Thursday, July 30, 2009

House Rules

Story and Recipe Share House Rules

Whether this is your first time on-line or you’re a seasoned Internet user, we require respect and good manners from everyone when participating in The Great Christmas Bowl. Please look over our House Rules, use common sense, be respectful and share your story.

The Great Christmas Bowl is not intended as an outlet for personal attacks and destructive postings.

All users are required to adhere to the following “House Rules.” If we become aware that a user has violated the House Rules, that user’s post may be immediately and permanently removed, without warning or other notice.

Post at Your Own Risk
You participate at your own risk at The Great Christmas Bowl. You take responsibility for postings under your identification and use the information you provide at your own risk. takes no responsibility for the content, stories or recipes posted.

All Posts Are Subject to Review
While we are not obligated to do so, we reserve the right to accept, reject, remove or edit any postings at our discretion, including those that are off the subject, not in English or that contain personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity, impersonations, third party links or that violate the The Great Christmas Bowl House Rules.

Abide by Our Rules
By posting to any portion of you agree to abide by the House Rules.

No Obscene or Hateful Language
Obscene, profane, racist or sexually explicit language will not be tolerated. You may not harass, defame or threaten another person. We do not allow stories that defame or insult anyone, nor comments that are abusive or hateful. All postings must be truthful to the best of your ability and may not be false or misleading.

No Solicitations or Advertisements
You may not post any content for commercial purposes, including, but not limited to advertisements, business opportunities or charity solicitations.

No External Links
In an effort to provide a safe online experience on, posting of URLs or links is prohibited. This includes spelling out a URL such as “www dot website dot info” (or any such variation).

No Illegal Activity
You may not suggest or encourage illegal or violent activity. will aid law enforcement agencies.

All Materials Must Be Copyrighted or Sited
All stories/recipes must be original and your own. Please review the terms and conditions. All articles, recipes, song lyrics, art or graphics must be your own and not previously copyrighted by someone else. By posting such information, you represent and warrant that you are the exclusive license holder with the express right to post the information on this site or are the exclusive license holder. IF you do post a recipe belonging to someone else - YOU MUST STATE the SOURCE (name, book or website) with the recipe.

No Personal Information
For your safety and privacy, please do not post personal information such as phone numbers, addresses, social security numbers, last names or any other private information.

Age Requirement
Online safety is of utmost importance at For this reason, you must be 16 years old or older to participate. Any posts from someone who is under that age will be removed. If you are under the age of 18, you should obtain parental consent before participating in The Great Christmas Bowl.

Post Only Once
Please do not post the same story/recipe more than once.

Report a Problem
If you feel that someone in your discussion on The Great Christmas Bowl is behaving in an inappropriate manner, please let us know. Send an e-mail via the contact page at and a staff member will look into the problem.