Update (21 Nov 2023):
We're rolling back this change to the Acceptable Use Policy (AUP); we will revise it and route it through the moderator review process as should have done. If you have further questions, please ask them on the linked post above. ~ Slate
As part of our ongoing efforts to review and update policies, we’ve updated our Acceptable Use Policy. There are several reasons for this, but the main ones are: to make the language more clear and to include things that we identified were missing as part of the CoC update.
For the opening three paragraphs, we’ve reworded them all but particularly the second one for clarity and to be more in line with what we do.
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|The intent of this document is to clarify what we consider to be acceptable use of any website or service provided on the Stack Exchange Network (collectively "Stack Exchange", "Network").||The intent of this Acceptable Use Policy (“AUP”) is to clarify what we at Stack Exchange, Inc. (“Stack Exchange”, “we” or “us”) consider to be an acceptable use of any website or service provided on the Stack Exchange Network.|
|If you are found to be in violation of any of the below policies, you will receive a notice via email. Unless you explain or correct your behavior within 72 hours, your account will be suspended. We will do our best to work with you and ensure a fair outcome in all cases. We reserve the right to immediately suspend, without notice, any content, account, or IP address which we determine to be submitting spam or other potentially damaging or disruptive content to the Network.||If you are found to be in violation of any of the below policies, your account may be suspended or terminated, and we may otherwise block your access by other means. We will do our best to work with you and ensure a fair outcome in all cases. We reserve the right to immediately suspend or terminate, without notice, any content, account, or IP address which we determine to be in violation of this AUP. Please note that while we will make best efforts, in the event that infringing activities are suspected, we may take certain preemptive actions in an effort to protect our systems and other users. You may request an appeal via our contact form.|
|When your account is suspended, public access to content contributed under that account may be blocked or removed, and your account may be suspended or deleted at our discretion. Access to other functionality or information within the Network may also be blocked or disabled.||If your account is suspended, public access to content contributed under that account may be blocked or removed, and your account may be further suspended or deleted at our discretion. Access to other functionality or information within the Stack Exchange Network may also be blocked or disabled.|
We've also reworded illegal use and spam to reflect what we mean by these more accurately.
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|Illegal Use. Stack Exchange may not be used for illegal purposes. Examples of this include using Stack Exchange for fraudulent purposes or operating a phishing site (used to obtain account and password information).||Illegal Use. The Stack Exchange Network may not be used for illegal purposes. You are responsible for complying with all applicable laws and regulations, whether or not such illegal purposes are explicitly raised in this AUP or our [Code of Conduct Policies].|
|Spam. Users that do not publish meaningful content, use deceptive means to generate revenue or traffic, or whose primary purpose is affiliate marketing, will be suspended.||Spam. Adding content (or adjusting existing content) whose primary purpose is affiliated marketing (e.g., to promote a product, service, or similar in a way that is unsolicited or lacks disclosure of affiliation) or using deceptive means to generate revenue or traffic|
We've added sections detailing Phishing, Doxing, and Malicious URLs as prohibited behavior.
Phishing. Posting malicious content, or social engineering behavior to fool people into giving information they would otherwise not, such as passwords, API keys, or personally identifiable information.
Doxing. Disclosure of personally identifiable information of a person or group of people, whether or not that information is accurate.
Malicious URLs. Posting a link created with the purpose of promoting a scam, attack, or fraud.
Identity Theft and Privacy, and Hate Content, Defamation, and Libel were largely left untouched, while we've further made changes to the descriptions below.
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|Disruptions and Exploits. We will terminate accounts and block addresses of those who attempt unauthorized use of the Stack Exchange Network.||Disruptions and Exploits. Attempted or unauthorized use of the Stack Exchange Network.|
|Copyright. Using copyrighted material does not constitute infringement in all cases. In general, however, users should be careful when using copyrighted content without the permission of those who created it. It is our policy to respond to notices of alleged infringement sent to [email protected] that comply with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA").||Unauthorized Use of Intellectual Property. Posting content that infringes on another’s intellectual property right, including trademark, copyright, patent, trade secret, or other intellectual property right. Note that using copyrighted material does not constitute infringement in all cases. In general, however, users should be careful when using copyrighted content without the permission of those who created it and adhere to any license requirements (e.g., attribution, notice, etc.). It is our policy to respond to notices of alleged intellectual property infringement sent to [email protected] (e.g., the Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA")).|
|Mass Registration and Automation. Accounts that are registered automatically or systematically will be removed and access will be permanently suspended.||Mass Registration and Automation. Accounts that are registered automatically or systematically.|
|Sexually Explicit Material. Accounts that use Stack Exchange to post sexually explicit or pornographic material, or links to it, will be suspended.||Sexually Explicit Material. Posting of content or posting links to content that is sexually explicit or contains pornographic material, including the sexual exploitation or abuse of minors.|
And also added a Framing and Scraping clause specifically forbidding those practices.
Framing and Scraping. Frame or mirror any Stack Exchange Network website without Stack Exchange's express prior consent. Use any automated or non-automated data gathering means (including but not limited to robots, spiders, scrapers, crawlers, and the like) to gather any text, files, audio or visual media, profile information, or any other content from any Stack Exchange Network website without Stack Exchange's express prior consent.