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standard terms of service for websites

How to Use Turnstile

It’s up to you to read through the terms and make sure they work for your website and your needs. Nobody provides any kind of guarantee that the terms will work, or work for you. Using Turnstile certainly doesn’t make any of the lawyers or other people who’ve contributed professionally responsible to you.

To use the Turnstile terms of service as the terms of service for your website, create a terms of service page with content based on this template. Make sure to replace all the {placeholders}.

The Turnstile Terms of Service at https://turnstiletos.com/1.0.3 govern use of this website. To use this website, you must agree to those terms.

The website is {address of your website, e.g. example.com}.

The operator is {name of the person or company behind your website, e.g. "John Doe, resident of California" or "SomeCo, Inc., a New York corporation"}.

The governing law is {e.g. "California"}.

The forum for disputes is {e.g. "San Francisco, California"}.

The operator’s contact information is {e.g. "privacy@example.com"}.

These terms were last updated on {e.g. January 1, 2020}.

The first paragraph uses a legal technique called incorporation by reference.

The later paragraphs provide information that the terms need to work.

Legal rules about how to make sure website terms of service work as a legally enforceable contract vary by jurisdiction. At a minimum, best practices recommend:

Most of these points sound in a single, underlying theme: If you end up in a disagreement with a user, you will need evidence to prove that they agreed to your terms, or at least obviously knew that your website had terms, and where to find them.