09-06-2010 05:32 AM - edited 09-27-2010 06:18 AM
Welcome to the SophosFreeTalk user-to-user communities ("SophosFreeTalk"), and thank you for your interest and for any contributions you make.
Using Your Best Judgment
Because the forums are public and open, visitors should always use their best judgment as to whether to accept any advice given.
THE OPINIONS EXPRESSED IN THE SOPHOSFREETALK FORUMS ARE AT ALL TIMES THOSE OF THE INDIVIDUAL CONTRIBUTORS, AND DO NOT NECESSARILY REPRESENT THE OPINIONS OF SOPHOS. See clause 4, below, for a list of disclaimers and limitations.
Sophos encourages the sharing of constructive advice and criticism and the forums are therefore as open and free from content control as possible. Nevertheless, Sophos reserves the right to remove abusive content (as defined below in clause 4) and/or to impose sanctions against visitors posting such content.
1. WHY ARE THERE TERMS AND CONDITIONS?
The SophosFreeTalk forums are provided to enable visitors to exchange knowledge, comments, suggestions and requests about Sophos tools, about platform technologies, and about computer and data security in general. Anyone can read the forums but if you want to post content you must go through a lightweight registration process. We've provided these terms and conditions for users who register and contribute content to SophosFreeTalk.
The terms and conditions explain the rules of acceptable behaviour and what may be contributed and what not. They also explain the role of the forum moderators. The SophosFreeTalk usage best practices post presents some recommendations as to the most effective ways of using the forums.
Sophos will attempt to identify content that, if followed literally, could cause damage to third parties. Where such content is found, Sophos reserves the right to remove or correct it, but offers no guarantee that all such content will always be identified and removed.
2. WHO MAY USE THE FORUMS?
In some cases, Sophos employees or affiliates will contribute to the discussions. Sophos contributors are clearly identified by the icon. Sophos business partners are also identified, by the icon, and by the contact details included in their signatures. Similarly, moderators and system administrators are identified by their own icons. These forum users are all required to abide by the terms and conditions set out here.
3. WHAT CAN YOU POST ON THE SOPHOSFREETALK FORUMS?
You can use the SophosFreeTalk forums for any sort of communication with other visitors, including asking or giving advice on a technical issue, suggesting a new product feature, suggesting an improvement to these forums, and so on.
4. PROHIBITED INFORMATION AND RESTRICTIONS
SOPHOS DOES NOT HAVE ANY DUTY OR RESPONSIBILITY TO CHECK OR EDIT INFORMATION THAT YOU PROVIDE TO THIS SITE.
You shall therefore not post or otherwise provide any information that is unlawful or Sophos may regard to be inaccurate, false, fraudulent, obscene, offensive, defamatory or otherwise objectionable ("Prohibited Information").
Should it come to Sophos's attention that such Prohibited Information has in fact been provided by you, then Sophos reserves the right to remove such Prohibited Information and/or revoke your ability to post or provide further information.
Postings that may be considered abusive have no valid role in the SophosFreeTalk Forums. Sophos therefore reserves the right to issue warnings, restrict access to content or features, and/or ban forum users completely. Postings containing any amount of abusive content or that violate any of the restrictions stated below will generally be removed in their entirety. The decisions of forum moderators are final.
Sophos relies on the help of forum visitors to spot abusive content. Any visitor may alert the moderators to offensive material as explained in the inappropriate content FAQ post. Abuse of the alert system may also be grounds for a warning or for banning from future access.
Without limitation, the following list of items may reasonably be considered 'abusive' and postings containing such items are strictly prohibited:
Restrictions (including without limitation):
You shall fully and effectively indemnify Sophos and any of its licensors for any claim or action that may arise as a result of your breach of Clause 4 (Prohibited Information and Restrictions) including but not limited to: posting abusive material, breaching Intellectual Property rights, disclosure of personally or commercially sensitive information and/or solicitation for or use such material.
6. MULTIPLE IDS
The use of multiple IDs (email addresses) within the forums is discouraged. Multiple IDs can be used to give a false impression of how widely an opinion is held within the community. Use of a single, consistent ID also allows the forum system to build a user's online reputation.
7. DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES AND LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
THE INFORMATION ON THIS SITE IS PROVIDED 'AS IS' AND IN NO EVENT WILL SOPHOS BE LIABLE TO YOU FOR ANY LOSS OR DAMAGE OF ANY KIND (EXCEPT PERSONAL INJURY OR DEATH RESULTING FROM SOPHOS'S NEGLIGENCE) ARISING FROM YOUR USE OR INABILITY TO USE THE INFORMATION, OR FROM FAULTS OR DEFECTS IN THE INFORMATION CAUSED BY NEGLIGENCE OR OTHERWISE.
Sophos shall not be liable for any direct, indirect, special, incidental or consequential damage, whether in contract, tort or otherwise, arising out of any use of the Information.
Sophos gives no warranties, representations, conditions, undertakings or other obligations, whether express or implied by common law, trade usage, course of dealing or otherwise including any implied warranties of satisfactory quality or fitness for a particular purpose or any warranty that the Information will be complete or error-free or that such errors will be corrected are given, all of which are hereby excluded to the fullest extent permitted by law.
These terms and conditions are governed by the laws of England and the courts of England shall have non-exclusive jurisdiction to determine any dispute arising hereunder.