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我们的使用条款

想象一个世界,在这个世界里每个人都能够在知识海洋中自由地分享。这就是我们的承诺。我们的展望宣言

欢迎访问维基媒体!维基媒体基金会(以下称“我们”)是一家非盈利慈善组织。我们的使命是协助和促使人们收集、创作自由版权公有领域的内容,并大力向全世界免费传播。

为了支持我们充满活力的社群,我们提供了必要的基础设施和组织框架,以促进多种语言的维基媒体项目及它们的各种版本(详情见这里)的发展,并帮助其他所有为完成上述使命而服务的工作顺利进行。我们力争使维基媒体项目上的那些教育性和信息性的内容永久免费地通过互联网提供给世人。

我们欢迎您(以下称“您”或“用户”)以读者、编辑者、作者或贡献者的身份参与到维基媒体项目中来,我们诚邀您加入维基媒体社群。但是,在您加入之前,我们恳请您阅读并同意以下所述的使用条款(以下直呼“使用条款”)。

概要[edit]

通过阅读使用条款,您将了解到维基媒体基金会所提供的公共服务,您作为一名用户同我们的关系,以及双方之间的权利和责任。我们希望您了解,我们管理着数量极大的教育和信息内容,它们都是由像您一样的用户贡献的。概括来说,我们不会贡献、监控或删除内容(违反使用条款或数字千年版权法等少数政策情况除外)。这意味着编辑控制权在您和同您一样创建和管理内容的用户手里。我们很少管制这些内容。

社群——由建造和使用站点或计划的用户组成的网络——是我们达成使命的主要方式。社群负责贡献内容,并协助管理我们的站点。社群在创造和实施某一特定计划版本(例如维基百科计划的不同语言版本或者维基共享资源的多语言版本)的政策中发挥着决定性作用。

我们欢迎您以贡献者、编辑者或者作者身份加入,但是您必须遵守各独立计划语言版本所施行的方针。我们最大的计划是维基百科,但是我们还有其他的计划,它们各自子有着不同的目标和工作方法。各计划的各个语言版本都有一支由贡献者、编辑者或作者组成的团队,他们共同协作,为该语言版本创建和管理内容。欢迎您加入到他们的行列中,协助他们改进这些计划。由于我们致力于让知识能够自由地为公众所获得,因此我们一般都要求您贡献的所有内容必须以自由版权协议发布或放入公有领域。

您需要明白的是,根据美利坚合众国法律或其他适用法律(可能包括您居住地或浏览、编辑内容地的法律),您对于自己的所有贡献、编辑以及再使用维基百科内容都负有法律责任。这意味着您在发布内容时应当谨慎。鉴于此责任,我们对于您不能发布何种内容有一些规定,这些规定大多是为了保护您个人安全或保护同您一样的其他用户所作出的。请谨记我们管理的内容仅用作一般信息目的,因此如果您需要关于某一特定问题的专家建议(例如医药、法律或财务问题),您应当求助于持有相关证照或资格的专业人士。我们还列出了其他一些重要提示信息和免责声明,因此请完整阅读完本使用条款。

需澄清的是,其他组织,如地方维基媒体协会,虽然可能有着相同的使命,但它们在法律上是独立于维基媒体基金会的,它们不负责维基媒体项目网站与其内容的运作。

1. 我们的服务[edit]

维基媒体基金会致力于鼓励免费的多语种内容生长、发展和散布。以及为民众免费托管这些基于wiki项目的全部内容。我们的角色是托管一些世界上最大的协作编辑参考计划,你可以到这里发现更多。然而,我们只充当托管服务,维护基础设施和组织框架,使我们的用户能贡献及为维基媒体项目编辑内容。因为我们独特的角色,你应该考虑一下我们与您、各计划与其他用户的关系:

