SportbikeS.com Community Agreement & Policies and Store Policies
Community Agreements & Policies
SportbikeS.com Discussion Forum Member Agreement:
Considering the real-time nature of this community, it is impossible for Sportbikes.com's Staff and Volunteers to review all messages or confirm the validity of information. The SportbikeS.com family of companies, and affiliates do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. The messages express the views of the author of the message, not necessarily the views of any of the SportbikeS.com family of companies, and affiliates or any other entity or person(s) associated with the administration of this community.
Although SportbikeS.com and all of the SportbikeS.com family of companies, and affiliates are not responsible for the content of any of these messages, we reserve the right to delete or edit any message for any reason whatsoever. You remain solely responsible for the content of your messages, and you agree to indemnify and hold harmless any and all of the SportbikeS.com family of companies, and affiliates, the administration of this community, Infopop Corporation (the creator of UBB.Threads), Volano.com (the creators of Volano Chat), and their agents, with respect to any claim based upon transmission of your message(s). SportbikeS.com reserves 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.
You agree, through your use of this service, that you will not use our communities to post any material which is knowingly false and/or defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, vulgar, hateful, harassing, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, invasive of a person's privacy, violates any internationally recognized law or otherwise violates SportbikeS.com's Community Standards. SportbikeS.com retains the rights to exclusively determine what violates any of the standards or conditions and may make changes to them at its discretion without notice.
Any user who feels that a posted message is objectionable is encouraged to immediately contact the SportbikeS.com Business Office by e-mail. We have the ability to remove objectionable messages and we will make every effort to do so, within a reasonable time frame, if we determine that removal is necessary. This is a manual process so please realize that we may not be able to remove or edit particular messages immediately.
You agree, not to post any copyrighted material. Anything you post to SportbikeS.com's Communities is treated as non-confidential and non-proprietary and you waive any claims with respect to your submission. These submissions may be used by SportbikeS.com, its partners, or its affiliates for any purpose. Furthermore you automatically grant SportbikeS.com the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive and fully sub licensable right and license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display such Content (in whole or part) worldwide and/or to incorporate it in other works in any form, media, or technology now known or later developed. This content may not be copied or reproduced in any manner without specific written permission by SportbikeS.com.
We actively track and record your IP address when you browse the community. This information is recorded through the web server's logging facilities, and through the UBB.Threads's user tracking feature ("Recent Visitors"). While you may choose to be invisible on the list of currently browsing users, your IP and actions are still recorded and are viewable only by the community administrators. In the event that a member should violate our Community Standards, we reserve the right to use your IP address to determine your ISP and inform them of your actions, prevent your reading or posting to our community, prevent your access to our chat, and/or prevent anyone from your ISP from viewing or posting to the community or joining the chat.
POSTINGS OR DISCUSSIONS THAT VIOLATE SportbikeS.COM'S COMMUNITY GUIDELINES, FEATURE RESTRICTIONS, CONDITIONS OF USE MAY LEAD TO THE DELETION, WITHOUT NOTICE, OF YOUR POST(S) AND/OR MEMBERSHIP AND EVERYTHING ASSOCIATED WITH IT. FURTHERMORE, AT OUR DISCRETION, WE MAY ALSO CONTACT YOUR INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDER(S) TO REPORT YOUR ACTIONS, WHICH MIGHT HAVE BEEN, A VIOLATION OF YOUR ISP'S TERMS OF SERVICE -- VIOLATING YOUR INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDERS' TERMS OF SERVICE CAN RESULT IN THE LOSS OF YOUR INTERNET SERVICE.
SportbikeS.com Community Guidelines:
Appropriate Online Content And Discussion Guidelines
We reserve the right to remove content that does not meet our discussion standards. SportbikeS.com does not assume any liability if such content is not removed, and makes the final determination about whether content is objectionable or not. SportbikeS.com does not endorse or oppose opinions expressed by our visitors. Visitors who generate content in chat rooms and message boards, etc, that does not meet our discussion standards shall be removed. Serious offenses will result in removal of access.
These guidelines apply:
- Minimum Age:
You must be at least 14 years old to participate in any part of SportbikeS.com.
- Identity - Real Names & Nicks:
Your legal first and last name must be provided upon registration on the SportbikeS.com Message Board. You may utilize the Public Display Name feature to publicly display a nick name or alias in place of your real name as long as the entire real name is present and the Public Display name conforms to our other standards. You may use a nick name or another alias in the chat room as long as it conforms to our other standards.
You may not use public display names or nicks on the message board, chat, or private message system that are offensive to the topic or impersonates or represents any person or entity in an attempt to deceive, harass or otherwise mislead another member. Additionally, you may not use or represent the name of any public figures or an employee or representative of SportbikeS.com or any of the SportbikeS.com family of companies, or affiliates.
Very mild expletives and non-sexual anatomical references may be allowed in some contexts, but profanity, strong vulgar language, crude, lewd or explicit sexual references and hate speech -- harsh personal insults and epithets directed against any race, religion, ethnic origin, gender or sexual preference -- are not allowed even if disguised with asterisks or other text and characters.
