GUIDELINES, RULES OF CONDUCT & POSTING POLICIES FOR PARTICIPATION IN THE HRP MAMAS MESSAGE BOARDS
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RULES OF CONDUCT FOR PARTICIPATION IN THE HRP MAMA MESSAGE BOARDS
The mission of HRP Mamas is to provide information, resources and to foster community amongst the mothers of Lower Manhattan. Our message boards are among the ways in which we promote our mission. In order to maintain a safe and enjoyable environment on our message boards, we expect members of our online community to observe the following rules of conduct. We reserve the right to moderate, suspend, or terminate participation in our online message boards and HRP Mamas, due to violations of these policies. We reserve the right to change our policies at any time.
- Treat all members of our online community with kindness, humanity and respect, both on our message boards and when contacting them offline.
- In your posts and emails, refrain from being rude or insulting, or from attacking or harshly criticizing anyone on a personal or direct level. Your posts should be civil, reasonable and compassionate. Attacking, aggressive posts are not acceptable.
- Post as if you were speaking to people in person and within the spirit of community, in a kind and respectful way. HRP Mamas, by design, is not an anonymous group.
- If you feel that you cannot be courteous and kind, you should not post.
- Differences of opinions are expected as we are a diverse group and healthy debate enriches our community. However, differences of opinion should be expressed respectfully and politely and should take issue with ideas, not individuals.
- Do not forward messages posted on the message boards to third parties or reproduce them in any other way.
- Do not include private emails from others in your posts to the message boards and be mindful of not violating the privacy of others.
- Be mindful of the diversity of race, age, ethnicity, income and sexual orientation reflected in our group. Be respectful of those who are different from you.
- Recommendations and reviews should be based on first-hand experience and have no personal or business conflict of interest.
- Familiarize yourself with our posting guidelines (see below)
- Comply with the HRP Mama Terms of Service (see below)
This document is not intended to be an all-inclusive description of the expectations of HRP Mamas community members; Members of our online community are expected to exercise good judgment and respect for the mission of HRP Mamas when utilizing the message boards.
Failure to adhere to the rules of conduct (in the sole determination of the Board of Directors of HRP Mamas),may result in (a) any applicable posts being subject to deletion from the message boards and/or (b) some or all of the applicable online community membership benefits (including, without limitation, full or partial access to the message boards) being subject to suspension or termination, or moderation, in any such case of the foregoing (a) or (b), in the sole discretion of the board of directors of the Hudson River Park Mothers Group.
The rules of conduct described herein are subject to change by the Board of Directors of The Hudson River Park Mothers Group and participants of our message boards are expected to adhere to the rules of conduct in effect at all times.
GUIDELINES FOR PARTICIPATION IN THE HRP MAMAS MESSAGE BOARDS:
Our message boards are a place through which HRP Mamas fosters community. On our message boards mothers may share information and extend support to one another. The HRP Mamas online community is intended as a place for resources, support, information, and solidarity. We do not allow commercial posts on any of our message boards.
Discussions on our Main Message board range in topic but generally center around themes related to motherhood, parenting, family life, child development & health, life in our neighborhood, and related family topics. We welcome discussions about news articles, current events, neighborhood issues, school issues, and anything else that affects our lives as mothers or that happens to be on our minds.
HRP Mamas asks members of our online community to interact politely and respectfully towards each other. We are a diverse group and because we do not allow anonymity we ask that participants use the board as if they were speaking face to face with someone. Please be respectful towards differences in parenting and mothering styles. If you find yourself in disagreement with something someone has posted, and feel the need to reply, please do so respectfully. Please familiarize yourself with our rules of conduct above.
It is important for each member of our online community to understand that they are solely responsible for the content of their messages. Please be considerate of not violating others privacy. Do not pass on rumors that may alarm people. Please try and post mainly about first hand experiences. Do not forward emails posted to our message board on to third parties without permission from the author (unless the email is obviously intended as something to pass around ie: available nanny, classified type post, etc.) .
When replying to posts on our message boards please consider whether you want to reply to the whole group or privately to that person before clicking the "send" button. By default our group is set up to reply to the whole group. Everything posted to our message boards is seen by the entire group. If you only want your message seen by a few people, e-mail them instead of using the message board. To email a poster privately just click on the "TO" drop down menu above the actual post.
GUIDELINES & SUGGESTIONS FOR USING MESSAGE BOARDS:
1- Familiarize yourself with our rules of conduct (see above)
2- Please help us foster community by remembering to sign your posts with your first name. Many members include their children's names and ages too as it's helpful info for those replying with relevant advice.
3- No business, commercial, promotional signatures or display names please!
4- Please respond to posts by thread
5 - Please create a new thread and clear subject lines for a new subject matter
6 - We do not allow commercial messages on our message boards. We enforce this policy rigorously in order to maintain the integrity of our message boards. Please be mindful of this. Please see our posting policy below for clear guidelines on what is considered a commercial post. No business, commercial, promotional signatures on your posts please!
