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Table Of Contents

Article 1 ---------- Mission Statement
Article 2 ---------- Duration Of Agreement

Section 2.1 ---------- Term
Section 2.2 ---------- Binding Agreement

Article 3 ---------- Managing Rights
Article 4 ---------- Commissioner Discipline

Section 4.1 ---------- On-Ice Discipline
Section 4.2 ---------- Off-Ice Discipline
Section 4.3 ---------- Procedures Of Discipline

Article 5 ---------- Competition Committee

Section 5.1 ---------- Purpose
Section 5.2 ---------- Personnel
Section 5.3 ---------- Meetings
Section 5.4 ---------- Directive
Section 5.5 ---------- Process

Article 6 ---------- Promotion, Advertising And Spamming

Section 6.1 ---------- Unethical Material
Section 6.2 ---------- Promoting Products, Services And Links
Section 6.3 ---------- Permission
Section 6.4 ---------- Active Participants
Section 6.5 ---------- PMed Promotion
Section 6.6 ---------- Promoting On Multiple Boards
Section 6.7 ---------- Proper Credit
Section 6.8 ---------- Advertising Disclaimer

Article 7 ---------- The NHL Arena Constitution And The Rules Of Respect

Section 7.1 ---------- Arena Rules
Section 7.2 ---------- Expectations
Section 7.3 ---------- Encouragements
Section 7.4 ---------- Moderation
Section 7.5 ---------- Tools Of Moderation
Section 7.6 ---------- Rules Of Respect
Section 7.7 ---------- Profanity

Article 8 ---------- No Copyrighted Material
Article 9 ---------- The NHL Arena Discretion
Article 10 ---------- Signature Rules

Section 10.1 ---------- Ethical Signatures And Avatars
Section 10.2 ---------- Signature Sizes


Article 1: Mission Statement

The mission of The NHL Arena is to make a positive difference for NHL fans, both new and old, by maintaining a platform that provides up-to-date information, while promoting perspective, diversity and respect for all hockey fans, regardless of experience or team affiliation. It is our policy to keep a fine balance between being an edgy and exciting community of the hockey knowledgeable, while providing a safe haven for those willing to learn.

We are The NHL Arena. One Arena. For all fans.


Article 2: Duration Of Agreement

2.1 Term. This Agreement is effective retroactive upon the registration of each member, and shall remain in full force and effect for the duration of that member's account here within our community.

2.2 Binding Agreement. This Agreement shall be binding upon and inure to the benefit of The NHL Arena, all members of the AC (Arena community), guests of the Arena, and any respective successors or assigns.


Article 3: Management Rights

Each member of staff, in the exercise of its functions of management, shall in addition to its other inherent and legal rights to manage its business, including the direction and control of its team, have the right at any time and from time to time to determine when, where, how and under what circumstances it wishes to operate, suspend, discontinue, or move and to determine the manner and the rules by which its subforum shall conduct itself on this site. Nothing in this Article shall, however, authorize a member of staff to violate any provision of this Agreement.

If any member should have a complaint against a member of staff, they will be expected to take it through the proper channels. All complaints against GMs and Assistant GMs should be communicated through PMs with an Executive of their choice. All complaints against Executives should be communicated through PMs with either the Commissioner (LeaferSutherland), or the Owner (GWTLAH). All complaints against the Commissioner and/or the Owner should be communicated through PMs with any member of Staff.

Public complaints of staff could be taken as a violation of this Agreement resulting in a suspension or a ban, and will be judged on a case by case method.


Article 4: Commissioner Discipline

4.1 On-Ice Discipline shall mean any discipline imposed for member conduct either on the public forum or in the Private Message areas vis-�-vis other participants in the community (i.e., other members, guests, or members of staff). Notwithstanding anything stated in grievances hereof, all incidents involving review by the Administration (i.e., the Commissioner or his designee) for possible disciplinary action will be processed in accordance with this Agreement.

