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Community Rules & Etiquette and Privacy Guidelines


Thank you for being part of our community. To ensure the best possible experience for all members, we have established some basic guidelines for participation.

By joining and using this community, you agree that you have read and will follow these rules and guidelines. You also agree to reserve discussions and shared files and content to that best suited to the medium. This is a great medium with which to solicit the advice of your peers, benefit from their experience, and participate in an ongoing conversation. Questions should be directed to the Contact Us link on this site or email help@cost.org.

Please take a moment to acquaint yourself with these important guidelines. If you have questions, contact us by emailing help@cost.org. In order to preserve an environment that encourages both civil and fruitful dialogue, we reserve the right to suspend or terminate membership in this community for anyone who violate these rules.

The Rules

    • Respect others. Focus on the content of posts and not on the people making them. Please extend the benefit of the doubt to newer guests and members; there’s no such thing as a stupid question.
    • Respect the purpose of the community. Use the community to share successes, challenges, constructive feedback, questions, and goals instead of products or services that you provide. If you’ve found a product or service helpful, please share your experience with the group in a respectful way.

    • Use caution when posting or responding to a post.  Information on the discussion groups and in the libraries is available for all to see, and comments are subject to libel, slander, and antitrust laws.

    • All defamatory, abusive, profane, threatening, offensive, or illegal materials are strictly prohibited. Do not post anything that you would not want the world to see or that you would not want anyone to know came from you.
      • Respect intellectual property. Post content that you have personally created or have permission to use and have properly attributed to the content creator.
      • Post your message or documents only to the most appropriate communities. This helps ensure all messages receive the best response by eliminating "noise."

     

    Discussion Group Etiquette

      • State concisely and clearly the topic of your comments in the subject line. This allows members to respond more appropriately to your posting and makes it easier for members to search the archives by subject.
      • Send messages such as "thanks for the information" or "me, too" to individuals, not to the entire list. Do this by using the "Reply to Sender" link in every message.
      • Do not send administrative messages, such as “remove me from the list,” to the group. Instead, use the web interface to change your settings or to remove yourself from a list. If you are changing email addresses, you do not need to remove yourself from the list and rejoin under your new email address. Simply change your settings.

     

    The Legal Rules

    This site is provided as a service for the members of Council On State Taxation.  Council On State Taxation is not responsible for the opinions and information posted on this site by others. We disclaim all warranties with regard to information posted on this site, whether posted by Council On State Taxation or any third party; this disclaimer includes all implied warranties of merchantability and fitness. In no event shall Council On State Taxation be liable for any special, indirect, or consequential damages or any damages whatsoever resulting from loss of use, data, or profits, arising out of or in connection with the use or performance of any information posted on this site.

    Do not post any defamatory, abusive, profane, threatening, offensive, or illegal materials.  Do not post any information or other material protected by copyright without the permission of the copyright owner.

    Council On State Taxation does not actively monitor the site for inappropriate postings and does not on its own undertake editorial control of postings. However, in the event that any inappropriate posting is brought to the attention of Council On State Taxation we will take all appropriate action.

    Council On State Taxation reserves the right to terminate access to any user who does not abide by these guidelines.


    Privacy Policy

    Any personal information you provide to us including and similar to your name, address, telephone number and e-mail address will not be released to any entities or individuals outside of our organization except as noted below.

    With Whom Do We Share the Personal Information We Collect Through This Site:


    Government and Legal Disclosures
    We may disclose the personal information we collect through this Site, when we, in good faith, believe disclosure is appropriate to comply with the law (or a court order or subpoena); to prevent or investigate a possible crime, such as fraud or identity theft; to enforce our Terms and Conditions or other agreements that govern your use of this Site; or to protect the rights, property or safety of our company, our users, or others.

    External Sites
    We are not responsible for the content of external internet sites. You are advised to read the privacy policy of external sites before disclosing any personal information.

    Cookies
    A "cookie" is a small data text file that is placed in your browser and allows us to recognize you each time you visit this site (personalization, etc). Cookies themselves do not contain any personal information, and we do not use cookies to collect personal information. Cookies may also be used by 3rd party content providers such as news-feeds.

    Remember The Risks Whenever You Use The Internet
    While we do our best to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee the security of any information that you transmit to us and you are solely responsible for maintaining the secrecy of any passwords or other account information. In addition other Internet sites or services that may be accessible through our site have separate data and privacy practices independent of us, and therefore we disclaim any responsibility or liability for their policies or actions. Please contact those vendors and others directly if you have any questions about their privacy policies.  For any other information please contact us using the Contact Us page or email help@cost.org.