Terms of Use

This Terms of Use Agreement was last modified on 2/3/2016 and is effective immediately..


This is the official Terms of Use Agreement ("Terms") between RateThisReaction.com ("Site," "we," "us" or "our") and the users of this Site (“User,” “you”, “your”) for this specific Internet website, application, or other interactive service that includes an authorized link to this Agreement. The Site is owned, operated and/or provided by RateThisReaction.com.


  • You must be 18 years of age or older to use this website.
  • You must possess the appropriated knowledge, skills, equipment, and protective gear to replicate the reactions posted on this website.
  • We recommend using your school/work email address for registration.
  • You may not use this website for commercial purposes without our express permission. You may not use any content of this website without our express permission.
  • You may not post fake reviews, or otherwise skew the objectivity of this Site.
  • You may not post inappropriate reviews or comments.
  • You may not “scrape” or “crawl” this Site without our express permission.
  • You may not upload malicious programs or code. 
  • Contents you post are owned by this website.
  • We may terminate your use of the Site at our discretion.
  • We are not responsible for damage of injury resulted from the use of this Site.

This Site is intended to be used by research chemists who are 18 years of age or older, including, without limitation, college students majoring in chemistry or related fields, graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in chemistry or related fields, research chemists in academia, government agencies, and corporations. The users must thoroughly understand of the hazards associated with running chemical reactions, and must possess the knowledge and skills to properly handle the chemicals and reaction vessels and wear sufficient personal protective equipment to ensure the safety of you and others surrounding you. If you are not yet the Site Minimum Age and/or do not meet any eligibility requirements, please discontinue using the Site immediately or, if for any reason, you do not agree with all of the terms and conditions contained in this Agreement and in the Privacy Policy, please discontinue using the Site immediately, because by using or attempting to use the Site, you certify that you are at least the Site Minimum Age and meet any eligibility requirements of the Site.

These terms and conditions regarding your use of the Site constitute a legally binding agreement between you, on the one hand, and RateThisReaction.com, on the other hand. In this Agreement, the term "Site" includes all websites and web pages within the Site as well as any equivalent, mirror, replacement, substitute, or backup websites and web pages that are associated with the Site. By using this Site, you understand, acknowledge and agree that you will abide by the terms of this Agreement and any additional terms that govern certain products and services, which will be presented in conjunction with those products and/or services ("Additional Terms"), including, but not limited to, the Rules of Conduct ("Rules"), which govern certain activities and services such as voting (for example, see the Rating Guideline.

The Site's Additional Terms and Privacy Policy are hereby incorporated in this Agreement by reference. To the extent that there is a conflict between this Agreement and Additional Terms for the activity in which you choose to participate, the Additional Terms shall govern. This Agreement will remain in full force and effect as long as you are a user of the Site and in the event of termination of any membership, service or feature, you will still be bound by your obligations under this Agreement, the Privacy Policy, and any Additional Terms, including any indemnifications, warranties and limitations of liability.

We reserve the right, at any time and from time to time, for any reason in our sole discretion, to change the terms of this Agreement. We may post or display notices of material changes on the Site and/or e-mail you or notify you upon login about these changes; the form of such notice is at our discretion. Once we post them on the Site, these changes become effective immediately and if you use the Site after they become effective it will signify your agreement to be bound by the changes. You should check back frequently and review the terms and conditions of this Agreement, including, but not limited to, Additional Terms and Privacy Policy, regularly so you are aware of the most current rights and obligations that apply to you and the terms and conditions of your agreement with us.

We require each user to have a unique email address and password combination in order to access and use certain features or functions of the Site (including without limitation: adding new reactions, posting reviews, posting comments) and may also, from time to time, provide users with additional codes or passwords necessary to access and use certain features or functions of the Site. We ask each user to register with his/her work email address, including without limitation the university, company, and government agency email address that contains “.edu”, “.gov”, “.ac”, and company top-level and second-level domains that contains “.com”.

Please read our Privacy Policy, which describes the personally identifiable information ("Personal Information") and other information we collect, use, disclose, manage and store. As part of the registration process for the feature or function, you will choose a user name and password. Your user name (displayed publicly), email address, and password are personal to you and you may not allow any others to use your user name or password under any circumstances. We are not liable for any harm caused or related to the theft or misappropriation of your user name or password, disclosure of your user name or password, or your authorization of anyone else to use your user name or password. You agree to immediately notify us if you become aware of or believe there is or may have been any unauthorized use of (or activity using) your user name or password or any other need to deactivate your user name or password due to security concerns.

