Knowledge Exchange Policy

PURPOSE

IGFOA Knowledge Exchange offers an opportunity for meaningful interaction where users can share knowledge, experience, and other helpful information. This Policy establishes guidelines and rules for acceptable use.

POLICY

APPROPRIATE USAGE

Users of the Knowledge Exchange may not post profanity or engage in offensive conduct.

Users are prohibited from posting endorsements or disparagements on the Knowledge Exchange. Use caution when discussing products or service providers. Information posted on the Knowledge Exchange is available for all users to see, and comments are subject to libel, slander, and antitrust laws. Users are not permitted to share grievances or negative anecdotal information about companies or individuals.

Messages may not be posted if they encourage or facilitate an agreement that either expressly or impliedly leads to price fixing, a boycott of all or a portion of another's business, or other conduct intended to restrict competition. Messages that encourage or facilitate an agreement about the following subjects are inappropriate: prices, discounts, or terms or conditions of sale; salaries; profits, profit margins, or cost data; market shares, sales territories, or markets; allocation of customers or territories; or selection, rejection, or termination of customers or suppliers.

The Knowledge Exchange is not intended for solicitation. IGFOA reserves the right to remove or edit any material deemed inappropriate or noncompliant with this policy. The decision to remove or edit material by the IGFOA is final.

RESPONSIBILITY FOR POSTING


Messages posted on the Knowledge Exchange are the views of the author of the message only and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of IGFOA.

All information, data, text, software, music, sound, photographs, graphics, video, messages, tags, or other materials ("Content"), whether publicly posted or privately transmitted, are the sole responsibility of the person from whom such Content originated. This means that users, and not IGFOA, are entirely responsible for all Content they upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available via the Knowledge Exchange. IGFOA does not control the Content posted via the Knowledge Exchange and, as such, does not guarantee the accuracy, integrity or quality of such Content.

The Knowledge Exchange is provided as a service of IGFOA. IGFOA accepts no responsibility for the opinions and information posted on the Knowledge Exchange by others. IGFOA disclaims all warranties with regard to information posted on the Knowledge Exchange, whether posted by IGFOA or any third party. In no event shall IGFOA be liable for any damages whatsoever, including without limitation special, indirect, or consequential damages, arising out of or in connection with the use or performance of any information posted on the Knowledge Exchange.

RELEASE AND INDEMNIFICATION


Knowledge Exchange users agree that IGFOA will not be responsible for any indirect, consequential, special or punitive damages or losses users may incur in connection with the Knowledge Exchange or any of the data or other materials transmitted through or residing on the Knowledge Exchange, even if IGFOA has been advised of the possibility of such damage or loss. In addition, each user agrees to defend, indemnify and hold IGFOA, its officers, directors and agents harmless from and against any and all claims, proceedings damages, injuries, liabilities, losses, costs and expenses (including attorneys’ fees) relating to any acts or omissions by such participant or materials or information transmitted by such user in connection with the Knowledge Exchange, which acts, omissions or materials lead wholly or partially to claims against IGFOA, its officers, directors or agents by other Knowledge Exchange users or third parties.

While IGFOA may occasionally monitor the Knowledge Exchange for inappropriate postings, it does not undertake either to do so at all times or to exercise editorial control of postings. However, in the event that any inappropriate posting comes to IGFOA's attention, it will take all appropriate action, including without limitation removal of the inappropriate posting. IGFOA also reserves the right to put the Knowledge Exchange in a moderated mode such that user postings will be reviewed for propriety prior to actual posting to the Knowledge Exchange; users hereby acknowledge and agree that they have no right to make a posting to the Knowledge Exchange and they hereby release IGFOA from any liability in connection with a decision to post or not to post any message.

IGFOA reserves the right to terminate or suspend access to the Knowledge Exchange by any user who does not comply with this Policy.

CHOICE OF LAW, VENUE, AND MODIFICATION


Users agree that the law of the State of Illinois will apply to all matters relating to this Policy and to the Knowledge Exchange. In addition, users agree and consent that, if there is ever any legal action against IGFOA arising out of the Knowledge Exchange, the local and federal courts located in DuPage County, Illinois USA, will have exclusive jurisdiction and be the exclusive venue for any such legal action. Each Knowledge Exchange user agrees that the courts in that jurisdiction will have the right to exercise personal jurisdiction over such user in connection with any claim involving such user’s postings to the Knowledge Exchange.

This Policy is the entire understanding between each Knowledge Exchange user and IGFOA regarding such user’s relationship to the Knowledge Exchange. If IGFOA fails to notify any user of any violations of this Agreement, this will not mean that IGFOA cannot notify such user of future violations of any part of this Agreement.

IGFOA reserves the right to modify this Policy at any time in its sole discretion.

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