Welcome to WikiSolv! WikiSolv Company (“we” or “us”), is a for-profit organization whose mission is to organize and focus people throughout the universe on solving our most pressing problems. Along the way, we and our users have and will be collecting and developing content under a free license or in the public domain, and to disseminate it effectively and universally, free of charge. To support our vibrant community, we provide the essential infrastructure and organizational framework for the development of multilingual content and the facilitation of focused collaboration (as explained here) and other endeavors which serve this mission. We strive to make and keep educational and informational content from these activities available on the internet free of charge. We welcome you (“you” or the “user”) as a reader, editor, author, organizer or contributor of the WikiSolv activities, and we encourage you to join the WikiSolv community. Before you participate, however, we ask that you please read and agree to the following Terms of Service (“Terms of Service”).
These Terms of Service tell you about our public services at WikiSolv, our relationship to you as a user, and the rights and responsibilities that guide us both. We want you to know that we aspire to host an incredible quantity of educational and informational content, all of which is contributed and made possible by users like yourself. Generally we do not contribute, monitor, or delete content (with the rare exception of policies like these Terms of Service or legal compliance for Digital Millenium Copyright Act ("DMCA") notices). This means that editorial control is in the hands of you and your fellow users who create and manage the content. We merely host this content, facilitate the collaboration, and provide algorithms to facilitate the ranking and self-organization of information. The community - the network of users who are constantly building and using the various sites and areas of content - are the principal means through which the goals of the mission are achieved. The community contributes to and helps govern our sites. The community undertakes the critical function of creating and enforcing policies for the curation and organization of content (such as the different language editions for the content). You are welcome to join as a contributor, editor, organizer, curator, asker of questions, or author, but you should follow the policies that govern the service. The service will organize collaboration according to a partially self-organized, partially curated ontology of users, problems, topics of interest and solution endeavors. As by-products, we will also generate organized ontologies of facts, estimates, questions, answers, requests, ideas, etc. All of this content will be organized under www.WikiSolv.com. Each area of content will involve contributors, editors or authors who work together to create and manage the content in that area. An area may be defined primarily by an interest, a problem, or a solution. You are welcome to monitor and join the areas in which you are interested and work others who are monitoring the same areas. Because we are dedicated to making content freely accessible to the public, we generally require that all content you contribute is available under a free license or in the public domain. Please be aware that you are legally responsible for all of your contributions, edits, and re-use of WikiSolv content under the laws of the United States of America and other applicable laws (which may include the laws where you live or where you view or edit content). This means it is important that you use caution when posting content. In light of this responsibility, we have some rules about what you cannot post, most of which is either for your own protection or for the protection of other users like yourself. Please keep in mind that the content we host is for general informational purposes only, so if you need expert advice for a particular question (such as medical, legal, or financial issues), you should seek the help of a licensed or qualified professional. We also include other important notices and disclaimers, so please read these Terms of Service in their entirety. For clarity, other organizations, that may share in the same mission are nevertheless legally independent and separate from WikiSolv and have no responsibility for the operations of the website or its content. Please read these Terms of Service carefully since it limits the liability of WikiSolv and its parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, related companies, officers, directors, employees, agents, representatives, partners, and licensors (collectively, the “WikiSolv Entities”).
WikiSolv is dedicated to encouraging the growth, development and distribution of free multilingual content, and to hosting the full content of these services for the public free of charge. Our role is to host, organize, and develop algorithms to facilitate self-organization of content which is directed at solving our most pressing problems. However, we act only as a hosting service, maintaining the infrastructure and organizational framework that allows our users to solve problems, share ideas, develop content and build WikiSolv by contributing and editing content themselves. Because of our unique role, there are a couple of things you should be aware of when considering our relationship to you, the content areas, and the other users: We do not take an editorial role: Because the content areas are collaboratively edited, all of the content that we host is provided by users like yourself, and we do not take an editorial role. This means that we generally do not monitor or edit the content of the WikiSolv website, and we do not take any responsibility for this content. Similarly, we do not endorse any opinions expressed via our services, and we do not represent or guarantee the truthfulness, accuracy, or reliability of any submitted community content. Instead, we simply provide access to the content that your fellow users have contributed and edited. You are responsible for your own actions: You are legally responsible for your edits and contributions on WikiSolv, so for your own protection you should exercise caution and avoid contributing any content that may result in criminal or civil liability under any applicable laws. For clarity, applicable law includes at least the laws of the United States of America. Although we may not agree with such actions, we warn editors and contributors that authorities may seek to apply other country laws to you, including local laws where you live or where you view or edit content. WikiSolv generally cannot offer any protection, guarantee, immunity or indemnification.
You may find some material objectionable or erroneous: Because we provide a wide array of content that is produced or gathered by fellow users, you may encounter material that you find offensive, erroneous, misleading, mislabeled, or otherwise objectionable. We therefore ask that you use common sense and proper judgment when using our services. Our content is for general informational purposes only: Although we host a great deal of information that pertains to professional topics, including medical, legal, or financial issues, this content is presented for general informational purposes only. It should not be taken as professional advice. Please seek independent professional counseling from someone who is licensed or qualified in the applicable area in lieu of acting on any information, opinion, or advice contained in one of the content areas.
The content hosted by the WikiSolv Entities only exist because of the vibrant community of users like you who collaborate together to write, edit, and curate the content. We happily welcome your participation in this community. We encourage you to be civil and polite in your interactions with others in the community, to act in good faith, and to make edits and contributions aimed at furthering the mission of the shared content. Certain activities, whether legal or illegal, may be harmful to other users and violate our rules, and some activities may also subject you to liability. Therefore, for your own protection and for that of other users, you may not engage in such activities on our sites. These activities include:
We reserve the right to exercise our enforcement discretion with respect to the above terms.
