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Agreement to terms.
Any use of this website discussion forum shall be in accordance with these Terms of service. In using this Discussion Forum and our sites, you have agreed to be bound by them. PassionFord administrators reserve the right to make changes to these terms from time to time without notice and it is your responsibility to determine such changes. Continued use of the discussion forums shall be deemed acceptance of any changes to these terms so we suggest you visit and review them regularly.



1. Access to the Discussion Forum
In consideration of your use of the Discussion Forums, you agree to:

∑ Provide true, accurate, current and complete information about yourself as prompted by the Discussion Forum registration form.

∑ Maintain and promptly update your registration data to keep it true, accurate, current and complete.

If we have reasonable grounds to suspect that any information is untrue, inaccurate not current or complete, we have the right to suspend or terminate your registration. You are also required to provide reasonable information about your personal identity to any member of the Administration team who have reason to ask. This may be done by PM should you prefer


1a. Access Not Guaranteed. Use of Anonymisers.
We do not guarantee that the forums will be continuously accessible. We do not guarantee that your account will always be available. Do not store anything of importance in your account - especially PMs, as they may become unavailable - or be made unavailable, if your account is suspended or banned, for any reason or for no reason.

Do not rely on anonymisers to access PassionFord. We tend to ban entire IP ranges when we find a troublesome user is coming from one of these services. As we have the ability to cross reference these IP addresses to find out which other users came in through a given anonymiser, you may be placing your account at risk by using these services.



2. Members Conduct.
In posting on the PassionFord forums, you agree that you will not use the Discussion Forum, its private message and E-mail system or any other part of our site to:

∑ Upload, post or email any content that is unlawful, harmful, offensive, threatening, abusive, harassing, tortuous, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, sexually graphic, pornographic, libellous, invasive of another's privacy, hateful, or racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable. This includes, but is not limited to, pornographic pictures or videos of yourself or ANY current or past member of PassionFord.

∑ Upload, post or email any content that is repetitive, or irrelevant to the forums title.

∑ Harm or threaten to harm minors or adults in any way.

∑ Breach any applicable law or regulation.

∑ Infringe any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright, database right or other similar right of any party

∑ Impersonate any person or identity, falsely state or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with a person or entity or disguise the origin of any content.

∑ Harass another person.

∑ Collect or store personal data about other users.

∑ Upload, post or e-mail any content that you do not have a right to transmit under any law or under contractual or fiduciary relationships.

∑ Upload, post or email any content that infringes any intellectual property rights of any third party.

∑ Upload, post or email and unsolicited or unauthorised advertising, promotional materials, 'junk mail', 'spam', 'chain letters', or any other form of solicitation.

∑ Upload, post or email any content that contain computer viruses or any other computer code, or programs designed to interrupt, destroy or limit the functionality of any computer software, hardware, or telecommunications equipment

∑ Violate any applicable national or international laws or regulations.

. Ask about, or offer, radio codes to be used for circumventing security code locks on car audio systems.

∑ Advertise the sale or whereabouts of illegal bootleg material
(such as copied DVDs, VCDs and computer software).

∑ Partake in or incite xenophobia, racism or any other form of personal abuse including sexism.

∑ Partake in anything invasive of a person's privacy, including the posting of photographs without that person's permission.

∑ Lie about your gender in order to get access any Menís' or Ladies' Rooms that may be active, use someone else's account to access a room for the opposite gender, or allow someone else to access the opposite gender's room with your account.

∑ Enter rooms that are normally disabled on your account.
(IE: Entering the moderators room should a glitch become apparent on the forum software that allowed you to use it.)

Furthermore, within reason we require that you post in a literate manner using correct and understandable grammar. Drunken ramblings will be deleted as will posts written using excessive "text speak"


Without prejudice we reserve the right to act accordingly against any material that offends any of the above principles, including taking suitable action against the member responsible.


2a. Registration and use of usernames.
. A registered member is permitted to register only one username (Unless otherwise agreed with admin when taking out trader status) and this must not contain swearing or be otherwise offensive. Nor must it be created in a way that would make other members think you were somebody else. IE: Another member for example.

. A member may only register a trade or commercial sounding username if he is a paying trader. To discuss becoming a paying trader please contact advertise@passsionford.com for more details on the opportunities we have available to you.


