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Bowl-Tech Site Rules

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Bowl-Tech User Agreement

By your use or visitation of this site you agree to the following guidelines and rules. If you do not agree or meet any of the following conditions you are asked NOT to visit Bowl-Tech.

If you are seeking technical assistance by use of this forum you MUST have had supervised training in safety and operational procedures for the equipment you work on and be at least 18 years of age.

Bowl-Tech Inc. Does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy of information in the forums or any other content including advertising.

Advertisements on Bowl-Tech do not indicate an endorsement by Bowl-Tech Inc. Advertisement content is allowed on Bowl-Tech through an agreement with that company. Please contact the company advertising regarding inaccuracies or discrepancies.

Posts or other content may be placed in a moderation queue prior to public posting. Site Visitors recognize that this process may be used to insure content is placed in its topic appropriate forum, and that posts going through this moderation process are not endorsed or recommended by Bowl-Tech Administrators or Bowl-Tech Inc. The originator of the post is fully responsible for its content.

Users of this site agree to hold Bowl-Tech Inc, its officers and site Admins, Mentors and Forum Guides harmless in the case of losses financial or otherwise as a result of use of any information, technical data, advertisements or links on this web site.

Bowl-Tech is protected by copyright laws, content reproduction on Bowl-Tech may only be done with the written consent of Bowl-Tech Incorporated and its officers.

Bowl-Tech will review and comply with requests from properly identified representatives of a companies or suppliers to remove copyrighted, proprietary, trade secrets or confidential materials.

In the event of legal action Bowl-Tech Inc. will cooperate with legal authorities and turn over any stored data such as user information and site logs to assist in the investigation.

Information collected by Bowl-Tech during the registration process is NOT shared or SOLD to any other entities and is strictly used for internal Bowl-Tech business only. Please see our Privacy Policy page and be familiar with privacy laws where you live.

Bowl-Tech without notice may revoke or limit access to the site or portions of the site for any reason.

Bowl-Tech forums are open 24/7 and are moderated on a voluntary unpaid basis, therefore we are unable to watch every single thread and every post all of the time.

 

Forum Rules

Registration to this forum is free! We do insist that you abide by the rules and policies detailed below. If you agree to the terms, when done reading close this box and check the 'I agree' checkbox and press the 'Complete Signup' button. If you would like to cancel the registration process to return to the forums index CLICK HERE

Although the administrators and moderators of Forums will attempt to keep all objectionable messages off this site, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the author, and neither the owners of Forums, nor vBulletin Solutions, Inc. or Internet Brands, Inc.(developers of vBulletin) will be held responsible for the content of any message.

By agreeing to these rules, you warrant that you will not post any messages that are obscene, vulgar, sexually-oriented, hateful, threatening, or otherwise violative of any laws.

The owners of Forums reserve the right to remove, edit, move or close any content item for any reason.

General Rules

While debating and discussion is fine, we will not tolerate rudeness, profanity (or attempts to bypass profanity filters), insulting posts, defamation, slander, hearsay, personal attacks or purposeless inflammatory posts. Our decision is final in these matters.

Please refrain from posting meaningless topics, one word (or short) non-sense posts, or the equivalent.

Multiple or repeated posting in order to increase your post count is not allowed. Advertising, spamming and trolling is not allowed. This includes using the forum, email, visitor messages, blog comments, picture comments and private message systems to spam other members. If you are employed by a company that provices services or goods to the bowling industry please CLICK HERE to contact us to ask about your posting rules and guidelines.

Please wait a reasonable amount of time before bumping posts. For style changes and general 'how-to' questions this should be 24 hours. For specific troubleshooting issues, use 12 hours as a guideline.

We also do not allow posts or links to sites that are sexual in nature or violate Bowl-Tech community standards. The Administrators and Moderators shall be the sole arbitrator of what does and what does not violate community standards.

Discussion of illegal activities such as software and music piracy and other intellectual property violations are not allowed.

