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Manifold User Community Use Agreement

Revised 09 July 2016

This Manifold User Community Use Agreement (the "Agreement") provides important information about your use of Manifold Community sites, the georeference.org site and any other forums or online communities (the "Site" or "site") provided on the manifold.net or georeference.org or related domains or by any companies or individuals serving, maintaining, managing, administering, funding, controlling or operating the manifold.net or georeference.org or related domains or by any of their officers, directors, shareholders, parents, agents, contractors, joint ventures, affiliates, subsidiaries, licensors, owners and employees (hereafter "Manifold"). You should read it, understand it, and consider printing a reference copy as you use the Site.

You must be at least 16 years old to post to the Site. If you are over 16 years old but have not yet reached the age of majority, you must have your parent or guardian’s permissions to post to the Site. If you are under 18 years old, never reveal any personal information.

Acceptance of Terms through Use

By using this site in any way, such as, by way of example and not limitation, visiting, viewing, reading, searching or contributing content, you signify your agreement to all terms, conditions, and notices contained or referenced herein (the "Terms of Use"). If you do not agree to these Terms of Use please do not use this site. We reserve the right, at our discretion, to update or revise these Terms of Use at any time and without notice. Please check the Terms periodically for changes. Your continued use of this site following the posting of any changes to the Terms of Use constitutes acceptance of those changes.

Agreement to Rules of User Conduct

Your Responsibilities: You agree to abide by Manifold's Rules of User Conduct, including but not limited to, agreeing not to use this site for any unlawful purpose. By posting information on or otherwise using this site, you agree that you will not upload, post, or otherwise distribute or facilitate distribution of any content -- including text, communications, software, images, sounds, data, or other content or information -- that:

You further agree that you will not knowingly post, solicit or collect personal information from a minor (anyone under 18 years old). Personal information includes but is not limited to name, address, phone number or name of their school.

You also agree that you will not harvest or collect or use information about the users or members of this site for any purpose, such as, by way of example and not limitation, for the purpose of transmitting or facilitating transmission of unsolicited bulk electronic e-mail or communications.

This Site is a Venue

This site serves as a venue through which users can discuss, ask questions, share, and learn from each other. Because we are a venue, in the event that you have a dispute with one or more users, you release Manifold (and our officers, directors, agents, subsidiaries, contractors, joint ventures, shareholders, parents, affiliates, licensors, owners and employees) from claims, demands and damages (actual and consequential) of every kind and nature, known and unknown, suspected and unsuspected, disclosed and undisclosed, arising out of or in any way connected with such disputes.

Information, opinions and other content posted on this site are solely those of the member posting such content and are in no way validated, nor endorsed by Manifold (this includes content posted by our administrators, moderators, employees and other Manifold Forums staff). Manifold is under no obligation to pre-screen, monitor, or edit the content posted by users of this site, and Manifold assumes no responsibility or liability arising from content provided by any user (including liability for any error, defamation, libel, slander, omission, falsehood, obscenity, pornography, profanity, danger, or inaccuracy). Notwithstanding the foregoing, Manifold and its agents have the right at their sole discretion to remove any content that, in Manifold's sole discretion, does not comply with the Rules of User Conduct or is otherwise harmful, objectionable, or inaccurate.

Any user who feels that posted content is objectionable is encouraged to contact a site administrator via a private email sent to the posted email address for site administration. Manifold is not responsible for any failure or delay in removing such content. In any event, Manifold makes no warranty to you that it will edit, remove, or continue to permit the display of any specific content, whether or not subject to such allegations, and Manifold will have no liability whatsoever for editing, removing, or continuing to permit the display of any content whatsoever.

Use of Content

For content you post or otherwise provide to Manifold via this site, you grant Manifold permission to

This Agreement contains important protections, such as disclaimers of liability and warranties, that must be preserved. No person may use the content on this site except by visiting this site or by linking to this site in a manner that maintains notice of and agreement to this Agreement. Content from this site may not be reprinted, republished, combined with other volumes, harvested or otherwise utilized outside of viewing on this site, except that technical advice, snippets of code and other technical content may be used provided such use is in agreement with indemnity, limitation of liability, disclaimer of warranty and other provisions of this Agreement. By way of example and not limitation, you may not collect the contributions on this site into a book you will sell, but you may utilize snippets of SQL contributed in threads in your own work so long as the disclaimer of warranties and other provisions are observed (don't sue anybody if the SQL doesn't work), and you may cite a thread in your blog via a URL to this site.

