Last Updated: 25 Aug. 2023 (Effective since 1 Sep. 2023)
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Privacy & Cookies Policy | Terms of Service
The simplified version📄 is for ease of understanding📖 only, which may be informal💬 and contain emojis😀.
If you have reading skills📖, please also read the full (formal) text📚 for full legal requirements.
Why I made a Simplified Version?
In 2022, I discovered that some students violated⚠️ the Terms of Service on some websites (e.g. spam/negative content💬 and even (D)DoS attack⚔️).
Hello there! I am Ken and welcome😊 to Ken's Study Journey!
In order to maintain a quiet, comfortable💺, and safe🛡️ study environment, I made my Terms of Service to regulate user behaviours. You should read carefully📖 before use.
My services will not only comply with relevant laws and regulations📄 but also be friendly😆 to you and be a service provider you enjoy👍.
1. About my Services
You need to agree✅ and obey the rules📄 to use my services.
My services include:
- Ken's Study Journey website🖥️;
- Ken's Study Planner🗓️ website and app (coming soon);
- Ken's Study Internet of Things🔗 (IoT) (coming soon);
- Ken's Study Newsletter📨;
- Activities🏝️ organised by me.
2. Who can Use my Services?
Anyone🧑🏻💻 can use my services. Children need to be supervised by their parents👨👩👧 in order to use my services correctly✅.
Hackers🧑🏻💻 must report⛳️ any errors and vulnerabilities🚪 found and mustn’t disrupt my service order.
Since Tor🧅 can completely hide your identity and evade investigation⚠️, users are not allowed🚫 to use my services via them.
I speak English🇬🇧 and Simplified Chinese🇨🇳.
My audio articles🎧, videos🎬 and vlogs🎞️ are currently available in English only, but all other services are available in both languages.
You can report⛳️ any language errors⚠️ (e.g. grammar, pronunciation and translation errors) on my services.
4. Study and Learn from Me
You can learn from my experiences📚, program codes🧑🏻💻, and other resources. You also can make friends with me and share your experiences.
You can use spider🕷️ and web crawler🐞 programs to crawl publicly-displayed content, but they must follow the rules📄 in the “robots.txt” file and should include the correct “User-agent” HTTP request header.
I do not discriminate🚫 against any users with different characteristics🧑🦳 such as countries/regions🌎 and operating systems🖥️.
All services are available✅ throughout the world🌎 with universal versions.
Some third-party websites, like YouTube and Instagram, may be inaccessible🚧 in some countries/regions, so I also post my content uploaded to them on my servers to promote equality⚖️.
I also do not set any limitations🚧 on my services, such as the number of requests📥 per IP address🔌 per minute⏱️ and the number of devices📲 logged in📥 on an account.
If you need help❓ at any point, you can contact me📩 to get help🙋.
7. User Account
You don’t need an account to use most services, but you need it to use some services like Ken’s Study Planner (web version)🗓️ and IoT🔗.
You may use false names or nicknames, but you must use your real (existent) email address📧 for your account, and you mustn’t impersonate others.
You are responsible🛡️ for your account, including your password🔐 and content📝.
For your safety🛡️, you can be logged out🚪 from your device🖥️ if you do not use your account after a long time⌛️ (180 days).
Please let me know📨 if your account is stolen or hacked🧑🏻💻.
You can subscribe to my email newsletter📩 for free and you can unsubscribe❌ them at any time by clicking “Unsubscribe” at the bottom of my email.
Note: I have temporarily turned off the Comments function for safety reasons (e.g. to prevent using false/non-existent email addresses). However, additional security measures may be implemented on it.
You can send comments💬 on my articles in English🇬🇧 and Chinese🇨🇳 (emojis😀 are allowed✅) and they mustn’t have prohibited🚫 content.
If your comment is rejected❌, you can follow the email✉️ instructions, use the same identity and try to correct✅ your comment until it is accepted.
I may show your IP address locations📍 in “State/Province, Country” under your comments💬 and profile in order to prevent spam and according to China regulations.
10. Inspection and Content Review
I only review📖 your content on my services that are displayed publicly📤, such as your comments💬.
I may check activity logs📄 recorded on my servers at any time, especially when my servers🗃️ are down and/or hacked.
I may check☑️ the modules and webpages📄 on my services and use Active Probing🔍 technology provided by ISPs🔗 to monitor📊 my services at any time to make sure they work normally.
11. Fee, Sharing and Advertisement
My services are completely free🤑, non-profit and non-commercial and do not have ads. You can use ad-blockers🚧.
So, I do not❌ accept business enquiries or advertisements.
You can share📤 my articles and other resources, but you must not❌ resell💰 them and earn money.
12. Privacy and Cookies
I protect your privacy🛡️ and do not leak your private information💳 without your permission according to my Privacy & Cookies Policy.
13. Third Parties
Third Parties are websites🖥️, companies🏢, etc. other than me and you.
This includes my accounts on social media platforms like YouTube🎬 and Instagram📸.
Ken’s Study Journey does not❌ solely rely on third-parties to operate the services.
Only strictly necessary data📦 to provide my services🧑🔧 is shared with third parties🏘️.
My services and I strictly follow the fair competition⚖️ principle and I never❌ suppress🔨 other competitors.
14. Encouraged Content
You can✅ send positive content, such as feature requests🪄, suggestions✨ and ideas💡, thank letters👍, festival greetings🎄, and share your study-related websites💻 and/or channels🎬.
You can also share external links🔗 without any prohibited content.
15. Prohibited Content
Some countries🏜️, regions⛰️, cities🏘️, schools🏫 and colleges⛪️ may block/ban⛔️ negative content, websites, etc. to cease negative impacts📉.