4.2 Off-Ice Discipline shall mean any discipline imposed for member conduct off the site that may be seen as a threat to security or a sabotaging of integrity, which conduct may or may not involve third parties. Disciplinary proceedings for off-ice conduct will be conducted between members of staff in accordance with this Agreement.

4.3 Procedures of Discipline: All acts of grievances may result in verbal warnings, written warnings, moderation queue, suspensions, or lifetime bans. All acts of discipline will be decided by the Arena staff.


Article 5: Competition Committee

5.1 The NHL Arena will establish a Competition Committee for the purpose of examining and making recommendations associated with issues affecting the community, the site and the way each subforum is run.

5.2 The Competition Committee will consist of up to 30 voting non-staff members, consisting of 1 active member to represent each of the 30 team subforums. These Competition Committee members will be known as "Team Captains". 1 member of staff designated by the Executive team will serve as the chairman of this committee.

5.3 It will be the role and purpose of the Competition Committee to evaluate and make recommendations on matters relating to the site and the way it is perceived by non-staff members. The Competition Committee will also serve as a probational period for members wishing to be promoted to staff.


Article 6: Promotion, Advertising and Spamming

6.1 No member shall be involved in any endorsement or recommendation of material deemed unethical by The NHL Arena. Material such as pornography websites and images, hate websites, websites that promote the use of illegal activity, websites or images that contain graphic material, sites that contain harmful code that can affect user's PCs, etc. are all examples of what The NHL Arena deems unethical.

6.2 When a member enters into the Arena with the sole purpose of promoting a product, service or link to another website, The NHL Arena holds the right to either shut that advertising down, and/or hand down suspensions or bans.

6.3 When a member enters into the Arena with the sole purpose of promoting the product, service or link to another website and first requests permission via PM to a member of staff, The NHL Arena holds the right to make their decisions on a case by case method.

6.4 When a member that has already established themselves as an active and constructive participant to the Community wishes to promote a ware, or recommend another site that is deemed ethical by section 6.1, and is not deemed to harm the community in any way, they may do so. Although a PMed request of permission to do so may not be required, it is seen as a measure of good faith.

6.5 If The NHL Arena is reported a PMed message that contains any of the aforementioned examples of advertising or spamming, it will be seen the same way as if it were put on our public boards.

6.6 If any member chooses to promote the same advertisement on multiple boards, or an excessive amount on one board, they will be subjected to a warning, suspension, or banning.

6.7 All use of off site material should be accompanied with a link, quotation tags and proper credit to the original author.

6.8 The NHL Arena does not endorse any of the products or services offered by our advertising partners.


Article 7: The NHL Arena Constitution And The Rules Of Respect

7.1 Arena Rules. The NHL Arena, and each member of it's community shall be bound by the provisions of the Arena Rules. In the event of a conflict between this Agreement and said Rules, the provisions of this Agreement shall govern a copy of the current Rules, all amendments thereto, and any official interpretations of this Agreement shall be available to each member. No member shall be bound by any provision of a Rule that has not been detailed in this Agreement.

7.2 Expectations All active Arena members are expected to show an interest in the integrity and well being of this site. This would include such things as maturity when posting, a commitment to discuss the topics on the boards rather than ridicule someone elses opinions on said topic, and to either creating threads worthy of discussion or debate, or replying to them respectably and keeping within the topic at hand. All members are expected to present a behavior and attitude that reflects well on this site. And finally, all members are expected to know and follow the rules detailed in this Agreement.

7.3 Encouragements Arena members are strongly encouraged to be aware of all new registrations to this site and welcome them warmly into our community. Arena members are also strongly encouraged to motivate other members presence or posts at the Arena, by simply taking an interest in all points of view regardless of a members post count or team affiliation.

7.4 Moderation Every post that is presented on the Arena is subjected to being read thoroughly, links checked, signature content and size scrutinized, all movies watched for ethical concerns, illegal and distasteful content banished, content disallowed as specified to be against our rules, and banishment of all sexually graphic, or other generally graphic and hate inspiring material.

