Rules and Guidelines

Introduction

By proceeding to post in the SpaceSimCentral.com forum, talk in the Comm Channel, upload files, download files, create articles or blog posts, you agree to these guidelines listed below and must obey them at all times. This guide is designed to strike a balance between the main goal of the SpaceSimCentral website, which is to provide a great source of information and support to the space and scifi gaming community. In doing this, SpaceSimCentral.com will have a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere for all users. We require all posts to be some what constructive, and on topic if possible. We reserve the right to remove any topics or individual posts that we deem inappropriate or disruptive.

Please note that, from time to time, topics may be removed for being inappropriate even though your individual post in that topic may have been perfectly fine. You may not make personal attacks on other users either in the forums or private messages. Profanity needs to be kept to a minimum, just because it is a family friendly site.

You may not advertise or promote other companies or their programs on this website, unless you have express permission from the Administrator (DarkOne aka SSCAdmin). We reserve the right to ban any member who violates our guidelines or disrupts the forum. We will be fair and provide a warning in most cases. If you have an issue concerning our services, policies, or staff, please use a personal contact method such as a private message or email to an administrator or moderator – they are highlighted in the active members list. We take serious complaints to heart and will do our best to address them immediately.

Contents:

1. Legal Agreement
2. Rules and Guidelines
3. Download Marketplace
4. Thank You

Legal Agreement (Yes, The boring legal mumbo-jumbo)

 

    1. General

    This agreement governs your use of the services contained within the SpaceSimCentral.com web site. This agreement, together with any such additional terms and conditions, are referred to as this "Agreement." SpaceSimCentral.com reserves the right, in its discretion, to change or modify all or any part of this Agreement at any time, effective immediately. Your continued use of the services contained within the Site constitutes your binding acceptance of these terms and conditions, including any changes or modifications made by SpaceSimCentral.com as permitted above. If at any time the terms and conditions of this Agreement are no longer acceptable to you, you should immediately cease all use of SpaceSimCentral.com's services.

    2. Use of Content

    2.1 You may use the contents of SpaceSimCentral.com's web site only for your personal, non-commercial use. You acknowledge that the Site contains information, software, advertising and clients personal information accessible through the Site, including without limitation all design, text, audio, images, and clients personal data, hereby referred to as (the "Information"), as well as photographs, audio and video clips, graphics, links and other material (collectively, the "Content") that are protected by copyright, trademark or other proprietary rights of SpaceSimCentral.com or third parties. All Content within SpaceSimCentral.com\'s web site is copyrighted as a collective work of SpaceSimCentral.com pursuant to applicable copyright law. You agree to comply with any additional copyright notices, information, or restrictions contained in any Content available on or accessed through the Site.

    2.2 No Advice or Solicitation. The information provided by SpaceSimCentral.com is for information purposes only and should not be used or construed as an offer to sell, a solicitation of an offer to buy, or endorsement, recommendations were sponsorship of any company or individual by SpaceSimCentral.com, or its respective officers, directors, employees or agents. You acknowledge that any request for information are unsolicited and shall neither constitute nor be construed as recommendations or advice by SpaceSimCentral.com to you. SpaceSimCentral.com does not guarantee the reliability or accuracy of any Information or Content on any of the contents found within its Site.

    2.3 Limits of Usage. You may not modify, publish, transmit, transfer or sell, reproduce, create derivative works from, distribute, perform, link, display, or in any way exploit any of the Content, in whole or in part, except as expressly permitted in this Agreement or with the prior written consent of SpaceSimCentral.com. Content consisting of downloadable software may not be reverse engineered. You may post on the SpaceSimCentral.com web site any content owned by you (such as your original statements), content for which you have received express permission from the owner and content in the public domain. You assume all risk and responsibility for determining whether any Content is in the public domain. You grant to SpaceSimCentral.com the right to edit, copy, publish, distribute, translate and otherwise use in any medium any content that you place on the SpaceSimCentral.com web site without compensation to you. You represent and warrant that you are authorized to grant all rights set forth in the preceding sentence.

    2.4 Downloading. You may download or copy the Content only for your own personal use, provided that you retain on such materials all copyright and other notices contained in such Content. You shall not store electronically any significant portion of any Content. Except as expressly permitted by the copyright laws, no copying, storage, redistribution or publication of any Content is permitted without the express permission of SpaceSimCentral.com or the owners of such Content or their authorized persons, if other than SpaceSimCentral.com.

