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How to Write a Comment Policy

When creating a business or commercial site/blog, you’ll want to hash out your policies, especially your comment policy if you are going to allow comments anywhere on your site.

A Comments Policy is a statement defining your policy regarding comments on your blog. It is also a “responsibility statement”. It informs the reader of what you will allow on your blog, what you will not allow, and what they are allowed to do. It establishes publicly the responsibilities of each party involved.

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These days, a Comment Policy have become a web standard to help your readers better understand the rules when visiting.

As you decide how your comment policy is going to be laid out, consider the following: Continue reading How to Write a Comment Policy

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WordPress Words: Media

According to The Business Dictionary, digital media “includes photos, video and music, distributed over the Internet, which are either non-copyrighted or copyrighted materials provided either freely or for a fee.”

How Does Media Effect Us?

Media plays a very important role in today’s society and greatly impacts how we communicate with one another. Almost any form of mass communication can be regarded as media, such as television, radio, newspapers, and the Internet. WordPress itself is a form of media, because it’s a means for people to communicate through a medium. Although media can exist in many different forms, we want to talk about media and its relation to WordPress. This means we want to talk about online media, or more specifically, digital media and how it can be used in WordPress. Continue reading WordPress Words: Media

Tips For Writing Successful Policies

Policies on a site are used to protect you and your content, as well as protecting your readers. So how do you write a successful policy page? There are a lot of things to consider when writing rules and guidelines. Most of these policies will be designed specifically for you, so every policy page will, and should be, unique.
Here are a few things to consider when writing policies:

  • Legal requirements (varies by country)
  • Style, tone, and organization
  • Relevant policies
  • Short versus long
  • Understandable terms

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Privacy Policies: Reporting the Tracking

Do you know what personal information is collected from you when you are online? The answer could surprise you. Here is a list of regularly collected information.

What Is Tracked

  • What websites you visit and the frequency of those visits
  • What your name is.
  • Your geographic location.
  • Passwords you use.
  • Credit Card information.
  • Social Security Numbers.

These are just a few examples of the types of information being tracked while you are online. Does it make you wonder what the information is used for?

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Have You Ever Read the WordPress.com Terms of Service?

Every website should have some kind of guidelines; WordPress.com is no exception. The WordPress.com Terms of Service for WordPress.com members aren’t all that long when compared to other Terms of Service such as iTunes. It starts with “The Gist” section and gives a good overview of what the terms cover and what WordPress is about.

The Terms of Service are broken down into 20 sections; each is not overly large and is worded in simple English.  There is a long note informing the reader that you can reuse these terms of service for your own use but to remember to change references from WordPress to refer to yourself or whoever is appropriate.

The first thing you need to know is that these are the terms of service for WordPress.com and WordPress.com users. If your site is hosted on WordPress.com, you must comply with these rules and legal policies. The do not apply to those with the self-hosted version of WordPress. Those people have to comply with the terms of service for their web host companies, which may or may not be similar.

By posting on a WordPress blog, you have agreed to adhere to these rules; so make it a point to get familiar with them. Continue reading Have You Ever Read the WordPress.com Terms of Service?

How to Protect Your Content by Inserting Copyright Notices in WordPress

We all want to keep our original ideas – just that – original. While there is little we can do to prevent copyright infringement, here are some ideas for reminding visitors of your copyright policy.

To remind visitors that you have a clear copyright policy, you may place your copyright notice where they will see it. The three I will be discussing here are:

  • Copyright notice in your footer
  • Copyright notice or policy in the sidebar
  • A WordPress Plugin for self-hosted WordPress sites.

The format of a copyright notice is one that is wrapped in a link to the specific copyright license, the terms and conditions under which someone may link to or use your content, and your definition of Copyright Fair Use. Not all copyright policies meet the needs of every site. The copyright example in this informational tutorial is very general. You need to define your policies specifically to your needs.
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