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    Forum Etiquette & Guidelines

    GENERAL POSTING ETIQUETTE

    • The Golden Rule: Keep in mind that the Golden Rule has special significance to online message boards such as this one. Make every effort to be civil, kind and professional when replying to other members' Topics. Treat other members as you wish to be treated. And remember the adjunct to the Golden Rule - just because someone else is being rude or harsh doesn't mean you have respond in kind.

    • Choose words carefully: Tone and intent are often difficult to discern in a message board environment. So try to choose your words (and your icons and images) carefully so as not to risk offending or enraging other members. Use Smilies and emoticons whenever possible to ensure that your intended tone is plain to other members.

    • Keep it private: If you are involved in a disagreement or a misunderstanding with another member, make every effort to discuss it privately with them (via the Forum's Private Messaging feature, by e-mail or some other method). Airing grievances in public often only exacerbates the possibility of hurt feelings and bruised egos, neither of which are conducive to a positive Forum experience. And remember, never post private correspondence, even only excerpts, in a public forum without the express consent of all parties involved.

    • Post in the correct Forum: The Penciljack Forums are divided into several categories for ease of browsing. When you are posting, make sure what you're posting is appropriate for the Forum you've selected. If you have a question about where to post a new Topic, check the Forum description or ask a moderator or a more senior member.

    • You get what you put in: If you would like other members to reply to your Topics, particularly topics wherein you've posted artwork, you're going to have to expend the effort to reply to their Topics as well. Members are more likely to respond positively to you if they've seen that you respond to their Topics. And remember, being rude or brusque with other members will come back to haunt you.



    POSTING ARTWORK/CRITIQUE ETIQUETTE

    • Be descriptive: When titling a new Topic, be brief but descriptive. Don't try to lure other members to comment with false claims. In extreme cases, Topics with misleading and/or inappropriate titles will be deleted by moderators or administrators.

    • Watch the image size: When posting images, keep them at a reasonable size. Many members are connecting to the Forum via a dial-up, 56k connection. Posting large images makes it difficult for them to view your work. Try to keep images under a file size of 250k, and smaller than 600 pixels wide. This will make it easier (and more likely) for others to view and comment on your artwork. (Note - if you must post artwork that is larger than 600 pixels wide, you must display it as a link rather than an inline image).

    • One at a time: It's easier for other members to comment on one piece of art at a time, so try to include only one piece of your artwork in a given Topic. However, if you need to post multiple pieces (such as sequential art pages) in a Topic, post hypertext links to the images rather than displaying them inline.

    • Show your most recent work: It's best to show your most recent work for critiquing purposes. Old work isn't the best way to evaluate your current skill level, and would prevent someone who is taking their time to give you a critique from telling you something you may already have known and corrected in the time since you've completed the older pieces.

    • Nudity & Violence: Tasteful nudity or comic violence is not discouraged. This doesn't include deviant or puerile displays of gratuitous or implied sexual intercourse or violent images and will be edited at the discretion of the moderators. Prose and scripts with similar descriptions of blatant sexual conduct or violence against sexes, races or religions must be tactful or linked. Thread titles need not warn anyone as it ends up calling attention to the thread and will be edited to avoid that.

      Moderators are encouraged to make judgment calls and edit posts as they see fit. If you feel your post was unnecessarily changed or removed, please feel free to take it up with the staff.

    • Don't steal: Don't post any artwork other than your own without express consent from the creator of the artwork. Posting inline images without consent is thought by many to be a form of theft. If you want to point out a piece of artwork by another artist, notify that artist and link to the image (preferably to the artist's site, where the image is contained). Further, it is not permitted to post other artists' work for critique in the Laboratory or Applied Science Forums. Registration is free, and the artists are free to post their own work themselves.

    • Don't hog the spotlight: Don't divert attention from other members by posting your own artwork or off-topic messages in their Topics. You are free to create your own Topic to display your artwork or make your point.

    • Be prepared: The goal of the Penciljack Forum is to be an inclusive learning environment. As such, all art posted in the Laboratory Forums is subject to critique by all members.

    • Be kind: When critiquing another member's artwork, be honest, but be kind. There's nothing to be gained by being flippant, rude or excessively harsh in your response. And remember - the member you are criticizing now may take the opportunity to criticize your artwork later.

