Home-Barista.com - Agreement - Part I

A major goal of HB is keeping the discussion focused on espresso, the barista, and coffee—topics that are consistent with the site motto "Your guide to exceptional espresso." Please review these guidelines as they constitute a part of the site's terms of service:

  • Be respectful. Treat others as you would have them treat you.

  • Be patient. Everyone is at different points in their learning.

  • Stay on topic. Many other avenues exist for non-coffee discussions.

  • Be open and honest. Many people rely on opinions presented in these forums as part of their purchase decision. The source of the information you present and basis of the opinions you express are as important at the statements themselves. For example, you should make it clear whether you speak from first hand experience, what you read elsewhere (and if appropriate, link to the source), or conventional wisdom.

  • Encourage positive, shared discourse. Be mindful of participant reactions and consider the tone of your replies; ideally they should encourage positive discourse. Conversely, don't be disruptive by dominating the conversation. Dogmatic or repetitive replies are rarely welcome.

  • Accept the moderators' decisions. They are volunteers who want to share their knowledge and guide the discussion.

  • Help raise the discussion level. Use the how tos, resources, FAQs, and search. "Newbie" questions are welcome, but they are more likely to receive thoughtful replies if some initial research is done beforehand.

  • Avoid cross-posting. Many of our members frequent multiple coffee sites. Please avoid cross-posting your question, or mention the other site(s) with referral link(s) to avoid repetitive responses.

  • No promotions. Got a new business, blog, social media channel, or survey? Great! But please, do not promote it here. Such posts may be treated as spam and result in your account being banned.

See the site's Guidelines for productive discussion and Guidelines for vendor participation for more details. Note that while not explicitly stated, these guidelines include typical online forum rules like "No personal attacks" and "No commercial posts."

Home-Barista.com - Agreement - Part II

By accessing “Home-Barista.com” (hereinafter “we”, “us”, “our”, “Home-Barista.com”, “https://www.home-barista.com/forums”), you agree to be legally bound by the following terms. If you do not agree to be legally bound by all of the following terms then please do not access and/or use “Home-Barista.com”. We may change these at any time and we’ll do our utmost in informing you, though it would be prudent to review this regularly yourself as your continued usage of “Home-Barista.com” after changes mean you agree to be legally bound by these terms as they are updated and/or amended.

Our forums are powered by phpBB (hereinafter “they”, “them”, “their”, “phpBB software”, “www.phpbb.com”, “phpBB Limited”, “phpBB Teams”) which is a bulletin board solution released under the “GNU General Public License v2” (hereinafter “GPL”) and can be downloaded from www.phpbb.com. The phpBB software only facilitates internet based discussions; phpBB Limited is not responsible for what we allow and/or disallow as permissible content and/or conduct. For further information about phpBB, please see: https://www.phpbb.com/.

You agree not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening, sexually-orientated or any other material that may violate any laws be it of your country, the country where “Home-Barista.com” is hosted or International Law. Doing so may lead to you being immediately and permanently banned, with notification of your Internet Service Provider if deemed required by us. The IP address of all posts are recorded to aid in enforcing these conditions. You agree that “Home-Barista.com” have the right to remove, edit, move or close any topic at any time should we see fit. As a user you agree to any information you have entered to being stored in a database. While this information will not be disclosed to any third party without your consent, neither “Home-Barista.com” nor phpBB shall be held responsible for any hacking attempt that may lead to the data being compromised.

The Home-Barista.com forums are provided for informational purposes only. Espresso equipment contains controls and conduits for electricity, very hot water, steam and high water pressure. Attempting repairs, modifications, alterations, or diagnoses of such equipment yourself could result in serious injury or death to yourself and to others and the destruction of property by fire and other causes. We accept no responsibility for any injuries or losses resulting from any attempt to perform equipment repairs, modifications, alterations, or diagnoses based on information from Home-Barista.com.

It is not the policy of Home-Barista.com to read and vet posts written by its members. However, if you believe your copyrights are being violated, or you are being libeled, abused or offended, use the “Report a post” button of the offending post. A moderator will then read the post and remove those which violate law or board policy.

You agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless Home-Barista.com, its moderators, employees and agents from and against all claims and expenses, including attorneys’ fees, arising out of the use of Home-Barista.com. If you do not agree to all of the aforementioned terms, you are prohibited from using or accessing this site.

The materials contained in this web site are protected by applicable copyright and trademark law. Content including all text and images in part or in whole may not be reproduced in any electronic or printed medium without prior permission.

Home-Barista.com - General Data Protection Regulation - Part III

To comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), you need to be made aware that your Home-Barista.com account will, at a bare minimum, contain a uniquely identifiable name (hereinafter "your user name"), a personal password used for logging into your account (hereinafter "your password") and a personal, valid email address (hereinafter "your email"). Your information for your account at Home-Barista.com is protected by data-protection laws applicable in the country that hosts us. Any information beyond your user name, your password, and your email address required by Home-Barista.com during the registration process is either mandatory or optional, at the discretion of Home-Barista.com. In all cases, you have the option of what information in your account is publicly displayed. Furthermore, within your account, you have the option to opt-in or opt-out of automatically generated emails.

Furthermore, we will store all of the IP addresses that you use to post with. Depending on your preferences, Home-Barista.com may send you emails to the email address that Home-Barista.com holds in your account, which will either be that you used when you registered or one that you have subsequently changed, but you are able to change these preferences from your User Control Panel (UCP) at any time should you wish to stop receiving them.

The personal details that you gave us when you signed up, or added later, will be used solely for the purposes of Home-Barista.com board functionality. They will not be used for anything else and neither will they be passed on to any third party without your explicit consent. You can check, at any time, the personal details Home-Barista.com is holding about you from your UCP.

The only other information about you is that which you decide to post in the forums, whereupon it is considered to be "publicly available" as it will have been indexed by search engines as well as online archive sites.

Home-Barista.com - Cookies - Part VI

How do we use cookies on this board?
We use files known as cookies on Home-Barista.com to improve its performance and to enhance your user experience. By using Home-Barista.com, you agree that we can place these types of files on your device.

What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files that a website may put on your computer, or mobile device, when you first visit that site or one of its pages.

There are many functions that a cookie can serve. For example, a cookie will help the website, or another website, to recognize your device the next time you visit it. Home-Barista.com uses the term "cookies" in this policy to refer to all files that collect information in this way.

Certain cookies contain personal information – for example, if you click on "remember me" when logging on, a cookie will store your username. Most cookies will not collect information that identifies you, but will instead collect more general information such as how users arrive at and use Home-Barista.com, or a user's general location.

What sort of cookies does Home-Barista.com use? Cookies can perform several different functions:

  • Necessary Cookies: Some cookies are essential for the operation of Home-Barista.com. These cookies enable services you have specifically asked for.
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Home-Barista.com may also allow third parties to serve cookies that fall into any of the categories above. For example, like many sites, we use Google Analytics to help us monitor our website traffic, Cloudflare to boost performance, and Google AdWords to display ads that generate revenue in support of the site.

Can a board user block cookies? To find out how to manage which cookies you allow, see your browser's help section or your mobile device manual - or you can visit one of the sites below, which have detailed information on how to manage, control or delete cookies.


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