Terms of Service

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FarmHer strives to maintain active forums, groups, and events as useful, entertaining, and informative resources for our members.

These Terms of Service (hereafter, “TOS”) serve as the terms, conditions, and code of conduct for our online forums, groups, chats, events, hangouts and any other online communication contained within the FarmHer website. By becoming a member of the FarmHer community, you have agreed to abide by these TOS.

 

Our forums are provided on an “as is” and “as available” basis. FarmHer makes no express or implied warranties as to:

 

1) the online communication system’s operation and accessibility,

2) the services, activities, or resources offered, or

3) the content or materials posted in the forums, groups, events, chats or elsewhere on the FarmHer site.

 

FarmHer is not liable for damages of any kind arising from the use or inability to use or access the forums or content therein.

 

You agree to indemnify FarmHer, its Moderators, agents, and affiliates against any and all damages (including but not limited to attorneys’ fees) resulting from any claim brought by a third party arising from or relating to your conduct in this forum.

 

FarmHer may modify these TOS at any time and without notifying our members of any such changes. Your continued membership to FarmHer constitutes your assent to such modified terms. You may cancel your membership at any time, but no refunds will be issued for payments previously made.

 

1. FarmHer Moderators: Team Structure

2. Board Participation and Decorum

3. Additional Posting Guidelines

4. Intellectual Property and Use of Content

5. Researching / Soliciting Business Information and Ideas

6. Advertising, Referrals, Self-Promotion, and Other Solicitation

7. Forum Moderation

8. Disciplinary Action

9. Reporting Posts, Threads, or Inappropriate Conduct

10. User Profiles and Signatures

11. Vendors

12. Board Support

13. Miscellaneous

 

 

1. FarmHer Moderators: Team Structure

 

FarmHer’s Team consists of volunteers, contractors, and employees who contribute to the forum as Support Staff, Mentors, Moderators, and Instructors.

 

You can identify FarmHer team members by the badges below their avatars. The FarmHer Team is structured as follows:

 

Staff 

FarmHer staff that works on the team in an editorial, sales, technological, design, and administrative capacity.

 

Mentors  

Mentors are knowledgeable and experienced ag professionals and producers who act as discussion and workshop leaders. Mentors engage in maintaining a positive atmosphere on the FarmHer online community, enforcing rules and policies, resolving problems, overseeing forum moderation, and/or taking disciplinary action. Mentors also assist in moderating board activity and have the ability to move, edit, and delete posts and threads. Mentors are selected from among the the FarmHer member pool on the basis of skill, knowledge, creativity, activeness on the community, respect for and promotion of online community goals and policies, overall helpfulness, and more.

 

Instructors 

Instructors are knowledgeable and experienced ag professionals and producers who teach formal FarmHer workshops.

 

All team members work together behind the scenes to find ways to improve the community for the benefit of our members and to serve the overall goals and policies of FarmHer.

 

2. Board Participation and Decorum

This is a place for sharing and learning. We would like to see people join not only for their own personal growth/gain, but also our of a desire to contribute to a positive community that supports and encourages fellow artists and members. New FarmHer or veteran, we all have something to offer.

 

Please be relevant, responsible, and respectful in all of your posts. Before submitting a post, consider the feelings of others and whether the comments, attachments, or links that you post could be construed as offensive, obscene, inflammatory, disrespectful, defamatory, invasive, illegal, unkind, or otherwise inappropriate. Inappropriate behavior of any kind will not be tolerated and may result in the suspension or revocation of privileges or membership altogether. You are responsible for all content posted by your account.

 

3. Additional Posting Guidelines

Advertising  

Advertising or using the board for the purpose of self-enrichment or promotion without a Vendor Badge is strictly prohibited. Please see Section 7: “Advertising, Referrals, Self-Promotion, and Other Solicitation.”

 

Complaints  

Posts arguing about FarmHer policies and/or administrative actions are prohibited. If you are upset or otherwise in disagreement with a policy or administrative action, you are encouraged to send an email to info@farmher.com.

