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  • I love that we have a translation of Wordnik's terms of service that people can actually understand! It's the first time I really read any ToS.

    Despite the mistake with the font size in the "Beta" section.

    October 8, 2012

  • I agree, Pro. I've never read an entire ToS, but I read this one. (I'm actually a little embarrassed that I did it, too.)

    Giant Inflatable Hedgehog?! Haha. Good one, Wordnik.

    October 8, 2012

  • I recently signed something with language about rights that would "insure" to the benefit of my "represents," successors, or assigns. I looked up inure here on the site, and I was surprised to see that one of the meanings of "inure" is, in fact, "insure," but I think it was still just another typo in the boilerplate. The kind assignor said, "I've never had anyone read the whole thing before," and I said, "Yeah, I get that a lot."

    October 9, 2012

  • I appreciated (and read!) the terms as well. But I'm a bit confused about not being able to

    "Post, upload, publish, submit or transmit any text, graphics, images, software, music, audio, video, information or other material that: ... (iv) is defamatory, obscene, pornographic, vulgar or offensive".

    Surely "vulgar" and "pornographic" lists or words can't be banned? Is there a legal interpretation of these words that I'm not aware of?

    October 10, 2012

  • Which leads to a second question: Can a word be porno-graphic? Or just porno-logical?

    And which of the meanings of vulgar are the terms of service referring to?


    October 10, 2012

  • I like the sound of pornologic! (Even though it's unnecessary when you have -graphic. Maybe you can use some sort of pseudoetymology to claim that pornography is just one (extreme) form of calligraphy...)

    About vulgar, If they mean "adj. Of or associated with the great masses of people; common." there might problems... (that get worse as Wordnik gets more users...)

    October 11, 2012

  • Oh, so glad you like the new terms of service! The vulgar and pornographic out is so that we can eject folks who add irrelevant vulgar and pornographic material. On-topic vulgar material is fine, as we maintain the use-mention distinction here at Wordnik.

    As to what is pornological? Well, I know it when I see it.

    October 11, 2012