Community Guidelines

1. INTRODUCTION

Our Community Guidelines, a supplement to our Terms of Use, provide an outline of acceptable behavior within the sites and services provided by Movie Prop Sites, LLC  (individually the “Community”; together “Communities”), and apply to all content posted on or generated within our Communities. There may be additional rules that apply to specific areas of each Community. Use of our Communities constitutes your acceptance and agreement to abide by the following Community Guidelines in both letter and intent. Please take these rules seriously and don’t look for loopholes around them. Whether or not you agree with them, try to understand them and respect the spirit in which they were created.

We reserve the right to change, add to, and interpret any part of the Community Guidelines in a manner we believe best serves our Communities. Any content or member we believe is in conflict with the purpose of our Communities may be removed at our discretion. Our decisions are final.

Each member of the Community is responsible for 1) showing respect for the Community and other members of the Community and 2) not abusing the Community and other members of the Community.

2. USER CONTENT

A. Harassment and Threats. Our Communities are all about sharing and interacting with the Community in respectful ways. Predatory behavior, stalking, attacking, demeaning, threats, harassment, intimidation, and inciting others to commit violent acts are unacceptable. Any legal threat, express or implied, against our Communities, company or membership will result in an immediate termination of your account.

B. Sex/Nudity and Shocking/Disgusting Content. Our Communities are not for pornographic, sexually explicit or even overtly sexually suggestive content. It is not okay to post violent or gory content that’s primarily intended to be shocking, sensational or disrespectful.

C. Profanity. Don’t use profanity or bypass our software-based profanity censor.*

D. Hate Speech. While we believe everyone has a right to express their point of view, even if it is unpopular, we don’t permit hate speech (speech which attacks or demeans a group based on race or ethnic origin, religion, disability, gender, age, veteran status, and sexual preference).

E. Controversial Topics (Religion and Politics). Because they are so detrimental to the cohesion of any community, we do not allow the discussion of political/religious views, religious/political figures, or social issues that will inevitably draw members into a heated debate (e.g Evolution/Creationism or the politics behind gun control, abortion, etc). It is unrealistic to believe that a religious or political viewpoint won’t work its way into the Community in some fashion (e.g mentioning you will pray for a sick member). It is important to remember that the purpose of this policy is not to limit your ability to express your beliefs but to limit the division often caused by discussing/debating differing points of view regarding these subjects.

F. Spoiler Content. Please be careful not to post any potential spoiler content in post titles. Our Communities, including therpf.com and thedentedhelmet.com, allow you to use the bbcode [spoiler][/spoiler] tags to hide spoiler information as a courtesy to others.

G. Privacy. Posting or distributing any form of personal information without the consent of the person is unacceptable. Examples of personal information include, but are not limited to address, IP addresses, phone numbers, or an unpublicized email address.

H. Spamming. Everyone hates spam. Don’t create misleading descriptions, titles or content in order to increase views. It’s not okay to post large amounts of untargeted, unwanted or repetitive content, including private messages.

I. Advertising.

(i) You are welcome to link your site in your signature as long as it doesn’t conflict with any rule in the Community Guidelines or Terms of Use. However, our Communities are not intended solely as a venue for you promote your brand/site/product.**

(ii) If you would like to become a paid sponsor/advertiser within our Communities please fill out our “Advertise with us” form.

(iii) Any content promoting a site that is in conflict with the purpose of our Communities or is a direct competitor of one or more of our Communities may be removed.

(iv) Posting, emailing, private messaging, uploading, or otherwise transmitting any content containing affiliate account information is prohibited.

(v) Please note, any content transmitted through our Communities associated with one of our affiliates may automatically or manually have our affiliate account information appended to it. Removal of this appended information is also prohibited.

J. Illicit Information/Content. Please refrain from posting/linking/requesting pirated content, or paid subscription content.

K. Authentic Police/Government IDs and Potentially Lethal Weapons. Please be cautious when posting/linking/requesting content relating to authentic government or police-style identification credentials that may be misconstrued as attempting to impersonate a government employee.

Please refrain from the discussion of creating potentially lethal weapons. Such items are extremely dangerous and we do not endorse or promote the inclusion of such items on a replica costume.

L. Member Accounts. Each member is allowed a single account. If you cannot access your account, please do not create additional accounts as they would be considered “sockpuppet” accounts. Instead, please contact our staff so we can correct the problem. Banned or deactivated members are not allowed to create new accounts.

You are required to have an accurate first name in your user profile. Providing a false or fictitious first name may lead to account termination.

Please see our Terms of Service for additional information regarding Providing Accurate InformationGuarding Your Password and Impersonating Any Person.

M. Official Language. While our Communities welcome people of all language, English is the official language of our Communities because it is the common language between our staff and members. Because we cannot moderate conversations in a foreign language, you may not hold a public conversation in a language other than English.