 

Copyright  

You may not post content that violates the copyright or other intellectual property right of any third party. You represent and warrant that you own the rights or are authorized to share all content that you post – including text, images, tools, forms, files, etc. As a general rule, the images and content that you post remains your own. Please see Section 4: “Intellectual Property and Use of Content.”

 

Cross-Posting 

Cross-posting (posting the same content in multiple threads or forums, events, chats or other online community locations) is prohibited. If your post or thread topic is relevant to more than one forum, pick the best fit or most specific forum. All duplicate posts will be deleted.

 

Grand Exit Posts 

If at any point you decide to discontinue your membership or participation here at FarmHer, please refrain from public announcements about your impending departure and the reasons therefor, as such posts tend to generate drama and unnecessarily disrupt positive conversation on the board. We are very sorry to see you go!

 

Identity and Accuracy of Information 

Registration information and any information provided within the member profile or elsewhere on the board must be accurate to the best of the member’s knowledge. Account sharing, false identities, deception, hoaxes, and the like are grounds for immediate account termination. By registering, you affirm that you are age 13 or older.

 

Linking 

You are encouraged to link members to useful articles, products, services, sales, and other resources that may be of member interest or usefulness. However, please be aware of the following guidelines when posting links:

 

1) Affiliate and/or Referral links are not allowed by FarmHer members and will only be allowed by Vendors, sponsors or partners.  

 

2) Stand alone links (links with no further text) are not allowed and may be considered spam. Please include some text describing the link and why it may be of interest to members.

 

3) Linking to your own site for the purpose of driving traffic to your site is not permitted unless you are an approved Vendor, Sponsor or Partner.

 

Organization 

Posts must be placed in an appropriate forum or sub-forum and should contain a descriptive subject line. Posts placed in an inappropriate forum or sub-forum will either be moved or deleted. Non-descriptive or inappropriate subject lines may be renamed.

 

Permanence of Posts 

Members have the ability to edit posts for a short window in order to permit clarification or edit typographical errors, and Moderators may edit or delete duplicate posts or those that violate our terms of service. Workshop forums are typically deleted within six months of course conclusion. Beyond that, all content is maintained in the FarmHer database as a permanent contribution to discussion.

 

Privacy 

As this board is semi-public, we ask that you not post or supply any personal or proprietary information or content that you or a third party may wish to keep private. If you want to communicate sensitive information to other members, please use the Private Messaging system or work out a means of contacting that member outside of the FarmHer community.

 

Private Messaging vs. Posting 

In order to benefit the FarmHer community at large, please seek answers to questions or issues that may be of general interest on the board forums rather than taking questions to private messages. This is the best way to get quick responses and a variety of perspectives. It also helps FarmHer to expand the breadth of information/advice available to members generally.

 

Searching

If you have a question, it may already have been asked and answered in the forums or groups. If you have an issue to discuss, there may already be a discussion about it. Please search for existing threads before starting a new thread.

 

Sequential Posts

Combine your comments into one post rather than making many consecutive posts to a thread within a short period of time. Multiple posts may be merged at the discretion of Moderators.

 

Spamming

Do not spam the board with duplicative posts, irrelevant posts, or posts designed to increase your post count. Moderators review posting histories to ensure that members are not engaging in such activity and will take action as necessary including suspension or removal of membership.

 

Specific Resources and Services.

1) Business Materials (including sample marketing materials and legal documents). Post requests for these materials in the Business forum; some members may be willing to share or help you get started. Understandably, some have spent significant time/money developing these materials and may prefer to keep their work products private. There are services that will provide these items for a fee.

 

2) Editing Assistance. Post your image in the Picture Play forum. There are many people here (including Mentors/Guides) who are happy to help and offer advice. Please do not send your full-res photo to a Guide, Mentor, or other Member and ask her to do the editing for you. There are services that will do this for a fee (and plenty of past posts that reference such services).

