourself. The community is intended to be used for the helpful exchange of information between members. False, inaccurate, or otherwise misleading information is generally not helpful. Please be sincere in your community participation by only contributing content you know is accurate and not misrepresenting your identity or status within the Community.
- Keep marketing efforts separate; minimize clutter. A post or reply with a personal agenda only benefits the person who writes it, not the community as a whole, and unsolicited advertising adds distracting clutter. Please respect the community’s purpose by using channels set aside for marketing such as your profile and the Member Directory. Any marketing or sales related content not pre-approved by the Community Moderators will be removed and your membership in the community may be revoked.
- Submit only your own, original content. Help us maintain the community’s integrity and observe the intellectual property rights of others by only submitting content you have personally written or else used with permission and properly attributed. The community should not be used to distribute unauthorized copies of any copyrighted material.
- Respect the privacy of others. It’s up to you, and only you, to decide whether or not to share personal information about yourself. Any post or reply that includes another user’s postal or email addresses, phone numbers, or other contact information will be removed immediately.
- Help look after your community. The community is here for the benefit and enjoyment of members like you. If you notice content within the community that does not abide by these guidelines or the Terms and Conditions, please report it to our Community Moderators by clicking on the Report Abuse links.
While we assume no obligation to review all posted content on the CHIFOO Online Community, Community Moderators will be monitoring the community for content that does not adhere to the above-mentioned guidelines or our Terms and Conditions. Such content, when identified, will be immediately deleted in its entirety, and the contributing member will be notified via the email address in their profile. Members with multiple offenses risk losing their right to access the community. We reserve the right to remove any content we deem inappropriate for use in the community, and/or to revoke any member’s access to the community at any time and for any reason.
We may modify these guidelines or our Terms and Conditions at any time, and your continued use of the community signifies your assent to such modified terms. Modifications are highlighted in italics since the last version.
From time to time we may acquire nonconfidential but sensitive information about you, some of which you may have posted yourself. We won’t disclose or repeat such information except as (a) reasonable and necessary to manage our business, or (b) required by law, or (c) consistent with good citizenship, e.g., to prevent or report a crime or to respond to inquiries from law enforcement.
If you privately provide us with sensitive information related to the CHIFOO Online Community, we’ll act on it as we feel prudent, with the understanding that we’ll take reasonable measures to prevent you being identified as the source of the information without your consent, provided we’re not shielding a wrongdoer or acting against the public interest in doing so.
You are required to submit and maintain a valid e-mail address. If you do not wish to receive e-mail from other CHIFOO Online Community users you may so indicate in your user profile. However, we retain your e-mail address in our database and reserve the right to have CHIFOO Online Community staff contact you. We won’t give or sell your e-mail address to bulk mailers, brokers, or similar entities.
If you subscribe to the CHIFOO Online Community using a credit card you do so using a third-party. Your card number and related information is not visible to, accessible or retained by CHIFOO.
We log your Internet address (IP number) each time you post. The IP number tells us your Internet service provider. We reserve the right to reveal the IP numbers and e-mail address (but no other confidential information) of chronic CHIFOO Online Community rule violators to other online communities.
Please remember that postings on this board are visible to anyone with access to the Internet, and are retained in a database indefinitely. In addition, the CHIFOO Online Community is open to third-party search engines (“spiders”). Please do not post personal revelations or other information that may come back to haunt you. In particular, do not post your telephone number or address.
CHIFOO Online Community Terms and Conditions
CHIFOO, a local chapter of the ACM and the SIGCHI (“CHIFOO”, “We”, “Us”, “Our”), sponsors the CHIFOO Online Community (“Community”), available to all CHIFOO members 13 and older.
Thank you for taking the time to review this Terms and Conditions of Use Agreement (“Agreement”). This Agreement is a legal contract between you and CHIFOO. This Agreement includes by reference the terms and conditions of the ACM Code of Ethics: http://www.acm.org/about/code-of-ethics.
