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Mothers' Hideaway Rules

This is a community of women, mothers and moms-to-be, that come from different walks of life and backgrounds. Your behavior here, and ours, is crucial to our success and requires support and respect from all members and administrators towards all members and administrators. Our goal is to live by the Golden Rule on Mothers' Hideaway and we will support our members as we would wish to be supported. Please feel free to be yourself and express your views and opinions. We encourage that and you are not expected to leave your personality at the door. There are going to be topics and discussions that will have heated debates. Please think before you post and re-read what you type before you post it. Keep your comments limited to the debate at hand and do not make this a personal issue between you and another member.

There is tremendous diversity in age, race, gender, language, location (worldwide) and more here and there will be a lot of varying opinions on different subjects. We are all human beings and we are all drawn to this site because we have a common bond as women and mothers. We will willingly listen to your suggestions and complaints, and try to incorporate your ideas into the Board.

If you come across any violations to these guidelines or have any problems navigating the site, do not hesitate to let us know by sending us a Private Message or emailing us at admin@mothershideaway.com. We will be happy to address your concerns. Here at the Mothers' Hideaway we encourage everyone to participate in and enjoy the Community while at the same time adhering to these Guidelines:

Be Welcoming!!

When newcomers arrive, welcome them to our growing community. Many of our senior members are a wealth of knowledge and have much to share. Help new members learn about how to find information and resources, save time, and how to get involved in the Community.

Be Courteous!

Do not attack others. Personal attacks on others will not be tolerated. You may challenge different points of view and opinions, but do so respectfully and thoughtfully ... without insult and personal attack.

Be Cautious!

Think before you post or speak: Do you really want to put your address or telephone number on a public discussion forum? We encourage you to keep personal information personal.

In the same vein, do not ask for personal information from others. Discussion forum posts that request members to submit personal information to another party will be removed. Information that should be considered personal includes but is not limited to your home phone number, name, and age. If you must give this out for any reason, please do so privately.

Be Appropriate!

There may be places where explicit, obscene or vulgar language, graphics or behavior is appropriate however Mothers' Hideaway is not one of them. Discussion forum posts that contain explicit, obscene or vulgar language will be removed. Similarly, discussion forum posts that solicit or offer explicit or X-rated GIFs, JPEGs or similar content files will be deleted without notice!

Be Ethical!

The resources, articles and discussions on Mothers' Hideaway are based on basic, appropriate professional ethical behavior. Unethical behavior: email or private message invites to a different site (unless a Mothers' Hideaway Sponsor), spamming, warez, license sharing, and other illegal activites are completely inappropriate and will result in the loss of membership at Mothers' Hideaway.

No Cross-Posting

Do not post the same discussion more than once on a discussion forum or on many forums. Duplicate discussions are frustrating and counterproductive for other members, especially for those whose time and energy is limited. Duplicate discussions will be deleted.

No Advertising – Spam

Do not heedlessly place your advertisements through the Discussion Forums. This will be considered SPAM and could result in the loss of your Mothers' Hideaway Community Membership. Affiliate links are not allowed within the forums. If you wish to promote a particular program then promote the program not your own affiliate tie with it.

No Abuse of PM

Private Messaging is provided to the members of the Mothers' Hideaway as a service intended to enhance the Community experience. The purpose of private messaging is to allow for discreet conversations to take place between members. This privilege is not to be abused! Solicitation, spamming, or harassment of any kind is strictly forbidden. Any member receiving an inappropriate private message should forward that message to an Administrator or Moderator right away. Although private messages are normally only accessible by those who send and receive them, they are part of the database and as such, property of Mothers' Hideaway. An Administrator, if so inclined, could locate the Private Messages in the database and read them. They are private, but not necessarily secret. In addition, Private Messages are not intended to deprive the Community of valuable information or experiences which could benefit the entire group. Please do not use private messages if the content of the message can be helpful to others.

No Copyrighted Material

Information copyrighted or owned by any individual or entity other than the member should not be posted on the discussion forums or software libraries without the consent of the owner. If such an event occurs, the individual posting the information shall be held solely responsible. The Mothers' Hideaway shall not be held responsible for member-posted information that may violate copyright law.

You cannot legally post entire articles or news in the forum without permission from the copyright holder. Even if you attribute the article correctly it’s still copyright infringement. Copyright law does not care if you make any money off of the work or not, what matters is if you hurt the potential income of the copyright holder. In this case you would be depriving them of ad revenue and it is illegal. Under Fair Use provisions you can legally post a small abstract of an article - or perhaps the opening paragraph. So if you want to post an article you should do this and include a link, or just post the link. The exception to this rule is press releases; press releases are meant for distribution and can be copied and distributed as much as you want. If you are not sure if you can copy something then always err on the side of caution and simply post a link to the material.

The Mothers' Hideaway Discretion

The Mothers' Hideaway and its assigned agents reserves the right to remove a post which does not relate to the topic being discussed in the forum. In addition, the Mothers' Hideaway reserves the right to organize discussion forums in order to best serve the majority of our members. For example, narrow-interest or minimal activity topics may, at the Mothers' Hideaway discretion, be relocated to a more appropriate discussion forum, or deleted entirely. The Mothers' Hideaway or its assigned agents also reserves the right to prohibit or delete discussions that are thought to violate applicable law or that may be harmful to other members, the sites that comprise the Mothers' Hideaway or the rights of the Mothers' Hideaway or others. That said, we cannot ensure prompt removal of offending discussion forum posts. We also reserve the right to remove your membership from you should you violate these Guidelines.

Considering the real-time nature of this bulletin board, it is impossible for the Mothers' Hideaway to review all messages or confirm the validity of information posted. Please remember that Mothers' Hideaway does not actively monitor the contents of all posted messages and is not responsible for any messages posted. The Mothers' Hideaway does not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and is not responsible for the contents of any message. The messages express the views of the author of the message, not necessarily the views of the Mothers' Hideaway or any entity associated with the “index.php?s=fe5d0114e52faa30940911c3461bd2bd". Any user who feels that a posted message is objectionable is encouraged to contact us immediately by email. The Mothers' Hideaway has the ability to remove objectionable messages and will make every effort to do so, within a reasonable time frame, if it is determined that removal is necessary. This is a manual process, however, so please realize that we may not be able to remove or edit particular messages immediately, in fact, we may not edit or delete posts that break our rules at all. We have many time constraints on us and cannot guarantee that we will be able to edit or delete posts that break the rules/user agreement. If you do not agree with this then do not view or register for the Mothers' Hideaway. Although this Discussion Forum does not and cannot review the messages posted and is not responsible for the content of any of these messages, we at the Mothers' Hideaway reserve the right to delete any message for any or no reason whatsoever. You remain solely responsible for the content of your messages, and you agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Mothers' Hideaway, vBulletin (the makers of the bulletin board software), and their agents with respect to any claim based upon transmission of your message(s). We at this discussion forum also reserve the right to reveal your identity (or whatever information we know about you) in the event of a complaint or legal action arising from any message posted by you.

Use of the site is at the discretion of the Administration of the Mothers' Hideaway and that any use may be terminated by the Administration at any time.

The Mothers' Hideaway is a provider of an "interactive computer service". Postings on Mothers' Hideaway are "provided by another information content provider" and not the Mothers' Hideaway unless posted by the owner. The Mothers' Hideaway is not the "publisher or speaker" of any posts in the discussion forums unless posted by the owner.

The user agrees as a condition of registering at the Mothers' Hideaway to be truthful in regard to all information given during the registration process, to use the site as per the instructions, not to disclose his password to others for use, and that the site has a license (permission) for use of anything the user submits or posts to the site.


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