House Rules for Online Readers

Here’s the short version of what you should know.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the Editor’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

We send emails to the people who sign up for our newsletter/email notifications (not on the list, you should be, sign up here).  We only send them if you sign up and you can unsubscribe anytime you want.  We don’t share or sell your  email information.  There’s always a link at the bottom of every email to do so.

We ask for some basic information (like your name) when you choose to leave a comment here as a guest on our website.  If at any time you want us to remove your information, we will be happy to do so.  Whether this is your first time online or you’re a seasoned Internet user, we require respect and good manners from everyone participating in our online community (aka “Forum”).

Our community is a place where people can strive to generate positive, thoughtful dialogue while learning how to navigate the journey home again. Website Guests can come to one another for support, comfort and shared experiences. While we invite healthy debate, TurtleShells.com is not intended as a forum for personal attacks and destructive postings. If that is your intention in posting on this site, please do not participate in TurtleShells.com’s community.

And here’s the long version.

Abide by Our Rules

By participating in the Forums, you agree to abide by TurtleShells.com’s House Rules, Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. You may not disobey any policies or regulations established by TURTLESHELLS.ORG, A PROJECT OF TIPS FROM SURVIVORS INC. regarding the use of TurtleShells.com. If we become aware that a member has violated the Terms of Use, House Rules or other posted TurtleShells.com policies, that member’s account may be immediately and permanently suspended, without warning or other notice. All comments, visuals, photographs, audio, videos and other types of material uploaded, posted or linked by users on the page (“User Content”) do not represent or reflect the opinions of TURTLESHELLS.ORG, A PROJECT OF TIPS FROM SURVIVORS INC., its employees or affiliate companies. As such TURTLESHELLS.ORG, A PROJECT OF TIPS FROM SURVIVORS INC. is not responsible for any User Content. We do not represent or warrant the accuracy of any post or any product or service claims made here and do not endorse any opinions or statements expressed in any User Content.

Age Requirement

Online safety is of the utmost importance at TurtleShells.com. For this reason, you must be 18 years old or older to participate in the Forums. You may not seek to exploit or harm children by exposing them to inappropriate content, asking for personally identifiable information or otherwise.

No Personal Information

For the safety and privacy of TurtleShells.com’s Website Guests, please do not post or solicit personal information such as phone numbers, addresses, social security numbers, last names (you may use last initials), medical, financial, license plates or any other private information about yourself or others. If you post a photo, video or comment that includes the name or image of someone other than yourself, you must have permission of that person to post to this page. That includes permission of the parent or legal guardian of any child that may be included.

No Obscene or Hateful Language

We don’t allow obscene, hateful, profane, racist, discriminatory, sexually explicit, pornographic, offensive or otherwise objectionable language or material in any of our online forums. Further, you may not harass, insult, defame, libel, slander, stalk, abuse, threaten or invade the privacy of another person. You may not post content that disparages, criticizes, belittles, parodies or otherwise portrays in a negative light any person appearing in the content. We suggest you discontinue any conversation that makes you uncomfortable.

No Solicitations or Advertisements

You may not post any content for commercial purposes (e.g. offering for sale any products or services). Such posts add to clutter and devalue conversations. This includes advertisements for your business, the latest get-rich-quick scheme, solicitations for a charity, conducting raffles or contests, displaying sponsorship banners, solicitation of goods or services and/or spam. Further, you may not solicit funds, advertisers or sponsors. You may not promote a “pyramid” or similar scheme. Unfortunately, it is impossible to verify the validity of each and every organization that solicits donations; therefore, in an effort to protect TurtleShells.com Website Guests from fraud, we must prohibit solicitations for charities.

No Illegal Activity

You may not suggest, encourage, advocate or promote illegal or violent activity. You may not use TurtleShells.com to violate any law or conduct any activity that may be considered to violate any law, including, but not limited to, scams and impersonations. TurtleShells.com will assist law enforcement officials.

Personal Advice

Any advice or information provided on TurtleShells.com is of a general nature. It cannot substitute for the services of trained professionals in any field. You should always check with an appropriate licensed professional before relying on, taking or not taking action based upon the advice or information provided on TurtleShells.com. Please keep in mind that Website Guests may claim expertise or status (legal, medical, etc.) that they do not, in fact, possess. Thoughtful discretion should be given to all advice found on the site.

Register One Username

You may not create more than one username. It is confusing to other Website Guests and does not help in building a trustworthy community.

English Language

All public postings must be made in English.

Truthful and Accurate Information

Please only post content that is truthful, accurate and not misleading. You may not post material that impersonates or misrepresents your connection to any other entity or person or otherwise manipulates headers or identifiers to disguise the origin of the content.