By registering for or using the Community or any of its related services, you agree that you have read and understand these terms and you agree to be bound by them. If you do not agree to these terms, do not use or otherwise access the Community.
Notification of Changes
We reserve the right, in our sole discretion, to modify this Agreement at any time. Modified terms are effective as soon as they are posted. We also reserve the right to waive or modify any of these terms as they apply to a specific posting or member without affecting the application of these terms to all other postings and members. Your continued use of the Community, or any materials or services accessible through it, after modified terms are posted means you accept the modifications.
To register as a Community user, you will need to create a screen name to identify yourself to others. You must be at least 13 years of age. You may not have a screen name that is vulgar, attempts to impersonate another person or violates the rights of others, including the intellectual property rights of any person or entity. We also may reject any screen name that we determine in our discretion is unacceptable for use on the Community.
The information you provide during registration must be accurate and complete, and you agree not to register under the name of another person or otherwise impersonate any other person, including any Community user, moderator, public figure, or CHIFOO member. If, after investigation, CHIFOO has reasonable grounds to suspect that your information is untrue, inaccurate, not current, or incomplete, we may suspend or terminate your account and prohibit future use of the Community.
We explicitly disclaim liability for any and all losses and damages arising from the failure of you, or any other user, to comply with this section.
You are solely responsible for your use of the Community. You are responsible for all activities under your screen name, including the use of your screen name by others. You are responsible for keeping your password confidential. You may use the Community for lawful purposes only.
We take no responsibility and have no liability for any content you or any other user may post. User-posted content does not represent the advice, views, opinions, or beliefs of CHIFOO, and we make no claim of accuracy of any user-posted material.
The Community may contain or reference links to non-CHIFOO websites (“third party websites”). By accessing the Community or following links to third-party websites, you may be exposed to content that you consider offensive or inappropriate. CHIFOO is not responsible for the content of any third-party website or any link contained in a third-party website. The inclusion of a link within the Community does not imply any endorsement by or any affiliation with CHIFOO. Access to any third-party website is at your own risk, and you should be aware that third-party websites may contain terms and privacy policies that are different from the Community. We are not responsible for such provisions and expressly disclaim any liability for them.
In connection with your use of the Community, you may be made aware of services, products, articles, offers, and promotions provided by third parties, and not by CHIFOO. If you decide to use these third-party services, you are responsible for reviewing and understanding the terms and conditions governing those services. You agree that the third party, and not CHIFOO, is responsible for performance of the services.
You are bound by our Member Guidelines; please review them carefully and periodically. The Community relies upon its users to identify and report content or conduct that is in contravention of the Member Guidelines. Therefore, it is each member’s responsibility to report objectionable content by utilizing the “Report as inappropriate” functionality available throughout the Community.
Monitoring and Moderation
CHIFOO has designated Community Moderators. Community Moderators do not pre-screen postings or monitor on a “real time” basis. Community Moderators have the right, but not the obligation, to edit or remove content and postings at their discretion, either because there has been a violation of this Agreement or the Member Guidelines, or for any other purpose. Community Moderators are the only authorized representatives of CHIFOO in the Community.
The Community Moderators may or may not investigate any complaint that is brought to their attention, and may or may not take appropriate action, including, but not limited to issuing warnings, removing the content, or suspending or terminating the user name. Because situations and interpretations vary, it is possible that no action will be taken whatsoever. The failure to act with respect to a violation by you or others does not waive the ability to act differently with respect to subsequent or similar violations.
Warnings, Suspensions, and Terminations
Community Moderators may communicate with you personally concerning your participation in the Community or related matters. Those communications are not intended to be made public, and you agree not to post or otherwise disseminate those communications within the Community or elsewhere, on the Internet or otherwise.
