Terms and Conditions

This page is a chapter in the book Site Matters and General Information.

[top]Creating an Account


[1] Members are REQUIRED to provide their real name (firstname lastname) as a username (eg: John Brown), a password, a valid email address and are entitled to only one account. Usernames must not contain swearing, sexual, or sexually suggestive wording, offensive words or any wording that could be taken to represent another person, or identity, including but not limited to usernames that could be construed as identity theft or misrepresentation. If the site Administrator or Moderators deem necessary, your username may be changed. You will be advised if this is to be done.

Members are REQUIRED to provide their real location in their profile, this being your home town/suburb/city AND state (eg: Adelaide, South Australia). This forms a part of our anti-spammer measures where your IP address will be matched against the location you've provided. Providing an inaccurate, incomplete or misleading location will lead to your account being banned.

If you have forgotten your account details, do not create a new account. Contact site administration via the contact us link at the bottom of the site pages. We will locate your account and provide you access information. The creation of a new/secondary account will see those accounts deleted. If you are found to be actively using multiple accounts they may be removed from membership (ALL accounts) without recourse.

Your username / password are your personal login details and must not be shared with other persons for them to access the site. Sharing access to the site by allowing a third party to use your username / password may result in you being banned from Feathers and Photos.

[top]No Spamming


[2] Spamming other members is not permitted, either publicly or via the Private Message/Email systems within the site. Spamming will result in a permanent ban from Feathers and Photos.

Feathers and Photos are a member of a world-wide, anti-spam network. By registering as a member of Feathers and Photos, you agree that if you place any spam on Feathers and Photos, any/all information recorded about you and stored in the site’s databases can be provided to the anti-spam network.

[top]Your Responsibilities


[3] All information that you disclose may become public information and caution should be exercised when deciding to share any of your personal information or discussing another person, website or organisation on the site. This includes providing your address, phone number or other personal information to another member. Please exercise caution. You are legally responsible for all content that you load to the site. The Administrator(s) reserve the right to access any/or all content that you transmit using the site, or that may be stored within the site and it's databases; this includes the private messaging system.

[4] Details of items regarding piracy or breach of copyright may neither be requested nor discussed. This relates specifically to requests for Piracy of Software, discussion or promotion of software piracy, or requesting/providing access to serial number generation software, but is not limited to these.

[top]Forum Interaction, Posting and Account Profile


[5] Threads are not permitted for promotion of sites similar to Feathers and Photos. Blatant, direct promotion of other photographic forums is not allowed. Comment or reference to another site as part of an ongoing discussion in a thread is permitted, provided that the thread or post is not blatantly promoting the other site and is in context with the thread topic and discussion. This also includes using the private messaging (PM) system to promote other sites.

Use of a 'member signature' that includes a link to another site, is acceptable, providing the site does not breach other Terms and Conditions of Feathers and Photos.

[6] Members should be treated with respect and courtesy. Members are requested not to insult or make personal attacks on other members. Remarks deemed to be libellous, defamatory, slanderous or offensive will be deleted, "Flame bait" postings, identical or similar repeat postings will also be deleted.

If you find yourself on the receiving end of an attack, please report it to the Site Administration/Moderators.

[7] Strong profanity/swearing is not acceptable, neither is excessive swearing in posts. Use of abbreviations or symbols that can be inferred to and/or represent strong swearing is not permitted. Posting any comment/post or answer that is: abusive, hateful, racist, bigoted, sexist, harassing, threatening, inflammatory, defamatory, knowingly false, vulgar, obscene, pornographic, promote/show illegal drug use or are overtly sexual are not allowed.

Remember that children may visit this website.

[8] Advertisements for goods, services, employment and commercial or private sale offers must not be included in forums or galleries. Any advertisements deemed to be of private sale or commercial advertising will be deleted.

[9] Your site 'signature' is for placing a link to your personal website, providing information about your camera gear, listing your re-work statement, or other general information. It is not to be used to place large text, photographs or images. Do not place your email address/messenger system email in your site signature. Advertising items for sale is not permitted in members signatures. Commercial signatures may only be used by authorised site advertisers.

[10] Files uploaded to Feathers and Photos must not:

a)violate any law, statute, ordinance or regulation (including without limitation those governing pornography, false advertising, deceptive practices, or copyright)

b)contain programming routines that are intended to damage, detrimentally interfere with, surreptitiously intercept or expropriate any system, data, or personal information.

[top]Image Posting


[11] Any photograph a member presents on Feathers and Photos, whether by uploading to the site or 'linking in' from elsewhere must be copyright owned by the member. Breaching copyright is a serious matter with legal implications and could result in an immediate and permanent ban from Feathers and Photos. Links directing members to other sites, where third-party owned item(s) are displayed, is allowed.

[12] Editing of images posted by other members on the Feathers and Photos website is only acceptable after first obtaining direct permission from the owner of the original image or if the member has set: Reposts: Yes, with details in their user profile.

[13] Use of large fonts is built into the site software, however, unnecessarily large fonts or typing blocks of text in all CAPITAL letters may be removed/edited by an administrator or moderators. Failure to abide by these restrictions could see your photographs/posts removed from threads.

[14] All registered members of Feathers and Photos are able to post images in the appropriate forums. When doing so please be sure to follow these simple rules:

a) Maximum image sizes:

Feathers and Photos have restrictions on photograph sizes presented on the site. These restrictions are 1200 pixels on the longest side in all areas of the site. kB file sizes are also set to 400kB for all forums. Linked photos must also adhere to these pixel sizes.

