The Best of Madison Readers’ Poll is an annual survey asking local readers and consumers to vote for their favorite food and drink, retail services and people.
Please note that our voting format has changed. When you reach the end of the ballot, you will NOT see an option to submit the entire ballot. Instead, each vote is saved individually when you select the vote button.
To expand each category to see the vote buttons, click the expand arrows to the right of the category name.
You are allowed one vote per category per day from September 19-October 31.
UPICKEM Terms of Service
End User Agreement Terms of Service
Welcome to UPICKEM. This service is offered free of charge to users in conjunction with this web site using proprietary software of UPICKEM, Inc. ("UPICKEM"). Your ("End User") use of the Service is, however, conditioned upon completion and acceptance of the "End User Agreement" Terms of Service, as well as continued compliance with its provisions. PLEASE READ THESE TERMS OF SERVICE CAREFULLY BEFORE USING THIS SITE. BY CHECKING THE "I ACCEPT" CHECKBOX BELOW AND REGISTERING WITH UPICKEM, YOU ACCEPT AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY ALL OF THE TERMS OF SERVICE, WITHOUT LIMITATION OR QUALIFICATION. IF AFTER READING THIS AGREEMENT, YOU DO NOT WISH TO AGREE TO ALL OF THE TERMS OF SERVICE, CLICK THE "CANCEL" BUTTON BELOW AND PLEASE DO NOT ACCESS OR OTHERWISE USE THIS SITE OR ANY INFORMATION CONTAINED THEREIN.
This site is operated in part by one or more licensees of UPICKEM, who owns and maintains the services (the "Service") offered on this site. End User understands and agrees that the Service is provided to him/her exclusively under UPICKEM's End User Terms of Service. By completing the registration process, End User is stating that he/she has read and understands the End User Terms of Service, and that he/she agrees to be bound by them. UPICKEM may modify this End User agreement at any time, and may terminate End User's use of the Service or otherwise revise any or all aspects of the Service in its sole discretion and without prior notice. End User's continued use of the Service now, or following the posting of notice of any changes in this End User Agreement, will constitute a binding acceptance by End User of such rules, changes or modifications. End User represents that he/she is at least 18 years of age and, if acting on behalf of a group or organization, has the authority to do so. Any minor using the system shall do so only with the consent of a supervising parent or guardian who shall execute an End User Agreement on behalf of such minor. End User is responsible for all use of the Service under End User's password. End User acknowledges that he/she is aware that areas accessible on or through the Service may contain material that is unsuitable for minors (persons under 18 years of age). End User, or parent or guardian, as the case may be, agrees to supervise usage of the Service by minors, if any, whom End User permits to use the Service.
End User Responsibilities
End User is responsible for obtaining and maintaining all telephone, computer hardware and other equipment needed for access to and use of the Service and all charges related thereto. End User acknowledges and agrees that he/she is solely responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of his/her account number and/or password. End User agrees that he/she is entirely responsible for all uses of his/her account, whether or not authorized by End User. End User agrees to notify UPICKEM immediately of any unauthorized use of his/her account. End User agrees to ensure that any content or information he/she provides will at all times be accurate, complete and not misleading. End User agrees not to place on this site any content that violates, plagiarizes or infringes upon the rights of others, including copyright, trademark, the right of privacy or the right of publicity, or that would be abusive, profane, obscene, indecent, threatening, defaming, slanderous, libelous, offensive, or otherwise illegal. End user agrees not to solicit the performance of any activity that is prohibited by law. End User agrees to comply with all applicable laws, rules and regulations in connection with this End User Agreement. End User agrees not use the Service in connection with surveys, junk email, spamming, or any duplicative or unsolicited messages (commercial or otherwise). End user agrees not to restrict or inhibit any other user from using and enjoying the Service. If End User uses this site from outside the United States of America, he/she is entirely responsible for compliance with applicable local laws, including, without limitation, the export and import regulations of other countries in relation to the Service.