The Contents of this Site, including all Site software, design, text, images, photographs, illustrations, audio and video material, artwork, graphic material, databases, proprietary information and all copyrightable or otherwise legally protectable elements of the Site, including, without limitation, the selection, sequence, and “look and feel” and arrangement of items, and all trademarks, service marks, and trade names (individually and/or collectively, "Material"), are the property of RateThisReaction.com and are legally protected, without limitation, under U.S. Federal and State, as well as applicable foreign laws, regulations and treaties. Unless the context clearly requires otherwise or we explicitly say so in writing, the term "Site" includes "Material" as well.

The Site is to be used solely for your noncommercial, non-exclusive, non-assignable, non-transferable, and limited personal use and for no other purposes. You must not alter, delete, or conceal any copyright or other notices contained on the Site, including notices on any Material you download, transmit, display, print or reproduce from the Site. You must not conduct systematic data mining or by any other means attempt to recreate the database, either manually or through the use of software. Except using tools provided on the Site, you shall not, nor will you allow any third party (whether or not for your benefit) to reproduce, modify, create derivative works from, display, perform, publish, distribute, disseminate, broadcast, or circulate to any third party (including without limitation, on or via a third party website), or otherwise use, any Material without the express prior written consent of Us. Any unauthorized or prohibited use of any Material may subject you to civil liability, criminal prosecution, or both, under applicable federal, state and local laws. We require users to respect our copyrights, trademarks, and other intellectual property rights.

From time to time, you may communicate with, receive communications from, be re-directed to, interact with, or participate in or use the services or obtain goods and services of or from, third parties (collectively, the "Advertisers") such as our advertisers, sponsors, or promotional partners as a result of your use of the Site. All such communication, interaction and participation is strictly and solely between you and such Advertisers and we shall not be responsible or liable to you in any way in connection with these activities or transactions (including, without limitation, any representations, warranties, covenants, contracts or other terms or conditions that may exist between you and the Advertiser or any goods or services you may purchase or obtain from any Advertiser). Please see our Privacy Policy for more information on your choices regarding sharing of Personal Information with Advertisers.

Your use of the Site is subject to all applicable laws, rules and regulations and, in some cases, international treaties. You are solely responsible for all activities, acts and omissions that occur in, from, through or under your user name, email address, or password. You shall not use, allow, or enable others to use the Site, or knowingly condone use of this Site by others, in any manner that (is), or is likely to:

  • be libelous, defamatory, indecent, vulgar or obscene, pornographic, sexually explicit or sexually suggestive, racially, culturally, or ethnically offensive, harmful, harassing, intimidating, threatening, hateful, objectionable, discriminatory, or abusive, or which may or may appear to impersonate anyone else;
  • affect us adversely or reflect negatively on us, the Site, our goodwill, name or reputation or cause duress, distress or discomfort to us or anyone else, or discourage any person, firm or enterprise from using all or any portion, features or functions of the Site, or from advertising, linking or becoming a supplier to us in connection with the Site;
  • send or result in the transmission of junk e-mail, chain letters, duplicative or unsolicited messages, or so-called "spamming" and "phishing";
  • Use the Site for commercial or business purposes without Our express, prior permission, including without limitation, advertising, marketing, or offering goods or services, whether or not for financial or any other form of compensation or through linking with any other website or web pages;
  • transmit, distribute, or upload programs or material that contain malicious code, including without limitation, viruses, timebombs, cancelbots, worms, trojan horses, spyware, or other potentially harmful programs or other material or information;
  • forge any TCP/IP packet header or part of the header information in any email or newsgroup posting for any reason;
  • violate any laws, rules or regulations (including, without limitation, laws regarding the transmission of technical data or software exported from the United States), judicial or governmental order or any treaties, or violate or infringe upon any copyright or other intellectual property rights, rights of publicity or privacy, or any other rights of ours or of any other person, firm or enterprise; gain or enable unauthorized access to the Site or any of its features or functions, other users' accounts, names, passwords, personally identifiable information or other computers, websites or pages, connected or linked to the Site or to use the Site in any manner which violates or is inconsistent with the terms and conditions of this Agreement, including, but not limited to, Additional Terms such as Rating Guidelines and the Privacy Policy ;
  • modify, disrupt, impair, alter or interfere with the use, features, functions, operation or maintenance of the Site or the rights or use and enjoyment of the Site by any other person, firm or enterprise;
  • collect, obtain, compile, gather, transmit, reproduce, delete, revise, view or display any material or information, whether personally identifiable or not, posted by or concerning any other person, firm or enterprise, in connection with their or your use of the Site, unless you have obtained the express, prior permission of such other person, firm or enterprise to do so;
  • without our prior permission, use manual or automated software, devices, scripts, robots or other means or processes to access, “scrape,” “crawl” or “spider” any web pages or other services contained in the Site, or otherwise recreate or attempt to recreate Our database;
  • otherwise violate this Agreement, including, but not limited to, any Additional Terms and the Privacy Policy .

