This community - the network of users who are constantly contributing to the NSPD - are the principal means through which the goals of the mission are achieved. The community contributes to and helps govern the NSPD. You are welcome to join as a contributor, editor, or author.
Please be aware that you are legally responsible for all of your contributions, edits, and re-use of NSPD content under the laws of the United States of America and other applicable laws (which may include the laws where you live or where you view or edit content).
This means it is important that you use caution when posting content. In light of this responsibility, we have some rules about what you cannot post, most of which is either for your own protection or for the protection of other users like yourself. Please keep in mind that the content we host is for general informational purposes only.
Our role is to host information about the residential solar PV permitting process. We act mainly as a hosting service, maintaining the infrastructure and organizational framework that allows our users to contribute and edit content themselves. We will, however, initially take on the roles of contributor, editor, and moderator to ensure the success of the NSPD. This will change as the community becomes self-sustaining. We guarantee no timeline, nor do we guarantee that we will relinquish ouraforementioned roles.
You are responsible for your own actions. You are legally responsible for your edits and contributions to the NSPD, so for your own protection you should exercise caution and avoid contributing any content that may result in criminal or civil liability under any applicable laws. For clarity, applicable law includes at least the laws of the United States of America. Although we may not agree with such actions, we warn editors and contributors that authorities may seek to apply other country laws to you, including local laws where you live or where you view or edit content. We cannot offer any protection, guarantee, immunity or indemnification.
Content we Host
Because we provide a wide array of content that is produced or gathered by fellow users, you may encounter material that you find erroneous, misleading, mislabeled, or otherwise objectionable. We therefore ask that you use common sense and proper judgment when using our services.
This content is presented for general informational purposes only. It should not be taken as professional advice. Please seek independent professional counseling from someone who is licensed or qualified in the applicable area in lieu of acting on any information, opinion, or advice contained on the NSPD.
Refraining from Certain Activities
The content hosted on the NSPD is made possible because of the community of users like you who collaborate to write, edit, and curate the content. We welcome your participation in this community. We encourage you to be civil and polite in your interactions with others in the community, to act in good faith, and to make edits and contributions aimed at furthering the mission of the NSDP.
Certain activities, whether legal or illegal, may be harmful to other users and violate our rules, and some activities may also subject you to liability. Therefore, for your own protection and for that of other users, you may not engage in such activities on our sites. These activities include:
Harassing and Abusing Others
Engaging in harassment, threats, stalking, spamming, or vandalism; and
Transmitting chain mail, junk mail, or spam to other users.
Violating the Privacy of Others
Infringing the privacy rights of others under the laws of the United States of America or other applicable laws
Soliciting personally identifiable information for purposes of harassment, exploitation, violation of privacy, or any promotional or commercial purpose
Engaging in False Statements, Impersonation, or Fraud
Intentionally or knowingly posting content that constitutes libel or defamation;
With the intent to deceive, posting content that is false or inaccurate;
Attempting to impersonate another user or individual, misrepresenting your affiliation with any individual or entity, or using the username of another user with the intent to deceive; and
Engaging in fraud.
Infringing copyrights, trademarks, patents, or other proprietary rights under applicable law.
Engaging in Disruptive and Illegal Misuse of Facilities
Disrupting the services by placing an undue burden on the NSPD website or the networks or servers connected with the NSPD website;
Knowingly accessing, tampering with, or using any of our non-public areas in our computer systems without authorization; and
Probing, scanning, or testing the vulnerability of any of our technical systems or networks unless all the following conditions are met:
such actions do not unduly abuse or disrupt our technical systems or networks;
such actions are not for personal gain (except for credit for your work);
you report any vulnerabilities to the NSPD developers;
you do not undertake such actions with malicious or destructive intent.
Using the Site
Permissions to Use the Site
We grant you permission to use the Site subject to the restrictions in these Terms. YOUR USE OF THE SITE IS AT YOUR OWN RISK, INCLUDING THE RISK THAT SOME OF THE CONTENT MAY BE INACCURATE OR UNVERIFIED.
The Site may be modified, updated, interrupted, suspended or discontinued at any time without notice or liability.
You must create an account and provide certain information about yourself in order to use some of the features that are offered through the Site. You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your account password. You are also responsible for all activities that occur in connection with your account. You agree to notify us immediately of any unauthorized use of your account. We reserve the right to close your account at any time for any or no reason.
You are responsible for safeguarding your own password and should never disclose it to any third party.
Management of Websites
The community has the primary role in creating and enforcing policies applying to the NSPD. We rarely intervene in community decisions about policy and its enforcement. In an unusual case, the need may arise, or the community may ask us, to address an especially problematic user because of significant Project disturbance or dangerous behavior. In such cases, we reserve the right, but do not have the obligation to:
Detect, prevent, or otherwise address fraud, security, or technical issues or respond to user support requests;
Manage otherwise the NSPDwebsites in a manner designed to facilitate their proper functioning and protect the rights, property, and safety of ourselves and our users, licensors, partners, and the public.
