Fire Escape's BBS Terms of Service

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About Equipment:

Fire Escape's BBS operates on an Intel Pentium/200 Mhz with 96 MEG of RAM Memory, Four SCSI hard drives: 524 MEG, 1.0 GIG, 1.2 GIG and 1.08 GIG. Running Windows NT 4.0/SP6 & Wildcat Interactive Net Server 5.0.

About Login:

DIAL-UP LOGIN: 314-588-0780
WEB BROWSER LOGIN:
http://www.fehq.org
TELNET CLIENT LOGIN:
telnet://bbs.fehq.org
FTP LOGIN:
ftp://ftp.fehq.org

Your FREE INTERNET E-MAIL ADDRESS here is your alias@fehq.org OR your.alias@fehq.org if your alias consists of more than one word.

NODE 2: US Robotics Courier v.Everything 33.6/v.34 Dual Standard
NODE 3: Hayes Accura 33.6/v.34 with v.42bis, LAP-M & MNP 1-5
NODE 4: Motorola ModemSurfer 33.6/v.34 v.42bis, LAP-M, MNP 1-5
NODES 1 and 5-16: TELNET, FTP, POP3 and BROWSER Internet Access Only.

BBS Statement of Purpose:

This bulletin board is operated as a LABOR OF LOVE by Fire Escape and her ex-husband. It is a HOBBY, _not_ a business. There are NO subscriptions or mandatory fees for using this BBS. Any monies received as GIFTS or DONATIONS go solely for the maintenance of the system. Your generosity is appreciated but NOT required.  This is a FREE Family BBS which is rated PG. If you're looking for a BBS that cares about family values and strives to present a -SAFE- and wholesome environment for personal education and entertainment then you have come to the RIGHT BBS.

The following User RULES will be strictly enforced here.

  • NO Bashing, Flaming or Slandering of other Users. Users which can not refrain from attacking others will be deleted.

  • NO Profanity, Blasphemy or Racism in messages, games or telechat. Conduct yourself in a polite manner, as you are a GUEST on our personal system.

  • NO Sexually explicit files, messages or chatting. This BBS rated "PG"! You may not use your internet mail account to exchange adult message or files, go elsewhere to do this, we will not permit our BBS to be used for this.

  • NO Uploading or posting of Occult or Pagan materials in public areas for the purpose of proselytization.

  • NO Duplicate Accounts to circumvent file ratios or time limits. One account per user for those connecting via the internet and One account per HOUSEHOLD for those connecting via a dialup connection (we only have FOUR phone lines). Users suspected of abusing the generosity of our BBS by opening multiple accounts under various e-mail addresses will be suspended and all suspect accounts WITH them!

  • NO Uploading or exchanging of Non-Public-Domain (NPD) Files or Cracked/Hacked Games/Unprotects. No solicitation of users for such files via e-mail is permitted. We HATE piracy and all software pirates WILL be reported to the SPA and local authorities. You don't do this on our BBS.

  • NO Junk File Uploads. Please use PKZIP to compress uploaded files. Do not upload parts of programs as individual files or the same file under different names to boost your file ratio. Such uploads will be deleted and your file ratio will be "docked" for such an obvious and pathetic waste of system time and resources. If you don't understand good file exchange etiquette then you need to learn it. Leave a message to the sysop if you require education.

  • NO Uploading of Image or Sound Files without -PRIOR- sysop approval. We do not have the space for tons of sounds or graphics. If you have something cool of this nature ask before uploading.

  • NO E-Mail Spamming. You may not use your internet mail account to send unsolicited junk mail or business solicitations to other users.

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About Messages:

We love users who choose to contribute to our message base. Try to keep online conversations on topic and relevant to the conference in which you are participating. Please do not attack other users in the message base or in e-mail. Do not post commercial advertisements in public message areas. Violators will have their message base access revoked.