Good Posting Etiquette

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  • Try to keep your remarks positive. If you have nothing good to say don't say it at all.
  • Support and abide by site moderator directions. Moderators support the site on a voluntary basis and are given the authority to enforce site policies by the site administrator. They are also here to help, please feel free to ask them for advice on site rules or for help navigating the site or even where to go for help with equipment.
  • Help out the new members. Remember that everybody including yourself was a new member on Bowl-Tech. Be patient and helpful no matter what level of experience they have. Make them feel welcome.
  • Be specific with topic heading. This is the best way to get attention and to get the information you need. When asking for help remember to include model and manufacturer if the equipment and with electronics and scorers its good to include software version numbers. This will speed up the process of getting the answers you need.
  • Keep Threads On Topic. When you reply to a topic do not change the subject in the middle. It is rude and my take the thread away from topic so far that the originator may not get the information they are looking for.
  • Do not type in all CAPS. This can be considered as yelling and offensive not to mention distracting.
  • Avoid "Which is better" posts. These types of posts often hurt feelings. Its OK to ask for specific information on a product that will help you make a decision on which is better.
  • Search For It !!. Prior to asking a question it may help to use the sites search engine to see if it has been discussed. There is over a decade of information on the site and in many cases the answers already exist.
  • Would you want your mom to see your post? Prior to making any post be sure it is not offensive or abusive. Read it over prior to clicking the submit button.
  • Be factual. A posting that says "XYZ's product sucks" will most likely get you banned from the site and could cause legal actions against yourself. Please visit our complaint about a product or service guidelines prior to making such a post continue further down this page.
  • Promoting a product. We have no problem with posts that tell how a product or service is working. Our community is about sharing experiences good or bad. Excessive promotion of a product or vendor could be perceived by the moderators as self promotion or posts by that vendor, company or service provider. These situation will be investigated and can be very embarrassing for those parties involved and in some cases could be perceived as an endorsement which are regulated by the Federal Trade Commission. FTC 16 CFR Part 255.
  • Take it up with the producer. If you have a problem with a product or service be sure that FIRST you have discussed the problem with that service or part provider.
  • Agree to Disagree. You are not going to agree with every post on the site or every point of view presented by other members. If you wish to make your agreement in public in a forum then do so respectfully and explain why you disagree. And don't beat the dead horse, when it is discussed and points are made its time to move on.

Privacy Policy

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At Bowl-Tech we are very concerned about providing a safe, secure and friendly place to visit.

As with any web site there is a certain amount of information that that is collected and utilized when visiting Bowl-Tech, our policy is to be open and transparent with data use and notify members of any changes in our information collection and use.

On this page we show you the types of information collected and what is done with it.

This site makes chat rooms, forums, message boards, and or news groups available to its users. Please remember that any information that is disclosed in these areas becomes public information and you should exercise caution when deciding to disclose your personal information. Internet search engines are allowed to browse publicly available forums.

This site has security measures in place to protect the loss, misuse and alteration of the information under our control. By policy all passwords used to secure servers area all strong format passwords.

Outside Links

The Bowl-Tech community will contain links to websites outside of the site. Bowl-Tech is not responsible for the privacy policies or content of this sites or the links to them. If a link violates site policy or otherwise violates Bowl-Tec community site rules please report the link for removal by CLICKING HERE

Internet Advertising

Bowl-Tech displays banner advertising in several zones on its pages. These ads are displayed by a third party utilizing code provided by that third party to display such ads. We do not allow third parties to access persoanlly identifieable information from us via cookies or otherwise, nor do we provide them with any member information. When interacting (clicking an ad) you are directed away from Bowl-Tech and therefore browsing under the privacy policies of that advertising entity. By clicking an ad you will provide the advertiser with your interests and browsing habits.

Third party advertisers use cookies to anonymously track web usage and analytics such as, below are the services that utilize 3rd party cookies on Bowl-Tech. Bowl-Tech uses Google Adsense for display advertising and Google Analytics for tracking site activity.

You may delete or control cookies which cookies are stored on your computer. To learn more about this visit https://www.aboutcookies.org/

You can opt-out of Google Analytics for Display Advertising and customize Google's display network ads by visiting Google, CLICK HERE. You may also opt-out of Google Analytics, CLICK HERE To learn more.

Bowltech.com Cookies

A cookie is a small file that is placed onto our computer or device that is managed by your web browser software. These files save information such as site settings and login information that enable web site services to function.

Unless you register on our Bowl-Tech community no identifiable information is saved in your bowltech.com cookies.

Cookies generated by Bowl-Tech that are stored on YOUR computer are used for the following purposes.

  • Storing your login and password information for quick login.
  • Keeping track of when you last visited so new posts and activities on the site can be convenienlty display upon your visit.
  • Saving your site preference.
  • Allow seamless access to Bowl-Tech across PC and or Mobile platforms.

