Rules

Failure to adhere to these Rules is a violation of the FoldingStory website’s Terms of Use.

You agree not to post, email, or otherwise make available Content:

  1. that is unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, defamatory, libelous, invasive of another’s privacy, or is harmful to minors in any way;
  2. that is obscene, pornographic or depicts lewd sexual conduct;
  3. that harasses, degrades, intimidates or is hateful toward an individual or group of individuals on the basis of religion, gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, age, or disability;
  4. that interferes with others’ use and enjoyment of the site in any way, including but not limited to excessive use of capital letters (“SHOUTING”) and any disruptions to the normal flow of dialogue with an excessive amount of Content (flooding attack) to the Service or by any other means;
  5. that impersonates any person or entity, including, but not limited to, a FoldingStory employee, or falsely states or otherwise misrepresents your affiliation with a person or entity (this provision does not apply to Content that constitutes lawful non-deceptive parody of public figures.);
  6. that includes personal or identifying information about another person without that person’s explicit consent;
  7. that is false, deceptive, misleading, deceitful, or misinformative;
  8. that infringes any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright or other proprietary rights of any party, or Content that you do not have a right to make available under any law or under contractual or fiduciary relationships;
  9. that constitutes or contains “affiliate marketing,” “link referral code,” “junk mail,” “spam,” “chain letters,” “pyramid schemes,” or unsolicited commercial advertisement;
  10. that constitutes or contains any form of advertising or solicitation;
  11. that includes links to commercial services or web sites;
  12. that advertises any illegal service or the sale of any items the sale of which is prohibited or restricted by any applicable law;
  13. that contains software viruses or any other computer code, files or programs designed to interrupt, destroy or limit the functionality of any computer software or hardware or telecommunications equipment;
  14. that employs misleading email addresses, or forged headers or otherwise manipulated identifiers in order to disguise the origin of Content transmitted through the Service.

Additionally, you agree not to:

  1. contact anyone who has asked not to be contacted, or make unsolicited contact with anyone for any commercial purpose;
  2. “stalk” or otherwise harass anyone;
  3. collect personal data about other users for commercial or unlawful purposes;
  4. use automated means, including spiders, robots, crawlers, data mining tools, or the like to download data from the Services - unless expressly permitted by FoldingStory;
  5. repeatedly post the same or similar Content or otherwise impose an unreasonable or disproportionately large load on our infrastructure;
  6. create serial accounts for disruptive or abusive purposes or with overlapping use cases. Mass account creation may result in suspension of all related accounts;
  7. register usernames for the purpose of either preventing others from registering those usernames or selling those accounts;
  8. selling usernames, unless permitted to do so in a separate agreement with FoldingStory;
  9. attempt to gain unauthorized access to the FoldingStory computer systems or engage in any activity that disrupts, diminishes the quality of, interferes with the performance of, or impairs the functionality of, the Services or the FoldingStory website;
  10. use any form of automated device or computer program that enables the submission of postings on the FoldingStory website without each posting being manually entered by the author thereof (an “automated posting device”), including without limitation, the use of any such automated posting device to submit postings in bulk, or for automatic submission of postings at regular intervals; or
  11. use any form of automated device or computer program (“voting tool”) that enables the use of the FoldingStory “voting system” or community moderation system without each vote being manually entered by the person that initiates the vote (an “automated voting device”), or use the voting tool to decrease the popularity of posts by other users.
  12. use any form of automated device or computer program (“flagging tool”) that enables the use of the FoldingStory “flagging system” without each flag being manually entered by the person that initiates the flag (an “automated flagging device”), or to flag posts without a good faith belief that the post being flagged violates these Rules or the Terms of Service.

Last Update: June 25, 2012