Rules and Terms
The Lexington Oaks has grown tremendously over the last few years — we thank all of you for being a part of this burgeoning community…
Goal- To be the best online destination for golfers. An unbiased community for golf enthusiasts where they can discuss an array of issues without fear of reprisal. Provide the best and most relevant golf related content while being the most open, honest, friendly, and most respected golf site on the web.
Rules- The following are our standards for participating in Lexington Oaks’s community forums. Posting here is a privilege, not a right. While these rules cover most common situations, they cannot anticipate everything. We reserve the right to take any actions we deem appropriate to ensure these forums are not disrupted or damaged in any way. We will remove members or posts that violate our rules.
Community Forum Posting Standards
1. Be considerate and respectful of each other.
2. Be considerate and respectful of other golf-related sites and their members.
3. Be considerate and respectful in the use of community resources.
4. Be considerate and respectful in commercial relationships.
Community Posting Standards in Detail
1. Being considerate and respecting each other.
1.1. Treating others the way you want to be treated is the key component to preserving the site’s goals.
1.2. While debating and discussion is fine, we will not tolerate rudeness, insulting posts, personal attacks, or purposeless inflammatory posts.
1.3. No foul language, nude pictures, and/or other objectionable material are allowed.
1.4. Discussions about religion or politics are not allowed.
1.5. Discussion of illegal activities such as software and music piracy and other intellectual property violations are not allowed.
1.6. Registering with multiple accounts, impersonating another member, multiple identities, and/or false e-mail addresses are not allowed.
2. Being considerate in dealing with other golf forums and their members
2.1. No threads or posts that bash other forums or their members.
2.2. Other golf-related message board links are allowed if they reciprocate. Members may post their names without fear of being banned here.
2.3. No removal of our content to be used on other sites (unless watermarked) without prior consent from management. Watermarked Lexington Oaks pictures can be redistributed.
3. Being considerate and fair in the use of community resources.
3.1. No “running the site”. Have balance and don’t over-post in one day. High maintenance users can be asked to slow and or not post. Don’t deluge the forums and overwhelm threads.
3.2. Each member is allowed one login account.
3.3. Please refrain from posting meaningless threads, one word (or short) nonsense posts, or the like.
4. Being considerate and fair in commercial relations.
4.1. No spamming or unauthorized commercial postings in the “Forums” or listing in the “Classifieds” without prior approval from management. Classifieds are free and for personal use.
4.2. E-Bay links for active or inactive auctions are allowed, but not to advertise your own auctions. Please see the rules in the Classifieds Forum.
4.3. Please respect sponsors. They provide the critical financial support that allows the site to remain viable. Any threads/posts of these types will be deleted.
- Limited graphics size. Small signature graphics, like golfsig.com (max 700×140), are acceptable in format. Large linked pictures are not due to bandwidth limitations. Signatures must remain small.
- Do not include inappropriate links in your signature. We are running a PG-13 atmosphere
- No “For Sale”, “Want to Buy”, “Want to Trade”, or the like listing in signatures. Please use and follow the rules of the Buy, Sell, Trade Section.
- PG-13 avatars please. Nothing that would objectively be deemed offensive or inappropriate to the average person.
Our Lexington Oaks website is free and unbiased. We intend to protect this community from any pitfalls that could make it fail. Thank you for your support!
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Welcome to the Lexington Oaks! We are glad you have decided to join our community, and we look forward to your participation. Before you begin, however, we ask that you review this Membership Agreement and agree to its terms. It is important that you understand both the services we provide as well as your obligations. This Membership Agreement is an agreement between you and Lexington Oaks Inc. (referred to in this Membership Agreement as “the Lexington Oaks,” “us,” “our” and “we”). This Membership Agreement applies to the various communication and personalization tools and services offered on the Lexington Oaks web sites that are part of our “community” (the “Community Services”). Many of our Community Services are available to all visitors to the Lexington Oaks, while certain of our Community Services are only available to visitors who sign up as Members by agreeing to be bound by this Membership Agreement. However, Lexington Oaks requires that a visitor be not less than 13 years old to become a Member, and by accepting the terms of this Membership Agreement and signing up as a Member, you are representing to Lexington Oaks that you meet this age requirement.
Currently, all Community Services are provided without charge.
