Expert Points and Levels
Experts receive:
  • 5 points per answer given
  • 2 points each thumbs up received
  • 3 points each question asked
Expert Levels are as follows:
  • Level 1: 0 to 149 points
  • Level 2: 150-299
  • Level 3: 300-499
  • Level 4: 501-999
  • Level 5: 1,000-1,999
  • Level 6: 2,000-3,999
  • Level 7: 4,000-5,999
  • Additional level increase in 2,000 point bands with no limit.

Terms of Use

for Expert Travel Answers

6/3/2010

PLEASE READ THE TERMS OF USE BELOW.

These Terms of Use (the "TOU") state the terms and conditions under which Compete Ventures, LLC, ExpertTravelAnswers.com (ETA) and its affiliates (collectively, "ETA," "our" or "us") provide you ("you," or "your") access to the ExpertTravelAnswers.com (together with any sub-domains thereto and future sites operated by ETA, the "Sites," which defined term includes the Services and Software, each as defined below).

BY ACCESSING, BROWSING, OR USING THE SITES AND SERVICES (AS DEFINED BELOW), YOU ARE DEEMED TO ACCEPT THE TOU, AS WELL AS OUR PRIVACY POLICY AND GENERAL DISCLAIMER (each of which is incorporated herein by reference), AS A BINDING AGREEMENT. IF YOU DO NOT WISH TO BE BOUND BY THE TOU, OR THE PRIVACY POLICY, PLEASE DO NOT ACCESS OR USE THE SERVICES (as defined below). YOUR USE OF THE SITES AND SERVICES AND INFORMATION PROVIDED THEREIN MUST IN ALL CASES COMPLY WITH ALL APPLICABLE LAWS AND REGULATIONS.

1. DESCRIPTION OF SITES, SERVICES, AND SOFTWARE

ETA provides users with access to an expert-driven question-and-answer.

Unless explicitly stated otherwise, any modifications, updates, new features, or enhancements to the current Services are also subject to the TOU.

2. ACCEPTANCE OF TERMS; CHANGES TO TOU

ETA provides the Services to you subject to the following TOU, which may be updated by us from time to time in our sole discretion. Each time changes are made to the TOU, a revised TOU will be posted on the Site(s). Your continued use of the Services, or any part thereof, following the posting of changes constitutes your acceptance of such changes. If you do not wish to be bound by the TOU, you should discontinue your use of the Services.

3. YOUR LICENSE TO USE THE SERVICES

ETA grants you a personal, non-exclusive, non-transferable, revocable license to use the Services, including the Sites and Software.

Express permission is hereby granted by ETA for you to re-post information from questions, answers, and/or expert profiles on other web sites provided that you observe ALL of the following guidelines:

  1. You credit Expert Travel Answers as the source of the information, and;
  2. your posting includes a working hyper-text link back to the specific ETA page from which you sources the material, and;
  3. the web page you repost on does not contain any explicit, pornographic, or other material likely to offend travel consumers, and;
  4. the web page provides some method of contacting the owner so material can be removed upon ETA's request, and;
  5. you agree that ETA has the right to demand removal of any and all ETA-sourced material from your web site at any time and for any reason, and that will comply with that request promptly.

Outside of these guidelines, you may not modify, publish, transmit, participate in the transfer or sale, create derivative works, or in any way exploit any of the content included in the Services, in whole or in part. You may download copyrighted material for your personal use only. Except as otherwise expressly permitted under copyright law, no copying, redistribution, retransmission, publication, or commercial exploitation of downloaded material will be permitted without the express permission of ETA. In the event of any permitted copying, redistribution, or publication of copyrighted material, no changes in or deletion of author attribution, trademark legend, or copyright notice shall be made. You acknowledge that you do not acquire any ownership rights by downloading copyrighted material.

Except as otherwise expressly permitted in this Agreement, you may not: (i) decompile, reverse engineer, reverse assemble or otherwise attempt to discover any source code, except as otherwise permitted by applicable law; or (ii) remove or alter any trademark, logo, copyright or other proprietary notices, legends, symbols or labels on the Services. You may not access the Services by any means other than through the interface that is provided by ETA. Furthermore, you may not use the Services in any manner that could damage, disable, overburden, or impair the Services, nor may you use the Services in any manner that could interfere with any other party's use and enjoyment of the Services. You are not permitted to retrieve and store in electronic or any other form any material part of the databases underlying the Services. All commercial and/or unauthorized use of the Services is strictly prohibited. You agree not to use or resell the Services for any commercial purpose, including, but not limited to, sending unsolicited commercial messages.

The Services remain at all times the sole property of ETA or its third party licensors, and their use is subject to the copyright and trademark notices that are found here. All rights in the Services not expressly granted to you by ETA under the TOU are retained by ETA.

4. ETA'S PRIVACY POLICY

Via ExpertTravelAnswers.com (herein "ETA"), anyone not specifically banned by ETA for misuse of the system may:

  • Read questions and answers
  • Ask questions
  • Contact experts directly via the web site
  • Use links provided to share information on social media and social networking sites.
  • Create a user account to have receive notifications when your questions are answered, to label your questions with your username and other information, and to vote on answers.

