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Terms of Service
 
Article I. Introduction
Article II. Terms of Usage
Article III. Site Policies and Amendments
Article IV. Court System and Police Force Overview
Article V. Terms of Service Version System
Article VI. Conclusion


Article I. Introduction

First off, welcome to ComputersOC.com. Ever notice how other sites (even popular ones) have "trigger-happy" Mods who love locking threads, editing or deleting the post or topic? Here we will try to stay away from the "Trigger-happy-fascist-communist-whatever one calls it" way of censorship as many online forums are actively participating in. Sure, a user is NOT protected under the Bill of Rights in the Constitution of the United States at this site because it is PRIVATELY owned, though we will do our best to keep to it that the rights of each user on these forums are better than any other credible online forums that exist. For example, at the mall, one cannot run wild and free. There are some limitations but generally it can be a fun place. Even the Bill of Rights of the United States limits freedom of speech to some extent, such as the Schenck v. United States case - it was said to these words, if one shouts fire in a crowded movie theater for the heck of it, they can be punished and will not be protected by the First Amendment. Basically, we will try to allow as much Freedom of Speech as we can. As always, general rules apply, no trolling, flaming, spamming, harassing, etc. but if the topic of say, AMD vs. Intel gets out of hand, we reserve our right to take action. In a case like an AMD vs. Intel thread, most online forums do not allow such a thing. We will allow those sorts of things as long as the users can control themselves in an orderly fashion. We will not go trigger happy but again, we can and will intervene if we must.


Article II. Terms of Usage

While the administrators and moderators of this forum will attempt to remove or edit any generally objectionable material as quickly as possible, it is impossible to review every message. Therefore you acknowledge that all posts made to these forums express the views and opinions of the author and not the administrators, moderators or webmaster (except for posts by these people) and hence will not be held liable.

You agree not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening, sexually-oriented or any other material that may violate any applicable laws. Doing so may lead to you being immediately and permanently banned (and your service provider being informed). The IP address of all posts is recorded to aid in enforcing these conditions. You agree that the webmaster, administrator and moderators of this forum have the right to remove, edit, move or close any topic at any time should they see fit. As a user you agree to any information you have entered above being stored in a database. While this information will not be disclosed to any third party without your consent the webmaster, administrator and moderators cannot be held responsible for any hacking attempt that may lead to the data being compromised.

This forum system uses cookies to store information on your local computer. These cookies do not contain any of the information you have entered above; they serve only to improve your viewing pleasure. The e-mail address is used only for confirming your registration details and password (and for sending new passwords should you forget your current one). We reserve the right to change our Terms of Service as and when we wish, meaning, we reserve to change or modify the Terms of Service as needed. Should a conflict arise from these Terms of Service or anything on the site, the Owner of ComputersOC.com will make a final judgment. In addition, Computers OverClocked will not be held liable for any actions of its users against others. We will do our best to remedy the situation but we will not be held responsible for actions/in actions we may take against the user or offending party. If an offense occurs, the party who committed said offense will be held responsible. Computers OverClocked will simply not be. If a law enforcement agency requests the IP or information of a user, we will only present the registered user's IP address/information if subpoenaed. Non-registered (or non-logged in) users' IP addresses or other information sought by law enforcement will be disclosed at our discretion unless subpoenaed. IT IS A VIOLATION OF THE TERMS OF SERVICE SHOULD THE SITE OR TERMS OF SERVICE BE CHALLENGED FORWARD. YOU AGREE BY USING THIS SITE THAT WE WILL NOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE IN ANY COURT FOR ANYTHING THAT HAPPENS HERE. YOU ARE TO USE THE SITE AT YOUR OWN RISK. THE USER VOIDS ALL PROCEDINGS AND COMPUTERS OVERCLOCKED WILL NOT BE HELD LIABLE. Should our terms change in a drastic way, we will have it posted in a more publicly visible place.