    • Careful when going above and beyond: Keep in mind some members are expecting verbal criticism and might not take kindly to non-standard methods of offering criticism (such as overlays or other image manipulation). If you don't know a member is amicable to receiving different forms of criticism, just ask first, or keep the criticism verbal

    • Take it in stride: Remember, even if someone gives you a harsh, negative critique, they still took their valuable time to offer advice to you. Don't be defensive or feel you have to make excuses for your work. Your work stands on its own. Take the advice you have been given, analyze it, take what you want from it and move on.

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    Penciljack Privacy Policy

    PENCILJACK.COM PRIVACY POLICY
    Your privacy is held in high regard at Penciljack.com, and as such, all efforts will be made to ensure that Penciljack.com is a safe, accessible environment where you may feel comfortable in sharing whatever amount of personal information you choose to share.

    About the Gathering and Use of Information
    Penciljack.com does not collect any personally identifiable information from you other than what you supply voluntarily.

    Some projects and/or services require registration or may ask you to submit personally identifiable information, such as your name, address, e-mail address, or physical address. Examples of such activities include (but are not limited to) the following:

    • registering for contests or drawings
    • subscribing to services and features
    • submitting items to forums or calendars of events
    • Penciljack.com does not sell or trade personally identifiable information about users.

    Concerning Tracking and the Use of Cookies
    Penciljack.com does not track users site-wide. In order to allow you to access certain services and features of Penciljack.com, such as the Forums or the Portfolios, a "cookie" may be planted on your computer. This small text file records a temporary ID for you, along with the data necessary for that particular site or transaction. This ID is usually a specially generated code that is used only within the particular customization process. It will not be connected to personal information about you, such as your e-mail address even if you have provided such information elsewhere on Penciljack.com.

    Certain transactions, such as subscribing to Penciljack services, may require cookies that include some personal information about you. You will always be asked to supply this information and will be informed about its use. Penciljack.com does not store this information, except for the purposes of completing the specific transaction you have initiated.

    Acceptance of Penciljack.com Privacy Policy Terms and Conditions
    By using and/or continuing to use Penciljack.com and/or any of its features and services, you signify your agreement to the terms and conditions set forth in this Privacy Policy. If you do not agree to these terms and conditions, please do not use this Web site. Penciljack.com reserves the right, at the sole discretion of its agents or authorized representatives, to change, modify, add to, or remove portions of this policy at any time. Please check this page periodically for any changes. Your continued use of Penciljack.com and/or any of its features or services following the posting of any changes to these terms shall indicate that you have accepted those changes. If you have any questions or concerns, please e-mail the Webmaster

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    Penciljack Terms of Service

    PENCILJACK.COM TERMS OF SERVICE
    1. Introduction
    These Terms of Service ("Terms") will outline what to expect from the services offered by Penciljack.com and what Penciljack.com expects from you when you use the services.

    2. Application
    The Terms are applicable to all of the Web sites and services owned and/or operated by Penciljack.com, including Penciljack Forums and Penciljack Portfolios. Your use of any of these Web sites (collectively, the "Sites") and the services (the "Services") provided by Penciljack.com via the Web site are subject to these Terms and any additional terms and/or policies that may be published by Penciljack.com from time to time. All such policies are incorporated by reference into these Terms. The Terms comprise the entire agreement between you and Penciljack.com and supersede any and all prior agreements regarding the Services.

    3. Acceptance of Terms
    BY USING THE WEB SITE AND THE SERVICES, YOU AGREE TO BE BOUND BY AND TO COMPLY WITH THESE TERMS. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE WITH THESE TERMS, YOU ARE NOT PERMITTED TO USE THE WEB SITE OR ANY OF THE SERVICES. These Terms will be strictly enforced and violators may, at the sole discretion of Penciljack.com, be suspended or restricted from all or portions of the Web site.

    4. Description of Service
    Penciljack.com offers a wide range of Services, including the capability to create, post and exchange digital image files, discussion forums and other community features. Fees, if any, for certain of the Services are set out in the Service Fees and/or FAQ areas in the applicable area(s) of the Web site. To access some of the Services, you will require a separate account and password that can be obtained by completing an online registration form. You agree that all information which you provide on such forms ("Registration Data") will be true and complete, and that you will maintain and update your Registration Data to keep this information true and complete. Penciljack.com reserves the right to terminate your account if your Registration Data is or becomes false or misleading in any respect. You agree not to hold Penciljack.com liable for any damage to, any deletion of, or any failure to store your files or data (including your Registration Data). You acknowledge that certain of the Services have a fixed upper limit on the amount of disk space that you may use, which limits are set out in the FAQ area of the Web site.

