Disney Echo Rules!

Yoo Hoo and Welcome!

Like-minded Disney fans gather here in the Disney Echo message areas to discuss All Things Disney. This is a friendly place to tell stories about your trips to Disney theme parks, conventions, stage productions -- or even a simple trip to the Disney Store.

We invite you to share your memories of fun Disney times with fellow Disney fans. Discussions about Disney news stories, Disney films, TV and stage shows, as well as other general Disney topics, are also welcome here.

In the words of Walt Disney, to all who come to this happy place, welcome.

RULES, POLICIES, AND DISCLAIMERS
When participating on the Disney Echo by writing or replying to messages on its message forums, you agree to abide by the Disney Echo Rules! Keep in mind that kids as well as adults read the messages here, so please keep it clean. Remember, when you write a message on the Disney Echo it will be seen by folks all over the world. This is not a place for arguing or "flaming" users of the Disney Echo, nor any outright Disney bashing. The most important Disney Echo rules can be boiled down to this simple philosophy: Let's write and reply more like Mickey Mouse would and less like Donald Duck does when he's mad. Any posts of an argumentative or sarcastic nature are subject to immediate removal from the Disney Echo as the Disney Echo modEARators see fit. However, since the Disney Echo is not associated with The Walt Disney Co., you don't have to toe the company line and all opinions about Disney topics, pro and con, are welcome. People's opinions may differ, but disagreements can be expressed in a civil way.

The Disney Echo is committed to strong Internet privacy protections. That's why the Disney Echo does not register guests under the age of 13, in compliance with COPPA, the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998. For further information regarding COPPA, please visit http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/conline/edcams/kidzprivacy/adults.htm (for adults) and http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/conline/edcams/kidzprivacy/kidz.htm (for kids).

If at any time it is discovered that someone under the age of 13 has registered to be a Disney EchoEar, they will not be allowed to have any posting abilities, posting abilities will be turned off if they had previously been given before the age of the person was known, and the person will no longer have a validated Disney Echo log-in/registration from that time forward until such time as the person becomes at least age 13 (or older, of course) and some proof is provided by the parents/legal guardian of the person in question (if they wish their child to be an active participant on the Disney Echo at that time) if that person is still a minor. Note that all who register to be on the Disney Echo should have read these rules in the first place, however, so this should not even be an issue if all who apply to be on the Disney Echo are in fact age 13 or older.

You agree, through your use of the Disney Echo, that you will not use it to post any material which is knowingly false and/or inaccurate, abusive, bigoted, defamatory, harassing, hateful, indecent, obscene, profane, threatening, vulgar, invasive of a person's privacy, or otherwise violates any law.

This also includes any link to another web page which is posted by you: links to other web pages should have content similar to the rules and family atmosphere of the Disney Echo or at least provide an advisory if it does not. Any links found offensive to EchoEars should be reported to "Disney Echo @ emuck . com" (remove the quotation marks as well as the spaces). We reserve the right to remove any link to a web page which was posted not following these guidelines. Links to malware or sigs that contain such links will be deleted as soon as possible once they are detected/reported.

Although the Disney Echo welcomes all people, each with their own opinion and encourages all to express their tips and opinions on the Echo (as long as the Disney Echo rules are followed), there is no tolerance for trolls or internet sock puppets on the Disney Echo so the Disney Echo team of modEARators and administratEARS will be enforcing warnings and/or bannings as needed in those cases. Disney Echo modEARator Tamby / BambiTamby found another useful link about trolls -- and we both agree with the advice given about how to deal with trolls. If you're confused about the term "internet sock puppets," in other words, only one Disney Echo log-in per person.

Anyone attempting to join in order to "spam" and/or putting a non-appropriate link in their profile will not be allowed to be an EchoEar. (See below for more details about website links.)

You may enter your real name or a nickname you are known to by others, but note that only names appropriate for the Disney Echo will be allowed and spam names are prohibited.

If you need to change your Disney Echo log-in name, click here to see how that can be done, but note that you will also need to keep an explanation along the lines of "Previously MyOldLog-In on the Disney Echo" in your Disney Echo signature (with "MyOldLog-In" being replaced with the actual name of your old log-in, of course) to avoid confusion.

