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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 BB or any entity associated with this BB. Any user who feels that a posted message is objectionable is encouraged to contact us immediately by email.

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You agree not to post any copyrighted material unless the copyrighted material is owned by you or you have the written permission from the copyright owner. We reserve the right to use any posted messages in other areas of our Web sites.

Although we do not and cannot review the messages posted and are not responsible for the content of any of these messages, we reserve the right to delete any message for any reason whatsoever.

You remain solely responsible for the content of your messages, and you agree to indemnify and hold piano.world.com harmless with respect to any claim based upon transmission of your message(s).

We reserve 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. If pianoworld.com is subpoenaed to reveal your identity and has a means of contacting you, we will make a reasonable attempt to notify of the subpoena so that you may have an opportunity to attempt to quash the subpoena.

Please also read Comments Concerning Defamatory Postings.

Comments Concerning Defamatory Postings:

The pianoworld.com web site has developed into a popular, communications medium for those who have an interest in pianos. It has become a place where interested parties may communicate on a variety of related subjects.

The proprietors have neither the time nor the inclination to monitor the large number of daily postings, nor to attempt to determine the truth or falsity of any posting. The proprietors have no legal obligation to do so.

The web site is akin to a community clubhouse, a street corner, a bar, a pool room, a college campus, etc., where people congregate to exchange views on various or particular subjects relating to pianos. The owner of the bar or the poolroom, who provides the forum, cannot be held liable for any defamation views expressed by any patron, nor is the owner obligated to determine the truth or falsity of any stated view.

Piano World strongly suggests that postings be factually true. Individuals who enter false, defamatory postings could be held legally responsible. Individuals who believe they have a legitimate complaint against a business are encouraged to take that complaint directly to the business.

Businesses which receive complaints or observe derogatory postings are encouraged to work them out with the individuals involved. Such businesses are certainly permitted to post opposing views.

Piano World has absolutely no legal responsibility for any posting, unless actually written by Piano World. The law is very clear in this area. The Communications Decency Act of 1996 and an ever increasing body of case law have with consistency held Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and bulletin board (BB) operators immune to defamation suits.

Typically the ISPs and BB operators have been released at the pleading stage, sometimes with attorney fees paid by the plaintiff.

In general ISPs and BB operators and in particular pianoworld.com have no legal obligation to try to determine the truth or falsity of any posting. Besides having no desire, they have no means or specific skills to do so. ISPs or BB operators would indeed be a poor vehicle for fact finding.

In essence Congress has chosen to treat ISPs and BB operators the same way the law treats libraries, news stands, book stores, and others with regard to defamation. They are not liable for defamation which is contained in their books, newspapers, or other publications.


Behavior on the Forum

Although we lively discussions and strong opinions are welcome, here are some guidelines:
Don't hijack threads. If you read something in a thread that makes you want to explore a different tangent, start another thread.

Stay on topic. Piano World is the place to discuss pianos, pianists, piano playing, piano music, ... - All Things Piano! The occasional off topic thread gives the forum a bit of spice but please conform to the following:
Mark your thread as off topic e.g., OT - what's the best device for listening to music
Do not start off topic threads on topics that are potentially controversial or inflammatory. Examples include: politics, religion, etc.
Be aware that forum moderators may choose to limit the number of off topic threads in a particular forum.

Repeatedly hijacking threads either to start a new topic or carry on a "side" (but public) conversation is not permitted and will result in a warning and possible suspension of access to the forum.

Discuss what has been said, not the person who said it. Feel free to disagree, even strongly, with something someone has said but note that they're as entitled to their opinion as you are and just because they don't share your opinion doesn't mean they're wrong or deserving of abuse.

If you feel someone is attacking you or a fellow forum member, resist the urge to wade in and do battle. Use the Notify button. It's the icon labeled "Notify" at the bottom of each post. This will give you the opportunity to say how you think the post is "out of bounds" and will send a notice to forum administrators. Note that if you choose to ignore this and respond on the forum, your posts and subsequent responses may be deleted. Repeated infractions will draw a warning and possible ban.
If you feel someone is using the forum improperly e.g., to post spam, advertising, etc., use the Notify button to report it.

Suspension from the forum

While it is our strong desire to allow conversations on the forum to continue freely, violation of the rules discussed here or any other behavior deemed by the moderating staff to be inconsistent with our desire to make Piano World a welcoming, friendly place may result in suspension or termination of your ability to access the forum.

In general, we try hard to be fair and not overly heavy handed. If you step out of bounds, you will more than likely receive a message from a moderator alerting you to that fact and warning you against future infractions. You should take that warning seriously. Subsequent misbehavior on your part will result in a suspension of your ability to access the forum. The duration of that suspension depends on the nature of the infraction. Note that although you will receive notice of suspension or termination from a single moderator, all suspensions or terminations of access are reviewed by the entire moderating team.



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1.) Piano Industry Pros -- Please READ THIS!
If you are or were associated with the piano industry, please click the above and read it thoroughly.

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By becoming a member, you gain the opportunity to post questions and/or contribute answers.
For many more reasons, please see this page...
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3.) What Is/Isn't Allowed?
We are a family-oriented web site. Please be careful what you post. Keep it clean, refrain from vulgarity or slander.

Do not be mean-spirited or decidely negative.
If you are or were in any way associated with the piano industry, please see #1 above.


ADVERTISING IS NOT ALLOWED!

Please do not use the forums to advertise or promote your business, services, or products.
(Mentioning your business in your signature is ok)

First, we do not want to subject our members and guests to unsolicited advertising,
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Professionals in piano related businesses, please also see this post:
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For more details about what you should/shouldn't post, please see this...
Be Careful What You Post! (includes information about possible legal action).


4.) Why Was I Banned From Posting?
If you suddenly find yourself banned from posting, there is a good chance you went over the line. If you really enjoy the forums and would like another chance, email us webmaster@pianoworld.com

Things that can get you banned...
Vulgarity, posting lewd pictures, using the forums to promote yourself or your business, slamming your competitors and/or competitive brands, constantly hijacking threads for your own purpose.
If your intention is any of the above, go somewhere else, you aren't welcomed here!
(See "What Is/Isn't Allowed" above for more details).

5.) Starting a New Topic
Enter the forum you want the new topic to be displayed in.
Click the "New Topic" button at the top of the page.
Enter a title, fill in your message, click "Add New Topic".

6.) Replying to a Thread
Fill in the Message box and click "Add Reply", or
if you want to use more of the features, click "Full Reply Form", fill in the Message box, and click "Add Reply".

7.) How Do I Post a Picture?
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http://www.pianoworld.com/ubb/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?/topic/1/7839.html
Please remember, Keep the size small, and remember, this is a family oriented web site.

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If you find a thread particularly helpful, please suggest it as a candidate for one of our FAQ forums Suggest a FAQ Candidate

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~ In Internet Explorer, click "Favorites", then click "Add to Favorites", next click "New Folder".
~ Name the folder something like "Favorite Piano Forums Threads".
~ Now, whenever you find a thread you like, simply click "Favorites", "Add to Favorites", and then click on your Piano Forums folder and say "OK".
~ Whenever you want to revisit any of your saved threads, you just go into your Piano Forums favorites folder and click the thread you want.

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