- Personal Attacks:
Personal attacks not allowed. "Personal attacks" are defined as comments that reflect upon a person instead of their opinion.
There is a difference between affection and vulgarity. There is also a difference between a discussion of the health or emotional aspects of sex using appropriate language and more crude conversations about sex. The former is acceptable, the latter is not.
- Disruptive Behavior:
Please stay on topic and restrict your comments to the subject at hand. Refrain from "spamming," or "flooding" or the repeated posting of the same message over and over. You may not transmit or facilitate distribution of content that is harmful, abusive, racially or ethnically offensive, vulgar, sexually explicit, or in a reasonable person's view, objectionable. Hate speech will not be tolerated.
- Personal Information:
You may not share any personal information or information about others -- phone numbers, e-mail, home address, passwords, etc.-- with others on the site. Any such message board posts will be removed without comment. Chat participants may be restricted from using the chat system. This is for your protection!
No speculation about the identity of other participants is permitted. You may not attempt to harvest or collect member information including, but not limited to, Public Display Names, passwords, or e-mail addresses.
- Advertising & Commercial Purposes:
No advertising of any kind, including those for non-profit organizations, is permitted in areas not specifically designated as a Buy/Sell Area. SportbikeS.com's SportbikeS.com may not be used for commercial purposes. This includes but is not limited to unsolicited advertising, promotional materials, "junk mail", "spam", "chain letters", "pyramid schemes" or any other form of solicitation. You may not post links for any type of affiliate program with referrer IDs.
Even in the designated buy/sell areas all messages must be of a non-commercial nature. You may not advertise and/or promote the commercial sale of products on SportbikeS, including, without limitation: new motorcycles, new motorcycle accessories, apparel, cleaners, and other products that are used by sportbikers. Please carefully read the guidelines posted in the designated Buy/Sell Area for further restrictions and exceptions to the Advertising & Commercial Purpose Standards.
- Linking Policy:
Please be careful clicking hyperlinks. You use the Internet at your own risk and SportbikeS.com cannot be responsible for the content and conduct you may encounter. You may not post or discuss hyperlinks or web sites used for advertising suppliers, other message boards, or any other Community Standards violation
In most cases we only allow the posting of sportbike images in message boards or chat. You may not use our community to distribute, facilitate to distribute, or direct link to any content that solicits for exchange, sale or purchase of sexually explicit images, and/or material harmful to minors; including, but not limited to, any photograph, film, video, or picture or computer generated image or picture (actual or simulated.)
- Copyrighted Material:
No copyrighted material is allowed. Please use links instead of quotes. You may not use our community to distribute, facilitate distribution, or direct link to any content that infringes anyone else's intellectual property rights, including, but not limited to, any copyright, trademark, rights of publicity, rights of privacy, or other proprietary rights.
- Malware, Hacking, & Cracking:
You may not post, distribute, or link to software viruses or any other computer code, files or programs designed to capture information, interrupt, destroy, and/or limit the functionality of any computer software and/or hardware or telecommunications equipment. You may not attempt to circumvent any security features and/or exploit any weaknesses in computer software or hardware or telecommunications equipment.
- Collection Of Information:
You may not attempt to copy, reproduce, create derivative works from, harvest, or collect posts or member information (including, but not limited to, Public Display Names, passwords, or e-mail addresses.)
- Illegal Behavior:
The laws that apply in the offline world must be obeyed online. We have zero tolerance for illegal behavior in any section of SportbikeS.com. We cooperate with law enforcement on such matters.
- Automatic Censor:
The message board and chat may automatically censor certain words and web addresses from being posted. This censoring is not an exact science, however, so certain words may be censored out of context. Please realize that the censoring is being done by a computer based on the words that are being screened. Words that are censored are replaced with asterisks. Never attempt to circumvent the censor filter
- Proper Online Conduct:
Online conduct should be guided by common sense and basic etiquette. You will be considered in violation of the Community Standards if you violate any of the standards outlined above.
SportbikeS.com’s Forum Feature Restrictions:
- Avatar Guidelines
Don't know what an Avatar is? Avatars are small images that will be included in your user profile and will be displayed under your Public Display Name, to the right of all your posts on the message board.
These guidelines apply to their usage:
- Image Types:
For external avatars, only JPG, GIF, or PNG will be allowed. Absolutely, no .bmp, .swf, or .txt files.
- Size Restrictions:
The maximum area any avatar may occupy is 100 pixels wide x 100 pixels high. Avatars must also be under 10 Kilobytes in size so please use caution if you should choose an image that occupies the maximum space permitted or an animated graphic. Of course you may use a smaller avatar that occupies less than 100 pixels wide x 100 pixels high, but no one will be permitted to exceed these limits.
You may not display objectionable content or content that otherwise violates our Community Standards. We reserve the right to define what objectionable content is, and deny you the ability to use avatars if you show disregard for the avatar guidelines.
Please don't duplicate someone else's avatar - especially if they made it themselves. If you use someone else's originally created avatar we will remove it from your account and deny you the ability to use avatars in the future.
- Tips for use:
You can get to the avatar selection by clicking on the My Profile & Messaging link at the top of most SportbikeS.com forum pages. Then click on View / Update Profile link.