In writing or replying to messages on the Disney Echo, you agree not to post any copyrighted material unless the copyright is owned by you or by the Disney Echo. Although the modEARators of the Disney Echo do not and cannot review each and every message posted and is not responsible for the content of any of these messages, every attempt is made to review each message posted and in addition we reserve the right to DELETE ANY MESSAGE FOR ANY REASON WHATSOEVER although every attempt will be made not to do so. You remain solely responsible for the content of your messages, and you agree to indemnify and hold harmless the FANtasEARS Disney Fan Club, the Disney Echo, its modEARators, and the Disney Echo Affiliates with respect to any claim based upon transmission of your message(s).

Please review the topic you are posting in order to make sure it will be added to the most relevant message forum (for example, post a trip report to the appropriate trip report forum rather than a different area). Not only is posting your message in the wrong forum confusing but you'll also receive fewer responses than you might have expected because not as many EchoEars interested in what you are posting will find it in the wrong place. The Disney Echo modEARators reserve the right to move topics at any time to a more appropriate message forum.

And to make sure your information is understood by all, please write only in English (in your posted messages but also any information you might choose to share in your Disney Echo profile) because the vast majority of EchoEars use English to communicate. As is also done at Disney.com, "We also reserve the right to remove notes that are off the subject or not in English." We also reserve the right to remove EchoEars trying to get around this or any other Disney Echo rule.

The Disney Echo modEARators reserve the right to edit or delete any messages at any time (although we have no duty to do so): We have the ability to remove or edit objectionable messages and we will make every effort to do so, within a reasonable time frame, if we determine that removal or editing is necessary. Because messages are posted in real-time, it is not possible for us to review messages or confirm the validity of information posted. Please remember that although we strive to monitor the contents of each message posted, it is not possible at all times to do so and the Disney Echo and its team of modEARators and administratEARS are not responsible for any messages posted. The Disney Echo does not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and cannot be held responsible for the contents of any message. The messages express the views of the author of each message and not necessarily the views of the Disney Echo, its modEARators, or the FANtasEARS Disney Fan Club.

Any user who feels that a posted message is objectionable to them is encouraged to first try and work things out for themselves (by either seeing the other's point of view (even if you don't agree with it) and/or ignoring it) then you yourself contacting that person privately if you feel that is necessary, and then after trying that if you can contact us by email if you still feel the need to do that. Do NOT post publically about it or anything else which in any way violates the Disney Echo rules. If you choose to contact us -- by email at "DisneyEcho @ emuck . com" (remove the quotes and spaces) -- you should know that we have the ability to remove objectionable messages and we will make every effort to do so within a reasonable time frame, if we determine that removal is necessary due to the material in some way not in keeping with the Disney Echo rules. However, if something posted is blatantly against the rules, please email us immediately.

In the event of a complaint or legal action arising from any message posted by you to the Disney Echo, we reserve the right to reveal your identity (or whatever information we know about you).

Internet privacy is a very important issue. Choose wisely about what you decide to write in messages or post online in the forums, keeping in mind that you are sharing information with strangers. Even though you might personally know others participating on the Disney Echo, remember that lurkers unknown to you are probably also reading what you write. This is true on any public internet forum, the Disney Echo included.

Please note that chain letters, pyramid schemes, and solicitations are not allowed on the Disney Echo, nor is posting/distributing software or other materials which contain a virus or other harmful components.

Blatant promotion of other websites is not appropriate on the Disney Echo, including spam, advertisements and for sale messages. However, a link to your own personal Disney-related website is allowed and encouraged if the website fits the character of the Disney Echo and the link does not open other websites when attempts are made to use the link provided or close the linked website. Tricks like that are not allowed. An appropriate link to your personal Disney-related website should be put under your name at the conclusion of messages you post to the Disney Echo -- and we encourage you to use the signature feature (found in "Your MouseControl Panel") to make this easy. We encourage travel agents to post news they have about Disnehy vacation travel deals, as long as the additional rules about that, found here, are followed.

Any violation of the Disney Echo Rules may lead to your post being deleted entirely, edited, and/or your being suspended from use of the Disney Echo.

Any message discussing how to get around the rules will immediately be deleted and the account temporarily suspended until which time a modEARator can contact the offending member.

Should you have any questions about our policies or procedures, please contact Disney Echo @ EMuck . com (remove the spaces before using that email address).

The Disney Echo and the FANtasEARS Disney Fan Club makes chat rooms, forums, message areas, and/or newsgroups available to its users. Please remember that any information that is disclosed in these areas becomes public information and you should exercise caution when deciding to disclose your personal information. By communicating with or through the Disney Echo, its modEARators, members, and the FANtasEARS Disney Fan Club or by participating in any Disney Echo message area you grant the Disney Echo and the FANtasEARS Disney Fan Club the right to use, reproduce, display and distribute what you've communicated without any compensation to you whatsoever.

