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ScubaBoard is a community of scuba divers whose goal is to further the knowledge and enjoyment of scuba for all divers and those interested in diving with a fun and informative approach.
As the staff of ScubaBoard, our goal is to provide our users with a safe and friendly atmosphere that will bring together new friends, attract scuba diving professionals and diving legends in a way that creates "The Optimal Internet Diving Community".
ScubaBoard Terms of Service
Welcome to ScubaBoard: the world's largest community of scuba diving enthusiasts dedicated to sharing the wonders of our underwater world in a fun, safe and friendly environment. Our focus is to advance safety, knowledge and enjoyment within the diving community by encouraging the mutual exchange of experiences, ideas and opinions. We sincerely hope you enjoy and benefit from your extended surface interval with us.
Moderators are volunteers and are not employees or agents of ScubaBoard or Intermedia Publications, Inc. While the Moderators will do their best to keep the forum civil, it's impossible for them to review every post. If any post seems to violate the spirit of mutual respect, please use the "Report Post" button at the bottom of the post to notify the moderation team. The Moderators have the last word in any dispute and are responsible for interpreting the TOS. When they deem it in the best interest of ScubaBoard, they may edit or delete any content posted on the site. They may suspend users when they deem it is necessary.
Terms of Service Definition: SPAM
The term SPAM implies many different definitions based on many different sources. The Washington State Supreme Court has stated that SPAM can be understood as:
“The term 'spam' refers broadly to unsolicited bulk e-mail (or ''junk e-mail"), which can be either commercial (such as an advertisement) or noncommercial (such as a joke or chain letter).”
Another popular definition focused towards the Internet describes SPAM as:
“Internet spam is one or more unsolicited messages, sent or posted as part of a larger collection of messages, all having substantially identical content."
On ScubaBoard we combine the commonly held definitions of SPAM into one concrete statement. SPAM is, as a general rule, a message sent in any amount of a commercial or non-commercial nature which is unsolicited. More specifically, SPAM generally consists of an advertisement of some nature which is sent directly to a user or users or is posted in a forum or forums. While the majority of our SPAM problems do come from traditional bulk postings, a message does not have to be commercial in nature nor does it need to be sent in bulk to be considered SPAM under our rules.
The punishment for spamming a user or the board varies based on the severity of the SPAM. Users with no prior posts who blatantly post SPAM messages to multiple forums or PM multiple users may be banned without further warning. Users in good standing who send out a limited number of messages may simply be given a warning or a short suspension. There is no such thing as “good” SPAM on our board and all members, regardless of their status, may be banned immediately for spamming the board in any manner even if it is with just one message or post. As a general rule we try to take into account the nature of all messages, commercial versus private and the degree of the abuse. But to this issue, simply do not send users messages containing advertising of services, goods, links or personal ads they aren’t asking for!
References: Spam Defined
Washington court: Don't spam our residents
Terms of Service Definition: Cyberbullying
ScubaBoard has long been known as one of the most friendly forums on the internet. Here you can find Scuba Divers from novice to expert sharing experiences and helpful hints. We like it like that, and you have our word that we want to keep it that way. Unfortunately, we have recently encountered a growing phenomenon amongst our membership that has marred our happy place. We call it cyber bullying and it comes in many forms. Here are a few ways that have come to light recently:
Terms of Service Definition: PG-rated
Some material may not be suitable for pre-teenagers. Nudity and coarse language are prohibited.
Terms of Service Definition: Trolling
Exploiting the weaknesses of human nature or of an on-line community to upset people. ScubaBoard includes POV warriors, cranks, impolite users and disruptive behaviour in this definition.
ScubaBoard Club "Trips and Happenings"
Our "Trips and Local Marketplace" sub forums of our various clubs exist as a public service to the Scuba Community. It is designed to promote diving and commerce on a local level. ScubaBoard makes no attempt to verify these offers and will not enter into any dispute arising from these offers. Please honor the following stipulations:
Our Marketplace Forum
ScubaBoard’s Marketplace Forum exists as a public service for the Scuba Community. We make no attempts to verify any offers or claims. ScubaBoard will not enter into any attempt to resolve disputes involving our Market Place Forums. Both the buyer and seller are on their own to complete any transaction.
Photo Gallery Terms of Service
These terms apply to any individual who uploads or views photos from the ScubaBoard photo gallery and is in addition to the main ScubaBoard terms of service agreement.
1. Limited Warranty
The ScubaBoard photo gallery is a free service provided to users of the ScubaBoard website. ScubaBoard's photo gallery is intended to be used for displaying photos to other visitors of the ScubaBoard website; at no time should the gallery be used as an archive, backup drive or other method of file storage. ScubaBoard makes no warranty as to the integrity or reliability of any images posted to its servers. Images may be removed without warning.
2. Copyright Responsibility
All images posted the ScubaBoard photo gallery are the sole responsibility of the person who uploaded such content. By uploading an image you are stating that (1) you agree to these terms and (2) you have the legal right (copyright) to post said images. ScubaBoard reserves the right to edit, remove or otherwise modify photos uploaded but does not actively monitor or moderate photo submissions. At no point is ScubaBoard liable for harm, loss or damages resulting in uploading images to the photo gallery. ScubaBoard recommends that all photos be clearly watermarked or otherwise visually copyrighted to limit the possibility of theft. In addition, we recommend that you upload a limited resolution version of any image (i.e. 640x480) to further reduce the chances of illegal photo copying. ScubaBoard makes reasonable efforts to minimize any copyright infringement but given the public nature of the photo gallery, ScubaBoard is unable to guarantee that images will not be re-used by third parties without authorization.
3. Photo Content
The ScubaBoard photo gallery is intended for uploading underwater and dive related photos only by members of the ScubaBoard website. Offensive content including content that contains nudity, violent images, discloses personal information of individuals, slanders any individual or company or is grossly offensive is strictly forbidden. In addition, copyrighted content or materials may not be posted without authorization from the copyright holder.
4. Limited Photo License
By uploading images to the ScubaBoard photo gallery you grant ScubaBoard a non-exclusive, royalty-free, limited license to display and reproduce posted images in the ScubaBoard gallery and on other parts of the ScubaBoard website for use in promoting the photo gallery. ScubaBoard may from time to time display its photo gallery at offline events for the purposes of promoting the photo gallery. This license shall extend until such time as you remove photos at which point it will automatically expire; you have the right to remove any images at any time.
5. Use of other member's photos
As a visitor of the ScubaBoard photo gallery you are permitted to view, bookmark and use photos as virtual "eCards". At no point may you download, save, copy or in any way distribute the photos contained in the ScubaBoard photo gallery. All photos contained in the gallery are copyrighted by their legal owner, should you wish to use a photo for any purpose not explicitly listed above you must seek direct written permission from its owner.
The photos posted to the ScubaBoard photo gallery are not screened or moderated and as such you may view content that you find offensive. In such an event you are encouraged to report the photo to an Advisor or Moderator for review and possible deletion if appropriate.
If you believe your copyrighted photo is being used without your consent please contact ScubaBoard immediately at:
717 Executive Drive
Winter Park, FL 32789
United States of America
Please note: it is often difficult for ScubaBoard to determine the rightful owner of an individual photo. We may, in the process of investigating a copyright claim, require additional information to help determine the status of the photo in question.