People and/or organizations who apply and are accepted as experts (Herein: "Experts") may do the above as well as:

  • Answer questions
  • Vote on other expert's answers
  • Create a profile about themselves and/or their organization, including a link to their web site
  • Subscribe to specific categories to receive e-mail updates when new questions are posted
  • Post answers to external feeds (i.e., Twitter and Facebook)

Information Collection and Use Practices

ETA collects information about your activity in both anonymous and personally identifiable forms - including specific questions, answers, comments, and votes.

We will use information about your activity on this service to improve products and services.

Information Sharing and Disclosure Practices

Many activities are viewable by the public by username. In the case of Experts, usernames must correspond to a real person's name or the name of a real organization.

Your activities will be tied to the name you select.

All questions and answers can be viewed by anyone visiting the ETA site or visiting partner sites that include ETA content.

When enabling user-to-Expert emails in ETA, Expert e-mail addresses will not be shared.

ETA is designed for use by adults interested in travel and does not deliberately collect information from children under 13.

E-mail addresses in user accounts may be used to disseminate information to users and experts about ETA or other services, but will not be sold to outside organizations.

By entering question and answer-related information on ETA, you grant ETA an eternal, unlimited and non-revocable license to use and distribute this information in any format ETA sees fit. All content entered into ETA becomes the property of ETA.

When you use ETA, you are subject to the ETA Terms of Use.

6. MODIFICATIONS TO THE SERVICES

ETA reserves the right at any time, and from time to time, to modify, suspend, or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, the Services (or any part thereof) with or without notice. You agree that ETA shall not be liable to you or to any third party for any such modification, suspension or discontinuance.

7. DEALINGS WITH ADVERTISERS OR THIRD PARTY VENDORS

ETA may include advertisements on the Services. Your correspondence or business dealings with, or participation in promotions of, advertisers or third party vendors found on or through the Services, including payment and delivery of related goods or products, and any other terms, conditions, warranties or representations associated with such dealings, are solely between you and such advertiser or third party vendor. Any question, complaints, or claims should be directed to the appropriate advertiser or third party vendor. Additionally, all product reviews and ratings are informative for those wishing to use them, but they do not guarantee any level of performance by a third party vendor in any transaction. You agree that ETA shall not be responsible or liable for any loss or damage of any sort incurred as the result of any such dealings or as the result of the presence of such advertisers or third party vendors or product reviews or ratings on the Services.

8. LINKS; CO-BRANDING

The Services may provide, or third parties may provide, links to other World Wide Web sites. Additionally, in many cases, co-branded services that are jointly provided by us and selected companies will contain the Services' branding, but might not be hosted by us. Because ETA has no control over such sites, you acknowledge and agree that ETA is not responsible for the availability of such external or co-branded sites, and does not endorse and is not responsible or liable for any content, advertising, products, or other materials on or available from such sites. You should not attribute any views or information on such sites to ETA. You further acknowledge and agree that ETA shall not be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with use of or reliance on any such content, goods or products available on or through any such linked site. You should follow the link to the terms of use on the appropriate page for such sites to determine which company's terms of use governs such sites.

Anyone linking to the Services must comply with the following guidelines and all applicable laws: A site that links to any Service (i) may link to but not replicate any Service's content; (ii) should not create a browser or border environment around any Service's content; (iii) should not imply that ETA is endorsing it or its products; (iv) should not misrepresent its relationship with ETA or any Service; (v) should not present false information about ETA or any Service; (iv) should not use any of ETA's trademarks, trade names, or logos without permission from ETA; and (vi) should not contain content that is reasonably considered profanity, defamatory, vulgar, or otherwise unlawful.

9. DISCLAIMER

WE DO NOT INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE ACCURACY OR RELIABILITY OF THE SERVICES. ADDITIONALLY, THE SERVICES ARE PROVIDED ON AN "AS IS" AND "AS AVAILABLE" BASIS, WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND. ANSWERS, AND ITS THIRD-PARTY LICENSORS, SPECIFICALLY DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABLE, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, AND NON-INFRINGMENT.

ETA, ITS LICENSORS AND SUPPLIERS MAKE NO WARRANTY THAT: (i) THE SERVICES WILL MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS, (ii) THE PROVISION OF THE SERVICES WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED, SECURE OR ERROR-FREE, (iii) THE RESULTS THAT MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE USE OF THE SERVICES WILL BE ACCURATE OR RELIABLE, (iv) THE QUALITY OF ANY PRODUCTS, SOFTWARE, SERVICES, INFORMATION, OR OTHER MATERIAL PURCHASED OR OBTAINED BY YOU THROUGH THE USE OF THE SERVICES WILL MEET YOUR EXPECTATIONS, OR (v) ANY ERRORS IN THE SERVICES WILL BE CORRECTED. NEITHER WE, NOR OUR LICENSORS OR SUPPLIERS, GUARANTEE THE RELIABILITY, ACCURACY, COMPLETENESS, SAFETY, TIMELINESS, LEGALITY, USEFULNESS, ADEQUACY OR SUITABILITY OF ANY OF THE SERVICES. THE SERVICES MAY BE HARMFUL, UNTIMELY, INCOMPLETE, OR INACCURATE AND, ACCORDINGLY, YOU AGREE TO EXERCISE CAUTION, DISCRETION AND COMMON SENSE WHEN USING THE SERVICES.

SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE DISCLAIMER OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES, SO A PORTION OF THE FOREGOING MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU, IN WHICH CASE THE DURATION OF ANY SUCH IMPLIED WARRANTIES IS LIMITED TO THE MINIMUM PERIOD PERMISSIBLE UNDER APPLICABLE LAW.

10. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY

NONE OF THE LICENSORS, CONTRIBUTORS, SPONSORS, ADMINISTRATORS, OR ANYONE ELSE CONNECTED WITH THE SERVICES IN ANY WAY WHATSOEVER CAN BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE APPEARANCE OF ANY INACCURATE INFORMATION OR FOR YOUR USE OF THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN OR LINKED FROM THE SERVICES.

TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, IN NO EVENT WILL WE, OR OUR LICENSORS AND SUPPLIERS, BE LIABLE FOR ANY INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF THE USE OF OR INABILITY TO ACCESS THE SERVICES, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF GOODWILL, WORK DISRUPTIONS, COMPUTER FAILURE OR MALFUNCTION, OR ANY AND ALL OTHER COMMERCIAL DAMAGES OR LOSSES, EVEN IF ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY THEREOF, AND REGARDLESS OF THE LEGAL OR EQUITABLE THEORY (CONTRACT, TORT, BREACH OF WARRANTY OR OTHERWISE) UPON WHICH THE CLAIM IS BASED. NEITHER WE NOR OUR LICENSORS OR SUPPLIERS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY LIABILITY ARISING OUT OF THE SERVICES AND/OR ANY MATERIAL LINKED THROUGH THE SERVICES. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL ETA'S, OR ETA'S LICENSORS', DIRECT LIABILITY ARISING OUT OF USE OF THE SERVICES EXCEED THE GREATER OF (I) THE AMOUNT YOU HAVE PAID ETA FOR SUCH USE OR (II) $10.00. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT PERMIT SOME OF THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY, AND THEREFORE THIS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.

11. INDEMNIFICATION

You agree to indemnify and hold ETA, its subsidiaries and affiliates, and their respective officers, directors, employees, and agents harmless from and against any and all liability, losses, claims, demands or costs of any kind, including reasonable attorneys' fees and costs of litigation, arising from (i) your Postings or other content you submit, post, transmit, email, or otherwise make available through the Services, (ii) your use of or reliance on the Services, (iii) your connection to the Services, (iv) your violation of the TOU, or (v) your violation of any rights of another party.

12. TRADEMARK INFORMATION

Expert Travel Answers, ExpertTravelAnswers.com, ETA other Services names, trademarks and logos are trademarks of ETA or its third-party licensors. Without our written prior permission, or that of applicable third parties, you agree not to display, or use in any manner, the marks of ETA. The trademarks, logos, and service marks not owned on behalf of ETA and that are displayed on the Services are the registered or unregistered marks of their respective owners. No rights are granted by ETA to use such marks, whether by implication, estoppel, or otherwise.

13. CHOICE OF LAW AND FORUM

The TOU and the relationship between you and ETA shall be governed by the laws of the State of Iowa without regard to its conflict of law provisions. You and ETA agree to submit to the personal and exclusive jurisdiction and forum convenience of the federal and state courts located in Polk County, Iowa.

14. SEVERABILITY; ENGLISH LANGUAGE

If any provision in the TOU should be held illegal or unenforceable by a court of competent jurisdiction, such provision shall be modified to the extent necessary to render it enforceable without losing its intent, or severed from the TOU if no such modification is possible, and the other provisions of the TOU shall remain in full force and effect. The controlling language of the TOU is English. If you have received a translation into another language, it has been provided for your convenience only.

15. HEADINGS

The headings to the sections of the TOU are used for convenience only and shall have no substantive meaning or impact on the interpretation of the TOU.

16. LOCATION OUTSIDE THE U.S.

If you are located outside the U.S., then you are responsible for complying with any local laws in your jurisdiction that might impact your right to use the Services, and you represent that you have complied with any regulations or registration procedures required by applicable law to make the TOU enforceable.

17. ENTIRE AGREEMENT

The TOU constitute the entire agreement between you and ETA and govern your use of the Services, superseding any prior agreements between you and ETA. Please note, however, that some Services may have additional or different terms related specifically to such Service only ("Service Terms"). The Service Terms are in addition to the general terms and conditions in the TOU. If there is any conflict between the TOU and the Service Terms, the Service Terms will govern with respect to that particular Service. Some terms contained in the TOU may not be applicable to a particular Service, in which case, such inapplicable terms will not apply to you with respect to that particular Service.