You are responsible for safeguarding your own password and should never disclose it to any third party.
Although you have considerable freedoms for re-use of the content on the WikiSolv websites, it is important that, at WikiSolv, 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 WikiSolv trademarks belong to WikiSolv, and any use of our trade names, trademarks, service marks, logos, or domain names must be in compliance with these Terms of Service and in compliance with our Trademark Policy.
To grow the commons of free knowledge and free culture, all users contributing to the content areas 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:
Text to which you hold the copyright: When you submit text to which you hold the copyright, you agree to license it under: Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License (“CC BY-SA”), and GNU Free Documentation License (“GFDL”) (unversioned, with no invariant sections, front-cover texts, or back-cover texts). (Re-users may comply with either license or both.)The only exception is if the contributed content explicity requires a different license. In that case, you agree to license any text you contribute under that particular license.
Please note that these licenses do allow commercial uses of your contributions, as long as such uses are compliant with the terms.
Attribution: Attribution is an important part of these licenses. We consider it giving credit where credit is due – to authors like yourself. When you contribute text, you agree to be attributed in any of the following fashions:
Importing text: You may import text that you have found elsewhere or that you have co-authored with others, but in such case you warrant that the text is available under terms that are compatible with the CC BY-SA 3.0 license. Content available only under GFDL is not permissible. 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 WikiSolv-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 WikiSolv community decides that imported text cannot be used for that reason.
Non-text media: Non-text media on the content areas are available under a variety of different licenses that support the general goal of allowing unrestricted re-use and re-distribution. When you contribute non-text media, you agree to comply with the requirements for such licenses as described in our Licensing Policy.
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 Service for text content or non-text media contributed to WikiSolv, even if you terminate use of our services.
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. 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.
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 WikiSolv community, you agree to attribute the authors in any of the following fashions:
Modifications or additions to material that you re-use: When modifying or making additions to text that you have obtained from an WikiSolv website, you agree to license the modified or added content under CC BY-SA 3.0 or later. When modifying or making additions to any non-text media that you have obtained from a WikiSolv 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.
The WikiSolv Entities want 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 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 Chilling Effects website. If you are the owner of content that is being improperly used on WikiSolv without your permission, you may request that the content be removed under the DMCA. To make such a request, please email us at webmaster@WikiSolv.com or snail mail us at WikiSolv Company, 35 East Main Street #145, Avon, CT 06001. 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. Before filing a DMCA claim, you also have the option of sending an email to the community at webmaster@WikiSolv.com.
You are solely responsible for your use of any third-party websites or resources. Although the content areas 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.
The community has the primary role in creating and enforcing policies applying to the different content areas. At WikiSolv, 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 disturbance or dangerous behavior. In such cases, we reserve the right, but do not have the obligation to:
WikiSolv releases official policies from time to time. Some of these policies may be mandatory for a particular content area, and, when they are, you agree to abide by them as applicable.
Though we hope you will stay and continue to contribute to WikiSolv content areas, you can stop using our services any time. In certain (hopefully unlikely) circumstances it may be necessary for either ourselves or the WikiSolv community or its members (as described in Section 10) to terminate part or all of our services, terminate these Terms of Service, 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 websites. 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 Service will remain in effect with respect to relevant provisions, including Sections 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9-15, and 17.
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 content areas and the WikiSolv Entities. 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 Hartford County, Connecticut. You also agree that the laws of the State of Connecticut and, to the extent applicable, the laws of the United States of America will govern these Terms of Service, 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 Hartford County, Connecticut, in any legal action or proceeding relating to us or these Terms of Service. 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 Service 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).
At WikiSolv, 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 Service. 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.
WikiSolv 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.
Just as the WikiSolv community's input is essential for the growth and maintenance of the content areas, we believe that community input is essential for these Terms of Service to properly serve our users. It is also essential for a fair contract. Therefore, we will provide these Terms of Service, as well as any substantial future revisions of these Terms of Service, 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 Service from time to time, we will provide notice of such modifications and the opportunity to comment via the content areas, and via a notification on Annoneo. However, we ask that you please periodically review the most up-to-date version of these Terms of Service. Your continued use of our services after the new Terms of Service become official following the notice and review period constitutes an acceptance of these Terms of Service on your part. For the protection of the WikiSolv Entities and other users like yourself, if you do not agree with our Terms of Service, you cannot use our services.
These Terms of Service do not create an employment, agency, partnership, or joint venture relationship between you and us, the WikiSolv Entities. If you have not signed a separate agreement with us, these Terms of Service are the entire agreement between you and us. If there is any conflict between these Terms of Service 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 Service, by email, regular mail, or postings on WikiSolv. If in any circumstance, we do not apply or enforce any provision of these Terms of Service, 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 WikiSolv content areas. Notwithstanding any provision to the contrary in these Terms of Service, we (the WikiSolv Entities) and you agree not to modify the applicable terms and requirements of any free license that is employed on the WikiSolv content areas when such free license is authorized by these Terms of Service. These Terms of Service were written in English (U.S.). While we hope that translations of these Terms of Service 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 Service is found unlawful, void, or unenforceable, that provision or part of the provision is deemed severable from these Terms of Service and will be enforced to the maximum extent permissible, and all other provisions of these Terms of Service will remain in full force and effect.
We appreciate your taking the time to read these Terms of Service, and we are very happy to have you contributing to the WikiSolv content areas and using our services. Through your contributions, you are helping to build something really big – not only an important resource for people solving our most pressing problems, but also a vibrant community of like-minded and engaged peers, focused on a very noble goal. These updated Terms of Service went into effect on July 1, 2012. If you have any questions about these Terms of Service, please contact us at Terms@WikiSolv.com.