About Files:

You can download files both from within the BBS and from the internet via anonymous ftp. Use an FTP client that allows anonymous login and connect to ftp://ftp.fehq.org and login as ANONYMOUS FTP and when it asks for your password, enter your e-mail address as your password. Although it is not necessary to upload anything we do accept uploads provided the software is shareware or freeware.  People distributing or soliciting NPD or commercial software will be reported to the SPA. Uploads are ONLY accepted in File Area #31 "File Uploading Area". Direct your uploads to this file area only.

About Telechat:

Telechat is restricted to local BBS chat, there is no IRC access available. This is a family BBS therefore the following rules apply to all users engaging in online chat with other users:

  • NO profanity of any type is allowed at ANY TIME.

  • NO sexually explicit conversations are allowed.

  • NO discussion of illegal activities. This includes the use of illegal substances, underage drinking & the distribution of NPD (non-public-domain) software or other 'hacking' activities. No trading of pirate BBS #'s or phreaking tips!

  • NO fighting. Do not provoke others by name calling.

  • Users who abuse chatting privileges by annoying others will be suspended from chat. So be courteous to others.

I _DO_ monitor chats through a CHAT LOG and with CHAT MONITORS. Any violation of the rules will result in chat access SUSPENSION. If you observe anyone breaking these rules, report them!

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LEGAL DISCLAIMERS AND NOTICES

If you are UNWILLING TO ABIDE by the terms of this notice, you are advised to cease your use of Fire Escape's BBS immediately and request that the sysop delete your account. This is a private system & the sole property of Fire Escape and Lucis, the SYSTEM OPERATORS.

PURSUANT TO THE ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS PRIVACY ACT OF 1986 (18 U.S.C. 2510 et seq.), notice is hereby given that there are NO facilities provided by this system for sending or receiving _CONFIDENTIAL_ electronic communications. The System Operator and assignees reserve the right to read all messages left by any user, & may also edit, move or delete public AND private messages when necessary to preserve the continuity, integrity and overall subject matter of the BBS which is under their sole ownership, responsibility and financial control.

ALL "PRIVATE" MAIL TO AND FROM YOU IS NOT _REALLY_ PRIVATE and may be read and/or passed on to third parties by the System Operator & her designated representatives if she so chooses. _All_ messages become the property of the System Operator and may _NOT_ be displayed elsewhere without her permission unless prior copyright of material is evident in the original text.

THE SYSTEM OPERATOR CAN, AND OFTEN WILL, READ ALL MESSAGES left on this system, including "Private" messages addressed to persons other than the System Operator, and not normally available to other users. The System Operator reserves the right to delete _any_ messages, regardless of whether such message has been received by its intended recipient(s). The System Operator reserves the right to change the status of a message marked as "private" so that the message is public & available to all callers. The status of a message may be changed whenever, in the discretion of the System Operator, it is believed appropriate to do so.

YOU AGREE THAT _NO_ LIABILITY OF _ANY_ KIND for any matters relating directly or indirectly to your use, or the use of anyone else, whether authorized or not, of this computer system, will impugn the System Operator. You agree to hold harmless & to indemnify the System Operator from any action relating directly or indirectly to matters relating to this computer bulletin board system.

YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU HAVE BEEN _EXPRESSLY_ WARNED that files on this BBS carry no warranty of any kind and may not work and may even cause damage to your computer system if downloaded. The System Operator makes no warranties, either express or implied, with regard to software obtained from this system & hereby disclaims any & all implied warranties of merchantability & fitness for a particular purpose. In no event will the System Operator be liable for incidental or consequential damages, including, but not limited to, destruction of data or damage to your equipment. The System Operator can't be held responsible for the software on this system. All software is taken by you "as is" and you assume the entire risk of any harm from the use of said software.

THE SYSTEM OPERATORS OF FIRE ESCAPE'S BBS ENDEAVOR to make every effort to thoroughly virus scan all files uploaded to Fire Escape's BBS Directory HQ BBS, however _NO_ anti-viral program is perfect and they do _NOT_ detect Trojans or ANSI BOMBS. Therefore it is advised that it is the USER'S SOLE RESPONSIBILITY to virus scan all files received from this system & that the System Operator may _NOT_ be held liable for any VIRUSes, TROJANS or ANSI BOMBS contained in said files. One downloads and uses files completely at their own risk!

YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT MESSAGES _MAY_ BE OFFENSIVE in content & agree not to bring any action of any kind against either the System Operator or any other user of this system as a result of the messages & content available on this system.

YOU EXPRESSEDLY AGREE _NOT_ TO POST OFFENSIVE MESSAGES or to encourage others to do the same. The System Operator of this BBS reserves the right to delete any messages that are deemed inappropriate for this system regardless of whether they are public or private in nature.

YOU AGREE NOT TO USE THIS SYSTEM FOR ANY ILLEGAL PURPOSE OR ACTIVITY, or to discuss or advocate any illegal activities, whether in private or public electronic communications. This includes, but is _not_ limited to, the use of illegal substances, underage drinking, cracking commercial programs or distributing information on acquiring Non-Public-Domain files, hacking into unauthorized systems & phone phreaking.

YOU AGREE NOT TO INTENTIONALLY DO ANYTHING ON THIS BBS THAT MAY DAMAGE THE COMPUTER hardware, software, data files, or otherwise obstruct this system's operation in any way.

THE SYSTEM OPERATOR(S) FIRE ESCAPE AND MARC BROOKS RESERVE THE RIGHT, WITHOUT LIMITATION, TO GRANT "SYSOP" STATUS to other persons. Such authorized persons would have access to all communications on this BBS & may have all rights of a System Operator, including but not limited to the ability to delete or change the status of messages and/or users. You also agree that the opinions expressed on this board do not necessarily reflect the views of anyone other than the author of said message.

YOU HAVE NO RIGHT OF ACCESS TO THIS SYSTEM. Upon violation of the guidelines of Fire Escape's BBS Directory HQ you will find your access either restricted or removed. Further upon violation of Fire Escape's BBS Directory HQ guidelines your messages may be screened and/or deleted at the System Operator's absolute discretion.

THOUGH THE SYSTEM OPERATOR STRIVES TO _SCREEN_ ALL UPLOADS AND MESSAGES POSTED FOR ILLEGAL CONTENT, she cannot always screen them all. This is why you _agree_ that it is up to the user's sole discretion as to what should or should not be uploaded, downloaded, and/or posted. In no event shall the System Operator be held liable for your actions or the actions of another on this system.

THREATENING PEOPLE WILL _NOT_ BE TOLERATED and anyone whom makes threats towards another person, will be reported to the proper authorities.

THREAT: A communicated intention to inflict personal harm. In many jurisdictions, statutes forbid any person to use threats or other unlawful communications. Threats made with an intention to obtain a financial advantage, intimidate a person, compel a person to act against his/her will, or to prevent a person from engaging in a lawful occupation are forbidden. Also forbidden are threats to use a deadly weapon on another person, injure another person or his/her property, maim or wound another, and injure anyone's creditworthiness or general reputation. Other unlawful communications include letters tending to provoke a breach of the peace & letters to discredit the sexual reputation of a male/female.

YOU AGREE TO THESE TERMS CONDITIONS _AND_ POLICIES BY CONTINUING YOUR USE OF THIS SYSTEM. ALL LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY ARE ADDITIVE RATHER THAN EXCLUSIVE IN THIS MESSAGE. IF YOU DO _NOT_ AGREE WITH THESE TERMS REQUEST THAT THE SYSTEM OPERATOR DELETE YOUR ACCOUNT IMMEDIATELY AND DO NOT CALL BACK.

If you want to make an optional monetary DONATION to the BBS, click HERE for more information. We expect non-donating users to give back to the BBS in non-monetary ways in exchange for free access. These ways include uploading if you are a file user, or posting messages if you're a gamer. If you don't feel you can give back to the BBS in this manner, please consider donating $20, $30 or $40.

If you need any help, PLEASE leave feedback to the Sysop (Marc Brooks).

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