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Merge the Code of Conduct and Terms of Service

There has been a lot of recent discussion over the Stack Exchange Code of Conduct - what it means, why it says what it does, and what it does and does not forbid. There is an additional document that ...
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Can users 13 to 15 years old who are based outside of the European Union use SE while traveling to the EU?

The Terms of Service contains the following snippet: If you are located within the European Union, you must be at least 16 years old to access or use the Network or Services, including without ...
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What happened to accounts that were previously of age, but became underage once GDPR was adopted?

I'm aware that in 2018, the GDPR was adopted in the European Union, and in response, SE amended its license terms to require that all users from the EU be at least 16 to participate in the site. ...
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How do users escalate concerns about an abusive employee?

Is there a formal grievance policy for reporting incidents where you believe an employee of Stack Exchange has been malicious towards a user of the network? I'm looking for some official, ideally ...
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Show Code of Conduct and other terms of service within version control highlighting

I wanted to highlight something I think SO got right today. Within the blog entry about the Code of Conduct, Sara Chipps shows VCS highlighted changes to the CoC This is a simple quality-of-life ...
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Was the retroactive change to CC BY-SA 4.0 approved by Stack Exchange's lawyers?

Update: I have started a GoFundMe in an attempt to have a court or arbitrator settle this. It has raised a decent amount, but more will be necessary to retain counsel. On 2019-09-05, Stack Exchange ...
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What is the status of the secure electronic opt-out of the mandatory arbitration that was promised?

In the comments of this post, Tim Post responds to my request for a "secure, electronic means" of the opt-out of mandatory arbitration with the following @jhpratt And you'll get one. And a lot of ...
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Are we allowed according to the ToS to exempt a part of our post from the CC license?

tl;dr: Right now we are not allowed to cite outside sources (unless they are compatible with cc by-sa 3.0) or use images under fair use exceptions in our posts. Creative Commons provides guidance how ...
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Terms of Service begins with “Stack Overflow Network” instead of “Stack Exchange Network”

According to the Trademark Guidelines, the name of the network of Q&A sites is the "Stack Exchange Network". Yet the Terms of Service begins with the word "Stack Overflow Network": There was ...
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Why was the Ubuntu Code of Conduct clause removed from the Ask Ubuntu terms of service?

Looking back at the old Terms of Service, I noticed they used to contain a special paragraph about Ask Ubuntu. When accessing the askubuntu.com, meta.askubuntu.com, or chat.askubuntu.com sites ("...
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Please remove the excessive capitalization of certain paragraphs in the Terms of Service

I was browsing through the Terms of Service and noticed that some parts are hard to read because they solely consist of capital letters. I can imagine there must be a US law stating that certain parts ...
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Why are there separate copies of the Terms of Service per site, if the link in each site just goes to Stack Overflow's version?

I noticed that each site in the network has its own copy of the Terms of Service, e.g. https://stackoverflow.com/legal/terms-of-service, https://meta.stackexchange.com/legal/terms-of-service, https://...
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Why do users in the European Union have to be at least 16 to participate in SE?

I noticed this new paragraph in the Terms of Service: If you are located within the European Union, you must be at least 16 years old to access or use the Network or Services, including without ...
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The TOS and footer refer to different CC BY-SA license versions [duplicate]

As previously reported, the TOS links to version 4, but the footer and Help Centre to version 3. The TOS should I think say the version number in the text as well, rather than only in the link. In ...
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Can the “attribution required” link please be removed from the footer and help page?

The footer of all SE sites links to a blog post called Attribution Required. It is also linked to in the Help Centre. As has been covered previously, this so-called requirement to give attribution in ...
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What licence is subscriber content provided under 4.0, 3.0 or them all?

In the footer it says: site design / logo © 2018 Stack Exchange Inc; user contributions licensed under cc by-sa 3.0 with attribution required. rev 2018.8.7.31273 However, in the footer under ...
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The link to “Acceptable Use Policy” on public terms of service is broken

In section 5, User Obligations, of /legal/terms-of-service/public, there is a link to the "Acceptable Use Policy" that points to legal/content-policy. Right now, this is a broken link. The actual ...
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Why doesn't the new TOS email or blog post mention the arbitration clause?

Tim Post's initial post on the new TOS provides a three-point summary of the new terms, along with a link to the new text and an opportunity to ask questions. That, of course, sparked a re-...
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To refuse arbitration, give us your name and address

To opt out of mandatory arbitration and retain the right to participate in a class action, the terms of service state: Your written notification must be mailed to us at Stack Overflow, Attn: Legal ...
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What happened to the electronic-opt out of arbitration, and to the other “correcting miscommunications” that were previously announced?

Today I received an email about new Terms of Service. It contains no trace whatsoever of the changes that Tim Post announced several weeks ago. In fact, the page https://stackoverflow.com/legal/terms-...
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Copy-paste typo in Stack Exchange, Inc. Privacy Policy

In the last section of Stack Exchange, Inc. Privacy Policy, a left side is not reflecting text on the right, and in reality is bluntly copy-pasted from the previous section: It seems that what had ...
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Brace yourselves: The GDPR is coming!

It's actually nothing to worry about. You as users end up with more protection, and companies like us are left in a place where we've got a framework for handling your information that puts much ...
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Why did I not find out about the TOS change until now (two weeks later) and only from a Reddit post?

Apparently the Stack Exchange terms changed two weeks ago. According to this the change went live on the second of May, and e-mails should have been sent "in the days ahead". Well, it's now two weeks ...
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Who serves as the General Counsel of Stack Exchange Inc.?

I could not find any general counsel or other legal position in the Stack Exchange management page. I believe it's common for companies this size to have one, see e.g. a company from the same a16z ...
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What exactly are the security concerns regarding opting out of arbitration?