7.5 Tools Of Moderation All posts presented at the Arena will be subject to the following tools of moderation:

Deleting topics Topics will be deleted when it's sole intent is to disrespect a member, staff, or the Arena as a whole. When the topic starter chooses to lead a conversation with any of these things, there really is no direction for it to take to redeem itself. Topics that are deemed to be severely destructive or unethical are also subject to deletion.

Closing (locking) topics Topics will be locked in cases where an original legitimate discussion turns into an argument between two or more members. Before locking a thread down, 3 warnings by staff are a prerequisite. Only when more than 1 party disobeys these warning will we have to sacrifice the thread. In cases where there is only one problematic poster, we will deal with him or her separately.

Pinning (Stickying) topics Pinning topics will be kept for threads that carry in time. These threads can be either informative or interactive. And at no time is a specific board to have more than the maximum of 4 stickied topics.

Moving topics Moving topics will be kept to threads that are irrelevant to the team board they are originally posted on. The NHL Arena is built on a reputation of being one NHL fan community, rather than 30 NHL team communities and it will remain that way. Every time a GM moves a thread off his or her board to someplace else, it should be reported to the author of said topic.

Merging topics Merging topics will take place when two or more threads on a specific board deal with the same subject.

Deleting posts. All posts that are deemed to break this Agreement are subject to deletion. However, deletion of a post is expected to be a staff member's last resort. Duplicate posts will be deleted, outright.

Modifying posts Post modification is kept for posts that have gone past the realm of decency. All post modifications are required to have a reasoning posted below them. Members of staff also hold the right to modify posts in order to help out a member with code, images, etc.

Merging posts Merging posts will be used when one poster has multiple replies to themselves. No two posts from separate members will ever be merged.

Moving posts ~ refer to Moving topics.

Splitting topics Splitting topics will be used for those times when a topic runs off topic (but still pertains to your team), This will allow for the original material to regain interest while not losing out on the newer topic.

7.6 Rules Of Respect Personal shots will not be tolerated at The NHL Arena and are subjected to stiff penalties.

Our definition of a Personal Shot: ~ referring or directed to a particular person or persons in a disparaging or offensive sense or manner, usually involving character, behavior, appearance, etc.

"Personal shots" also refer to any generalization of fans that is seen in a disparaging manner. Basically put, fans are off limits.

Members are asked to attack the arguments presented in our threads, and not each other. Offenders that repeatedly disobey this rule will be banned from this site for life, no questions asked.

If you happen to be attacked and choose to retaliate rather than report it to staff and allow them the chance to deal with it, you will also be subject to a stiff penalty. Keeping respect within a community of thousands of members, is seen as everyone's duties. The staff cannot do this alone.

Beyond blatant personal shots, this site will also not tolerate harassment, disruptive behavior, baiting, spamming or solicitation on our boards or within our PM system.

Harassment: To disturb persistently; torment; bother continually; pester; persecute any member or group of members on this site, either in a public board or through PMs.

Disruptive Behavior: To intentionally cause disorder in a thread or forum by either posting off topic, nonsensical material, repetitive arguments, trying to turn a public topic into one about a specific member or select group of members, or abusing the report system.

Baiting: To intentionally act antagonistically with the sole purpose of drawing ire from an opposing member or group of members.

Spamming: To purposefully use The NHL Arena as a means to advertise, while giving nothing back to this community.

Solicitation: To purposefully use The NHL Arena as a means to contact random members in an attempt to sell or advertise a product, advertise a website, or attempt to recruit members to another community.

7.7 Profanity The policy of profanity here at The NHL Arena is not as strict as you might find on other sites. Arena members are allowed to use words that have not been filtered to express their feelings on certain subject matter. However, if the profanity is seen as entirely unnecessary or overtly excessive, we hold the right to use the tools of moderation. Our lax rules of profanity should be seen as a privilege and not a right and is subject to change at any notice.

