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Appliantology.org Terms and Conditions of Use

1. Terms

By accessing this web site, you agree to abide by these website Terms and Conditions of Use. If you do not agree with any of these terms, you are prohibited from using or accessing this site.

2. Memberships

Each Appliantology membership is tied to a unique email account. This means one login, one member. You agree not to share your login information with anyone else. If you get caught sharing your login information, the remaining term of you membership may be revoked with no refunds. 

There are two types of memberships at Appliantology.org: DIYer and professional technician.

A DIYer is someone who does not normally repair appliances in exchange for money but occasionally works on their own appliances.

A professional technician is someone who currently performs, or is in training to do so, repairs on other people's appliances in exchange for money. Both memberships are described below:

The DIY member group at Appliantology is labelled “Grasshopper.” It is a free but limited membership that enables DIYers to get help repairing their own appliances. DIYers may post new topics in the DIY section of the forums but have limited or restricted access to other sections of the site, such as the Downloads section, as well as site features and functions.

The professional appliance tech memberships groups are labelled as “Professional Appliantologist,” "Senior Appliantology Fellow," "MST Alumnus," and "Legacy Tech." You can review a summary of the tech member group features and benefits on this page.

3. Disclaimer

The materials on Appliantology.org's web site are provided "as is." Appliantology.org makes no warranties, expressed or implied, and hereby disclaims and negates all other warranties, including without limitation, implied warranties or conditions of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, or non-infringement of intellectual property or other violation of rights. Further, Appliantology.org does not warrant or make any representations concerning the accuracy, likely results, or reliability of the use of the materials on its Internet web site or otherwise relating to such materials or on any sites linked to this site. In other words, use at your own risk!

4. Links

Appliantology.org has not reviewed all of the sites linked to its Internet web site and is not responsible for the contents of any such linked site. The inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement by Appliantology.org of the site. Use of any such linked web site is at the user's own risk.

5. Site Terms of Use Modifications

Appliantology.org may revise these terms of use for its web site at any time without notice. By using this web site you are agreeing to abide by the then-current version of these Terms and Conditions of Use.

6. Member-only Content

Various media are available for members only. Such media include images, documents, and videos. These materials are for each individual member's personal use and may not be shared with anyone else or any other website. Violation of this term will result in termination of membership without a refund.

Tech members may download technical literature from the Files section of the site within the terms listed herein and in accordance with their member group downloading privileges. However, Appliantology is a community of technicians helping each other improve their craft and is not meant as simply a file download resource. To remain in good standing, all tech group members are expected to participate in the community even if only infrequently.

7. Comportment Among the Brethren

Appliantology.org is an online community of professional appliance repair technicians, a Brotherhood. The basis of Appliantology unity does not consist of legal principles, which guard personal egoism, but fellowship, which is the opposite of personal egoism. 

As an online community, most of the communications between members are written. This is good because it keeps a clear and searchable record of the conversation. But the downside is that purely written communications can make some people de-personalize other members and they become keyboard warriors. Don't be that guy! Always remember that there are real people behind every post, so your communications should be as though you were standing right in front of them.

Furthermore, when reading other posts, members are expected to assume the best about each other. If you *think* someone is trying to subtly insult you but you’re not sure, don’t assume the worst--give the benefit of the doubt. Always put the most charitable interpretation on anything that is said. Be slow to take offense but quick to forgive. Being quick to take offense is, in itself, uncivilized behavior and is unbecoming of Brethren in the Craft.

Disagreements and different opinions are inevitable but civilized people know how to disagree without being disagreeable or taking offense. Posts that are knowingly false and/or defamatory, knowingly deceptive or misleading, abusive, vulgar, harassing, obscene, profane, threatening, rude, invasive of a person's privacy, or generally obnoxious will be deleted. You may be escorted off the Appliantology Campus if you persist in violating these guidelines.

8. Governing Law

Any claim relating to Appliantology.org's web site shall be governed by the Law of the State of New Hampshire and mediated in private arbitration. The arbitrator shall be chosen at the sole discretion of the owner/operator of Appliantology.org.

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