Northern Rhodesians WorldwideSM
Effective date: December 6th, 2008
- We, Our or Us: Whether capitalised or not, these pronouns refer to the Great North Road.
- Bounce Message: An email message, officially called a "non-delivery report" or "delivery status notification", that is generated by a mail server to report on the delivery status of an email message.
- Cookies: Small parcels of text saved by your browser on your computer. Cookies allow the GNR Website to remember that you are logged into the GNR Website so that you don't have to provide Log-in Credentials each time you load a non-public web page.
- Device: This is an instrument, usually a computer but also including (but not limited to) such instruments as mobile phones and other instruments capable of accessing the Internet, that is able to connect to the GNR Website or a server on which the domains used by the GNR are hosted.
- Germane: In the context of the message board, a germane or "on-topic" message is one that relates to Northern Rhodesia, Zambia and surrounding countries and their peoples throughout the world.
- Great North Road or GNR: This is the affiliation of individuals, companies and organisations that provide, develop and maintain the GNR Website, as well as engage in other activities related to the goals of the GNR Website.
- Great North Road Website or GNR Website: This is the collection of web pages, images, other electronic files and data available primarily under some or all of the following domains or sub-domains:
IP Address: An Internet protocol (IP) address is a numeric address that is assigned to each Device connected to the Internet.
Log-in Credentials: These are tokens provided by a member or by the GNR Website that authenticate the member to the GNR Website, allowing the member access to non-Public Areas of the GNR Website. These tokens are usually referred to as a "user name" or "user ID" and password.
Profile: This is personal information provided to the GNR by a member or prospective member for the purposes of identifying that member to the GNR and to the other members and users of the GNR Website. Most of this information is published and displayed in Public Areas of the GNR Website, some is only displayed to other members of the GNR Website once they have logged in, some is only provided to individual members of the GNR Website with the express or implied consent of the member, and some is only available to the GNR.
Public Areas: These are defined as those parts of the GNR Website that are viewable without the provision of Log-in Credentials to the GNR Website.
Return Path: The email address to which a Bounce Message is usually returned. It may be different from the email address of the actual sender of the message.
Working Email Address: An email address that accepts email from the GNR, the GNR Website and any domains and servers used by the GNR. An email address is not considered "working" if any of the following conditions are met:
- An email message sent by the GNR or the GNR Website is responded to, either automatically or manually, in such a way as to imply that the email address is no longer functioning. Normally, such a response would be termed a Bounce Message.
- An email message sent by the GNR or the GNR Website is responded to, either automatically or manually, with an out-of-office message, or a message asking the sender to complete any sort of action in order to ensure delivery of the original message.
- The server that hosts the email address blocks the sending of email by the GNR or the GNR Website or a server used by the GNR or the GNR Website, either by preventing connections to it, or by silently discarding or quarantining email sent to it.
- The person controlling the email address indicates that the email address is no longer controlled by the member who originally used it.
- The member does not respond to requests sent by the GNR or the GNR Website, indicating that email sent to the address is no longer read by the member.
- Generally speaking, the GNR Website is intended as a platform for all people from Northern Rhodesia and Zambia, many now scattered around the world, to celebrate and share experiences, old and new, of our country. It provides the means not only to help revisit old memories and acquaintances, but also make new friends -- and to communicate, creating bridges between the new country and the old.
- You agree to use the GNR Website only for lawful purposes, and in a way that does not infringe the rights of, restrict or inhibit anyone else's use and enjoyment of the GNR Website. Prohibited behaviour includes harassing or causing distress or inconvenience to any person, or disrupting the normal flow of dialogue on the GNR Website.
- Joining the GNR Website as a member is voluntary, and restricted to adults over the age of eighteen years who have lived in Northern Rhodesia and/or Zambia at some point in their lives, or are currently living in Zambia. People who used to live (between 1953 and 1963) in Nyasaland (now Malawi) in what was then the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland are also eligible to join. Membership is not open to companies or organisations.
- Members may only join the GNR Website using their real names and identities. We do not allow members to join using a nickname, pseudonym, "screen name" or other identifier that is not their real name. This does not preclude the use of derivatives of names -- e.g., Bob for Robert, Sue for Susan, etc. -- and may, at our discretion, include the use of a nickname if the person is or was known largely by that nickname.
- Members and prospective members must provide only true and correct information when joining the GNR Website and when updating their Profile on the GNR Website, whether or not the information they are providing is mandatory or optional.
- Members and prospective members are required to associate a Working Email Address with their Profile. Members are required to update the email address associated with their Profile in the event that the email address currently associated with their Profile is no longer a Working Email Address. If it comes to the attention of the GNR that a member's email address is no longer a Working Email Address, the member's Profile will be deactivated until such time as the GNR has verified that the email address is again a Working Email Address. A member with a deactivated Profile is still a member, but must update the email address associated with their Profile, and the GNR must verify that the email address is indeed a Working Email Address, before the member's profile will be reactivated. A member with a deactivated Profile cannot access non-Public Areas of the GNR Website until the member's Profile has been reactivated.