Disclaimer of Warranty

THIS SITE IS PROVIDED TO YOU "AS IS" AND "AS AVAILABLE" WITH NO WARRANTY. TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, MANIFOLD DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, NON-INFRINGEMENT, TITLE, ACCURACY, OR THE IMPLIED CONDITION OF SATISFACTORY QUALITY AND IMPLIED WARRANTIES ARISING FROM COURSE OF DEALING OR COURSE OF PERFORMANCE. MANIFOLD DOES NOT WARRANT, OR MAKE ANY REPRESENTATIONS THAT: (A) THE SITE WILL MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS; (B​​) THE SITE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED, TIMELY, SECURE, OR ERROR FREE; (C​​) THE RESULTS OR INFORMATION THAT MAY BE OBTAINED FROM USE OF THE WEB SITE WILL BE ACCURATE OR RELIABLE; (D) THE QUALITY OF ANY INFORMATION OR OTHER MATERIAL OBTAINED BY YOU THROUGH THE SITE WILL MEET YOUR EXPECTATIONS; OR (E) THE SITE OR MATERIAL ACCESSIBLE THROUGH THE SITE IS FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS. YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT IF YOU RELY ON ANY INFORMATION OR CONTENT ON THE SITE, YOU DO SO SOLELY AT YOUR OWN RISK. SOME STATES AND JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW LIMITATIONS ON HOW LONG AN IMPLIED WARRANTY LASTS, SO SOME OF THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. IF ANY OF THESE LIMITATIONS DO NOT APPLY TO YOU THEN YOU AGREE NOT TO USE THIS SITE.

Indemnity

You agree to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless Manifold, its officers, directors, shareholders, parents, agents, contractors, affiliates, subsidiaries, joint ventures, licensors, owners and employees, from any and all damages, costs, claims, losses, expenses, or liabilities arising from or related to any use you make of this site or to any actual or alleged violation by you of these Rules of User Conduct.

Limitation of Liability

IN NO EVENT WILL MANIFOLD OR ITS OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, SHAREHOLDERS, OWNERS, PARENTS, SUBSIDIARIES, AFFILIATES, JOINT VENTURES, EMPLOYEES, CONTRACTORS, LICENSORS OR AGENTS BE LIABLE FOR ANY INDIRECT, CONSEQUENTIAL, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF PROFITS, GOODWILL, USE, DATA, OR OTHER INTANGIBLE LOSS, WHETHER IN AN ACTION UNDER CONTRACT, TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE) OR OTHERWISE, ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO THESE RULES OF USER CONDUCT INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION: (A) YOUR USE OR INABILITY TO USE THE SITE; (B​) YOUR RELIANCE ON ANY CONTENT ON THE SITE; OR (C​) ANY CONTENT POSTED BY ANY USER ON THIS SITE; EVEN IF MANIFOLD OR ANY RELATED PARTY HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. IN NO EVENT WILL MANIFOLD'S LIABILITY TO YOU, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE), OR OTHERWISE, EXCEED $50. SOME STATES AND JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW FOR THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO THIS LIMITATION AND EXCLUSION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. IF THIS LIMITATION AND EXCLUSION DOES NOT APPLY TO YOU THEN YOU AGREE NOT TO USE THIS SITE.

Interference with the Site

If you fail to abide by these terms Manifold may remove any content you have posted without notice to you, and may place your user access to this site into temporary or permanent suspension of your ability to participate or subject to moderation or other controls. If after such such suspension you attempt to persist in posting Manifold may use all available means to enforce such suspension including termination of any licenses or services issued to you. If you post or send offensive or inappropriate content anywhere on or to the Site or otherwise engage in any disruptive behavior which Manifold considers in its sole and exclusive judgement to be serious and/or repeated, Manifold may use all available information about you to stop any further infringements, disruptions, interference or participation. This may include informing relevant third parties such as your employer, school, Internet service provider, or law enforcement authorities of the infringement. Manifold reserves the right to delete any content, or take action against any account, at any time, for any reason.

Jurisdiction

Except as provided herein, these terms and conditions are governed by the laws of Hong Kong including any conflicts of laws principles that may provide for the application of the laws of another state and each party hereby consents to exclusive jurisdiction of the courts located in Hong Kong.

Miscellaneous

These Rules of User Conduct express the complete understanding of the parties with respect to the subject matter hereof and supercedes all prior and contemporaneous communications and agreements, written or oral, regarding this site. If any provision of these Rules of User Conduct or portion thereof is held invalid or unenforceable, such provision or portion thereof shall be deemed severed, and the remainder of this Agreement shall remain in full force and effect. The failure by Manifold to insist upon or enforce strict performance of any provision of the Rules of User Conduct by you or others will not be construed as a waiver of any provision or right of Manifold. You may not assign or transfer these Rules of User Conduct or any rights hereunder, and any attempt to the contrary is void. The Rules of User Conduct will inure to the benefit of Manifold and its successors and assigns. Section headings used in this document are for convenience only and do not have any legal effect.

Termination

You agree that Manifold may, under certain circumstances and without prior notice, immediately terminate your access to this site. You agree that all terminations for cause shall be made in Manifold's sole discretion and that Manifold shall not be liable to you or any third-party for any termination of your access to this site. Cause for such termination shall include, but not be limited to,

Site Guidelines

This site may be moderated by both Manifold as well as by third party moderators such as agents or other users designated by Manifold, and we request that you please be respectful when interacting with our moderating team. Although the site is occasionally moderated by Manifold employees, it is intended only as a way for visitors to get answers from other visitors, and not to get answers from Manifold. Although Manifold employees MAY occasionally offer help or suggestions, when you post a problem or a request for help, it will most likely be other Manifold customers or users who respond however they choose at whatever level they are able, according to their own experience and level of technical expertise and personal interests.

The following rules provide baseline guidance, almost all of which is simple common sense and courtesy. Please observe all of the following rules:

Signature and Avatar Rules

Please note that these signature rules apply whether your signature images are uploaded to the site or linked from another web server.

Glossary

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