7.8 Game Day Thread Conduct All Game Day Threads (GDTs) will be placed in the home team's subforum within 24 hours prior to the beginning of the game in question. They will be created by designated GDT Specialists, or substitutions chosen by the Arena staff. All home team fans will be expected to conduct themselves as gracious hosts throughout the entirety of the thread, just as all road team fans will be expected to be respectful guests. Any member that degrades the Game Discussion Thread experience for other participants - including but not limited to - excessive instances of complaints about officiating, foul/offensive language, caps lock and other nuisance behavior, baiting, taunting, etc. will be subjected to stiff penalties such as suspension time or moderation queue.

The NHL Arena GDT is meant to be a unique experience, taking members from rival clubs and placing them in the same environment in order to allow them to share each other's perspective in a near real-time setting. It is geared toward the mature and compassionate hockey fan. So if you happen to be imperceptive or unconcerned to the tolerance levels around you, or uncomfortable reading perspectives that you might not happen to share, we ask that you avoid the GDT experience altogether.

My staff has been directed to take a zero-tolerance stance regarding our GDTs from this point on.


Article 8: No Copyrighted Material

Information copyrighted or owned by any individual or entity other than the member should not be posted on the discussion forums without the consent of the owner. If such an event occurs, the individual posting the information shall be held solely responsible. The NHL Arena shall not be held responsible for member-posted information that may violate copyright law. However, members of staff do hold the right to delete any and all violations of copyrighted material they happen to find.

You cannot legally post entire articles or news in the forum without permission from the copyright holder. Even if you attribute the article correctly it�s still copyright infringement. Copyright law does not care if you make any money off of the work or not, what matters is if you hurt the potential income of the copyright holder. In this case you would be depriving them of ad revenue and it is illegal. Under Fair Use provisions you can legally post a small abstract of an article - or perhaps the opening paragraph. So if you want to post an article you should do this and include a link, or just post the link. The exception to this rule is press releases; press releases are meant for distribution and can be copied and distributed as much as you want. If you are not sure if you can copy something then always err on the side of caution and simply post a link to the material.


Article 9: The NHL Arena Discretion

The NHL Arena reserves the right to remove a post which does not relate to the topic being discussed in the forum. The NHL Arena also reserves the right to prohibit or delete discussions that are thought to violate applicable law or that may be harmful to other members, or The NHL Arena itself. That said, we cannot ensure prompt removal of offending discussion forum posts. We also reserve the right to remove your membership from you should you violate these Guidelines.

Considering the real-time nature of this message board, it is impossible for The NHL Arena to review all messages or confirm the validity of information posted. Please remember that The NHL Arena does not actively monitor the contents of all posted messages and is not responsible for any messages posted. The NHL Arena 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 NHL Arena or any entity associated with The NHL Arena. Any user who feels that a posted message is objectionable is encouraged to either report the post, or contact a member of staff immediately. The NHL Arena 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.

You remain solely responsible for the content of your messages, and you agree to indemnify and hold harmless The NHL Arena, Invision Power Boards (the makers of the message 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.

The user agrees as a condition of registering at The NHL Arena to be truthful in regard to all information given during the registration process, to use the site as per the instructions, not to disclose his/her password to others for use, and that the site has a license (permission) for use of anything the user submits or posts to the site.


Article 10: Signature Rules

10.1 Ethical Signatures and Avatars: All Arena members are to use the same rules detailed in this Agreement regarding posted material, and to apply them to their signatures and avatars as well. Any use of unethical content will result in you losing your Signature and Avatar permissions.

10.2 Signature Sizes: It is at the suggestion and request that you kindly adjust your signatures to have a maximum width of around 500 pixels (give or take 25) and height max of 150-200 pixels. This will benefit everyone, as they can read posts easily without having to scroll side to side.

You can be your own judge if you prefer. The margin on the right side of the screen in any thread can be a great tool to see whether your signature is too large. If your box is larger than other posters (without signatures larger than 500 pixels wide) in that thread, your signature is larger than we prefer.

Some computers screens vary in size, and if you stay around 500 pixels in width you should have no concerns. If you receive a message from a GM or Exec suggesting your signature is too large, please comply within a reasonable amount of time. Our intentions are simply to make this board as accessible and comfortable for every member as we can, and your cooperation is very much appreciated.


Commissioner of The NHL Arena