7- In addition, we trust that members of our message boards will not distribute other members’ email addresses to any third parties or use emails acquired through participation in the group for commercial purposes . Those in violation of these policies will be subject to removal from our message boards ad such other actions as more fully described in our terms of service.
8- Please reply to the individual rather than the whole group if your response is specifically geared towards that person. Personal messages are more appropriate when sent directly and privately.
9- Please do not post chain letters, spam or advertisements
10- Refrain from using ALL CAPS
11- Information posted on the boards or on any of our sites should not be used as a substitute for medical care. If you have questions or concerns regarding your physical or mental health or the health of your child, please seek assistance from a qualified health care provider.
12- In order to be respectful of copyright laws, when sharing written material posted online (including articles, newsgroup and message board postings) please do so with a link and a few lines to serve as a description only.
13- Do not use the message boards for political purposes
14- If you decide to share a negative experience please do not use negative comments in the subject heading of your post. Others may reply with their positive experiences and the subject heading may not reflect this. Please write the name of the company and "my experience" in the subject line instead. Please remember that ownership responsibility of content lies with a posts' author. Each message board participant is responsible for the content of her posts.
REGARDING SHARING NEGATIVE REVIEWS :
In the spirit of community, we'd like to remind our message board participants that many of our local stores, businesses, and services are provided by our fellow neighborhood parents. Please consider voicing your dissatisfaction directly to the business owner rather than posting on our message boards. Also, please remember that each message board participant is responsible for the content of her posts.
MESSAGE BOARDS POSTING POLICY:
MAIN MESSAGE BOARD:
Please use the Main Message board for: All general discussions and questions - Frequent topics include but are not limited to: motherhood, children, parenting, community, school issues, news, beauty, health, lifestyle, and pretty much anything else that is on our minds as mothers, women, new yorkers, etc. PLEASE DO NOT POST CLASSIFIED TYPE POSTS ON THE MAIN MESSAGE BOARD. PLEASE READ BELOW TO SEE WHAT IS CONSIDERED A CLASSIFIED POST.
HRP Mamas DOES NOT ALLOW COMMERCIAL POSTS OR SOLICITATIONS OF ANY KIND ON ANY OF OUR MESSAGE BOARDS. The HRP Mama Message boards are not a professional or promotional networking tool.
HRP Mamas does not allow commercial posts or solicitations of any kind on our message boards (Main Message board, Classifieds, and sub-group/satellite groups boards). The HRP Mamas message boards are intended as a safe and high-quality online resource for mothers to get honest advice, unbiased first hand opinions, and support from other mothers. Our message boards are a venue for sharing experiences, engaging in active discussions, and exchanging information. The HRP Mamas Message boards are not a professional networking or promotional tool and may not be used to promote businesses, advertise, or otherwise benefit any business whatsoever.
Prohibited commercial posts include, without limitation:
- self-promotion ( If you own a business, website, sell products, or provide services of any kind you may not promote this even in response to a thread)
- requests for subjects or volunteers by journalists, writers, researchers or artists
- promotion or links for books, blogs, websites, new product launches, businesses, or similar events
- market research of any kind
- press releases
- group discounts, freebies, and coupons
- sales of services or products
- giveaways, raffles, and sample sales
- political messaging of any kind
- business or promotional display names or signatures (usually located at the bottom of posts coming directly to the message boards via email)
PLEASE NOTE: Participants of our message boards may not recommend their own business, website, blog, social media page, or service, via direct email or on the message board, even in response to a thread.
Regarding the use of HRP Mamas community member posts and personal information:
-Do not use email addresses acquired through our message boards for commercial, marketing, or self-promotional purposes.
-Do not email other members directly for commercial, marketing, self-promotional purposes.
-Do not use our message boards as lead generators, listing services, or to generate traffic for another website.
- Content on this group is not to be copied, reproduced or linked to without expressed permission of the author
Commercial posts that are sent to our message boards will be deleted or rejected from our archive and the authors will be notified privately of this action. We reserve the right to moderate, suspend, or terminate participation in the online message board, and HRP Mamas, due to violations of these policies. We reserve the right to change our policies at any time.
THE CLASSIFIEDS MESSAGE BOARD:
The Classifieds message board was created as a forum for off topic classified type messages. Please use the Classifieds board for the following:
TRANSACTIONS: Buying/selling/trading new and used items (if it's a transaction, it belongs on the classifieds)
EMPLOYMENT: looking for/referring household services (household help, childcare, in search of nannies, recommendations for nannies, sitters, etc.)
REAL ESTATE: looking for apartments & houses or selling/renting/subletting your own real estate (Not to be used by brokers)
GIVE AWAYS: Giving away items or similar offers
NO COMMERCIAL POSTS ARE ALLOWED ON THE CLASSIFIEDS BOARD OR ANY OTHER MESSAGE BOARD ADMINISTERED BY HRP Mamas.
FAQ REGARDING THE HRP MAMAS COMMERCIAL POST POLICY:
1- Why do you have a policy regarding commercial posts?
