Access to Captive Reefs (CR) and use of the forums and other services offered by CR are subject to the terms and conditions of this user agreement and copyright notice and all applicable laws and regulations, including laws and regulations governing copyright and trademarks. By accessing the services herein provided, you accept, without limitation or qualification, all of the terms and conditions in this user agreement and rules. CR reserves the right to change these terms and conditions at any time without prior notice. If, and when, any changes are made, they will appear on this page. By using the services of this website, you agree in advance to accept any future changes to the user agreement.
We encourage everyone to participate and enjoy CR while at the same time adhering to the following rules:
1. Member Account, Privacy, and Rights
CR is a community of hobbyists and industry professionals who share a common interest in Reef Aquariums. There is no charge for joining CR. Members are allowed only one user name and must post under that name exclusively. Sponsors, at their option, may have two usernames one for personal use and one for business use.
Communication or material you post or transmit is, and will be treated as, non-confidential and non-proprietary. In the event of legal actions, CR reserves the right to reveal your identity (or whatever information we know about you) to vested parties.
By posting on CR, you grant CR the right to display this material on its web sites. CR makes no ownership claims to any material you post or transmit and agrees that all submitted materials, text, graphics and files remain the sole property of their creator, with individual exceptions such as contest entries specifically labeled as such when solicited. CaptiveReefs shall not be held liable for the content you post and may deny your request to delete posts on a case-by-case basis (typically when the deletion will remove meaningful context from a discussion thread). Quoting of posts on CR by other members constitutes Fair Use and is not a violation of copyright.
The site owner has the right to ban or deny access to the member if the User Agreement is broken. CR is not obligated to remove content that was posted by any member or the information submitted when they first registered on the site or forums.
2. Email Subscriptions/Notifications
Members may elect to subscribe or unsubscribe to all email content or content on a per subject basis including updates to threads, notification of private messages, and email from the administrator. Settings for email subscriptions may be found here
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3. Harmonious and Legal Content
Our intent is for everyone to get along. You are welcome to disagree with other member and voice your opinion, but please do so respectfully. Personal attacks, cyber-bullying, harassment, flamming, etc. will not be tolerated. If CR was a movie, the goal would be a rating of "PG-13". You agree not to post, transmit or link to any threatening, abusive, unlawful, harmful, defamatory, vulgar, harassing, obscene , profane, hateful, racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable material of any kind, including, but not limited to, any material which encourages conduct that would constitute a criminal offense, violate the rights of others, or otherwise violate any applicable local, state, national or international law. Posting matter of a political or religious nature may be removed if it is determined to be too controversial and disharmonious to the site.
4. Commercial Posting
Members may not post to direct others to their any website in which they hold a commercial or financial interest, including informational websites, unless a sponsor account has been created, or explicit permission was given by CR's owner. Members, including sponsors, may not send out SPAM via CR using our Private Message, Visitor Message or Email systems. Images stored and/or posted on CaptiveReefs.com may not have watermarks or other content intended to lead members to competing websites or non-sponsoring commercial sites. We reserve the right to remove, edit, move or close any thread or post, for any reason.
5. Sponsors and Commercial Relationship
CR assigns Sponsors at its own discretion. Sponsors are welcomed to post commercial posting, including price quotes in their own forum. Sponsors may not post commercially related content to other sponsors' forum.
Only Sponsors may post commercial content. The determination as to whether or not a post contains commercial content is at the sole discretion of CR Staff. If you have any questions, please contact us directly. Sponsors may use only their own forum to direct others to any pages on their official website or another website in which they have a commercial or financial interest. Any CR member that maintains a commercial relationship with a company or product is requested to divulge such relationship when posting a comment, private message, visitor message or sending an email regarding that company or product.
6. Avatars, Signatures, and User Profiles
All terms and conditions of this User Agreement apply to these areas as well. Signatures must be kept to a maximum of 4 lines (including blank lines) and contain no more than one non-commercial link. Signatures may NOT contain phone numbers, email addresses, IM contact information, any sales pitch or prompts for contact, unless the account is a CR sponsor account. Avatars/Signatures/User Profiles may not advertise other reefkeeping-related websites (forums) which would be considered direct competition for CaptiveReefs.com. Signatures must be in standard font size and only two lines may be bolded.
7. Assumption of Risk
You hereby waive any and all claims against CR arising out of your use of the services of this web site and the information available thereon. By using the services of this website, you acknowledge that CR is not responsible for the accuracy or reliability of any member-generated opinion, advice or statement. Neither CR, nor any of its representatives shall be liable to you or anyone else for any loss or injury or any direct, indirect, incidental, consequential, special, punitive or similar damages arising out of your access or use of, or your inability to access or use, the services of this web site and the information available on this web site or arising out of any action taken in response to or as a result of any information available on this web site.
CR Staff may, from time to time, monitor or review forum posts, chats, and other user and member-generated pages on this web site. However, CR assumes no obligation to review all content. Members are encourage to report inappropriate or blatantly misleading content via the Report Post system. CR reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to refuse to post or remove any material posted on the site.
8. Infraction System and Site Removal
A infraction point system is used by moderators to provide warning to members when a rule is violated. Repeated violation of the terms of the user agreement will result in temporary or permanent removal from the CR community depending on the frequency and gravity of the violation.
9. Minimum Age
Guests under 13 years of age are not permitted to have an account on CR. This rule is necessary to maintain compliance with Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).