2b. Victimisation/Abuse of individuals and arguing.
This includes publishing, distributing, circulating or otherwise propagating any material, which may be deemed abusive, offensive, anti-social, racist, sexist, distressing, harmful, cause anxiety, be it of a threatening nature or be it of a general nuisance. Furthermore, any messages, private or otherwise, found to insult, discredit or bring disrepute to a moderator or moderators will be removed and the poster banned at the moderators discretion.

Victimising, inciting and/or hateful posts, as well as any private retaliation against a single member or a group of members is strictly prohibited. Messages found to contain private or personal information will also be removed / censored at the sole discretion of a moderator.

All off topic postings that will by nature of their content move the subject away from the topic starters intended subject will be deleted without warning and the poster banned should he continue to re-offend. This rule will be enforced very strongly on topics of a technical nature. The topic starter dictated the topic subject, if you wish to start a new discussion, start your own new topic.

Should an argument breakout that we feel can be left on PassionFord to appease the disputing parties, the topic will normally be moved to our "Misplaced your dummy?" forum so as not to disturb the harmony of the main rooms, but there may be exceptions. Be aware that when an argument breaks out in a forum it is standard procedure for us to remove all membersí rights to edit their own posts within that forum until such time as a web team member has investigated the complaint. This is so that any illegal material, defamatory comments, insulting personal or racist abuse that is against our regulations cannot be secretly deleted by the author when they get wind of a complaint to the web team being lodged. This rule is to protect the membership as a whole from abuse going undealt with and also the PassionFord administration from prosecution.


2c. Anti Community spirit, trolling & baiting.
Without exception, we will not tolerate users whom appear to be using the community to amuse themselves by promoting anti community spirit, posting in ways deemed to be trolling or baiting other members be it on the open forums or via PM.


Anti community spirit:
Members showing a flagrant disregard for the interests of the community or posting subjects that would obviously cause unrest.


Trolling:
Members posting controversial, inflammatory, irrelevant or off-topic messages, with the intention of provoking other users into an emotional response, or to generally disrupt normal on-topic discussion.


Baiting:
Members intentionally posting in order to provoke a negative response and / or make forum owners, moderators or users look foolish.


Re-post's:
Members posting useful topics on our forum are to be encouraged. Anyone found to be complaining about a topic being posted simply because they have seen it already are liable to receive infraction, and repeat or offensive offenders may receive bans. If you have seen it before, move on, other have not and likely never will if people keep complaining and trying to make people feel bad for posting.


Victimisation of new members.
When a new member joins passionford, be they male or female, users will respond in a courteous and positive manner or not at all even if you suspect these users to be trolls. The web team are here to look after things like that so anyone taking matters into their own hands are liable to be banned.


2c. Your language and the use of profanities.
As its important to us to keep a community atmosphere of a fun and banterous nature, we feel it would at this time be inappropriate to ban all swearing completely due to it being a generally accepted part of the everyday English language in use today. However; we do require a few simple common courtesies be employed:

∑ Do not aim the allowed swear words at other individuals; keep them to a bare minimum and also in context.

∑ Do not, ever, use swear words in the title of a Topic.

Swear words are still allowed at the moment. We are constantly reviewing this situation and can assure you that if the swearing leniency is abused we will simply strengthen the swear filter already available in our forum software. Keep it sensible is all we ask. Topics with titles containing swear words will be either.

∑ A) Moved to a more suitable room.
∑ B) Edited.
∑ C) Totally deleted.

The above actions are entirely at the webteams discretion and no explanation will be given.



3. Content posted to the Discussion Forum
The web team will move topics to rooms that they feel to be more appropriate if they wish to do so. This is done to keep each room both topical and interesting. Each room has a title and a description that should help you to determine what is, and conversely, is not allowed so please try your best to post in the correct forum or sub forum to start with.


A moderator may PM you to inform you of a topic being moved to a more suitable forum but they are by no means obliged to. It is worth noting that one of the rules we do allow to be bent slightly is the posting of pictures of a members new cars within the general discussion area. Moderators may allow this topic to stay for up to 48hrs. This is deemed a good thing as we feel it brings maximum exposure to the new car and its owner which is good for the member and the forum's "feel good factor" in general. After this time has elapsed the topic will likely be moved across to the pictures forum via a web team member. We also occasionally allow positive topics in the busier sections about recent car shows, as it helps drum up more interest for said shows... they will be moved later when replies lapse.


