TREKNATURE TERMS OF SERVICE
    The Terms of Service for posting are important and should be read and accepted before you choose to participate. We encourage contributors who are courteous, polite and respectful. We discourage those who choose to behave in a disrespectful and/or irresponsible manner. We, our staff and volunteer moderators will take appropriate steps to ensure discussions adhere to these guidelines.
    In general, we will leave it to you, the community, to manage your own conduct. We ask that you treat other forum participants with respect. Please remember that this is a public venue read by many people of all ages, from around the world, spanning all walks of life. Occasionally, our forum moderators will need to use their discretion to determine the best course of action. We have entrusted out moderators to do what is best for the global community, including regional communities, when appropriate. Moderators assist with focusing topics of discussion and will gently enforce guidelines, as needed. They can edit/delete posts, move, close or delete threads, and temporarily moderate users posts.
    Terms:
    1. Only one account per user is permitted.
    2. You must be the photographer and copyright holder of all material posted to TrekNature.
    i. You retain copyright and the ability to delete/edit your photos.
    ii. You grant TrekNature the right to use your images for display anywhere on the TrekNature site.
    iii. TrekNature is not responsible for unauthorized usage of your images outside the TrekNature site.
    iv. You retain copyright for your forum postings. You give TrekNature a non exclusive, perpetual, irrevocable, royalty-free license to use your forum postings.

    Photographs:
    1. Only photographs are permitted. Images may not be digitally manipulated in an image editing program ie, Photoshop except for the following reasons:
    i. Copyright notices and (straight-edged, plain) frames
    NB: Copyright/ Watermark information may contain your name, but no graphics are allowed - Frames must be plain and straight edged (simple drop shadow is allowed) - Cannot contain gradients, textures, blurring or beveling.
    Those posts not adhering to the these guidelines will be removed at the discretion of the moderators.
    ii. Cropping, resizing and sharpening
    iii. Touching up (dust, slight imperfections)
    iv. Levels, Curves, Color adjustment, Hue, Saturation etc. for minor image enhancements.
    v. Multiple exposures to get proper exposure values
    vi. Stitching for panoramic photos
    vii. Color conversion to Black and White, Sepia, Duotone etc.
    viii. Perspective correction for parallax or lens distortion.
    ix. Infrared photos are not allowed.
    2. Identical photos (unmodified or not) may not be re-posted except through the 'Post to Workshop' or 'Re-Post' mode. (Deleting the original image in order to re-post is also not acceptable. Instead, open a Discussion for the photo to request feedback
    3. In respect of peoples copyrights; postings of other peoples work (photographs/ art) must properly convey the surroundings in which they are found. If you wish to post close-ups of the work- please do so as a workshop. Workshop or Re-Posted images must include information on any changes made to the original.
    4. Identical photos (unmodified or not) may not be posted to more than one Trek Site (TrekEarth, TrekLens, TrekNature).
    5. As the purpose of TrekNature is to learn about the world through photography, shots of common objects (like closeups of any flowers or plants, water droplets, toothbrushes etc.) tend not teach us anything without a suitable note, so unless there's a suitable note they will be deactivated at the discretion of site moderators. If you wish to post these types of image please consider using our sister site TrekLens.
    6. Photographs having a studio-like effect, selfportraits and photographs of own reflection or own shadow will also be deleted at the discretion of site moderators. If you wish to post these types of image please consider using our sister site TrekLens.
    7a. Photographs must have a proper title, not only marks like * or any other...
    7b. Photos with insensitive titles and/or notes will be inactivated.
    NB: Certain types of photos are prohibited on TrekNature and will be removed:
    Photographs of domestic animals. Photos of wildlife in captivity (game parks, zoos) are allowed, but it is strongly recommend that these shots should show little or no trace of the enclosures or cages keeping these animals inside.
    Photographs of garden plants or other cultivated plants.
    Site Features
    Critiques:
    1. Critiques are to be used for any critical or praiseworthy comments about the critiqued photo.
    Members are encouraged to give constructive criticism and feedback for how photos can be improved. For all intended purposes, constructive criticism will be defined as criticism or advice that is useful and intended to help or improve something, often with an offer of possible solutions In other words This photo sucks is not considered constructive criticism
    2. Critiques should include specific reasons as to why a photo is either good or needs improvement.
    3. Overly general critiques i.e. Nice shot, Great, I like it a lot! etc. are prohibited and will be removed.
    4. Critiques which include broad generalizations such as good composition, nice colors etc. should be marked as a comment. Such critiques may be marked as a comment. Writing excessive amounts of these general critiques may be removed, and the ability to write critiques may be disabled. (It will still be possible to write comments.)
    5. Critiquing is one of the core aspects of TE/TL/TN and all helpful critiques are welcomed, however critiquing mostly friend/family members without critiquing others is unfair to the other members and breaches the community spirit of this site. Please critique fairly, as failure to do so may result in removal of critiques and/or ratings or account removal.
    6 Email ombudsman@treknature.com to complain about rude critiques or forum messages.
    7 Critiques may not contain any mention of points to be given in the future. If you run out of points, feel free to continue writing thoughtful critiques without mention of points.