Portions of this Site may provide you an opportunity to submit Postings (reactions, journal references, reviews, comments), and communicate with other users via private messaging functions. You understand, acknowledge and agree that you must follow the rules detailed in Section 6 (Rules of Conduct), and that you (including, but not limited to, Postings and Messages made under your name, user name and/or email address) are solely and entirely responsible for the consequences of all Postings and Messages that you upload or otherwise make available via the Site. Postings do not reflect the views of RateThisReaction.com and We do not guarantee the accuracy or reliability of any Posting or endorse or support any opinions expressed in any Postings.

We reserve the right to monitor, edit, and screen any Postings and Messages between users and to delete, edit, or move, without notice to you, in our sole discretion, Postings and comments that we deem to be in violation of the Agreement or to be unacceptable to RateThisReaction.com, or for any reason or for no reason whatsoever; provided, however, that, RateThisReaction.com shall have no obligation or liability for failure to do so or for doing so in any particular manner..

If we determine, in our sole discretion and judgment, that any Posting or Messages does or may violate any of the terms of this Agreement, in addition to our rights as described in this Agreement, we reserve the right, at any time and without limiting any and all other rights we may have under this Agreement, at law or in equity, to: (i) refuse to allow you to Post; (ii) remove and delete Postings; (iii) revoke your right to use the Site; and (iv) use any technological, legal, operational, or other means available to us to enforce the provisions of this Agreement, including, without limitation, blocking specific IP addresses or deactivating your registration on the Site.

By Adding Postings or private Messages on this Site, you reaffirm such agreement that: (i) you specifically grant RateThisReaction.com the rights to use Contents (Postings and Messages) that you submitted to the Website in any form, throughout the universe, in perpetuity; (ii) you represent warrant and covenant that (A) the Contents are original to you and/or fully cleared for use as contemplated herein, (B) the Posting does and will not, in any way, violate or breach any of the terms of this Agreement, (C) the Content does not contain libelous, tortious, discriminatory, defamatory, obscene or otherwise unlawful material, (D) the Content, and RateThisReaction.com’s exercise of the rights you grant to RateThisReaction.com to the Contents, do and will not infringe upon, misappropriate or otherwise violate any copyright or other intellectual property, privacy, publicity or other rights of any party, or otherwise violate any other applicable law, rule or regulation, (E) the Content shall not be injurious to the health of any user, (F) neither we, RateThisReaction.com shall be required to pay or incur any sums to any person or entity as a result of our permitted use or exploitation of the Content (including, but not limited to, any guild or residual payments in connection with the submission and exploitation of any Content) and (G) all of the information provide by you associated with your Content is correct, complete and accurate; and (iii) if your Content incorporates the name, logo, brand, service or trademark, voice, likeness or image of any person, firm or enterprise, you additionally represent, warrant and covenant to RateThisReaction.com that you (A) have the right to grant RateThisReaction.com the right to use all such Contents as described above, (B) the Content was produced in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations. With the submission of each such Content, RateThisReaction.com reserves the right to request that you, and upon such request you must, deliver a full and complete set of such identification verification records to use, as well as a legible photocopy of your valid driver’s license, passport or other acceptable government-issued photo identification for our verification and record-keeping purposes.

Upon the request of RateThisReaction.com, you will promptly furnish any documentation, substantiation and releases necessary and reasonably required to verify and substantiate your compliance with any or all of the terms and conditions of this Agreement, including, but not limited to, the foregoing representations, warranties and covenants and, if applicable, you will promptly comply with any specific requests or directions we give you in connection with Contents you submit that may be subject to these requirements.

If You believe that Your copyright, trademark, or privacy right has been infringed, in any way, by Content on the Website, please provide a detailed description of the alleged infringement for further investigation via e-mail to admin@ratethisreaction.com . Our receiving, investigating, or responding to your e-mail shall not constitute Our agreement or verification of your claim(s) nor any admission of liability therefor. We make no commitment, covenant, promise, warranty, representation, or guarantee that it will receive, review, investigate, or respond to your claim within any particular time.

The availability, appearance, or your use of URLs or hyperlinks referenced or included anywhere on the Site or any other form of link or re-direction of your connection to, with or through the Site, does not constitute an endorsement by, nor does it incur any obligation, responsibility or liability on the part of RateThisReaction.com. We do not verify, endorse, or have any responsibility for, any such third party sites, their business practices (including their privacy policies), or any goods or services associated with or obtained in connection with any such site, whether RateThisReaction.com’s logo(s) or sponsorship identification is on the third party site as part of a co-branding or promotional arrangement. If any third party site obtains or collects Personal Information from you, in no event shall we assume or have any responsibility or liability. Please read our Privacy Policy which describes how this Channel collects and uses your Personal Information and other information and certain of our relationships.