Content and Monitoring
UPICKEM is a distributor (and not a publisher) of content supplied by third parties and users of the Service. Accordingly, UPICKEM has no editorial control over such content. Any opinions, advice, statements, services, offers, or other information or content expressed or made available by third parties, including information providers and users, are those of the respective author(s) or distributor(s) and not of UPICKEM. End User understands and acknowledges that UPICKEM neither endorses nor is responsible for the accuracy, completeness or reliability of any opinion, advice, information, or statement made in use of the Service by anyone other than authorized UPICKEM employee spokespersons while acting in their official capacities. UPICKEM has the right, but not the obligation, to monitor and review the content on the Service and End User's account to determine compliance with the conditions of use and operating rules established by UPICKEM, to satisfy any law, regulation or authorized government request, or for other reasonable purposes. If UPICKEM becomes aware of any use of the Service which may be considered inappropriate, it will respond accordingly, which response may include, but is not limited to, sharing the name and contact information of End Users of the Service with law enforcement agencies. End User assumes all risk and liability with respect to use of the Service, including End User's continued compliance with the End User Agreement. By using the Service, End User irrevocably grants UPICKEM and their assigns a non-exclusive, perpetual, irrevocable, royalty-free license to: (i) copy, display, distribute, publish, and create derivative works from, communicate to the public, perform and display the Content (in whole or in part) worldwide and/or to incorporate in other works in any form, media or technology now known or later developed, solely in connection with fulfilling its obligations in this Agreement, and (ii) to use and disclose the Content in aggregated form, including, but not limited to, analysis and extrapolation of the Content and the demographic trends resulting therefrom for marketing and other geo-targeting purposes; provided, however, that such use shall not personally identify End User. Except as otherwise expressly noted on this site, End User is hereby authorized to use the contents solely for his/her noncommercial, personal use. Except as otherwise provided by copyright law, all other copying, redistribution, or publication must be with the expressed permission of owner of such material. Copying, redistribution, or publication of copyrighted material, or changes to or deletion of author attribution or copyright notice are prohibited. Downloaded software may not be reverse engineered unless specifically authorized by owner of the software. End User may download public domain content for its own use. End User assumes all risks regarding the determination of whether any content is in public domain.
Third Party Interaction
This site may be linked to other sites on the World Wide Web or Internet which are not under the control of or maintained by UPICKEM. Such links do not constitute an endorsement by UPICKEM of those sites. End User agrees that UPICKEM is providing these links to End User only as a convenience, and further agree that UPICKEM is not responsible for the content of such sites. In End User's use of this site, he/she may enter into correspondence with, purchase goods and/or services from, or participate in promotions of advertisers, sponsors and other users of this site. Any such correspondence, purchase or participation, including the delivery of and the payment for goods and/or services, and any other term, condition, warranty or representation associated with such correspondence, purchase or participation is solely between End User and the applicable third party. End User agrees that UPICKEM has no liability, obligation or responsibility for any such correspondence, purchase or participation between End User and any third party.
Certain of the names, logos, and other materials displayed in the Service constitute trademarks or intellectual property of UPICKEM or other entities. End User is not authorized to use any such marks. Ownership of all such trademarks and other intellectual property remains with UPICKEM or those other entities. No permission is granted to hyperlink other Internet sites with any page in this site. End User agrees not to "frame" or "mirror" any of the contents or pages contained on or accessible from this site on any other server or Internet-based device without the advance written authorization of UPICKEM or its licensors, as applicable. This authorization terminates automatically, without notice to the End User, if he/she breaches any of the Terms of Service.
Disclaimer of Warranty; Limitation of Liability
END USER EXPRESSLY AGREES THAT USE OF THE SERVICE IS AT END USER'S SOLE RISK. NEITHER UPICKEM NOR ANY OF THEIR INFORMATION OR CONTENT PROVIDERS, SERVICE PROVIDERS, LICENSORS, EMPLOYEES, OR AGENTS WARRANT THAT THE SERVICE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR FREE; NOR DOES PUBLISHER, UPICKEM NOR ANY OF THEIR INFORMATION OR CONTENT PROVIDERS, SERVICE PROVIDERS, LICENSORS, EMPLOYEES OR AGENTS MAKE ANY WARRANTY AS TO THE RESULTS TO BE OBTAINED FROM USE OF THE SERVICE. THE SERVICE IS DISTRIBUTED ON AN "AS IS" BASIS WITHOUT WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO WARRANTIES OF TITLE OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR OTHERWISE, OTHER THAN THOSE WARRANTIES WHICH ARE IMPLIED BY AND INCAPABLE OF EXCLUSION, RESTRICTION, OR MODIFICATION UNDER THE LAWS APPLICABLE TO THIS AGREEMENT. NEITHER UPICKEM NOR ANY OF THEIR INFORMATION OR CONTENT PROVIDERS, SERVICE PROVIDERS, LICENSORS, EMPLOYEES OR AGENTS SHALL BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF (A) DAMAGES RESULTING FROM ANY ACCESSING, ALTERING, OR DESTROYING OF DATA; (B) DAMAGES FROM THE INACCURACY OF THE SOFTWARE EITHER NOW OR IN THE FUTURE; (C) DAMAGES FROM LOSS OF BUSINESS, PROFITS, OR BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES; (D) DAMAGES FROM THE INTRODUCTION OF