  1. 我们不是编者:因为维基媒体项目都是协作编辑而成,所有我们提供的内容都由像您一样的用户,及我们并不站在一个编者的角色。这意味着我们一般不监控或编辑项目网站中的内容,我们亦不为其承担任何责任。同样,我们并不会通过我们的服务去表示任何意见,而且,我们并不代表或保证任何内容的真实性、准确性和可靠性。相反,我们只是提供由您及其他用户的贡献和编辑内容。
  2. 您为自己的行为负责:您要为您在维基项目上的的编辑及贡献负法律责任,所以为了保护您自己,您应该谨慎行事,避免贡献任何根据适用的法律可能导致刑事或民事赔偿责任内容。为清晰起见,适用的法律最少包括美国的法律。虽然我们可能不同意这种行动,但我们警告,当局可能会以其他国家的法律,包括您的住处或您查看或编辑内容的地方之法律加于您身上。 维基媒体基金会一般不能提供任何保护、保证、豁免或补偿。

2.隐私权政策[edit]

我们恳请您阅读我们的隐私政策,以帮助您理解我们对您个人信息的收集和使用情况。鉴于我们的服务使用者来自于全世界,我们收集到的信息可能会在美利坚合众国,或者我们的代理人的机构所在国家进行存储和处理。一旦使用我们的服务,即视为您已同意此类在您所在国以外的信息传输。

3. 我们网站上的内容[edit]

  1. 您可能会发现部分引起反感或存在错误的材料:由于我们提供大量由用户创作或搜集的信息,您可能会遇到一些您认为冒犯、错误、存在误导、错误标记或者其他让人反感的内容。因此,我们请求您在使用我们的服务时使用常识和正确判断。
  2. 我们的内容仅供一般信息目的:尽管我们管理的很多信息属于专业知识范畴,包括医学、法律或财务问题,这些内容仅供一般信息目的。它们不应作为专业建议。请向在该领域持有相关证照或资格的专业人士寻求独立专业咨询,而不是根据任何计划网站上所包含的信息、观点或建议行事。

4. 对特定行为的限制[edit]

维基媒体基金会托管的项目仅为和您一样相互协作撰写、编辑、修订内容的社群而存在。我们很高兴地欢迎您的参与。我们鼓励您在与社群中其他用户的交流中保持文明和礼貌,按照善意行事并作出促进实现项目宗旨的编辑和贡献。

不论是否合法,一些行为可能对其他用户造成伤害并违反我们的规则,您可能还需对一部分行为担负责任。因此,为保障您和其他用户,您不能在我们的站点上进行如下活动:

骚扰及攻击他人
  • 从事骚扰、威胁、骚扰、群发垃圾信息或进行破坏活动;以及
  • 向其他用户发送连锁信件、垃圾信件或群发垃圾信息。
侵犯他人隐私
  • 违反美利坚合众国或其他适用法律(可能包括您居住地或浏览、编辑内容地的法律),侵犯他人隐私权;
  • 未经过维基媒体基金会明确授权,为骚扰、滥用、侵犯隐私或其他宣传性或商业性目的收集个人身份识别信息的行为;以及
  • 为非法目的收集任何未满18岁者个人身份识别信息的行为,或违反任何旨在保护未成年人健康或福利的法律的行为。
提供虚假陈述,模仿或欺诈
  • 故意张贴侮辱或诽谤的内容;
  • 以欺骗为目的张贴虚假或不准确内容;
  • 企图冒充其他用户和个人、伪造您与人和个人或实体的关系、以欺骗为目的使用他人用户名;以及
  • 从事诈骗。
侵权
  • 侵犯版权、商标权、专利权或其他由法律规定的财产权。
以非法目的滥用我们服务
  • 张贴儿童色情制品或其他违反儿童色情方面相关法律法律的材料;
  • 张贴或传送违反相关法律的猥亵制品;以及
  • 以违法方式使用此服务。
破坏和非法滥用设施
  • 张贴或散布含有任何病毒、恶意软件、蠕虫、特洛伊木马、恶意代码或其他可能伤害我们的技术设备、系统或用户的作品;
  • 进行滥用性或扰乱性的、没有得到社群允许的自动化操作;
  • 通过对项目站点或连接到项目站点的服务器或网络施加过度负担扰乱服务;
  • 通过发送大量通信或其他与项目原本目的无关的流量淹没扰乱服务;
  • 未经授权故意访问、篡改或使用我们的计算机系统任何非公开部分;以及
  • 探测、扫描或测试任何我们的技术系统或网络的漏洞,除非满足下述所有情况:
  • 这些行为没有过度滥用或干扰我们的技术系统或网络;
  • such actions are not for personal gain (except for credit for your work);
  • you report any vulnerabilities to MediaWiki developers (or fix it yourself); and
  • you do not undertake such actions with malicious or destructive intent.

