CoffeeSnobs Forum Terms and Conditions

CoffeeSnobs Forum Purpose
The purpose of the CoffeeSnobs Forum is to provide an electronic meeting place where members can share their knowledge about coffee, coffee-making and coffee-making equipment. The Forum also hosts polls where members can vote to collectively purchase green coffee beans at prices substantially lower than retail.

Governance
The CoffeeSnobs Forum is guided by a group of five people who share a love of coffee. They are volunteers. They are not elected. Admission to the administration group is by invitation only. In guiding the Forum the Administrators will endeavor to be inclusive, fair minded and even-handed in decisions relating to the Forum; however, should disputes or disagreements occur over any matters, the Administrators will make the final decisions on how disputes or disagreements are to be resolved.

Membership
Membership of the CoffeeSnobs Forum is free and is open to anyone who wishes to join and has not been the subject of a previous ban. Previous members who have been banned may be readmitted as members at the discression of the Administrators.

Posting Rules
In joining the CoffeeSnobs Forum you are free to post subject to the following conditions:
You agree that you will not post any material which is false, defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, vulgar, hateful, harassing, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, invasive of a persons privacy, or otherwise in violation of ANY law. If you break the rules you risk being banned from the Forum. If you break the law, legal action may be taken against you. You also agree not to post any copyrighted material unless the copyright is owned by you or you have consent from the owner of the copyrighted material. Spam, flooding, advertisements, chain letters, pyramid schemes, and solicitations are also inappropriate to the CoffeeSnobs Forum.

Note that it is impossible for the Administrators to confirm the veracity or accuracy of information contained in posts on the CoffeeSnobs Forum. The Administrators do not actively monitor the posted messages and are not responsible for their content. The Administrators do not warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any information presented. Messages express the views of the authors and are not necessarily the views of the CoffeeSnobs Forum or any of its Administrators. Anyone who feels that a posted message is objectionable is encouraged to notify an Administrator of this Forum immediately. Administrators have the rights to edit or remove remove content deemed to be against the spirit and/or rules of the Forum.

When posting responses to messages, members are strongly encouraged to stick to the topic. Off-topic messages may be moved or deleted by Administrators without notice.

From time-to-time the Administrators will review all forum content so as to minimise web hosting costs. In performing these reviews, some messages will be deleted. If the content of your messages is important to you, it is your responsibility to retain backup copies. Deleted messages cannot be recovered.

Members remain solely responsible for the content of their messages and agree to indemnify the Forum and its Administrators against any actions that my occur as a result of the contents of messages posted on the CoffeeSnobs Forum. CoffeeSnobs Forum reserves the right to reveal your identity (or any information we have about you) in the event of a complaint or legal action arising from any information posted by you.

Registration
The right to post on the CoffeeSnobs Forum and participate in polls to purchase green coffee beans requires you to become a registered member of the CoffeeSnobs Forum. In registering you have are able to choose a username. It is requested you keep the name appropriate and agree not to share or reveal your password. This is for your protection and for validity reasons. You also agree to NEVER use another members account to post messages or browse the CoffeeSnobs Forum.

After you register and log into the CoffeeSnobs Forum, you may choose to complete a detailed profile. If you wish to participate in the polls and purchase green coffee beans, you must provide a valid telephone number that may be used to contact you should there be any issues regarding your purchases. It is your responsibility to present clean and accurate information. Any information deemed inaccurate or vulgar will be removed.

Privacy
Unless legally obliged to do so, CoffeeSnobs will not reveal member details to third parties; however, in the event of a complaint or legal action arising from information posted on the Forum, CoffeeSnobs will act in accordance with the laws of the land. Members should be aware that every time they post or vote on polls on the CoffeeSnobs Forum, IP addresses are recorded and form the basis of identification (should this become necessary). Email addresses may be hidden from other members but are visible to Global Moderators and Administrators.

From time-to-time Email messages may be sent to members of the CoffeeSnobs Forum. Members may choose to opt out of receiving messages advising of polls or promotions; however, service anouncements will be sent to all CoffeeSnobs members.

Ownership of information
Information posted on the CoffeeSnobs Forum is the property of the poster however in posting the author gives CoffeeSnobs the right to use the information as deemed appropriate.

Participation in Purchases on CoffeeSnobs Polls
CoffeeSnobs polls for the purchase of green coffee beans operate on trust and good-will. Members have the opportunity of participating in purchases of top-quality green coffee beans at the lowest possible prices. The Administrators will endeavor at all times to provide accurate description of the coffees offered and to minimise operational overheads. In turn, members will agree to honour their votes on the Forum and to pay promptly when invoiced for their shares of purchases. This means that when polls close, votes cannot be changed and payments must be received within seven days of invoices being sent. If payments are not received within the time-limit and it is apparent there has been no attempt made to explain the delay or request an extensions of time, all votes by those members may be cancelled and their shares re-listed in the polls. Similarly, if there are any issues relating to intended purchases and a member is not able to be contacted via email or the listed telephone number, poll votes may be cancelled and shares relisted. At the discretion of the Administrators, members who fail to meet their commitments may be banned and prevented from further participation activities of the CoffeeSnobs Forum.

Membership Agreement
In joining the CoffeeSnobs Forum you agree to abide by the terms and conditions of the Forum. Although it is your right as an individual to participate in activities similar to those conducted by Coffeesnobs you agree that you will not contact suppliers or claim to be acting as a representative of CoffeeSnobs without the express written permision of CoffeeSnobs (R Grueber).

*"Right of Admission Reserved"