We may terminate your use of and registration on the Site, at any time and for any reason, with or without cause, without prior notice to you and without any liability or further obligation of any kind whatsoever to you or any other party.

THIS SITE, AND ALL MATERIALS, PRODUCTS, AND POSTINGS ARE MADE AVAILABLE ON AN "AS IS" AND "AS AVAILABLE" BASIS, WITHOUT ANY REPRESENTATION OR WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, OR ANY GUARANTY OR ASSURANCE THE SITE WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR USE, OR THAT ALL PRODUCTS, FEATURES, FUNCTIONS OR OPERATIONS WILL BE AVAILABLE OR PERFORM AS DESCRIBED. While we strive to ensure the accuracy of the reaction schemes, reference information, and the reviews, we are not responsible or liable for, including without limitation, any malicious code, delays, inaccuracies, errors, omissions, equipment damage, bodily injuries, or death arising from Your use of the Site. You understand, acknowledge and agree that you are assuming the entire risk as to the quality, accuracy, performance, timeliness, adequacy, completeness, correctness, authenticity, security, and validity of any and all features and functions of the Site, including, without limitation, Postings and Materials associated with your use of the Site.


Notwithstanding any claim that a sole or exclusive remedy which is provided in this Agreement may or does fail of its essential purpose, you specifically acknowledge and agree that your sole and exclusive remedy for any loss or damage shall be to have RateThisReaction.com, upon written notice from you to us, attempt to repair, correct or replace any deficient goods or services under this Agreement and, if repair, correction or replacement is not reasonably commercially practicable for RateThisReaction.com, to terminate and discontinue your use of the Site. You further understand and acknowledge the capacity of the Site, in the aggregate and for each user, is limited. Consequently some messages and transmissions may not be processed in a timely fashion or at all, and some features or functions may be restricted or delayed or become completely inoperable. As a result, you acknowledge and agree that RateThisReaction.com assumes no liability, responsibility or obligation to transmit, process, store, receive or deliver transactions or Contents or for any failure or delay associated with any Contents and you are hereby expressly advised not to rely upon the timeliness or performance of the Site for any transactions or Contents. Some jurisdictions do not allow for the exclusion of certain warranties or certain limitations on damages and remedies; accordingly some of the exclusions and limitations described in this Agreement may not apply to you.

You agree to indemnify, defend, and hold RateThisReaction.com harmless from and against any and all claims, actions, losses, expenses, damages and costs (including reasonable attorneys' fees), resulting from any breach or violation of this Agreement by You, Your use of the Site or the public posting or other permitted use of your Postings.

RateThisReaction.com reserves the right to assume, at its sole expense, the exclusive defense and control of any such claim or action and all negotiations for settlement or compromise, and you agree to fully cooperate with RateThisReaction.com in the defense of any such claim, action, settlement or compromise negotiations, as requested by RateThisReaction.com.

We respect your privacy and the use and protection of your Information. Please see our Privacy Policy , for important information and disclosures relating to the collection and use of your Information in connection with your use of the Site.

This Agreement and your use of the Site is governed by, construed and enforced in accordance with the laws of the State of California (without regard to that state’s conflict of laws rules). You and RateThisReaction.com agree that any claim relating to this Site and this Agreement is subject to exclusive jurisdiction and venue in the State or Federal Courts situated in the City of Berkeley, State of California. To the extent it may be applicable, you and RateThisReaction.com agree to opt out from and expressly exclude any applicability of the Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act.

This Agreement, together with any Additional Terms, our Privacy Policy and any other regulations, procedures, and policies which we refer to and which are hereby incorporated by reference, contains the entire understanding and agreement between you and the Site and supersedes any and all prior or inconsistent understandings relating to the Site and your use of the Site. This Agreement cannot be changed or terminated orally. If any provision of this Agreement is held to be illegal, invalid or unenforceable, this will not affect any other provisions and the Agreement will be deemed amended to the extent necessary to make it legal, valid and enforceable. Any provision which must survive in order to allow us to enforce its meaning shall survive the termination of this Agreement; however, no action relating to this Agreement or your use of the Site, regardless of form or the basis of the claim, may be brought by you more than one (1) year after the cause of action has arisen (or if multiple causes, from the date the first such cause arose). The laws and regulations of the U.S. restrict the export and re-export of certain technology and you agree not to use, export or re-export any Material relating to the Site in violation of those laws and regulations.


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Terms and Conditions