We strongly believe, and it's our experience in almost 10 years of managing and moderating these wonderful message boards, that our online community thrives in an environment that is free of commercial motivations and conflicts. Keeping our message boards free of commercial interests helps us stay true to our mission. Participants of our message boards are seeking unbiased information, first hand recommendations, and heartfelt advice through our message boards. We have found that business owners recommending their own services in a thread stunts dialogue. It's the online equivalent of an awkward silence and prevents an open discussion of the pros/cons of the various options available.
2- Has HRP Mamas always had a policy regarding commercial posts?
Since the HRP Mama message boards began in 2004, we've had a strict non-commercial post policy. This is in keeping with what other similar online parenting groups such as ours also do.
3 - I have received an email from a local business and I don't understand how I got on that businesses email list. Does HRP Mamas share my contact information with other businesses?
No, HRP Mamas will NEVER share your email address or other contact info with third parties. We do not sell our mailing list. It is strictly against HRP Mamas policy for participants of our platform to use email addresses acquired through participation in our message boards for commercial purposes. We reserve the right to moderate, suspend, or terminate participation in our online message boards and HRP Mamas, due to violations of these policies. If you feel you have received unwanted spam please inform us so that we may look into the matter.
4- Can I post about a community event or fundraiser that is taking place in the neighborhood?
Yes! Please feel free to send us info about local community related non-profit events (loft tours, public school fundraisers, Taste of Tribeca, park days and park fundraisers, religious events, farmers markets, charity, museum events, etc). We are always happy to help our fellow community groups and organizations promote their events through our dedicated email blasts, please email email@example.com . Creating and reinforcing community is what we are all about, please let us know about the events and fundraisers you care about. If you are unsure if your event qualifies as a community non profit one, please email us to discuss further. Furthermore, we would love to hear from you if you have a philanthropic or educational cause you care deeply about. We are happy to co-sponsor select charity events, drives, and awareness campaigns. We are thrilled to be currently helping several public schools, museums, the community board, and charities create awareness about their work and events.
5- Can I pass along info about a sale, a discount coupon, or group discount to the message boards?
No, this qualifies as a commercial post.
6- I own a business, provide a service, sell a product that I think would be helpful to mamas, can i post about this on the message boards? Can I email members of the message boards individually about it?
No, you may not use the message boards to advertise your own business, service, blog, website, product and you may not use emails acquired through participation in our platform to email people privately to advertise your business, service, or product. This includes businesses owned by your partners, spouses, and families.
7- Can I recommend my own business, service, blog, website, or product in response to another message board member's post or query?
No, you may not recommend your own business, even in response to a thread and you may not use emails acquired through participation in our platform to email people privately to advertise your business, service, product..
8 - If I read a post on the message boards that contains a comment or an opinion about my business , service, product, website or blog, can I reply to that post?
No. We want message board participants to feel free to share their experiences and opinions. Our message board is not the place to promote, discuss, or defend your business.
9- I own a practice, sell a product, offer a service, how can I advertise this on the HRP Mamas message boards?
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Please note: HRP Mamas does not offer advertising to: web-based platforms such as apps, online media, blogs, subscription based services, sites that require sign-up to be viewed, social media, social networks, professional networks, sites that serve as a gateway for or feature 3rd party advertising or providers, event based companies, marketing and PR companies or businesses that serve as an agency for 3rd party providers.
This document is not intended to be an all-inclusive description of applicable exclusions. The Hudson River Park Mothers Group reserves the right to change its policies at any time.
10- Can I recommend my friend's business in response to another post or query?
Yes, you may, but please disclose your connection to the person you are recommending in your response and please only post recommendations if they are truly based on a 1st hand positive experience.
11- How do I let the group know about my friend's business, service, or product? I know a business that wants to offer a discount via HRP Mamas , who can I direct them to?
HRP Mamas offers sponsorship opportunities to qualified local businesses who share a commitment to our mission. Information about our sponsors is sent out through our email blast system and never through our message boards. Sponsorship revenue helps support HRP Mamas. Please ask interested businesses to email email@example.com for more info.
12 - I know of a great service provider, business, product and want to pass that info along. Is that an unsolicited commercial post?
Please do share your knowledge and recommendations but do so only in response to actual recent threads and queries. 1st hand unbiased recommendations based on actual experiences are most welcome! Unsolicited recommendations will be deleted or rejected from our message board archive.
13- I am a journalist, writer, artist and I'm looking for people to interview, research, paint, photograph, can I post my query?
Please email your query to : firstname.lastname@example.org .
14 - Ok, I understand that commercial posts are not allowed on any of the HRP Mamas message boards, so what kind of posts are OK on the classifieds board? And which ones don't belong on the Main Message board?
We created the classifieds board to separate transaction based and household /childcare referral posts from our main message board. Our Main message board is topic oriented and the place for discussions, questions and interesting threads relevant to our lives as mamas. The Classifieds board is where you post anything that is transaction based as well as referrals or requests for household /childcare help. Specifically, here is what you can post on the classifieds:
TRANSACTIONS: Buying/selling/trading new and used items (if it's a transaction, it belongs on the classifieds)
EMPLOYMENT: looking for/referring any household help, childcare, sitters, tutors, (household help, childcare, in search of nannies, recommendations for nannies, etc.)
