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HP FanficTalk Terms of Service
Last Modified: 4 August 2017
Let us start with a few words. Service. Cookies. Privacy. Law. Though these words can be confusing what with all the muggle governments we’re forced to answer to just to use the internet these days, one of our highest priorities here at HP FanficTalk (“HPFT”) is transparency. So before you jump in and join the fun, please read this page carefully.
What Am I Reading?
This page is our community’s terms of service (“TOS”). Basically, fancy words that mean that by using HPFT – even as a guest – you are agreeing to be bound by everything you see here, plus our Site Guidelines. We’ll say it again (nicely) – please read this page carefully.
Also, keep in mind that this page is a “living” document that may be updated from time-to-time as those aforementioned muggle governments modify their laws or as community needs demand, so be sure to check back at least a few times a year. You’ll always know whether anything’s different because even the slightest tweak also means a change to that “last modified” date you see at the top of your screen.
HPFT is powered by forum software created and developed by Invision Power Services, Inc. To fit their system, more commonly known as IP.Board, as closely as possible to our users’ needs we run a modified version of the system that our administrators (we prefer ‘admins’ – we’re not here to be spooky) tinker with here and there to keep things running smoothly. Allowing these modifications also has the added bonus of giving us a bit more freedom to create the best user experience and interface we can for you. Currently our services are provided via a server in the United States.
As mentioned above, following the Site Guidelines is a must, but it’s not the end-all-be-all.
We also must insist that you don’t misuse our services. What is “misuse”? Generally, this means not attempting unauthorized access to HPFT or specific areas of the community that you haven’t been granted access to by administrators, staffers, or other members designated by site policy. Don’t try to modify the site, alter, delete, hide, or otherwise modify notices – especially legal notices like this one. Don’t break any laws while using our service and don’t try to appropriate the intellectual property of the site or any of your fellow users. Also, please don’t HPFT and drive, use the forums while crossing a busy street – or while engaging in any other dangerous activity for that matter. We do permit mobile access, but we’d like you to be with us for a long time.
While guests can do certain things on HPFT, it’s also important to understand that certain activities and areas are reserved for registered users only. If you decide to take the plunge (and we sincerely hope you do), keep your password safe because you and only you are responsible for the activity that takes place on your account. Though we hope we’re never forced down this road, TOS violators and other rule-breakers can have their account temporarily suspended or permanently disabled. If you’re concerned that your account has been compromised, contact an admin or other staff member immediately. They have tools at their disposal to help.
Finally, in order to ensure absolute compliance with United States law (the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act or “COPPA”) and regulations implementing it (16 C.F.R. 312 or the “COPPA Rule”) we do not permit individuals younger than thirteen (13) from utilizing HPFT, directly or indirectly. Users and/or accounts that attempt to skirt this prohibition will be banned.