PortlandNeighborhood.com

Welcome to YOUR Portland Neighborhood Community

These Terms of Use are the “rules” around what is appropriate behavior in using this website and social network.  You are held to these terms of use, so please read and understand them.  The purpose of this network - beyond having our own social network about Portland- is to introduce Portlanders to each other, provide a place to exchange ideas, promote the positive things about Portland, share Portland events, allow members to ask questions about neighborhoods, and so on. 

To make this a friendly place (as well as useful and non-threatening), please follow our simple “terms of use” guidelines.  If for any reason you can’t abide by these rules, please don’t use the site.  We control the site, so that means we get to make the rules for it.  Please understand that if you break the rules, we will have to ban your account from the site—sorry, but we’ve gotta keep things under control.  We reserve the right to suspend any member account or remove content for any reason at our sole discretion. 

Here is the short list:

  • NO SPAM
  • CONTENT IS MODERATED AND APPROVED AT OUR OWN DISCRETION
  • MEMBER ACCOUNTS MAY BE SUSPENDED AT OUR DISCRETION
  • NO BUSINESS PROMOTION UNLESS YOU HAVE A PAID ADVERTISEMENT
  • NO TROLLING FOR BUSINESS, DONATIONS, OR OTHER SELF PROMOTION UNLESS YOU HAVE OUR APPROVAL OR A PAID ADVERTISEMENT
  • WE ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ACCURACY OR CONTENTS POSTED TO THE SITE. USE THE INFORMATION ON THIS SITE AT YOUR OWN RISK.

The content of this website is for your general information and use only. It is subject to change without notice.

Neither we nor any third parties provide any warranty or guarantee as to the accuracy, timeliness, performance, completeness or suitability of the information and materials found or offered on this website for any particular purpose. You acknowledge that such information and materials may contain inaccuracies or errors and we expressly exclude liability for any such inaccuracies or errors to the fullest extent permitted by law.

Your use of any information or materials on this website is entirely at your own risk, for which we shall not be liable. It shall be your own responsibility to ensure that any products, services or information available through this website meet your specific requirements.

Zero Spam Policy

Please don't spam.  We have a zero spam policy and will immediately suspend any account suspected of sending spam - no questions.  What is internet spam? Spam is posting the same message several times, sending a spam message to multiple members, contacting people you don't know for the purpose of self promotion, and generally harassing people with junk messages or advertising. You get the picture.  NO SPAMMING ON THIS WEBSITE.  Please.  If you are reported for spam, or we think you are spamming on our site, we will have to suspend your account, and that’s no fun.  So, don’t do it.

Advertising and Promotion

We are all about promoting Portland and local businesses and people.  We love Portland and want to do good things here to give ‘props to our city and it’s wonderful people.  On the other hand, this site isn’t intended to become flooded with a whole bunch of empty advertising, because all the good useful information about Portland could get lost in all the static.  Plus, we pay for the running of our website from the advertising dollars we earn.  This doesn’t make us bad people or sharks, we are just making a living working very hard, just like you.  Show some respect.

So, while you MAY mention your business name in your personal account profile, or tastefully make mention of your business in your discussion threads, DO NOT use this site to excessively, blatantly advertise solely for the purposes of self promotion—otherwise your account will be suspended.  We offer very reasonable advertising rates, just contact us if you would like to advertise.

This also applies to donations and charities – please don’t use our site for requesting donations.  Please, NO ASKING FOR MONEY OR DONATIONS without clearing it through us first.  We are all about supporting local Portland charities--they do amazing great works.  But, we want control over that type of information on our site to limit the number and types of postings.  So, if you have a worthy venture you would like posted, please contact us first for permission.

Unfortunately, we need to use our judgment here and we will delete content and ban members from Portland Neighborhood’s ‘Net who are just here to engage in shameless self-promotion and/or to make money.

Content Moderation

We genuinely appreciate member-posted content!  However, due to excessive spam and inappropriate or off topic postings to the site, we have had to enable content moderation (content must be reviewed and approved by an Admin before it appears on the site).  We reserve the right to allow or disallow any content on this website based solely on our own discretion.  We generally will approve all content that is Portland related, and interesting/useful to other members.  Most content is reviewed and approved within 24 hours. On occasion, we will not approve a posting that a member makes to the site, based on our own discretion of what is relevant content for our website.  This is solely at our own discretion and apologize if your content was not approved - but we decide what is on topic for this website.  This website is focused on the positive things about Portland and is not a news website:  as such, messages that are posted about your personal opinion on politics, religion, self-promotion (unless you have prior approval or a paid ad), general negativity, or are off-topic (not related to Portland) will generally not be approved. 

Links Back to Your Website

Unfortunately, we have discontinued allowing business links in personal profiles, because people were joining the site just so they could add a bunch of links to their business and nothing else.  Bummer.  So, we took that option away, sorry!  We are just trying to keep the site meaningful for people who want to participate.  We offer cheap advertising options if you would like to place a paid ad on our site. 