Also, you can choose to turn OFF display of avatars, if you don't want to see everyone's avatar. However, the SportbikeS.com Staff and Volunteer logos that appear under SportbikeS.com staff and volunteer names will continue to appear if you turn off the avatar viewing.
- Signature Guidelines
You may use a signature (also commonly used in email messages) on your posts on the Message Board. You may set your signature in your member profile. Once you have a signature stored, you can choose to include it with any post you make by checking the "include signature" box when you create your post.
- Signature Length:
Your "signature" may not exceed four lines of 65 characters.
Your "signature" may contain an image that is not objectionable and is no larger than 250 pixels wide by 70 pixels tall and no larger than a 20kb file size. Images larger are not allowed as they can slow down the load time and disrupt the discussion and introduce security exploits.
A typical signature contains the poster's name, and a favorite quote or saying. While you are allowed to promote your personal web site(s) in your signature, you are not permitted to post excessive links to sites, links to commercial sites, any kind of affiliate programs with referrer IDs, or links that otherwise violate our Community Standards.
- Private Message Guidelines
A private message is not email. Private messages are one-to-one communications that can only be read by the recipient. On the Message Board you can read private messages in your profile section. You can also elect to be notified by email whenever someone sends you a private message (you can set this in your profile). You can also prevent anyone from sending you a private message (also configurable in your profile). Only registered members may send private messages.
To send someone a private message, look for the private message icon on a post a person creates. You can send a private message through the person's member profile, or from your Buddy List, if you have added the person to your Buddy List.
- Use PMs Appropriately:
Never private message a person when there is a chance that your message or the expected reply can be of benefit to others. You're joining a community and without open discussion there cannot be a useful exchange of ideas.
- Private Message Privacy:
SportbikeS.com considers the contents of your Private Messages to be the private communications between you and the people you have designated to have access. We will not monitor, edit, or disclose the contents of a User's private communications, except that User agrees SportbikeS.com may do so: (a) as required by law; (b) to comply with legal process; (c) if necessary to enforce SportbikeS.com's Conditions of Use and these Community Standards; (d) to respond to claims that such contents violate the rights of third parties; (e) to protect the rights or property of SportbikeS.com or others; and (f) to identify or resolve technical problems or respond to complaints about the service.
- Member Rating Guidelines:
We permit members to rate each other. Only registered members may be rated and they may only be rated by other members.
- Skewing Results:
Do not attempt to skew your own ratings or the ratings of others by registering multiple times and voting for a member more than once. We investigate all duplicate IP addresses and will ban any person attempting to inflate his own rating or tamper with the rating of others.
Ratings are calculated using a curve. When a member with a high rating votes for another member, his vote may be weighted more verses a vote by another member with a lower rating. This helps to prevent the skewing of results in someone's own favor or sabotaging someone's high rating due to jealousy.
- Opt Out:
You may elect to not have other members rate you. To turn off member ratings for yourself, just change your profile settings.
SportbikeS.com. the publisher of www.SportbikeS.com
will accept orders in a variety of ways including on-line secure server orders, orders through www.PayPal.com
, faxed orders, “snail” mail with check or money order and telephone orders. All prices are based on US dollars, therefore all orders should be placed reflecting US dollars. To pay by credit card simply fill in the information on-line at the time of the order or phone in the information. A representative will be available to answer questions on-line or by phone. Credit Card orders will not be shipped to any address other than the address associated with the credit card unless previously arranged with SportbikeS.com. Credit card orders will only be accepted by individuals within the U.S. and Canada.
Return & Satisfaction Policy
SportbikeS.com wants you to be satisfied - Its 100% Guaranteed! If after your receive and review your membership package or products, you feel the purchase is not the right match for you... just send it back within 30 days in unused condition for a complete refund (not including shipping). The SportbikeS.com. the publisher of www.SportbikeS.com
. will accept returns of memberships or merchandise within 30 days of the original shipping date of the product for replacement or credit. Credits are for the full amount of the product purchased but will not include shipping costs unless otherwise arranged by a representative of the Sportbike Riders’ Association.
SportbikeS.com 100% Safe Shopping Guarantee Policy!
You ask... Is it safe to use my credit card?
The answer is... Yes, shopping at SportbikeS.com is safe. We wouldn't have it any other way. We utilize the latest in internet security - 128 bit encryption SSL. In fact, we back every credit card purchase with our SRA 100% Safe Shopping Guarantee.
We guarantee that every transaction you make at SportbikeS.com will be safe. This means you pay nothing if unauthorized charges are made to your card as a result of shopping at SportbikeS.com. Here are the details:
Under the Fair Credit Billing Act, your bank can not hold you liable for more than $50.00 of fraudulent charges. If your bank does hold you liable for any of this $50.00, Sportbike Riders’ Association, Inc. (SportbikeS.com) will cover the entire liability for you, up to the full $50.00. The SRA will only cover this liability if the unauthorized use of your credit card resulted through no fault of your own from purchases made at SportbikeS.com while using the secure server.
In the event of unauthorized use of your credit card, you must notify your credit card provider in accordance with its reporting rules and procedures.