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About Smartz

Smartz is an On-line smart site, which is free to join. Our reason for being is to provide an on-line resource for everyone interested in the smart car derivatives, be it city-coupe, city-cabrio, Cross-blade, fortwo, Roadster, forfour, we love them all here at Smartz. The Site started on 4th September 2004, and since then we have had over 2500 + users join, and have members all around the world.

We provide VBulletin based message-board and Java Chat Facilities which are all free to use by registered members. We also arrange our annual camping get-together in the Lake District. Smartz is run on a non-profit basis, and is not sponsored by any company, giving us true independence. We have a free speech policy, where, as long as it is legal and not offensive, posts are not moderated.

We are in no way associated or legally linked to smart Gmbh, Daimler Chrysler, or subsidiaries. All copyright protected material, names, and phrases are acknowledged.


History

We have been on-line since Sept 2004. A quick pass through our History Timeline can be found HERE which details the history of the smartz forum over the years.


Finance

We have Banner Advertisers of whom we appreciate their assistance in funding the site. The funds generated from these advertisers, and Google Affiliation, help cover the costs of running a site of this size. Costs incude :

  • Hosting Charges
  • Bandwidth Charges
  • Software Licences - Chat, VBulletin, Gallery
  • Software Maintenance - VBulletin

Who's Who

Smartz is operated by a team of Admins, who donate their time free of charge to maintain the Site

  • Matt - Site Founder and Admin
  • AndyM - Site Admin
  • Esqulax - Site Admin
  • Superstevie - Site Admin
  • Roadie2003 - Site and Chat Technical Admin
  • LucidSmart2005 - Site Technical Admin
  • StevRS - Site Technical Admin

Smartzee Members, denoted by their User Titles, are Users who over the years have donated to the site, via the Smartzee Memberships in the past, or via donations. We thank those members for their assistance over the years.


Member Guidance

Smartz is run on the foundations of Free-Speech, however it should be noted that all contributions to this website are the personal opinions of the individual members concerned and do not necessarily reflect the views of the site or its staff unless specifically stated. Smartz accepts no responsibility for advice or information given in this website or by its members. Any information posted on the message board, cannot be reproduced without permission of the Admin Team.

Members are therefore asked to think about posts, and the legal outcome that the content may present. The Defamation Act 1996 is the main UK law governing defamation, which covers internet postings. See http://www.opsi.gov.uk/acts/acts1996/1996031.htm


On registration, your Details are stored in our Database, secured by a hashed Password. These details will not be used for any other purpose than directly related to Smartz administration. Email Addresses and information will not be sold, rented or otherwise deliberately disclosed. Your PM Inbox contents are not readable by the Admin Team and remain private within the bounds of the Software version used. Backups of the Site Database are held within a secure Backup store, using AES Encryption.


Users are reminded to keep their passwords private and not to share usernames and passwords. Users are also asked not to post under multiple usernames.


Any illegal or offensive material posted will be removed, and the member will be contacted about the post by an Admin. Dependant on the content, the member will be either warned about the content of the post, or banned from the site for an agreed duration. This will be discussed by the Admins in an Extra-ordinary Admin Meeting. The site, and it's functionality may not be used directly, Indirectly or as a platform for Illegal activities under UK Law.

Any misuse of the Personal Messaging (PM) system will not be tolerated, however the admin team have no ability to see PM Inboxes, apart from their own. If you wish to complain about a message sent to you, please contact an admin. The term, 'misuse' includes communication which is harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, tortious, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, pornographic, libelous, invasive of privacy or publicity rights, hateful, or racially, sexually, ethnically or otherwise objectionable. The use of the PM system to tout businesses and/or products will not be tolerated, and will result in action being taken. Anyone recieving an unsolicited PM from a business, offering services is encouraged to forward it to an Admin.


The Use of the Chat faclilty is limited to registered users of Smartz, and Chat Moderators reserve the right to remove, or ban users from the service if their behaviour is deemed unsuitable.


