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 Terms of Service / Guideline Listing - Updated 6/9/15

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PostSubject: Terms of Service / Guideline Listing - Updated 6/9/15 Fri May 22, 2015 3:43 pm

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Last Update Made By: Pantone
Last Update Took Place: 06/09/2015
What Was Updated: Disciplinary Policy





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PostSubject: Re: Terms of Service / Guideline Listing - Updated 6/9/15 Fri May 22, 2015 3:43 pm



GENERAL SECTION
Points of reference we want to make across the board.


Two-Step Verification
GA-Only Policy
CanvasInc Account Usage
Content Owner's Risk Policy
Bullying/Harassment Highlight
T.O.S. Change Policy
By being a member of this forum site, you have agreed to the following terms
and conditions. Any violation of these terms and conditions will result in disciplinary action against your forum account.


Two-Step Verification
      Step 1) You register with your IMVU Username and IMVU ID Number (#).
      Step 2) You will be activated and added into the “Accounts Verified” group and have full forum access.
      ** Accounts with the incorrect information will be sent an email and/or IMVU message to address the issue. After one full month of no contact, your forum account will be deleted.


GA-Only Policy
We are basing this rating in accordance to how IMVU's GA settings are displayed. If dealing with AP (Access Pass) content, please PM the item in question via private message, or add censors appropriately.


CanvasInc Account Usage
The account "CanvasInc”, both on our forum and on IMVU, is only to be used for administrative purposes. Please do not message that account as a response will not return to you.


Content Owner's Risk Policy
All content is posted up at the owner's own risk. Please be sure to add watermarks, lines, etc. when posting previews or premade content.


Bullying/Harassment Highlight
Bullying will not be tolerated on any level, this includes, but isn't limited to the following:
          → Thread spamming. (See “Forum Posting Guidelines”)
          → Harassment via private message, topic posts, etc. (See “Forum Behavior”)


T.O.S. Change Policy
The Canvas Staff reserves the right to make changes to this thread, in terms of forum T.O.S./Guidelines, at any time, but are required to notify forum members of any changes, via the first post in this thread.

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PostSubject: Re: Terms of Service / Guideline Listing - Updated 6/9/15 Fri May 22, 2015 3:44 pm



FORUM BEHAVIOR & POSTING
What we expect out of our users and their posts.


Bullying/Harassment/Trolling/Spamming
Foul Language
Reporting User Action
Forum Accounts Policy
Forum Image Size Policy
Forum Signature Policy
Off-Site Linking

Bullying/Harassment/Trolling/Spamming
The CanvasForums were designed with learning in mind, therefor we expect our members to treat not only our community, but each individual member with the same respect and dignity as they would expect themselves. Harassment of any kind, as previously stated, will not be tolerated on any level. As outlined in our Disciplinary Policy, the immediate action to follow harassment of any kind will be a 2-week ban, with outlook (for further harassment) of a full ban from our forum site.


Foul Language
The use of foul language is frowned upon. Please use it sparingly and not at anyone / any group / any target in particular when posting content to the forum. Canvas Staff reserves the right to edit out foul language used in an overly harmful manner.


Reporting User Action
If you are having problems with another user, please contact an Administrator immediately. Do not reply to any forum posts, forum messages, etc. to further the issue. Any users antagonizing the issue off-site will be held accountable against our ongoing “Disciplinary Policy” for continued harassment once the issue comes to the Administrators’ attention.


Forum Accounts Policy
You are responsible for keeping your name changes up to date. Name changes on the forum are available for your access, but your IMVU Username and IMVU Avatar ID Number must stay true to your active IMVU account. Furthermore, members are allowed to register one alternative account, and it must have a corresponding IMVU Username and IMVU Avatar ID Number.

** a) FM Design Users are permitted on this forum without an IMVU account linked. Please seek @Pantone (Pantone @ IMVU) or @Valoish (Kya @ IMVU) for access to our forum and access to our FMD group on CanvasForums.

** b) Users that find their username taken need to seek out @Pantone via IMVU private message to gain access to our forum. Please do NOT sign up with an alternative name.


Forum Image Size Policy
Any forum image that exceeds the 500 x 500 pixels measurement will be automatically resized by the forum’s Javascript, if said image becomes distorted after the automatic resize the image will need to be linked. Our Canvas Staff reserves the right to edit bigger images into a simple link or hyperlink.


Forum Signature Policy
Signature for the forum cannot distort the forum post. There is no direct size, however, a Canvas Staff member will contact you if it needs adjusted. Please be flexible.


Off-Site Linking
We do allow off-site linking to a handful of places outlined below, all other links need to be approved by a staff member. // ALLOWED: IMVU Links, IMVU-Related Forum links, IMVU-Related Personal Websites, Image Hosting Websites, Social Media Links. // Links that do not pertain to IMVU or the theme of our forum will be immediately removed by Canvas Staff, no exceptions.

