Terms and Conditions Update
The ATS Terms & Conditions have been updated here:
Terms & Conditions
This update is a reformat and simplification of the previous version, shown below.
Terms and Conditions of use of the AboveTopSecret.com and BelowTopSecret Message Board(s)
Your use of the message board(s) (and inclusive forums) and any other public discussion medium hosted on this domain indicates your acceptance of the
following Terms and Conditions of Use
of the AboveTopSecret.com, Politics.AboveTopSecret, ATSNN.com, and BelowTopSecret.com websites Message
Board(s). These terms and conditions are subject to change without warning, so please review them regularly.
Please remember that the open and real-time nature of these forums makes it impossible for AboveTopSecret.com LLP to vouch for the validity of any
content posted. As such, we are not responsible for any messages posted nor the consequences of following any advice offered within forum posts. The
views expressed in the posts you will find in these forums belong solely to their respective authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of
AboveTopSecret.com LLP, our advertisers or affiliates. If you find any posts in these forums to be offensive or objectionable, please contact
administration or the moderators with the address of the post. If we determine that removal of a post or posts is necessary, we will make reasonable
efforts to do so in a timely manner.
Posts, U2U's, PODcasts, or Blog entrees that violate these terms and conditions are subject to action which may include edits, deletion, and/or a
review of your account status (possible banning) in serious offenses.
By using these domains, you agree to the following:
You will not post any material that is knowingly false, misleading, or inaccurate.
You will not behave in an abusive and/or hateful manner, and will not harass, threaten, nor attack anyone.
You will not post links to images or use avatars and signatures that are offensive, abusive, distruptive and/or hateful. You will not use
avatars or link to images hosted on domains that contain pornography or illegal content.
You will not use profanity in our forums, and will neither post with language or content that is obscene, sexually oriented, or sexually
suggestive nor link to sites that contain such content. Images of or links to gratuitous gore and/or mutilation are strictly forbidden. This applies
to material posted to collaborative fiction and member short story forums. You will also not select usernames that contain profanity.
You will not to impersonate any person or entity, forge headers or otherwise manipulate identifiers in order to disguise the origin of any
posting, nor collect or store personal data about other users.
You will not post in a message any copyrighted material, material belonging to another person, nor link to any copyrighted material (with
the exception of publicly available sites and pages that the legal owners of the copyrights have created to make that material freely available to the
general public), unless that copyright is owned by you or by this website. You will not cross-post content from other discussion boards (unless you
receive advance permission from AboveTopSecret.com LLP). You will not post-by-proxy the material of banned members or other individuals who are not
members, but have written a response to content within a thread on these forums.
You will not copy material from these discussion forums to post on other websites or quote in offline research in a manner that does not
comply with the ATS Creative Commons Licences
that specifies the author's member name as
a member of AboveTopSecret.com, includes AboveTopSecret.com, LLP and the member as owners of the content, provides the title of the thread, and a full
URL to the board thread.
This is not a personal publishing forum. You will not post long material (over 500 words) that pre-exists on the Internet without prior
permission of AboveTopSecret.com LLP.
You will not advertise or promote other discussion boards, chat systems, online communities or other websites on ATS within posts, avatars
or signatures without prior written permission from AboveTopSecret.com LLP. Your will not choose a username that is the same as website domain,
subdomain, or URL for which you are associated. You will not use ATS to bash other boards or engage in so-called "board wars". As AboveTopSecret.com
is provided as a free service because of our advertising, you agree not to use "ad-blocking" options or software while using our website.
You will not use these Forums for the purposes of sharing or distributing viruses, licenses, registration information, software keys,
"cracks," or other information designed to do harm to or allow unlawful access to any computer hardware, software, networks, or any other systems.
You will not post advertisements, chain letters, pyramid schemes, or solicitations, all of which are inappropriate and prohibited by this
website. You will not, furthermore, collect personal information about forum members for the purpose of sending them any such advertisements, chain
letters, pyramid schemes, or solicitations through other means (email, messaging programs, etc.).
You agree not to cultivate the membership of these domains for the sending of private messages (board U2U or e-mail) for the purposes of
marketing, mass mailing, offline meet-ups, or recruitment for other groups (offline or online) such as activist groups or other online discussion
board websites. You will not also seek to rally the membership of these domains for any cause without prior written permission from the site owner.
You will not post messages that are clearly outside of the stated topic of any forums nor disrupt a forum by deliberately posting repeated
irrelevant messages or copies of identical messages (also known as "flooding"). You will also not create threads or post messages announcing your
departure from the board unless approved by one of the Partners or an Administrator. You will not create multiple user accounts and "talk to
yourself". Additionally, you will not engaged in an organized collaboration with other members to disrupt thread topics or interrupt the flow of
normal collaborative discussion.
You will not attempt to access any protected sections of the message board, nor make use of any hacks, cracks, bug exploits, etc. to
bypass or modify the features of the forum software or to obtain information beyond the allowed features of your account status.
You will, if asked by myself or a moderator, cease posting any content, and/or links to content, deemed offensive, objectionable, or in
poor taste by the representatives of the message board.
