Terms and Conditions

1. Introduction:

1.1. These are the Terms and Conditions of Use (“Terms”) for Sikhwisdom.org. When we say “Site” we mean the Sikhwisdom.org website and Sikh Wisdom app. Our Site is owned and operated by Sikhwisdom.org (“we”, “us” or “our”).

1.2. These Terms tell you:

How our Site works;
• What you can do with the ‘content’ – the information that is available on our Site;
• What we can do with things you post; and
• Your rights and responsibilities.

We’ve tried to keep these Terms as short as we can and simple to understand. Please do read them and look out for changes as the latest version always applies. By continuing to use our Site, you’ll be considered to have accepted these Terms. If you don’t follow these Terms, we may stop you using the Site.

2. What we do

Our Site is provided to you free of charge for your own personal and non-commercial use only. It’s all about sharing and growing the world’s knowledge. A vast amount of the knowledge that would be valuable to many people is currently only available to a few — either locked in people’s heads, or only accessible to select groups. We want to connect with people who have knowledge and share it with those who need it and to bring together people with different perspectives so they can understand each other better. Our Site is there to empower everyone by sharing knowledge which will benefit of the rest of the world.

3. What we don’t do

The information on our Site shouldn’t be taken as any advice, representation, or arrangement by us – you’re responsible for making (or refraining from making) any specific decision or interpretation of the knowledge shared on the Site. You’re responsible for the decisions you make and we’re not liable for anything that happens as a result of you relying on the Site.

4. Privacy Policy
Please do read our Privacy Policy to see how we collect, use and protect your personal information.

5. External links
5.1. This part of the Terms talks about how we use information provided by other websites or link through to them. We’re not responsible for their content or liable for anything that happens if you choose to use them. If you do buy products or services from another website, please first read its terms and conditions and privacy policy carefully. Remember: you’ll be bound by those terms and conditions and any personal information you give them will be used in line with their privacy policies, not ours.
5.2. If you link to our Site you’ll need to follow these Terms and any relevant laws. You’re also not allowed to pretend to be us, or suggest you’re endorsed by us, or connected to us, or link to us from content that could be offensive.

6. Our content
6.1. All the content on our Site is owned by us or used with the permission of the people who own it – our licensers – and is protected by English and international copyright laws.

7. User content
7.1. By ‘user content’ we mean anything posted by users on our Site, for example comments on articles or Perspective posts. You should only post content you’ve created independently. You’ll still be the copyright owner under UK copyright laws of that content, but by posting it on our Site you agree and give us a licence to use/redistribute/make available and/or sell it whenever and however we want to without needing your permission, or needing to pay you.

7.2. We, or third parties we give permission to, can edit, change your content to meet our Site technical requirements, refuse to publish, or remove your content at any time. We’re not responsible for the deletion or failure to store either your or other users’ content.

7.3. If you’re under 16 you confirm you have the permission of your parent or guardian to submit content to us.

8. Perspective
8.1. What is Perspective?
Perspective is a section on our Site, which operates like a blog. It is a sacred space for you to share your knowledge and learnings around Sikhism, you can submit articles, posts, and images to us, and we will share these with the wider Sikh Wisdom community.

We encourage sharing knowledge on issues that benefit the community. However, we do require that your use of our Site is lawful and where you use our Perspective section – which is open to all – you follow these rules in section 8, which form part of these Terms.

8.2. If you want to post on our Perspective, you must be registered with us. You can then submit your article, posts, images to us, and we will review them accordingly to our Terms. If your Perspective is approved, you will be notified by your registered e-mail address.

8.3. We’re not liable for any user content, which is the opinion of the person posting only and in no way reflects our opinions or attitudes. It’s not our intention to upset anyone, therefore, anything which falls foul of our Terms or is inappropriate will be removed and dealt with amicably.

8.4. You guarantee that the content you post on the Perspective doesn’t:

8.4.1. Breach these Terms;

8.4.2. Contain unlawful, libellous, misleading, discriminatory or fraudulent content;

8.4.3. Harm or offend other people in containing extremist views, appearing to incite or promote terrorist activities, or in being obscene, threatening, harassing, abusive, hateful, aggressive, belligerent or embarrassing content;

THERE IS ZERO TOLERANCE IN OUR COMMUNITY FOR HATE SPEECH, BIGOTRY OR PREJUDICE, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, RACE, COLOUR, NATIONALITY, SEXUALITY, GENDER, DISABILITY OR RELIGION. SUCH REFERENCE WILL RESULT IN DELETING YOUR ACCOUNT AND REMOVING YOUR POST.

8.4.4. Contain personal information or infringe any intellectual property right or privacy right of anyone else.

8.5. We will remove articles, posts, images or restrict your ability to publish if you go against the guarantees you give in section 8.4 above.

8.6. If we have received complaints regarding your Perspective, we will then take the appropriate measures to remove your articles, posts, images to avoid further deterrence on the Perspective page.

8.7. You can report any post that you feel does not follow these Terms by emailing us.

9. Questions

9.1. To ask questions on our Forum, you need to join first. It’s free and just takes a few minutes. All you need to give is your email address. There won’t be any third-party emails, it’s purely an admin tool. For more details, see our Privacy Policy.

9.2. We do require that your use of our Forum– which is open to all – is lawful and that you follow the Site’s Terms. We will suspend your account with immediate effect if the content you post (i.e., questions, answers, polls, group pages or tags) goes against the Terms set out to you in section 8.4 above.