 

Welcoming New Members

FarmHer welcomes all new members, regardless of their level of expertise or experience. Please help new members learn how to find information and resources, and encourage them to become actively involved in the FarmHer community.

 

4. Intellectual Property and Use of Content

General. By posting on the FarmHer board, you represent and warrant that you own the rights or are authorized to share all content that you post – including text, images, tools, forms, files, etc. You authorize FarmHer to maintain all links, images, text, and other posted content.

 

You retain the copyright to all of the content that you post on the FarmHer board, including text and images, subject to the following:

 

FarmHer, and by default, FarmHer partners have the right to repost any of your content to any online or print media, with proper crediting back to the source.  FarmHer does not need to ask for explicit approval to post the content.  

 

Internal Use of Content. Quoting or otherwise re-posting member posts within the FarmHer forums is permissible provided that the original poster is properly credited.

 

Photographs are the property of the photographer. You may copy, use, or alter images only as explicitly or implicitly authorized by the photographer.

 

External Use of Content  

Members may not duplicate or distribute the content (including text or images) posted in the FarmHer forums beyond the board without the express permission of the copyright holder. Re-posting or otherwise sharing board content with non-members is grounds for the immediate revocation of FarmHer membership. Copyright infringement will be pursued to the fullest extent of the law.

 

Members may not duplicate, reference, or utilize board content beyond the board (even on a member to member basis) in any way that may be deemed – at the discretion of forum moderators – to be malicious, damaging, adversarial, or otherwise inappropriate. Inappropriate uses include – but are not limited to – the following:

 

1) Clients who use board content to renegotiate a member’s pricing, undermine a member’s business structure, or otherwise damage a member’s reputation or commercial interests.

 

2) Member’s who use board content to undercut a local member’s pricing or client base, appropriate the products, price lists, promotions, or other ideas of local member’s, or otherwise utilize the board as a way to compete with existing members.

 

Promotional Use of Content  

FarmHer and by default, FarmHer partners may reference, duplicate, or otherwise distribute all content for promotional purposes, including – but not limited to – using member quotes as testimonials or to demonstrate the breadth of knowledge on the board or to highlight as a FarmHer in public facing websites. Except as outlined below, images may be used only in direct reference to the accompanying forum thread wherein such content is posted.

 

FarmHer and by default, FarmHer partners may from time to time solicit images or content for use in its promotional materials, and your submission of such content in response to these requests authorizes FarmHer to use those images in accordance with the stated purpose.

 

Members who choose to participate in official FarmHer contests, challenges, or designated threads consent to having their entries displayed on the FarmHer blog and by default, the websites of FarmHer partners and all other online or print media for promotional purposes.

 

FarmHer may make other limited use of posted content in accordance with the Fair Use doctrine under Federal Copyright Law.

 

Posting Images or Content by Others

By posting an image or content on the forums, you warrant that doing so does not infringe on the copyright or intellectual property rights of any third party. Images or content posted for the purposes of commentary, critique, or academic research under the Fair Use Doctrine shall, as a matter of professional courtesy, credit the member and clearly designate the source of the image or content. If the discussion is negative or highly critical, the hyperlink may be deactivated from the URL by leaving off the http://www. part of the address.

 

5. Researching / Soliciting Business Information and Ideas

 

FarmHer reserves the right to terminate the membership of any owner, operator, employee, or independent contractor of  any other commercial  agricultural or women’s forum on the grounds of conflicting interest.

 

6. Advertising, Referrals, Self-Promotion, and Other Solicitation

You must be a FarmHer authorized vendor displaying an approved Vendor Badge in order to advertise on our forums. All vendors are always welcome to participate in the general discussions in our forums. However, unless an advertising response is clearly relevant to a thread (e.g., when a member asks a question about a product/service), Vendors should confine advertising posts to the specific Vendor forums.

 

Those without an approved Vendor Badge are classified as non-vendors. If you are interested in becoming an authorized FarmHer vendor, please contact FarmHer via private message or email to info@farmher.com for more details.