    5. Privacy Statement
    You agree and consent to the manner in which Penciljack.com shall use, disclose and maintain your Registration Data and other personal information, as set out in Penciljack.com's privacy statement.

    6. Grant of Limited License
    By submitting (e.g. uploading) material to the Web site, you warrant to Penciljack.com that you have the full right and authority to submit such material, and that it will not infringe nor is it subject to any copyright or proprietary right of a third party. In order to operate the Web site, Penciljack.com requires certain limited rights of files posted by users. These rights do not extend to commercial applications beyond basic operation and promotion of the Web site.

    By submitting (e.g. uploading) material to the Web site, you grant Penciljack.com a non-exclusive, royalty-free, and world-wide right to copy, cache, modify, publish, display, distribute, translate, store and use the material in connection with the operation of the Web site and the Services until such time as the copyright holder removes the material from Penciljack.com and its Services and notifies Penciljack.com, with 30 days written notice, that further use of the material is no longer suitable.

    Such use by Penciljack.com may include, but will not be limited to, use of any information posted to the Web site to be included as part of a screen option, demonstration or brochure for the purpose of promoting the Web site, and/or the Services, and you hereby grant penciljack.com non-exclusive, royalty-free, and world-wide rights to use such material for said purposes, until such time as the copyright holder removes the material from Penciljack.com and its Services and notifies Penciljack.com, with 30 days written notice, that further use of the material is no longer suitable. You acknowledge that Penciljack.com may be required to compress or perform other technical processing of your uploaded files due to technical limitations on the Web site.

    7. Backup Copies of Images and Other Materials
    The Web site is neither designed nor intended to be used as a disaster recovery facility or as an emergency data storage facility. Although Penciljack.com takes reasonable precautions to preserve and protect the material you upload to the Web site, you should not rely on the Web site as your only storage facility. You should preserve copies of any digital images or information that you have uploaded. You agree that Penciljack.com has no responsibility or liability whatsoever for failure to store or damage caused to your materials that you upload or transmit through the Web site.

    8. Security of Your Account and Password
    You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your passwords and accounts and for any and all activities that occur under your account. You agree to immediately notify Penciljack.com of any unauthorised use of your passwords or accounts.

    9. Your Conduct
    Penciljack.com encourages your use of all Services and promotes the free flow of ideas and wide-ranging discussion on comic art and related issues. However, certain conduct carries potential risks to Penciljack.com and cannot be allowed. Penciljack.com therefore requires all users to comply with the following code of conduct ("Code of Conduct") in respect of the Web site:
    • a.Your use of the Web site is subject to and shall comply with these Terms, all applicable laws and regulations, and community standards;
    • b.You shall not upload or otherwise transmit through the Web site any material that (i) is unlawful, tortious, harassing, defamatory, libellous, abusive, profane, threatening, harmful, vulgar, obscene, sexually explicit, pornographic or otherwise objectionable; (ii) infringes on any third party rights; (iii) contains any virus or other harmful code that may adversely change or disrupt the Web site or any other user's equipment or software; or (iv) constitutes any form of lottery or gambling.
    • c.You agree not to gain or attempt to gain unauthorized access to other computer systems via the Web site.
    • d.Your right to use the Web site is personal to you. You agree not to resell or transfer any of your rights herein, without the express written consent of Penciljack.com, which consent may be withheld at Penciljack.com's sole discretion.
    • e.You agree not to use the Web site for chain letters, junk mail, "spamming", or other mass solicitations (commercial or non-commercial) at any time
    • f.You shall not use offensive language or engage in personal attacks on members or users of the Web site or employees of Penciljack.com. Penciljack.com is not limited in any way in determining whether a particular message or image may be offensive to a particular user or Penciljack.com in general. Examples of potentially offensive material include, but are not limited to, messages that denigrate, insult or ridicule another person, or that contain negative comments on the integrity, personality, honesty, character, intelligence, methods or motives of any person.
    • g.You shall not use the Web site to plan, incite, promote or facilitate any fraudulent or other illegal activities.
    • h.You agree to be bound by posted Guidelines and Etiquette relative to the appropriate content and Service areas of the Web site.

