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TERMS OF USE
PLEASE READ THESE USER TERMS AND CONDITIONS CAREFULLY BEFORE USING THIS SITE.
By accessing, using or downloading any Content from this Site, you acknowledge your agreement to be bound by these Terms and Conditions. If you do not agree to be bound by these Terms and Conditions, please do not access this Site or otherwise use or download Content from this Site. We reserve the right to update or modify these Terms and Conditions at any time, and without prior notice to you. Your use of the Site following such modification or update constitutes your acceptance to be bound by these Terms and Conditions as changed or modified. We encourage you to read through and review these Terms and Conditions each time you access the Site. You agree that the laws of the state of Florida, USA, without regard to principles of conflict of laws, will govern this Agreement and any dispute of any sort that might arise between you and us from your visit to, or use of, our Websites. We reserve the right to revoke the membership of any person who registers on this site at any time for any reason. Please remember that we are not responsible for any messages posted. We 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 this bulletin board. Any user who feels that a posted message is objectionable is encouraged to contact us immediately by email. 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. You agree, through your use of this service, that you will not use this bulletin board 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, or otherwise violative of any law. You agree that you will not attempt to emulate or try anything you read about or view on this site. You understand and agree that slingshots in their many forms are not toys and are very dangerous, and thus release this site and it's owners from any liability regarding their use or manufacture. You agree not to post any copyrighted material unless the copyright is owned by you or by this bulletin board. You agree to follow the guidelines and rules found on this site. All messages made available as part of this discussion group (including any bulletin boards and chat rooms) and any opinions, advice, statements or other information contained in any messages posted or transmitted by any third party are the responsibility of the author of that message and not of SlingshotForum.com and its owners or employees. The fact that a particular message is posted on or transmitted using this web site does not mean that SlingshotForum.com or its owners have endorsed that message in any way or verified the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message. Please verify all suggestion and/or information with an authority on the subject matter before you decide to implement any idea or suggestion. We encourage visitors to the forum to report any objectionable message. This forum is not monitored 24/7. You alone are responsible for the material you post. You will not knowingly post content or links to content that violates the copyright, trademark, patent or other intellectual property right of any third party and that you will remove the same should you discover that you have violated this provision. Likewise, you may not post content or links to content that is libelous, defamatory, offensive, obscene, racist, abusive, that violates a third party's right to privacy, that otherwise violates any applicable local, state, national or international law, or that is otherwise inappropriate. You will indemnify SlingshotForum.com, its employees, agents, and affiliates from any and all claims and/or damages (including but not limited to reasonable attorneys' fees) resulting from any claim brought by any third party relating to content you have posted. We shall have the right, but not the obligation, to monitor the content of the forums to determine compliance with all sections of this Agreement and any other operating rules established by us. We shall have the right in our sole discretion to edit, refuse to post, remove, or otherwise alter any material submitted to or posted on the forums. Without limiting the foregoing, we shall have the right to remove any material that we, in our sole discretion, find to be in violation of this agreement or inappropriate for any reason whatever without consent. You understand and agree that SlingshotForum.com is not responsible for any content posted by third parties. Any opinions, advice, statements, services, offers, or other information or content expressed or made available by third parties, or any other user of the forums, are those of the respective author(s) and not of us. For any content that you post, you hereby grant to SlingshotForum.com the royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual, exclusive and fully sublicensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display such content in whole or in part, world-wide and to incorporate it in other works, in any form, media or technology now known or later developed. This website not intended for or directed to persons who are minors (typically persons under the age of 18, but may vary depending on where you live). Use of this website is restricted to persons legally permitted to enter into a binding contract. By accessing this website, you represent that you are legally permitted to enter into a binding contract (18 years of age or older in most jurisdictions) or are at least 13 years of age and are only accessing the Website under the supervision and with the consent of your parent or guardian, who agrees to be bound by this Agreement, and that any information you provide us is not inaccurate, deceptive, or misleading. ITEMS DISCUSSED ON THIS SITE ARE ILLEGAL IN SOME AREAS. You must check state and local laws regarding slingshots in your area before discussing them on this site. SlingshotForum.com, its members, owners, and moderators CANNOT provide advice regarding the legality of slingshots in your area. SlingshotForum.com, it's owners, moderators, and members shall not assume any liability for the sale, use, or misuse of any product. If your membership is revoked, through banning or any other means, you agree to never register or access the site again under any circumstances. Any dispute relating in any way to your visit to or use of this Website shall be submitted to confidential arbitration in Lakeland, Florida, USA except that, to the extent you have in any manner violated or threatened to violate our intellectual property rights, we may seek injunctive or other appropriate relief in any state or federal court in the state of Florida, USA and you consent to exclusive jurisdiction and venue in such courts, and waive any objection to such jurisdiction or venue. Arbitration under this Agreement shall be conducted under the rules then prevailing of the American Arbitration Association. The arbitrators’ award shall be binding and may be entered as a judgment in any court of competent jurisdiction. To the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, no arbitration under this Agreement shall be joined to an arbitration involving any other party subject to this Agreement, whether through class arbitration proceedings or otherwise. If any of these conditions shall be deemed invalid, void, or for any reason unenforceable by any court of law having the jurisdiction to decide on this matter, that condition shall be deemed severable and will not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining condition.

