Forum Rules
General Rules

Forum Rules

Welcome to the Pradopoint Community Forums. Pradopoint is a community of people interested in four wheel driving, its associated activities and the Toyota Prado. We endeavour to make Pradopoint a safe and supportive, family friendly website where people respect each other, their opinions and support our members. If everyone adheres to the Rules, Pradopoint can then be the great resource and community it was intended to be. Pradopoint is managed by a team of Moderators who generously devote their time to making the website operate well. Please offer them the courtesy and resect they deserve.

By viewing, registering, posting or using the Pradopoint website in any way, including private messaging, communicating with the Moderator or Administration team in any way you hereby accept and agree to abide by these rules, the code of conduct and the terms of use. These rules apply to all functions and services offered by the Pradopoint website including but not limited to posts, threads, private messages, blogs, emails, calendars, usernames, groups, galleries, signatures, polls, graphics, photographs, videos and general membership information. We reserve the right to award infringement points to any member, to suspend or delete a membership account at our discretion. We reserve the right to co-operate with relevant law enforcement authorities.

This website is owned by Puremedia and operated by volunteer moderators. These Rules apply in addition to any other terms of use, rules or policies contained within the Pradopoint website. By submitting content to Pradopoint, including but not limited to posting on the forum, creating threads, private messaging, polls, blogs, graphics, photographs or videos, you grant to Puremedia an irrevocable, royalty-free, perpetual licence to use that content at its discretion in any form whatsoever anywhere in the world.

Please note you are also subject to the Pradopoint Code of Conduct.

Code of Conduct

The code of conduct is an overarching principle that applies to all areas of Pradopoint and how you interact with it and the other visitors and members of the website. The general rules of ‘netiquette’ apply on Pradopoint. In summary these include:

  • treat others as you would like to be treated,
  • don’t use CAPITALS when typing - it can be taken as shouting,
  • treat the opinions of others with respect,
  • don’t post if you are upset or angry - take some time out, then come back

In addition the points below are relevant to the forum:

  • Search the other threads and posts to see if your topic has already covered,
  • Use a meaningful title for your thread,
  • Stay on topic,
  • Ignore spammers or trolls; do not respond to them personally or through the board. Report them or their post to a moderator.
  • Use correct spelling, grammar and avoid slang unless you know the word or phrase will be understood by other members.
  • Do not double post (post the same message twice or more in across various threads).
  • Act in a give and take manner - help others as often as or more than you ask for help.
  • When replying to a post, do not quote more from the previous post than you have to.
  • Do not post new, unrelated problems on someone else's thread and interrupt a topic of discussion.
  • Do not use someone else’s thread for a private conversation.
  • Watch your sense of humour, posts may be read by people from a variety of backgrounds and ages.
  • Do not use a huge and annoying signature, a modest signature is fine.
  • Do not post any information that you want private. Posts should not contain personal, identifiable information or content embarrassing to others.
  • Do not post empty or useless responses, such as just ”lol” or ”cool.” Only post responses when you have something meaningful to contribute.
  • Write concisely and do not ramble.
  • Do not use words like ”urgent” or ”important” in your subject line, be patient.
  • Do not chastise newbies. You were one once.

 

The Rules

Breaches of these ‘rules’, the ‘code of conduct’ or ‘terms of use’ may result in a warning being issued or infraction points being awarded. For detailed information about the infraction system, please see the information below.

Membership

Free memberships to Pradopoint are granted on the basis that you accept and abide by the ‘rules’, the ‘code of conduct’ and ‘terms of use’. Pradopoint is a privately owned forum and there is no right to membership.

Single Membership

You may hold only one active Pradopoint account. Fake accounts will be removed.

Account Safety

Account details (login and password) must be kept safe and secure. You must not allow others to access or use your account.

Financial Memberships

Free memberships may be enhanced by opting to upgrade to a Financial Membership. These memberships are automatically renewed on an annual basis and are handled by the automated system and charged via Paypal. Financial memberships do not provide any waivers or exceptions to the ‘rules’, the ‘code of conduct’ or ‘terms of use’ of Pradopoint.

If your account is suspended, banned or otherwise you may lose access to the benefits included in your financial membership. No refunds will be offered for financial memberships.

