Terms and Conditions

Community Rules & Etiquette and Privacy Guidelines

We are excited to have you as a member of our Alation Community. This is the place where you can connect with other Alation users to ask questions, engage in discussions, and share best practices. 

To ensure all members feel comfortable to hang out and share, 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 (“Terms”). You also agree to reserve discussions and share files and content that are best suited to this 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. In order to preserve and support an environment that encourages both civil and fruitful dialogue, we reserve the right to suspend or terminate membership in this community for anyone who violates these guidelines.  Please contact community@alation.com for any member service questions.

Community Guidelines

  • 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. This venue is focused on peer-to-peer support, thought leadership, and development of best practices.  If you’ve found a product or service helpful, please share your experience with the group in a respectful way.

  • Use caution when discussing products or sharing proprietary or otherwise confidential information. Information posted 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. No spam and do not post any unauthorized commercial activity.

  • Respect intellectual property. Post content that you have personally created or have permission to use and have properly attributed to the content creator.

  • When posting items in our collaborative environment, please indicate if the item is not available for reuse. It’s also advisable to contact the owner of any material if you would like to reuse it.

  • Post your message or documents only to the most appropriate topic section. This helps ensure all messages receive the best response by eliminating "noise."

  • You may not sell, rent, lease, assign, sublicense, distribute, transmit, or broadcast in the Community or Community content. 

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.

The Legal Stuff

This site is provided as a service for the members of the Alation Community.  The Alation Community is not responsible for the opinions and information posted on this site by others.  You agree to abide by these Terms and are responsible for any violations. We reserve the right to modify these Terms at any time without providing you prior notice. The most recent version will be available here.  Your use of the community following any such modification constitutes your agreement to follow and be bound by these Terms as modified. You agree to remain in compliance. 

We disclaim any and all warranties with regard to information posted on this site, whether posted by the Alation Community or any third party; this disclaimer includes all implied warranties of merchantability and fitness. In no event shall the Alation Community 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.

TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, IN NO EVENT SHALL WE BE LIABLE FOR ANY INDIRECT, PUNITIVE, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, INCLUDING LOST PROFITS OR BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES.

NOTWITHSTANDING THE OTHER TERMS OF THIS AGREEMENT, WE ARE DETERMINED TO HAVE ANY LIABILITY TO YOU OR ANY THIRD PARTY, THE PARTIES AGREE THAT OUR AGGREGATE LIABILITY WILL BE LIMITED TO FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS. ABSENT YOUR AGREEMENT TO THIS LIMITATION OF LIABILITY, WE WOULD NOT PROVIDE THE COMMUNITY TO YOU.  



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. By posting material, the posting party warrants and represents that he or she owns the copyright with respect to such material or has received permission from the copyright owner. In addition, the posting party grants Alation Inc. and users of this site the nonexclusive right and license to display, copy, publish, distribute, transmit, print, and use such information or other material.

Messages should not be posted if they encourage or facilitate members to arrive at any agreement that either expressly or impliedly leads to price fixing, a boycott of another's business, or other conduct intended to illegally restrict free trade. Messages that encourage or facilitate an agreement about the following subjects are inappropriate: prices, discounts, or terms or conditions of sale; salaries; profits, profit margins, or cost data; market shares, sales territories, or markets; allocation of customers or territories; or selection, rejection, or termination of customers or suppliers.

The Alation Community 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 the Alation Community we will take all appropriate action.

The Alation Community reserves the right to terminate access to any user who does not abide by these guidelines.

You grant to us all rights, licenses and permission necessary to display, reproduce, disseminate, and otherwise use your content in connection with the Community, We may edit or remove your content, or block or disable replies on a topic, in our sole discretion.

This Agreement shall be governed by the laws of the State of California, without regard to the conflict of laws provisions thereof. In the event either of us initiates an action in connection with this Agreement or any other dispute between the parties, the exclusive venue and jurisdiction of such action shall be in the state and federal courts in San Francisco, California.


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, sold, or rented 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:

Our Service Providers
We may share your personal information with companies (including our affiliates) that perform services on our behalf. Our service providers are required by contract to protect the confidentiality of the personal information we share with them and to use it only to provide specific services on our behalf. 

Business Transfers
Your personal information may be transferred to another entity (either an affiliated entity or an unrelated third party) in connection with a merger, reorganization, dissolution or similar corporate event. If such a transfer were ever to occur, the acquiring entity’s use of your personal information will still be subject to this Privacy Policy. 

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 email community@alation.com.

Data Retention

There is no implied promise of permanent or long-term retention of data content. All users are advised to keep extra copy of their content.