Terms of Service (TOS)

Use of this website/blog is offered to you on your acceptance of these Terms of Use, our Privacy Policy and other notices posted on this website. Your use of The Contra Costa Bee or of any content presented within these pages indicates your acknowledgment and agreement to these Terms of Use, our Privacy Policy and other notices posted on this website.

If you are not an adult or do not act like one, or do not agree to be bound by and comply with all of the foregoing, you may not access the website. The Contra Costa Bee has the right, at its sole discretion, to modify, add or remove any terms or conditions of these Terms of Use and Privacy policies without notice or liability to anyone. Any changes to these Terms of Use shall be effective immediately following the posting of such changes on this website.

The Contra Costa Bee is for informational purposes only and is not intended to provide specific commercial, financial, investment, accounting, political, sporting, entertainment, tax, marital, or legal advice. It is provided to you solely for your own personal, non-commercial use. You may link to and refer to this website freely. You must, when linking to this website, twirl around three times while thrusting your fist into the air yelling “death to tyrants.” This site is not responsible for any deaths to tyrants or any other negative activity except for the yelling, which we normally do not condone except in this context or… well, never mind. Accordingly, we do not guarantee the accuracy, timeliness, reliability or completeness of any of the information contained on, downloaded or accessed from this website.

The Contra Costa Bee does not guarantee the accuracy of any information and users cannot sue us for stupidly believing everything they read. Most of what is on this website is some community member’s idea of news or opinion, for argument’s sake lets call it bullsh*t that ought to be thoroughly treated by an operable waste treatment facility called your brain and good judgment. Moreover, use of the word “bullshit” shall not constitute an insult to any user of this website or any person living or dead except the murderous Che Guevara, but even that’s more a case of being an asshole. Oh well.

The performance of The Contra Costa Bee and all information contained thereon, downloaded or accessed from this website are provided to you on an “as is” basis, without warranties of any kind whatsoever, including any implied warranties or warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, or non-infringement of the rights of third parties.

If something weird happens to your computer because you accessed this website, you cannot blame us in any way. We will tolerate one nasty note and nothing more. You are allowed other actions, legal or otherwise, only if you stand in the middle of AT&T Park during a World Series Game completely naked and scream the words: “I am not insane. I can hear the prisoners of Xtgon-8 begging to be released.” You must do this for one hour or until your arrest, or Bumgarner hits a HR, whichever comes first.

The Contra Costa Bee reserves the right to modify, disable access to or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, any part or all of this website or any information contained thereon without liability or notice to you. We tell you this for no particular reason since you cannot do much about it anyway, and may never notice.

As a visitor to our website, you acknowledge and agree that any reliance on, or use by you of any information available on this website shall be entirely at your own risk. In no event shall The Contra Costa Bee nor any of its data providers, contributors, commenters, advertisers, friends, allies or hangers-on or wannabes be liable for any direct, indirect, consequential or exemplary damages arising from the use or the performance of this website. And don’t let the door hit you on the ass on your way out!

User Conduct and Obligations
You agree to follow all applicable laws and regulations when using this website and further agree that you will not transmit junk mail, chain letters, or other unsolicited bulk e-mail, spam, or duplicative messages to any email address listed on this site without first agreeing to pay to Bill Gram-Reefer the sum of USD $180,000 per item per address per incident.

By uploading, posting or otherwise transmitting through or to our website any content, you grant to us, our successors and assigns, a non-exclusive, world-wide, royalty free, perpetual, non-revocable license to use or distribute such content in any manner otherwise than as stated in our Privacy Policy.

All visitors are welcome to comment on articles posted at The Contra Costa Bee. All posts are moderated for appropriate content. Comments including but not limited to those containing bigotry, scatalogical or other twisted adult references, as well as outright lies, defamation or other offensive language or idiocy will be viciously censored.

