Last updated: August 21, 2019

This Agreement is composed for you (“you” means “potential Book Club member” or “Book Club member”, depending on what suits the reader of this agreement best, and will also be named “Book Club member”, “member of D.O.C.I.S. International”, “member” because this is about Book Club memberships), to ensure that you are aware of what requirements D.O.C.I.S. International should meet for its Book Club members, as well as know what is expected from you as a D.O.C.I.S. Book Club member, when you become an official member of the D.O.C.I.S. Book Club.

Article 1: Definitions

1.1. D.O.C.I.S. International (in the Agreement also referred to as “proprietorship”, “organization” and “I”)
D.O.C.I.S. International, also known as “Fangs”, is the sole proprietorship registered under Dutch Chamber of Commerce number 71968253, from which websites https://docis.international, https://store.docis.international, https://thefangs.nl and https://lilfangs.com are operated.

1.2. The D.O.C.I.S. Book Club (in the Agreement also referred to as “Book Club”)
The internationally oriented Book Club operated by D.O.C.I.S. International, whereof memberships are sold in the D.O.C.I.S. Store. Members of The D.O.C.I.S. Book Club are also called members of D.O.C.I.S. International.

1.3. Online Member
An Online member of the D.O.C.I.S. Book Club is someone who is entitled all of the features of the Online membership (https://store.docis.international/book-club#memberships).

1.4. Full Member
A Full member of the D.O.C.I.S. Book Club is someone who is entitled all of the features of the Full membership (https://store.docis.international/book-club#memberships).

1.5. The D.O.C.I.S. Store
The (online) store of D.O.C.I.S. International is named “The D.O.C.I.S. Store” (https://store.docis.international).

1.6. The Fangs (also called “TheFangs.nl”)
“The Fangs” is the collective blog and (e-mail) magazine of D.O.C.I.S. International. With “collective blog”, I mean a blog on which articles are written by more than one author. Via The Fangs, the interactive side of the D.O.C.I.S. Book Club is operated. (https://thefangs.nl)

1.7. The D.O.C.I.S. Assignment
A D.O.C.I.S. Assignment is a creative assignment that is done for the D.O.C.I.S. Book Club.

Article 2: Initiation of Membership

          2.1. Someone is considered an official member of the D.O.C.I.S. Book Club when he or she has received a confirmation, by D.O.C.I.S. International, of the receipt of his or her subscription fee.

          2.2. To become a member of the D.O.C.I.S. Book Club, the potential member has to submit the sign-up form for the Book Club membership that meets his or her preference (https://store.docis.international/book-club#memberships). The potential member is entitled one membership and not multiple. After submitting the sign-up form, the member has to transfer his or her subscription fee to become an official member.

          2.3. Aside from being suspended from the D.O.C.I.S. Book Club (Article 4, Section 7.4.2), there are no limitations to becoming a member of the D.O.C.I.S. Book Club.

Article 3: Subscription Payment

          3.1. D.O.C.I.S. International has to notify its Book Club members when it is time for them to renew their Book Club subscription. It does this with sending out an invoice to them. Book Club members are responsible for paying their subscription in time.

          3.2. The start days of the quarters of a year are: January 1st, May 1st, July 1st and October 1st.

          3.3. 15 days before a new month-based quarter of the year starts, D.O.C.I.S. International should send out its invoices for the renewals of Book Club subscriptions. If it is, by the Book Club member, not paid on the first day of the quarter yet, it should send a reminder.

          3.4. If D.O.C.I.S. International, for whatever reason, sends out the invoice less than 15 days before the quarter starts, the count of the 30 days the Book Club member has to pay his or her subscription fee, start on the day the invoice is sent out.

          3.5. If the subscription is, within 30 days of receiving the invoice for subscription renewal, not paid by the Book Club member yet, D.O.C.I.S. International is entitled to freeze the member his or her account on TheFangs.nl.

          3.6. Current accepted payment methods are bank transfers and PayPal transactions to the account of D.O.C.I.S. International (owned by D. D. Elia).

