As a community moderator, I'm occasionally asked to take down content based on copyright. Per policy described in What should I do when I see copyright violations posted on Stack theOverflow? and Should moderators enforce NDAs for software vendors?, I am not authorized to act on these because of potential trouble with the DMCA.

Anna Lear's comment here is a good example of such a reply:

As a community moderator, I don't have the authority to judge whether or not this constitutes a copyright violation. All copyright violations should be reported to Stack Exchange, Inc. in the form of a DMCA takedown notice from a copyright holder.

but it lacks references to the source of this policy and to directions to issue said takedown. This information is available in section 15 on https://stackexchange.com/legal, but it's way down on the page. I'd prefer to link to this part of the document with a #anchor fragment identifier, like in the FAQ. Unfortunately, this section has no such link:

<h2>15. Copyright Policy</h2>

This bare HTML is similar to the old FAQ, which was edited to allow direct linking, amended to make this process easier, and further improved with even more provisions for internal linking.

Can we have a similar upgrade of /legal? The sidebar table of contents, top-quoting, and collapsible sections are all nice features of the FAQ that would also serve well here, but the most important thing is the presence of anchors to each section.

  • Related: meta.stackexchange.com/a/114928/102937
    – user102937
    Commented Dec 6, 2011 at 17:10
  • @RobertHarvey - I was linking to the question, but I agree that it would be better to link to the actual policy answers. Edited. Commented Dec 6, 2011 at 17:15
  • With the caveat that I don't actually make policy; I just interpret it. :P
    – user102937
    Commented Dec 6, 2011 at 17:16

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The legal/terms of service pages have been updated to a full 'legal portal', partially to be compliant with GDPR.

The new portal has, at least for the public and private terms of service pages, clickable anchors like https://stackoverflow.com/legal/terms-of-service#licensing which will take you directly to the relevant section. Other pages have been sized down to easily readable chunks of 1-3 'monitor heights' long, so it looks like this is either or obsolete.

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