 

Subject to the exceptions below, non-vendor members (FarmHer basic) may not engage in promotions on their own behalf or the behalf of a third party. Prohibited conduct includes, but is not limited to:

 

1) Advertising products, services, or overall businesses *

2) Announcing contests or giveaways *

3) Linking to websites in order to build traffic *

4) Requesting commercial product testers *

5) Conducting market research, including polling or other solicitation of feedback *

6) Posting group buys *

7) Soliciting donations

8) Posting links to gain affiliate or referral credit

9) Recruiting members for participation in other groups, organizations, forums, or the like

* Unless an authorized vendor promoting your own business/products/services

 

Text, images, attachments, and links in posts, signatures, profiles, or elsewhere on the FarmHer website are all subject to these restrictions. Additionally, you may not use the Private Message system to engage in prohibited conduct.

 

Soliciting donations or otherwise collecting money is strictly prohibited for non-vendor members (FarmHer basic). FarmHer participates in one or more charitable activities annually. Please let us know if there is a charitable cause you would like us to consider over the course of the year.

 

Farm/Ranch/Ag Business Website Exception. Linking to your own farm blog or farm business site for noncommercial purposes is permissible. You may include links to such sites in your signature, profile, and in posts. It is requested that you post helpful information within the body of a thread itself rather than driving members off-board to your own site. Please be advised that repeated links to your own blog or site may be construed as an impermissible attempt to generate site traffic if such posts constitute a significant percentage of your substantive forum activity.

 

Information Sharing Exception. FarmHer distinguishes between advertising and sharing information about sites, products, services, etc. If you have a personal or financial interest in generating site traffic or in promoting a product or service, your posts related to that site/product/service likely constitute advertising. If you are promoting a site, product, or service at the request of (or otherwise on behalf of) a third party, your posts also constitute advertising. Simply sharing information or a link to a website, article, image, business, product, or service that you think may be of interest, value, or use to your fellow members is permissible and even encouraged.

 

Members are encouraged to post reviews of products/services (including links to vendor sites) and may even actively recommend/promote any product, service, or website in a post, signature, profile, or elsewhere, subject to the following:

 

1) Members may not post links/reviews/advertisements/etc at the request of a vendor, business, group, seller, or service provider.

2) Members may not post links/reviews/advertisements/etc for which they derive affiliate credit or other profit or financial gain of any type.

3) Members may not post links/reviews/advertisements/etc related to product/services/companies for which they are an employee, agent, representative, contractor, volunteer, or contributor in any capacity.

4) Members may not post links/reviews/advertisements/etc related to products/services/companies in which they have any personal interest.

 

7. Forum Moderation

Moderators do not pre-screen posted content. Moderators may – but are under no obligation to – review posts, edit posts, lock posts, or delete posts or threads at their discretion. Moderation is not intended to censor or promote certain points of view or otherwise stifle open discourse. The goal of moderation is to uphold our policies, support the purposes and objectives of the board, and to maintain a positive and beneficial community for all of our members.

 

If a thread, post, or part of a post is deleted by Moderators, and a member attempts to re-post the deleted content (or anything similar to the deleted content), that member’s posting privileges may be suspended or revoked.

 

If you have a question about administrative action taken in a post or thread, please post at the FarmHer Help Desk located within the forums. Publicly posting questions or complaints about moderation in the forums is not appropriate forum conduct.

 

8. Disciplinary Action

Moderators make every effort to treat all members fairly and equally under these TOS. The board owner is the final authority on all disciplinary action that is taken.

 

The rules for appropriate and inappropriate conduct apply to all board activity. Private interactions between members (including private messages and off-board activity) may be taken into consideration if such correspondence or conduct is brought to the attention of moderators.

 

Moderators are generally forgiving of isolated minor violations of the TOS on the board.

 

The most common administrative actions are to edit, move, or delete posts or threads. The second most common actions are the issuance of reminders or warnings.