REAL ESTATE: looking for/selling/renting/subletting real estate (no brokers - no posts for friends)
GIVE AWAYS: Giving away items or similar offers
15- I am a journalist. Can I post a post on the message board with a link to a recent article I've written that I think would be useful?
If you are a journalist and have written an article that you feel is relevant to our message board topics please feel free to let us know so that we may review it for possible submission by emailing: email@example.com .
16- I am thinking of starting a business, or I have a family member, friend or acquaintance who is thinking of doing so, can I poll the group or do market research on the message boards?
No, this falls within the realm of using the message boards for commercial purposes (market research) and is not permitted on the HRP Mamas platform.
17- Can I organize an event for HRP Mamas community members that includes an outside instructor, etc?
Yes! You may organize a private event on your subgroup and split the cost for an instructor (where there is one). Past examples include: mom & baby yoga class, baby massage classes, language classes and cooking classes. Events similar to these where an instructor is being hired for an educational event are welcome. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org prior to posting about the event to make sure it meets our criteria for an educational event. Events that center on the sale of products are not welcome and considered commercial events.
18 - I am a consultant for a multi level marketing company, can I organize recruiting or sales events and post about these on the HRP Mamas message boards?
No. Multi level marketing is a commercial enterprise and as such both recruiting and sales based events are not allowed per our commercial post policy.
Guidelines for Journalists, Bloggers, Researchers, and Artists
Please read the restrictions below on replicating or paraphrasing HRP Mamas posts on blogs, websites and other media, and on appropriate ways HRP Mamas can support you as a journalist, artist, researcher or writer.
HRP Mamas attempts in all ways possible to provide a safe space for its message board participants to discuss relevant and often sensitive issues. As such, we ask that you please follow these basic principles:
- Forwarding or reproducing a post from the message board or follow-up email exchanges, to/on other media, without the expressed approval of the author, violates the HRP Mamas terms of service, and may result in termination of membership to the HRP Mamas online community.
- As you read the message boards, please keep in mind that mamas are choosing to share their thoughts, questions, and experiences with fellow mamas. They are not posting to provide journalists / bloggers fodder for their articles/blogs. If we allowed the message board to be used in such a way, many mamas would not feel safe posting openly.
Thank you for helping us maintain the integrity of the HRP Mama message boards!
The Hudson River Park Mother’s Group (HRPMG) Terms of Service Agreement (2017):
1. Introduction to HRPMG
HRPMG does not sell its mailing list nor does it distribute subscriber email addresses to third parties. It is against our group policy for any user of our message boards to use email addresses acquired through participation in the HRPMG platform for commercial purposes.
HRPMG will from time to time send emails containing information from our corporate sponsors. These emails will always come directly from a direct HRPMG email address to your inbox, or in the case of certain select local non profits or community organizations also on the Main message board from the Community Events listing editor. Any information that You provide to any corporate sponsor of HRPMG is done so at your own risk and HRPMG makes no representations and warranties as to the services provided by any corporate sponsor through the HRPMG website.
Our Platform provides our users with a variety of resources to facilitate organizing of playgroups and social events, in addition to our online network, Any and all Playgroups and social events organized by users of the HRPMG platform are run by HRPMG subscribers and are not HRPMG events.
You agree to comply with all applicable domestic and international laws, statutes, ordinances and regulations regarding your use of our Platform, including without limitation your participation in or involvement with HRPMG meetings and your submission of acceptable Public Information (as defined in ("Your Information"). You also agree to comply with all applicable laws, statutes, ordinances and regulations regarding the transmission of technical data exported from the United States or the country in which you reside.
4. Subscription to HRPMG
4.1 Eligibility. (a) Our Platform is available to mothers of a child or children born in 2003 or later who reside in Lower Manhattan. Our Platform is not available to any temporarily or indefinitely suspended HRPMG users. All applicants must be referred by a current or past approved message board community member . In the event that a prospective applicant does not have a reference, but satisfies all other eligibility criteria, our coordinators will be in contact upon receipt of your completed application with further instructions to schedule a verification meeting.
(b) We have the right, in our sole discretion, to suspend or terminate your use of our Platform and refuse any and all current or future use of all or any portion of our Platform. Subscriptions to our message boards are non-transferable and non-refundable in whole or in part.
4.2 Password and Security. When you complete our registration process you will create a user identification for the HRPMG website and a user identification and password for Yahoo! that will enable you to access our Platform. You agree to maintain the confidentiality of your password, and are fully responsible for all liability and damages resulting from your failure to maintain that confidentiality and all activities that occur through the use of your password. You agree to immediately notify us of any unauthorized use of your password or any other breach of security. You agree that HRPMG cannot and will not be liable for any loss or damage arising from your failure to comply with this Section 3.2.
5. Fees and Payments
5.1 General. Subscription to the HRPMG platform which grants access to our website, message boards and use of selected features of our Platform is Fifty Five ($55.00) Dollars per year. Your annual subscription supports the mission of HRPMG: to foster community, provide support, and to connect mothers in Lower Manhattan to one another through various means.