Due to our independent nature, we do not prohibit solicited advertising or linking from established message-board posts, however direct touting (un-solicited) for business will be moderated. Repeated touting for business will result in the user account being disabled, and a post will be made to make all users aware of the situation. Smartz is grateful to the advertisers listed below, who support the site financially and assist us in running this free resource for the smart community. Businesses that do not contribute should be aware that direct advertising and/or commercial solicitation will not be tolerated, and result in action being taken.


Smartz Gallery

Smartz provides the gallery software to host smart related pictures, for the exclusive use of registered members. Images will be watermarked with the Smartz logo when hosted on this service, and cannot be hot-linked to other websites at this time due to the amount of bandwidth this would use. This will be reviewed when the site has the funds to increase the hosting package.

Images must not be harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, tortious, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, pornographic, libelous, invasive of privacy or publicity rights, hateful, or racially, sexually, ethnically or otherwise objectionable. In this case, the images will be removed and the user banned from the site. If the image uploaded contains illegal content, the image will be forwarded to the appropriate authorities, along with supporting evidence.

The user who uploaded the image is responsible for ensuring the copyright aspects of the image. Smartz makes no copyright claim on any of the images uploaded.


Advertisers - Banner Ads and Chat

Companies making use of Smartz's Advertising space are :

  • BIG Performance
  • McSmarts
  • WellSmart
  • PureSmart

Please mention Smartz when you contact our advertisers.

Our Banner ads are in the form of an IAB standard 468px X 60px banner, with a choice of JPG, or GIF (Animated). These are added to a random rotation banner script that has a fair distribution, which the site admins have no control.
If you are interested in placing a commercial advertisement, or would like to complain about an advertisement or advertiser displayed on the site, please contact an admin.

Advertisers are vetted on their business practices and past customer feedback. Smartz reserves the right of refusal.


Advertiser Terms and Conditions

Smartz is a web based forum that, with a global membership is going to have varying opinions and preferences to products and services. Because of this, you the advertiser must understand that we at Smartz cannot and will not attempt to regulate the feedback given in the forums about your business or any other business that advertises with us.

We will moderate and stop conversations that are obviously slanderous or blatantly attacking anyone in a manner that is unacceptable to the rules of our site, (as listed above). We will also not offer exclusive rights to any advertiser, i.e.; If you have a product specific business, we will not forbid another business/competitor being advertised on our site in line with our terms of use, and to that end, we will not forbid anyone in the forums from speaking about a competitor of an advertising business, again in line with our terms of use.


The Advertisement agreement is between the listed company, and does not permit the use of the advertising space to be used by sub-contractors, or third-party companies providing services on the advertisers behalf. All artwork, and designs provided by the advertiser remains their property, and they are responsible for copyright etc.


Smartz reserves the right, without being held liable in any way, to cancel, take-down, delete or otherwise remove any advertisement and information provided by advertisers. In the event of cancellation, any remaining advertising fee's will be returned, on a pro-rata basis. Smartz will not be held liable for technical issues that prevent advertisements being displayed for periods of less than 96 hours.


Advertisers must also abide by the existing forum terms and conditions.


Terms and Conditions of Use

By visiting this website you are agreeing to comply with and be bound by the terms and conditions of use, which together with our privacy policy and member guidance govern our relationship with you in relation to this website. The term Smartz or us or we refers to the smartz website. The term you refers to the user or viewer of our website.


Smartz or any other party involved in creating, producing, or delivering this site, shall be liable for any direct, incidental, consequential, indirect or punitive damages, costs, losses or liabilities whatsoever arising out of your access to, or use of, this site. Everything on this site is provided to you "AS IS".