Cookies are stored on your computer or device, and are an essential part of the site usage experience. This information assists in site security and are not used for any other purpose.

Your IP Address

Your IP address is associated with your Member Profile. IP addresses on Bowl-Tech and are considered by Bowl-Tech Inc. to be private and privileged information, as such no IP addresses will be displayed to the public. Administrators may however be able to see such information. This information may be used for troublshooting purposes or tracking spammers. If you do not want Bowl-Tech to be able to see your true IP address there are mean available through certain web browsers to obscure such information. It is the visitors responsibilitiy to manage how their IP is revealed.

Data and Storage

All Bowl-Tech forums data is cloud stored on United States base servers that are NOT managed by Bowl-Tech Inc. Because of this all data stored will be subject to United States law and the Privacy Policies of Internet Brands.

Bowl-Tech uses cloud services provided by MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands 909 N. Sepulveda Blvd., 11th Floor El Segundo, California, 90245 USA. You may review Internet Brands privacy policy by following this link https://www.internetbrands.com/privacy/privacy-main.html

Registrations Information

During the registration process we will ask you for your login name, date of birth and your email address, these fields are required to access all community features and to allow posting messages to the forums. We will also ask you to identify various pieces of equipment that you work on, although these fields are not required you may enter NA in any of these fields.

We use customer contact information from the registration form to send the user information about our company and promotional material from some of our partners. The visitor's contact information is also used to contact the visitor when necessary. Users may opt-out of receiving future mailings by clicking the opt out link at the bottom of an email. Bowl-Tech Inc. does not share or sell member information to any other parties. Any communications with members will come directly from Bowl-Tech email address or mailing address.

At any time any member has the right to CONTACT US and ask us to change or remove any information in their member accounts.

Use of Surveys

This site does collect information for surveys, The information collected is anonymously posted for comparison and research. Information is not associated with particular IP address's or cookies. The cookie information in the survey simply tracks weather or not you have taken the survey. All surveys are voluntary.

California Privacy Rights

FOR RESIDENTS OF CALIFORNIA ONLY. Section 1798.83 of the California Civil Code requires select businesses to disclose policies relating to the sharing of certain categories of your personal information with third parties. If you reside in California and you have provided us with your personal information, you may request information about our disclosures of certain categories of your personal information to third parties for direct marketing purposes. To make such a request, please fill out our Privacy Contact Form with “California Privacy Rights” in the subject line. we will not accept requests or answer questions via telephone or other unwritten means, and we are not responsible for notices that are not labeled or sent properly, or that do not have complete information.

FOR RESIDENTS OF CALIFORNIA UNDER THE AGE OF 18. In accordance with Section 22581 of the California Business and Professions Code, you may request and obtain the removal of content or information you have publicly posted. To make such a request, please fill out our Privacy Contact Form with “California Privacy Rights” in the subject line. Please specify the site(s) or service(s) to which your removal request relates, including any URLs where the content or information is posted, and the specific content or information you posted for which you are requesting removal. Please be aware that such a request does not ensure complete or comprehensive removal of the content or information you have posted and that there may be circumstances in which the law does not require or allow removal even if requested.

EU Privacy Rights

For residents of the EU Only, Under European data protection law, in certain circumstances you have the right to:

  • request access to your personal information;
  • request correction of your personal information;
  • request erasure of your personal information;
  • object to processing of your personal information;
  • request restriction of processing your personal information;
  • request transfer of your personal information;
  • withdraw your consent.

Contacting Us

If there are any questions or concerns about this privacy policy or our practices you can CLICK HERE to submit a privacy contact form. Please provide a valid email address so we can follow up and please provide details on your questions or concerns.

Changes to Policy

From time to time as needed we will make changes to our privacy policy. When doing so we will change the last updated date at the bottom of this policy. If significant changes are made to our policy we will through our community website post notifications of such changes. Since we do not request member mail address's, display of such notifications on the site is the most reliable means of passing on this information.

 

Last Updated May 26, 2018

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Visiting Vendor Guidelines

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Bowl-Tech Terms of Use for Vendors

What is a Vendor?

A vendor is a person who represents an entity or individual that sells, re-sells, distributes or manufactures a part or provides a service.