So, you can’t❌ send spam and negative⚔️ content, such as profanity language👎, school bullying🗡️, laughing😁 at or exerting unnecessary burden📚 on others. This includes their encrypted/encoded forms (e.g. Base64, Unicode) and URLs/links🔗.
You also need to follow the China🇨🇳 laws📄 and regulations while posting your content. For example, porn, gambling🃏 and phishing🎣 are prohibited🚫 by laws.
You can see some examples of violations⚠️ and suggestions✅ in the full version of the Terms of Service.
16. Prohibited Actions
You cannot🚫 carry out misbehaviours on my services without my permission.
For example, (D)DoS attack⚔️, hacking🧑🏻💻, imitating others, using false or non-existent email addresses✉️, reselling my free things and earning money🤑, imitating my brand🪧 and website/app🖥️, and massively uploading📤 and/or downloading📥 meaningless materials only to occupy my server’s🗃️ storage space📦 and/or bandwidth🔗 are not allowed🚫.
17. Copyright and Content Licensing
When you post your content📤 on my services, your content remains yours and you keep your copyright, but you are giving me your permission✅ (or formally and legally speaking: the licence) allowing me to store, distribute and display your content.
When you use my services and apps, I also give you my personal (non-commercial) permission✅ to use them.
I may update⬆️ my apps at any time to provide new features🌟 and enhance security🛡️.
My materials📄 and resources📚 are protected by copyright©️, including posters📜, banners🪧, slogans📣 and templates📑.
You can✅ read📖, play▶️, download📥, print out🖨️, apply and imitate, perform🕺, publicly show📺, share📤 my content and use them for educational purposes🧑🏫 without my permission and without labelling sources🏷️ (credit).
You can✅ also modify✍️ and re-distribute📤 them without my permission, but you must include credits (i.e. include my name and link back to my website and original content).
You can use my materials personally🧑🏻💻, but you cannot❌ resell my free materials and earn money🤑 or reclaim my copyrighted items, without my permission.
If my content infringes⚠️ your copyright, please contact me✉️ to delete or credit them.
18. Termination and Violations
I understand that some students🧑🎓 may violate⚠️ rules by mistakes, so I will educate you🧑🏫 to correct✅ your behaviours if you violate my Terms of Service.
Don’t be disheartened💔 if you violated my Terms of Service by mistake. I will not❌ penalise🔨 you but will lead you to the right direction✅ and you can correct your errors.
I may ban🚫 users, or even notify authorities in the worst case, for repeated🔂 violations without any corrections❎ in a short time⏳.
If your account is hacked/stolen🧑🏻💻, let me know and you may not be penalised.
Re-registered accounts after an account ban may also be banned.
If you want to stop🟥 using my services, you can delete🗑️ your account (by clicking Delete Account on Study Planner Settings) and unsubscribe📤 from my email newsleter and delete Cookies🍪 by yourself.
If you send me a large amount of prohibited🚫 content causing me too much burden😰, I may delay⏳ replying to them.
You may need to complete a CAPTCHA🌠 and/or code verification if my system suspects the traffic comes from robots🤖.
To ensure data security, my servers may disconnect🔌 from the Internet immediately if the system detects🔍 continuous hacking or (D)DoS/CC attack.
If you point your domain name to my server’s IP addresses🚏, my servers will drop🔌 your connection🔗 and I may also notify the domain name registrar.
Users scanning🔦 website hidden modules may be automatically reminded💬 by the system. Repeat scanners after warnings may be posted on the Reminder Board📋.
If there is (D)DoS/CC attack causing severe service interruptions⚠️, I may notify ISPs🔗, authorities🏛️, and even the Internet police👮.
(D)DoS and/or CC attack is illegal in some countries or regions.
If the attack(s) cause severe service interruptions, you may be punished by laws.
If there is a problem, you should first politely contact the platform and provide your suggestions.
I pay my maximum effort🧪 to ensure that my services work best for you.
However, I cannot❌ guarantee that my services can work 100% correctly at all times🕰️ and are compatible with your devices💻 and operating systems (OS), and all content on my services is 100% correct and accurate.
You may check my service status on the Status Page (status.kenstudyjourney.cn) at any time.
I have no responsibility⚠️ for such outages or damage, including third-party websites and links🔗 displayed.
I will not compensate (indemnify) you⚠️ for some inexorable situations, such as natural disasters🌊 and unstable Internet🖇️.
I will indemnify you💸 if my services result in your property loss😢 (e.g. damaging your devices).
You should also compensate me🤑 if you violate my Terms of Service and result in my property loss.
21. Anti-Fake and Anti-Phishing
My emails have unique codes🔐 at the bottom⬇️. You can check it on Check Email Validity Page.
I am using some technical🛠️ measures to prevent fake⚠️ emails from impersonating my domain name.
My servers and branches are in the People’s Republic of China🇨🇳 (PRC) and so my services follow China laws and regulations.
23. Headquarters, Branches and Server Nodes
Ken’s Study Journey and its main servers are based in Guangzhou, China.
A server node has edge and core servers. Edge servers distribute files📄 to nearby visitors and core servers operate the main services🧮.
I may also add branches🏢 and server nodes elsewhere, which are managed by the Guangzhou headquarters, to develop my services.
I may change✍️ my policies (e.g. Terms of Service) at any time according to the laws📚 and regulations. I will notify🔔 you after each change.
If you continue▶️ to use my services after such changes, you should agree✅ with the new policies, or you will need to stop🟥 using my services.
24. About the Terms
You can contact me💬 if you have any questions/doubts about this Terms of Service.
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