HCN Posting Guidelines

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You may submit content to certain sections of HELPcom.NET,LLC's [HCN] sites provided you do so in accordance with the Posting Guidelines herein. However, you may not submit content if you are under the age of 13. By submitting content to any of HCN sites, you represent that you are age 13 or over.

Here are HCN "must follow" guidelines for participation to encourage civil discourse:

1a) No personal attacks or threats against other users or individuals; no libelous, harassing or abusive statements; no submission of personal information or likenesses of other persons without their consent; no stalking.

1b) No cheering or advocating harm to or violence against a person or people. (Exceptions for capital-murder criminal cases and military actions.)

2) No disparaging comments about a victim or victim's family in a tragedy.

3) No unwarranted attacks on individuals or groups based on  intrinsic [intrinsic >adjective belonging to the basic nature of someone or something; essential.] characteristics. 

4) No content that is obscene, vulgar or sexually explicit. This includes masked words, intentional misspellings, acronyms and abbreviations. 

5) No commercial product promotions or off-topic messages; no spam, chain letters, pyramid schemes or fraudulent or deceptive messages; no false claims of affiliation with any third party. 

6) No posting of copyright infringing material, or any material whose posting on HCN sites could result in infringement of any third party intellectual property or privacy or publicity rights. 

7) NO POSTS IN ALL CAPS. No posts in bold or highlighted with other HTML coding.

8) No entries longer than 750 characters (or 1,500 characters on verified-name articles) or continued in another posting. Continuations may be deleted.• Usernames are governed by the same standards as other content submissions.

• Editors will still have the final say in interpreting these rules. HCN ask that you stand behind the content you submit:

• You represent and warrant that you own or otherwise have all necessary rights, including but not limited to copyrights, in all content that you submit to HCN sites, and that you have secured all third party consents, licenses, waivers and permissions necessary to submit such content.

• You represent and warrant that the content submitted by you will not infringe upon or misappropriate any rights of others, including, without limitation, any copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets or other intellectual property rights, rights of publicity, rights of privacy, moral rights or any other proprietary rights of third parties, or violate any applicable law, statute, ordinance or regulation.

• YOU AGREE TO INDEMNIFY AND HOLD US HARMLESS FROM AND AGAINST ANY AND ALL LOSSES, LIABILITIES AND EXPENSES (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, ATTORNEYS’ FEES) ARISING OUT OF, RESULTING FROM OR RELATED TO ANY BREACH BY YOU OF THESE POSTING GUIDELINES. HCN take-down policy:

HCN have the right (but not the obligation) to review any content that you have submitted to HCN sites, and to reject, delete, disable, or remove any content that HCN determine, in HCN sole discretion, (a) does not comply with these Posting Guidelines; (b) might violate any law, infringe upon any rights of third parties, or subject us to liability for any reason; (c) might adversely affect HCN public image, reputation or goodwill; or (d) should be taken down for any other reason.

If you believe that any Content on any of the Sites infringes upon any copyrights that you own, please contact us pursuant to the procedures outlined in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (Title 17 U.S.C. § 512) at the email address: forensic.editor@helpcom.net.

How you can help ensure that conversations remain civil and in good taste:

• You will have the ability to report (or flag) comments that you believe violate the guidelines. 

• HCN will review those flagged comments and take the appropriate action: If editors determine that a flagged post does violate the rules, the comment will be deleted and the offender may lose his or her right to post without review of site staff. Users with excessive or egregious violations may be completely blocked from posting.