If you are a Vendor in the bowling industry or wish to be you will be expected to follow the terms of services for vendors. Following these guidelines can save yourself and the company you represent some discomfort.

All vendors will need to be familiar with current Federal Trade Commission documents regarding endorsements and testimonials in advertising guidelines. You can view by clicking FTC 16 CFR Part 255.

 

Are Vendors Welcome on Bowl-Tech?

Yes, you are very much welcome! In fact we strongly encourage your participation. I know the rules you see in place directed at vendors may seem a bit strict. These rules are in place to protect you and the members of this community. Through years of operating this site we have learned a few lessons along the way and have adapted these guidelines to keep things running smoothly and avoid embarrassing situations for all.

Advertising In Forums
Advertising in open discussion forums not designated for this purpose is considered unacceptable. Members of the site are in the site looking for technical information and do not want to wade through tons of advertising just to find a solutions to a problem they may be having. Unauthorized advertising can work against your company. Most members are keenly aware of site rules and do not respond favorably to unauthorized advertising in the discussion forums. If you are interested in advertising or more information on private or forums for your advertising purposes on Bowl-Tech click contact us for more information.
 
Asking Members to Endorse Products
Asking a member to endorse a product in an open discussion forum is not permitted. Save yourself some potential legal problems be familiar with FTC guidelines regarding Product Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. FTC 16 CFR PART 255
 
Do Not Initiate a thread on yours or others products or services
If you start a thread on yours or a competitors product or services or compare your products or services with another vendor it will be removed. Initiating a post of this type could be considered self promotion. You MAY respond to a post regarding your product if you are providing technical support, facts or clearing up mis information about your product or service. See response guideline #2 below for tips on your response.
 
Posting of Web Links
As a vendor you are permitted to have one link and phone number at the bottom of your post in your signature field. When giving technical advice you may post a link to a technical document. Links to an item for sale are not permitted.
 
If you have a solution to a member problem or need
If you are a vendor and have a solution to a problem or need a member has posted about you may send them a (PM) "Private Message" to let them know.
 
Posting of Service or Technical Bulletins
Technical bulletins from vendors or manufacturers are very much welcome and have a home on Bowl-Tech. They can be placed in any of the sites Tech Reference forums. Posting in these forums are approved by moderators prior to to public viewing. If your topic does not have a technical reference forum you can contact us to request that a forum be created.
 
A Member is posting negative comments about your product
It is going to happen. Not everybody will like or understand your product or service. We do hope and encourage members to contact vendors directly when there is a problem with a product or service. Please carefully consider your approach to a situation like this. There are a couple of ways you can go with this.
  •  Send a Private Message directly to the person who made the post
  • This approach is least desirable as it does not allow other members who may have the same concerns or questions to see a response that may help them as well.

  •  You can post a public reply with a solution or course of action
  • This approach is the most favorable to all. If you reply you address the needs of others on the site as well who may also have the same questions or concerns. It also shows the members that you care about helping them. You should follow the guidelines below for your post.

    • Identify who you are and what company you represent.
    • Offer corrective suggestions specific to your product or service.
    • Do not present manufacturer or product comparisons.
    • Do not present a product or price comparisons.
    • If you have an online document that may lend assistance you may post a link to it.
    • You may post your customer support number or e-mail asking members to contact to contact your support regarding the problem.
False Statements or Belligerent Members
Bowl-Tech Inc. does not condone the use of false or defaming comments on the site. If a post violates site rules it may be removed by site administrators or moderators. Remember that each post is the responsibility of the person who made that post.
 
** Things to Consider **
    • Posting public could be considered good PR by demonstrating a public concern for the issue and a willingness to address the problem quickly and could help many others at the same time while keeping with the spirit of the Bowl-Tech community.
    • If you think your post may be in violation of any of the above guidelines then it probably is. There are thousands of Bowl-Tech members and visitors that that do not want to deal with any unwanted advertising with their community. Please respect their wishes.
    • Remember Bowl-Tech members and visitors could be potential customers of your company.
    • We have several companies that actively advertise on Bowl-Tech with banners. Out of respect for these agreements we do not allow any self promotion or advertising in the open forums other than the New Product forum.
    • If you have an issue a company that advertises on Bowl-Tech please take it up with that company directly. The agreement to advertise on Bowl-Tech is just that.
    • If at any time you have any questions regarding vendor guidelines or would like clarification please feel free to contact us by clicking this link CONTACT US.
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