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      TERMS OF USE

      THE ADMINISTRATORS AND MODERATORS OF NYCTRANSITFORUMS.COM RESERVE THE RIGHT TO MOVE, REMOVE, EDIT, CLOSE POSTS OR BAN MEMBERS (HAVE POSTING PRIVILEGES REVOKED) WHO BREACH THESE RULES OR TERMS OF USE AT OUR SOLE DISCRETION, AND WITH OR WITHOUT PRIOR WARNING OR EXPLANATION.

      REGISTRATIONS COMPLETED THROUGH MOBILE NETWORKS (AT&T, T-MOBILE, VERIZON WIRELESS, SPRINT, ETC.) OR HIDING BEHIND A PROXY INTERNET PROTOCOL SERVICES WILL BE AUTOMATICALLY REJECTED BY THE SYSTEM.

      NYC Transit Forums provides the services to you, the visitor, based on its Terms of Service (TOS) outlined here. When using the services provided by NYC Transit Forums, you are subject to these posted terms. Usage of the services on this site indicates acceptance of these terms. The TOS may be changed at any time and without direct notice to individual visitors, so it is recommended that you check back with this page whenever you have questions or concerns.

      REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS

      In order to view messages on the NYC Transit Forums message boards without user restrictions, no registration is required or necessary. In order to post messages on the boards, and use other advanced services, you must register with NYC Transit Forums. Provision of a valid e-mail address is needed to validate your account and to permit recovery of your account information should you forget your password.

      NYC Transit Forums does not require you to use your real name or other identification that can be easily traced to you, and the e-mail address you provide will be kept private. In order to register on NYC Transit Forums, registrants must be 13 years of age or older. NYC Transit Forums does not knowingly collect any information from any users under 13 years, and if it is found that an underage user has fraudulently registered, their account will immediately be suspended.


      CONTENT NOTICE

      By viewing the site content, you agree that all content on the NYC Transit Forums message boards is the responsibility of the person from which the content originated. You agree that neither NYC Transit Forums nor its sponsors or affiliates are responsible for all content that you personally post or upload. NYC Transit Forums does not directly control any content posted on the boards, and does not guarantee the truthfulness or quality of any content.

      You agree that while using the NYC Transit Forums message boards, you may be exposed to content that is offensive or objectionable, and that you will in no way hold NYC Transit Forums nor its sponsors or affiliates liable in any way, shape, or form for any harm or loss that may come to you or others as a result of viewing this content. NYC Transit Forums is not responsible for screening content before it is posted, although an offensive language filter is installed on the system that will reject certain posts that may contain certain words deemed offensive or used most often in an offensive way.


      ACCOUNT RESPONSIBILITY

      Users are solely responsible for protecting their accounts from access by others. You are strongly encouraged to select a hard-to-guess password and not re-use that password on any other sites where it may be read by the owners or administrators of that site.

      It is not acceptable for users to maintain multiple accounts on NYC Transit Forums, NYC Transit Forums can and does track multiple shared accounts from a single or multiple computers. If the TOS is violated severely enough to warrant the banning of one account, all known accounts shared between a single or multiple users who use the same computer may also be banned for the actions of the violating account at the administrators' discretion.

      Because of this rule, it is highly recommended that board users do not share their accounts with others, nor share their computers used to access the site with others, as the actions of some other person could easily directly impact all known shared message board accounts.


      PRIVACY AND RELEASE OF INFORMATION

      NYC Transit Forums is a non-commercial site staffed by volunteers, and cannot provide a binding guarantee of privacy to its members (except as required by law). However, we try to protect our members' privacy as far as is reasonable.

      Visiting any website will expose your IP address to that website. We may store members' IP addresses indefinitely for record-keeping purposes. We may also use services such as advertisements and analytics scripts to fund the operation of the site, let us run it more effectively, or for any other reason. Visitors' IP addresses may be exposed to the providers of those services to allow them to function, and we have no control over how this information is used.

      As is customary on web forums, we permit members to hotlink images and other media from other websites, for convenience and to reduce our bandwidth costs. Anyone viewing a page with a hot linked file will necessarily have their IP address exposed to whatever site hosts the file. All of the foregoing also applies to other possibly identifying information, such as User-Agent strings.

      NYC Transit Forums uses cookies for a variety of purposes. Cookies are necessary to allow users to log in to the forum and the wiki. They are also used to compile publicly-viewable statistics such as "Who's Online", to allow moderators to track violators of the rules, and possibly for a variety of other purposes. Browsers will typically accept cookies by default from any site they request content from, so any site that a NYC Transit Forums page includes content from might also set cookies.

