Forum Terms & Rules
Please take a moment to review these rules detailed below. If you agree with them and wish to proceed with the registration, simply click the "Register" button below. To cancel this registration, simply hit the 'back' button on your browser.
Please remember that we are not responsible for any messages posted. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message.
You are also responsible for maintaining an accurate e-mail address in your member profile. We do not send out spam. We may occasionally send out e-mail in the event of a catastrophic event, or if we believe your account may be abandoned. Further, if someone sends you a personal message through the forum and you don't have a correct e-mail address listed it causes headaches for us when the mail bounces. If you do not maintain an accurate e-mail address your posting privileges may be suspended until it is updated.
The messages express the views of the author of the message, not necessarily the views of this bulletin board. Any user who feels that a posted message is objectionable is encouraged to contact us immediately by email. We have the ability to remove objectionable messages and we will make every effort to do so, within a reasonable time frame, if we determine that removal is necessary.
You agree, through your use of this service, that you will not use this bulletin board to post any material which is knowingly false and/or defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, vulgar, hateful, harassing, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, invasive of a person's privacy, or otherwise violative of any law.
Vulgarities are not permitted. Using symbols to evade the banned words filter will result in warnings. Repeated violations may result in suspension or termination of your account.
You may not post blatantly or demonstrably false information. The world is full of enough rumors and innuendo. The intent of this forum is to generate more light than heat.
You may not participate in flame wars. "He started it" is not a valid excuse. Both parties in a flame war may have their accounts suspended or terminated. Just walk away if you don't want to be suspended.
Threads comparing and contrasting various cities are permitted. However, my-city-is-better-than-your-city flame wars are not allowed. Especially Houston v. Dallas.
You agree not to post any copyrighted material unless the copyright is owned by you or by this bulletin board.
You agree not to post spam or other messages that are exclusively for commercial or self promotion. You may place a link to your personal or business web site in your signature. But you may not post messages that are little more than ads, with one exception: Help Wanted ads and Resumes posted in the jobs section.
Personal attacks are strictly prohibited. Messages containing personal attacks will be deleted. Repeated offenses will result in the suspension, and possible termination of your account. You may also have your machine or business banned from the web site. We've done it before. We'll do it again.
Animations are not permitted in signatures. Animations are permitted in avatars, if they are not too distracting.
Keyword stuffing is not permitted in blogs, or signatures. You may have legitimate links in your signatures or blogs, but HAIF does not exist to manipulate your search engine ranking.
Every effort should be taken to keep signatures brief. In the case of a graphic element in a signature, a maximum height of 200 pixels is recommended.
The owners of this web site understand that many users of the internet wish to keep their personal information private. We feel the same way. That is why we have adopted a set of privacy guidelines which govern our day-to-day operations.
We use third-party advertising companies to serve ads when you visit our Web site. These companies may use aggregated information (not including your name, address, email address or telephone number) about your visits to this and other Web sites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you. If you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices about not having this information used by these companies, click here.
Information that you provide about yourself to this web site is kept in confidence. We do not and will not give, sell, lend, or otherwise distribute the names, physical addresses, e-mail addresses, or other information about our users to any third parties unless compelled by a responsible law enforcement agency that has gone through the proper legal channels.
Restricted Release of Information to Third Parties
As stated earlier, your personal information will not be given to any third party unless you specifically request it. For example, it may be necessary to provide your mailing address to a company processing orders for merchandise purchased on this web site so it can be mailed to you.
The management of this web site does not track users through the internet except as required to save personal settings such as a default language or login information. However, some of our advertisers and advertising companies (Google, Tribal Fusion, and others) may also occasionally set a "cookie" on your machine to determine the effectiveness of a particular advertisement or ad campaign or to deliver advertisements it believes will be of interest to you based on other sites you visit on the internet. We do not have any access to this information, or control over its use. One such cookie is the DoubleClick DART. You may opt out of the DART cookie by following this link: DART Opt Out.
The information we do collect is limited to the following items provided by your browser software:
- The IP address you came from (Your internet service provider, not your e-mail address.)
- The browser you are using (Safari, Mozilla, Netscape, Opera, WebTV, AOL, etc...)
- The type of machine you are using (IBM clone, Macintosh, Amiga, Unix, etc...)
- Your machine's operating system (OS X, Windows, AmigaDOS, Solaris, OS/2, etc...)
- The web site or search engine that referred you to this web site (Yahoo!, Hotbot, Google, etc...)
- The search terms you entered at the search engine which brought you here ("skyscrapers", "new york", "fountains", etc...)