Realtors and Related Businesses

The owners of this website are not Realtors, nor are we in the real estate business.  However, do have many visitors who are interested in moving to Portland or otherwise learning more about Portland real estate.  We have a paid advertising agreement with a local Portland realtor so that we can refer people to real estate services if they are interested.  Other realtors and related parties--just like other businesses--may include their own business name information on their personal member profile page only.   Please do not contact members individually for the sole benefit of promoting your real estate business--you may reply directly to members and answer questions, but please do not spam people or use this site simply as a way to troll for prospective new clients--people are here for information exchange and generally do not want to be bombarded with unsolicited messages.   Out of respect to our paid advertisers, we must strictly limit other real estate related promotion on the site.  If you are interested in advertising with us, please contact us.  Otherwise, please limit self promotion to your member page.  We may ban your account from the site if we deem you are not following these guidelines.

Insults and Harassment

There is nothing wrong with a respectful debate, disagreement, or constructive criticism.  Respectfully disagreeing with someone - including us - in a constructive manner is welcome. We want to make the site useful and valuable, and of course sharing your opinion (in a well mannered and reasonable way) is fine.

However, while you may have a good reason to be upset or angry about something, this isn’t the place for YELLING at people and getting downright nasty.  If we deem you are threatening, toxic, profane, abusive, negative, and/or nasty—be prepared to have your account suspended from using the site.   And, we will just have to use our judgement, so stay out of the gray areas.  Sorry, we get to make the rules ‘cause it’s our site.  If you don’t like the rules, you can go off and make your own website and post whatever you want on it. 

And, no harassing people, or online "stalking".  If you are deemed to be harassing someone, you will be banned.

Also, no porn on the site, please.  We like to post and share your photos and other stuff, but this is an all-ages site so please don't post any porn or otherwise x-rated materials, or we will delete it (and you may be banned from the site). 

If You've Been Banned in Error

If you've been banned or had your account deactivated by us and you think it is in error, please let us know. We’re reasonable people. We will take a look and consider re-instating your account if there was a misunderstanding or error.

Our network (and these rules) might not be a great fit for everyone, so if these rules don’t work for you, that is ok, just don’t use the site. Banning people sucks, and we don’t like it one bit, so don’t make us go there and have to do it.

More Legalese and Disclaimer Stuff (the lawyers made us do it)

We will share what we think is unique, interesting, or special about Portland, a particular neighborhood, including places, restaurants, and businesses located there.  Unless an ad, we are not paid by these businesses to list a link or to recommend them.  These recommendations are purely opinions, based on the experience of the individuals who wrote the content.  PortlandNeighborhood.com makes no claims or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness, or adequacy of the contents of this website and expressly disclaims liability for errors and omissions in the contents of this website. We are not a part of, or related to the official City of Portland website, or their related websites.  No warranty of any kind, implied, expressed or statutory, including but not limited to the warranties of non-infringement of third party rights, title, merchantability, is given with respect to the contents of this website or its links to other resources.  Reference in this website to any specific commercial business, product, process, or services, or the use of any trade, firm or corporation name is for the information and convenience of the public, and does not constitute endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by PortlandNeighborhood.com.

Your Privacy

Your privacy is important and we respect it.  We will not disclose any of your personal information to anyone (unless required by law), unless you give us express direction and permission to use your name and contact information as the author or submitter of content on the site.  You control what you post on the site, so please only post something you want to share, and use good judgment in not divulging personal information about yourself. Sadly, there are bad people out there who may do things like identity theft or other harassing behaviors--don't make it easy to become a target--protect your privacy.  Never ever divulge personal, private information about another person.  You will be banned for that behavior.

Links

We appreciate your interest in sharing our site.  You do not need our permission to create direct links to the www.portlandneighborhood.com site.  From time to time this website may also include links to other websites. These links are provided for your convenience to provide further information. They do not signify that we endorse the website(s). We have no responsibility for the content of the linked website(s).  We are not in any way responsible for the content or behavior of any linked websites, and we do not have any liability whatsoever for claims or damages against any web site maintained by a third party. Content and Privacy Policies are the responsibility of the respective owners of each website.


Copyrights
This website contains material which is owned by or licensed to us. This material includes, but is not limited to, the design, layout, look, appearance and graphics. Reproduction is prohibited other than in accordance with the copyright notice, which forms part of these terms and conditions.

All trademarks reproduced in this website which are not the property of, or licensed to, the operator are acknowledged on the website.

Your use of this website and any dispute arising out of such use of the website is subject to the laws of Oregon and the United States of America.

Whew!  That’s it.  By using this site, you consent to the terms as outlined above.  If you disagree with these terms, please do not use the site.   Thanks for following our Terms of Use, and we sincerely hope you enjoy the site!

Best Regards,
The PortlandNeighborhood’s ‘Net Team

Last updated by Lorri E. Apr 22, 2012.

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