    3. Rules of Conduct

    You shall not post on the SpaceSimCentral.com web site any content which (a) is libelous, defamatory, obscene, harassing or threatening, (b) contains viruses or other contaminating or destructive features, (c) violates the rights of others, such as content which infringes any copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret or violates any right of privacy or publicity, or (d) otherwise violates any applicable law. You may not post on the Site any links to any external Internet sites that are obscene or pornographic. You shall not use the contents of the Site for any commercial purpose, to distribute any advertising or solicitation of funds or goods and contents of the Site or to solicit users to join competitive online services.

    4. Managing Content

    SpaceSimCentral.com does not and cannot review the content posted by users on the Site and is not responsible for such content. However, SpaceSimCentral.com reserves the right to delete, move or edit any content (including content posted in any Interactive Area) that it may determine, in its sole discretion, violates this Agreement or is otherwise unacceptable. You shall remain solely responsible for all content posted by you. SpaceSimCentral.com shall have the right, but not the obligation, to correct any errors or omissions in any content, as it may determine in its sole discretion.

    5. No Endorsement

    5.1 Accuracy/Reliability. SpaceSimCentral.com does not represent or endorse the accuracy or reliability of any content or information posted on the Site and you acknowledge that any reliance upon such content shall be at your sole risk. Any content or information placed on the Site by users are the views of the user posting the statement, and do not represent the views of SpaceSimCentral.com.

    5.2 Links. The Site may contain links to sites on the Internet that are owned and operated by third parties (the "External Sites"). You acknowledge that SpaceSimCentral.com is not responsible for the availability of, or the content located on or through, any External Site. You should contact the site administrator or Webmaster for those External Sites if you have any concerns regarding such links or the content located on such External Sites.

    5.3 Member ID and Password. You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of the password and account, which are decided by you in the account registration process, and are fully responsible for all activities that occur under your password or account. You agree to (a) immediately notify SpaceSimCentral.com of any unauthorized use of your password or account or any other breach of security, and (b) ensure that you exit from your account at the end of each session. SpaceSimCentral.com cannot and will not be liable for any loss or damage arising from your failure to comply.

    6. Indemnity

    You agree to indemnify, defend and hold SpaceSimCentral.com and its affiliates, successors, assigns and their respective officers, directors, owners, agents, information providers and licensors harmless from and against any and all claims, liability, losses, costs and expenses (including attorneys fees) incurred by any SpaceSimCentral.com Party in connection with any use or alleged use of the Site under your password (if applicable) by any person, whether or not authorized by you. SpaceSimCentral.com reserves the right, at its own expense, to assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter otherwise subject to indemnification by you, and in such case, you agree to cooperate with SpaceSimCentral.com's defense of such claim.

    7. Termination of Program/Service

    SpaceSimCentral.com reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to restrict, suspend or terminate your access to all or any part of the Site, including the Interactive Areas, at any time for any reason without prior notice or liability. SpaceSimCentral.com may change, suspend or discontinue all or any aspect of the Site at any time, including the availability of any feature, database, or Content (including the Interactive Areas), without prior notice or liability.

    8. DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES; LIMITATION OF LIABILITY

    8.1 NEITHER SpaceSimCentral.com NOR ANY PROVIDER OF THIRD PARTY CONTENT OR THEIR RESPECTIVE AGENTS WARRANTS THAT THE SERVICES CONTAINED WITHIN THE WEB SITE OF SpaceSimCentral.com WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR FREE; NOR DOES SpaceSimCentral.com, ANY THIRD PARTY CONTENT PROVIDER, OR THEIR RESPECTIVE AGENTS MAKE ANY WARRANTY AS TO THE RESULTS TO BE OBTAINED FROM USE OF THE SITE OR THE CONTENT. THE SITE AND THE CONTENT ARE DISTRIBUTED ON AN "AS IS, AS AVAILABLE" BASIS. NONE OF SpaceSimCentral.com, THIRD PARTY CONTENT PROVIDERS AND THEIR RESPECTIVE AGENTS MAKE ANY WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, WARRANTIES OF SpaceSimCentral.com OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, NON-INFRINGEMENT OR OTHERWISE, WITH RESPECT TO THE SITE, ANY CONTENT OR ANY PRODUCTS OR SERVICE OF SpaceSimCentral.com SOLD THROUGH THE PROGRAM/SERVICE. NEITHER SpaceSimCentral.com NOR ANY THIRD PARTY CONTENT PROVIDER WARRANTS THAT ANY FILES AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOADING THROUGH THE SITE WILL BE FREE OF VIRUSES OR SIMILAR CONTAMINATION OR DESTRUCTIVE FEATURES. YOU EXPRESSLY AGREE THAT THE ENTIRE RISK AS TO THE QUALITY AND PERFORMANCE OF THE SITE AND THE ACCURACY OR COMPLETENESS OF THE CONTENT IS ASSUMED SOLELY BY YOU.