As used in this Membership Agreement:
“Members” means you (when you have accepted this Membership Agreement) and the other members of the Lexington Oaks
“Postings” means any postings by the Members in the Forums, chat areas, blogs, reviews and testimonials
“Content” means all Member-submitted content that is displayed on the Lexington Oaks other than the Postings, including your Forums and Lexington Oaks “profiles,” the videos you post and the photos and information on your Lexington Oaks Pages, and any ratings or reviews you submit but does not include emails or messages that you send or receive through the Lexington Oaks Email Service
“Hosts” are the individuals who host, moderate or supervise the Community Services on behalf of the Lexington Oaks, including our staff who participate in Forums and host our Blogs
You acknowledge and agree that by accepting this Membership Agreement and completing the registration process, you are becoming a member of the Lexington Oaks and are agreeing to the following:
General- We reserve the right, in our sole discretion and at any time, to make changes to this Membership Agreement and our other policies concerning the use of the Community Services. (We also reserve the right, in our sole discretion and at any time, to waive or modify any of the terms of this Membership Agreement as they apply to a specific Posting or item of Content or as they apply to a specific Member, without affecting the application of these terms to any other Postings, Content or Members.) Changes will be effective when made and the updated Membership Agreement (or applicable policy) is posted on the Lexington Oaks; provided, however, that no such change shall be applicable to any dispute between you and us that arises prior to the time such change is effective. Accordingly, you should visit this page periodically to review its provisions. As described below, any Member who violates this Membership Agreement may be banned permanently from using some or all of the Community Services. If any of provision of this Membership Agreement shall be deemed invalid, void or for any other reason unenforceable, that provision shall be deemed severable and shall not affect the validity and enforceability of the balance of this Membership Agreement.
Community Services Advertisements and Communications- You understand and agree that the Community Services and the pages on which Community Services are provided may include advertisements, and that these advertisements are necessary for us to provide the Community Services. You also understand and agree that we may send you certain communications in connection with the Community Services, such as service announcements and administrative messages, and that you will not be able to opt out of receiving those communications, and that we may send you copies of any periodic newsletters or similar informative communications we send to Members generally (but you will have the opportunity to opt out of receiving future issues at any time). Any communications sent to you personally concerning your participation in the Community Services or related matters are not intended to be made public, and you agree not to post those communications in the Community Services or elsewhere on the Internet.
Availability of Community Services- While we make reasonable efforts to ensure that the Community Services are available at all times, we do not guarantee that the Community Services will be uninterrupted or error-free, and we do not guarantee that Members will be able to access or use all the Community Services or all of their features at all times. We may change, suspend or discontinue any (or all) Community Services, or any of their features, at any time. We may also impose limits on the use of or access to certain features or portions of the Community Services, or restrict your access to any part or all of the Community Services, in all cases without notice to you or liability to us. We do not guarantee that any of your Content or emails or messages sent or received through the Email Service will not be subject to inadvertent damage, corruption or destruction. You are responsible for backing up, on your own computer, any Content and emails that are important to you. You agree that we will not be responsible for any archiving or backup of any such materials, and we will not have any obligation or liability to you if any Content in your account is damaged, lost or corrupted in any way or for any reason, or for the deletion of your emails and Content if your membership is terminated or deactivated.
Keeping Your Personal Information Private- You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your password. You are responsible for all usage and activity in the Community Services through your username and password, including use of your username and password by any third party. Your account is unique to you and may not be transferred to any third party. You should notify us ([email protected]) of any known or suspected unauthorized use of your username and password. We recommend that you do not give out or display in the Community Services certain personal information, such as your full name, email address, street address, phone number or password, Members should be aware that disclosure of such information raises safety concerns and may result in solicitations from third parties not authorized by the Lexington Oaks Web Sites or other unwanted communications. We disclaim any responsibility or liability arising from your disclosure of such personal information, or any other information, in the Community Services.
Content Management- While we have no obligation to do so, we do monitor the Postings in the Forums and many other areas of Content. However, since not all of the areas that are monitored are done so on a “real time” basis, you may see Postings or Content that violate this Membership Agreement before we do. Please report such items to our Hosts by using the Violation link on every page. We reserve the right to review all Postings and Content and to remove, or to refuse to display, any Posting or Content in our sole discretion and for any reason. However, we also reserve the right in our sole discretion to display any Posting and Content that is submitted to us (or to decline to remove any Posting or Content), even if it violates this Membership Agreement. Postings in the Forums may be revised after they are posted by Members. Other Content, including reviews of items may not be revised or deleted by Members. You understand that the Postings and Content of the other Members are based on their individual opinion and experience, which may vary significantly from one person to the next. We do not endorse or guarantee the accuracy of any Posting or Content, and you agree that we are not responsible for the accuracy of the Postings or Content and will not be liable for any damages incurred as a result of the submission or use thereof.