Commenters must earn the right to post at The Contra Costa Bee. Comments on Featured Posts must move the discussion forward and not simply rant or make the same points over and over and over. So give us your best work. Post your drivel on the newspaper or other sites like Craig’s List and don’t forget to wash your hands when you’re done. Two word comments like “Say What?” or “WTF will also be trashed.

Many spam posts and spam trackbacks are automatically removed including other bad behavior. This is not to say we will not publish comments from legitimate business owners commenting on the issues of the day that include some relevant URL to some product or site. We judge these on a cases by case basis. So be cool.

Creating spammy posts in the forums or in groups are not tolerated. You will be banned and the offending posts burned in the third level of hell. The Contra Costa Bee reserves the right without recourse to determine what is a spammy post.

We spend quite a bit of our time and treasure to block phishing and DoD attacks, black listed IPs and domains, poison links, known spam servers, blocked email domains, the list of bad guys fucking up the Internet is endless. So know that we care about making make this site relatively secure from such assholes; so you’re welcome.

How to Post
Unlike the establishment news media, particularly newspapers, The Contra Costa Bee encourages its reader to write their own news and commentary. We prefer you register then write or paste your work from within your own account. It’s not hard. And it makes life easier for us if you learn the simple steps. And you know what they say, if you make work for us, well…

All submissions to the Featured Posts section are moderated and edited for clear meaning, spelling and style. Plus we add some special SEO magic to every post so it gets ranked high on Google. So if you want to show off, this is the place. There is no guarantee that your work submitted for the Featured Posts Section will be published there. We decide. You don’t.

You are also able to post freely in the FORUMS without editorial say so (except for spam and rant see above). Any time, any topic. Create a topic.   This is a social network after all

The Community is also encouraged to ADD non-profit, business, political and community events. Just use the form under EVENTS. As above, if you just email an event to us instead of adding it yourself it may not make it. Ask for help in the Support Group forum.

Business, public affairs, and community groups and special interests (SIGs, BOFs, whatever) can create their own groups at The Contra Costa Bee. Groups may designate a moderator in order to have a forum and otherwise ride herd on your discussions according to the stuff about rants, defamation, and spam (see above). Private groups are also available. Your group may even develop its own blog here upon The Contra Costa Bee.

Indemification by User
You agree to indemnify, defend and hold us and our friends, spouses, children, pets and agents harmless from any loss, liability, claim, demand, damage, or expense (including any legal fees) asserted by any third party relating in any way to your use of this website or breach of these Terms of Use. We reserve the right to assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter subject to indemnification by you, which shall not excuse your indemnity obligations. In other words, find someone else to sue.

Third Parties and Links
No matter how much we say we love these sites, consider it Bullshit (see reference to “Bullshit” above). As far as we’re concerned, links to other websites and references to products and services offered by third parties are provided to you for convenience only and do not constitute an endorsement or approval by us of (i) the organizations that operate such websites; (ii) the content, privacy policies or other terms of use on such websites; or (iii) such third party products and services. As we have no control or responsibility over websites or content maintained by other organizations, or for products and services offered by third parties, we do not assume any liability for your use of any of the foregoing, which use you acknowledge and agree shall be at your own risk.

Proprietary Rights
Our policy is to comply with all intellectual property laws and to act quickly upon receiving any notice of claimed infringement. If you believe that your work has been reproduced on this website in a manner that constitutes copyright infringement, please let us know immediately by sending email to editor@contracostabee.com.

If any provision of these Terms of Use is held invalid or unenforceable in any respect by any court having competent jurisdiction, such provision shall be enforced to the maximum extent permitted by law, and the remaining provisions of these Terms of Use shall continue in full force and effect. No waiver of any provision of these Terms of Use shall be deemed a further or continuing waiver of such provision or any other provision of these Terms of Use.

These Terms of Use shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of California and the laws of the United States of America. The parties consent to the exclusive jurisdiction at a place to be determined by The Contra Costa Bee at the last minute.

Adapted from http://www.dvorak.org/blog/

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