We may, in our sole discretion, and by notifying you on our website or message boards, add, remove or change the features and services we offer or the annual subscription fees or other fees (including the amount or the type of fees) we charge at any time. If we introduce a new service, we will establish and notify you of the fees for that service at the launch of the service. If we notify you of new fees or change the fees for an existing service, you agree to pay all fees and charges specified and all applicable taxes for your continued use of the applicable service. We are not responsible for any charges or expenses you incur resulting from being billed by us in accordance with these Terms of Service (e.g., overdrawn accounts, exceeding account limits, etc.). Annual Subscription fees and other fees are non-refundable.
5.2 Group Fees; ORGANIZERS ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT RECEIPT OF ANY FEE FROM ANY THIRD PARTY IS A THIRD PARTY TRANSACTION BETWEEN YOU AND SUCH THIRD PARTY, AND THAT YOU BEAR ALL RISK IN CONNECTION WITH YOUR THIRD PARTY TRANSACTIONS. If you believe that any accounting by a Third Party is in error, you must contact such other Third Party, and not HRPMG, to seek resolution. Your correspondence or business dealings with any Third Party, and any other terms, conditions, warranties or representations associated with such dealings, are solely between you and such Third Party.
5.3 Consent to Disclosure. You acknowledge and agree that HRPMG may disclose Your Information (as defined in Section 4) if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such disclosure is reasonably necessary to:(a) comply with a current judicial proceeding, a court order or legal process served on us or our website, (b) enforce this Agreement, (c) respond to claims that Your Information violates the rights of third parties; (d) protect the rights, property or personal safety of HRPMG, its employees, users and the public; or (e) enable the transfer or sale to another entity of all or substantially all of our stock or assets in the line of business to which this Agreement relates, or upon any other corporate reorganization, subject to the promises made in this Agreement. We also may disclose any information about you to law enforcement or other government officials as we, in our sole discretion, believe necessary or appropriate, in connection with an investigation of fraud, intellectual property infringements, or other activity that is illegal or that we believe may expose us or you to legal liability.
6. Use of Platform
6.1 Control. You, and not HRPMG, are entirely responsible for all of your Public Information that you upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available via our Platform. We do not control your Public Information or the Public Information of or posted by other users and do not guarantee the accuracy, integrity or quality of Your Information or the Information of or posted by other users. Nor do we endorse any opinions expressed by you or other users. You understand that by using our Platform, you may be exposed to information that is offensive, indecent or objectionable. We do not have any obligation to monitor, nor do we take responsibility for, Your Information, Public Information or information of or posted by other users. You agree that under no circumstances will HRPMG, its directors, officers, , employees, consultants, agents, advisers, affiliates, subsidiaries or its third-party partners be liable in any way for any information, including, but not limited to, for any errors or omissions in Your Information or the Information of or posted by other users, or for any loss or damage of any kind incurred as a result of the use of Your Information or Information of or posted by other users posted, emailed, transmitted or otherwise made available in connection with our Platform, or for any failure to correct or remove information.
6.2 Grounds for Removal, Sanction and/or Suspension. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Agreement, and without limiting our rights and sole discretion pursuant to Section 4.1(b) hereof, the following types of actions are cause for immediate removal, repeal and/or suspension or termination of your account and your subscription:
(a) The use of our Platform to (including, without limitation, eligibility requirements):
• (i) harm or intimidate another person in any way, including restricting or inhibiting any other user from using our Platform;
• (ii) impersonate any person or entity (including HRPMG, HRPMG staff or other subscribers), or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with any person, through the use of similar email addresses, nicknames, or creation of false account(s) or any other method or device;
• (iii) disguise the origin of any Public Information that is transmitted to any third party;
• (iv) "stalk" or otherwise harass another;
• (v) advertise merchandise, auctions, services, businesses, commercial websites, social networks, social media, etc. including offers to trade or charitable solicitations unrelated to the topic or spirit of HRPMG;
• (vi) resell Public Information or access to Public Information; Or use emails acquired via participation in any commercil, promotional manner.
• (vii) collect or store personal data about other users;
(b) Posting any Public Information or other material:
• (i) that is unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, tortious, defamatory, intimidating, vulgar, obscene, profane, libelous, invasive of another's privacy (including the posting of private emails or contact information about another individual), hateful, or racially, ethically or otherwise objectionable, including any Public Information or other material that may be considered hate speech;
• (ii) that is obscene, pornographic or adult in nature;
• (iii) that you do not have a right to make available under any law or under contractual or fiduciary relationships;
• (iv) that infringes any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright or other proprietary rights of any party or rights of publicity or privacy;
• (v) that is unsolicited or unauthorized advertising, promotional materials, or any other form of solicitation (including, but not limited to, "spam," "junk mail," and "chain letters");
• (vi) that is inappropriate, posted in bad faith, or contrary to the spirit of any HRPMG Group; or
• (vii) that uses the Platform primarily as a lead generator or listing service for another website; as a vehicle for market research, as promotion for a 3rd party business, or in any other commercial or promotional manner. The HRP Mamas platform may not be used to publicize 3rd party social networks, online forums, blogs, social media pages, or events related to online media of any kind, in any manner
(c) Encouraging others to violate this Agreement;
(d) Refusing to follow HRPMG staff instruction or direction; and /or refusing to follow the HRPMG rules of conduct and posting policies which are copied below.