It is solely your responsibility to terminate the renewal of a financial membership by logging into your Paypal account and amending the recurring subscription.

Deleting Memberships

Membership accounts including posts & threads will not be deleted or removed by request. By granting the licence mentioned above we reserve the right to retain the content. Pradopoint’s essence is that of a threaded, conversational website. In order for threads to make sense for future viewers posts must remain in place.

Infraction System

Where a breach or the ‘rules’, the ‘code of conduct’ or ‘terms of use’ occurs a member may be awarded infraction points. If a member is awarded 10 infraction points in any 6 month period, the member’s account will be banned. There are two levels of infraction points. Minor infractions are awarded one (1) point and serious infractions are awarded three (3) points.

 

Thread & Post Topics

Threads and posts are to be created within the appropriate section / sub-section of each forum. There are a number of topics that create nothing more than work for our moderator and administrator team. Topics related to the list below are prohibited and will be removed and result in infraction points being awarded. These include:

  • negativity of the infraction system, these rules, terms of use or code of conduct,
  • banned users & moderator decisions,
  • threads questioning infraction decisions

Defamation

Legally we are required to remove threads and posts that are defamatory. While a defence to defamation is the truth, we are not at liberty to make that decision. Please consider what you post before you submit it.

Trolling & Flaming

Posts and threads that fall within this category will be edited or removed and result in infraction points being awarded. Trolling may be defined as deliberately attempting to ‘get a rise’ out of someone and does nothing positive for the community. Members should not reply to any message of this nature publicly and should report the post to the moderation team.

Re-posting Private Messages / Emails

You must not post the content of a private message or email without the express permission of the author.

 

Advertising & Trading

As the Pradopoint community has grown, an avenue for advertising has emerged to this niche interest area. In the past, some suppliers and members have taken advantage of our community for personal gain. These Advertising & Trading Rules are now in force and apply retrospectively. To discuss advertising opportunities on Pradopoint email [email protected]

Trading within Pradopoint

Trading outside of the For Sale section is prohibited. This includes using private messaging. If you have more than one item to sell (ie. you wish to sell items you are fabricating, manufacturing or importing) you must establish a commercial membership with Pradopoint. For more information contact [email protected]

For Sale Section

You may post a message in the For Sale forum only if:

  • you are a current member, and
  • you have posted to the forum more than 15 times, and
  • you have been a member for more than 3 months, and
  • the item for sale is a single item, or
  • a collection of single items

Forum Signatures

You may not directly or indirectly advertise products for sale in your forum signature whether by private messaging, email, links to external websites, phone or otherwise.

Links, Phone Numbers & Email Addresses

You may add links, phone numbers or email addresses to your posts or blog that are relevant to your topic only if:

  • you have no personal or business affiliation with the website being linked to, phone number or email address and
  • there is personally or financially no benefit to you or to any person or business you know derived from the link phone number or email address.

You may add a link to your profile (homepage link). This link may be:

  • personal in nature, or
  • commercial in nature.

You may add links, phone numbers or email address to your signature only if:

  • it is personal in nature, or
  • you have express permission from the owner of Pradopoint.

Forum Usernames

Usernames must not contain any form of advertising including:

  • phone numbers, or
  • email addresses, or
  • website urls

Group Buy Forum

All group buy type threads are to be located within the Group Buy forum. You may add a post to the Group Buy forum only if you have express permission from the owner of Pradopoint.

Advertising in threads

Advertising in threads is prohibited unless:

  • you have no personal or business affiliation with the advertisement or offer, and
  • there is personally or financially no benefit to you or to any person or business you know derived from the advertisement or offer, or
  • you have express permission from the owner of Pradopoint.

 

Moderators & Moderation

Pradopoint is maintained by a group of moderators that generously donate their time to the community. Moderating a popular website is not a simple task and they do their best to promote the underlying principles of Pradopoint as outlined above.

A moderators role is to keep topics on track, clean up any spam or trolling comments, help with the general running of the forum and to award infraction points where required.

Please respect them as they are people just like you.

Any abuse or threat to the moderator or administration team whether direct or implied will result in permanent banning of a members account and may be referred to the relevant law enforcement agency.