    Critique Ratings:
    1. Critique ratings are to be used to rate critiques fairly.
    2. Critique ratings determined to be used for significant retribution or significant reward without warrant will result in removal of all critique ratings for that member and suspension of ability to rate critiques.
    3. Critique ratings may not be used for critiques written in languages the member does not understand.

    Comments:
    1. Comments are general statements, words of support and encouragement. Use comments to leave general feedback like good composition, nice colors. Do not leave critiques here. For specific feedback, leave a Critique.
    2. Comments must pertain to the photo, not to the photographer. This is not a place to leave messages for the user. Comments of that nature will be removed. Please use the contact option on the users page for personal messages.

    Photo Discussions:
    Photo Discussions are to be used for discussion about the photo.
    Excessive Thank you replies are not allowed.
    Photographer's Notes:
    Photographer's Notes are to be used for general or technical descriptions about the photo.

    Travelogues:
    Travelogues are to be used for trip stories.

    Forums:
    Discussion forums are moderated to preserve the spirit of an open, interactive discussion without offending participants. Please understand that we are not attempting to censor any message or opinions. We reserve the right to edit/remove inappropriate messages, or to lock a discussion thread. Again, the intent it not to censor legitimate discussion or to change the meaning of any post. If we edit your post and you do not like the changes, please notify us and we can delete your post. Examples of posts that may be edited and deleted include those containing profanity, chain letters and other spam postings, or those that reveal private information about another community member.
    The following code of conduct applies to our forums:
    The highest standards of polite behavior are expected and enforced. Do not post foul language, racial epithets or sexually explicit content in any form or matter.
    Posts that are openly critical of any individual or group of people based on race, color, national origin, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, family relationship, age, mental or physical disability, religion or religious beliefs will not be tolerated. We urge members to take the greatest care not to insult each other by using any derogatory term referring to such characteristics.

    Personal attacks, harassing, intimidating, stalking or threatening other community members are not permitted and will not be tolerated.
    Heated discussions are permissible; however keep it under control and respectful at all times. Do not flame people, and do not instigate fights. Replies are allowed, but remember that respectful conduct is expected. If you disagree with a post, just state your own opinion and reasons for thinking so. Do not intentionally start or perpetuate antagonistic or inflammatory threads, particularly those directed at another member. In particular, when someone posts personal insults or attacks, it is better NOT to reply (which can escalate the hostility), but rather, to report the post to a moderator. Remember: attack ideas but not fellow members!

    Moderators will actively follow up on complaints raised about any of the above issues, and will take actions up to and including the deletion of the account of the offender. Moderators or administrators noticing anyone breaking the forum rules will edit, lock or delete the post. Moderators and administrators have final say in all situations where a post is edited, locked or deleted. You may not delete or publicly question moderator reminders in a post you have written. However, you can always contact moderators and admins by sending them a private message at moderator@treknature.com

    Moderators / Admins reserve the right to temporarily or permanently ban user accounts at any time. Retaliation against such actions will not be tolerated and removed!

    Respect the forum staff. Were not here to make life harder to anyone. Any decision taken by the administrators and moderators is final and must be respected.

    Postings must be on-topic. Unrelated or self-promotional postings or SPAM may be locked, transferred or removed. Posting the same message or an unsolicited commercial message to one or many topics or boards is considered spam. Duplicate messages may be deleted or consolidated by our moderators. Please do your best to post new topics to the appropriate forum board. Moderators can take action when a thread should be moved to a more appropriate section.

    Any impersonation of a user within these forums, in any mode of communication, is strictly prohibited and will result in a banning.

    Any messages you post in these discussion forums will remain available to the public for as long as this discussion board is online. Once you have posted your message, it will stay online. Please post carefully and with due consideration to the content of your post. 12. Image licensing requests via the private messaging service or emailing copyright@treknature.com deemed excessive and/or unreasonable will be not be processed and may result in account inactivation.

    TrekNature reserves the right to terminate without notice your membership at any time, for any reason, including your violation of any of these Terms of Service.

    High Maintenance Clause: Any member who occupies a majority of admin or moderator time unnecessarily will be shown the door.

    YOU EXPRESSLY ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT TREKNATURE WILL HAVE NO LIABILITY FOR SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, INDIRECT OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OF ANY KIND IN CONNECTION WITH YOUR USE OF THE TREKEARTH SITE, EVEN IF YOU HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.
    It is your responsibility to be familiar with and remain updated regarding our Guidelines. All users of these forums must comply with these Guidelines. We reserve the right to ban any member who violates our guidelines or disrupts our community.