Article III. Site Policies and Amendments

These first ten amendments are the original basic rights set forth to act as the Constitution of Computers OverClocked. Amendments or provisions can be added at any time.
1.) This is for a family oriented community. Use of vulgar language or anything related will not be tolerated. All users should act in an appropriate and professional manner. Just sit back and don't cause trouble and everything will be fine.
2.) Registered users who use our board to spam will have their accounts permanently banned or deleted. We will not tolerate this. The IP of the spammer will be banned and/or further action taken. Same goes for guest users. If a user is banned for SPAM purposes, they will not be allowed to simply re-register. A $200 "Spammer Account re-instation fee" will be applied to the account and the user will be given one more chance.
3.) Pictures in signatures are to be no greater than 450x125 pixels and 10KB file size. They can/will be edited and/or further actions taken to the offending party if pictures in signatures are larger. This is to reduce clutter in posting and the time a page takes to load. (revised January 29, 2005)
4.) Each forum with a Moderator can have additional rules not specified by this Computers OverClocked Terms of Service. Forums with no moderator are to abide by these basic rules or rules stickied in the forum by an Admin.
5.) Forum Moderators can decide if they want their forum to require a user be registered to post or not, otherwise guests are allowed to post. If a forum is not moderated, the Admin's discretion will be used on if guests can post in it or not. All guests will be always allowed to read posts in all public forums.
6.) All rules in the Terms of Service apply anywhere in Computers OverClocked's control.
7.) Do not register an account just to have a link in your profile to advertise or improve ranking. The link will be removed.
8.) Guests cannot advertise their website or anything related. Links to other related websites are ok.
9.) Advertising in signatures must abide by site rules. A maximum of two links are allowed in a signature.
10.) Trolling or anything of its nature is forbidden.

11.) All private messages are private. We do not care what is in them. We reserve the right to check them if we suspect a problem. (added May 2004)
12.) Elections of officials for the website, website's clubs or anything else related are not permitted. (added May 2004)
13.) If a guest or member does anything illegal to our website, we reserve the right to pass the information on to the appropriate authorities without needing to be subpoenaed first (ex. doing DoS attacks, SPAM, terrorist propaganda, etc.). These rules are set in place to keep order. To protect our members, law enforcement investigations not involving crimes against our website are outlined in the last paragraph of Article II. (added July 16, 2004; revised July 15, 2006)
14.) Site Police have authority over the whole website and can intervene when necessary. (added January 29, 2005)
15.) Moderators or any website officials cannot be appointed to that position unless they are a member for 90 days or longer. (added January 29, 2005; revised July 15, 2006)
16.) The Court System and Police Force are to enforce the rules of the site and make sure everyone is treated respectably and fairly. (added January 29, 2005)
17.) Talks of sedition or bribes of officials and members are prohibited. (added March 30, 2005)
18.) No Bill of Attainder or ex post facto law shall be passed. (added March 30, 2005)
19.) No member or guest is allowed to try and circumvent any laws of this website. (added April 17, 2005)
20.) A State of Martial Law (site lockdown and/or suspension of rights) may be enacted if there is a reason to do so. ComputersOC reserves the right to suspend any Amendments so that the security of the website as a whole is the top priority. (added April 17, 2005)
21.) No referral links are allowed anywhere. (added July 15, 2006)
22.) If a moderator has been inactive without notice for six months, they can be removed as a moderator from the site. If a Category Deputy has been inactive without notice for four months, the Category Sheriff can request that the Deputy be removed. (added July 15, 2006)
23.) Multiple accounts are forbidden. (added July 15, 2006)


Article IV. Court System and Police Force Overview

Computers OverClocked will have a court system and police force set up to deal with problems that may arise or abuse that can happen at anytime. The court systems will give all registered members a fair chance for whatever they are on trial for. We want all members to get along and share the benefits of the website without conflict. We also want to make sure things go as smooth as possible for everyone.

Forum Courts, Category Courts and Appeals Courts for Computers OverClocked. If your case involves anything except Moderator misconduct and site abuse (hacking, etc.) then you will be under the First and Second courts below. If it involves such things as Moderator abuse, etc. the case may begin at the Third Court unless if your case has already passed through the First Court and Second Court.

First Court:
Court for the individual forums. Each individual forum cannot have jurisdiction over another forum. All forums in the jurisdiction of the Second Court (Category Court) will be under the category's jurisdiction that they are located in. This excludes Moderator forums. This will be handled by the Website Court System further down. The moderator of the forum will handle the cases via private message.