9.3. If you want to let users know about something you saw or read elsewhere, please use short quotes and state where you got them from, preferably by giving a link to the article. In terms of our copyright, you can post things you’ve posted here on other sites, but not posts by other Sikh Wisdom users.

9.4. If you feel there are posts that are disrupting the Forum, report them to us – do not attempt to engage with the user publicly or via private messaging. Doing so could lead to you being suspended by us.

9.5. To keep the Site running smoothly and within the Terms, we operate a Badges system (found under Questions). You will receive points for:
• registering on Sikh Wisdom;
• asking a question;
• answering a question;
• setting up a poll;
• setting up a community or tag;
• referring a new user; and
• introducing social media links to your posts.

We will follow checks on your profile and the number of points you have collected; you will be granted a verified status entirely our discretion as a result. A member of the Sikh Wisdom Team will contact you directly.

9.6. If you choose to close your account, simply email info@sikhwisdom.org from the email address you joined the Forum with, explaining why you wish to close your account.

10. About Sikhi Scholars

10.1. What is a Sikhi Scholar?
They are our brilliant group of selected volunteers who keep our Q&As running smoothly. They focus on answering questions and signposting our Site users to helpful information and resources on Sikhism. To understand who a Sikhi Scholar is, their username will have ‘Scholar’ beside it.

10.1.1. How can I sign up as a Sikh Scholar?
To sign up please complete the application provided to you on our Scholars page, found here.

10.2. What Conduct and Behaviour do Sikhi Scholars have to follow?
We value this above all else – be kind and respectful of all your fellow community members. Sikhi Scholars must not troll, harass, bully, or deliberately provoke others. Treat others as you like to be treated. You are responsible to guiding others therefore, you must respect section 8.4 of these Terms.

It is acceptable to express different opinions without passing judgement on the opinions expressed by others. This platform must be a safe and encouraging place for people to share their experiences and information relating to all things Sikhism. Abusive, manipulative and passive-aggressive behaviour is unacceptable.

Please note that although your intent may not have been to offend/insult/breach etc, we or other community members might feel differently. Please be mindful of this.

10.3. What Content can Sikhi Scholars Post?
Sikhi Scholars are not permitted to ask questions. Your role is to be informative and give high quality answers to questions which are submitted to you via our Q&As. Please keep your answers brief and to the point.

Please do not submit answers which contain derogatory content or defame other religious organisations, or groups. Just state the Sikhi viewpoint, your account and post(s) will be revoked if such action is taken.

Please do not request or share personal identifying information. This also includes sharing your own or others’ names, email addresses, details of where you live or work and any social media accounts. Additionally, your profile pictures should not contain personal information, business details, copyrighted material or flashing images. We also ask that you take extra care when uploading photos of personal documents and make sure that you have redacted all personally identifiable information.

Private messages are exactly that, please do not share them publicly on the Site. Such behaviour will not be tolerated, and your account will be revoked

10.4. What about Copyright Rules for Sikhi Scholars?
Please refrain from reproducing material that is not written by you. If you did not make it or write it, it is owned by someone else and reproducing this material may infringe that person’s copyright. If you are unsure on how to answer a question that has come through to you, please contact info@sikhwisdom.org for additional support.

10.5. Can we remove Posts or Answers by Sikhi Scholars?
Yes. This can happen when your posts or answers are in breach of our Terms. We will have no option but to remove your ability to post permanently. Do not challenge religious organisations or groups in your posts or answers. We do not tolerate such behaviour and will revoke your post(s) and account with immediate effect.

Please remember, we will act on behaviour that breaches these Terms as we see fit and while we will try to give feedback, we are not required to provide reasons, especially during busy times when this may not be possible.

Please also do not question or criticise our decisions on the public Forum. Any such posts shall be removed immediately, and appropriate action taken.

10.6. What Implications do Sikhi Scholars have to Face for Negative Posts?
It is important to understand that your post(s) could land you in court, being sued for defamation, and that you may have to pay substantial costs. If a post is reported to us as being defamatory, we’ll follow a legal process set out in Section 5 of the Defamation Act 2013.

10.7. What if a Sikhi Scholar has answered a question incorrectly?
If you noticed that you had answered a question incorrectly, you have an option to edit or delete it. If you have any issues in doing this, please contact us for support.

10.8. Finally, we are not liable for any actions you take that may breach these Terms. We must stress that as a Sikhi Scholar you have great responsibility in guiding our Site users to resources and information when answering their questions. By accepting your role as a Sikhi Scholar, you have agreed to comply with these Terms.

11. Compensating us.
You agree to compensate us as a result of:
• Any libellous content that you post on our Site, or via any other communications systems that will disparage Sikh Wisdom’s reputation;
• Any actions you take that disrupt access to and/or the functioning of our Site; or
• Any breach by you of your obligations under these Terms.

12. Final bits
12.1. If any parts of these Terms are found to be invalid, void or unenforceable it will be considered to be separate from the rest of these Terms, which will still apply.

12.2. Our failure or delay to act or enforce any part of these Terms shouldn’t be seen by you as us waiving any rights.

12.3. The Terms are a contract between you and us about your use of our Site. No one can enforce any parts of these Terms for you.

12.4. English law governs these Terms and only the English courts can resolve any dispute between us.

Any questions? If you’ve any questions about our Site or these Terms, please contact us on info@sikhwisdom.org.

Last updated January 2021.