Thursday, 27 January 2011

Policies

The following policies and terms of service apply to this blog, and indeed all my online spaces:

1. Privacy


This privacy policy is for this website On t'Internet and and governs the privacy of its users who choose to use it. The policy sets out the different areas where user privacy is concerned and outlines the obligations & requirements of the users, the website and website owners. Furthermore the way this website processes, stores and protects user data and information will also be detailed within this policy.

The Website


This website and its owners take a proactive approach to user privacy and ensure the necessary steps are taken to protect the privacy of its users throughout their visiting experience. This website complies to all UK national laws and requirements for user privacy.

Use of Cookies


This website uses cookies to better the users experience while visiting the website. Where applicable this website uses a cookie control system allowing the user on their first visit to the website to allow or disallow the use of cookies on their computer / device. This complies with recent legislation requirements for websites to obtain explicit consent from users before leaving behind or reading files such as cookies on a user's computer / device.

Cookies are small files saved to the user's computers hard drive that track, save and store information about the user's interactions and usage of the website. This allows the website, through its server to provide the users with a tailored experience within this website.

Users are advised that if they wish to deny the use and saving of cookies from this website on to their computers hard drive they should take necessary steps within their web browsers security settings to block all cookies from this website and its external serving vendors.

This website uses tracking software to monitor its visitors to better understand how they use it. This software is provided by Google Analytics which uses cookies to track visitor usage. The software will save a cookie to your computers hard drive in order to track and monitor your engagement and usage of the website, but will not store, save or collect personal information. You can read Google's privacy policy here for further information http://www.google.com/privacy.html. Other cookies may be stored to your computers hard drive by external vendors when this website uses referral programs, sponsored links or adverts. Such cookies are used for conversion and referral tracking and typically expire after 30 days, though some may take longer. No personal information is stored, saved or collected.

Contact & Communication


Users contacting this website and/or its owners do so at their own discretion and provide any such personal details requested at their own risk. Your personal information is kept private and stored securely until a time it is no longer required or has no use, as detailed in the Data Protection Act 1998. Every effort has been made to ensure a safe and secure form to email submission process but advise users using such form to email processes that they do so at their own risk.

Some of my activities as a blogger on On t'Internet may use any information you have submitted to provide you with further information about the products or services I or my associates offer or to assist you in answering any questions or queries you may have submitted, but ONLY if you specifically ask for it. I would never sign you up to anything or pass your details on to a third party for marketing purposes without your express written consent.

External Links


Although this website only looks to include quality, safe and relevant external links, users are advised adopt a policy of caution before clicking any external web links mentioned throughout this website. (External links are clickable text / banner / image links to other websites, e.g. www.google.com.

The owners of this website cannot guarantee or verify the contents of any externally linked website despite their best efforts. Users should therefore note they click on external links at their own risk and this website and its owners cannot be held liable for any damages or implications caused by visiting any external links mentioned.

Adverts and Sponsored Links


This website contains sponsored links and adverts. These will typically be served through our advertising partners, to whom may have detailed privacy policies relating directly to the adverts they serve.

Clicking on any such adverts will send you to the advertisers website through a referral program which may use cookies and will track the number of referrals sent from this website. This may include the use of cookies which may in turn be saved on your computers hard drive. Users should therefore note they click on sponsored external links at their own risk and this website and its owners cannot be held liable for any damages or implications caused by visiting any external links mentioned.

Social Media Platforms


Communication, engagement and actions taken through external social media platforms that this website and its owners participate on are custom to the terms and conditions as well as the privacy policies held with each social media platform respectively.
 
Users are advised to use social media platforms wisely and communicate / engage upon them with due care and caution in regard to their own privacy and personal details. This website nor its owners will ever ask for personal or sensitive information through social media platforms and encourage users wishing to discuss sensitive details to contact them through primary communication channels such as by telephone or email.

This website uses social sharing buttons which help share web content directly from web pages to the social media platform in question. Users are advised before using such social sharing buttons that they do so at their own discretion and note that the social media platform may track and save your request to share a web page respectively through your social media platform account.

Shortened Links in Social Media


This website and its owners through their social media platform accounts may share web links to relevant web pages. By default some social media platforms shorten lengthy URLs, e.g. http://bit.ly/zyVUBo. Users are advised to take caution and good judgement before clicking any shortened URLs published on social media platforms by this website and its owners. Despite the best efforts to ensure only genuine URLs are published many social media platforms are prone to spam and hacking and therefore this website and its owners cannot be held liable for any damages or implications caused by visiting any shortened links.

Resources & Further Information

*Many thanks to Jamie King for providing the text of this Privacy Policy.