Attachments (images uploaded/hosted on Feathers and Photos)

* All images can be no bigger than 1200 pixels on the longest edge.
* All images can be no larger than 400kB.

Linked Images (images that are hosted off-site)

* Linked images can have any pixel dimensions, however they will be resized by our site software to display at 1200 pixels on the longest side. The resized image will be clickable to display the full size linked image up to a maximum of 1920 pixels.
* Linked images can be any file size but we ask you consider the bandwidth usage of other members and keep them to a reasonable size for speed of loading.

b) Maximum number of threads posted per day in the image (Photography) forums:

* Only two (2) new threads may be posted per person per day across all of the image (Photography) forums, with only one (1) thread per person per day allowed in the Australian Bird Images forum.

c) Maximum number of images per thread:

* In the image (Photography) forums all members are restricted to posting one (1) photo only in a thread. The later posting of re-edits or other supporting images is acceptable.
* In all other sections of the Feathers and Photos forums you are restricted to posting five (5) images in each post.

d) Required Information

* To make the Feathers and Photos as valuable and educational as possible we require the following information with each post in the image gallery forums. This will help the site to become a great catalogue of Australian Birds. The technical details will help people understand how an image has been created and again have much greater benefit as an educational tool.

1. Common Name
e.g. Sacred Kingfisher

2. Scientific Name
e.g. Sacred Kingfisher (Todiramphus sanctus)
These names should be as per IOC. Other taxonomical references are fine as long as the source is specified.

3. Date
Date is often interesting so that people can see what plumage stage/moult a species is in at a given time of year (shorebirds are a great example).

4. Location
We are not after GPS co-ordinates here (in fact we would refrain in the case of nest sites, especially of rarer species), just a general location to help add more scientific value to the site. Location can help people to know what subspecies or alert them to the bird being out of range.

5. Camera details
e.g. what camera & lens you have used plus other details such as tripod, hide etc; as well as EXIF data like Shutter Speed, Aperture, ISO.

6. Post Production
Please include any details of your workflow such as cropping, cloning, noise reduction - especially retouching.

e) Posting of captive images

* If you are posting images of captive birds please be sure to use the word *CAPTIVE* in your topic title. E.g. Sacred Kingfisher (Todiramphus sanctus) *CAPTIVE*

[top]Competitions


[15] Competitions run on the site are voted on by members in a Poll to determine the winner. The results of the Poll are final and no dispute over the results will be entered into. Our Competitions each have their own set of rules that must be abided by. Competition Rules are located in the relevant competition forum.

[top]Other


[16] To protect Feathers and Photos from legal action, any data transmitted using the site software may be scanned for content, captured and viewed by the administrator; this includes the private messaging system. Any member using the site for illegal purposes will/may be banned.

[17] Links or pointers to other websites and references to products and services offered by third parties are provided to you for convenience only and do not constitute an endorsement or approval by us of a) the organisations that operate such websites; b) the content, privacy policies or other terms of use on such websites; or c) such third party products and services.

We have no control or responsibility over websites or content maintained by other organisations, or for products and services offered by third parties, we do not assume any liability for your use of any of the foregoing, which use you acknowledge and agree shall be at your own risk.

[18] Requesting/Providing Financial, Medical or Legal Advice on Feathers and Photos:

Feathers and Photos is a website with broad topic coverage. However, when it comes to medical, financial and legal advice, it's always recommended to seek advice from a qualified professional, rather than asking about it on Feathers and Photos. As such, Feathers and Photos take no legal responsibility for posts seeking or providing Medical, Financial or Legal advice. Members use any advice provided via Feathers and Photos at their own risk. The site owner, moderators or members cannot be held liable for any Medical, Financial or Legal advice posted on the site.

[19] The Administrators and Moderators of Feathers and Photos cannot and do not review every single post, nor are we responsible for the content of any posted message. However, we reserve the right to edit, move, or delete any message whatsoever, which may be done with or without explanation.

If an administrator or moderator edits any post/thread, users are not to re-edit that post/thread and reverse, remove or change any edits done by the administrator or moderator.

Should you disagree with an Administrator or Moderator's decision regarding one of your posts, please contact that person or one of Admin/Mod team privately. Publicly challenging a staff member may result in banning, regardless of who is deemed right. For example: a moderator closes or removes your thread. Opening a new thread on the same topic or to insult or challenge the moderator may lead to you being banned.

Should an Administrator or Moderator contact you requesting changes in your posts, your signature, your posting style, or any other comments, you are expected to cooperate completely.

[20] Members must not behave in a way that could be construed as an attack on the site. This includes hacking the site via back-end or front-end, DOS (Denial of Service) attacks and similar criminal attacks.

[21] Under no circumstances will the owner(s) of the Feathers and Photos site, Administrators or Moderators be liable in any way for any content, or for any loss or damage of any kind incurred as a result of the use of any content posted, emailed, transmitted or made available in any other way via the website, by a member of Feathers and Photos.

[22] If you disagree with these terms and conditions, you are able to have your account deleted from the Feathers and Photos site, by contacting the Administrator.

[23] As these Site Terms and Conditions may change periodically, members should ensure they familiarise themselves with them from time to time.

For breaking any of the above rules you may be warned/banned appropriately!
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