Friday, March 11, 2005

Blog policies

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I would also recommend you read this blog's copyright notice

Privacy Policy

When you browse this site, the following information is recorded and made available to me:
  • The pages you browse on my site
  • The referring page or link you came from
  • The search engine query you used to find the blog
  • Your IP address
  • Your machine name
  • Your web browser version
  • Your operating system
I reserve the right to use or publicise any of the above information. However, unless there is good reason, I intend to only publish information in summarised form (44% of browsers used are Firefox) or with no personal details (such as machine name or IP address) attached. The most common information published will be amusing search engine queries.

If you post a comment on my blog, I may, depending upon the comment service I am currently using, receive an e-mail which discloses your IP address plus the date and time you made the comment.

I retain this information for at least a year and will in all circumstances release it to NZ authorities if presented with a warrant. I may hand it over without a warrant also, if I think the comment broke the law or was defamatory. I reserve all rights to do what I see fit with this information, as it is my site.

So the bottom line in terms of privacy in browsing or commenting on this site, is that in 99.99% of all cases I will keep your personal information strictly confidential to me. However if you break the law, defame someone, or really piss me off, then you have been warned!


Linking Policy

1. What sites will you link to?
Blogroll
Those to the right of every page are ones I regularly read.
I will also list any Wellington-based blog and any other blogs from around the world I have a passing interest in.

Articles/postings
Anything and everything that captures my eye at that moment OR gives more information than I care to type in myself.

2. Will you link to my site if I ask you to?
Almost always, subject to (1) and bearing in mind, I can not link to every blog in NZ, without the links losing their usefulness.

3. Does it help if I link to your blog?
Yes, it is nice if links are mutual, but not obligatory. Bribes also help.

4. Do you remove links?
Yes. If a blog has not been updated for one to two months I will assume it is dead and remove the link. If you come back to life, let me know.



Censorship

1. Do you ever edit comments made by other people?
Yes, but only with great reluctance. And I always make it clear that I have edited the comment by noting the changes I made, so it does not look like they wrote it.

2. How often have you had to edit a comment?
None ... yet.

3. Are you liable for comments other make on this blog?
The advice that I have read is that in some circumstances yes I can be. That is why I reserve the absolute right to delete or edit anything on this blog. Advice from a barrister who specialises in Internet law is that if I had knowledge of the comment, and did not delete it, then I could have liability.

4. So if you sometimes delete comments, how often and why?
None ... yet.

5. Do you ever edit your own postings, after publication?
Quite a lot especially for typos that I have noticed or had pointed out. If new content is added on, this will generally be noted as an update.