You agree that your membership in and access to the Community may be immediately suspended or terminated without explanation or prior notice. Without limiting the foregoing, the following will lead to a termination of a user’s membership in and access to the Community: 1) breaches or violations of this Agreement, Our Member Guidelines, or other incorporated agreements or guidelines, 2) requests by law enforcement or other government agencies, 3) a request by you (self-initiated account deletions), 4) unexpected technical issues or problems. Termination of your Community membership includes removal of access to all offerings within the Community and may also bar you from further use of the Community. Furthermore, you agree that neither CHIFOO nor the Community Moderators shall be liable to you or any third-party for any termination of your membership in or access to the Community.
Rights to Content
For any content that you submit, including, but not limited to, data, text, messages, files, documents, images, photographs, videos, audiovisual works, musical compositions, sound recordings, postings, your and/or other persons’ names, likenesses, voices, screen names, profiles, actions, appearances, performances and/or other biographical information or material, and any other materials, you grant CHIFOO a perpetual, irrevocable, royalty-free, transferable right and license to use, copy, modify, delete in its entirety, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from and/or sell and/or distribute such content and/or incorporate such content into any form, medium or technology throughout the world, on an unrestricted basis for any purpose, without the requirement of any permission from or compensation to you.
None of the content that you submit shall be subject to any obligation of confidence on the part of CHIFOO, its agents, subsidiaries, affiliates, partners, or third party service providers and their respective directors, officers, and employees. All content that you submit may be used at CHIFOO’s sole discretion. We shall not be liable for any use or disclosure of any content. Without limiting the foregoing, you hereby grant Us, without the requirement of any permission from or payment to you or to any other person or entity, a perpetual, irrevocable, transferable, fully-paid, royalty-free, non-exclusive, and sub-licensable worldwide license to use, re-use, reproduce, print, transmit, publish, exhibit, display, distribute, re-distribute, copy, host, cache, archive, store, index, categorize, stream, comment on, edit, alter, modify, adapt, translate, create derivative works based upon such content, in whole or in part all without further notice to you and with or without attribution.
Privacy and Security of Content
Any content that you place on the Community is posted at your own risk, and can be obtained and used by others. Do not reveal information that you do not want to make public. CHIFOO disclaims any responsibility or liability arising from your disclosure of such personal information, or any other information, in any profile or posting.
CHIFOO reserves the right to instruct the Community Moderators to remove any postings in the Community containing phone numbers, street addresses, or otherwise personally identifying information as it cannot verify such information or confirm the desire of said information to be posted by the individual to which this information pertains.
By submitting your email address to register, you agree that CHIFOO, its third party service providers, and the Community Moderators may use your email address to contact you about your profile or any content you post on the Community, and for other administrative purposes related to the Community.
You hereby agree to indemnify, defend, and hold CHIFOO, the Community Moderators, and all respective officers, directors, owners, employees, agents, representatives and assigns (collectively, the “Indemnified Parties”) harmless from and against any and all losses, damages, liabilities and costs (including, without limitation, settlement costs and any legal or other fees and expenses for investigating or defending any actions or threatened actions) incurred by the Indemnified Parties in connection with any claim arising out of any breach by you of this Agreement or the Membership Guidelines or claims arising from your content or conduct. You shall use your best efforts to cooperate with us in the defense of any claim. We reserve the right, at our own expense, to employ separate counsel and assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter otherwise subject to indemnification by you.
Disclaimer of Warranties
THE CONTENT ON THE COMMUNITY (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, POSTINGS, THIRD PARTY CONTENT, AND ANY CHIFOO CONTENT) IS PROVIDED “AS IS” AND CARRIES NO WARRANTIES. CHIFOO DOES NOT WARRANT OR GUARANTEE THE ACCURACY, RELIABILITY, COMPLETENESS, USEFULNESS, NON-INFRINGEMENT OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS, OR QUALITY OF ANY CONTENT ON THE COMMUNITY, REGARDLESS OF WHO ORIGINATES THAT CONTENT. CHIFOO DOES NOT WARRANT THAT THE COMMUNITY IS SECURE, FREE FROM BUGS, VIRUSES, INTERRUPTION, ERRORS, OR OTHER LIMITATIONS. YOU EXPRESSLY UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT YOU BEAR ALL RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH USING OR RELYING ON THAT CONTENT. CHIFOO IS NOT LIABLE OR RESPONSIBLE IN ANY WAY FOR ANY CONTENT POSTED ON OR LINKED FROM THE COMMUNITY, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, ANY ERRORS OR OMISSIONS IN CONTENT, OR FOR ANY LOSSES OR DAMAGE OF ANY KIND INCURRED AS A RESULT OF THE USE OF OR RELIANCE ON ANY CONTENT.
