Terms of Service

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  • By using Stack Overflow's services, you agree to the Public Network Terms of Service.
  • You must be at least 13 years old, or 16 in the EU, to use the services.
  • Stack Overflow can modify these terms at any time with notice.
  • Content you contribute is licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY-SA 4.0), allowing reuse with attribution.
  • You waive your right to participate in a class action lawsuit or class-wide arbitration.
  • Stack Overflow disclaims all warranties to the maximum extent permitted by law.
  • Your liability to indemnify Stack Overflow may include costs and attorneys' fees.
  • Stack Overflow's liability is limited, and they are not liable for certain types of damages.
  • Arbitration is mandatory for disputes, except for intellectual property violations or small claims court matters.
  • You can download or copy public Network Content for personal use, respecting copyright notices.

Things to watch out for

  • Disputes with Stack Overflow must be resolved through binding arbitration, not in court.
  • Stack Overflow can terminate your access for violating these terms.
  • Content you post will be available publicly and can be redistributed under Creative Commons.
  • There are no warranties provided for the use of Stack Overflow's services.

AI recommendations

When engaging with Stack Overflow, it's important to understand that your contributions become part of a community resource under Creative Commons licensing. Be mindful of the content you post, as it will be publicly available and reusable. If you have concerns about privacy or intellectual property, consider these factors before contributing.

Remember that any disputes will be handled through arbitration, not in court, which can limit your recourse in the event of a conflict. If you're not comfortable with this, Stack Overflow might not be the right platform for you. Always keep your account information up to date and be aware of any changes to the terms, as continued use of the services indicates acceptance of the new terms.


What happens to the content I post on Stack Overflow?

Your content is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0, which allows others to use and share it with attribution. You cannot revoke these rights once granted.

Can I resolve disputes with Stack Overflow in court?

No, disputes must be resolved through binding arbitration, except for specific cases like intellectual property issues or small claims court matters.

Does Stack Overflow provide any warranties for their services?

No, Stack Overflow provides its services "as is" and disclaims all warranties to the extent permitted by law.

(Last updated: 09th December, 2023)

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