 

More serious violations – or repeated minor violations – may result in immediate membership suspension or revocation. Serious violations include (but are not limited to)

1) Direct personal insults, attacks, or harassment

2) Spam or deliberate post count inflation

3) Advertising, Referrals, Self-Promotion, or Solicitation (one warning is generally given)

4) Hoaxes, Deception, or Sensationalism

5) Distributing Post Content Off-Board

6) Stealing the content (photos, text) of Others

7) Permitting account access by anyone other than the registered account holder

 

The above guidelines notwithstanding, FarmHer reserves the right to suspend or revoke a member’s membership and/or privilege to post content on our site at any time and for any reason. Members who are suspended or banned are entitled to no refund of their membership payment.

 

9. Reporting Posts, Threads, or Inappropriate Conduct

FarmHer has a very small staff and cannot reasonably be expected to read all posts, thus they rely heavily on members to report inappropriate threads, posts, and conduct.

 

If you have experienced or observed in appropriate posts or other inappropriate behavior by a FarmHer member, please click the “Report” icon (in the menu above the post) and/or inform a Guide directly. The identities of those who report posts or conduct are never made public.

 

Examples of Posts that should be reported:

1) Advertising or promotional posts by non-vendors

2) Personal attacks or otherwise rude/malicious posts (especially about fellow photographers or FarmHer members)

3) Posts that are obscene, offensive, or inflammatory

4) Posts that encourage pirating/copyright infringement

 

A few tips for Reporting Posts:

1) If you are uncertain about whether to report a post, report it anyway. Moderators will decide whether action needs to be taken.

2) You will not receive a reply to a Post Report, but Moderators review every report. If you require a reply, please submit your report via the Help Desk.

3) To report a thread generally, just report any post within the thread.

 

10. User Profiles and Signatures

Each member has a profile. Please fill out as much information as possible. At a minimum, you must include your real name (first and/or last) and location. Moderators will review profiles and signatures from time to time and may revise or suspend a member account to ensure compliance with these TOS.

 

Offensive, disruptive, or otherwise profile images or text may be removed at the discretion of board administrators.

 

If you choose to include links in your profile or signature, please keep in mind that your links are subject to the restrictions stated in the “Advertising, Referrals, Self-Promotion, and Other Solicitation” section. You may not, for example, link to business sites (unless you are an authorized Vendor) or use affiliate or referral links. You may link to your official farm/ag business blog/site and your personal blog/site.

 

11. Vendors

Our authorized vendors have exclusive rights to promote their businesses to our members on the FarmHer forums.

 

Authorized vendors under our current vendor plan are entitled to the following:

1) Vendor badge letting our members know that you are an authorized FarmHer vendor

2) Private vendor forum to meet and chat with your fellow FarmHer Vendors

3) Access to our general forums, where (if it suits you) you can discuss farming, education, general topics, business and marketing, and other subjects

5) Unlimited access to post in the Vendor Row and Group Buys/Discounts forums

 

If you have a product, service, or website to promote and would like to sign up to become a Vendor (or would simply like more information about the vendor program), please contact a Moderator or email info@farmher.com.

 

FarmHer does not generally pre-screen Vendor applications but does track member compliments and complaints about transactions with prospective or existing authorized Vendors. Vendors are expected to provide members with high-level customer care and quality products and services. Vendors may only promote their own businesses/products/services. If you own and would like to promote more than one business, you must purchase a vendor account for each such business.

 

FarmHer reserves the right to refuse Vendor applications or to revoke Vendor memberships at any time.

 

12. Board Support

Generally. Technical support for your account, billing questions, and/or problems with the board or forums should be sought by inquiring at the FarmHer Help Desk located within the forums.  If you do not receive a response to your Help Desk request within 72 hours or if you cannot log in at all, please contact us at info@farmher.com.

 

Please do not contact Moderators by seeking out their personal or business email addresses, social media, or telephone numbers.

 

Username Changes. Usernames can be changed by the member in their profile. 

 

13. Miscellaneous

If you have any questions or suggestions relating to these TOS, please contact us via the Help Desk or email to support@farmher.freshdesk.com

 

 

 

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