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Effective date: October 1, 2012

Ahoy! Welcome to National Novel Writing Month's Young Writers Program. In a few minutes, you'll be a profile-toting Wrimo and officially registered for the event this November. But before the fun begins, we need to go over a few things...

Our forums (message boards) and NaNoMail system are designed to foster communication between participants. As the one place where NaNoWriMo participants from all over the world can gather to chat, cajole, and procrastinate, the forums are designed to keep spirits (and word counts) soaring. Even if it feels a little scary at first, we ask you to dive right in.

That said, there are certain kinds of messages we do not allow on the forums or in NaNoMail. Anyone posting abusive, sexually explicit, hateful, or threatening material (or any other stuff that may violate any applicable laws), will have their NaNoWriMo account deleted and will be banned from the site. No foul language is allowed on the Young Writers Program forums, and anyone using inappropriate language will have their posts deleted from the forums, and be banned from our site.

We will remove posts we deem harassing or offensive, but we will not be held liable for anything you stumble across that may anger or offend you. By signing up for NaNoWriMo, you are acknowledging that all posts made to our forums express the views and opinions of the author, and not the administrators, moderators, or webmaster (except for posts by these people).

You also agree that the webmaster, administrator, and moderators of this forum have the right to remove, edit, move, or close any topic at any time should they see fit. As a user, you agree to any information you have entered above being stored in a database. We reserve the right to terminate accounts and account access to this website for any reason, without obligation to remove associated user generated content. You acknowledge and agree that we may preserve or remove any content generated by you and posted on our website. While this information will not be disclosed to any third party, the webmaster, administrator, and moderators cannot be held responsible for any security breach that may lead to the data being compromised. The site is also crawled and cached by many major search engines, please be mindful that anything you post on the forums is essentially public. Be wary of posting other personal information such as your address, school, place of work, or phone number for this reason.

NaNoWriMo uses cookies to store information on your local computer. These cookies serve only to make using the site more convenient for you. Your email address is used by this site to confirm your registration details and password, and to send out NaNoWriMo pep talks, newsletters, site notifications, and other NaNoWriMo-related messages. We do not share or sell participants' information, and your email address will not be made visible to others.

During the event, you will be given the opportunity to upload a version of your novel to our site for word-counting purposes. All drafts uploaded to our site are counted and deleted immediately by a computer program. We do not retain or read copies of any text uploaded. To protect yourself from fears of text-thievery, though, we ask you to scramble your novel before sending it to us. Instructions for easy scrambling will be provided on the page you use to upload your novel.

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Okay. The boring part is over. Let the writing adventure begin!

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