Paid contributions without disclosure
These Terms of Use prohibit engaging in deceptive activities, including misrepresentation of affiliation, impersonation, and fraud. As part of these obligations, you must disclose your employer, client, and affiliation with respect to any contribution for which you receive, or expect to receive, compensation. You must make that disclosure in at least one of the following ways:
  • a statement on your user page,
  • a statement on the talk page accompanying any paid contributions, or
  • a statement in the edit summary accompanying any paid contributions.
Applicable law, or community and Foundation policies and guidelines, such as those addressing conflicts of interest, may further limit paid contributions or require more detailed disclosure.
A Wikimedia Project community may adopt an alternative paid contribution disclosure policy. If a Project adopts an alternative disclosure policy, you may comply with that policy instead of the requirements in this section when contributing to that Project. An alternative paid contribution policy will only supersede these requirements if it is approved by the relevant Project community and listed in the alternative disclosure policy page.
For more information, please read our FAQ on disclosure of paid contributions.

We reserve the right to exercise our enforcement discretion with respect to the above terms.

5. Password Security[edit]

You are responsible for safeguarding your own password and should never disclose it to any third party.

6. Trademarks[edit]

Although you have considerable freedoms for re-use of the content on the Project websites, it is important that, at the Wikimedia Foundation, we protect our trademark rights so that we can protect our users from fraudulent impersonators. Because of this, we ask that you please respect our trademarks. All Wikimedia Foundation trademarks belong to the Wikimedia Foundation, and any use of our trade names, trademarks, service marks, logos, or domain names must be in compliance with these Terms of Use and in compliance with our Trademark Policy.

7. Licensing of Content[edit]

To grow the commons of free knowledge and free culture, all users contributing to the Projects are required to grant broad permissions to the general public to re-distribute and re-use their contributions freely, so long as that use is properly attributed and the same freedom to re-use and re-distribute is granted to any derivative works. In keeping with our goal of providing free information to the widest possible audience, we require that when necessary all submitted content be licensed so that it is freely reusable by anyone who cares to access it.

You agree to the following licensing requirements:

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    Please note that these licenses do allow commercial uses of your contributions, as long as such uses are compliant with the terms.
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    You agree that, if you import text under a CC BY-SA license that requires attribution, you must credit the author(s) in a reasonable fashion. Where such credit is commonly given through page histories (such as Wikimedia-internal copying), it is sufficient to give attribution in the edit summary, which is recorded in the page history, when importing the text. The attribution requirements are sometimes too intrusive for particular circumstances (regardless of the license), and there may be instances where the Wikimedia community decides that imported text cannot be used for that reason.
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  5. No revocation of license: Except as consistent with your license, you agree that you will not unilaterally revoke or seek invalidation of any license that you have granted under these Terms of Use for text content or non-text media contributed to the Wikimedia Projects or features, even if you terminate use of our services.
  6. Public domain content: Content that is in the public domain is welcome! It is important however that you confirm the public domain status of the content under the law of the United States of America as well as the laws of any other countries as required by the specific Project edition. When you contribute content that is in the public domain, you warrant that the material is actually in the public domain, and you agree to label it appropriately.
  7. Re-use: Re-use of content that we host is welcome, though exceptions exist for content contributed under "fair use" or similar exemptions under copyright law. Any re-use must comply with the underlying license(s).

    When you re-use or re-distribute a text page developed by the Wikimedia community, you agree to attribute the authors in any of the following fashions:
    1. Through hyperlink (where possible) or URL to the page or pages that you are re-using (since each page has a history page that lists all authors and editors);
    2. Through hyperlink (where possible) or URL to an alternative, stable online copy that is freely accessible, which conforms with the license, and which provides credit to the authors in a manner equivalent to the credit given on the Project website; or
    3. Through a list of all authors (but please note that any list of authors may be filtered to exclude very small or irrelevant contributions).

