Date of last revision: December 1, 2014.
SNAPD has a thriving user community and actively encourages commenting on event stories and user content posts. We are dedicated to this community and strive to maintain a respectful, engaging and connected social conversation. Towards that end, we have general guidelines for commenting and for supplying content to us (“User Content”). They may be enforced by a moderating system that may include staff and community moderators, and moderation tools. If you wish to participate in our community, we ask that you follow the guidelines below, agree to our User Agreement, and abide by the spirit of the positive social community we seek to create.
These Community Guidelines are incorporated into and subject to the terms of our User Agreement. Terms defined in the Terms and Conditions have the same meanings herein. We reserve the right to amend these Community Guidelines and our User Agreement at any time, with or without notice. If there are material changes to these Community Guidelines, we will notify you by placing prominent notice on the Site and/or by email. When we post changes to these Community Guidelines, we will also revise the “last updated” date. We encourage you to periodically review these Community Guidelines.
By using, accessing, interacting or by submitting content for publication on this Site, you agree to abide, and that you are bound, by the User Agreement.
If your comments consistently or intentionally make this community a less civil and enjoyable place to be, you and your comments will be excluded from it.
Our goal is to connect individuals, groups, business and communities and to publish photos and video of the general public in positive, non-denominational local event settings both on our Site and within our print publications. Photos and video taken by yourself, by other Site users, and from time to time, our photographers should be posed, and the subjects of the photos must be informed of our intent to make them publically available online through our Site and/or in print through our print publications before each photo or video is taken and uploaded as User Content. Please be aware that any information given through the Event Submission and Content submission features of our Site, including but not limited to names, addresses and phone numbers, will be considered publicly available information and may be published online, in print and/or otherwise made available to the general public. Please supply only that information that is intended for public viewing when supplying event content to our Site. By submitting event details, event information and content from events, you agree to allow SNAPD to attend the event on the date and time given, with the intent of photographing attendees for publication in print and/or online. You also agree, in the case of a private event, to inform attendees of the event of SNAPD’s intentions to obtain content and your intention to supply content to SNAPD. In the case of photographs of minors, it is your responsibility to obtain, through written or verbal consent, permission to publish the photographs, and to inform our photographer of any restrictions.
SNAPD promotes a receptive, transparent and civil atmosphere for comments and users. Positive and intelligent discussions are encouraged and the best of these are highlighted in various ways, such as through the inclusion into one or more of our print publications.
Everyone is welcome and encouraged to voice their opinion regardless of identity, politics, ideology, religion or agreement with other community members, the author of the post or staff members as long as those opinions are respectful and constructively add to the conversation. However, this community does not tolerate direct or indirect attacks, name-calling or insults, nor does it tolerate intentional attempts to derail, hijack, troll or bait others into an emotional response. These types of comments and/or photo or video content will be removed from the community where warranted. Individuals who consistently or intentionally post these types of comments and/or photo or video will be warned and, if necessary, excluded from the community.
Comments are not pre-moderated.
While SNAPD does not pre-screen User Content, our moderation team may read comments and view photos or videos before they are displayed to other users. If this is the case, you may see your comment(s) or content pending approval. Approval times can vary depending on the site-wide demand, so please be patient — we will get to all items pending approval as quickly as possible.
You acknowledge that SNAPD (i) is under no obligation to post, display or otherwise use any User Content, and (ii) has no obligation whatsoever to pay you any royalty or other amounts on any revenues or other consideration that SNAPD receives directly or indirectly from the use or display of your User Content or otherwise from the exercise of SNAPD’s rights granted under these Terms. You hereby agree not to instigate, support, maintain, or authorize any action, claim, or lawsuit against SNAPD or its owners/operators, affiliates, and/or licensors, or any other person, on the grounds that any use of User Content, or any derivative works thereof, infringe any of your rights as creator of the User Content, including, without limitation, trademark rights, copyrights, publicity rights, privacy rights, and moral rights or “droit moral.”
The community monitors itself, in conjunction with the community moderation team – and you can help!
Every member of this community has the power and responsibility to help elevate the level of conversation and remove those who would degrade it. On every comment, photo or video you can “Like” and connect with users who are posting great content, or flag it for review by a moderator. Taking these simple actions helps bring great content to the top and removes bad content quickly.