Discussion of illegal activities such as drug use, drug paraphernalia, hacking, etc. are strictly forbidden.
17.) ATTENTION MARKETERS:
You will not engage in efforts of viral or "stealth marketing" on these discussion boards without prior approval of
AboveTopSecret.com, LLP. If marketing activity for the promotion of any other commercial entity outside of these boards is discovered you agree that
you are responsible for paying AboveTopSecret.com, LLP $2.00 US for each "thread view" of the thread(s) in which your marketing messages are
. Your acceptance of these Terms & Conditions for joining these discussion boards signifies your approval of these payment terms.
At all times, you remain solely responsible for anything found within your posts and agree to indemnify and hold AboveTopSecret.com LLP,
harmless from any claim or demand, including reasonable attorneys' fees, made by any third party due to or arising out of any material you submit,
post to or transmit through the message board, your use of the message board, your connection to the message board, your violation of these terms and
conditions , or your violation of the rights of another.
By posting on this message board, you relinquish all exclusive copyright privileges to the material you post and you grant me
non-exclusive rights to publish your posts in perpetuity under our ATS Creative Commons
. AboveTopSecret.com LLP has the authority to decide to display your postings or not, and modify your posts to remove offensive material,
vulgar comments, or insults at our discretion.
This website does not and cannot review all of the content of every message posted and does not accept responsibility for the contents of
any messages. We reserve the right to delete any message and/or restrict posting rights on the message board for any reason whatsoever. Should you
continue to post messages that violate the rules of the message board, your account may be terminated, your access to the message board may be banned,
and your service provider(s) may be contacted about your behavior. Furthermore, AboveTopSecret.com LLP expressly reserves the rights under the law to
take any other actions deemed necessary.
AboveTopSecret.com LLP also reserves the right to disclose personal information when required by law or in the good-faith belief that such
action is necessary to conform to the law or comply with a legal process served on AboveTopSecret.com LLP, protect and defend the rights or property
of the AboveTopSecret.com LLP domains, or visitors to these domains, identify persons who may be violating the law, the legal notice, or the rights of
third parties, and cooperate with the investigations of purported unlawful activities.
Violation of any aspect of the Terms and Conditions of use are subject to our
Actions for general abuse and violations. Or, in extreme cases, immediate
banning of your username and IP from the domains. In all disputes, the decisions of one of the Partners or administrative staff are final.
Lastly, and most important, this is a privately owned discussion board community. The administration and senior moderator staff reserve the
right to take action against any member who is deemed to be devoted purely to disruption or whose actions represent behavior contrary to community
building. This action may include complete banning of your username and IP address.
Simon Gray - Webmaster, Founder and Managing Partner of AboveTopSecret.com LLP
SkepticOverlord, Partner, AboveTopSecret.com, LLP
Springer, Partner, AboveTopSecret.com, LLP
(These terms and conditions are subject to change without notice. Please refer to them often to stay up-to-date with our current board
General Rules for Participation In Games/Promotions Where Prizes Are Offered
Rules and regulations are subject to change without notice during the course of games, promotions, sweepstakes or other events. Please refer to this
page often to be aware of current participation rules and guidelines.
The AboveTopSecret.com games and events featuring prize giveaways are open to all participants of all ages. Void where prohibited by region
or age limitations.
Participants must be 13-years old or older as of the awarding of a prize in any online promotion or event sponsored by
Participants are not eligible for prize awards from AboveTopSecret.com more than once in a 12-month (calendar year) period. If an
individual is awarded a second prize through normal game-play activity within a 12-month period, the prize will be circulated back into the game or
Staff members and family of staff members (moderators, super moderators, administrators, and any other user of the staff-only forum) are
prohibited from participating.
No purchase or membership registration necessary.
Internet connection is required.
AboveTopSecret.com assumes no liability or responsibility for the guarantee of server uptime, Internet connection, natural disasters, or
other events that may disrupt the timely and regular access to the AboveTopSecret.com website(s) for participation in the collection of The
AboveTopSecret.com event clues, hints, rules, and other related and important information.
Actual value of prizes are estimated in U.S. Dollar currency and may not reflect actual retail value.
Any member discovered mimicking actual game clues, came personalities, or any other aspect of any Game, Promotion, Sweepstakes or other
prize-offering event who are not authorized to do so will face immediate ejection from all access to the AboveTopSecret.com domains and forfeit any
and all game prizes that have been awared but not yet shipped.
If any improprieties are discovered associated with the claiming for any prize, which may include but is not limited to unauthorized
server access, IP spoofing, banned member access, or other events deemed by the event judges to be inappropriate actions by places, the event judges
may return a ring prize to game play that was awarded under suspect conditions.
Any member deemed by staff to be involved in, or condoning the act of "hacking" to obtain clues or other advantage in the game will be
banned from ATS. No clues or information will be offered which require hacking activity, or hacking-simulations of any type.
AboveTopSecret.com does not guarantee the availability of randomly discovered prizes nor will not be involved in any dispute between
parties claiming first discovery.
[edit on 12-6-2005 by Springer]