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Registration Agreement

Welcome to the Brain and Spine Foundation forum! Before registering, you must agree to the following forum rules.

The House Rules are here to ensure that our message boards are a safe and informative place to be. The Brain and Spine Foundation reserve the right to delete any message at any time for any reason, in particular messages which are likely to cause offence to other people, may cause legal problems or reveal personal details which could endanger a person's safety.

Our message boards are a public forum and anything posted here has the potential to be viewed by a great number of people. It is extremely important not to include any personal information in message board postings (i.e. no names, email addresses, phone numbers, or home addresses).

You have the ability, as you register, to choose your username. We advise that you create an alias for yourself, so that your true name is not visible on any posted message. With this user account you are about to register, you agree to never give your password out to another person except an administrator, for your protection and for validity reasons. You also agree to NEVER use another person's account for any reason.  We also HIGHLY recommend you use a complex and unique password for your account, to prevent account theft.

After you register and login to this forum, you will be able to fill out a detailed profile. It is your responsibility to present clean and accurate information. Any information the forum owner or staff determines to be inaccurate or vulgar in nature will be removed, with or without prior notice. Appropriate sanctions may be applicable.

Please note that with each post, your IP address is recorded, in the event that you need to be banned from this forum or your ISP contacted. This will only happen in the event of a major violation of this agreement.

Also note that the software places a cookie, a text file containing bits of information (such as your username and password), in your browser's cache. This is ONLY used to keep you logged in/out. The software does not collect or send any other form of information to your computer.

Email addresses in posts are not allowed (the only exception to this rule is email addresses of the Brain and Spine Foundation). If someone wishes to contact you privately they can do this through your username and profile. Your email address will never be available to another person through the Brain and Spine Foundation unless you provide it to them.

Please refrain from mentioning details about individuals e.g.: health professionals, hospitals, family members etc. Please keep in mind that YOU CAN BE HELD LEGALLY LIABLE FOR WHAT YOU WRITE. For example, if you post defamatory comments about someone or a hospital, you may be held legally accountable for them.

You remain solely responsible for the content of your posted messages. Furthermore, you agree to indemnify and hold harmless the owners of this forum, any related websites to this forum, its staff, and its subsidiaries. The owners of this forum also reserve the right to reveal your identity (or any other related information collected on this service) in the event of a formal complaint or legal action arising from any situation caused by your use of this forum.

You should also refrain from inappropriate language on the message boards. You agree, through your use of this forum, that you will not post any material which is false, defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, vulgar, hateful, harassing, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, invasive of a person's privacy, adult material, or otherwise in violation of any International or United States Federal law. You also agree not to post any copyrighted material unless you own the copyright or you have written consent from the owner of the copyrighted material. Spam, flooding, advertisements, chain letters, pyramid schemes, and solicitations are also forbidden on this forum.

Please be patient, users of all ages and abilities may be contributing to the Brain and Spine Foundation message boards. It is an open forum so please respect others views and opinions even if you do not necessarily agree with them.

Copying and pasting copyrighted material in a post is not allowed. Information copyrighted or owned by any individual or entity other than the member should not be posted on the message board without the consent of the owner. You may not violate, plagiarise, or infringe on the rights of third parties including copyright, trademark, trade secret, privacy, personal, publicity, or proprietary rights. If such an event occurs, the individual posting the information shall be held solely responsible. The Brain and Spine Foundation will not be held responsible for member-posted information that may violate copyright law.

The use of the message boards for gathering information for non Brain and Spine Foundation surveys or research studies is not allowed without prior permission of the Brain and Spine Foundation.

People aged under 18:

The Brain and Spine Foundation adheres strictly to a child protection policy and will do our utmost to ensure that our message boards are a safe environment for children and young people to visit. If you would like to see a copy of our child protection policy please email info@brainandspine.org.uk

Moderators:

The Brain and Spine Foundation message boards are moderated by the helpline team which consist of neuroscience health professionals, and the website editor. They are able to correct and/or remove any inappropriate messages. Any complaints regarding the moderation of the Brain and Spine Foundation message boards should be emailed to the moderators at helpline@brainandspine.org.uk  The usernames of our moderators are:

web_editor
Brain and Spine nurses

Our message boards employ an open format and all posts will automatically appear. However, if a post disregards our terms and conditions the message will be deleted and the user may be banned.

Note that it is impossible for the staff or the owners of this forum to confirm the validity of posts. Please remember that we do not actively monitor the posted messages, and as such, are not responsible for the content contained within. We do not warrant the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information presented. The posted messages express the views of the author, and not necessarily the views of this forum, its staff, its subsidiaries, or this forum's owner. Anyone who feels that a posted message is objectionable is encouraged to notify an administrator or moderator of this forum immediately. The staff and the owner of this forum reserve the right to remove objectionable content, within a reasonable time frame, if they determine that removal is necessary. This is a manual process, however, please realize that they may not be able to remove or edit particular messages immediately. This policy applies to member profile information as well.

If you discover inappropriate postings, or if you become the subject of abusive postings from other Message Board users, please email the moderators helpline@brainandspine.org.uk  

If you fail to abide by these rules the moderators reserve the right to ban a user. This decision is final and no correspondence will be entered in to nor will the Brain and Spine Foundation be obliged to explain such a banning.

Privacy policy:

The Brain and Spine Foundation abide closely to the Data Protection Act 1998. The message boards can be used anonymously and therefore we do not collect any personal details about you unless you choose to complete the username registration process. Even then details can be limited to as little or as much as you wish. We will never share this information with a third party outside of the Brain and Spine Foundation. If you choose to follow a link from the Brain and Spine Foundation website to another organisation you are then subject to the rules and privacy laws of that site. If you have any questions about our privacy policy please contact us at info@brainandspine.org.uk