          3.7. The Book Club member is entitled to change his or her subscription for the next quarter, by submitting the form about changing the member’s membership, in his or her account settings on TheFangs.nl. The subscription renewal invoice the member receives should have the subscription fee of the selected membership on it.

Article 4: The Fangs

4.1. Both Online members and Full members are entitled to make use of the private social network for Book Club members that is on TheFangs.nl.

4.2. The private social network consists of a forum, a set of pages where one can add friends, write private posts, send private messages to D.O.C.I.S. Network friends, edit his/her profile page, find other members and make groups, a Book Club page with information about the theme, books and assignment for the quarter, a voting page, where one can vote for books and for whom should get a higher function in D.O.C.I.S. International, and an account settings page, where one can add or take away additional features to his or her Book Club account.

4.3. Additional features to one’s private social network account that are available to both Online members and Full members are: becoming electable for higher functions in the D.O.C.I.S. International and signing up to publish a self-composed work with D.O.C.I.S. International. This can be added to one’s membership via Account Settings.

4.4. Additional features that are only available to Full members are: being allowed to suggest books for the Book Club and having access to the date picker for International Book Club meetings.

4.5. A special account feature that is only given to a member (both Online and Full) after he or she has motivated his or her reasons why, is: being an author for The Fangs.

4.6. Authors for The Fangs may, on our collective blog, only post materials that are originally composed by them. If there are other sources used for their original work then the sources have to be mentioned.

4.6.1. Settings that apply to all accounts on The Fangs may not be changed without permission of the owner of D.O.C.I.S. International. This includes the creation of categories.

4.6.2. Authors for The Fangs may not make profit of their authorship on The Fangs without sharing that (a little) with D.O.C.I.S. International. 

4.6.3. Only with permission of the owner of D.O.C.I.S. International, posts may be featured. 

46.4. Authors for The Fangs are allowed to create their own post tags and permalinks.

4.6.5. Authors for The Fangs may refer their readers to other websites. 

4.7. If a Book Club member finds that a post that is published on The Fangs is offensive or incorrect or another reason it is – according to that member – disputable, the member may open a dispute about the post via Account settings.

          4.7.1. A dispute may only be opened if the Book Club member who wishes to open it, motivates his or her reasons why and what the consequences for the author should be.

          4.7.2. The standard setting for a dispute is a written debate where the D.O.C.I.S. Nicknames of the pro and contra parties are visible. The person who opens the dispute may, however, choose to stay anonymous if he or she motivates her reasons why.

          4.7.3. If there is more than one person opening a dispute against the same post or against the same author, an equal amount of Book Club members who are not against the writings of the author will be sought, to give the pro and contra parties equal strength. The seeking may be done by the author, given that he or she sends this request without using offensive language towards the parties opening a dispute against him or her.

          4.7.4. The final judgment and consequences of the debate are decided by a member of the D.O.C.I.S. International Council who has been entitled to do this (elected as Mediator). This member also organizes and supervises the debate.

                   4.7.4.1. If the roles for supervising and judging debates have not been assigned yet, or if there is another reason why the entitled members cannot supervise and judge the debate, the final judgment and the consequences of the debate will be decided and spoken out by the owner of D.O.C.I.S. International.

                   4.7.4.2. The most severe punishment for publishing a disputable post, especially when what is written is in conflict with The Alliance (Article 8),  is a permanent suspension of the author’s Book Club membership.

                   4.7.4.3. If the author is not suspended, the people or person opening the dispute and the author or the author and his or her defendants, all together, will have to do a bonding assignment together that relates the theme that has caused the dispute, to keep our collective alliance strong.

                             4.7.4.3.1. The Mediator decides what the bonding assignment will be.

                             4.7.4.3.2. If one who has to do a bonding assignment according to Article 4, Section 7.4.3., refuses to do this, the Mediator is entitled to question the continuance of the refusing member’s membership.

                             4.7.4.3.3. The bonding assignment has to be sent to the Mediator within eight weeks and has to be made public by the Mediator.

