Disclaimer/Terms and Conditions

Disclaimer/Terms & Conditions

Ghostly World is an open community for those interested in the paranormal, ghost towns, history, and haunted places and those who have experienced the supernatural first hand. Like a national park, we would like to keep it a nice place to visit. With that being said, we have a few guidelines in place that need to be followed in order to maintain our quality standards (it’s better for everyone that way – plus, it makes the spirits happy).

Terms and Conditions and Disclaimer

Table of Contents

  1. Commenting Terms
    1. Swearing or Offensive Material
    2. Staying On-Topic
    3. Comment Editing
    4. Deleting Comments
    5. Satanism or Occult
    6. Non-User Commenting
    7. Opinions
    8. Personal Information
    9. Comment Blocking
  2. Contact Terms
    1. Staying On-Topic
    2. Spamming
    3. Swearing and Offensive Material
    4. Personal Information
  3. Content
    1. Copyrights
    2. Distribution of Content
    3. Content Reaction
    4. Accuracy
    5. Personal Stories
    6. Images
  4. Locations
    1. Haunts
    2. Visiting Locations
    3. Death or Injury
  5. Newsletter
    1. Ask a Parent
    2. Canceling a Subscription
    3. Newsletter Content

I. Commenting Terms

We love hearing all of your comments, feedback, stories, and opinions. In order for us to allow them onto our site, we must enforce a few basic guidelines so we can maintain a higher standard in our discussion community. Severe and/or multiple violations of these terms may result in you being blocked from commenting.

i. Swearing and Offensive Material

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For the sake of our readers (and our credibility), we do not permit the usage of any kind of swearing, cursing, or profanity on our site. Since we welcome readers of all ages to enjoy our site, we would like to keep things rated around PG-13 around here. Vulgarities are prohibited.

Comments including any of the following will NOT be approved:

– Swearing or profanity
– Racism
– Sexism
– Homophobia/transphobia
– Discriminatory language/hate speech of any kind
– Sexually explicit content
– Generally offensive or insensitive material

Ghostly World welcomes all viewers and would like to keep it a pleasant place for anyone coming to read our content.

FIRST VIOLATION: A warning email will be sent to the email address provided by the commenter when they add their comment(s). Depending on the severity of the comment content, there is a chance that the first violation will result in the user being blocked from making any further comments on the site.

SECOND VIOLATION: If behavior is not changed from the first violation’s warning (provided it did not result in a block), a temporary or permanent block will be instated upon the user depending on the severity of the contents of the comment.

THIRD VIOLATION: If the first two violations did not result in permanent blocking, the third violation will remove a user’s commenting privileges.

We want to give you your voice – if you feel you have been wrongly banned (e.g. if someone else was using your account to comment, etc.), you may email us your case and we will review it. If you’re in the right, we’ll restore your commenting privileges immediately. Click here to contact us.

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ii. Staying On-Topic

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Please stay on topic when writing comments.

Our commenting section is not a forum and we would like to keep it that way. We kindly ask that you stay on topic when you write your comments. Unrelated personal conversations should not show up in the comments section – we ask that you save those for another location, such as your email. Ghostly World is about ghosts, the paranormal, parapsychology, ghost hunting, haunted, places, abandonments, ghost towns, and so on – anything else likely does not belong.

We will not block you for violation of this rule, but we do expect it to be respected. Irrelevant comments simply will never make it past approval.

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ii. Comment Editing

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We reserve the right to edit your comments.

To maintain our quality standard, we reserve the right to modify the grammar, capitalization, spelling, and/or censor out any profanity used in a non-vulgar way (we will not post the comment if it is used in a vulgar way). While we reserve the right to modify the comment for any reason we see fit, we will never change the idea of your message.

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iii. Comment Deleting

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We reserve the right to delete any comments.

Ghostly World reserves the right to delete any comment without notice at any time, regardless of however long it has been on the site. We store records of all comments posted to the site. If you would like a copy of your comments record, you can email us and we will send it to you. We will only email records to users who have been confirmed as the author of the comments.

If you would like us to delete a comment you have posted, email us the following:

– The URL(s) of the page or post you commented on
– The name you used when you made the comment
– Your email address
– The comment(s) you would like removed

Your comments will remain in our records after we delete them.

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iv. Satanism or Occult

Your personal feelings, opinions, and religious or non-religious beliefs about ghosts are accepted and welcomed on our site. However, we forbid the practice of Satanism/Luciferianism, Occultism, and/or Witchcraft on our site. Thank you for your consideration.

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v. Non-User Commenting

If you are not a WordPress user and you do not wish to sign up for an account, you will be asked to enter your name and email address. Your name is publicly displayed. It is acceptable to use a first name and/or last name, or a nickname. However, it will be public, so choose wisely and appropriately. Email addresses are required for security reasons and so we can contact you if we have to for some reason. We will never share your email address with anyone.

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vi. Opinions

Commenters have the right to express their opinions on any post or page where commenting is available. Any fighting or argumentation will immediately be halted and will result in the removal of the comments in the thread.

Please refrain from any behavior that could be considered offensive, as we will not permit comments of this nature, as per Section 1. Three violations will result in loss of commenting privileges (you will be blocked).

In most cases, commenters are the general public. We cannot verify that the information they post is accurate. We take no responsibility for the content of the comments posted.

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vii. Personal Information

We are not responsible for any information about yourself that you opt to disclose. It is your decision how much information you want to share publicly when you comment. Everything you say is displayed publicly. Comment at your own risk.