Member Conduct- We welcome all points of view on golf matters. However, although interactions within the Community Services occur in cyberspace, everyday manners apply. Please respect and interact with fellow Members as you would in any public arena. Civility and respect underlie the success of an on-line community; if you wish to take issue with the statements of other Members or the Hosts, please engage in healthy, mature debate and not immature behavior or name-calling. While we want to maintain an inviting environment for all visitors, disruptive conduct, such as off-topic comments in a topic-oriented discussion in the Forums, is not allowed. Neither is “spam” (i.e., posting your message in multiple places throughout the Community Services). The Forums are areas for the exchange of information and advice. Questions asked may be answered within the Forums, but please do not attempt to take the conversation out of the Forums (such as by requesting that an answer be emailed). Such actions deprive other visitors of the benefit of the Forums. General list of some Rules.
Profanity, Harassment and Other Inappropriate Conduct- You may not submit Postings or Content that are indecent, profane (including masked profanity where symbols, initials, intentional misspellings or other characters are used to suggest profane language), obscene, pornographic, abusive, threatening, misleading, illegal or defamatory, or any material that interferes with the ability of others to enjoy the Community Services. We wish to maintain a family-friendly, “G-rated” environment. Please use this as your guideline when in doubt. In addition, we do not tolerate Members’ harassing, threatening or embarrassing other Members, including harassment or denigration based on age, gender, race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation or disability, or the stalking other Members (“cyberstalking”). You agree not to engage in this behavior.
Illegal and Objectionable Activities- We do not allow the promotion of illegal conduct or activities or fraudulent schemes in the Community Services. Specifically, you may not advocate illegal conduct. You also agree to not engage in any illegal activity in connection with your participation in or use of the Community Services, and to not impersonate any other person, including any other Member or any Host.
Meetings Release- Because we do not supervise or control the Meetings or interactions among or between members of Meetings and other persons or companies, and because we are not involved in any way with physical transportation to or from Meetings or with the actions of any individuals at Meetings, and because we do not control PayPal, credit card companies or other payment processing companies, and because we cannot guarantee the true identity, age, nationality of Platform users, and because we have very limited control, if any, over the quality, safety, morality, legality, truthfulness or accuracy of various aspects of the Platform, you agree that you bear all risk and you agree to release us (and our officers, directors, shareholders, agents, employees, affiliates, subsidiaries, and third party partners) and Organizers and Creators or Hosts and their designees from claims, demands, and damages (actual and consequential) of every kind and nature, known and unknown, suspected and unsuspected, disclosed and undisclosed, now and in the future, arising out of or in any way connected with your use of the Platform, your Third Party Transactions, our resolution of any disputes among users, and/or your transportation to or from, attendance at, or the actions of you or other persons at, a Meetup Gathering. You further waive any and all rights and benefits otherwise conferred by any statutory or non-statutory law of any jurisdiction that would purport to limit the scope of a release or waiver. You waive and relinquish all rights and benefits which you have or may have under Section 1542 of the Civil Code of the State of California or any similar provision of the statutory or non-statutory law of any other jurisdiction (including without limitation the states of Missouri, Delaware and Pennsylvania) to the full extent that you may lawfully waive all such rights and benefits.
Rights of Third Parties- You may not submit Postings or Content that infringe in any manner on the copyright, trademark or intellectual property rights of any person or entity, or that contain any confidential or proprietary information of any person or entity, or that otherwise violate the legal rights of any person or entity. You may insert hyperlinks in your Postings and Content to permit visitors to access copyrighted material but, except for quotes of reasonable length, you may not post such materials in the Community Services. You may not use the Community Services to distribute unauthorized copies of copyrighted material, including photos, artwork text, recordings, designs or computer programs. You may not submit Postings or Content that contain personally identifiable information about other people, such as their phone number, street address or email address, or information about other people that could result in an invasion of their privacy or their harassment. We disclaim any responsibility or liability for copyrighted materials posted in the Community Services. If you believe that your work has been copied in a Community Service in a manner that constitutes copyright infringement, please follow the procedures.
Copyright Complaints- We respect the intellectual property of others. If you believe that your work has been copied “by us or by any third party on the Lexington Oaks” in a manner that constitutes copyright infringement, please provide our copyright agent the written information specified below. Please note that this procedure is exclusively for notifying us that your copyrighted material has been infringed.
- An electronic or physical signature of the person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright interest;
- A description of the copyrighted work that you claim has been infringed upon;
- A description of where the material that you claim is infringing is located on the Lexington Oaks, including the URL of the page on which it appears;
- Your address, telephone number and e-mail address;
- A statement by you that you have a good-faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent or the law; and
- A statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that the above information in your notice is accurate and that you are the copyright owner or authorized to act on the copyright owner’s behalf.