      Some information (for instance, e-mail address) is deliberately submitted by members and is not publicly viewable. This information may be kept indefinitely, but will not normally be given out to third parties or posted publicly. Sending e-mail using the forum or wiki might reveal the sender's e-mail address to the recipient.

      NYC Transit Forums does not normally send unsolicited bulk e-mail. Automated or bulk e-mails are normally sent only to members who have opted in to thread subscriptions or other features. Members may opt out of these features by altering their forum preferences. Moderators and administrators may send personalized, non-bulk e-mail to members on occasion regardless of preferences.

      Users who would like a greater degree of privacy should configure their browser appropriately. Some popular browsers can be configured not to accept cookies without confirmation, not to save cookies for some sites, not to load files from some sites, etc. Users who disable features of their browser might not be able to fully use the site (e.g., some cookies are necessary to allow login).


      TERMS VIOLATIONS

      Infractions of the terms of service are tracked using the infraction system, which allows moderators to record incidents in a reliable and centralized fashion. All such records of infractions are viewable in the user's profile to moderating staff and the user in question, but no one else.

      Warning Points: Warnings are given when a member commits an offense (other than a very mild one) when the member should already know the rule in question, such as if a moderator has previously discussed that type of offense with them. Warnings expire after three months and contribute toward a member's warning level. How many levels an offense is worth can be found in the Member Conduct section in (parentheses). Whether to give the first or second number, if applicable, is up to moderator discretion.

      User Submitted Reports: Reports are created by members of this community anonymously. They are simply a record of that contact to the staff about an action of a member on the website. and do not contribute toward a member's warning level. They are recorded both to let other moderators know that the user has been informed of the particular rule, and to give the user a record of all contacts with moderators they have had.




      RULES OF THE FORUMS

      THE ADMINISTRATORS AND MODERATORS OF NYCTRANSITFORUMS.COM RESERVE THE RIGHT TO MOVE, REMOVE, EDIT, CLOSE POSTS OR BAN MEMBERS (HAVE POSTING PRIVILEGES REVOKED) WHO BREACH THESE RULES OR TERMS OF USE AT OUR SOLE DISCRETION, AND WITH OR WITHOUT PRIOR WARNING OR EXPLANATION.

      By using this Site, you acknowledge that all content, whether publicly posted or privately transmitted, is the sole responsibility of the person from which such content originated and neither are we legally responsible for any content on NYC Transit Forums. More infomation about our Terms of Service can be found by clicking on the link below for which you further agreed to comply with and are bound to when you registered to use this website.

      TROLLING / ABUSE

      NYC Transit Forums is made up of a diverse membership base that consists of members of various ages, views, interests and backgrounds. Please tailor your posts accordingly to not offend anyone. Any content that is unlawful, harmful, harassing, threatening, defamatory, vulgar, hateful or distasteful in nature is prohibited. This site employs a profanity filter and is not to be circumvented. Posting with the deliberate intent of flaming or trolling members is prohibited and will result in the loss of privileges.

      Any form of harassment including threats shown towards any member will not be tolerated and will result in an immediate ban. If you disagree with another member, respond to the subject, not the person as the Internet has made it easy to make personal attacks. You must still exercise courtesy and self-restraint. Please use the PM (Private Messaging) system to resolve personal issues. Keep in mind that these rules are extended for PMs. Impersonation of anyone is not allowed. This is considered trolling.


      SPAMMING / ADVERTISING

      Any form of advertising or soliciting members or commercial website linking (excluding signatures of current NYC Transit Forums advertisers) whether publicly posted (including signatures) or sent privately (including email or PM) is strictly prohibited. This also includes, but is not limited to advertising with the intent to 'help people', or to provide 'free' products or services (e.g. 'free unlocking' posts), or links containing a referral or affiliate ID. While the forum is free for you to use, it is costly and time consuming for us to run so spam makes it harder to fund the forums. If you wish to advertise please use our contact form first.

      You are allowed to post links to their personal webpages in signatures, as well as make use of the Links directory to provide a linkback. Members are not allowed to spam other users via posts or the PM system.

      Any action that is considered to be spam, will be acted upon. Duplicate accounts are not allowed. They will be immediately banned and primary accounts (if any), will be suspended. Posting just to boost your post count is not allowed. This includes one liners and posts not relating to the topic. Multiple infractions of the rules outlined in this section will result in your posts being deleted, your post count being reset and/or your posting privileges being revoked.


      ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES / COPYRIGHTED MATERIALS

      Any content containing registration key/serial numbers, cracks, warez or direct links relating to pirated software that violate copyright laws will automatically be removed as well as requests and offers for copyrighted material.

