Please respect our educational purposes.
We ask you not to abuse our website or the other people who use it. Our website is for educational materials. We know that education has to discuss some touchy subjects. We encourage free speech. We believe in everyone's right to express unpopular viewpoints in an educational context. So, it is OK to upload materials that handle touchy subjects in an educational context and a way that is appropriate for educational materials. But we know the difference between a legitimate educational use and an illegitimate abuse. Please take these guidelines seriously. Don't try to lawyer your way around them. Don't look for loopholes. Just respect the reason we created them.
Don't upload materials that engage in bad stuff.
Examples are pornography, anything showing dead bodies, showing other gross or gory stuff, threats, racism, sexism, hate speech, stalking, harassment, intimidation, computer viruses, invading someone's privacy, revealing someone else's personal information, impersonating someone else, falsely claiming to be affiliated with someone else, and defamation. We understand that you might need to upload materials that show questionable stuff for some genuine educational efforts. For example, you might need to describe sexual functions and relationships for a high-school health class. That's OK. But it's not OK to upload porn. It is OK to upload materials critically examining a country or social group. But it's not OK to make insulting generalizations about people of a particular nationality or promote hatred of a social group.
Don't upload materials promoting or explaining how to do anything that is illegal or dangerous.
Examples of these things include violence, bomb-making, training to be a ninja or assassin or terrorist or sniper, animal abuse, drug abuse, prostitution, under-age drinking or smoking, or street racing. We understand that you may need to upload materials that deal with some of these for some genuine educational efforts. For example, you might need to describe drug abuse for a high-school health class. That's OK. But it's not OK to upload a list of drug dealers.
Don't upload materials that infringe anyone's copyright or other rights.
When you create something original, you own the copyright to it. When other people create something, they usually have a copyright to it. We expect everyone on our website to respect others' copyrights. This means you should only upload materials that you made or that the owner authorized you to use or that copyright law allows you to use without the owner's authorization. The fair use doctrine sometimes allows you to use small portions of other people's materials for educational purposes, but that does not mean you can copy their materials without limit. If you're not sure if something will violate someone's copyright, the safest thing to do is to create something completely original. Likewise, don't post anything that is someone else's trade secret, or that you agreed to keep secret, or that is secret or confidential under law, or that is inside information under any securities law.
Don't upload materials that are mainly advertisements. (It is OK to upload quality educational materials and invite people to find more at your site.) Don't create misleading descriptions, tags, titles, or thumbnails in order to increase views. Don't upload large amounts of untargeted, unwanted, or repetitive materials, including comments and private messages. Don't upload any chain letters or pyramid schemes.
We enforce these guidelines.
If you find materials that are on our website and that violate these guidelines, you can complain about them by sending an email to email@example.com. We will review the materials. We are a small company, so this might take us some time. We might also want to look at other materials that the same person has uploaded, to understand the context of the material you are complaining about. If we think the materials violate these guidelines, we will remove them. We might or might not notify you or the person whose uploads we remove. We terminate the user accounts of people who repeatedly or seriously violate these guidelines. We won't allows a person with a terminated account to create any a new account using the same email address.
Parental control protections (such as computer hardware, software, or filtering services) are commercially available and might assist you in limiting access to material that is harmful to children. We recommend checking http://kids.getnetwise.org/ to find providers of parental controls.
This version of this page first appeared on October 27, 2009. You may print this page for your records.