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Site Rules & Conditions Of Use

All members of the Nikongear.com website are expected to be courteous in their exchanges here.

Disagreement and debate are natural and expected in an active online environment, but rudeness and contention will not be tolerated in public posting or unsolicited messages.

Our tradition allows freedom of expression, while expecting restraint that preserves the peace. Nikongear is a place for discussion, not argument.

Members come here from many cultures and speak many languages. Although the website is conducted primarily in English, realize that not all members are fluent in English, as it is not their native or customary language. This may cause difficulty in communications between members with differing native languages. A good rule of thumb is to assume that any post is made with the best possible intent. If there is any doubt as to a post’s meaning, ask the poster explicitly before reacting.

Rules
In order to enforce the required restraint and courtesy of our policy, the following rules apply:
  • Topics which tend to become contentious, particularly political, religious, or other personal discussions, will be moderated to prevent argument.
  • Do not use the Nikongear.com website to advance an agenda or dispute about topics other than photography.
  • Do not argue your points or bait others into argument.
  • The Off Topic, Jokes and Regional areas can be used for non-photographic discussions. However, any posts or discussions which become contentious or offensive will be moderated regardless of where they are posted on the site.
  • Moderation may consist of public or private messages, edits or removal of posts, time-outs, or banishment, depending on the severity of the infraction. These steps may be taken without notice.
  • The only remedy for perceived behavioural problems in any discussion is to report the issue to a moderator with the ‘Report’ button. Reports will be handled only through private communications with the interested parties. Abuse of the Report facility by making frivolous and repeated complaints may result in the loss of posting privileges.
  • The need for moderation is at the sole discretion of the management of the Nikongear.com website.
It is our hope that instituting these rules will result in an environment where discussion of photography is maximized and off-topic, divisive discussions will diminish. If you have any questions or doubts about this code of conduct, please direct your concerns to the admin.

Emails & Unsubscribing Policy
When you join Nikongear.com you are automatically subscribed to our administrative emails, which include newsletters and other emails which are sent out periodically. The Invision software in use on this website does not allow for a one-click unsubscription from these admin emails, therefore when you join up the onus is on you to unsubscribe from them by adjusting your notification preferences in the user control panel.

Please do not send the admins or moderators requests to unsubscribe you from our newsletters. Unsubscribe instructions are included at the bottom of all our admin emails sent out. If you have forgotten your user name and password you can enter your email address into the Forgotten Password link on the sign in page. This will activate the password retrieval system and you will then be able to unsubscribe from all emails.

Account Deletion Policy
If you wish to delete your account you will have to send a request to admin@nikongear.com for this to be done. You will need to send this email from the same address that we have on file for you. Should you not have access to this email account any longer you may use the Secret Word stored on your profile to convince us that you are who you say you are. It is therefore quite important that you complete the secret word field on your profile.

Please note that we will not delete posts that have already been made on your user account, but we will attribute them to a Guest user without a user profile.

Above all we hope that your experience on Nikongear.com is a pleasant one and we trust that you will enjoy your time online with us.