You understand that all data, text, messages or other materials ('content') that are publicly posted or privately transmitted are the sole responsibility of the person from which the content originated. This means that you, and not PassionFord, are solely responsible for all content that you upload, post or email via the discussion forum and its hosting facilities. The views posted by others do not necessarily reflect the opinion of PassionFord. We do not control the content posted via the discussion forum and therefore do not guarantee the accuracy, integrity or quality of the content.


Under no circumstances will we be liable in any way for content, including (without limitation) any errors or omissions in any content, or for any loss or damage of any kind incurred as a result of your use of any content. You agree that you must evaluate and bear all risks associated with the use of any content including reliance on its accuracy or completeness. You also understand that by using our discussion forum and our site, you may possibly be exposed to content that is offensive, indecent or objectionable to you as an individual.


Furthermore, when interacting with members of the forum selling items you should take your own measures to ensure the seller is trustworthy and reliable. The fact the user is a member of a large forum or has a lot of posts to their username does not guarantee a reliable transaction. As with all internet transaction, we advise that the buyer beware.

Finally, any content posted on our forums that references to illegal activities may be forwarded to the relevant authorities and be retained as evidence. Our full co-operation will always be given to these authorities should they require it in order to pursue the offending members.



4. Our Right to erase messages and suspend access.
As soon as we are made aware of activities that breach these Terms and Conditions or our privacy policy, prompt action will be taken. If you witness such breaches in the discussion forum or anywhere else on the site, please notify a moderator of PassionFord immediately via the "Report post" feature.

On being made aware of such breaches, PassionFord may ban, delete or prohibit any content that relates to those breaches or that we judge harmful to individuals or to the rights of PassionFord or any of our affiliates, licensor's or partners;

We reserve the right to take whatever action we deem necessary to prevent such breaches including the following:

∑ Breaches we deem minor may simply result in receipt of a warning from a moderator or administrator of PassionFord

∑ Breaches we deem serious may result in your automatic ban from the Discussion Forum and the site as a whole.

∑ Having a paid membership (Gold Member, Trader, etc.) does not protect you in any way, shape, or form should you break the rules. If deemed appropriate, you can be suspended temporarily or banned permanently without a refund so please ensure you are fully aware of all rules before you pay any form of membership fees.

If at any time we need to investigate your account for any reasons that we feel are likely to compromise other members in some way, perhaps due to fraud or negligence, we may at our discretion place your account under investigation which will show clearly under your name, thus serving as a warning to other members.


All incidents will be logged and our decision is final in all cases. Any breaches may also lead to us reporting your activities to your internet service provider, your employer, relevant authorities, or to legal action being taken against you, or both.


In addition we may at any time move, modify or remove any content or take further legal action as a result of breaches or suspected breaches of these terms, our privacy policy any applicable laws or regulations or where our rights or third party rights are threatened or infringed.


The webteam will not tolerate posts on any of the active forums seeking to berate a member of the web team for their decision or bring the web team into disrepute.


If you feel you have been unfairly treated, you should contact a member of the web team directly and request it be reviewed which they will do in the moderatorís room, with the administrator.


The administrator also reserves the right to take punitive action against individuals who either persistently question decisions that he deems to be fair. He may also, at his sole discretion, choose to take action against individuals whom he feels are using the post reporting feature as a vendetta against another member of PassionFord, or in a subversion fashion i.e. frequent spurious reports of activity on PassionFord.



Users will banned from the forum in the following way:
If the first ban is 24hrs. (This is the shortest ban we have.)
From then on it doubles... 2 days, 4 days, 1 week, 2 weeks, 1 month, 2 months, 4 months, and finally, a lifetime ban. Obviously, if your initial offense warranted a 1 month ban, then your second ban would likely be two months.

However, should a member of the web team feel an individual requires an instant lifetime ban then they can implement one at their discretion but this can be overruled by the administrator if required.


Be aware that establishing additional accounts to circumvent a ban - irrespective of its duration- is strictly prohibited; any such accounts will be banned permanently and you risk your IP address being banned too.


Right to Appeal.
A member banned from the forum will be able to view our *banned* forum. They will be able to post in this forum in order to appeal and state their case to the web team in private. Please remember, the web team are all humans doing this job for the love of the community. They can, and will make mistakes. Thatís why an appeal system exists, but it must be used in a polite and civilised manner or your appeal, will not be heard.