    8.2 NEITHER SpaceSimCentral.com, ANY THIRD PARTY CONTENT PROVIDER NOR THEIR RESPECTIVE AGENTS SHALL BE LIABLE FOR ANY INCIDENTAL, EXEMPLARY, PUNITIVE, DIRECT, INDIRECT, SPECIAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF THE USE, RELIANCE, ACCESS OF OR INABILITY TO USE OR ACCESS THE SITE (INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION THE RESULTS OF RELATIONSHIPS STEMMING FROM THE USE OF CONTENTS OF THE SITE THAT MAY RESULT FROM INACCURACY, INCOMPLETENESS, INCONVENIENCE, DELAY, INTERRUPTIONS OR LOSS OF THE USE OF OR ACCESS TO THE INFORMATION), DUE EITHER TO ANY NEGLIGENT ACTS OR OMISSIONS BY SpaceSimCentral.com, ANY THIRD PARTY CONTENT PROVIDER NOR THEIR RESPECTIVE AGENTS, OF INFORMATION OR TO ANY "FORCE NATURE" (I.E. FLOOD, EARTHQUAKE, OR OTHER ACTS OF GOD, COMMUNICATIONS, POWER FAILURE, EQUIPMENT OR SOFTWARE MALFUNCTIONS) EVEN IF SUCH PARTY HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.

    8.3 FOR ALL CLAIMS RELATING TO SpaceSimCentral.com'S PERFORMANCE OR NON-PERFORMANCE UNDER THIS AGREEMENT, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, TORT, STRICT LIABILITY OR OTHERWISE, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, CLAIMS FOR FAILURE OF THE SITE TO OPERATE, IN NO EVENT SHALL SpaceSimCentral.com'S LIABILITY HEREUNDER, WHETHER ARISING IN CONTRACT, STRICT LIABILITY OR TORT, EXCEED THE FEE, IF ANY, PAID BY YOU FOR THE SERVICES OF SpaceSimCentral.com.

    8.4 SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW EXCLUSION OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES OR LIMITATION OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL, EXEMPLARY, PUNITIVE, DIRECT, INDIRECT, SPECIAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. IN SUCH STATES, THE LIABILITY OF SpaceSimCentral.com, THIRD PARTY CONTENT PROVIDERS AND THEIR RESPECTIVE AGENTS SHALL BE LIMITED TO THE GREATEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.

 

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Space Sim Central Rules and Guidelines

 

    1. Profanity

    There will be no excessive use of profanity. Any excessive un-called for language will be removed and you will receive a warning.

    2. Personal Discriminations

    There will be no racial, ethnic, gender based insults or any other forms of personal discrimination towards humans or aliens. If observed and or reported you will get a warning.

    3. Offensive or Inflammatory Comments

    There will be no posts meant to offend or hurt any other member. If you have a conflict or disagreement with a member of this website take it up with them in a PM/Email. DO NOT spread this conflict to the forums or website. This should be a place where everyone has the same thing in common space gaming.

    4. Spamming

    Spamming is not permitted. Keep your posts constructive and do not post just too increase your post count. Both moderators and myself have a zero tolerance level for spam so we will not even warn you, we will delete posts and if we see you do it again I will remove your account and ban your ip-address. Examples a of spamming are:
    – Posting links to sites that are not related to the content of the post.
    – Posting worthless posts in the forums to increase post count or spread your signature links.
    – Posting images using a pay per click service.