COMPUTER VIRUSES; OR (E) LOSSES FROM INTERRUPTION, TERMINATION, OR FAILED OPERATION OF THE INTERNET, PRIVATE INTRANET OR OF THIRD PARTY TELECOMMUNICATION SERVICES. To the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, in no event will UPICKEM, or any person or entity involved in creating, producing or distributing the Service or the content included therein, be liable to End User or any third party in contract, in tort (including for its own negligence) or under any other legal theory (including strict liability) for any damages, including, without limitation, direct, indirect, extraordinary, exemplary, incidental, special, punitive, consequential or similar damages, including, without limitation, business interruption, loss of data, lost profits or revenues, loss of use or similar economic loss, arising out of the use of or inability to use the Service. End User hereby acknowledges that the provisions of this section shall apply to all use of and content on the Service. End User acknowledges that the content on the Service, by its nature, may involve a level of risk, including, without limitation, personal injury, property damage or other dangers. In no event shall UPICKEM's total liability to End User for all damages, losses and causes of action whether in contract, tort (including its own negligence) or under any other legal theory (including strict liability) exceed the amount paid by End User, if any, for accessing the Service. This disclaimer of liability applies to any damages or injury caused by any failure of performance, error, omission, inaccuracy, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, computer virus, communication line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, alteration of, or use of the Service and content therein, under any legal theory or cause of action.
End User agrees to indemnify, defend and hold harmless UPICKEM, its affiliates, licensors, officers, directors, employees, consultants, licensees and agents from and against any and all claims, demands, liability, damages and/or costs (including, but not limited to, investigation and attorneys' fees) arising from End User's use or any user of End User's account of the Service or content therein, their violation of the Terms of Service, or their infringement, or infringement by any other user of their account, of any intellectual property or other right of any person or entity.
The Terms of Service will be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Michigan, without giving effect to its conflict of laws provisions or End User's actual state or country of residence. End User agrees to submit to the jurisdiction of the courts located in Washtenaw County, in the State of Michigan, for the resolution of all disputes arising from or related to these Terms of Service and/or his/her use of the Service. The Terms of Service will inure to the benefit of UPICKEM's successors, assigns and licensees. Any waiver of any provision of the Terms of Service will be effective only if in writing and signed by UPICKEM. If any provision of these Terms of Service is held by a court of competent jurisdiction to be contrary to law, then such provision(s) shall be construed, as nearly as possible, to reflect the intentions of the parties, with all other provisions remaining in full force and effect. The failure of UPICKEM to enforce any right or provision in these Terms of Service shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision unless acknowledged and agreed to by UPICKEM in writing. These Terms of Service constitute the entire agreement between End User and UPICKEM with respect to the subject matter hereof and supersedes and replaces all prior or contemporaneous understandings or agreements, written or oral, regarding this subject matter. UPICKEM can revise these Terms of Service at any time without notice by updating this posting, and End User agrees that their continued use of the Service after such revisions have been posted constitutes their acceptance of such revised Terms of Service. Neither party may assign or transfer this Agreement to any other person or entity without the prior written consent of the other party, (which consent shall not be unreasonably withheld), provided however that UPICKEM may assign the Agreement to another entity: (i) owning a majority of its outstanding stock; (ii) into which it merges, or (iii) which acquires all or substantially all of its assets. The provisions of this Terms of Service are for the benefit of UPICKEM and their contractors, information providers, service providers, licensors, employees, licensees and agents; and each shall have the right to assert and enforce such provisions directly on its own behalf. Any acknowledgment of an e-mail or other communication from End User that is in any way inconsistent with, or adds to, the provisions of these Terms of Service is null and void. Neither the course of conduct between parties nor trade practice shall act to modify the provisions of these Terms of Service. UPICKEM may authorize or allow its contractors and other third parties to provide to UPICKEM and/or to End User services necessary or related to making the Service available and to perform obligations and exercise rights of UPICKEM under these Terms of Service. Any obligations or duties which by their nature extend beyond the termination of these Terms of Service shall survive any expiration or termination of these Terms of Service. UPICKEM and/or third parties may from time to time send e-mail messages to End User containing advertisements, promotions and other such information. UPICKEM makes no representation or warranty with respect to the content of such email messages or any goods or services which may be obtained from such third parties, and End User agrees that neither UPICKEM nor such third party shall have any liability with respect thereto. Recognizing the above, End User chooses to voluntarily enter this space and to use the Service and to not hold Licensee or UPICKEM responsible for any action or inaction on either of their parts. End User chooses to use the service and to abide by the terms and conditions set forth here.