Terms of Use/Waiver

Perhaps I should write a privacy policy next :)

Seriously, tho, there are some things that need to be pointed out about mapsurfer.com. And there is a Terms of Use/Waiver to agree to:

Firstly, some content on mapsurfer.com may explictly or implicitly, hidden, encrypted, or otherwise, describe locations of places in the real world if interpreted in a certain way (simulated treasure hunting). The most obvious, but not only examples, are the explicit treasurebox clues and scanned orienteering maps.

YOU USE MAPSURFER.COM AT YOUR OWN RISK. YOU INTERPRET THE CONTENT ON MAPSURFER.COM AT YOUR OWN RISK. IF YOU LOOK FOR PLACES IN THE REAL WORLD BASED ON ANY CONTENT ON MAPSURFER.COM, YOU DO SO AT YOUR OWN RISK. THERE IS NO WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, ON ANY CONTENT ON MAPSURFER.COM

While it is intended that there is a safe, legal, trespass-free route to all of the locations described on mapsurfer.com at the time of writing (and in some cases by explicit temporary permission at the time of the experience described by the writing), there can be no assurance that there was at the time of writing or is at the time of reading, and there can be no assurance that, even if there is, that the encrypted writing will be interpreted properly (or was designed/created properly) to find such a route.

Possession of a clue, orienteering or other map, or otherwise encrypted descriptions of locations in the real world, or the existence thereof on mapsurfer.com, does not imply rights of access to particular lands and route choices, or the safety thereof, including the location of the box, map, or described location itself. Always observe current local regulations, signs, property rights, and customs; you are responsible for your actions. Clues and other content not intended to be taken literally or to suggest route choices; route choices (and the choice to proceed at all), are your choice. For example, use common sense -- if you think a clue says go "that way", but "that way" does not look safe or legal, don't do it. For example, ask permission before using an orienteering map. There are other possibilities beyond the examples and descriptions listed here.

CLUES, WRITINGS, AND OTHER CONTENT ONLY EVER DESCRIBE LOCATIONS, NOT DIRECTIONS.

Simulated treasure hunting, letterboxing, orienteering, etc., like any outdoor pastime, carries the risk of various and unforeseen hazards. mapsurfer.com/Randy Hall follows a policy of not knowingly describing locations or placing boxes in areas that will create an unsafe situation for the user of the content. However, as conditions may vary, it is the responsibility of the user of the content to become thoroughly familiar with the conditions in the area to be searched, to adequately prepare for those conditions, and to conduct oneself safely and responsibly with respect to those conditions and with respect to his or her personal abilities and limitations. mapsurfer.com/Randy Hall assume no liability for events which may occur related directly or indirectly to one's searching for a letterbox or other location described on mapsurfer.com

Do not let children hunt for locations described on mapsurfer.com unsupervised. Children, do not for locations described on mapsurfer.com without the supervision of an adult who has read and agreed to this Terms of Use/Waiver.

Certain parts of mapsurfer.com allow you to buy content. All such transactions are handled off-line by Paypal. No personal details other than e-mail address and last name are logged on mapsurfer.com, and that is solely for debugging and support purposes. For any such purchases, mapsurfer.com/Randy Hall's liability is limited to a refund of the purchace price, or fulfillment of the content being purchased, at our option.

By reading/viewing/using any content on mapsurfer.com, you acknowledge the above conditions, and accept responsibility for your own actions, and agree to hold non-liable mapsurfer.com/Randy Hall, and further, agree to provide this disclaimer to any person with whom you share content from mapsurfer.com.

Geez.

Secondly, the contents are copyrighted. Don't take my clues, photos, or other writing, and put them on another site, server, database, book, etc. without permission. One major letterboxing/geocaching website operator put them in his database without my permission, and, that simply wasn't polite. A minor magazine did also. Who knows who else has. While it is nice to be so flattered, it is nicer to respect my rights. While I don't expect to make a dime off my work (its given basically for free, tho defraying the costs of operating a website are always appreciated), I don't expect others to either.

And besides, what looks like a clue may only be part of a clue, misdirection, etc., and doing so will be misleading and incorrect. mapsurfer.com is a logical and harmonious whole, and stealing pieces of it simply doesn't make sense. (Although feel free to offer to buy pieces of my intellectual property or commission me to write something).

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