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viii. Comment Blocking

Violations of our commenting terms could result in being blocked from commenting, based on the severity of the violation. Users are never deprived of their right to visit our site or read our content, but your voice will no longer be heard in commenting sections.

Blocks time can be anywhere from 24 hours to lifetime.

We want to give you your voice – if you feel you have been wrongly banned (e.g. if someone else was using your account to comment, etc.), you may email us your case and we will review it. If you’re in the right, we’ll restore your commenting privileges immediately. Click here to contact us.


II. Contact Us Terms

i. Staying On Topic

Please remember to stay on topic. Any messages that do not pertain to Ghostly World, the paranormal, haunted places, abandonments, ghost towns, and/or similar topics will be deleted and will most likely not get a response.

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ii. Spamming

Emails qualifying as spam, phishing, or other scam-type messages will not be tolerated. We delete these immediately without even opening them. Sending emails of this variety to Ghostly World will be done at your own expense – we report every fraud email as soon as it is received. Your email address will be added to our block list.

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iii. Swearing and Offensive Material

Please refrain from the use of swearing, cursing, profanity, obscene content, and/or other inappropriate behavior in your emails. While emails are not public to the world like comments are, we do expect professionalism and good behavior.

Harassment situations will result in your email address being added to the block list.

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iv. Personal Information

We will never share any of the information you have submitted to us in our contact form or information you used to contact us with. All information entered is for security purposes on our behalf and so that we may contact you appropriately. Your privacy is our goal and we will never share your information without your explicit consent.

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III. Content

i. Copyrights

Ghostly World’s content, posts, pages, eBooks, and other written materials are the sole property of Ghostly World and are not to be redistributed in any manner unless permitted by Ghostly World in a written consent form.

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ii. Distribution of Content

Our content is not to be redistributed in any form (electronic, book, etc.) without written consent. Our content belongs to us using it without proper permissions will result in legal action.

BOOKS & WRITTEN MEDIA: If you are using Ghostly World as a source for any written material, such as a book, magazine, report, etc., we require ample crediting in bibliographies. Verbatim use of our content is not permitted; quoting using the standard citing measures are permitted.

REBLOGS: Reblogs are only permitted if links to the original post and to Ghostly World are provided. This rule is strictly enforced and will be scrutinized thoroughly.

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iii. Content Reaction

Ghostly World is not liable for any nightmares, depression, disturbed feelings, and/or psychological effects provoked from reading our content. While we have never received any reports of feelings of this nature, our entries may contain dark, gruesome, and detailed information about the history and deaths of people that may be considered disturbing and controversial. Reader discretion is advised.

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iv. Accuracy

We take many steps in order to verify the accuracy of the information we present. We cannot be fully responsible for inaccuracies caused by incorrect information from sources. We apologize for any inaccuracies on the site but we claim no responsbility for them.

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v. Personal Stories

Ghostly World welcomes users to share their personal stories from haunts, abandoned places, ghost towns, and the paranormal. We reserve the right to modify stories submitted by visitors to ensure proper grammar, spelling, and punctuation. We will never re-write

 

Ghostly World reserves the right to modify stories submitted by visitors to ensure there is correct grammar and punctuation (we will not re-write what happened in your story). We also maintain the right to post them on any of our sub-sites, such as Our Ghostly World, Ghostly World Wiki, and Ghostly World on Tumblr, or enter them into our eBooks. We will only post the name you send to us (e.g. John Smith, John S., John1492). Your email address is only used for contacting purposes, and it will never be shared.

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vi. Images

Ghostly World uses images on its posts and pages from various sources and takes no credit for owning any of the photographs (unless noted as belonging to Ghostly World). If you are the photographer of a photo on the site and would like it removed, please contact us and we will remove it immediately.

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IV. Locations

i. Haunts

We cannot personally guarantee that any one of the places listed on this site are actually haunted – all reports are based on what is believed to be true by historians, locals, eye-witnesses, and the like. All of the locations believed to be haunted are posted here so that readers may form their own opinions.

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ii. Visiting Locations

Never trespass on locations, and always get permission before visiting. It is EXTREMELY DANGEROUS to enter abandoned buildings, as they may have bacteria, mold, asbestos, etc. as well as an unsafe structure. Even if you have experience, conducting ghost hunts and/or séances are extremely dangerous, as well. Ghostly World and its affiliates are not responsible for your arrest, injury, death, or anything that happens to you on your visit.

Many of the locations listed on this site are condemned, private property, or extremely dangerous as a whole. Most of these locations are patrolled by police, private security firms, or by the owners. If you trespass, there is a possibility of being ticketed, arrested, or even shot at. We do not encourage visiting these locations.

Since a number of buildings are not properly maintained, there is also a high risk of health problems, including asbestos, bird/rodent droppings, lead poisoning, tetanus, and mold exposure. Always do the right research and go prepared with the right equipment. Remember that your actions are your own business and that we are in no way responsible for what you do.

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iii. Death or Injury

We are not responsible for anything that happens to you while visiting any location. Ghostly World is not responsible for your arrest, injury, or death.

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V. Newsletter

i. Ask a Parent

If you are under the age of thirteen, make sure you ask a parent before signing up. This is required by law that you get permission from an adult (18+) before disclosing information. We will never share your information with anyone.

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ii. Canceling a Subscription

If you cancel your subscription, we do ask that you specify why you canceled it so we can be aware of the opinions of our newsletter. If you have no reason, just specify “N/A”. Your reason will never be public.

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iii. Newsletter Content

You are not allowed to copy our content and post it elsewhere (e.g. another site, blog). Doing so will result in removal of the content from wherever it was posted.

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By staying on this site, you are agreeing to the terms and conditions.

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