    10. Content
    Penciljack.com neither endorses nor assumes any liability for the content of any material uploaded or submitted by users of the Web site. The Web site acts only as a passive conduit for online storage of materials uploaded or submitted to the Web site. Penciljack.com retains the right to delete any content that it deems, in its sole discretion, to violate the Code of Conduct or any other provision of these Terms, but makes no claim to ensure that objectionable or illegal content will be removed from the Web site. You hereby consent to such removal and waive any claim against Penciljack.com arising out of such action. You acknowledge and agree that, during the course of providing the Web site, Penciljack.com may be required to grant access to a third party and/or decrypt files in response to a court order. You hereby consent to such legal production and waive any claim against Penciljack.com arising out of such court order.

    11. Copyrights
    The entire content of the Web site in the aggregate, with the exception of Member-owned material, is copyrighted by Penciljack.com as a collective work under copyright laws and international conventions. Any software used by Penciljack.com in connection with the Web site and the Services is also protected by applicable intellectual property laws. Portions of the Web site are provided to Penciljack.com under license. The copying, reproduction, publication or distribution of any portion of the Web site is strictly prohibited, unless expressly authorized in writing by Penciljack.com. No copyrighted material may be uploaded or submitted to the Web site by anyone without the written permission of the copyright owner or persons authorized by the copyright owner. You are solely responsible for obtaining all such necessary permission at your sole cost and expense before uploading any such material to the Web site. You acknowledge that content, including but not limited to text, music, sound, photographs, video, graphics or other material contained on the Web site is owned or licensed by Penciljack.com and/or other third parties and is protected by copyrights, trade-marks and/or other rights and laws. You may download and/or use the material available on the Web site for your personal, non-commercial purposes or otherwise in accordance with additional terms agreed to at the time of downloading. Except as may be permitted by law, you are responsible for obtaining permission from the copyright owner before reusing any copyrighted material that is on the Web site. In the event of any permitted copying, redistribution or publication of copyrighted material from the Web site, no changes in or deletion of author attribution, trademark legend or copyright notice shall be made. You acknowledge that you do not acquire any ownership rights by downloading copyrighted material from the Web site. If you believe a work on the Web site constitutes infringement of your copyright or other intellectual property rights, please provide the following information by e-mailing the Webmaster
    • (a)evidence of your authorization to act on behalf of the owner of the copyrighted work;
    • (b)a description of the copyrighted work that you claim has been infringed;
    • (c)a description of where the alleged infringing material is located on the Web site;
    • (d)your address, telephone number, and email address;
    • (e)a statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; and
    • (f) a statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that the above information in your Notice is accurate and that you are the copyright owner or authorized to act on the copyright owner's behalf.


    12. Trade-marks
    Penciljack.com and all related indicia, graphics and logos are marks of Penciljack.com (the "Penciljack Marks"), whether or not registered. Without prior written permission of Penciljack.com you agree not to display or use the Penciljack Marks

    13. Notices
    Notices regarding modifications to these Terms of Service shall be made by means of Announcements in all public Penciljack Forums.

    14. Access to Third Party Web sites
    Penciljack.com is not responsible for, makes no warranty or representation regarding, and will not be liable for, any damages resulting from the products, services, content or any other aspect of any third party Web site available through the Web site. If you decide to access any such third party Web site, you do so entirely at your own risk.

    15. Modifications of Terms
    Penciljack.com reserves the right to change these Terms from time to time. Such changes, modifications, additions or deletions shall be effective immediately, upon notice thereof, which may be given in accordance with Section 13 of these Terms. You acknowledge and agree that it is your responsibility to maintain a valid email address as a registered user, to review these Terms and the Privacy Statement periodically and to be aware of any modifications. Your continued use of the Web site after notification in accordance with Section 13 hereof of such modifications will constitute your acknowledgement of the modified Terms and agreement to abide and be bound by the modified Terms.

