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COMMUNITY GUIDELINES

The following guidelines cover content-posting privileges for registered members of WeatherQuack. If members have questions concerning the following guidelines, please contact WeatherQuack support via email by clicking here.

Anyone can access and read public-facing content on WeatherQuack without becoming a registered member. In order to contribute and post content to WeatherQuack, free registration for a WeatherQuack ID is required. In order to register for a WeatherQuack ID, the following information is required:

  • Username (specified by potential member during registration)
  • Password (specified by potential member during registration)
  • Name (full name of potential member required)
  • Location (city, state in the United States; city, province in Canada, or city, country if not in the United States or Canada of potential member required)
  • Agreement to be bound by these community guidelines.

Members will have the ability to provide additional information about themselves during and after registration to tailor their profile pages to their specific weather interests, but this additional information is optional to members and not required for registration and/or membership on WeatherQuack.

After a potential member has registered for a WeatherQuack ID, the potential member may be required to validate the email address specified during registration in order to “activate” their WeatherQuack ID in the system. This is a security verification method in place by the website engine powering WeatherQuack to reduce the amount of spammers and scammers registering for a WeatherQuack ID and WeatherQuack membership.

Once a potential member has registered for a WeatherQuack ID, the potential member will need to be approved by the WeatherQuack administrative team in order to obtain content-posting privileges on WeatherQuack. The WeatherQuack administrative team will thoroughly evaluate each membership request for WeatherQuack and determine if the potential member should be granted membership and content-posting privileges to WeatherQuack. WeatherQuack’s administrative team may choose to approve or deny membership to any potential member of WeatherQuack, and WeatherQuack is under no obligation to state the reason to potential members as to why a potential member has been denied membership and content-posting privileges to WeatherQuack.

If a potential membership application has been approved, the potential member will be granted full membership and content-posting privileges to WeatherQuack as a regular, non-administrative member of WeatherQuack. Members agree to act in accordance as a non-administrative member of WeatherQuack and not to attempt to impersonate a member of the WeatherQuack administrative team. Members of the WeatherQuack administrative team can easily be discerned with an “Admin” badge underneath their names on the member directory.

Logging into WeatherQuack is done by using one’s WeatherQuack ID, consisting of the email address of the member, plus a password.

WeatherQuack members also agree not to provide their WeatherQuack ID to anyone except for the original holder of the WeatherQuack ID, unless the member has obtained written permission from WeatherQuack support.

The following avenues are areas in which WeatherQuack members can post content to and interact with other members on WeatherQuack:

  • Blogs
  • Groups
  • Live Chat
  • Member Profile Pages
  • Personal Member Messaging

When posting content or interacting with other members on WeatherQuack, members are to abide by the following guidelines:

The content of discussions should overall be weather-related. This is a weather community website, after all. However, one can include a general blend of non-weather-related content on WeatherQuack, provided that it weaves seamlessly into the overall framework of weather-related discussions on WeatherQuack. A few examples are: discussing about a recent vacation and how the weather affected it, mentioning the celebration of major holidays (Christmas, Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Thanksgiving, New Year’s Day, etc.), or how weather is affecting one’s home (such as one’s garden, etc.). As long as the content remains overall weather-related with a small blend of additional content, the content is generally acceptable on WeatherQuack.

Content that is unacceptable on WeatherQuack include the following: performing actions that are detrimental to the website as a whole, trying to use the website for nefarious/spamming/phishing purposes, posting hateful, violent, remarks, posting information that would violate the law and/or intellectual property of WeatherQuack and/or 3rd party intellectual property, compromising the security of the website, posting pornographic or obscene content on the websites, including, but not limited to: cursing, swearing, pornographic content, etc.), posting any form of unsolicited advertising not approved in writing by WeatherQuack, and or other forms of conduct contrary to law. Any violations of this sort will be immediately pulled from the website as soon as the WeatherQuack administrative team is notified of the violation, and the member may be prosecuted by law in states where controllable by law. Members wishing to report unacceptable contact to the WeatherQuack administrative team can do so by clicking here.

