• BirdPhotographers.Net Guidelines

      Birdphotographers.net (BPN) is an international nature photography discussion forum and e-zine focused on providing a fun learning experience through honest but gentle image critiques.

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      BirdPhotographers.net (BPN)
      User: Anyone who registers with BPN
      Members: Anyone who registers with BPN and pays the annual dues.
      1. By registering with BirdPhotographers.net, you agree to abide by the BPN Guidelines and Forum Rules of Use.
      2. Registration is required to access the forums; there is no charge to register.
      3. Registration is required to post and comment in the forums. Membership is required to use the BPN image hosting service.
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      4. You must register using your real name, first and last. You may not register with multiple identities.
      5.
      By posting images or messages on BPN you give the forum owners and maintainers permission to permanently store all message content, to present it for public viewing, and to delete, move or modify it.
      6. a)By posting images to BPN you give the BPN staff, users and members permission to download and modify any image submitted for critiquing. The sole purpose for downloading an image is so that it can be modified for instructional purposes only and then be re-posted in the original thread. The photographer is the copyright owner and retains all rights. Modified images may not be used for any purpose other than for instructional use at BPN.
      b)Other than images re-posted for instructional purposes, no one may post an image unless they are the copyright holder.
      7.
      Any and all images posted on BPN will maintain the copyright of the photographer.
      8. You agree to post only content that you have copyright for. BPN is not responsible for the content of any uploaded files.
      9. All messages express the views of the author, and not those of BPN. BPN will not be held responsible for the content of any message.
      10. Administrators and Moderators are entrusted with the ability and responsibility of removing objectionable and/or off topic posts. A warning may be sent to the offending party or parties involved. If the rule violations are severe, or if they continue after a warning, a user's privileges to access BPN can be terminated without notice.
      11. By posting on BPN you agree not to post any content that is knowingly false and/or defamatory, inaccurate, rude, racist, disrespectful, abusive, vulgar, hateful, harassing, threatening, obscene, profane, provocational, pornographic or otherwise in violation of any law.
      12. Direct selling or advertising of any product and/or service in the Forums is strictly forbidden.
      13. Private Messaging is for personal use only - using it as a mass-marketing tool is forbidden. All forum rules apply to Private Messaging including but not limited to- not harassing, agitating, showing hostility towards or being persistently unpleasant or argumentative to another user or Staff Member.
      14. Personal Messages (PM) between users or PM between a user and moderator are not to be discussed in public with out the consent of both parties. Moderators may freely share the PM content they received or sent with other moderators, as long as it relates to forum business.
      15. Members nor Users will be permitted to restrict or inhibit any other member or user from using and enjoying the forum by harassing, agitating, showing hostility towards or being unpleasant, insulting or argumentative . If BPN Administrators or Moderators determine that a user has violated this rule, a warning may be sent to the offending party. If the violations are severe, or if they continue after a warning, a user's privileges to access BPN can and will be terminated without notice. If the BPN staff deems it is in the best interest of our community, any member or user can be terminated/banned without cause. If a member is terminated/banned without cause, they will receive a full refund of their membership fees.
      16. If asked by a BPN Administrator or forum Moderator to cease posting content deemed offensive, objectionable, or in poor taste by said Administrator forum Moderator, you must agree to do so.
      17. Posted images should be in JPG format.
      18. Images should not exceed 400 kilobytes nor should they exceed 1200 pixels on the horizontal side or 900 pixels on the vertical side.
      19. In general, only one image per thread is permitted. Re-posts are of course OK. Posting a similar image for comparison or for educational purposes is also permitted.
      20. Members may post only one image in each forum in a twenty-four hour period. Forum Participants may post one image in each forum in a forty-eight hour period.
      21. Please include technical data, such as, but not limited to, camera settings, time of day, weather conditions and location. If your subject is captive, please disclose that fact. If you have attracted your subject or subjects into photographic range with food, water, audio, or by any other means, please let us know. If you have significantly altered your image by adding or removing elements of the composition, we ask that you disclose that as well. This information will benefit all members and add to the educational value of each post.

      22. Signatures are available to members only. The purpose of a “signature” is to allow self promotion. Only 2 statement lines and 2 links are permitted. The links must be of a self-promotional nature; links to other forums or commercial websites are not permitted. All signatures must be in black a font no larger than “3”.
      Only members may post links, other than a single link pointing to an image for critique.

      23. Posted images may not have any logos or graphics other than a discreet copyright notice.
      24.
      The forum rules and guidelines are subject to change without notice.
      25. Have Fun!




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