SITE RULES

GENERAL RULES AND THOUGHTS
  • We think that replies should always be on topic. We encourage and welcome debate, even if it's fervent, because we know how much you care about this stuff -- we care about it, too! However, your comments should be reasonably polite and wherever possible, lighthearted. Making personal attacks against other members, moderators, or admin seriously degrades the community and quality of the discussion, and it won't be tolerated.
  • While we're fine with disagreements, we're not that crazy about being the battleground for epic fanboy wars. We want you to debate, but when that debate devolves into name calling and / or cyclical fanaticism (especially when you've moved way off topic), it's not a good use of anyone's brainpower. Also, if you've come to SlingshotForum.com for the expressed purpose of whipping people into a frenzy (or whipping yourself into a frenzy), don't expect to stick around very long. It's easy to spot the folks who want to have a healthy debate and the folks who just want to troll.
  • On that note, we encourage our members to reach out to us personally and report other members who seem to be acting inhuman.... Together, we believe we can improve the quality of posts on this site. We are aware of the fact that any system like ours can be gamed -- and we're aware of the fact that people actually do things like make multiple profiles and argue with themselves simply to cause problems. Just be aware we'll delete and ban you for that, too!
  • Post deletion: There are many reasons your post might be deleted, but here are some of the most common ones. Spamming of any type, be it human or robot-generated, is always deleted. Trolling is also unacceptable -- we recognize that a lot of you trolls don't even realize that you're trolls, but believe us -- you are. We'll delete your posts if we feel they're disruptive or annoying. We also delete posts that are racist, sexist, overly obscene, or offensive in any way. We delete comments which are personal attacks -- whether directed at a moderator or another member. Finally, we reserve the right to delete any post at our discretion.
  • Banning: If you create a history of trolling or other offensive behavior, or you're simply a total jerk, we'll just ban your account. That means that your username, email, and potentially your IP address will be barred from our system, and you'll no longer be able to post.
  • You deleted my post. Isn't that censorship? No. SlingshotForum.com allows and encourages posts in order to further the discussion, engage our members, and to let interested parties have a good time (and maybe learn something)! These are not open forums where you can say whatever you please (visit http://off-topic.net if you would like to), and posting on SlingshotForum.com is not a right of law passed down to you in the Constitution. The moderating staff does not delete posts without good reason, but deletions are always at the discretion of the moderators. There are thousands of active posters on this site, and we try to keep the forums a fun, engaging experience for all of its readers.
  • There's a post that's offensive to me. What can I do about it? There's a "report" button on all posts which will alert our staff that the post has been flagged. We do look at all reported posts, and delete where we deem appropriate. Keep in mind, however, that we know who is reporting what posts, so think before you report -- you don't want to be on our watchlist for reporting a post for no reason at all, because that doesn't help anybody, does it?
AGE REQUIREMENT
By registering and/or viewing content on this site, you agree that you are exactly 13 years of age or older.

IMAGES & PORNOGRAPHY
Images and video posted on this site should be PG-13, both from a sexual and a violence perspective. What is and is not Pornography is a subjective judgment. Before posting any picture, ask yourself if it’s something you can see in a magazine you don’t have to be 18 years old to buy. If the picture would only appear in a magazine kept behind the counter, don’t post it. If you post pornography, in all probability, you will be banned from the board. Watermarked pictures (taken from a porn site with a reference to the porn site included in the picture) will be deleted. Do not LINK sites with the above subject matter. Topics which include revealing photographs must be accompanied by a "Warning: NSFW" (Not Safe For Work) warning in the title of the thread. Any images containing images of dead animals should include a "Warning: Hunting Images" warning in the title of the thread.