5. Signature and avatar pictures:
We allow you a limited size signature picture and avatar of your choice on PassionFord. The limits are as follows:

Avatars:
Max 120 wide x max 120 high. No more than 5kb in disk size.


Signatures.
550 max width and 150 max height. No more than 35kb in disk size.

Signature Max Text size:
All text printed in the signature area must be normal font size.

Signature Content:
Text and images in the signature area must not be: Suggestive, rude, offensive or contain any swear words. The content is also subject to the same set of rules that cover post content in discussion topics.
(IE: Advertising parts for sale, your own or an affiliates company is not allowed unless you have paid for the correct membership to allow you that commercial right on the forum.)


5A. Picture Gallery.
Users are able to upload pictures into our built in picture gallery (If activated). Most pictures are allowable as long as they are deemed suitable for viewing by families and young children. Posting of unsuitable images in the picture gallery such as glamour or pornography may result in an instant ban for the offending member.


6. Indemnity
You agree to indemnify and hold PassionFord, and all and any of its subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, employees, agents or partners harmless from and against any direct or indirect loss or damage (including consequential loss and loss of profits, goodwill or business opportunities including reasonable legal costs arising from any third party claim in relation to any content you upload, post or email through the Discussion Forum or the site, your use of the Discussion Forum and our site, or your breach of the provisions of these Terms. This indemnity may be enforced by an Indemnified Party in his own right and the Contract (Rights of Third Parties) 1999 shall apply.



7. General practice regarding use and storage
You acknowledge that PassionFord may establish general practices and limits concerning use of the Discussion Forum service, including without limitation the maximum number of days that postings or other uploaded content will be retained or archived within this Discussion Forum, the maximum size of any email message that may be sent from or received by an individual on the Discussion Forum and the maximum disk space that will be allotted on PassionFordís servers on your behalf.



8. Suspension or modification of the Discussion Forum
We reserve the right at any time and from time to time to modify, suspend or discontinue the Discussion Forum (or any part thereof) with or without notice.



9. General protection
PassionFord accepts no liability or responsibility whatsoever for any loss, disruption or damage to your data or your computer system whilst linked to this website.







PassionFord private and Commercial trading rules:


General buying / selling rules:
Private individuals registered as gold members may offer suitable items for sale in the correct parts for sale forums.

Sales topics must be in the most suitable allocated sales forum and will not be tolerated in any other part of the forum. We also ask that members selling many items at once try to do so in one topic as opposed to listing each item separately, this aids the smooth running of the busy commercial sections.


A lot of people try to get round the rule above by posting a topic called "Whatís it worth?" under the pretense that they are just wondering how much to sell it for. Due to the fact that such a member would receive many private messages about such an item for sale, we only allow this to happen in the Items for sale forums, which are of course gold members only areas. This rule only applies if the user does in fact have one of these items that they may want to sell.

Members either known to be, or considered by the web team to be commercial users must be registered as official PassionFord Traders and have paid the current fee to be able to enter any sale advertisements whatsoever on the forum or be registered with a business name. Registration is also required in order to place or reply to wanted adverts.

All topics must give a clear description of the goods and a price. Listing items with no price is not good enough. If you are not sure of a price, visit eBay to get an idea.



It is not PassionFord's responsibility to check that goods are fit for purpose, accurately described and/or comply with UK road and traffic laws. That is for you as the buyer to ascertain for yourself and we must ask you to think very carefully before buying from a member with very few posts as they may have signed up just to sell an item meaning nobody on the forum will know them.


Nothing that you post for sale must be illegal for use in the country occupied by the buyer or seller. Vehicles, or items intended for use on vehicles must be fully legal for use on the road and must adhere to all relevant laws unless its lack of legality is SPECIFICALLY stated in the advertisement in good clear text of normal or larger font size. (I.E: For off road use only.)



Selling items "On behalf of" anybody whom is not a PassionFord Gold member is not allowed. If a person wishes to use PassionFord to sell an item, it will take him just 2 minutes to register their own account and pay to be gold. This stops a multitude of problems when the item is not as described and the topic poster is held accountable.