(e) Violation (intentional or unintentional) of this Agreement, or of any applicable local, state, national or international law, statute, ordinance or regulation;
(f) Disclose the Private Information of any subscriber of HRPMG or without the permission of that subscriber; or
(g) Transmit money to HRPMG or any Organizer through financial accounts that are stolen, fraudulent or otherwise unauthorized.
Also, your posting of other inappropriate actions, Public Information or other materials may also warrant removal and/or suspension from our website. HRPMG reserves the right to remove any post or other material without warning or further notice.
While we prohibit such conduct and content, you understand and agree that you nonetheless may be exposed to such conduct or content and that you use the Platform and attend HRPMG meetings and events at your own risk.
For purposes of this Agreement, "posting" includes uploading, posting, emailing, transmitting or otherwise making available. Without limiting the foregoing, HRPMG and its designees shall have the right to remove any Public Information or other material that violates this Agreement or is otherwise objectionable.
6.3 Interference with Platform.
You agree that you will not:
(a) upload, post, email, or otherwise transmit any computer routines, files or programs designed to interrupt, destroy or limit the functionality of any computer software or hardware or telecommunications equipment;
(c) take any action that imposes an unreasonable or disproportionately large load on our infrastructure; or
(d) copy, reproduce, alter, modify, or publicly display any information displayed on our website (except for Your Information), or create derivative works from our website (other than from Your Information), to the extent that such action(s) would constitute copyright infringement or otherwise violate the intellectual property rights of HRPMG or any other third party, except with the prior written consent of HRPMG or the appropriate third party.
6.4 General Practices Regarding Use of Platform. You acknowledge and agree that we and Yahoo! may establish general practices and limits concerning the use of the Platforms. You agree that we have no responsibility or liability for the storage or the deletion of, or the failure to store or delete any of Your Information. You acknowledge that we reserve the right to log off users who are inactive for an extended period of time. In addition, you acknowledge that we reserve the right to change these general practices and limits at any time, in our sole discretion, with or without notice.
7. Meetings at Venues
7.1 HRPMG Group Meetings. Through our Platform we provide tools that enable our users to arrange physical meetings (a "Group Meeting") at venues that include, but are not limited to, public parks, private homes or private enterprises (such as coffee shops or retail stores). We do not supervise these Group Meetings and are not involved in any way with the actions of any individuals at these Group Meetings. As a result, we have no control over the identity or actions of the individuals who are present at these Group Meetings, and we request that our users exercise caution and good judgment when attending these Group Meetings.
7.2 Release. Because we do not supervise or control the Group Meetings or interactions among or between users of the HRPMG platform and other persons or companies, and because we are not involved in any way with physical transportation to or from Group Meetings or with the actions of any individuals at Group Meetings, and because we do not control any third party payment processing companies, and because we cannot guarantee the true identity, age, nationality of Platform users, and because we have very limited control, if any, over the quality, safety, morality, legality, truthfulness or accuracy of various aspects of the Platform you agree that you bear all risk and you agree to release us (and our officers, directors, agents, employees, affiliates, subsidiaries, and third party partners) and Organizers and their designees from claims, demands, and damages (actual and consequential) of every kind and nature, known and unknown, suspected and unsuspected, disclosed and undisclosed, now and in the future, arising out of or in any way connected with your use of the Platform, your Third Party Transactions, our resolution of any disputes among users, and/or your transportation to or from, attendance at, or the actions of you or other persons at, a HRPMG Group Meeting. You further waive any and all rights and benefits otherwise conferred by any statutory or non-statutory law of any jurisdiction that would purport to limit the scope of a release or waiver.
8. Communications from HRPMG and Users of the HRPMG Community
8.1 HRPMG Communications. You understand that certain communications, such as HRPMG service announcements and newsletters, as well as offers from sponsors or promotions relevant and beneficial to you or your HRPMG Group or, are part of our Platform. By using our Platform, you expressly agree to receive such communications from HRPMG.
8.2 Role of Organizer. You understand that the Organizer of a Group in which you participate has the right, in his or her sole discretion, to temporarily suspend, indefinitely suspend or terminate your access in his or her HRPMG event, to charge fees in connection with access to his or her HRPMG Group, and to temporarily or permanently remove any content or information that you have posted in connection with such HRPMG Group. Please be aware that an Organizer is: (a) not HRPMG representative or agent, and therefore an Organizer may not enter into contractual relations or obligations on HRPMG behalf; (b) not entitled to enter into contractual relations or obligations on behalf of specific Group users unless expressly agreed by those Group users; and (c) acting independently, and therefore no contractual relationship or obligation arises between an Organizer or an individual Group user unless otherwise agreed.
8.3 Other Users. We do not control the information provided by other users, which is made available through our system. You may find other users' information to be offensive, harmful, inaccurate or deceptive. Please use caution and common sense when using our website. Please note there is a risk that you may be dealing with underage persons or people acting under false pretense.