Contributions and Licensing of Content
Content Rights In General.To grow the commons of free knowledge and free culture, all users contributing to the NSPD are required to grant broad permissions to the general public to re-distribute and re-use their contributions freely, so long as the information is not proprietary, or, if it is proprietary, that theyhave the rights to the information and that theyagree, represent and warrant that information can be re-used and re-distributed. In keeping with our goal of providing free information to the widest possible audience, we require that when necessary all content submitted by you (collectively "Your Content") be licensed so that it is freely reusable by anyone who cares to access it.In addition, you agree to the following licensing requirements:
When you submit text to which you hold the copyright, you agree to license it to the public under the terms of a Modified (3-clause) BSD License so that it may be released with the source code of the project.
Non-text media on the NSPD are available under a variety of different licenses that support the general goal of allowing unrestricted re-use and re-distribution. When you contribute non-text media, you agree, represent and warrant that non-text can be re-used and re-distributed. If you have reason for uncertainty about whether a particular item of non-text media meets this requirement, you are encouraged to provide a text description, accompanied by a link or URL to the source instead.
When you submit Your Content, you agree that your contribution of Your Content will be publicly attributed to you, using your username.
Content that is in the public domain is welcome! It is important however that you confirm the public domain status of the content under the law of the United States of America as well as the laws of any other countries as required. When you contribute content that is in the public domain, you represent and warrant that the material is actually in the public domain, and you agree to label it appropriately.
You agree, represent and warrant that Your Content that you are contributing is either in the public domain, non-proprietary, or if it is proprietary, that you have the right to distribute this information.
Responsibility for Your Content
You alone are responsible for Your Content, and once published, it cannot always be withdrawn. You assume all risks associated with Your Content, including anyone's reliance on its quality, accuracy, or reliability.You may not imply that Your Content is in any way sponsored or endorsed by the NSPD.
You may expose yourself to liability if, for example, Your Content contains material that is false, intentionally misleading, or defamatory; violates any third-party right, including any copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret, moral right, privacy right, right of publicity, or any other intellectual property or proprietary right; contains material that is unlawful, including illegal hate speech or pornography; exploits or otherwise harms minors; or violates or advocates the violation of any law or regulation.
Our Right to Use your Content
We may use Your Content in a number of different ways, including publicly displaying it. As such, you hereby irrevocably grant us world-wide, non-exclusive, perpetual, royalty-free, sub-licensable, transferable rights to use Your Content for any purpose. You also irrevocably grant the users of the Site and any Other Media the right to access Your Content in connection with their use of the Site and any Other Media. Finally, you irrevocably waive, and cause to be waived, against CPF, the NSPDand its users any claims and assertions of moral rights or attribution with respect to Your Content. By "use" we mean use, copy, publicly perform or display, distribute, modify, translate, and create derivative works of Your Content.
Third-party Websites and Resources
You are solely responsible for your use of any third-party websites or resources. Although the NSPD may contain links to third-party websites and resources, we do not endorse and are not responsible or liable for their availability, accuracy, or the related content, products, or services (including, without limitation, any viruses or other disabling features), nor do we have any obligation to monitor such third-party content.
Disputes and Jurisdiction
We do our best to provide educational and informational content to a very wide audience, but your use of our services is at your sole risk. WE PROVIDE THESE SERVICES ON AN "AS IS" AND "AS AVAILABLE" BASIS, AND WE EXPRESSLY DISCLAIM ALL EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF ALL KINDS, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, AND NON-INFRINGEMENT. WE MAKE NO WARRANTY THAT OUR SERVICES WILL MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS, BE SAFE, SECURE, UNINTERRUPTED, TIMELY, ACCURATE, OR ERROR-FREE, OR THAT YOUR INFORMATION WILL BE SECURE.
Any material downloaded or otherwise obtained through your use of our services is done at your own discretion and risk, and you will be solely responsible for any damage to your computer system or loss of data that results from the download of any such material. You agree that we have no responsibility or liability for the deletion of, or the failure to store or to transmit, any content or communication maintained by the service. We retain the right to create limits on use and storage at our sole discretion at any time with or without notice.
The NSPD is in part a work sponsored by an agency of the United States Government. Neither the United States Government nor any agency thereof, nor any of their employees, makes any warranty, express or implied, or assumes any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information, apparatus, product, or process disclosed, or represents that its use would not infringe privately owned rights. Reference herein to any specific commercial product, process, or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise does not necessarily constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the United States Government or any agency thereof. The views and opinions of authors expressed herein do not necessarily state or reflect those of the United States Government or any agency thereof.
Some states or jurisdictions do not allow the types of disclaimers in this section, so they may not apply to you either in part or in full depending on the law.
Limitation on Liability
We will not be liable to you or to any other party for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, consequential or exemplary damages, including but not limited to, damages for loss of profits, goodwill, use, data, or other intangible losses, regardless of whether we were advised of the possibility of such damage. In no event shall our liability exceed one thousand U.S. dollars (USD 1000.00) in aggregate. In the case that applicable law may not allow the limitation or exclusion of liability or incidental or consequential damages, the above limitation or exclusion may not apply to you, although our liability will be limited to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law.
You understand that, unless otherwise agreed to in writing by us, you have no expectation of compensation for any activity, contribution, or idea that you provide to us, the community, or the NSPD.