You Will Be Responsible for Any Harm We Suffer as a Result of Your Violation of the User Agreement, These Terms and Conditions or Any Breach by You of Your Representations and Warranties : You agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless SNAPD and its affiliates, and their respective members, directors, officers, managers, employees, shareholders, agents, and licensors, from and against all losses, expenses, damages and costs, including reasonable attorneys’ fees, resulting from any violation by you of these Terms and Conditions, the User Agreement or any breach by you of your representations and warranties hereunder. We reserve the right to take over the exclusive defense of any claim for which we are entitled to indemnification. In such event, you shall provide us with such cooperation as is reasonably requested by us.
Your Use of Our Site is Subject to Certain Disclaimers:
(a) You agree we are not responsible or liable to you in any manner for any user supplied content or third party applications, software or content posted on the Site or in connection with the any service or utility provided by or through the Site, whether posted or made accessible by users of the Site, by us, by third parties or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Site. Although we provide rules for user conduct and postings, we do not control and are not responsible for what users post, transmit or share on the Site and are not responsible for any offensive, inappropriate, obscene, unlawful or otherwise objectionable content you may encounter on the Site or in connection with any user supplied content or third party applications, software or content. We are not responsible for the conduct, whether online or offline, of any user of the Site.
(b) The Site may be temporarily unavailable from time to time for maintenance or other reasons. We assume no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, your or any other user’s communications. You agree we may not be held liable for any technical malfunction or other problems of any telephone network or service, computer systems, servers or providers, computer or mobile phone equipment, software, failure of email or players on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any Site or combination thereof, including injury or damage to your or any other person’s computer, mobile phone, or other hardware or software, related to or resulting from using or downloading materials in connection with the Internet and/or in connection with the Site. Under no circumstances will we be responsible for any loss or damage, including any loss or damage to any user supplied content or personal injury or death, resulting from anyone’s use of the Site, any user supplied content or third party applications, software or content posted on or through the Site or any Services or transmitted to users, or any interactions between users of the Site, whether online or offline.
Be yourself, only yourself, and just one of yourself.
Every person’s opinion is valuable and unique. Pretending to be someone else removes that unique value from you or from others. Don’t misrepresent yourself or others, spread misinformation, or create multiple accounts. If you do, you will make the community a less enjoyable and valuable place to be and you will be removed when we see it.
You Indemnify Us Respecting Your Submissions.
You agree to indemnify, defend and hold SNAPD, our licensors, subsidiaries and affiliates, and each of their directors, officers, agents, contractors, partners and employees, harmless from and against any loss, liability, claim, demand, damages, costs and expenses, including reasonable lawyer’s fees, arising out of or in connection with any content you post or submit or otherwise share on or through the Site (including through any share service), your use of the Services or the Site, your conduct in connection with the Services or the Site or with other users of the Services or the Site, or any violation of these Terms and Conditions, our User Agreement or of any law or the rights of any third party. You further agree to indemnify, defend and hold SNAPD, its parents, affiliates, licensors, suppliers, advertisers and sponsors, and their respective directors, officers, employees, consultants, agents and other representatives, harmless from and against any and all claims, damages, losses, costs (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) and other expenses that arise directly or indirectly out of or from any allegation that any User Content or other materials you submit to us or transmit to the Site infringe or otherwise violate the copyright, trademark, trade secret or other intellectual property or other rights of any third party.
This community is a safe space.
We strongly believe that our Site and our SNAPD print publications should be a safe space for positive individuals, groups and their ideas. As such, negativity, violent and hostile language or calls for violence and hostility are not welcome. If you directly or indirectly threaten the physical or mental well being of a member of this community, or an individual or group who is the subject of an article, you will be removed immediately. We do not permit users to attack others based on race, ethnic origin, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientations or disability. Hate speech will not be tolerated. Bullying or harassment will not be tolerated. If a credible threat is made against an individual or group, not only will it be removed but it is likely that it will be reported to law enforcement agencies and we will cooperate with them to any extent requested.
If you see any threats, harassment or personal information trolling please report it quickly. If you have comments, we are here and we have real people who read and reply.
If you have complaints, questions, concerns, or just feedback – positive or critical – please get in touch with us here.