This is a living document, as circumstances change so it will too. Any changes will be advised on the alt-webring home page and via the newsletter so you can come here to review them.

It is our policy to offer Open, and relatively unrestricted access to our service, with regard to the type of content allowed with the exceptions noted in Appendix A.

The Service provided by the alt-webring system allows related web sites a means to link together into easily navigable groupings referred to as Webrings. While we provide the basic navigation system for these member webrings, each home page for a webrings is hosted on a different server owned and operated by another person who is known as the Ringmaster.

The alt-webring system has no control over, access to, or responsibility for the content found on these web pages, member websites of the webrings, or the associated admin pages for these webrings, including images, links, trademarked material and/or other content.

Because of this, by using our system and viewing member webrings or their member web sites, you understand and agree that you may be exposed to images and other material that you may find objectionable, indecent, or otherwise offensive.

If the content or material found on a member webrings or one of it's member web sites concerns you, the procedure to follow is firstly to contact the Ringmaster of the webrings in question to discuss the offending material. If an impasse is reached the alt-webring owner will arbitrate the matter and make a final decision.

Due to possibility of exposure to adult or mature content, and the collection of personal information (name, e-mail address, and year of birth), we do not allow children under the age of 14 to create or join a webrings hosted on the alt-webring system.

This in no way means that children under the age of 14 may not navigate the webrings that are hosted on this system or it's members web sites, or that they cannot visit the alt-webring Directory to find your webrings. It just means they cannot create their own ring, or become a member of one of our member rings.

For Content you make available through webrings hosted by the alt-webring system, including descriptions, links and images, you grant the alt-webring system the world-wide, royalty free and non-exclusive license to reproduce and publish such Content, for the sole purpose of promoting the Service itself. This license remains in effect only for as long as you continue to include such Content on the Service and will end at the time you delete such Content from the Service.

In plain English, this means you retain the copyright on all your content, but you grant us the right to use it in order to publicize the service if and when we acquire sponsors. This doesn't mean we will use your graphics or content, it means we can use your ring as an example or mention your webring to prospective sponsors. What is yours, should remain yours!

You agree to indemnify and hold the alt-webring system, and its affiliates and agents harmless from any claim, liability, loss, or demand, including reasonable attorneys' fees due to or arising out of content you make available through the Service, your use of the Service, your connection to the Service, your violation of these Terms of Service, or your violation of any rights of another.

We also reserve the following rights:

- To deny, remove or block any Webring and Webring Information from the Service with notice, for any reason, including tampering or interfering with the function of the Service, violation of these Terms of Service, and lack of use.

- To remove, adopt, maintain, or reassign any Webring and Webring information that appears to have been abandoned. Any webrings that has no members and/or has had no Ringmaster activity for a 60 day period will be considered as being abandoned.

- To modify or discontinue this Service for any reason, either temporarily or permanently, without notice. You agree that the alt-webring system shall not be liable to you or to any third party for any modification, suspension or discontinuance of the Service.

- Upon leaving the Service, Ring Members and Ringmasters agree to remove all alt-webring system related data, including links supplied by the alt-webring system, and trademarks from their web site/s.

The alt-webring system makes no representations about the suitability of this service or about any content or information made accessible by the service, for any purpose. The service is provided "AS IS" without express or implied warranties, including warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose.

The alt-webring system makes no warranty that:

- The service will meet your requirements.

- That the service will be uninterrupted, timely, secure, or error-free.

The alt-webring system and any of its agents shall not be held liable under any theory for any damages suffered by you or any user of the service, including but not limited to, damages for loss of profits, goodwill, use, data, or other losses (even if you have advised us of the possibility of such damages), resulting from:

- The use or the inability to use the service,

- Unauthorized or accidental loss or alteration of your data or transmission, or

- Any other matter (wars, floods, acts of God or just plain bad luck) relating to the service.

The only webrings that will be listed in the Ring Directory will be those with three or more member sites. This is an effort to keep alt-webring useful for the general browsing public. The basic problem is that rings with less than three member sites are not very useful, there's not much for visitors to look at. Quite a few of them also do not have a ring homepage, this makes them even less interesting for people! ;-)

Up until 28 April 2006, all rings on the alt-webring system have been listed on the Ring Directory page, regardless of the number of member sites in them. On that date the listing policy was changed so that only rings with three or more sites are listed on the directory page.

Please note that rings with less than three member sites won't be deleted, they will still be on the system but they won't appear on the Ring Directory page until they have three or more member sites.

Webrings hosted on the alt-webring system may be removed without notice if the following two points are not observed:

1. Every webring on the alt-webring system must have a ring home page, if you don't know what this is, or need help to make one, instructions are here.

2. If the ringmaster owns a member site in their webring, they must place the ring navigation panel onto their website within two weeks of joining the webring. After all, if the ringmaster cannot do this promptly, how can they expect their member sites to comply?

Webrings created for commercial websites are welcomed, but with the following provisos:

1. Member sites cannot be restricted to those belonging to the ringmaster only - you must allow other sites to join your webring.

2. alt-webring is NOT an advertising service - you cannot use your ring's description field or logo as advertising space.

Upon the creation of a new webrings, your name will be added to our mailing list. This mailing list is used ONLY to keep Ringmasters informed of upcoming alt-webring system changes, updates or other important ring-related information. This list will NOT be abused and your information will not be sold. Every effort will be made to keep your information private.

Although we do not actively monitor Content of our hosted webrings, we do try to be very broad in what will be allowed in the alt-webring system. We do however automatically forbid the following types of Content and action will be taken to remove the offending site or to close the associated ring:

Promoting or conducting illegal activities
Such information if found, will not be tolerated and will be reported to the appropriate authorities.

The alt-webring system is intended to be a gambling-free zone. Gambling is defined as "playing a game of chance for money". Games of chance are okay but once money is involved you're not welcome here.

Child Pornography
Yes this does fall under the 'illegal activities' statement above, but it bears emphasizing. If any Content is found to even remotely promote child pornography, or otherwise promoting the exploitation or abuse of children, we will happily report the offending person to the proper authorities in extreme haste.

Adult Content
The alt-webring system is intended to be suitable for all ages. RingMasters who create rings here and WebMasters who join their sites to rings are responsible for their ring or site Content. No overt nudity or pornography is allowed on the alt-webring system, tasteful nudity is allowed. The guiding principle is to ask yourself..."Would I really like my ten year old child to see this".

Racial/Religious/Sexual Hatred or Bigotry
We strongly support free speech and individual liberties. We are exercising ours by declining to host such material. If you want to promote such beliefs, it is your right but you aren't allowed to do it here.

Spam and Link Farm rings
We hate spam at alt-webring. With a passion. Rings that are created to blatantly advertise products, rig search engine rankings or are just obnoxious will be removed. An example of this is a ring that might consist of multiple virtually-identical websites all made and operated by the same person or company. They are also usually characterised by none of the member sites having navigation panels (or the panels are buried) and a non-existent ring join/home page.


Note: By clicking the "I agree" link and registering a ring ID you are in acceptance of the terms and agreements of this Webring Hosting Service.

Note: After registering your new webrings, you will receive a confirmation e-mail. If you do not receive this e-mail within a reasonable amount of time, or do not see your webrings listed when clicking on ring management (Ring admin), please resubmit your information.