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Topics related to legal issues, personal or corporate liability, or government regulatory compliance at a local, state or provincial, or national level.

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Should access to an Online/Crowd-Sourced Regulatory Impact Analysis (RIA) site be fully open?

I am attempting to create an online Regulatory Impact Analysis (RIA) web site/forum. The site/forum aims to assess the costs and benefits of state and local level legislation through crowd sourcing. ...
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We caught a pedo. Twice. What to do?

About a year ago we received a report from one of our users that they were getting inappropriate messages from another user. Upon investigation, we found child-grooming behaviour from the offender ...
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Can I use data from public Google Docs file to seed my new site?

I have a website that depends on reviews. In the initial stage I will have a classic chicken-egg problem. I need reviews to attract readers, and I need readers to attract writers. After some research ...
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How does one come up with a TOS for a site?

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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How should new members of an organizations' leadership pledge to uphold its core purpose and values?

In my mission-driven organization, we believe its important for newly accepted members of the leadership to take a pledge to follow and uphold the core purpose and values. What are ways that other ...
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What are the disadvantages to organic non-centralised communities?

Why do we need to have a centralised hierarchical authority in our communities instead of letting them organise themselves? I am not well informed about this, so I apologise if this is in the wrong ...
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What should be done about threats of physical violence?

What should be done about threats of physical violence? Should moderators report serious threats to law enforcement? If so, will they care?
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How do I mange a "Right to be Forgotten" request if I am based in North America, but user is European?

I am a forum owner for a small community. We have a global audience but a community of only about 400 active users. Recently, I was sent a PDF version of Google's Right to be Forgotten form, filled ...
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Does physical server location have any bearing on legal issues for a user? [closed]

When I do something online, I am physically in some legal jurisdiction (residence), and there is ample evidence that if my act is not legal I may face penalties by my state/government for actions I ...
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What obligation does a community have to provide legal protection for users acting on behalf of the community?

Specifically for organizations/communities with servers in the United States, are there any legal requirements for a community to provide legal protection for volunteers working to support the ...
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Worldwide legal repercussions of hosting content [closed]

User-provided content can be subject to all kinds of legal constraints. It's a big world and hundreds of jurisdictions may feel competent to regulate the content of a web page that can be accessed ...
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What are the possible repercussions of either removing or ignoring potential copyright infringement on a site I moderate?

On any site that accepts user contributions, a certain amount of copyrighted material ends up getting posted. Quotes used without full attribution are not uncommon, and reuse of copyrighted images is ...
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As a Wikisource admin, should I close copyright violations discussions that I started?

On Wikisource potential copy right discussions occur in forum style at Wikisource:Possible copyright violations. When anyone notices a potential copyright violation they are able to blank the text of ...
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