We may provide, or third parties may provide, links to other websites or resources. Because we have no control over such websites or resources, you acknowledge and agree that we are not responsible for the availability of such websites or resources, and do not endorse and are not responsible or liable for any content, advertising, products, or other materials on or available from such websites or resources. You also acknowledge and agree that HRPMG shall not be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with the use of or reliance on any such content, goods or services available on or through any such websites or resource.
11. Dealings with Marketing Partners and Third Parties
Your correspondence or business dealings with, or participation in promotions of, marketing partners or other third parties found on our website or through our Platform, including payment and delivery of related goods or services, and any other terms, conditions, warranties or representations associated with such dealings, are solely between you and such marketing partner or other third party. You agree that HRPMG shall not be responsible or liable for any loss or damage of any sort incurred as the result of any such dealings or as the result of the presence of such marketing partners or other third parties on our website or located through the use of our Platform.
You agree to indemnify and hold us and our officers, directors, agents, employees, consultants, affiliates, subsidiaries and third-party partners harmless from any claim or demand, including reasonable attorneys' fees, made by any third party due to or arising out of your breach of your representations and warranties or this Agreement or the documents it incorporates by reference, your use of our Platform, Your Information, your violation of any law, statute, ordinance or regulation or the rights of a third party, or your participation as an Organizer or in HRPMG Meetings(whether the claim or demand is due to or arising out of your transportation to or from, attendance at, or the actions of you or other users at HRPMG Gatherings). Without limiting the foregoing, you, as an Organizer, agree to indemnify and hold us and our officers, directors, agents, employees, consultants, affiliates, subsidiaries and third-party partners harmless from any claim or demand, including reasonable attorneys' fees, made by any HRPMG Group third party due to or arising out of your actions as an Organizer, including your use of money paid to you by participants in your HRPMG Group
13. Warranties; Liability
13.1 Disclaimer of Warranties. Your use of our Platform and the Yahoo! platform is at your sole risk. Our Platform is provided to you "as is" and on an "as available" basis. We specifically disclaim all warranties and conditions of any kind, whether express, implied or statutory, including but not limited to the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose and non-infringement. We disclaim any warranties regarding the security, reliability, timeliness, and performance of our Platform. We disclaim any warranties for any information or advice obtained through our Platform. We disclaim any warranties for services or goods received through or advertised on our Platform or received through any links provided by our Platform, as well as for any information or advice received through any links provided through our Platform.
In addition, no advice or information (oral or written) obtained by you from us shall create any warranty.
You understand and agree that you download or otherwise obtain material or data through the use of our Platform at your own discretion and risk and that you will be solely responsible for any damages to your computer system or loss of data that results from the download of such material or data.
13.2 Limitation of Liability. You agree that in no event shall HRPMG be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, consequential or exemplary damages, including but not limited to, damages for loss of profits, goodwill, use, data or other intangible losses (even if HRPMG has been advised of the possibility of such damages), arising out of or in connection with our Platform or this Agreement or the inability to use our Platform (however arising, including negligence), arising out of or in connection with Third Party Transactions or arising out of or in connection with your use of our Platform or transportation to or from HRPMG Group Meetings, attendance at HRPMG Group Meetings, participation in or exclusion from HRPMG Groups and the actions of you or others at HRPMG Group Meetings. Our liability to you or any third parties in any circumstance is limited to the greater of (a) the amount of fees, if any, you pay to us in the twelve (12) months prior to the action giving rise to liability, and (b) $100.
13.3 Exclusions. Some jurisdictions do not allow the exclusion or limitation of certain warranties or of incidental or consequential damages. Accordingly, some of the limitations in this Section 11 may not apply to you.
14. Dispute Resolution
Dispute Resolution By HRPMG for the Benefit of Users. We may try to help HRPMG subscribers resolve disputes. We do so in our sole discretion, and we have no obligation to try to resolve disputes between users. To the extent we attempt to resolve disputes, we will do so in good faith based solely on the general rules and standards of the Platform, and we will not make judgments regarding legal issues or claims.
We reserve the right at any time or times to modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, all or any portion of our Platform with or without notice. You agree that we shall not be liable to you or to any third party for any modification, suspension or termination of our Platform. HRP Mamas may, among other things, in its sole discretion, for any reason, and without notice to members, withdraw, limit, modify or cancel any terms or conditions of membership, including any benefits, discounts or perks associated with the HRP Mamas perks program.
16. Termination; Breach
You agree that we, in our sole discretion, may issue a warning, temporarily suspend, indefinitely suspend, remove content or information you have posted, or terminate your account or your status as a particular organizer of playgroups or social events, or your ability to use all or any portion of our Platform, for any reason, including, without limitation, (a) for lack of use, (b) if we believe that you have violated or acted inconsistently with the letter or spirit of this Agreement or the documents or agreements it incorporates by reference, (c) if we are unable to verify or authenticate any information you provide to us, or (d) if we believe that your actions may cause legal liability for you, our users or us. You agree that any termination of your account or access to all or any portion of the Platform under any provision of this Agreement may be effected without prior notice, and acknowledge and agree that we may immediately deactivate or delete your account and all related information and files in your account and/or bar any further access to such files or our Platform. You also agree that we shall not be liable to you or any third party for any termination of your use of or access to all or any portion of the Platform. Termination or suspension of your use of our Platform will not result in refunds of subscription fees paid, if any, and you will forfeit the remaining period of your paid subscription, if any.