N. Suggestions, Comments and Criticism.

(i) For questions, comments, or criticism regarding policy or any actions taken by the staff we encourage you to PM a member of the staff with your thoughts.

(ii) Public discussion/debate of actions taken by the staff (present or past) or Community policy may be removed.

3. BUYING/SELLING

We do not endorse or manage the creation or sale of props, costumes, or costume parts or materials by anyone for sale to others. All sales are private transactions between the buyer and seller.

A. Buying/selling/trading items on the site.

(i) All buying, selling, advertising or interest-gauging must take place in the designated sales area.

Designated sales area for therpf.com is the Classifieds section; for thedentedhelmet.com, thehunterslair.com, and 405th.com is the Marketplace.

(ii) Members are only eligible to post in the designated sales area after meeting certain criteria.

The requirement for therpf.com is having an active Premium Membership.

Requirements for 405th.com and thedentedhelmet.com are being a member in good standing for at least 90 days and having made at least 50 posts.

Requirements for thehunterslair.com are being a member in good standing and having made at least 50 posts.

(ii) Members using the designated sales area do so at their own risk. All sales are private transactions between the buyer and seller. As a general rules, we do not intervene in these private sales or transactions. Members are strongly encouraged to fulfill their obligations as buyers or sellers in a timely fashion. We may be forced to ban a buyer or seller who acts unethically.

(iii) Members may not shill within any part of our Communities. This includes posting items for sale or coordinating sales for other people or promoting sites, services or products for banned members or known recasters.

(iv) Please refrain from the discussion of live or pending auctions. Auctions for items of interest to the board should be discussed AFTER the auction has closed. In the event where you suspect an auction item (or seller) is fraudulent, posting is permitted as a warning to other members. Members can post their own auctions in the designated sales area.***

(v) As a seller, you MUST state a price in your thread (excluding threads that are simply links to your eBay auctions). You may include “OBO” in a sales thread where a price has been stipulated, but threads where no price has been stated, and requests for open or silent offers are not permitted.

(vi) Silent auctions/bids, charity auctions and any form of raffle are not permitted.

B. Selling/trading of recast items. Deliberately recasting another member’s creation without consent is not supported by our communities.

Deliberately recasting an active licensee’s product is not supported by our communities.

Selling freely distributed paper props is considered a digital form of recasting.

If anyone believes their item has been recast by a member, they are encouraged to provide proof to our staff, with the understanding that the burden of proof lies solely with the accuser and that members will be considered innocent unless clearly proven otherwise by the aggrieved party.

C. Selling/trading of live firearms or readily converted firearms. The sale or trade of live firearms is strictly prohibited with our Communities. The sale or trade of deactivated firearms is permitted only if the item in question has been rendered completely non-functional as described under the applicable laws of BOTH the buyer and seller’s home country/state/province. It is YOUR responsibility to know and follow applicable laws.

4. MEMBER ACCOUNTABILITY

Our Community Guidelines aren’t designed to specifically cover every possible scenario and you alone are responsible for any content or activity associated with your account. Membership at our Communities is a privilege granted by a private organization. It is not a social or legal right. We reserve the right to issue a warning, temporarily or permanently ban/deactivate your account(s) and/or IP addresses, or delete/edit your content if your conduct violates any part of our Community Guidelines or is counterproductive to our interests.

Our failure to enforce any part of the Community Guidelines, for any reason, shall not be construed as a waiver of our right to do so at any time.

Please note that your actions outside the confines of our Communities may affect your membership.

A. Warnings. Warnings may be issued if a member violates any part of the Community Guidelines. Warnings are not punishments. They are administrative notices, and a record of an incident. Warnings are considered private matters and will not be publicly declared.

B. Administrative Leave. We will not be involved in any legal action between or involving members and may take action necessary, including the temporary or permanent termination of a member’s account on our Community to protect the safety of ourselves and our membership.

C. Membership Review and Termination. Should a member receive sufficient warnings to necessitate a review, the staff will evaluate the member’s history and decide on an appropriate action. A severe infraction of the Community Guidelines may result in the immediate termination of your account. While it is not standard practice, we reserve the right to terminate your account without prior notice. Please note, that a termination of your account at one of our Communities will result in a termination of your accounts at all of our Communities.

D. Self-Termination. Members who request the termination of their account are committing digital suicide. We encourage members who are contemplating this request to step away from the Community, regain your composure and reconsider your request. Once terminated at your own request, you cannot come back.

* Section 2-C does not apply to thehunterslair.com

** Section 2-I-i does not not apply to therpf.com. Only members who have purchased a Premium Membership are allowed to include a link in their signature at therpf.com

*** Section 3-A-iv does not apply to thehunterslair.com. Hunter’s Lair members may post / discuss live or pending auctions in the designated sales area.

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