If you believe you have been subject to an unfair award of infraction points or a ban you may email [email protected]

 

Terms of Use

1 Acceptance of Terms

1.1 Your access to and use of Pradopoint ("the Website") and any Services referred to in Clause 2, is subject to these Terms and Conditions. You will not use the Website/Services for any purpose that is unlawful or prohibited by these Terms and Conditions, Rules or Code of Conduct.

By using the Website/Services you are fully accepting the terms, conditions and disclaimers contained in this notice. If you do not accept these Terms and Conditions, Rules or Code of Conduct you must immediately stop using the Website/Services.

1.2 We reserve the right to update or amend these Terms and Conditions, Rules or Code of Conduct at any time and your continued use of the Website/Services following any changes shall be deemed to be your acceptance of such change. It is therefore your responsibility to check them regularly for any changes.

2 The Services

The Website may provide communication tools such as email, bulletin boards, chat areas, news groups, forums and/or other message or communication facilities ("the Services") designed to enable you to communicate with others. Unless stated otherwise the Services are for your personal and non-commercial use only.

3 Child Supervision

We are concerned about the safety and privacy of our users, particularly children. Parents who wish to allow their children access to and use of the Website/Services should supervise such access and use. By allowing your child access to the Services you are allowing your child access to all of the Services, including email, bulletin boards, chat areas, news groups, forums and/or other message or communication facilities. It is therefore your responsibility to determine which Services are appropriate for your child. Always use caution when revealing personally identifiable information about yourself or your children via any of the Services.

4 Privacy Policy

We are committed to responsible data management and subscribe to the principals of the data protection legislation in Australia. We are committed to maintaining the privacy of our users and maintaining the security of any personal information received from you. If you register for any of the Services you will be asked to provide basic personal information.

4.1 We use a technology called "cookies" as part of our normal business procedure to track patterns of behaviour of visitors to the Website. A cookie is an element of data that the Website sends to your browser that is then stored on your system. You can set your browser to prevent this happening. Any information collected in this way can be used to identify you unless you change your browser settings.

5 User account, password & security

If a particular Service requires you to open an account you will be required to complete the registration process by providing certain information and registering a username and password for use with that Service. You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of the username and password and also for all activities which take place under your account. You agree to immediately notify us of any unauthorised use of your password or account or any other breach of security. In no event will Pradopoint be liable for any indirect or consequential loss or damage whatsoever resulting from the disclosure of your username and/or password. You may not use another person’s account at any time.

6 Acceptable use

6.1 You acknowledge that all information, text, graphics, logos, photographs, images, moving images, sound, illustrations and other materials ("the Content"), whether posted publicly or transmitted privately, are the sole responsibility of the person from whom such Content originated. We do not control or endorse the Content and cannot guarantee the accuracy, integrity or quality of such Content and you acknowledge that by using the Services you may be exposed to Content that is offensive and/or indecent.

Pradopoint, it’s moderators, administrators and owners will not be liable in any way for any Content or for any loss or damage of any kind resulting from the use of any Content transmitted via the Services and you agree to bear all risks associated with the use of any Content, including any reliance on the accuracy or completeness of such Content.

6.2 In using the Website/Services you agree not to:

  • use the Services to send junk email, spam, chain letters, pyramid schemes or any other unsolicited messages, commercial or otherwise;
  • post, publish, distribute or disseminate material or information that is defamatory, infringing, obscene, indecent, threatening, abusive, harassing or unlawful;
  • post, publish, distribute or disseminate material or information that incites discrimination, hate or violence towards any person or group on account of their race, religion, disability, nationality or otherwise;
  • threaten, abuse, disrupt, stalk or otherwise violate the legal rights (including rights of privacy and publicity) of others;
  • use any information or material in any manner that infringes any copyright, trademark, patent or other proprietary right of any party;
  • make available or upload files that contain a virus, worm, trojan or corrupt data that may damage the operation of the computer or property of another;
  • collect or store personal information about others, including email addresses;
  • advertise or offer to buy or sell goods or services for any commercial purpose, unless such communication facility specifically allows such messages;
  • impersonate any person or entity for the purpose of misleading others;
  • violate any applicable laws or regulations;
  • use the Website/Services in any manner that could damage, disable, overburden or impair the Website/Services or interfere with any other party’s use and enjoyment of the Website/Services;
  • post, publish, distribute or disseminate material or information that you do not have a right to transmit under any law or under contractual or fiduciary relationships (such as inside information or confidential information disclosed in the course of employment or under a confidentiality agreement);
  • attempt to gain unauthorised access to any of the Services, other accounts, computer systems or networks connected to the Website/Services through hacking, password mining or any other means;
  • use any method of masking your IP address;
  • attempt to scrape, copy, data mine or duplicate any content contained within the Pradopoint website.


