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Guidelines and Rules of Conduct

  • Introduction
  • Expectations of Service
  • Who Can Participate
  • Participation is Voluntary
  • Registration and Your Password
  • Appropriate Conduct
  • Submissions
  • Miscellaneous

Introduction

Microsoft provides software in many languages throughout the world. From time to time, we receive comments from users on the non-English terminology in Microsoft software. We value these comments and we are providing the Microsoft Terminology Community Forum as a feedback tool. The forum provides a way for customers to give feedback on selected Microsoft terminology. To ensure that everyone has the best possible experience on this on-line forum, we have established some guidelines and rules of conduct. Please take a moment to read them.

The first time you log in to the forum, you must click "I ACCEPT" to show your agreement to the guidelines and rules of conduct for the forum (the "Rules of Conduct"). If you do not click "I Accept", you cannot use the forum. BY CLICKING "I ACCEPT" OR BY USING THE FORUM, YOU AGREE THAT YOU ARE BOUND BY THESE RULES OF CONDUCT, INCLUDING ANY SUBSEQUENT CHANGES TO THESE RULES OF CONDUCT (see "Miscellaneous" section below). All the Microsoft.com Terms of Use (at http://www.microsoft.com/about/legal/en/us/IntellectualProperty/Copyright/Default.aspx)

also govern activity on the forum. These Rules of Conduct add to the Microsoft.com Terms of Use. Microsoft may require you to click "I Accept" at other times to confirm your agreement to the Rules of Conduct.

We hope your involvement with the forum is useful and fun. Thank you for participating in the Microsoft Terminology Community Forum.

Expectations of Service

Microsoft does not offer formal support for the Microsoft Terminology Community Forum. We may post selected terms in English and, in bi-lingual projects, their translations into one or more selected language(s). The forum gives you the opportunity to suggest alternative terms and translations.

Microsoft may:

  • manage and remove postings on the forum;
  • remove and add terms;
  • review suggested translations, and remove or modify them if they violate these Rules of Conduct or are otherwise inappropriate; and
  • terminate access to the forum by users who violate these Rules of Conduct.

Any information Microsoft provides on the Microsoft Terminology Community Forum is offered "AS IS" with no warranties, and no rights are granted. You assume all risk for your use.

Who Can Participate

To participate in the Microsoft Terminology Community Forum, you must be 18 years old or the age in your country at which a person can legally bind himself or herself to contracts, whichever is older.

Participation is Voluntary

You have no obligation to do any tasks for the Microsoft Terminology Community Forum. You will not get any compensation for participating in the forum. Any action you take on the forum is completely voluntary. You may participate as much or as little as you wish. Participation should take a fairly limited amount of time. You may stop participating in the forum at any time. You are always free to choose if and when to participate in the forum.

Registration and Your Password

To access and use the Microsoft Terminology Community Forum, you must complete the registration process by getting a Windows Live ID account at http://www.passport.net and log in to the forum using your Windows Live ID. During the registration process for Windows Live ID, you must provide your e-mail address, country, region, state or province, and zipcode (postal code). The Windows Live ID privacy policy is available at: https://accountservices.passport.net/PPPrivacyStatement.srf?ru=https://login.passport.net/ppsecure/uisecure.srf%3Fid%3D42814%26vv%3D320%26lc%3D1033&id=42814&vv=320&lc=1033.

Appropriate Conduct

You agree to abide by the following principles in all of your actions on the Microsoft Terminology Community Forum.

Appropriate Language: Please avoid personal attacks, slurs, and profanity in your activities on the forum.

Confidentiality: Please do not post anything on the forum that you do not want the world to see. You should not post credit card numbers, other personally identifiable information (such as social security number, name, address, telephone number, driver's license number, passwords, etc.), product keys, and other confidential information (including anything covered under a non-disclosure agreement). This information can easily be used by others for illegal or harmful purposes.

Also:

  • Please treat all other participants in the forum with respect. Do not use the forum to threaten, harass, stalk, or abuse other users.
  • Do not impersonate a Microsoft employee, agent, manager, host, or another user.
  • Do not use the forum to spam others. Spam includes sending identical and irrelevant or unsolicited submissions to many different users, and includes misrepresenting the source of anything you post.
  • Microsoft does not allow behavior or content related to illegal activities. Do not use the forum to publish, post, or distribute defamatory, infringing, obscene, or other illegal content, including child pornography, content promoting bestiality, incest, illegal drugs, or software piracy, or messages that amount to harassment.
  • Please do not submit translations that you know are incorrect or that have secondary meanings that make posting them to the forum a violation of the Rules of Conduct.
  • Do not use the forum to link to external sites that violate these Rules of Conduct.
  • Do not post or promote any materials that could harm or disrupt another user's computer or would allow others to inappropriately access software or Web sites.
  • In addition to upholding these Rules of Conduct, you are responsible for following your local and national laws.
  • You are responsible for your actions that are based on advice or information you get online. Use your own judgment to evaluate information you receive through any communication service. Remember that the information provided could be from people at any age and experience level. The decision to conduct transactions is yours. Perform your own research before making any decisions.
  • You are responsible and liable for all your activities while you participate in the forum. Remember, you are responsible for anything you say or post.

Submissions

By "Posting" your "Submissions" (as those terms are defined in the Microsoft.com Terms Of Use ) you are granting Microsoft and its affiliates and sublicensees (and anyone else who needs such a grant) permission to use your Submission, including but not limited to the rights to copy, distribute, transmit, publicly display, publicly perform, reproduce, edit, translate, and reformat your Submission, and create derivative works of it, and the right to sublicense these rights (including the right to grant further sublicenses). You are also granting the right to publish your name in connection with your Submission. If this paragraph conflicts with the Microsoft.com Terms of Use, for purposes of these Rules of Conduct this paragraph controls to the extent of the conflict.

Miscellaneous

Microsoft reserves the right to terminate your access to part of or the entire Microsoft Terminology Community Forum at any time, without notice, for any reason.

Microsoft may add additional functionality to the forum. By using that additional functionality, you are agreeing to any additional terms Microsoft adds to these Rules of Conduct for that functionality. Please make sure you review these terms again before using any new functionality. Microsoft reserves the right to change these Rules of Conduct at any time without notice. You agree to review these Rules of Conduct regularly to ensure you are complying with them.

You are responsible for protecting your computer against interference or viruses that may be encountered on the Internet and the forum.

These Rules of Conduct do not require you to license, use, or promote Microsoft software.

Your participation in the forum does not create an employer-employee relationship, a partnership, joint venture, or agency relationship, and neither do these Rules of Conduct.

These Rules of Conduct will be construed and controlled by the laws of the State of Washington. You consent to exclusive jurisdiction and venue in the federal courts sitting in King County, Washington. However, if no federal subject matter jurisdiction exists, you consent to exclusive jurisdiction and venue in the Superior Court of King County, Washington. You waive all defenses of lack of personal jurisdiction and forum non conveniens. Process may be served on either party in the manner authorized by applicable law or court rule. In any action to enforce any right or remedy under these Rules of Conduct or to interpret any provision of these Rules of Conduct, the prevailing party will be entitled to recover its reasonable attorneys' fees, costs and other expenses.

Thank you for following the Rules of Conduct and participating in the Microsoft Terminology Community Forum!

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