International Hockey Forums Rules

Terms & Conditions of Use

Internationalhockey.net (IHN) makes International Hockey Forums (IHF) available for your use on this Web site subject to the terms and conditions set forth in this document. By accessing International Hockey Forums, you agree to the Terms of Use, whether or not you are a registered user of IHF. IHN may change the Terms of Use any time. The terms of Use apply to all visitors, registered users and others who access IHF. Please READ THIS PAGE CAREFULLY before using our website.

Registration to IHF is free! We do insist that you abide by the rules and policies detailed below. If you agree to the terms, please check the 'I agree' checkbox and press the 'Register' button below. If you would like to cancel the registration, click here to return to the forums index.

I. Use of Service

Internationalhockey.net (IHN) gives you permission to use International Hockey Forums (IHF) provided that (i) you will not copy, distribute or disclose any part of the part of the content displayed at IHF in any medium without our consent; (ii) you will not alter or modify any part of the content displayed at IHF other than as may be reasonably neccessary to use the service for its intended purpose; and (iii) you will otherwise comply with the terms of use mentioned in this document.

You agree not to use or launch any automated system, including without limitation, "robots," "spiders" etc., that accesses the Service in a manner that sends more request messages to the Company servers than a human can reasonably produce in the same period of time by using a conventional on-line web browser. You agree not to collect or harvest any personally identifiable information, including account names, from the Service nor to use the communication systems provided by the Service for any commercial purposes.

IHN may permanently or temporarily terminate, suspend, or otherwise refuse to permit your access to the Service without notice and liability, if, in IHN's sole determination, you violate any of the terms and conditions, including the following prohibited actions: (i) attempting to interfere with, compromise the system integrity or security or decipher any transmissions to or from the servers running the Service; (ii) taking any action that imposes, or may impose at our sole discretion an unreasonable or disproportionately large load on our infrastructure; (iii) uploading invalid data, viruses, worms, or other software agents through the Service; (iv) impersonating another person or otherwise misrepresenting your affiliation with a person or entity, conducting fraud, hiding or attempting to hide your identity; (v) interfering with the proper working of the Service; or, (vi) bypassing the measures we may use to prevent or restrict access to the Service. Upon termination for any reason, you continue to be bound by this terms & conditions.

The information contained at internationalhockey.net, including international hockey forums, is for general purposes only.Considering the real-time nature of this bulletin board, it is impossible for IHN and its staff members to review all messages or confirm the validity of information posted. Please remember that IHN does not actively monitor the contents of all posted messages and is not responsible for any messages posted. The IHN does not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and is not responsible for the contents of any message. The messages express the views of the author of the message, not necessarily the views of the IHN or any entity associated with the IHN. Any user who feels that a posted message is objectionable is encouraged to contact us immediately by email or PM. The IHN has the ability to remove objectionable messages and will make every effort to do so, within a reasonable time frame, if it is determined that removal is necessary. This is a manual process, however, so please realize that we may not be able to remove or edit particular messages immediately, in fact, we may not edit or delete posts that break our rules at all. We have many time constraints on us and cannot guarantee that we will be able to edit or delete posts that break the rules/user agreement. If you do not agree with this then do not view or register for the IHF. Although this Discussion Forum does not and cannot review the messages posted and is not responsible for the content of any of these messages, we at the IHN reserve the right to delete any message for any or no reason whatsoever. You remain solely responsible for the content of your messages, and you agree to indemnify and hold harmless the IHN, Jelsoft Enterprises Limited (the makers of the bulletin board software), and their agents with respect to any claim based upon transmission of your message(s). We at this discussion forum also reserve the right to reveal your identity (or whatever information we know about you) in the event of a complaint or legal action arising from any message posted by you.

We make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to the information contained on the website, including IHF, for any purpose. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk. In no event will we be liable for any loss or damage including WITHOUT limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, or any loss of damage whatsoever arising from the loss of data or profits arising out of, or in connection with, the use of this website.

II. User Content

You do not have to register in order to visit IHF. To be able to participate actively in the discussions in the forums, you will need to register with IHF and createa User account.

By registering a User account with IHF, you agree with the following terms & conditions as stipulated in the board rules:

1. IHF's primary mission is to foster friendship, discussion and information exchange of international hockey among hockey friends from all over the world. IHF's most important Code of Honour is mutual respect for our member countries' hockey cultures. This doesn't prevent a good argument, but please keep your arguments in a non-confrontational style and try to be open-minded about other members' arguments. Please remember that there may be certain obstacles to the discussion in a forum with wide cultural and linguistic diversity. Above all, please respect and honour this diversity.

2. Duplicate accounts: are expressly forbidden. When (not if) you are found to be using more than one account simultaneously, ALL your accounts will be deleted on the spot. This rule will apply to those who have more than one active account at a given time (as opposed to someone forgetting the password to an account and re-registering a new one. In this case, the first account would become inactive.). While we respect your privacy (see privacy statement), we will not accept impersonations with another person or otherwise misrepresenting your affilation with a person or entity, conducting fraud, hiding or attempting to hide your identity.