SIGNATURES
Signatures should not be larger then 200 pixels high. If you have 2 stacked images in your signature they must be 200px or less total. That is, the ENTIRE signature including all text and pictures must be no taller than 200 pixels! No scripts are allowed in signatures. Only registered vendors can have signatures containing commercial information. This includes links to their sites, ebay ads, for sale threads, etc.If someone has a Signature that does not conform to the stated rules, the Signature may be removed without warning.

ADVERTISING/SELLING
You must not use the general area of the forum for advertising. Any post that seems to have been made for advertising outside of the For Sale or Site Vendor sections will be deleted. If you make slingshots for the purpose of selling, and you post slingshots that you intend to sell in the general sections of the site, that is considered advertising. Paid Vendors may advertise in the Site Vendor's forum or in their own sub-forum. Members wanting to sell and/or buy slingshots and slingshot related items from other members may only post these items in the For Sale by Individuals section. Spamming members with Commercial PMs is also not allowed. If you would like to become a Site Vendor please go here to purchase a Vendor Package: http://slingshotforu...endor-packages/

You are responsible for the outcomes of your trades. We only provide a medium by which buyers (whether they be vendors or individuals) and sellers may communicate. The outcome of your trading activities is your responsibility, not that of Slingshot Forum. Our position is Caveat Emptor. The site and management shall not be responsible for ensuring the completion of trades to the satisfaction of both parties. We are likewise not responsible for trades done off-forum by members and third parties. However, we do care that our members and vendors are behaving honorably, both on and off the forum. Any complaints that are unresolved should be reported to the moderators by using the Report function on the site (PM/post where the trade was done). The complainant should state all relevant specifics and if possible furnish evidence of any claims. We are not empowered to mediate, but we will bring the complaint to the attention of the vendor. If the site owner at any time decides that a trader has gone rogue, then he may, at his absolute discretion, choose to take action to protect members.

Members may not post false or unsubstantiated attacks on forum vendors and individual sellers. We may take action against members that libel others. Non-specific allegations against all or an unspecified member of the Supporting Vendors constitutes an attack on the forum and members making such accusations will be asked to specify the details of the allegation and possibly to provide evidence or other substantiation in support thereof.

Links to other slingshot forums is not allowed unless expressly permitted by SlingshotForum.com administration.

POLITICS, RACE, GENDER, AND SEXUAL ORIENTATION
Discussion of these topics is acceptable when people remain civil. Everyone knows discussion of these topics requires respect for the sensitivities of others. Insulting members on the basis of political belief, sex, race, sexual orientation, or religion will draw immediate censure. This also applies to jokes on these subjects that could be found offensive. Frequent violations of this rule can lead to time-out or banning. This rule is liberally interpreted by the moderators, so be careful.

HIJACKING TOPICS
Do not hijack threads. Hijacking is rude and unacceptable. If you hijack a thread and find your post has been deleted, you have no need to wonder why.

FLAMING AND ARGUING
Please treat each other with respect. If someone asks a question you believe is “dumb” don’t post a sarcastic reply. We all have our moments and none of us was born an expert in physics, or any other subject for that matter. If you have a problem or disagreement with a particular member, please keep that discussion private (e.g. by PM, AIM, ICQ or email). If you feel that a particular member has crossed a line and you want some action taken, report the post to a moderator via PM. Please don't be a drama queen by posting petty grievances for the whole world to see.

SPAMMING
Anyone spamming this forum will be summarily banned. There will be no warning. No pyramid scheme crap and no "free i-pod" stuff... please. No writing scripts so you can make tons and tons of identical posts in a row. Tons of 3-word posts just to drive up your post count is obnoxious. It's somewhat alright in "Off-Topic" but it doesn't belong in any other forum.

BANNED MEMBERS
Those that were banned were banned for a reason. As such, do not post quotes from them, pictures of them, etc. While they may be let back on the site in the future, during their banishment they are to be considered persona non grata.

WRITING AND LEGIBILITY
Members are expected to use clearly legible English on this forum (with the exception of native language sub-forums), including correct grammar, recognizable spelling and punctuation, and appropriate uses of capitalization for names and at the beginnings of sentences. Leeway will be given to those who do not speak English as their native language.

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