    If the text content was imported from another source, it is possible that the content is licensed under a compatible CC BY-SA license but not GFDL (as described in “Importing text,” above). In that case, you agree to comply with the compatible CC BY-SA license and do not have the option to re-license it under GFDL. To determine the license that applies to the content that you seek to re-use or re-distribute, you should review the page footer, page history, and discussion page.

    In addition, please be aware that text that originated from external sources and was imported into a Project may be under a license that attaches additional attribution requirements. Users agree to indicate these additional attribution requirements clearly. Depending on the Project, such requirements may appear for example in a banner or other notations pointing out that some or all of the content was originally published elsewhere. Where there are such visible notations, re-users should preserve them.

    For any non-text media, you agree to comply with whatever license under which the work has been made available (which can be discovered by clicking on the work and looking at the licensing section on its description page or reviewing an applicable source page for that work). When re-using any content that we host, you agree to comply with the relevant attribution requirements as they pertain to the underlying license or licenses.
  8. Modifications or additions to material that you re-use: When modifying or making additions to text that you have obtained from a Project website, you agree to license the modified or added content under CC BY-SA 3.0 or later (or, as explained above, another license when exceptionally required by the specific Project edition or feature).

    When modifying or making additions to any non-text media that you have obtained from a Project website, you agree to license the modified or added content in accordance with whatever license under which the work has been made available.

    With both text content and non-text media, you agree to clearly indicate that the original work has been modified. If you are re-using text content in a wiki, it is sufficient to indicate in the page history that you made a change to the imported text. For each copy or modified version that you distribute, you agree to include a licensing notice stating which license the work is released under, along with either a hyperlink or URL to the text of the license or a copy of the license itself.

8. DMCA Compliance[edit]

The Wikimedia Foundation wants to ensure that the content that we host can be re-used by other users without fear of liability and that it is not infringing the proprietary rights of others. In fairness to our users, as well as to other creators and copyright holders, our policy is to respond to notices of alleged infringement that comply with the formalities of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). Pursuant to the DMCA, we will terminate, in appropriate circumstances, users and account holders of our system and network who are repeat infringers.

However, we also recognize that not every takedown notice is valid or in good faith. In such cases, we strongly encourage users to file counter-notifications when they appropriately believe a DMCA takedown demand is invalid or improper. For more information on what to do if you think a DMCA notice has been improperly filed, you may wish to consult the Lumen Database (formerly known as Chilling Effects).

If you are the owner of content that is being improperly used on one of the Projects without your permission, you may request that the content be removed under the DMCA. To make such a request, please email us at legal@wikimedia.org or snail mail our designated agent at this address.

Alternatively, you may make a request to our community, which often handles copyright issues faster and more effectively than prescribed under the DMCA. In that case, you can post a notice explaining your copyright concerns. For a non-exhaustive and non-authoritative list of the relevant processes for the different Project editions, look here. Before filing a DMCA claim, you also have the option of sending an email to the community at info@wikimedia.org.

9. Third-party Websites and Resources[edit]

You are solely responsible for your use of any third-party websites or resources. Although the Projects contain links to third-party websites and resources, we do not endorse and are not responsible or liable for their availability, accuracy, or the related content, products, or services (including, without limitation, any viruses or other disabling features), nor do we have any obligation to monitor such third-party content.

10. Management of Websites[edit]

The community has the primary role in creating and enforcing policies applying to the different Project editions. At the Wikimedia Foundation, we rarely intervene in community decisions about policy and its enforcement. In an unusual case, the need may arise, or the community may ask us, to address an especially problematic user because of significant Project disturbance or dangerous behavior. In such cases, we reserve the right, but do not have the obligation to:

  • Investigate your use of the service (a) to determine whether a violation of these Terms of Use, Project edition policy, or other applicable law or policy has occurred, or (b) to comply with any applicable law, legal process, or appropriate governmental request;
  • Detect, prevent, or otherwise address fraud, security, or technical issues or respond to user support requests;
  • Refuse, disable, or restrict access to the contribution of any user who violates these Terms of Use;
  • Ban a user from editing or contributing or block a user's account or access for actions violating these Terms of Use, including repeat copyright infringement;
  • Take legal action against users who violate these Terms of Use (including reports to law enforcement authorities); and
  • Manage otherwise the Project websites in a manner designed to facilitate their proper functioning and protect the rights, property, and safety of ourselves and our users, licensors, partners, and the public.