The Disney Echo and the FANtasEARS Disney Fan Club have not been authorized, endorsed, maintained, affiliated or in any way officially connected with The Walt Disney Company or any of its affiliates. Some photographs, and any Disney-owned attractions, designs, Disney Character images, locations, logos, products, sound clips, and registered trademarks or trademarks (such as Disneyland® Resort, Walt Disney World®, their event, attraction and area names) presented and written about within this site are the property of The Walt Disney Company and are registered trademarks or trademarks or copyright © The Walt Disney Company and/or Disney Enterprises, Inc. and/or their subsidiaries and affiliates (collectively, "Disney"). All Disney characters, including but not limited to, Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Minnie Mouse, Goofy and Pluto, are registered trademarks, trademarks and/or copyrights of Disney. References to other non-Disney registered trademarks, trademarks, copyrights, and other intellectual property, such as Tarzan, a registered trademark and copyright of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., may be contained herein. For purposes of this Web site, such other intellectual property shall collectively be Disney "affiliates."The use of all these registered trademarks or trademarks or copyrights within this site is strictly for editorial purposes, and no commercial claim to their use, or suggestion of sponsorship or endorsement, is made herein.

IN NO CASE DOES THE DISNEY ECHO MAKE ANY EXPLICIT OR IMPLICIT CLAIM TO ANY OF THE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS ASSOCIATED WITH DISNEY.

No proprietary material from the Disney Echo, or any Web site owned, operated, licensed or controlled by same, or any of its related, affiliated or subsidiary companies may be copied, reproduced, republished, uploaded, posted, transmitted, or distributed in any way, without the prior written permission from us, except that you may download one copy of the materials on any single computer for your personal, non-commercial home use only, provided you keep intact all copyright and other proprietary notices. Modification of the materials or use of the materials for any other purpose is a violation of the Disney Echo's copyright and other rights.

In the event you download or otherwise copy any content from this Site, including but not limited to, software, articles and images incorporated into the Site (collectively, the "Content"), the Disney Echo does not transfer copyright in the Content to you. You only own the medium on which the Content is recorded, but the Disney Echo, to the extent applicable, retains all rights to the Content. You may not re-sell, decompile, reverse engineer, disassemble, make derivative works from or otherwise reduce the Content to a form perceivable by a human without the aid of any artificial device.

THE MATERIALS IN THIS SITE ARE PROVIDED "AS IS" AND WITHOUT WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED. TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMISSIBLE PURSUANT TO APPLICABLE LAW, WE DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. WE DO NOT WARRANT THAT THE FUNCTIONS CONTAINED IN THE MATERIALS WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR-FREE, THAT DEFECTS WILL BE CORRECTED, OR THAT THIS SITE OR THE SERVER THAT MAKES IT AVAILABLE ARE FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS. WE ALSO DON'T WARRANT OR MAKE ANY REPRESENTATIONS REGARDING THE USE OR THE RESULTS OF THE USE OF THE MATERIALS IN THIS SITE IN TERMS OF THEIR CORRECTNESS, ACCURACY, RELIABILITY, OR OTHERWISE. YOU ASSUME THE ENTIRE COST OF ALL NECESSARY SERVICING, REPAIR, OR CORRECTION. APPLICABLE LAW MAY NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES, SO THE ABOVE EXCLUSION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.

LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
Under no circumstances, including, but not limited to, negligence, shall the Disney Echo, its modEARators, or the FANtasEARS Disney Fan Club be liable for any special or consequential damages that result from the use of, or the inability to use, the materials in this site, even if we or an authorized representative of us has been advised of the possibility of such damages. Applicable law may not allow the limitation or exclusion of liability or incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitation or exclusion may not apply to you.

In no event shall our total liability to you for all damages, losses, and causes of action (whether in contract, tort (including, but not limited to, negligence), or otherwise) exceed the amount paid by you, if any, for accessing this site (and that does not include any internet access fees you pay to other non-Disney Echo companies). Since there is no charge to enter the Disney Echo website, this means we don't owe anything to you.

Any or all of the above shall not be printed out and used for the wrapping of fish. So there!

If you've made it this far, congratulations!

-Rich Koster
Disney Echo administratEAR and modEARator

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