Limitation of Liability
SOME OF THE CONTENT (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, THE POSTINGS AND THIRD PARTY CONTENT) POSTED TO THE COMMUNITY IS PROVIDED BY REGISTERED THIRD PARTIES NOT AFFILIATED WITH CHIFOO. SUCH THIRD-PARTY CONTENT IS THE SOLE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE PERSON ORIGINATING THAT CONTENT. YOU AGREE THAT CHIFOO DOES NOT CONTROL, AND IS NOT RESPONSIBLE IN ANY WAY FOR THIS THIRD-PARTY CONTENT. ADDITIONALLY, YOU AGREE THAT CHIFOO IS NOT LIABLE FOR, AND YOU SHALL INDEMNIFY AND HOLD CHIFOO, AND ITS SUBSIDIARIES, AFFILIATES, OFFICERS, AGENTS, MODERATORS, AND EMPLOYEES HARMLESS FROM ANY CLAIM, INCLUDING REASONABLE ATTORNEY’S FEES, MADE BY ANY THIRD PARTY RELATING TO OR ARISING OUT OF CONTENT YOU SUBMIT, POST, TRANSMIT, OR MAKE AVAILABLE THROUGH THE COMMUNITY, YOUR USE OF THE COMMUNITY, YOUR VIOLATION OF THIS AGREEMENT OR THE MEMBER GUIDELINES OR YOUR VIOLATION OF ANY RIGHTS OF ANOTHER.
TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, CHIFOO AND ITS REPRESENTATIVES ARE NOT LIABLE FOR ANY INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING DAMAGES RELATING TO LOSS OF BUSINESS, TELECOMMUNICATION FAILURES, LOSS, CORRUPTION, SECURITY, OR THEFT OF DATA, LOSS OF PROFITS OR INVESTMENT, ACCOUNTING POSITIONS TAKEN BY YOU, OR THE LIKE), WHETHER BASED ON BREACH OF COTNRACT, BREACH OF WARRANTY, TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE), STRICT LIABILITY, PRODUCT LIABILITY OR OTHERWISE, EVEN IF CHIFOO OR ITS REPRESENTATIVES HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES AND EVEN IF A REMEDY SET FORTH HEREIN IS FOUND TO HAVE FAILED OF ITS ESSENTIAL PURPOSE. THE LIMITATIONS OF DAMAGES SET FORTH ABOVE ARE FUNDAMENTAL ELEMENTS OF THE BASIS OF THE BARGAIN BETWEEN CHIFOO AND YOU. THESE LIMITATIONS MAKE IT POSSIBLE FOR CHIFOO TO PROVIDE THE COMMUNITY TO YOU.
These Terms and Conditions and any disputes arising under or related to these Terms and Conditions (whether for breach of contract, tortious conduct or otherwise) will be governed by the laws of the State of Oregon, without reference to its conflicts of law principles. You agree to submit to jurisdiction in Oregon and further agree that any cause of action arising under this Agreement may be brought in a court Oregon, and you hereby accept and submit to the personal jurisdiction of these courts with respect to any legal actions, suits or proceedings arising out of these Terms and Conditions. You also waive to the fullest extent permitted by law any right to a trial by jury in any action, suit or proceeding brought to enforce, defend or interpret any right or remedies under, or arising in connection with or relating to, these Terms and Conditions.