In the interests of our users and the Projects, in the extreme circumstance that any individual has had his or her account or access blocked under this provision, he or she is prohibited from creating or using another account on or seeking access to the same Project, unless we provide explicit permission. Without limiting the authority of the community, the Wikimedia Foundation itself will not ban a user from editing or contributing or block a user's account or access solely because of good faith criticism that does not result in actions otherwise violating these Terms of Use or community policies.

The Wikimedia community and its members may also take action when so allowed by the community or Foundation policies applicable to the specific Project edition, including but not limited to warning, investigating, blocking, or banning users who violate those policies. You agree to comply with the final decisions of dispute resolution bodies that are established by the community for the specific Project editions (such as arbitration committees); these decisions may include sanctions as set out by the policy of the specific Project edition.

Especially problematic users who have had accounts or access blocked on multiple Project editions may be subject to a ban from all of the Project editions, in accordance with the Global Ban Policy. In contrast to Board resolutions or these Terms of Use, policies established by the community, which may cover a single Project edition or multiple Projects editions (like the Global Ban Policy), may be modified by the relevant community according to its own procedures.

The blocking of an account or access or the banning of a user under this provision shall be in accordance with Section 12 of these Terms of Use.

11. Resolutions and Project Policies[edit]

The Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees releases official policies from time to time. Some of these policies may be mandatory for a particular Project or Project edition, and, when they are, you agree to abide by them as applicable.

12. Termination[edit]

Though we hope you will stay and continue to contribute to the Projects, you can stop using our services any time. In certain (hopefully unlikely) circumstances it may be necessary for either ourselves or the Wikimedia community or its members (as described in Section 10) to terminate part or all of our services, terminate these Terms of Use, block your account or access, or ban you as a user. If your account or access is blocked or otherwise terminated for any reason, your public contributions will remain publicly available (subject to applicable policies), and, unless we notify you otherwise, you may still access our public pages for the sole purpose of reading publicly available content on the Projects. In such circumstances, however, you may not be able to access your account or settings. We reserve the right to suspend or end the services at any time, with or without cause, and with or without notice. Even after your use and participation are banned, blocked or otherwise suspended, these Terms of Use will remain in effect with respect to relevant provisions, including Sections 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9-15, and 17.

13. Disputes and Jurisdiction[edit]

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We hope that no serious disagreements arise involving you, but, in the event there is a dispute, we encourage you to seek resolution through the dispute resolution procedures or mechanisms provided by the Projects or Project editions and the Wikimedia Foundation. If you seek to file a legal claim against us, you agree to file and resolve it exclusively in a state or federal court located in San Francisco County, California. You also agree that the laws of the State of California and, to the extent applicable, the laws of the United States of America will govern these Terms of Use, as well as any legal claim that might arise between you and us (without reference to conflict of laws principles). You agree to submit to the personal jurisdiction of, and agree that venue is proper in, the courts located in San Francisco County, California, in any legal action or proceeding relating to us or these Terms of Use.

To ensure that disputes are dealt with soon after they arise, you agree that regardless of any statute or law to the contrary, any claim or cause of action you might have arising out of or related to use of our services or these Terms of Use must be filed within the applicable statute of limitations or, if earlier, one (1) year after the pertinent facts underlying such claim or cause of action could have been discovered with reasonable diligence (or be forever barred).

14. Disclaimers[edit]

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At the Wikimedia Foundation, we do our best to provide educational and informational content to a very wide audience, but your use of our services is at your sole risk. We provide these services on an "as is" and "as available" basis, and we expressly disclaim all express or implied warranties of all kinds, including but not limited to the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, and non-infringement. We make no warranty that our services will meet your requirements, be safe, secure, uninterrupted, timely, accurate, or error-free, or that your information will be secure.

We are not responsible for the content, data, or actions of third parties, and you release us, our directors, officers, employees, and agents from any claims and damages, known and unknown, arising out of or in any way connected with any claim you have against any such third parties. No advice or information, whether oral or written, obtained by you from us or through or from our services creates any warranty not expressly stated in these Terms of Use.