3. Think before you read and post: The IHN takes no responsibility and assumes no liability for any user content that you or any other users or third parties post with the IHF. You understand and agree that any loss or damage of any kind that occurs as a result of use of any User content that you send, upload, download, stream, post, transmit, display or otherwise make available through your use of IHF is solely your responsibility. IHN is not responsible for any public display or misuse of your User content. You understand and acknowledge that you may be exposed to User content that is inaccurate, offensive, indecent, or objectionable, and you agree that IHN shall not be liable for any damages you allege to incur as a result of such User content.

4. Flaming. Do not post any messages that are hostile, insulting, belittling or otherwise inflammatory. Debates are fine, but keep them civic; argue with the point, and attempt to treat others as you will like to be treated yourself. If you happen to have negative sentiments towards specific countries, races, religions, genders etc., then keep them for yourself. We won't accept any postings of anti-American, anti-Russian, anti-Swedish, anti-Latvian etc., content.

5. Trolling. You are allowed to post controversial topics as long as you abide with the rules and guidelines contained in #1, #2 and #4. But do not post topics and messages with the sole purpose of sowing discord on the forums. That would categorized as trolling.

How do I identify a troll? An internet troll is a person who post threads and messages in order to pull other people into a flaming discussion. Trolls are usually divisive and argumentative with a need-to-be-right attitude and they frequently use flaming rhetoric ('flamebait') (see #2).

If you observe a poster you believe to be a troll, then follow the golden rule: "Don't feed the trolls", i.e. ignore their messages. Instead, issue a "Troll Alert" warning in a private message to one (or more) of the moderators. Alternatively, you can issue the warning in the Club House.

6. Political Topics. As a matter of principle, you are only allowed to discuss political issues as long as they are strictly hockey-related (e.g. NHL and IIHF politics and doping).

7. Copyrighted Material Do NOT reprint (copy and past) copyrighted articles from other websites. In general, you can assume that everything is copyrighted (whether this is stated or not). Make a link to the article, and write a few lines in your own words to inject some discussion. You are allowed to quote a few lines from articles, but do not reprint them in full. Furthermore, do not hotlink to pictures from other websites. The pictures are usually copyrighted and in addition you are stealing bandwidth from the site from which you are hotlinking.

8. No Disclosure of Personal Information. Do not disclose any other member's email, real name, address, phone number, IP address, or other personal information. This includes the posting contents of emails and private messages without the sender's consent. Do not bring personal disputes into the forums. Bans and warnings issued to other users are considered personal information.

Internationalhockey.net reserves the right to delete or ban any user suspected for harvesting email adresses or other personal information.

9. Advertising for non-hockey related products. Posting of advertisements for non-hockey related products and services, including links to such products and services, are not allowed anywhere on the board. Exchange of hockey-related products, e.g. hockey cards and hockey jerseys, are allowed in the Collectors Corner Forum. However, be sure that you don't exhange/trade illegal (e.g. pirated) products.

10. Spamming and duplicating. Mass-PM'ing or mass-emailing multible members the same message is prohibited and will result in an immediate ban if the message is non-hockey related. Please do not cross-post the same message in multiple forums. Furthermore, please avoid duplicating threads. Look after whether your post fits into an existing thread before creating a new thread. Guidelines:: 1) Identify the forum for which your new topic is best suited; 2) Look for the first two pages (60 threads) in this forum to see whether a similar already exist (you may also use the search facility in the header or the archive in the footer - this is more effective); 3) if you can't find a similar topic, then please start a new thread; 4) if you are uncertain whether a similar thread exist, then start the new thread with a sentence like: "I don't know whether a similar thread exist, but..."

11. Attacking/Disobeying the moderators. If you disagree with something the moderators did, please let us know, but do it politely through PM.

12.Misuse of Post Icons. The post icons displaying flags, tournament and teams logos serve the purpose of making navigation easier. They are NOT for random use.

13. Undefined. Since every situation cannot be anticipated, IHF reserves the right to put under observation (and even ban) any user, the staff believes is attempting to circumvate the rules and norms of this forum. One example would be posting on behalf of or glorifying someone's who has been banned. It goes without saying that any attempts to hack or otherwise disrupt the board, will lead to an immediate ban. In addition, the hacker may face legal liabilities.

III. Eligibility

IHF is intended solely for Users who are thirteen (13) years of age or older, and any registration, use or access to the Service by anyone under 13 is unauthorized, unlicensed, and in violation of this Agreement. IHN may terminate your account, delete any content or information that you have posted in the forums, and/or prohibit you from using or accessing IHF for any reason or no reason, at any time in its sole discretion, with or without notice, including without limitation if it believes that you are under 13. If you are under 18 years of age you may use the Service only if you either are an emancipated minor, or possess legal parental or guardian consent, and are fully able and competent to enter into the terms, conditions, obligations, affirmations, representations, and warranties set forth in this document, and to abide by and comply with te terms & conditions in this document.

