Terms of Service
We like you, and we want you to be happy.
You might be asking yourself, "How could they like me? They don't even know me." Well, here you are, all Internet-savvy and caring about food and checking out this site, and you're actually reading the terms of service. Already, we know you're like us, and we want this community to be made up of people just like you.
We want everybody to be friends and get along.
So, here is the teeny version of the community rules: Be nice. Obey the law. Don't get us sued. Don't spoil it for everyone else.
We want the community to be full of warm fuzzy feelings and helpful attitudes. However, there are a few bad people out there, plus some nice people who have had a bad day, and some well-meaning people who make mistakes. So we have to spell out these rules in more detail, to help keep the community working smoothly.
First, certain content is prohibited. The meat product named Spam is allowed, but unsolicited commercial content (also called "Spam") is not. Hate speech, harassment, libel, defamation, obscenity, threats, unapproved disclosure of someone else's personal information, and copyrighted content that you do not have the right to transfer to us, are all prohibited.
In particular, posting full recipes without permission from the copyright owner is prohibited. We want the hardworking cooks of the world, who toil over a hot stove to bring tasty knowledge to the masses, to be rewarded for their efforts. We definitely don't want a nastygram from their lawyers. So please refer to copyrighted recipes in the original published works, or post your own recipes.
Second, certain activity is prohibited. In general, anything you do that violates the law in our jurisdiction (San Francisco, California, USA), or in the jurisdiction where you are located, is prohibited.
If you violate these rules, then we reserve the right to ban your account, publicly mark your account and/or content as in violation of our terms of service, block you personally from accessing the site in the future, and hide, delete, or edit your submissions to eliminate the prohibited content. But we really don't want to do that, so please play nice.
And now for some stuff that seems like it ought to be common sense, but needs to be in here so that nobody gets the wrong idea and sues us:
We make no warranty of the quality of the service or the accuracy of the content, or the suitability of this site to any particular purpose. You accept all risk and liability from the use of the site and the information found in it.
We reserve the right to charge for any portion of the site and to change our fees, if any, at any time and at our discretion. If we terminate your account with cause (see "if you violate these rules" above), you are not entitled to a refund of any unused portion of the fees or payments you have made.
We reserve the right to modify or discontinue the service at any time, for any reason, without notice. We reserve the right to alter these terms and any of our published policies at any time. If we determine that the alterations are significant enough, in good faith and using common sense and reasonable judgement, we will try to notify you via the email address associated with your account. If we notify you, then 30 days later the new terms and/or policies become effective. So if you disagree, you have 30 days to stop using the site. If the email address you have registered with us is invalid when we send this message, we still consider that to be a valid attempt on our part to notify you of the change, and you are still bound by the changes.
You can customize your email preferences to minimize the number of emails you recieve from the site, but we may still have to send you Terms of Service or policy updates in order to fulfill our end of this agreement.
You release us from all claims related to release of your account information, information we track concerning you, and private or public information you store on our systems. You acknowledge that we are not responsible for information stored on equipment you control, or information intercepted in communication between your equipment and our systems, and release us from all related claims.