    5. Pornography

    This should be obvious, since this is a gaming site. No Pornographic images of any kind are allowed and you will automatically be banned for good if caught.

    6. Hacked or Pirated Software

    No games, mods, music, movies, scripts or files of any type are allowed to be uploaded to posts or the download area if they are pirated or hacked or they fall under someone's copywrite. If you are the owner or you can identify software that is being claimed by someone else please let the staff know and we will handle the issue. This means no posting to links where you can download pirated or hacked software.

    7. Uploadable File Types and file sizes

    7z, aiff, bmp, doc, gif, gz, hqx, jpeg, jpg, mp3, mpg, pdf, png, ppt, rar, rtf, tar, tiff, txt, wav and zip

    8. Post Property

    All posts are property of SpaceSimCentral.com. This forum and all web sites owned in conjunction with this forum has the right to request alteration or delete any rule breaking post. Posts may be deleted for any reasons the forum administrator or moderators deem reasonable.

    9. Pictures – Movies – Files

    Pictures, movies and files are allowed as long as you stick to posting/uploading them to the correct content areas on the website. All posting, uploading and linking of files/pictures/movies must follow rules stated in rule #5 and #6. Please try to linking to movies and pics when possible instead of uploading therm.

    10. Usernames

    Please do not create a username trying to impersonate a moderator or a administrator of these forums or use names with major swear words in them. If you are caught you may be banned without warning.

    11. Avatars

    You are allowed to use our avatars, upload or link to your own images. Make sure that the image contains NO XXX MATERIAL (ie: nudity or sexual acts). If you are caught using a avatar that is not authorized that avatar will be removed and you will be warned. If you continue to break the rules on avatar content you will be a temporarly banned for 5 days.

    12. Signatures

    Signatures may contain images, but may not be any larger than 768×90 (banners are permitted). If your signature is larger than the allotted size given or deemed unacceptable by staff, you will either be requested by a moderator to resize or change your image, or the moderator will do it for you. Please also try and keep text signatures under 5 lines. Do your best to keep your image size to under 100k due to load times. Failing to comply with a moderator's request will result in the removal of your signature.

    NOTE: No promotional or business advertisements in your signature unless they are authorized by the SpaceSimCentral staff.

    13. Galleries and Personal Galleries

    You are allowed to post pictures to the galleries just please follow the warnings or instructions in the descriptions on the particular gallery. See Rule #5 for types of pictures not authorized. This rule also encompasses the personal galleries as well.

    NOTE: Currently this rule doesn't apply until I add a gallery plugin to the SpaceSimCentral website.

    14. File Database and DirectDL area

    This file are is for demos, games, mods, manuals and books that have been released to the public. If there is any files in the download area that violate any copywrite do notify the admin to have it taken down. This might only be an issue when dealing with abandonware games where a person cannot be contacted.

    15. Advertising

    You are encouraged to announce your game or mod to the community and provide a link to download or to buy your program as long as its content is relevant to SpaceSimCentral (ie: Space, Scifi and Flight sim related). Any other advertising of commercially related products is forbidden in any relation to your account. Unless you get permission from the Administrator or Moderator. The best way to get approval is to link to SpaceSimCentral.com and contact the admin always when wanting to advertise and we can work something out.

    16. Blogs and Articles

    Blogs and Articles that are created on this site are the sole opinions of the author who created the posting. As long as the posting adhears to the site rules the content will not be in violation of any rules.

    17. Correct area to post

    Remember to post in the correct areas of the forums. Take your time to look over the forums categories and topics to see where your post should go. If your topic is placed in the wrong forum, it will be moved by a moderator. If you see topic posted in the wrong forum, or the post is in violation of our guidelines then please contact a moderator or admin by PM. Generally this helps out the admin and the moderators with there duties… So help us out.

    18. Impersonation

    Any impersonation of a user or moderator/admin from these forums, in any mode of communication, is strictly prohibited and will result in banning of your account.

    20. External Content

    If you are linking to external content, you should link directly to that content and give the website or author credit. It is unacceptable to use link-thru systems to mask the originating URL, and cases where this is found to be happening your link may be edited or removed. When you are referencing another sites content make sure you try to quote the text and give the link to where the originating post is.

    21. Violation

    Violation of any of these rules will result in consequences determined on a case-by-case basis.

