Terms of Service

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  1. BeerAdvocate

    BeerAdvocate Founders (16,536) Aug 23, 1996 Massachusetts

    BeerAdvocate.com Terms of Service

    The providers ("we", "us", "our") of the service provided by this web site ("Service") are not responsible for any user-generated content and accounts. Content submitted express the views of their author only.

    This Service is only available to users who are at least 21 years old. If you are younger than this, please do not register for this Service. If you register for this Service, you represent that you are this age or older.

    All content you submit, upload, or otherwise make available to the Service ("Content") may be reviewed by staff members. All Content you submit or upload may be sent to third-party verification services (including, but not limited to, spam prevention services). Do not submit any Content that you consider to be private or confidential.

    You agree to not use the Service to submit or link to any Content which is defamatory, abusive, hateful, threatening, spam or spam-like, likely to offend, contains adult or objectionable content, contains personal information of others, risks copyright infringement, encourages unlawful activity, or otherwise violates any laws. You are entirely responsible for the content of, and any harm resulting from, that Content or your conduct.

    We may remove or modify any Content submitted at any time, with or without cause, with or without notice. Requests for Content to be removed or modified will be undertaken only at our discretion. We may terminate your access to all or any part of the Service at any time, with or without cause, with or without notice.

    You may not access the Service through automated or programmatic means (such as through a content scraper) without prior permission from us. Unauthorized scrapping, storing, or use of our Content without permission is forbidden and will result in our taking action in accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), or other laws or regulations, in order to protect our Content and Service.

    You are granting us with a non-exclusive, permanent, irrevocable, unlimited license to use, publish, or re-publish your Content in connection with the Service. You retain copyright over the Content.

    By creating an account you agree to receive emails from the Service. You may unsubscribe at any time in accordance with the FTC's CAN-SPAM Act.

    These terms may be changed at any time without notice.

    The BeerAdvocate.com Rules set out below are considered part of these terms.

    If you do not agree with these terms, please do not register or use the Service. Use of the Service constitutes acceptance of these terms. If you no longer wish to use your account, you may deactivate your account.

    BeerAdvocate.com Rules

    BeerAdvocate is here to provide you with a friendly environment where you can ask questions about beer, give advice, converse with other beer geeks and make some new friends in beer. Our forums are at their best when participants treat their fellow posters with respect. Therefore, we ask that you conduct yourself in a civilized manner when participating in these forums.

    Access to the community is a privilege, not a right, and members who continually breach these rules will find themselves limited or removed from the community, regardless of the other contributions they have made.

    Bottom line: We want BeerAdvocate to be an awesome experience for everyone. Help us make this happen by abiding by the rules.
    1. Please do not post anything which is inappropriate. This includes, but is not limited to, profanity, sexual, sexualized or illicit content, hateful, threatening, provocative or vulgar content, links and websites and discussion encouraging such activities, or any otherwise illegal content. Please do not attempt to circumvent the censoring options we have set up.
    2. Be courteous and respect your fellow members. To be clear, personal attacks, aggressive messages, and passive-aggressive behavior is unacceptable. If you take particular issue with another user and are unable to reply in a civilized and constructive way to their posts, you should ignore the user.
    3. Posts should always be constructive and on topic. For common questions, simply telling someone to search is not acceptable. If you disagree with a post and feel the need to reply as such, it's important that you explain why. Off topic posts may be moved or deleted as required.
    4. If you feel another user is attacking or being aggressive towards you, report their message to staff. Do not respond publicly. This simply continues the back and forth that derails topics and makes them uncomfortable for other users. If someone attacks you and you respond with an attack, you will be warned regardless of who started it.
    5. All content must be posted in English as it is not possible for us to moderate the forums otherwise. Exception: Posting in your native language is currently allowed for the following: beer and place reviews, international forums (as applicable), private conversations.
    6. Do not bump threads unless you have something else to add to the discussion. Additionally, replying to discussions which have been inactive for several months or longer should be avoided unless you have something of value to add.
    7. Posting GIFs is allowed, however, don't overuse them or post content that breaks our terms and rules. Doing so will result in your post being removed, quoted replies to your post being removed, and possible banning of your account.
    8. Please do not attempt to sell or trade any products or services in our community. This rule also extends to giveaways and competitions. Trading beer is allowed, but it is restricted to our Trading forums and private discussions.
    9. Service and resource providers may not solicit at any time.
    10. Event listings must be posted in our events calendar.
    11. Personal information and private discussions may not be posted unless it's clear that all parties involved have consented.
    12. If a moderator or staff member takes an action or posts a directive (for example, to stop with a particular topic), you must adhere to this. If you discover a directive only after you've posted a message that contravenes it, delete your post or it will be taken to be ignoring moderators.
    13. If you have a problem with or question about a moderator's decision, contact the moderator privately or use the Contact Us link at the bottom of the site. Posts or topics discussing moderator actions will be removed.
    14. Each user may only have one account. If duplicate accounts are discovered, the duplicates may be banned.
    Thanks in advance for being awesome.