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Terms of Use


At our mission is to empower every person on the planet to learn how to do anything. We do this by collaborating to create the world’s most helpful instructions. Before you read our detailed, legally binding Terms of Use, here is a non-legalese summary of some key information about reading or contributing to

  • You continue to own the copyrights of the content you submit to That said, by posting your content on you give us multiple rights to use and change it (see “User Content License Grants” below for details).

Our editor community (as opposed to the lawyers who wrote the terms of service below) have developed many policies about what we want and don’t want on You can read details about the writing we do want at our Writer’s Guide and what we don’t want at our Deletion Policy .

  • We license all User Content text on under a Creative Commons license. Read more here. If you want to republish content under the terms of this license please follow our attribution guidelines.

We release most of our software under an Open Source license. You can learn more and get a copy of the code here.

  • Our goal is to build the world’s most helpful how-to instructions, but we don’t always meet that goal. Occasionally our articles are incomplete, unhelpful, misleading or incorrect, and we cannot guarantee the accuracy of anything you find on You should use your best judgement and consult multiple sources when following any instructions you read anywhere on the internet, including

We value your privacy. Read more at our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy
If you have a question, concern or just want to offer a note of thanks, you can email us at

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