    16. Modifications to Web sites
    Penciljack.com reserves the right to modify or discontinue all or any portion of the Web site, including any features therein at any time with or without notice to you. Penciljack.com shall not be liable to you or any third party should Penciljack.com exercise such right. Modifications may include, but are not limited to, changes in the structure, the addition of fee-based services or changes to limitations on allowable file sizes.

    17. Indemnification
    You agree to defend, indemnify and hold Penciljack.com, its subsidiaries, affiliates, directors, officers, employees, agents and partners harmless from any claim or demand, including reasonable legal fees and expenses, due to or arising out of your use of the Web site and/or the Services, any content you submit, download or transmit through the Web site, or your violation of these Terms. This includes, but is not limited to, any claims for violation of any copyright, any claims that cause direct or indirect damage or harm to a third party trademark or other intellectual property rights, or any claim of defamation, slander or libel.

    18. Termination
    You agree that Penciljack.com may, in its sole discretion, terminate, suspend or restrict your access to all or part of the Web site or Services for any reason, including, without limitation, breach of the Code of Conduct or any other provision of these Terms. Any suspected fraudulent, abusive or illegal activity shall be grounds for terminating your access and may be referred to appropriate law enforcement authorities. Should you object to the Terms or any subsequent modifications thereto or become dissatisfied with the Web site in any way, your only recourse is to immediately discontinue use of the Web site and explicitly notify Penciljack.com that you wish to terminate your registration and be removed from any registration database(s). You may notify Penciljack.com customer service by by e-mailing the Webmaster with the subject line "Terminate my Penciljack Service."

    19. Disclaimer of Warranties
    YOU EXPRESSLY AGREE THAT YOUR USE OF THE WEB SITE IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK. THE WEB SITE IS PROVIDED ON AN "AS IS" AND "AS AVAILABLE" BASIS. PENCILJACK.COM EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES AND CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, WHETHER EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NON-INFRINGEMENT. PENCILJACK.COM MAKES NO WARRANTY THAT THE WEB SITE WILL MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS, OR THAT ACCESS TO THE WEB SITE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED, TIMELY, SECURE, OR ERROR FREE. NOR DOES PENCILJACK.COM MAKE ANY WARRANTY AS TO THE RESULTS THAT MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE USE OF THE WEB SITE OR AS TO THE ACCURACY OR RELIABILITY OF ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED THROUGH THE WEB SITE. YOU UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT ANY MATERIAL AND/OR DATA UPLOADED, DOWNLOADED OR OTHERWISE OBTAINED THROUGH THE USE OF THE WEB SITE IS DONE AT YOUR OWN DISCRETION AND SOLE RISK AND THAT YOU WILL BE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE TO YOUR COMPUTER SYSTEM OR LOSS OF DATA THAT RESULTS FROM UPLOADING AND/OR DOWNLOADING SUCH MATERIAL AND/OR DATA. PENCILJACK.COM MAKES NO WARRANTY REGARDING ANY GOODS OR SERVICES PURCHASED OR OBTAINED THROUGH THE WEB SITE.

    20. Limitation of Liability
    PENCILJACK.COM, ITS AFFILIATES AND SUBSIDIARIES SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES RESULTING FROM THE USE OR THE INABILITY TO USE THE WEB SITE INCLUDING ANY DAMAGE THAT RESULTS FROM UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO OR ALTERATION OF YOUR TRANSMISSIONS OR DATA, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF PROFITS, EVEN IF PENCILJACK.COM HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.

    21. Miscellaneous
    The Terms shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, United States of America, excluding its conflict of law provisions. You agree to submit to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the courts located in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, United States of America. If any provision(s) of the Terms is held by a court of competent jurisdiction to be contrary to law, then such provision(s) shall be construed, as nearly as possible, to reflect the intentions of the parties with the other provisions remaining in full force and effect. Penciljack.com's failure to exercise or enforce any right or provision of the Terms shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision unless agreed to by Penciljack.com in writing. You agree that you may initiate any cause of action arising out of or related to your use of the Web site must commence within one (1) year after the cause of action arose. The section titles in the Terms are solely used for the convenience of the parties and have no legal or contractual significance. These Terms are binding upon and shall enure to the benefit of both parties and their respective successors, heirs, executors, administrators, personal representatives and permitted assigns. You shall not assign or transfer your rights or obligations hereunder or otherwise without Penciljack.com's prior written consent.