- The GNR reserves the right to edit a Profile.
- Any member of the public, whether connected to Northern Rhodesia and/or Zambia or not, may view the Public Areas of the GNR Website.
Inter-member Contact System:
- To join the GNR Website, a prospective member must provide certain personal information to the GNR. Some information must be provided and is so marked on the application form, and it is optional to provide non-mandatory information.
- With the exception of information marked as being available only to other members once they have logged in or only to the GNR, all information provided will be available to the public, and can and will be included in information indexed and cached by search engines.
- Email addresses entered into the "Email address" field of the forms to join the GNR Website or to update your Profile on the GNR Website are not displayed anywhere on the GNR Website, and are not given to other members of the GNR Website without your consent.
- Email addresses entered into the "Email address" field of the forms to join the GNR Website or to update your Profile on the GNR Website and other private information not displayed by default in Public Areas of the GNR Website are never given to people who are not members of the GNR Website. We do not sell, rent or give email addresses or any private information not displayed by default in Public Areas of the GNR Website to other companies, organisations or individuals.
- If you send a private message through the inter-member contact system provided on the GNR Website, you consent to allow the GNR to give your email address to the member to whom you send that message.
- Any information, public or private, that you post on Public Areas of the GNR Website, will be available to the public without restriction. We recommend that you do not post private information on Public Areas of the GNR Website.
- You may change or delete your information at any time. You may also cancel your subscription to any mailing lists (if you chose to subscribe) run by the GNR at any time. However, we do reserve the right to send you email related to the continued operation of your account.
- Anyone who has access to the email address registered by a member in his or her Profile may be able to access and change that member's Profile on the GNR Website. It is therefore important to ensure that you change the email address associated with your Profile if you no longer use or have access to the email address currently in your Profile.
- The system whereby a logged-in member may send a message to a single other member through a web form is for one-to-one communication. It is prohibited to send the same, or substantially the same, message to multiple members.
- Messages sent via the inter-member contact system are not monitored or stored. Such messages are sent via regular email once they leave the GNR Website; as such, this system is only as secure or reliable as is regular email. The name and email address of the sending member, as entered by that member in their Profile on the GNR Website, will appear in the "from" field of the message sent. The name and email address of the receiving member, as entered by that member in their Profile on the GNR Website, will appear in the "to" field of the message sent. Under normal configurations, if the receiving member uses the reply function of their email program, the return message will go directly to the original sending member, bypassing any systems operated by the GNR and revealing to the original sending member the email address of the original receiving member.
- An email address associated with the GNR Website will be set as the Return Path of any message sent through the inter-member contact system. This means that, in most cases, if the message is returned as undeliverable, the Bounce Message will arrive in an email account controlled by the GNR. This is designed to prevent the email address of the intended recipient being revealed to the original sender without the consent of the intended recipient. The GNR may process such Bounce Messages to determine whether or not a member's email address is working and may, but is not obliged to, inform the sending member that their message was not delivered. Such a report will not include the email address of the intended recipient.
- Some mail servers use an unusual configuration in which the sending member will be informed directly about any delivery problems of messages sent through the inter-member contact system, rather than the email address in the Return Path. In such cases, the sending member will then have the email address of the receiving member. Such situations are beyond the control of the GNR, and all risks associated with sending and receiving messages through the inter-member contact system rest with the members of the GNR Website.
- Some people use a challenge-response anti-spam system, called a "tagged message delivery agent" (TMDA), that sends an automated reply to emails sent from senders who are not listed in the recipient's "white list". Such systems are incompatible with the inter-member contact system, and any messages sent through the inter-member contact system to an address using a TMDA will likely not be delivered to the intended recipient. An email address using a TMDA is not considered a Working Email Address by the GNR.
- The GNR Website will add some information underneath the text of any messages sent through the inter-member contact system. This text is informative and, among other functions, may allow for the easy tracking and reporting of any abuse of the system.
- The goals of the message board are:
- to assist in contacting old friends and acquaintances from Northern Rhodesia and Zambia,
- to enable reunions and get-togethers to be organised,
- to provide a platform for reminiscences and photographs of Germane subjects,
- to enable friendships to be established and continued between members,
- to promote the growth and well-being of the GNR Website,
- to allow communication of ideas and suggestions for the improvement of the GNR Website, and
- to allow discussion among the membership, with discussion of matters not related to any of the above kept to a reasonable level.