Group Buys should be left to the registered traders as historically they are proven to cause nothing but problems when they don't go as planned and people start blaming the forum and its admin for things going wrong. Secondly, PassionFord's registered traders pay good money to use this site in a commercial manner and it would be unfair of us to allow a non registered trader to sell a large volume of items to our community via a group buy when they haven't paid for the privilege of doing so. If you wish to arrange group buys, please feel free to do so but please use our registered traders to do so or maybe even ask the supplier you have in mind if he would like to join us. With the prospect of a bulk sale lined up immediately upon joining why wouldn't he?.


Should you wish to sell any form of tickets, we only allow the sale of such items at or below face value. We will not entertain ticket touting of any form.


With regards cars for sale we take the same stance as many online car sales websites and deem a user with more than 4 cars advertised for sale per annum (Per annum is counted from January 1st) as a professional/part time car trader, thus plus membership will not cover it and he/she must register as a trader or cease advertising at once. This is to protect our members from unscrupulous part time car traders trying to make a living from PassionFord by using our user base to tout their goods.


Any user found to be advertising an unusual amount of car parts may also be deemed as trading due to the current popularity of this as a way to earn money in the Ford RS scene. Generally speaking, people do not buy whole cars just for the driverís seat and then have to sell the rest on via PassionFord as some members would like us to believe. If you want to trade in parts, this is the place to do it, but you will need to pay your way like everyone else.


Commercial posts are generally forbidden unless they are placed by members with traders status. Any commercial posts by non trade members that are deemed to be looking to make money from our members will be deleted immediately.

Generally speaking, members should not be making a profit from other members. To clarify, we do not condone the buying and selling of goods purely for profit by anyone other than a trade status member. This is not easy to police but we will attempt to do so in order to protect the paying traders from unfair competition.


All sale items must stay strictly on topic. General chit chat may lead to the topics removal and no derogatory postings on memberís sale topics will be tolerated.

If you don't like the price someone has stated or you are not interested in buying, move on. Non sale related or negative comments will be deleted and the poster potentially infracted.



Commercial users:
Traders are permitted to directly compete with one another both in terms of service provided and pricing. If you are a paying advertiser you all have equal rights to offer your services and products within this competitive market. However this must be done in a respectful manner and must never descend into any form of disrespectful posting.


Posting on topics started by other traders in order to attempt to undercut them or win their business will not be accepted. This goes beyond fair competition and becomes bad practice.


Traders are not permitted to willingly attempt to damage another traderís reputation via PassionFord in any way. Any kind of activity in this vain will be monitored carefully and malicious postings will be dealt with severely.


Traders are not permitted to pose as prospective customers to either elicit positive feedback for their own company, or to negatively comment on another.

All we ask is that traders ensure PassionFord remains a fair and pleasant place in which to do business and we will not form an allegiance toward any one trader so anyone stepping out of line will be dealt with in the same manner.


We also want the best environment for our members. This means we need to allow healthy competition so that our members have the most choice available to them. They don't want to see sniping between companies, and it only serves to show traders in a bad light to the community.


In a nutshell, you all have the same rights and the right to compete, just do so fairly and openly.

Members either known to be, or considered by the web team to be commercial users must be registered as official PassionFord Traders and have paid the current fee to be able to enter any sale advertisements whatsoever on the forum or be registered with a business name. Registration is also required in order to place or reply to wanted adverts.


In addition to this, because a commercial user will build up a level of trust and trade recognition within the community, they will no longer be allowed to trade on PassionFord or retain their commercial user name if they choose to withdraw their commercial user status and site support. This is to stop unscrupulous commercial users registering for a few months and then trading for free on the back of the status built up in that time. The selling ban for ex-commercial users includes offering items for sale in signatures and posts as well as replying to wanted adverts.

Please also be aware that PassionFord takes no responsibility for any issues between buyer and seller. Goods are advertised and bought at the risk of the individuals concerned. PassionFord will not allow "Name & Shame" content within the forums and any such material may be removed. All issues need to be resolved outside of PassionFord.


Disclaimer
When posting or buying an item for sale you are agreeing to our terms and conditions. PassionFord and its hosts only act as the publisher of the classified service and cannot be held responsible for and services or products offered within its forums. Any and all information displayed in these forums are the sole responsibility of the individual logged in and posting it under a user name so we strongly urge you to review the user names history before purchasing from him/her. Caveat Emptor - Buyer beware!


These guidelines and rules are the intellectual copyright of Stewart Sanderson and may be updated at any time without prior notification.


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