Authorized Postings

It is inappropriate to post content that infringes upon or violates the copyrights, trademarks, rights or publicity or other intellectual property rights of any person or entity. You must have copyright TurtleShells.org, a project of Tips From Survivors Inc.ership of all content you post or the necessary rights from the copyright TurtleShells.org, a project of Tips From Survivors Inc.er to post such content in our Forums. You may not post content that copies any other pages or images on TurtleShells.com except with appropriate authority. By posting content, you are certifying that you have the permission of everyone who has contributed to or is incorporated in the content. If there are any individuals under the age of 18 in any photos, videos or other content that you post, you certify that you are their parent or legal guardian of any such minor and have the legal right to consent on his or her behalf to incorporate their appearance in the content. You further certify that the content you post does not contain the full name, physical address, email address, telephone number or social security number of any minor. Further, you may not post any content that you do not have the right to transmit under any contractual or other relationship (e.g. inside information and/or proprietary or confidential information received in the context of an employment or non-disclosure agreement).

You may not post content that includes programs which contain any virus, worm, malware, corrupt file and/or “Trojan Horse” or any other computer code, file or program designed to interrupt, overload, collapse, destroy or limit the functionality of any computer software, hardware or telecommunications. You may not post content that disrupts the normal flow of dialogue, causes a screen to scroll faster than other users are able to type, or otherwise act in a way which affects the ability of other people to engage in real time activities via TurtleShells.com. You may not include MP3 format files. You may not do anything which amounts to “data warehousing” (i.e. using any web space made available to you as storage for large files or large amounts of data which are only linked from other sites). You must provide a reasonable amount of content to accompany such material in order that at least some of the traffic to your site comes directly via TurtleShells.com.

Submissions

We do not seek to receive submissions of ideas or improvements on this page. Please do not make any such submissions via this page. If you choose to do so, TURTLESHELLS.ORG, A PROJECT OF TIPS FROM SURVIVORS INC. will not treat those submissions as confidential or proprietary to you and will be free to use and exploit those ideas or improvements without any obligation to you. By submitting or posting User Content to this page, you consent to and grant to TURTLESHELLS.ORG, A PROJECT OF TIPS FROM SURVIVORS INC. and its affiliates and those acting on their behalf, the non-exclusive, perpetual, royalty-free, worldwide and irrevocable right and license to use, reproduce, publish, perform, prepare derivative works of and exploit (in all formats and media whether now knTurtleShells.org, a project of Tips From Survivors Inc. or hereafter developed) the User Content (including your name, voice, statements, picture and image), individually or in combination with other images, text, printed or electronic materials, for purposes of advertising, public relations, marketing, promotion and publications regarding TURTLESHELLS.ORG, A PROJECT OF TIPS FROM SURVIVORS INC. or its affiliates, without compensation or acknowledgement to you. You acknowledge that you will not have the right to inspect or approve the use of such materials or content and hereby waive any and all moral rights in such User Content, to the extent any moral rights exist. You release and discharge TURTLESHELLS.ORG, A PROJECT OF TIPS FROM SURVIVORS INC. and its affiliates and their successors and assigns from all claims or causes of action relating to or arising from TURTLESHELLS.ORG, A PROJECT OF TIPS FROM SURVIVORS INC. and its affiliates’ use of the User Content as provided above.

Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) Notice

If you believe any material posted in our Forums infringes a copyright, please use the contact form on this website to notify us.  Repeat infringers’ Website Guests accounts will be subject to termination.

Post at Your Own Risk

You participate in the Forums at your TurtleShells.org, a project of Tips From Survivors Inc. risk. TurtleShells.com takes no responsibility for the content or opinions posted. You take full responsibility for any and all use under your account and username, regardless of whether you’ve authorized it.

No Linking

You may not post any links to third party sites, other than to those sites TurtleShells.org, a project of Tips From Survivors Inc.ed and operated by TURTLESHELLS.ORG, A PROJECT OF TIPS FROM SURVIVORS INC.. You may not post content that contains links to other sites that contain the type of objectionable content we have described above.

Post a Message Only Once

Good manners online mean that you don’t post the same message more than once.

All Posts Are Subject to Review

While we do not review all material posted and are under no obligation to do so, we reserve the right to accept, reject or remove any postings, including those that are off-subject, not in English or that contain personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity, impersonations, advertising or that violate the TurtleShells.com House Rules, Terms of Use or Privacy Policy.

Archiving and Read Only Discussions

TurtleShells.com reserves the right to Archive or make any discussion “Read Only” at any time at its sole and exclusive discretion, including, without limitation, any postings or discussions that are disruptive in nature or are in contravention of any posted policies.

Modification

These House Rules may be modified by TURTLESHELLS.ORG, A PROJECT OF TIPS FROM SURVIVORS INC. at any time without notice, so we encourage you to come back and review these House Rules.

Video Submissions

All Video submissions must be no more than four (4) minutes in length.

Video Viewing

You consent to TURTLESHELLS.ORG, A PROJECT OF TIPS FROM SURVIVORS INC. using and sharing my video viewing information with third parties for up to 2 years or until consent is withdrawn pursuant to TURTLESHELLS.ORG, A PROJECT OF TIPS FROM SURVIVORS INC.’s Privacy Policy and Terms of Use

Report a Problem

If you feel that someone in the Forums is behaving in an inappropriate manner please use the contact form on this website to notify us.  A TurtleShells.com staff member will look into the problem.

Technical Problems

If you are having technical problems using TurtleShells.com or a tool on our site, please use the contact form on this website to notify us.

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