- The message board is not provided for:
- illegal activities, whether contravening criminal or civil laws,
- denigration of any persons alive or dead, corporate bodies, companies and the like,
- denigration of any country,
- use where private email would be more appropriate,
- foul or obscene language,
- use as a political or religious platform,
- libellous, defamatory or malicious messages,
- anonymous postings, posting with false email addresses, and posting under false identities,
- "spamming" and unauthorised advertising,
- discrimination, either directly or indirectly, against any person on the grounds of sex, marital status, sexual orientation, social or economic position, race, religion, political preference, nationality, or ethnic or national origin,
- the baiting or taunting ("flamebaiting") of other members in an aggressive, disruptive or anti-social manner with the apparent intention of inciting them to anger,
- the posting of copyrighted material, without explicit permission from the copyright holder or the legal right to do so,
- the posting of undisguised or unencrypted email addresses of third parties, unless the post also includes a note that the user of the email address has explicitly, or implicitly by allowing it to be displayed on another website, permitted the public display of his/her email address,
- the posting of in-line images, or
- any matter not considered in general good taste or decency.
Enforcement and Remedies:
- The GNR may take action against any member or person who:
- logs into the GNR Website or interacts with any domain used by the GNR using any sort of proxy service designed to hide the member's true IP Address,
- attempts unauthorised access to non-Public Areas of the GNR Website, or attempts to circumvent any controls on the GNR Website or on any domain or server used by the GNR,
- brings or attempts to bring the GNR or the GNR Website into disrepute,
- interferes, attempts to interfere or counsels interference with any advertising placed by the GNR on the GNR Website, or
- gives private information not displayed by default in Public Areas of the GNR Website to any company, organisation or individual that is not a member of the GNR Website.
- Any action taken by the GNR may include (but is not limited to) suspending a member engaged in such activity either temporarily or permanently, blocking access to the GNR Website, or informing relevant third parties such as employers or schools, law-enforcement authorities, or email or Internet service providers.
- A member who has been sent three warnings will be suspended from membership in the GNR Website on the third warning.
- A member suspended for the first time under the provisions of this section may not have their membership reinstated before six months have passed after a first suspension. Reinstatement is not automatic; the suspended member must apply for reinstatement.
- A member who has been suspended and reinstated once under the provisions of this section will be suspended a second time on being sent a second warning after being reinstated the first time.
- A member suspended for the second time under the provisions of this section may not have their membership reinstated before twelve months have passed after a second suspension. Reinstatement is not automatic; the suspended member must apply for reinstatement.
- A member who has been suspended and reinstated twice under the provisions of this section will be suspended permanently on being sent a first warning after being reinstated the second time.
- A member who engages, or threatens or attempts to engage in illegal conduct via or against the GNR Website or the GNR or whose action via or against the GNR Website or the GNR causes the GNR or its maintainers to be exposed to criminal or civil liability or increased costs will be suspended permanently and without warning.
- Notwithstanding the above provisions, the GNR reserves the right to invoke an immediate and temporary suspension of any member in order to effect a "cooling-off period" should that member be involved in a heated argument on the message board, the continuation of which does not serve the goals of the GNR Website. Such cases will be handled on an individual basis outside of the above provisions, and the GNR will make every effort to reinstate members so suspended as soon as is reasonably practicable.
- A suspended member is no longer a member of the GNR Website and will only have the same rights to access the GNR Website as members of the public. In other words, access to non-Public Areas and any features or privileges granted only to members of the GNR Website is prohibited.
Disclaimers and Limitation of Liability:
- All copyright, trade marks, design rights, patents and other intellectual property rights (registered and unregistered) in and on the GNR Website and all content (including all applications) located on the GNR Website shall remain vested in the GNR or its licensors. You may not copy, reproduce, republish, disassemble, decompile, reverse engineer, download, post, broadcast, transmit, make available to the public, or otherwise use the GNR Website content in any way except for your own personal, non-commercial use. You also agree not to adapt, alter or create a derivative work from any GNR Website content except for your own personal, non-commercial use. Any other use of the GNR Website's content requires the prior written permission of the GNR.
- By submitting material to the GNR or the GNR Website you assert that:
- you hold the copyright to the material you are submitting,
- you are submitting material that is not subject to copyright,
- you are submitting copyrighted material under a claim of "fair dealing", "fair use", or a similar legal concept, or
- you are submitting copyrighted material with the permission of the copyright holder.
- All material that you have submitted or will submit to the GNR or the GNR Website is granted to the GNR under an unrestricted, non-exclusive, perpetual and royalty-free licence to publish the material. This means you allow the GNR, free of charge, to use the material as we want, including in modified form. Normally we will give credit for your material to you, unless this is not possible or you request otherwise. Copyright in your material will remain with you and this permission is not exclusive, so you can continue to use the material in any way including allowing others to use it.
- The GNR is not responsible for nor do we necessarily endorse the content of any external websites to which we link.
