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Terms of use; monitoring posts on Town Square

Original post made by Richard Hine, editor of The Almanac, on Nov 7, 2006

We are taking offline some posts that don't meet the Terms of Use for Town Square, including recent posts of "sarcastic fiction." I've posted the Terms of Use below. You can view this whenever you make a post by clicking on the "terms of use" link in the text under the head, "Post a topic."

Terms of Use

Town Square is an opportunity for community members to post opinions and other content directly onto the Almanac Website. The Terms of Use outlined below are intended to govern and restrict your use of Town Square, and your use of Town Square constitutes a binding agreement to these terms between you and Embarcadero Publishing Company. If you do not wish to accept these terms, then do not post anything.

You agree to be respectful of others, be truthful and be solely responsible for all postings you make.
You agree not to use any profanity, nor post any information that is hateful, libelous or obscene, or that is threatening, abusive or offensive to any individual, group or class of person.
You agree not to disclose personal information about another person, nor post anything that misleads others as to the source of the posting.
You grant to Embarcadero Publishing Company a nonexclusive license to republish in its newspapers or in other media formats, at its sole discretion, all or portions of the content you post on Town Square.
You agree not to post anything on Town Square that is not your original work, unless you know with certainty that it is legally in the public domain and permissible under U.S. copyright laws.

You agree not to make posts of a commercial nature that promote a business, product or service.
You agree not to republish in any form the posts that others make on Town Square.
You acknowledge that although we do not have any obligation to review, monitor or screen the content that is posted on Town Square, and that we do not own such content, we are the sole judge of whether the content you post meets these Terms of Use, and that we may edit, remove or lock content you post on Town Square at our sole discretion for any reason.
You acknowledge that in spite of these Terms of Use, we make no assurances as to the accuracy or truthfulness of any content posted on Town Square and are not responsible for content posted by others.
You agree that we may modify these Terms of Use at our sole discretion and that your right to use Town Square is conditioned on your compliance with the then-current version of these Terms of Use, which you will always find on this site. and Town Square are hosted on servers located in California and are intended to be viewed primarily by residents of California. In the event of any dispute arising out of or relating to this site, you agree that the exclusive venue for litigating disputes shall be in state or federal court in San Jose, California.

Should you believe there is content on Town Square that violates any of the above Terms of Use, please report it immediately to Lisa Van Dusen, director, Palo Alto Online, at 703 High St., Palo Alto, CA 94301, phone 650-326-8210, fax 650-326-3928, e-mail


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