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The forum on Pearl-Guide.com is presented "as is" with no warranty of any kind expressed or implied. Pearl-Guide.com, its owners, moderators and administrators disclaim any and all implied warranties regarding this Web site and any information obtained from it. Pearl-Guide.com, its owners, moderators and administrators will not be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special or consequential damages arising out of or relating to any use of Pearl-Guide.com.
By using this forum you agree to not transmit, reproduce, distribute, publish or commercially exploit any information, communication or content accessed or received via Pearl-Guide.com, and agree to indemnify Pearl-Guide.com, its owners, moderators and administrators against all claims, damages, liability, costs and expenses, including but not limited to attorney fees relating to or arising from your use of Pearl-Guide.com.
Use of Pearl-Guide.com is limited to legal purposes. Pearl-Guide.com does not allow the publishing, posting, dissemination or distribution of any obscene, libelous, defamatory, or other unlawful information or material, including but not limited to copyrighted information and trademarks if express authorization is not granted by rights holder.
- Honest Identification and Disclosure
Pearl-Guide.com will not tolerate shills, or vendors posing as consumers. Any non-vendor members with affiliation or association to a particular vendor must disclose this relationship prior to publishing about or on behalf of a vendor.
Pearl-Guide.com does not allow the creation of multiple accounts with multiple user names. We consider this dishonest and in bad taste. The creation of multiple accounts without permission from Pearl-Guide.com, its owners, moderators or administrators may lead to banishment and deletion of member accounts.
Pearl-Guide.com has a strict policy regarding spam and will immediately terminate the account of any member believed to be posting or transmitting spam materials on the forum or directly to forum members.
Advertising is regarded as a form of spam. Posting information about a product or service that does not directly apply to an ongoing discussion or thread will lead to suspension and ultimately banishment of the offending member. No link dropping!
Soliciting a member or offering unsolicited recommendations via Pearl-Guide.com's private messaging service is considered a form of spam. Any member found using this system in such a manner is subject to immediate account termination.
Use of this forum is restricted to members age 13 and over, which is in compliance of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 2000.
- Sharing of Personal Experiences Both Good and Bad
All posts and threads on Pearl-Guide.com that are related to personal experiences with other members, non-members, vendors, trade associations and individuals must be written in a factual manner stating first-hand experience. Pearl-Guide.com is not a platform for personal vendettas or revenge. If Pearl-Guide.com, its owners, moderators and administrators feel a shared experience is not the actual experience of the poster, they reserve the right to edit or delete the post and ban the member.
In the event that a court of law were to find a post or communication from a member to be libelous or defamatory, the posting member could be held responsible for damages. According to the Communications Decency Act of 1996, section 230, “No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider”. Because Pearl-Guide.com does not actively censor member posts or investigate each post for accuracy, Pearl-Guide.com, its owners, moderators and administrators cannot be held legally responsible for any member posts whether libelous or defamatory. This act does not, however, protect the member responsible for the post.
Text and images that are not the property of the poster should not be posted on the forum without the consent of the owner. If a complaint regarding copyright is received by Pearl-Guide.com, its owners, moderators or administrators, the poster will be held solely responsible for the infringing materials and the posts will be removed.
Member signatures are located at the bottom of all posts and are allowed as well as encouraged. A link within a signature is not considered link dropping, however all vendors with links within their signatures are required to post a reciprocal link from their Web site.
Foul, vulgar and otherwise obscene language will not be tolerated on Pearl-Guide.com, nor will links to like objectionable materials.
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