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Release of Liability and Responsibility. Articles, forums for conversation, and other forms of expression provided by Unbound or its website may or may not reflect the opinions of either the Unbound staff, ACSWP, the GAMC, and/or the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Because of the importance of the free exchange of ideas, you agree not to hold Unbound or its affiliates (including its staff and its advisory council members) responsible or liable for opinions and positions expressed on this site. Articles are the sole opinions of their authors.
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Integrity of participants and interlocutors. We aspire to create a safe space of interaction and dialogue, a space that challenges and confronts while remaining respectful, humane and most importantly, Christian. In other words, this is an ethical climate with minimal censoring that requests integrity of each participant and interlocutor.
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Right to remove content and discontinue service. We reserve the right to remove without notice any content for any reason, but have no obligation to delete content that an individual may find objectionable or offensive. If you have such a complaint, please report it through our “Contact” page and the Unbound staff will investigate it. Unbound may modify or discontinue services or your account with us, with or without notice, for any reason without liability to you or any other party.
Ethical Standards. In order to ensure conversation that is both free and open while also constructive and respectful, all interaction is governed by the following ethical standards:
(1) No one 13 years of age or under can register as a user;
(2) All users must register and sign-in in order to participate in all interactive features. By signing in, you attach your name to all comments you post. No anonymous posts are permitted with the understanding that anonymity enables unreflective and harmful speech. Through and only through written request, Unbound staff may, however, on occasion authorize pseudonymous contributions. However, all users under the age of 18 should not include their last name in their publicly displayed user name (or should choose a pseudonym), nor include any personally revealing information, such as location, in their profile bios;
(3) All users shall regard all other users as children of God and bearers of God’s Spirit;
(4) No user shall upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available any content that is unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, defamatory, tortious, illegal, vulgar, obscene, pornographic, libelous, invasive of another’s privacy, hateful, or racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable to Unbound;
(5) No user shall upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available content that violates law or regulations designed to protect minors;
(6) No user shall impersonate any person or entity, including but not limited to, the Unbound staff or interaction moderators, or falsely state or misrepresent your affiliation with a person or entity;
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(`0) No user shall upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available any material that contains software viruses, spyware, or any other computer code, files or programs designed to interrupt, disrupt, destroy or limit the functionality of any computer software or hardware on telecommunications equipment.
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If you have concerns regarding the use of copyrighted material on this website, please notify in writing the agent designated to respond to reports alleging copyright infringement. The designated agent is: Patrick David Heery, firstname.lastname@example.org, Office 3611, 100 Witherspoon Street, Louisville, KY, 40202.
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Registration. Certain features of Unbound may require you to register personal information and obtain a user name and password for Unbound. In such cases, you are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your account number and/or password. You are responsible for all uses of your account, whether or not actually or expressly authorized by you. Please note that you may also have the option of using previously registered social media accounts (such as Facebook, Twitter, Google, etc.) to serve as your Unbound account.
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Modification or discontinuation of service. We may modify or discontinue services or your account with us, with or without prior notice, without liability to you, any other user or any third party. We reserve the right to access and/or terminate your account if we learn that you have provided us with false or misleading registration information, interfered with other users or the administration of Unbound services, or violated these Terms of Service.
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This document was last revised on October 19, 2011.