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Privacy & Terms

The purpose of the Thanks Captain Obvious Blog (the “Blog”) is to provide an engaging forum in which Thanks Captain Obvious leadership not only shares timely information but also has a mechanism to listen to members and informally solicit their feedback. All users of the Blog (“Users”) are encouraged to participate in the online discussion process through the comment features of the Blog. These Terms of Use are intended to help Blog Users understand and differentiate between suitable and inappropriate use of the Blog, as well as to share best practices.

The Terms of Use are an agreement between the Thanks Captain Obvious and User. By accessing, browsing, or using this service, User agrees to be bound by these terms. Thanks Captain Obvious may at any time revise these Terms of Use by updating this posting; User’s continued use of the service following the posting of notice of a change will confirm User’s acceptance of the change.

Rules and Restrictions on Submissions

Users should exercise common sense and courtesy in submitting comments or materials for posting on the Blog (“Submissions”). Inappropriate Submissions would include, for example, comments or materials that:
make false or defamatory statements about others;
are obscene, vulgar, abusive, hateful or threatening;
harass or discriminate on the basis of race, religion, nationality, ethnicity, gender, sexual preference or other factors;
are invasive of the privacy rights of others (e.g., by including addresses, phone numbers or other personal information about third persons without their consent.)
Submissions may not include content or materials that violate the copyrights, trademark rights or other intellectual property rights of third parties.
Submissions may not contain unauthorized disclosures of proprietary or confidential information.
Users may not use the Blog in a manner or for a purpose that could violate federal or state antitrust laws. For example, the Blog may not be used to communicate with competitors about prices, discounts, market shares, sales territories, or other terms or conditions of trade.
Users may not use the Blog to promote or provide instructional information about illegal activities or for any purpose that may be illegal.
Due to the Thanks Captain Obvious’s status as a tax-exempt organization and legal limitations on its activities, User Submissions may not contain comments or materials supporting or opposing any candidates for political office or otherwise engage in political activity or activity inconsistent with the Thanks Captain Obvious’s purposes.
Users may not use or attempt to use the Blog for commercial purposes. Submissions may not include advertisements for goods or services, solicitations, “spam”, chain letters, surveys, pyramid schemes or the like.
Submissions may not include false or misleading representations of affiliation with any other person or entity. A User may not employ false identifiers to impersonate any person or entity or to misrepresent or disguise the true origin of any content.
The Thanks Captain Obvious believes that anonymous postings are neither necessary for purposes of this forum, nor consistent with the professional level of dialogue expected. Therefore, the User’s name (which must be provided) will be posted with the Submission.
Thanks Captain Obvious’s Right to Monitor and Administer the Blog

Thanks Captain Obvious reserves the right to monitor and administer the Blog and, in its sole discretion, to refuse to post any Submissions received or to remove Submissions that have been posted to the Blog. The Thanks Captain Obvious also reserves the right to disallow the use of any particular screen name or e-mail address, or to terminate any User’s posting privileges at any time.

Website Security

Users must respect the security of the Blog and may not attempt to gain access to areas private to the Thanks Captain Obvious or its members. A User may not upload, post or transmit any material containing software viruses or any other computer code, files or programs designed to interrupt or limit the functionality of the Thanks Captain Obvious’s website, computer software or hardware, or telecommunications equipment. A User may not attempt to decompile, reverse engineer, modify or hack the website or underlying software to defeat or overcome any encryption or digital rights management technology implemented by the Thanks Captain Obvious, or to harm, disable, overburden, misuse or interfere with any other party’s use of the Blog or the Thanks Captain Obvious website, servers, networks or systems.

Ownership of the Blog and Blog Contents

All postings originated by the Thanks Captain Obvious and published on the Blog are protected by copyright and owned by the Thanks Captain Obvious. The Thanks Captain Obvious does not claim ownership of or copyrights in User Submissions. User understands that Submissions are not confidential. All Submissions by any User and postings made to the Blog by Thanks Captain Obvious are provided and licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial. Full terms of the license can be found here.

DISCLAIMERS

Postings, including but not limited to comments and replies to discussion topics, are not to be relied on as professional opinions or advice, and postings are not intended to constitute technical, financial or legal guidelines or to supplant individual judgment with respect to particular situations. Postings may not be construed in any way as investment or tax advice and are not intended to be used, and may not be used, by any person for the purpose of avoiding any penalties that may be imposed under the Internal Revenue Code.

The Thanks Captain Obvious does not endorse, approve, recommend, or certify any information, product, process, service or organization presented or mentioned on the Blog, and information from the Blog should not be referenced in any way to imply such approval or endorsement. This website may provide links or references to non-Thanks Captain Obvious websites and resources. Thanks Captain Obvious makes no representations, warranties, or other commitments whatsoever about any non-Thanks Captain Obvious websites or third-party resources that may be referenced in, accessible from, or linked to any Thanks Captain Obvious site. A link to a non-Thanks Captain Obvious website does not mean that the Thanks Captain Obvious endorses the content or use of such website or its owner. User acknowledges and agrees that the Thanks Captain Obvious is not responsible for the availability of such external sites, and is not responsible or liable for any content, services, products, or other materials on or available from those sites.

The views expressed on the Blog are those of the individual participants. They do not and should not be construed as representing the views of the Thanks Captain Obvious. While the Thanks Captain Obvious reserves the right to monitor the Blog and remove Submissions or materials it believes are not in conformity with these Terms of Use or in the best interests of the Thanks Captain Obvious and its members, the Thanks Captain Obvious undertakes no obligation to do so.