In the comments to Tim Post's arbitration update, a debate over potential abuse of the electronic opt-out unfolded because it is trivial to impersonate a profile. But does this even matter? What ...
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Electronic opt-out, correcting miscommunication, and additional questions answered about the 2018 ToS update

We’ve listened to what you’ve been telling us about the arbitration clause that our most recent ToS update introduced. While we can't incorporate all of the feedback you offered, we did listen to it, ...
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When opting out of arbitration, how will the email address I provide be used?

As a followup to Can an anonymous user opt out of arbitration? and We're examining the implementation of arbitration in the 2018 ToS update, I would like more information as to how the email ...
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Will I receive any acknowledgement/reply of my arbitration opt-out letter, if I sent one before the electronic opt-out announcement was made?

I sent a letter in the mail to opt out of the new arbitration clause to the Terms of Service, before the new electronic opt-out was put into place. Should I be expecting a reply in the mail? If so, ...
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Remove the arbitration clause from the Terms of Service

There is a lot of pushback against the new ToS, specifically the arbitration clause. The fact that the vast majority of people will not opt out due to not sending in snail mail within the first 30 ...
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We're examining the implementation of arbitration in the 2018 ToS update

This is an addendum to our announcement about a recent ToS update concerning Stack Overflow For Teams and GDPR; I'm starting a separate discussion because concerns about the third bullet, an ...
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How was the new SE arbitrator selected?

I was just reading through the arbitration clause (sec. 10b) of the new Terms of Service (related MSE announcement) and saw two references to "JAMS INC." That name is never explained in the document ...
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Can an anonymous user opt out of arbitration?

The new terms of service announced recently include an arbitration clause. The new terms specify that one can opt out of arbitration by sending a letter including their name and their mailing address ...
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How can we opt out from the arbitration clause of the new terms of service?

The new Terms of Service went live yesterday following an 8-hour heads-up on meta. One key change that was mentioned as an aside with no real explanation is the new arbitration clause. Opt-out ...
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A new (2018) update to our Terms of Service is here

But not just because it's 2018, although that's a fine reason to do a great number of things. We're changing our Terms Of Service (ToS) shortly to address three things: Stack Overflow For Teams is ...
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Update the Terms of Service to reflect the established community consensus on shared accounts

In this recent question the issue came up as to whether shared accounts were permitted on Stack Exchange. I remember this having been discussed many times over the years, and the consensus has always ...
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How is Stack Exchange preparing for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)?

Is Stack Exchange making any changes in preparation for GDPR? What will the procedures be in order to comply with this regulation? The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (EU) 2016/679 is a ...
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What is the minimum age at which you could work for Stack Overflow?

Just asking for a friend who's two years younger than I am.
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Can we have an authoritative answer here that we can point to for outlying troll behaviours?

There's a question and answer (now deleted), by two unregistered users. These posts sparked much discussion on whether it was a misguided user or a troll, whether the answer was NAA or rude/abusive ...
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Sudden increase in off-topic posts on MSE

It seems that the Updated Terms of Service message linking to the MSE post discussing it had a undesired side effect: there is a huge increase in off-topic (mostly programming) questions. (Not to ...
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Is my script in violation of new TOS?

I have a userscript that I wrote to see who downvoted my answers on Stack Overflow. It does so by requesting and parsing other users' profiles via AJAX. Is this in violation of the new policy?
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Typo in the Terms of Service

I found a typo in the Terms of Service, section 4. When accessing the askubuntu.com, meta.askubuntu.com, or chat.askubuntu.com sites ("AskUbuntu"), Subscriber will also abide by the most current ...
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A Terms of Service update restricting companies that scrape your profile information without your permission

Update (April 19, 2016): This change is now live. You can view the updated Terms of Service here, or read about them below. tl;dr: We’re planning to make some changes to our Terms of Service to stop ...
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Terms of Service - Internationalization

IMHO Nothing worth reading should be read translated, but Stack Exchange is being internationalized (this is not real news). Because I am unable to read and clearly understand the terms of service, I ...
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A small suggestion regarding licensing

As discussed under this comment thread, we would not be able to include works under fair use in our posts. This is because (from the current TOS): You agree that all Subscriber Content that You ...
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Flagging content which may violate TOS

I've noticed a post on Stack Overflow which asks for help parsing links from a torrent webpage. There's a sample of the type of links presented on the webpage in the post, which are torrents to ripped ...
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Shouldn't the Terms of Service use Stack Overflow, Inc.?

The Terms of Service still uses the term Stack Exchange, Inc. However, I believe that the name is now Stack Overflow, Inc. , so I believe that should be changed to that. It is weird to have the ...
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Can email addresses or phone numbers be exchanged over Stack Exchange?

When you have entered into a conversation with a person who asked a question, are you allowed to exchange email addresses or phone numbers? I apologize I did not know exactly how to tag this. I'm ...
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Mod authority to disregard ToS requirement that a subscriber be an individual?

The SE ToS state (term 1, 2nd paragraph, 1st sentence) that a subscriber to SE must be an individual. Context suggests that a "subscriber" means what it appears to mean: an entity that signs up, that ...
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Can we get a human-readable legally-useless sidebar for the terms of service?

Stack Exchange's privacy policy has a Legally Useless Summary on the left sidebar explaining succinctly what each section of the policy says and how it affects the user. Unfortunately, the Terms of ...
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Does Section 1 Paragraph 2 of the Terms of Service say that it's breaking the ToS to visit illegally?

This is an extract of paragraph 2 of section 1 of the Stack Exchange Terms of Service: ...Subscriber also certifies that they are legally permitted to use the Services and access the Network, and ...