WeatherQuack allows for direct-upload of videos to WeatherQuack using the avenues above. WeatherQuack also allows for the embedding of videos hosted on third party video sharing websites (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.) using the avenues above. When sharing photos or videos with WeatherQuack, members agree to use content that is overall-weather related. Members may include a blend of additional illustrative content such as graphics and illustrations that would better clarify the content posted to WeatherQuack. Unacceptable content includes the following: obscene or pornographic content, as well as “selfie” images of members (This is what profile pictures are for. While members can include a picture of them interacting with the weather outdoors, these images should include additional content besides merely themselves and be done sparingly).

Since WeatherQuack is operating as a free public safety service and is not in direct competition with other third party weather websites, WeatherQuack members are permitted to include third-party weather graphics (including, but not limited to: radar maps, weather maps, weather charts, weather forecast graphics, etc.) from third-party weather websites, television and/or radio stations, etc., provided the member includes a link back to the original website in which the content has been obtained. Members are to think of using third-party content on WeatherQuack in the same manner as writing a college research paper: any content that the member does not directly own requires a citation link back to the original source. Recommended websites and applications in which members can look for additional weather content to include when posting to WeatherQuack include: the National Weather Service, Gibson Ridge Software, AllisonHouse, WSV3, MetGraphics, and Baron Threat Net. For those needing a way to produce screenshots or screencasts of one’s computer screen, WeatherQuack recommends the following tools from Techsmith: Jing, Snagit, and Camtasia.

When posting content or interacting with other members on WeatherQuack, members of weather organizations are permitted to freely promote their weather organization and their weather organization’s products and/or services on WeatherQuack, provided members of weather organizations abide by the following guidelines: members are not to spam, scam, or harass other members when promoting their weather organization and/or its products and/or services, members are not to use WeatherQuack as a substitute for their organization’s website: official contact and support channels are to link from WeatherQuack back to the weather organization’s original website, as well as members agree not to use WeatherQuack to post job listings concerning the weather organization or act in a manner that would cause WeatherQuack members to confuse other weather organization members with the administrative team.

When interacting with other members using the above avenues, members also agree not to harass, threaten, or act in a hateful manner toward other WeatherQuack members. Members are also not to solicit personal information from other WeatherQuack members.

Members wishing to report any unacceptable content or violations to these guidelines to the WeatherQuack administrative team can do so by clicking here.

When posting information to public sections of WeatherQuack, please be aware that the information posted is viewable by the public and cannot be made private. Please keep this in mind to ensure that the information posted is comfortable for public viewing.

Members are permitted to customize their profile pages with a profile photo, cover photo, as well as specify additional information on their profile concerning their various weather interests. When customizing one’s profile photo, we highly recommend members use an actual photo of oneself for overall transparency. However, additional profile images are acceptable as long as the images do not contain obscene and/or pornographic content. A member can also choose a cover image to be added to one’s page, which functions similar to cover images on other social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter. A member may choose any form of cover image to display as long as the image does not contain obscene and/or pornographic content. Custom profile photos, cover images, and any profile content not specifically marked “required” is optional and is not required to be completed by WeatherQuack members. It is only there for one’s personal customization options.

Any violation of these guidelines may result in either a warning from the WeatherQuack administrative team and/or an immediate termination of one’s WeatherQuack membership and WeatherQuack ID. WeatherQuack’s administrative team may fully terminate membership of and/or block future re-registration attempts of members who are found to be within excessive violations of WeatherQuack’s community guidelines.

WeatherQuack recognizes that children are a valuable and precious resource to our community and particularly strives to ensure the privacy of children using our services remains protected. All children under the age of thirteen must be accompanied by a guardian before submitting any personal information to WeatherQuack or when registering for a WeatherQuack ID . Any violations to this agreement will be promptly put into a pending state until the guardian sends us a written consent form to proceed with the collection of the information. If this consent form is not presented to us within thirty days of the original submission by the child under the age of thirteen, the information will then be fully deleted from our system.