The use of this website is subject to the following terms of use:


  • The content of the pages of this website is for your general information and use only. It is subject to change without notice
  • Neither we nor any third parties provide any warranty or guarantee as to the accuracy, timeliness, performance, completeness or suitability of the information and materials found or offered on this website for any particular purpose. You acknowledge that such information and materials may contain inaccuracies or errors and we expressly exclude liability for any such inaccuracies or errors to the fullest extent permitted by law.
  • Your use of any information or materials on this website is entirely at your own risk, for which we shall not be liable. It shall be your own responsibility to ensure that any products, services or information available through this website meet your specific requirements.
  • This website contains material which is owned by or licensed to us. This material includes, but is not limited to, the design, layout, look, appearance and graphics. Reproduction is prohibited other than in accordance with the copyright notice, which forms part of these terms and conditions.
  • All trademarks reproduced in this website, which are not the property of, or licensed to the operator, are acknowledged on the website.
  • Unauthorised use of this website may give to a claim for damages and/or be a criminal offence.
  • Your use of this website and any dispute arising out of such use of the website is subject to the laws of England and Wales.

Registration

Upon Registration, your account will be active as soon as the Email Confirmation is activated. If you do not receive your activation email, it may have been intercepted by your anti-spam software. In this case, please contact us via the contact us link from the main page.

Please see our post about some of the functions available on Smartz and introduce yourself in the Introduction Thread.


Spam - 0% Tolerance

The Smartz Spam Policy is very strict: we do not tolerate spam in any form, all posts, and/or signatures containing spam will be removed straightaway, spammers account will be deleted and the account will be life banned from the site, this without any previous discussion and/or warning. The use of the PM system for direct advertising and/or commercial solicitation will be treated as Spam.

Stealth Advertising, where a poster recommends or praises a company in which they have a proven business interest in the product or service recommended, is not permitted and will also be handled in accordance to the Spam Policy.


Copyright

All posts made by members are their personal views and comments. We reserve the right to edit, move or delete posts that contain what we deem as unsuitable content for the site. All uploaded pictures, avatars and attachments copyright responsibilities remains with the user who uploaded, and it is the user's responsibility to manage this. If written proof of prior copyrights is presented then uploaded content that breeches said copyright will be removed upon request. The sites logos, templates and name are copyright of smartz, permission must be sought prior to any use. If permission is granted then it will be provided in the form of a written document outlaying the acceptable usage. If used outside of defined parameters, the existing written agreement becomes null and void and full copyright infringement exists.

Privacy Policy

This privacy policy sets out how Smartz uses and protects any information that you give Smartz when you use this website. Smartz is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. Should we ask you to provide certain information by which you can be identified when using this website, then you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this privacy statement. Smartz may change this policy from time to time by updating this page. You should check this page from time to time to ensure that you are happy with any changes. This policy is effective from Feb 2007.


What we collect

We may collect the following information:


  • Username
  • Contact information, e.g email address
  • Demographic information such as location, preferences and interests
  • IP Addresses / Hostnames

What we do with the information we gather

We require this information for the following reasons:

  • Security - for login purposes
  • Internal record keeping.
  • We may use the information to customise the website according to your profile.
  • Legal Requirements

Controlling your personal information

You may choose to restrict the collection or use of your personal information in the following ways:

  • You may request details of personal information which we hold about you under the Data Protection Act 1998.
  • You may change your personal information at anytime by using the edit profile facility.

If you would like a copy of the information held on you please click on the User CP button, and select profile on the left hand side. If you believe that any information we are holding on you is incorrect or incomplete, please update the profile page. This is dynamic and will update the database in real time.


In regard to the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000, (RIPA) We may be asked by law enforcement within the UK to disclose logfiles, and or copies of backups taken of the system. In this case, the Warrant (Section 49) for interception will be inspected by the Technical Admins and the data then disclosed in a secure manner. In the case of a Section 54 being issued, Smartz are unable by law to disclose that we have sent your data to the authorities.


Security

We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorised access or disclosure we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.


Links to other websites

Our website may contain links to enable you to visit other websites of interest easily. However, once you have used these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting such sites and such sites are not governed by this privacy statement. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.


Smartzstock Event

Smartz organises an annual event, namely Smartzstock © every year in September. This event is arranged at a nominated camping site. Smartz does not accept any liability, obligation or responsibility whatsoever for any loss, destruction or damage (including without limitation consequential loss, destruction or damage) however arising from or in respect of attendance at / participation in the event.



Smartz Admin Team - 2004 - 2009

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