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PostSubject: Re: Terms of Service / Guideline Listing - Updated 6/9/15 Fri May 22, 2015 3:44 pm



THEFT POLICY
Where we stand, what we consider, how we react.


Public Knowledge Recognition
What We Consider Theft
When Does This Section Apply
Guidelines for Reporting Theft Cases
Theft Case Security
Recovering From A Theft Charge

Public Knowledge Recognition
Common sources such as free layer styles, HTML/CSS/JS, free fonts and more are of a public access and are freely downloaded elsewhere. CanvasForums recognizes free resources to be used in our community’s work. If the resource is available to all, it cannot be claimed as one’s own unless that individual is the original artist.


What We Consider Theft
(HBAD) // Replica layout design /coding work. This includes minor changes.
(GASR) // Claiming existing art as your own, tracing, copy/pasting bits of another artist’s artwork onto your own. This includes minor changes.
(CREATOR) // Claiming existing meshes/textures as your own. This includes minor changes.
(Canvas Tutorials) // Taking a carbon copy and reselling the tutorial for any amount of currency.


When Does This Section Apply
Generally, when something is found to be stolen, it is being sold. This section is due to expand as our knowledge base expands. With the aid of our Canvas Staff and fellow outer-Canvas eyes and ears, we will do our best to keep our secure front strong. If you see something report it to @Pantone directly, via private message.


Guidelines for Reporting Theft Cases
1) Do not engage yourself in the theft case beyond what staff needs from you. This includes but isn’t limited to: calling out the thief publicly, shaming them via IMVU Pulse, spamming their open and active shops, etc. Also in this step, be sure to take any screenshots that might help the report along.
2) Reach out to @Pantone directly, via our forum’s private message feature.
3) Upon staff contact, be sure to link any screenshots, provide any text and give a detailed description of what you already know about the reported case.
4) Allow the Canvas Staff up to 3 weeks to reach a case verdict, you will be notified when the case closes.
** FALSE accusations will result in a warning bar dock.


Theft Case Security
Due to more delicate subject matters all theft case material, that is processed by the CanvasForums staff team, will be confidential and will not be released to the general public. All theft cases, including potential leads, witnesses, links provided/found, etc. will be held in a separate forum, only available to CanvasForums administrators. Any user seen to be distributing confidential information will automatically be banned from our forum indefinitely.


Recovering From A Theft Charge
You may request waring bars / forum access after certain periods of time. Please see our “Disciplinary Policy” for more information on warnings, docked warning bars and banning grounds.

The following time lengths represent the amount of waiting a user encounters when trying to appeal back after an active theft case:
- Minor Infractions: 1 MONTH
- Major Infractions: 3 MONTHS

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PostSubject: Re: Terms of Service / Guideline Listing - Updated 6/9/15 Fri May 22, 2015 3:45 pm



DISCIPLINARY POLICY
Our three-strike system & you.



Three-Strike System

(1) Official Warning: Given when a user breaks TOS the first time.
Friendly reminder that what part of TOS you broke isn’t acceptable. + 1 Warning Bar Docked

(2) Strike One: Given after the official warning.
User will receive a 24 hour ban from the CanvasForum, with account access revoked completely during that time. + 1 Warning Bar Docked

(3) Strike Two: Given after Strike One.
User will receive a 48 hour ban from the CanvasForum, with account access revoked completely during that time. + 1 Warning Bar Docked

(4) Strike Three: Given after Strike Two.
User will receive a one-week ban from the CanvasForum, with account access revoked completely during that time. + 1 Warning Bar Docked

(5) Final Strike: Given after Strike Three.
User will be banned indefinitely, with a 3-month wait time before re-applying for the forum community. Users who appeal and re-gain access will receive only 2 warning bars back upon account re-activation.


All warning bars can be earned back through a one-on-one meeting with @Pantone or @Valoish via Join.Me. Users will need to navigate through an interview process and a walkthrough of their original artwork process. To begin this process, you must PM Pantone or Kya via IMVU Private Messaging.

Users may appeal to re-join the community one-month after banning, for minor infractions; 3 months for major infractions.

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PostSubject: Re: Terms of Service / Guideline Listing - Updated 6/9/15 Fri May 22, 2015 3:45 pm



TUTORIAL USAGE RIGHTS
Free to use, free to credit.


Database Sourcing
Individual Tutorial Sourcing
Reselling of Free Tutorials

Database Sourcing
Our tutorials are free for use and are permitted to be freely distributed, however, credit is required as for the source of the tutorial. For this overall accreditation, please reference one of the following terms to mean CanvasForums: “CanvasTutorials”, “CanvasForums”, or “Canvas Tutorial Network”.


Individual Tutorial Sourcing
In the instance where a specific tutorial is on display or shared, please reference the following as a source:
“The tutorials author, CanvasForums, www.canvasforum.com”


Reselling of Free Tutorials
The forums found on CanvasForums are not permitted of resell, regardless of owner. All tutorials posted within our CanvasForums domain are free for use and free for sharing. Any tutorial content sold for profit is strictly prohibited.

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