I don't even know where to start on this other than hiring a lawyer... How does one come up with Terms of Service for a site?

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    Truth be told, hire a lawyer to write them is the best way to ensure you are protected in accordance with the latest standard of the law. Every other approach is a band-aid, of unknown validity, and could even be flat wrong or illegal. Also consider how often active commercial communities do change their TOS.
    – Greg Chase
    Commented Jun 17, 2016 at 0:56
  • First off, there's the obvious. Make sure that people don't break your things, and that they don't break each other.
    – Zizouz212
    Commented Jun 19, 2016 at 20:10
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    Look at similar pages for their TOS. You can inspect these and look what you definitely need. Otherwise, there are Terms of Service Generators out there(Google will help :P)
    – CentrixDE
    Commented Oct 19, 2016 at 8:29

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Goal of the TOS is to give a legal framework, so lawyers are indeed best to author/maintain it.

As a consequence, a TOS is required before you launch.

Going further,

  • The TOS has a very high chance to be "hard to read" (with legal terms, etc.), and most people actually do not read it, and accept it anyway.

  • you probably also want to author (yourself) a Guidelines & Rules document, that will explain (in average people terms ;-) the DO and DON'T of your community. This content may point to the TOS.

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