Second Court:
Court for the categories. It has jurisdiction over all forums inside the category. One category (court) will not have jurisdiction over another category. It is the Supreme Court over the First Court (forums). Appeals from the First Court will be held here. A moderator from a forum in the category it is located in will be selected to be the judge of the Second Court. The person in charge of the second court will be in charge of all forums in its jurisdiction. The person in charge will enforce, make and interpret the laws of the website and their own laws of each forum, in addition to any category laws that are made.
If the need arises, a different judge will be appointed to oversee the process and the Category Moderator will no longer be in charge of the court. This person will be different than any moderators of the entire site or people in charge of the categories. This judge will have a duty in the fifth court too, in addition to the Category Moderator.
If a category is not listed below, it will be under the jurisdiction of the website (Third Court). List of places to go for each category:
Hardware/Software Discussions
Computer Discussions
Reviews
Entertainment

Third Court:
Site Police is in charge of any of the categories or parts of the website not listed above in the Second Court. In addition, they are in charge of the categories or parts listed above.
Internal Affairs Bureau - Bureau used to keep track of the integrity and high standards that our staff and site go by. If a problem should occur, we will deal with it in an appropriate manner. If not used for the previous reasons, it will be used as an appeals court. If you did not receive a fair trial, you may appeal to the Internal Affairs Bureau and they will review the case to see if it should be looked in to or not. This can be done only after going through the First Court and Second Court. Cases of Moderator abuse of power or things related will be submitted here.

Fourth Court:
Computers OverClocked Supreme Court
A panel of Judges will review the case and decide on the ultimate decision of the case. They will first decide if they should review it or not. This court can be created at anytime if there is a need. If it is not created or in use, going to the Fifth Court (below) will be the next step. Currently, this court is not setup.
In addition, the judges will be appointed by Adam and each judge will be in charge of the Second Court and have it as their own court. There may be more than one judge per category if needed but there must be an odd number at all times.

Fifth Court:
Contact the forum administrator (Adam) if your case should go further. He will look in to it and make the final decision.

Police Force:
Users who show strong leadership skills, potential, helpfulness and many other pre-determined qualities will be eligible to be a Forum Moderator, Category Moderator, or Site Moderator. Adam and the current Moderators will keep track of the users and over the time selected, will be watched to see if they should be approved or not. All potential Moderators will be approved by Adam to be the Police force of Computers OverClocked.

Forum Moderators will have the title of "Forum Police".
Category Moderators will have the title of "Category Sheriff" or "Category Deputy".
Site Moderators will have the title of "Site Police".

A Forum Moderator does not have jurisdiction in another Forum Moderator's forum. They may still participate, post, report posts or engage in the activity of the forum as a normal member would. A Forum Moderator may request additional backup from other Category Moderators or Site Moderators if there is a need. There may be more than one Forum Moderator per forum if needed.

A Category Moderator does not have jurisdiction in another Category Moderator's forum*. A Category Moderator has jurisdiction over all forums inside the Category they are in charge of. If a Forum Moderator is able to deal with the situation, it is best to let them do it. If they are not available or quick enough to respond, the Category Moderator may act. A Category Moderator may request additional backup from Site Moderators if there is a need. In accordance to Computers OverClocked's Terms of Service (Constitution), the a Category Moderator will serve as a Judge on Computers OverClocked's Supreme Court. If more Judges are needed, they will be selected from the other eligible Category Moderators.
* In emergency situations only, a Category Moderator may move a spam post from another category which is not their own.

A Site Moderator has jurisdiction over all categories and forums. If a Forum Moderator or Category Moderator is able to deal with the situation, it is best to let them do it. If they are not available or quick enough to respond, the Site Moderator may act.


Article V. Terms of Service Version System

Each change contributed to ComputersOC.com's Terms of Service will change the version number in such way:

The bolded digit will change for:
1.0.0 - Major changes. Anything not listed below.
1.0.0 - Moderate changes. Additions/deletions of paragraphs or blocks of text.
1.0.0 - Minor changes. Spelling changes or grammar errors will not change the version number.

BETA - Additions or changes will be made in this BETA stage.
Final - When the BETA stage is over, the version will be considered final. We reserve the right to make any changes there after without consent.


Article VI. Conclusion

If our Site Policies section needs to be amended as a situation comes up, we will add the new laws of the site as quickly as possible. Users or guests who do not abide by these rules must depart now. By clicking Register or using our site, you agree to be bound by these conditions.

If there are any problems with the Terms of Service, site policies, Moderators or anything else, please contact Adam via Private Message in extreme cases or the Internal Affairs Bureau via the public complaint form.

Version 1.6.0 Final - Last updated July 15, 2006