Parents wishing to submit written parental consent to the WeatherQuack administrative team can do so via email by clicking here.

You agree to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless WeatherQuack, its affiliates, agents, employees, and licensors, from and against any and all claims and expenses, including, but not limited to: reasonable attorney fees, arising out of, or related in any way to, your use of the site, violation of this Agreement, violation of any law or regulation, or violation of any proprietary or privacy right.

This agreement is governed by and shall be construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Arkansas, U.S.A., without reference to its conflicts of law provisions. WeatherQuack makes no representation that the materials are appropriate and/or available for use outside the United States. If you access this site from outside the United States, you will be responsible for compliance with all local laws. You agree to comply with all laws and regulations applicable to your use of this site. You agree to submit to the personal and exclusive jurisdiction of the state or federal courts located within Garland County, Arkansas, for any disputes with WeatherQuack arising out of your use of this site.

This agreement constitutes the entire agreement between WeatherQuack and you with respect to this website, and it supersedes all prior or contemporaneous communications and proposals, whether electronic, oral, or written, between you and WeatherQuack, with respect to this website. A printed version of this agreement and of any notice given in electronic form shall be admissible in judicial or administrative proceedings based upon or relating to this agreement to the same extent and subject to the same conditions as other business documents and records originally generated and maintained in printed form. If for any reason a court of competent jurisdiction finds any provision of this agreement or portion thereof to be unenforceable, that provision shall be enforced to the maximum extent permissible so as to affect the intent of this agreement, and the remainder of this agreement shall continue in full force and effect. No waiver by either party of any breach or default hereunder shall be deemed to be a waiver of any preceding or subsequent breach or default.

We may revise this agreement at any time and you agree to be bound by the revised agreement. Any such modifications will become effective upon the date they are first posted to this site. It is your responsibility to return to this agreement from time to time to review the most current terms and conditions. WeatherQuack, does not and will not assume any obligation to notify you of changes to this agreement.

WeatherQuack respects the intellectual property of others, and we ask our WeatherQuack members to do the same. WeatherQuack has no responsibility for content on other websites that you may find or access when using WeatherQuack’s services. Material available on or through other websites may be protected by copyright and the intellectual property laws of the United States and/or other countries. The terms of use of those websites, and not the WeatherQuack Terms of Service, govern your use of that material.

It is WeatherQuack policy, in appropriate circumstances and at its discretion, to disable and/or terminate the accounts of members who may infringe or repeatedly infringe the copyrights or other intellectual property rights of WeatherQuack and/or others. In accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998, the text of which may be found on the U.S. Copyright Office website at http://www.copyright.gov/legislation/dmca.pdf, WeatherQuack will respond expeditiously to claims of copyright infringement that are reported to WeatherQuack administrative team:

Notice for Claims of Intellectual Property Violations and Agent for Notice

If you believe that your work has been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, or that your intellectual property rights have been otherwise violated, please provide the WeatherQuack administrative teeam for Notice with the following information (your “Notice”):

Note: If you are asserting infringement of an intellectual property right other than copyright, please specify the intellectual property right at issue (for example, ‘trademark’).

1. a signature of the person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright or other intellectual property interest (an electronic signature at the bottom of an email message is sufficient);
2. a description of the copyrighted work or other intellectual property that you claim has been infringed;
3. a description of where the material that you claim is infringing is located on a WeatherQuack site, with enough detail that we may find it on the website (in most circumstances, we will need a URL);
4. your address, telephone number, and email address;
5. a statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized by the copyright or intellectual property owner, its agent, or the law;
6. a statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that the above information in your Notice is accurate and that you are the copyright or intellectual property owner or authorized to act on the copyright or intellectual property owner’s behalf.

In some circumstances, in order to notify the subscriber, account holder or host who provided the allegedly infringing content to which WeatherQuack has disabled access, WeatherQuack may forward a copy of a valid Notice including name and email address to the subscriber or account holder.

The WeatherQuack administrative team for Notice of claims of copyright or other intellectual property infringement can be reached via email by clicking here.