Any material downloaded or otherwise obtained through your use of our services is done at your own discretion and risk, and you will be solely responsible for any damage to your computer system or loss of data that results from the download of any such material. You agree that we have no responsibility or liability for the deletion of, or the failure to store or to transmit, any content or communication maintained by the service. We retain the right to create limits on use and storage at our sole discretion at any time with or without notice.

Some states or jurisdictions do not allow the types of disclaimers in this section, so they may not apply to you either in part or in full depending on the law.

15. Limitation on Liability[edit]

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The Wikimedia Foundation will not be liable to you or to any other party for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, consequential or exemplary damages, including but not limited to, damages for loss of profits, goodwill, use, data, or other intangible losses, regardless of whether we were advised of the possibility of such damage. In no event shall our liability exceed one thousand U.S. dollars (USD 1000.00) in aggregate. In the case that applicable law may not allow the limitation or exclusion of liability or incidental or consequential damages, the above limitation or exclusion may not apply to you, although our liability will be limited to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law.

16. Modifications to these Terms of Use[edit]

Just as the Wikimedia community's input is essential for the growth and maintenance of the Projects, we believe that community input is essential for these Terms of Use to properly serve our users. It is also essential for a fair contract. Therefore, we will provide these Terms of Use, as well as any substantial future revisions of these Terms of Use, to the community for comment at least thirty (30) days before the end of the comment period. If a future proposed revision is substantial, we will provide an additional 30 days for comments after posting a translation of the proposed revision in at least three languages (selected at our discretion). The community will be encouraged to translate the proposed revision in other languages as appropriate. For changes for legal or administrative reasons, to correct an inaccurate statement, or changes in response to community comments, we will provide at least three (3) days' notice.

Because it may be necessary to modify these Terms of Use from time to time, we will provide notice of such modifications and the opportunity to comment via the Project websites, and via a notification on WikimediaAnnounce-L. However, we ask that you please periodically review the most up-to-date version of these Terms of Use (available at http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Terms of use). Your continued use of our services after the new Terms of Use become official following the notice and review period constitutes an acceptance of these Terms of Use on your part. For the protection of the Wikimedia Foundation and other users like yourself, if you do not agree with our Terms of Use, you cannot use our services.

17. Other Terms[edit]

These Terms of Use do not create an employment, agency, partnership, or joint venture relationship between you and us, the Wikimedia Foundation. If you have not signed a separate agreement with us, these Terms of Use are the entire agreement between you and us. If there is any conflict between these Terms of Use and a signed written agreement between you and us, the signed agreement will control.

You agree that we may provide you with notices, including those regarding changes to the Terms of Use, by email, regular mail, or postings on Project websites.

If in any circumstance, we do not apply or enforce any provision of these Terms of Use, it is not a waiver of that provision.

You understand that, unless otherwise agreed to in writing by us, you have no expectation of compensation for any activity, contribution, or idea that you provide to us, the community, or the Wikimedia Projects or Project editions.

Notwithstanding any provision to the contrary in these Terms of Use, we (the Wikimedia Foundation) and you agree not to modify the applicable terms and requirements of any free license that is employed on the Projects or Project editions when such free license is authorized by these Terms of Use.

These Terms of Use were written in English (U.S.). While we hope that translations of these Terms of Use are accurate, in the event of any differences in meaning between the original English version and a translation, the original English version takes precedence.

If any provision or part of a provision of these Terms of Use is found unlawful, void, or unenforceable, that provision or part of the provision is deemed severable from these Terms of Use and will be enforced to the maximum extent permissible, and all other provisions of these Terms of Use will remain in full force and effect.

Thank You![edit]

We appreciate your taking the time to read these Terms of Use, and we are very happy to have you contributing to the Projects and using our services. Through your contributions, you are helping to build something really big – not only an important collection of collaboratively edited reference Projects that provides education and information to millions who might otherwise lack access, but also a vibrant community of like-minded and engaged peers, focused on a very noble goal.


These Terms of Use went into effect on June 16, 2014. Previous versions of the terms:

In the event of any differences in meaning between the original English version and a translation, the original English version takes precedence.