6.3 We have no obligation to monitor the Services but shall be entitled to review materials posted to a communications facility and, at our sole discretion, to remove any material that breaches these Terms and Conditions or is otherwise objectionable.

7 Termination

We have the right to terminate your access to any or all of the Services at any time, without notice, for any reason, including without limitation, breach of these Terms and Conditions, Code of Conduct or Rules. We may also at any time, at our sole discretion, discontinue the Website/Services or any part thereof without prior notice and you agree that we shall not be liable to you or any third party for any termination of your access to the Website/Services.

8 Links to third party websites

The Website/Services may include links to third party websites that are controlled and maintained by others. Any link to other websites is not an endorsement of such websites and you acknowledge and agree that Pradopoint is not responsible for the content or availability of any such sites.

9 International Use

You agree to comply with all applicable laws regarding the transmission of technical data exported from the country in which the servers used by Pradopoint reside or the country in which you reside (if different) and with all local laws and rules regarding acceptable use of and conduct on the Internet.

10 Intellectual Property Rights

10.1 The Website and its content (including without limitation the Website design, text, graphics and all software and source code connected with the Website and the Services) are protected by copyright, trade marks, and other intellectual property rights and laws. In accessing the Website you agree that you will access the contents solely for your personal, non-commercial use. None of the content may be downloaded, copied, reproduced, transmitted, stored, sold or distributed without the prior written consent of the copyright holder.

10.2 Puremedia does not claim ownership of any materials you post, upload or submit to any publicly or privately accessible area of the Services. However, by doing so you are granting Puremedia an irrevocable, perpetual, world-wide, royalty free, non-exclusive licence to copy, distribute, transmit, reproduce, publicly display, edit, translate or publish such Content.

11 Indemnity

You agree to indemnify and hold Pradopoint, its owners heirs or assigns harmless from and against any breach by you of these Terms and Conditions and any claim or demand brought against Pradopoint, its owners heirs or assigns by any third party arising out of your use of the Services and/or any Content submitted, posted or transmitted through the Services, including without limitation, all claims, actions, proceedings, losses, liabilities, damages, costs, expenses (including reasonable legal costs and expenses) howsoever suffered or incurred by Pradopoint, its owners heirs or assigns in consequence of your breach of these Terms and Conditions.

12 Discliamers and Limitation of Liability

12.1 Use of the Website/Services is at your own risk. The Website/Services are provided on an "AS IS" and "AS AVAILABLE" basis without any representation or endorsement made and without warranty of any kind whether express or implied, including but not limited to the implied warranties of satisfactory quality, fitness for a particular purpose, non-infringement, compatibility, security and accuracy.

12.2 To the extent permitted by law, Pradopoint, its owners, heirs or assigns will not be liable for any negligence, indirect or consequential loss or damage whatsoever (including without limitation loss of business, opportunity, data, profits) arising out of or in connection with the use of the Website/Services or reliance on any Content submitted, posted or transmitted through the Website/Services.

12.3 Pradopoint makes no warranty that the Website/Services will meet your requirements, that Content will be accurate or reliable, that the functionality of the Website/Services will be uninterrupted or error free, that defects will be corrected or that the Website/Services or the server that makes them available are free of viruses or anything else which may be harmful or destructive.

12.4 In the event of any claim, action or proceeding or against Pradopoint its owners, heirs or assigns you agree that your sole remedy is to cease using the Website/Services. Where by statue or common law an award of damages is prescribed, you agree to waive that award.

13 Severance

If any of these Terms and Conditions should be determined to be invalid, illegal or unenforceable for any reason by any court of competent jurisdiction then such Term or Condition shall be severed and the remaining Terms and Conditions shall survive and remain in full force and effect and continue to be binding and enforceable.

14 Governing Law

These Terms and Conditions shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the law of Queensland and you hereby submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Queensland courts.