          4.7.5. All Book Club members are entitled to know the pro and contra arguments for and against the disputed post.

Article 5: The D.O.C.I.S. Assignment

5.1. Doing a D.O.C.I.S. Assignment is voluntary, unless:

                   5.1.1. Unless a dispute is the reason why, according to Article 4, Section 7.4.3..

5.2. A D.O.C.I.S. Assignment is created and assigned to members, by the owner of D.O.C.I.S. International, unless:

                   5.2.1. Unless the owner has given official permission to let an assignment be created and assigned by someone else.

                   5.2.2. Unless the reason for the assignment is a dispute, according to Article 4, Section 7.4.3., and the owner is not the Mediator of the dispute.

5.3. Assignments may not include publicizing private credentials, unwanted physical activity or anything that can be considered offensive by the person who the assignment is assigned to.

          5.4. The standard time span for a D.O.C.I.S. Assignment is eight weeks.       

          5.5. There should be reading material for the Nosce Te Ipsum Thesis with every theme.

Article 6: Elections

6.1. Both and only Full members and Online members may participate in elections for higher functions in D.O.C.I.S. International.

6.2. Both Full members and Online members may vote in elections for higher functions in D.O.C.I.S. International.

6.3. A person participating in elections may not vote for him or herself.

6.4. The owner of D.O.C.I.S. International is the only person entitled to organize elections.

          6.4.1. The owner of D.O.C.I.S. International is entitled to select people for a pre-selection committee, in case there are more than 50 applications in total for the organized elections.

                   6.4.1.1. The pre-selection committee is entitled to filter out two thirds of the amount of applicants they are assigned, based on how well they meet the requirements for the function they are applying for in comparison to the other applicants.

                   6.4.1.2. If an applicant is not selected in the pre-selection, the pre-selection committee has to notify the applicant why he or she is not pre-selected.

          6.4.2. The owner of D.O.C.I.S. International has to narrow down the amount of candidates to ten candidates per function. These are the ten candidates the members of The D.O.C.I.S. Book Club will be allowed to vote for.

                   6.4.2.1. If there is more than one spot for a function available, the amount of available spots is multiplied by 10 for the amount of candidates for the function. (E.g. there are 3 spots for Mediator available, so there may be 30 candidates the Book Club members may vote for, unless there are less than 30 candidates in total.)

          6.4.3. Before the voting, the candidates are allowed an equal amount of individual broadcasting and collective broadcasting through the media of D.O.C.I.S. International.  

                    6.4.3.1. Individual broadcasting is considered a broadcasting organized by the candidate, on a medium that is selected by the owner. (E.g. on a certain date, all candidates may publish one blog post and one video on all media of D.O.C.I.S. International.)

                   6.4.3.2. Collective broadcasting is considered broadcasting of all candidates together, in a friendly or competitive setting.

          6.4.4. For which functions there will be elections (including an explanation of the functions, the selection criteria for the functions and the compensation for the functions), when the elections period will be and when members can apply for a function has to be announced at least a month before members can start to apply.

6.5. Quarterly book selection votes have to be narrowed down to ten potential options. This may be done by the owner or by a pre-selection committee created by the owner.

6.6. There is one vote allowed per D.O.C.I.S. ID.

          6.6.1. Members are allowed to vote blank.

Article 7: International Book Club Meetings

7.1. International Book Club meetings may only be organized by the owner of D.O.C.I.S. International.

7.2. International meetings may only be attended by Full members.

7.3. Entrance to the Book Club meeting event should be free of charge.

7.4. Before the event, all attendants have to be asked if they wish to not be seen on any pictures and videos made at the event. This wish has to be obeyed.  

Article 8: The Alliance

8.1. The goal of The D.O.C.I.S. Book club is to add to the member’s reflection of self and to show the member various ways of interpretation, all meant to stimulate finding new practical solutions to the problems we are facing in society, as a colloquial collective.

          8.1.1. A solution found by The D.O.C.I.S. Book Club may only be made public outside of our Alliance when it has been patented.

8.2. Members of The D.O.C.I.S. Book Club treat each other with respect, regardless if this is interpreted formally or informally.

8.3. Disagreements between members of The D.O.C.I.S. Book Club are never settled with violence.