      Posts about illegally operating train/bus equipment, trespassing on transit property, theft of transit property, or anything else illegal you will receive a 30 day ban on your user account. If you continue to break these rules, you will be permanently banned.


      FORUM ETIQUETTE

      Please exercise common sense when participating throughout the forums. If you think that you shouldn't do it, then don't do it.

      Please follow these guidelines when posting and participating in our forums:

      Post In The Relevant Forum: Please create topics in their relevant forums and make sure you are replying in the proper topic. If you post in the wrong section accidentally, notify a staff member and they will move it to the correct section. If a thread gets moved, a link will be available in the old forum, while the thread will be accessible in the new forum. If you cannot locate your thread, notify a staff member and you will be assisted. Do not cross or double post across threads and forums.

      Use Descriptive Titles With Your Topics: This is self explanatory. It's alright to be creative but don't get carried away with it. If a title is deemed inappropriate, it will be renamed by a member of staff.

      Fonts and Grammar: Post in a manner consistent with the English language. This also means do not use excessive smilies, caps or poorly FoRmAtTeD text. This rule applies site-wide.

      Quoting Posts: When quoting posts, make sure you are quoting the poster in which if you are making reference to and not any of the additional nested quotes that they may have quoted. If you quote a post with a lot of content or multiple pictures/videos, edit the quote as necessary to not bloat the thread.

      Off-Topic Posting: Please use every effort to keep the general flow of the thread on-topic. Avoid hijacking a thread just because the original post is similar to yours or just because. If you need to, start a new thread in the appropriate section. This also helps to cut down on topic bumping.

      Bumping Topics: This refers to posting with the deliberate intention to either pad your post count or to keep a thread 'hot' so it appears at the top of the forum or bringing an inactive topic, back to life. Before posting a new thread, please use our search tools to see if there has already been a similar discussion first. If your question isn't answered after searching, feel free to start a new thread. In Addition, before posting in a thread, ensure that the last post was made recently. Intentionally bumping a thread can be considered spamming.

      Member Privacy: Revealing personal information such as full names, mailing address, email addresses, social media profiles and the like, without their express consent is prohibited.


      REPUTATION

      Reputation gauges how much a member's contributions benefit to the forum. It is given by other members. Do not abuse the reputation system. You should leave a positive (+1) reputation point if the post content is informative, helpful or contributes something meaningful to the forums. You should leave a negative (-1) reputation point if the post breaks the forum rules, (in which should be reported at the same time) distracts from the topic at hand, or relays misinformation.

      Negative reputation should not be used simply because you disagree with the poster or you have a personal grudge against them. This is considered abuse and it can lead to the system being disabled. Abuse also includes giving other members points without any proper reason. Since reputation is based upon the opinions of others and in no way affects your privileges on the forums, there is to be no complaining about receiving negative reputation, UNLESS it is in violation of the rules outlined in this section.


      REPORTING & THE IGNORE FEATURE If you see any content that breaks the rules, report it by clicking on the Report link that is found in the lower right hand corner of that particular post. It will then be submitted to the staff and handled accordingly. We ask that you do not act as "backseat moderators." Doing so only makes the job for the actual staff harder to do.

      If you have a problem with any member, use the Ignore feature. This can be accessed from the My Settings section of your profile. This feature allows you to completely hide content created by a member and should be used to avoid continued confrontations.


      SIGNATURES

      You may only use up to 2 lines of text in your signature. You may also use up to 1 images. The image size can be up to 800 x 80 pixels. The Signature Rules are only loosely enforced. Nevertheless, signatures that violate them will be removed and/or replaced with a warning. Members who ignore warnings and keep violating the Signature Rules will receive infractions that may result in temporary or permanent bans. Annoying signatures, or those that break any part of the Forum Rules, may be edited or removed at any time without notice at the sole discretion of the staff.

      Your signature will be removed if it:
    • • is larger than the above mentioned size limits

    • • contains several 'stacked' images

    • • contains links to commercial products or services

    • • is overly distracting - i.e; bright flashing images etc.

    • • contains links to illegal content, warez, pornography etc.

      ADDITIONAL RULES & REGULATIONS

      In addition to the rules posted here, members are required to abide to any individual forum rules which may be posted at the top of specific forums in the form of 'stickies' or 'announcements'. This list is not complete, as the staff may enforce unwritten rules depending on the nature of the situation.

      The forums are a privilege, not an entitlement. Under our community guidelines, we reserve the right to ban anyone who does not follow the rules. If you are unsure of anything, ask before doing it. Ignorance of the rules is not a valid excuse for breaking them.