- Information posted on the GNR Website by GNR Website members has been entered into the GNR Website database by the members themselves. The GNR disclaims any and all liabilities or warranties as to the veracity of information posted by GNR members.
- The GNR Website is provided "AS IS" and on an "AS AVAILABLE" basis. To the extent permitted by law, the GNR excludes all representations and warranties (whether express or implied by law), including the implied warranties of satisfactory quality, fitness for a particular purpose, non-infringement, compatibility, security and accuracy. The GNR does not guarantee the timeliness, completeness or performance of the GNR Website or any of the content. While we try to ensure that all content provided by the GNR is correct at the time of publication, no responsibility is accepted by or on behalf of the GNR for any errors, omissions or inaccurate content on the GNR Website.
- The GNR shall not be liable for any of the following losses or damage (whether such damage or losses were foreseen, foreseeable, known or otherwise):
- loss of data,
- loss of revenue or anticipated profits,
- loss of business,
- loss of opportunity,
- loss of goodwill or injury to reputation,
- losses suffered by third parties, or
- any indirect, consequential, special or exemplary damages arising from the use of the GNR Website regardless of the form of action.
- The GNR does not warrant that functions available on the GNR Website will be uninterrupted or error free, that defects will be corrected, or that the GNR Website or the server on which it is hosted are free of viruses or bugs. You acknowledge that it is your responsibility to implement sufficient procedures and virus checks (including anti-virus and other security checks) to satisfy your particular requirements for the accuracy of data input and output.
- The GNR Website may include advertising placed by the GNR. Depending on the provider of such advertising, what advertisements appear may not be under the control of the GNR.
- The decisions of the GNR will be final and without right of appeal, and no correspondence will be entered into regarding those decisions.
- The GNR does not operate a mediation service between aggrieved parties.
- The GNR reserves the right to publish details about any threats made or action taken against the GNR or the GNR Website. This may include uploading to the GNR Website or to another appropriate website -- for example, the "Chilling Effects" website -- any correspondence, documentation or other items or data pertaining to the threat or action.
- April 28th, 1996: The GNR and the GNR Website begin to accept material under implicit terms covering copyright and use of intellectual property, and begin to accept members under implicit terms covering membership.
- September 2nd, 1999: The message board begins accepting submissions with no explicit guidelines or terms.
- September 11th, 2000: Reformulated and restated the goals and purposes of the GNR Website.
- May 27th, 2001: Publicly implemented a new and semi-automated Names Directory, accepting members under implicit terms covering membership.
- October 6th, 2001: Made explicit prohibited actions involving the Names Directory and actions that the GNR will take in the event these prohibitions are breached.
- December 21st, 2001: Implemented a Code of Conduct for the message board which made explicit the goals of the message board, uses of the message board that are not appropriate, and action that the GNR may take if the Code of Conduct is breached.
- January 12th, 2002: Revised the Code of Conduct to add the latitude clause.
- April 3rd, 2002: Instituted several non-Public Areas on the GNR Website available to members only.
- April 17th, 2002: Published a page of message board tips, making some implicit practices explicit, and making clear the GNR's policy on complaints.
- June 25th, 2002: Made further changes to the Names Directory to explicitly prohibit actions by non-members to circumvent controls in place.
- August 27th, 2002: Made qualifications for membership explicit.
- September 18th, 2002*: Made explicit the terms under which information for the Names Directory is collected.
- December 23rd, 2002: Rescinded the Code of Conduct in favour of a more laissez faire, self-policed environment on the message board.
- January 10th, 2003: Implemented changes to the text that is added to messages sent through the inter-member contact system.
- April 6th, 2003*: Made more explicit the terms under which the GNR accepts submitted material.
- August 31st, 2004: Started to move some personal information from Public Areas of the GNR Website into areas accessible only to members.
- September 18th, 2004: Moved message boards from prior to April 2002 and the Names Directory that existed prior to May 2001 out of the Public Areas of the GNR Website to preserve the privacy of members' email addresses.
- April 26th, 2005: Made explicit the fact that the GNR may use IP Addresses and other information provided during the registration process and the process of updating a Profile for crosschecking purposes, and may edit the format of a Profile.
- August 11th, 2005: Made explicit the terms under which links to external websites are provided.
- July 22nd, 2007: Made explicit the terms under which information in the Names Directory is provided.
- January 22nd, 2008: Clarified the terms under which the GNR accepts submitted material.
* Dates marked with an asterisk are approximate, but the noted change(s) occurred on or before these dates.
Join us now!
18 March 2015
| Log in
| Names Directory
| Boma (Articles)
| Recent changes
| New pages
| Popular pages
| Random page
| Message board
| BSAC Catalogue
| About us
| Contact the GNR
There have been no recent updates to the Boma.
| The Lowdown
| NR and Zambia
| Lusaka News
| Rhodesians WW
Welcome Congo expats