    22. Questions, Issues or Comments on the rules

    If you have any questions or issues on any of these rules and you want some clarification on them just ask a moderator or admin. We will address your questions within 12-24hrs usually. Best bet is to post your comments or questions in the Admin Area of the forums.

 

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Download Marketplace


 

    1. What is the download marketplace?

    SpaceSimCental is creating a place where members can buy and sell games, graphic models, music, sound effects, backgrounds, mods,books, comics or anything else that fits in the scifi and space gaming theme. All members will have the ability to upload files and then decide as to whether to give it away for free or to sell it. SpaceSimCentral is really only supplying a central location for this activity (like a Steam or Desura). But unlike those digital download sites members have full control over their files and prices. And you can use SSC to promote your game in the forums as well or link to your download page(s) on other sites. SSC is a gamers community and we want to keep it that way.

    2. What is allowed to be sold?

    Anything that you can prove that you are the sole rights holder for and it needs to be scifi/space gaming related. You are not allowed to re-package copyrighted software and sell it unless you are the content owner or can prove that you have permission from rights holder. If you are spotted doing this activity all files will be removed, your account will be deleted, all funds will be withheld and you will be reported to the authorities or rights holder for legal action.

    3. Paying for a transaction and getting files

    Since the file owner is responsible for pricing, file versions, any patches or packaging. SpaceSimCental is really only providing the ability to pay for item(s) and unlocking the ability to download the file(s). Since a member can withdraw a file for sale at any time, SpaceSimCental cannot guarantee you will always have access to your download. So I would recommend that when you purchase a file that you download and store it on media or harddrive for reuse in the future. If there is an issue please contact the file owner to reconcile, if you cannot reach the owner of the file contact the SSCAdmin for assistance.

    4. Rating and Comments for Download

    You have the ability to rate and comment on any file in the download area. These comments cannot be deleted or edited by the file owner. So the member ratings and comments will help other members stay away from possible files or members that may not support their project as they should or if a file/game is incomplete or not ready for sale. If an item is reported to many times to the SSC staff it will be locked and no further purchases will be allowed until item(s) are fixed and if they are not fixed within a specified time frame dictated by the SSC Staff the file(s) will be removed from the system.

    5. Refunds

    This is a sensitive subject for most people. And since SpaceSimCental is not the owner of any purchasable downloadable content on the site there will be no refunds on the purchase of downloads. You will have to engage with the author to either fix problems any dispute or work something out. The SSC Staff is sure that the community will be able to police itself and weed out bad elements that are here to prey on gamers. Those individuals will be dealt with as quickly as possible to limit any damage to the community and its integrity.

    6. Download Area Specifics

    – File types supported: zip, xml, txt, tar, rar, pdf, nfo, mp3, jpg, jpeg, tif, gif, exe, gz, doc, bmp, 7z (There is more but these are the major ones, please compress files when possible. Meaning use zip, rar, 7zip, tar and gz to help with server space and ease of downloading. If a new MIME-Type needs to be added contact SSCAdmin.
    – SpaceSimCental Commission: 20% (There is not taxes or transaction fees, and this price will go down as more people sell on SSC. Right now it is to cover HD space and bandwidth that could be used.)
    – Transaction portal: PayPal (Could try to include more if I get overwhelming requests for it) – File approval process: Yes, a admin or moderator will approve the file for addition to the download area. This could take up to 48hrs.
    – Maximum file upload size: 1024MB (1GB), I hope to increase this soon. Some people have complained of disconnects on some of the larger uploads. If this occurs contact the sscadmin.
    – Custom fields can be added to the download pages, if you have an idea or would like something contact SSCAdmin.
    – Currently working out the specifics for FTP area for bigger downloads and for people with bandwidth issues. – Currently not enabled yet –

     

     

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Thank you from the Space Sim Central staff

Thank you for either joining or taking a look at SpaceSimCental.com, your space sim, modding and gaming community resource. We are striving to make this community one of the best on the internet for your space and flight sim gaming needs. Help us out, tell your friends, put our link in your signature and spread the word about SpaceSimCentral.com.

Thanks for stopping by and have fun,

DarkOne
SpaceSimCentral Admin
 
Pinback
SpaceSimCentral Moderator
 

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