2. Copyright


I claim authorship of my work, not ownership. This means you can share, copy, and otherwise use my work as you see fit. I ask only that you credit me, that's all. If you like it so much you want to support me, buy me a coffee. This link will take you to my PayPal account where you can make a donation in the amount of your choice.

Each of my cartoon images is hand-made using a mouse on GIMP and believe me, they take hours. Upload them to your own sites and use them if you want to, but please don't pretend they are your work. Blog posts take time and effort to write. If you like one of my posts and want to use it, why not copy a snippet and link to the post you like? Quoting is fine. Linking is fine, just don't take the whole thing and pretend you wrote it. That's not fair. It's good netiquette to cite and link; in fact, it's doing me a favour, drawing attention to my work without detracting from your own.

Where pictures are concerned, right-click and save them to your own PC, then host them elsewhere before using them. Hotlinking takes up bandwidth so it's very much a no-no. Simply linking the picture to this blog will suffice, to be honest. I just want people to know who made it, that's all.

3. Ads


The ads on display here are not Adsense, they're from other advertisers. I will happily take ads from people who ask me to; email me or leave a comment if you want a spot on my blog. You can have a sidebar spot or appear at the bottom of every post in a rotator. Clicking on the ads will bring you to reputable web hosting services, some of which I've used myself. I've actually been on all of them apart from MT, which specialises in large, complex website hosting. My comics are hosted on 000webhost. I've only left iPage because I didn't want to pay for hosting any more. I don't operate a web design business any more so I don't need a complex shop front with fancy features to display my talents.

4. Opinions


I'm a thinker. A problem-solver. Creative, but basically conservative. These things inform my opinions, which I base on provable facts. As such, my opinions are subject to change as the information I base them on changes. Nonetheless I'm as opinionated as hell and this sometimes annoys people. There's this thing called the Back Button. It's at the top of your screen.

I don't go out of my way to offend people as a rule and I believe what I do because it's what I experience or because that's the information available to me. Everything here on this blog is my own admittedly subjective opinion.

Politically, I'm about two pixels to the right of a middle ground that includes Greens, Pirates, and occasionally, Liberals and the Left. I support the Pirate Party because I agree with their policies, for the most part. I don't believe that laissez-faire free-market economics works because the gap between the rich and poor is widening and the middle class has been gutted. I believe we need a strong middle class to make our mixed economy work and to support the welfare state, which we need if we're going to continue with capitalism. It's why I bash big "L" libertarians at every opportunity.

If you're one of those, either hit the back button now or learn to argue your points without going round and round in circles repeating the same old talking points because you can't admit your economic theories don't work. Heed me on this or I'll block you after I've finally got bored of the roundabout lecture you call a debate. Be warned: I love to argue. Good luck with finding that one on Twitter, the man deleted it because he couldn't stand losing. Too bad!

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I'm opinionated, it sometimes gets me into trouble. On t'Internet occasionally acts as a honeypot for idiots with weird agendas. If you see anything horrible about me on the internet, please bear in mind that you can't pay people by taking money off them, etc. I'd love to be able to do that with my bills! I don't suffer fools gladly — which really annoys them.

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5. Comments


I don't really bother to moderate comments, as a rule. Comments I don't want here will be deleted. These include things like adverts for knock-off designer goods, fake medicines, diet websites, and the like. Don't use this blog to shill your stuff or I will block you faster than you can blink. Don't be abusive in any way, shape, or form to me or to anyone else.

If you try to get me into an argument you're having with somebody else, I'm not getting involved. I might help friends out from time to time, but for the most part that means telling you to grow up and learn to get along with each other or let it go because dragging it out isn't making it better. On rare occasions I will help people I know out when they're being mistreated but the case has got to be exceptional. For the most part, your problems are your own.

Want to argue? Okay, fine. Present your points in a reasonable way and be prepared to defend them with facts and empirical evidence. I'm not interested in theory, however fancy or oft-cited it is. It either works in practice or it doesn't. If people are doin' it wrong, why aren't they doin' it right? I learn a lot from arguing so be prepared for the possibility that I might change my mind about something if you present your argument convincingly enough. It does happen. Please bear in mind that I'm often offline for extended periods so don't get upset if I don't immediately respond to your finely-crafted point. I've got a life.

6. Writing


I am VERY interested in guest blogging opportunities. I've blogged for Rick Falkvinge, Techdirt, and 38 Degrees already on political issues and I'm happy to blog for other people for other issues if they so desire. Email me or post a comment if you want to do that. If you want to guest post here, please let me know. I'll certainly consider it.

Creative writing


I love creative writing (can you tell?!). I also make online Comics - an ever-expanding collection of mobile-friendly internet comic strips. See my other writing credits.

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