IV. Links

IHF may contain links to third-party websites, advertisers, or services that are not owned or controlled by IHN. IHN has no control over, and assumes no responsibility for, the content, privacy policies, or practices of any third party websites or services. If you access a third party website from IHN/IHF, you do so at your own risk, and you understand that IHF's terms & conditions and Privacy Policy do not apply to your use of such sites. You expressly release IHN from any and all liability arising from your use of any third-party website or services or third party owned content. Additionally, your dealings with or participation in promotions of advertisers found on IHN/IHF, including payment and delivery of goods, and any other terms (such as warranties) are solely between you and such advertisers. You agree that Company shall not be responsible for any loss or damage of any sort relating to your dealings with such advertisers.

V. Privacy Policy

IHN respects the privacy of every individual who visits the site including international hockey forums. IHN will not collect any personal information about you (that is your name, address, telephone number, or email address) unless you provide it voluntarily. If you do not want your personal information collected do not submit it to us. We will not distribute or sell your personal information to any outside company for marketing or solicitation of any product not affiliated with IHN and your personal information will only be used to support your relationship with IHN and its partners. There are certain limited instances where we may disclose or transfer personal information other than as described above. For example, we may provide such information to appropriate authorities if we believe in good faith that the law requires it or to protect our legal rights or property. Additionally, as we continue to develop our business, we may buy or sell business assets. In such transactions, customer information is generally one of the transferred business assets. However, we are not in the business of selling customer information to others, and aside from certain exceptional circumstances, we will take appropriate measures to ensure the protection of the information you provide to us.

VI. WARRENTY & DISCLAIMERS

THE SERVICE IS PROVIDED ON AN "AS IS" AND "AS AVAILABLE" BASIS. USE OF THE SERVICE IS AT YOUR OWN RISK. THE SERVICE IS PROVIDED WITHOUT WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, OR NON-INFRINGEMENT. WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING, IHN DOES NOT WARRANT THAT THE CONTENT IS ACCURATE, RELIABLE OR CORRECT; THAT THE SERVICE WILL MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS; THAT THE SERVICE WILL BE AVAILABLE AT ANY PARTICULAR TIME OR LOCATION, UNINTERRUPTED OR SECURE; THAT ANY DEFECTS OR ERRORS WILL BE CORRECTED; OR THAT THE SERVICE IS FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS. ANY CONTENT DOWNLOADED OR OTHERWISE OBTAINED THROUGH THE USE OF THE SERVICE IS DOWNLOADED AT YOUR OWN RISK AND YOU WILL BE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE TO YOUR COMPUTER SYSTEM OR LOSS OF DATA THAT RESULTS FROM SUCH DOWNLOAD.

TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, IN NO EVENT SHALL IHN AND STAFF MEMBERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, PUNITIVE, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF PROFITS, GOODWILL, USE, DATA OR OTHER INTANGIBLE LOSSES, THAT RESULT FROM THE USE OF, OR INABILITY TO USE, THIS SERVICE. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL IHN BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE, LOSS OR INJURY RESULTING FROM HACKING, TAMPERING OR OTHER UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS OR USE OF THE SERVICE OR YOUR ACCOUNT OR THE INFORMATION CONTAINED THEREIN.

TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, IHN ASSUMES NO LIABILITY OR RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY (I) ERRORS, MISTAKES, OR INACCURACIES OF CONTENT; (II) PERSONAL INJURY OR PROPERTY DAMAGE, OF ANY NATURE WHATSOEVER, RESULTING FROM YOUR ACCESS TO AND USE OF OUR SERVICE; (III) ANY UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO OR USE OF OUR SECURE SERVERS AND/OR ANY AND ALL PERSONAL INFORMATION STORED THEREIN; (IV) ANY INTERRUPTION OR CESSATION OF TRANSMISSION TO OR FROM THE SERVICE; (V) ANY BUGS, VIRUSES, TROJAN HORSES, OR THE LIKE THAT MAY BE TRANSMITTED TO OR THROUGH OUR SERVICE BY ANY THIRD PARTY; (VI) ANY ERRORS OR OMISSIONS IN ANY CONTENT OR FOR ANY LOSS OR DAMAGE INCURRED AS A RESULT OF THE USE OF ANY CONTENT POSTED, EMAILED, TRANSMITTED, OR OTHERWISE MADE AVAILABLE THROUGH THE SERVICE; AND/OR (VII) USER CONTENT OR THE DEFAMATORY, OFFENSIVE, OR ILLEGAL CONDUCT OF ANY THIRD PARTY.

THIS LIMITATION OF LIABILITY SECTION APPLIES WHETHER THE ALLEGED LIABILITY IS BASED ON CONTRACT, TORT, NEGLIGENCE, STRICT LIABILITY, OR ANY OTHER BASIS, EVEN IF IHN HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE. THE FOREGOING LIMITATION OF LIABILITY SHALL APPLY TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.