Guidelines

Last Revised: April 18, 2015

By registering for the Masonic Research Network (MRN), you state and agree to the following the following terms and conditions:

  • You are the age 18 or above.
  • You are a worthy and well qualified Brother of the Masonic fraternity.
  • You are in good standing enrolled in a “Blue Lodge.”
  • Your Blue Lodge has a Charter from a qualified Grand Jurisdiction recognized by the Grand Lodge of Iowa, A.F. & A.M.*
  • Before proceeding further, please review the “Recognized Grand Lodges by the Grand Lodges of the United States” document link from the Masonic Service Association of North America (MSANA)* to see if your jurisdiction is recognized.
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  • *Please note, the Masonic Research Network is NOT associated with the Grand Lodge of Iowa, A.F. & A.M. or the MSANA. We are hosted by the Sioux City Scottish Rite Valley of the Ancient & Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Southern Jurisdiction, United States of America which is a recognized Masonic appendent body which resides within the borders of the Grand Lodge of Iowa, A.F. & A.M. The mention of the Grand Lodge and the MSANA is only for the purpose of ensuring that qualified Brothers of the Fraternity are considered for access to this e-Tiled network.

By registering for the Masonic Research Network (MRN), you also state and agree to the following terms and conditions:

  • You agree, through your use on the MRN, that you will not post any material which is false, defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, vulgar, hateful, harassing, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, invasive of a person’s privacy, adult material, or otherwise in violation of any International or United States federal and/or state & local law.
  • You also agree not to post any copyrighted material unless you own the copyright or you have written consent from the owner of the copyrighted material. Spam, flooding, advertisements, chain letters, pyramid schemes, and solicitations are also forbidden on this network.
  • Note that it is impossible for the staff or the owners of this forum to confirm the validity of posts. Please remember that we do not actively monitor the posted messages, and as such, are not responsible for the content contained within.
  • We do not warrant the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information presented. The posted messages express the views of the author, and not necessarily the views of the Masonic Research Network, its staff, its subsidiaries, or this network forum’s owner.
  • Anyone who feels that a posted message is objectionable is encouraged to notify an administrator or moderator of this forum immediately. The staff and the owner of this forum reserve the right to remove objectionable content, within a reasonable time frame, if they determine that removal is necessary. This is a manual process, however, please realize that they may not be able to remove or edit particular messages immediately.
  • This policy applies to member profile information as well.
  • You remain solely responsible for the content of your posted messages.
  • You also retain all the rights to the “intellectual property” (original content that is yours and you are happy to share) that you contribute to the MRN.
  • You agree to indemnify and hold harmless the owners of this network forum, any related websites to this network forum, its staff, and its subsidiaries.
  • The owners of this network forum also reserve the right to reveal your identity (or any other related information collected on this service) in the event of a formal complaint or legal action arising from any situation caused by your use of this forum.
  • You have the ability, as you register, to choose your username and display name. We advise that you keep the name appropriate.
  • With this user account you are about to register, you agree to never give your password out to another person except an administrator, for your protection and for validity reasons. You also agree to NEVER use another person’s account for any reason.
  • We also HIGHLY recommend you use a complex and unique password for your account, to prevent account theft.
  • After you register and login to this forum, you will be able to fill out a detailed profile. It is your responsibility to present clean and accurate information. Any information the network forum owner or staff determines to be inaccurate or vulgar in nature will be removed, with or without prior notice. Appropriate sanctions may be applicable.
  • Please note that with each post, your IP address is recorded, in the event that you need to be banned from this forum or your ISP contacted. This will only happen in the event of a major violation of this agreement. Also note that the software places a cookie, a text file containing bits of information (such as your username and password), in your browser’s cache. This is ONLY used to keep you logged in/out. The software does not collect or send any other form of information to your computer.
  • Also note on this Website, the MRN includes links to other websites operated by other organizations, groups, or parties. Some of these sites contain the MRN’s name and or images. When you click on these links to other services, note that the Masonic Research Network does not have control over the other websites and their respective privacy policy practices. In consequence, other sites may collect the same of different types of information about you. The Masonic Research Network encourages you to carefully review the Privacy Policies of associated websites. The Masonic Research Network does not have control over these other websites and is not responsible for their actions.
  • Also be advised that we reserve the right at anytime to make adjustments to our MRN policies including the changing of service, usernames, display names and/or other activities that improve overall function.
  • We also reserve the right to terminate the service at any time or make adjustments as necessary to the registration/user guidelines without stating a reason.
  • If we send you a message via email and your email address is no longer active, your MRN account will be removed.
  • We also reserve the right to accept or deny a user access to this forum through the registration process or at any time remove current members (ranked or unranked) without stating a reason.
  • Membership is considered a privilege and not a right.
  • When a Masonic Research Network account is not accessed for a period of 45 days (beginning on April 17, 2015), the account is subject to removal. This is for the purpose of saving server space.
  • To keep your account active, either login at least once in a 45 day time frame or offer at least three (3) postings to the forums to obtain the forum rank of “Apprentice.”
  • Ranked members are not subject to the account removal under the time-frame policy. However, they may be removed at any time as stated above.
  • “Ranked” member is defined as posting at least three times to the Masonic Research Network’s forums.
  • “Unranked” member is defined as a member who has not obtained three (3) postings. Thus, a “unranked” member may possess two (2) postings or less.
  • These guidelines will remain in effect as long as the MRN is in operation. The MRN values your Privacy and has implemented a privacy policy available for review here.

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