17. Trademarks; Copyrights; Proprietary Rights
17.1 HRPMG Trademarks. HRPMG trademarks and service marks, and other HRPMG logos, products and service names, are trademarks of HRPMG (the "HRPMG Trademarks"). Except as otherwise permitted by law, you agree not to display or use in any manner the HRPMG Trademarks without HRPMG prior written consent.
17.2 Copyrights and Trademarks of Others. HRPMG respects the intellectual property of others, and we ask our users to do the same. To the extent HRPMG uses a trademark that is the property of a third party, HRPMG shall provide clear notice to anyone viewing HRPMG use of that trademark that (a) HRPMG does not own the trademark and that the trademark is the property of a third party, (b) HRPMG has no affiliation, connection or association with that third party, and (c) if applicable, that third party has not approved or sponsored HRPMG use of the trademark in any way. We may, in appropriate circumstances and in our discretion, remove, or disable access to, material that infringes on the rights of others, and terminate access to our Platform to those who may be repeat infringers. If you believe that your work has been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, or your intellectual property rights have been otherwise violated, please provide our Copyright Agent the following information: 1.an electronic or physical signature of the person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright or other intellectual property interest; 2.a description of the copyrighted work or other intellectual property that you claim has been infringed; 3.a description of where the material that you claim is infringing is located on the site; 4.your address, telephone number, and email address; 5.a statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; 6.a statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that the above information in your Notice is accurate and that you are the copyright or intellectual property owner or authorized to act on the copyright or intellectual property owner's behalf.
17.3 Proprietary Rights. You acknowledge and agree that our Platform contains proprietary and confidential information that is protected by applicable intellectual property and other laws. You also acknowledge and agree that content contained in sponsor announcements or information presented to you through our Platform or advertisers is protected by copyrights, trademarks, service marks, patents or other proprietary rights and laws. Except as consented to by HRPMG or advertisers in writing, you agree not to modify, rent, lease, loan, sell, distribute or create derivative works based on our Platform, in whole or in part.
18. No Resale
You agree not to reproduce, duplicate, copy, sell, resell or exploit for any commercial purposes, any portion of HRPMG Platform, use of the Platform, or access to the Platform for any sales of goods or services, or promotion of a company, good, or service unrelated to the topic or spirit or HRPMG.
19. Additional Terms
19.1 Entire Agreement. This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between you and HRPMG, superseding any prior agreements between you and HRPMG. To the extent that you have previously registered with HRPMG and provided Your Information, this Agreement now governs how HRPMG may use Your Information, whether provided in the past or the future.
19.3 No Agency. No agency, partnership, joint venture, employee-employer or franchiser-franchisee relationship between you and HRPMG is intended or created by this Agreement.
19.4 Governing Law. Except as expressly provided in this Section, (a) this Agreement and the relationship between you and HRPMG shall be governed by the laws of the State of New York without regard to its conflict of laws provisions, as such laws are applied to agreements entered into and to be performed entirely within New York between New York residents, and (b) you and HRPMG agree to submit to the personal and exclusive jurisdiction of the courts located within the State of New York.
19.5 Assignment. You agree that this Agreement, all rights herein, and all incorporated agreements may be automatically assigned by HRPMG in our sole discretion, to one or more third parties in the event of a merger, acquisition, corporate reorganization, sale of all or substantially all of HRPMG's assets, or similar transaction.
19.6 No Guarantee. We do not guarantee continuous, uninterrupted or secure access to our Platform, and operation of our website may be interfered with by numerous factors outside of our control.
19.7 No Waiver. HRPMG’s failure to exercise or enforce any right or provision of this Agreement shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision and does not waive our right to act with respect to subsequent or similar breaches.
19.8 Severance. If any provision of this Agreement is found to be invalid by a court of competent jurisdiction, you and HRPMG nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision, and that the other provisions of this Agreement will remain in full force and effect.
19.9 Survival. Sections (Fees Assessed by Organizers; Payments to Organizers), (HRPMG Group Fees; New Group Activation Fee) (License), (Interference with Platform) (Release) (Indemnity), (Warrants; Liabilities) (Dispute Resolution) and (Governing Law) shall survive any termination or expiration of this Agreement.
19.10 Limitation. You and HRPMG each agree that regardless of any statute or law to the contrary, any claim or cause of action arising out of or related to the use of our Platform or this Agreement must be filed within one (1) year after the claim or cause of action arose or be forever barred.
19.11 Titles. The section titles in this Agreement are for convenience only and have no legal or contractual effect.
By indicating during registration that you have read and agreed to this Agreement, you are agreeing that you have read and understand this Agreement and agree to all of the terms of this Agreement