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Frankly Curious is liberal in more ways than one. The way that we are interested in here is in how we respond to the internet community. We don’t like to set hard and fast rules about things. But in general, we want to share with the world — as long as the world is sharing back.

Copyright

All the writing on this site is Copyright 2009 –, Frankly Curious Media. That’s also true of things like our header images and so on. How much do we care about enforcing our copyright? Hard to say. Recently, one of these websites that just “aggregates” content, copied an entire article of ours. We asked them to take it down. We wouldn’t have minded if they had done a normal link to this site, but instead, they used a “nofollow” link, meaning they were using our material and not even giving us any credit for it in Google rankings. This is what we mean about sharing back. You want to use some of our content? Go ahead. But don’t do everything you can to avoid giving us credit. Using “nofollow” is the modern equivalent of not providing a byline.

Images

We used to play pretty fast and loose with image copyright around here. That has recently changed and now all new images are marked with credit and usage rights. My own images such as my Republican Bumper Sticker, are released under CC BY 3.0. The only thing is that we would really like a link back to our site. So we would like to see images acknowledged in the following way:

Image provided by <a href=”http://franklycurious.com/”><em>Frankly Curious</em></a>, licensed under <a href=”https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/”>CC BY 3.0</a>

Hot Linking

Hot linking is where you place an image on your webpage, but have our website store and serve the image. We used to be against this, but we’ve changed our mind. We are fine with hot linking at the current time. We are, however, not okay with hot linking when the “nofollow” relation is used. And this means that we are generally not okay with people linking to our images on bulletin boards and in comments. These environments almost always make their links “nofollow.” Again, this comes down to sharing.

In these special cases, the villain is not the the commenter. They are adding content to whatever site they are on. Part of that content belongs to Frankly Curious. The villain is the bulletin board operator who seems to think that people should provide them with free content and they should not have to give back to the internet at large. We have a problem with that and in the future, we will doubtless get more aggressive in enforcing this. For more information, see Don’t Steal Image Bandwidth for how commenters can use our images in an illegal and immoral way — but one that won’t bother us nearly as much.

Comments

Visitors of this site are encouraged to participate here by commenting on our articles. Spamming, of course, is not allowed. Comments are now moderated. We try to get to them several times per day. In general, comments left by humans are allowed; comments left by bots are not. At this point, we respond to most comments. Sometimes we screw up, however. We have, for example, accidentally erased comments. If your comment does not appear within 24 hours, please try again. If we delete your comment, we will most likely add a comment noting this.

Links can be placed directly in comments. We encourage people to point out new sources of information — including those from commenters’ own websites. In order to encourage the communal aspects of the web, all links used to be clean — we didn’t add "nofollow" to the relationship attributes of links. This increased the commenters’ web visibility which is the least we can do for people who add content to this website.

Times have changed, however. It is a pain to make comments do this. We may change it in the future. Instead, we are in the process of creating a page with links to the websites of regular commenters.

Restrictions

The way comments currently work is that once we approve a comment of yours, all your comments are automatically approved. If you start annoying us — usually by being mean to other commenters — we will revoke your auto-acceptance status. At this point, Frankly Curious has a growing commenting community made up of knowledgeable, thoughtful, and generally nice people. If you are joining in, try to be like them.

Just to be clear, we are not the government. We do not allow hate speech. We will only allow “talking point” comments to go on for so long. And we absolutely reserve to right to stop anyone from commenting here. We’ve seen far too many web based communities be destroyed because of a single troll. We want people to disagree. But it can be done with respect and without bigotry.

Privacy

When you post a comment, you have to enter an email address. You don’t have to enter a valid one, though. On very rare occasions, we will use these email addresses to reach out to the commenter. This is usually because they brought up something personal and we want to respect their privacy. But this is extremely rare. The email addresses are not collected in any form. They are in the database that Frankly Curious uses. The only way they are used is to identify people who don’t need to have their comments moderated.

Frankly Curious uses Google Analytics. This allows us to determine which webpages people are reading and so on. It doesn’t provide us with any identifying information. Over time, we plan to get more serious about privacy issues. We don’t want to invade anyone’s privacy. We aren’t trying to create a mailing list for any reason at all — and certainly not so we can (directly or indirectly) sell you stuff.

The main thing is that it is far more important to us to build a community than anything else. And in light of that, if there is something that we are doing that you don’t like, tell us. It is probably the case that we don’t know. As it is, many of the changes to the website have been made thanks to requests by readers. So speak up in the comments, or email us. We are always happy to hear from you.

Cookies

This site uses cookies for Google Analytics. It’s possible that WordPress uses them for something else. We don’t use them though. We’re not interested in tracking you.

Associates Programs

This site uses the Amazon Associates program. That means that when you buy something from Amazon via one of our links, we get a cut (6%). You don’t pay more. Also: if you are outside the US, we don’t get a cut. We may do something about that soon, given that over half our traffic is from outside the US.

Halloween

Each Halloween, Frank is required to write, “Halloween is my favorite holiday.”

Serious Legal Stuff

If people want to get picky with us, we are willing to get picky. As a result, we provide a real, legally binding, Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. We hope it never comes to this. But the truth is that when you post a comment here, we do, technically, collect your email address. We don’t do anything with it. We certainly aren’t going to sell it to anyone or start sending you ads. There are laws and we do the best that we can to follow them. We like to use the Gold Rule: we do unto you as we would like to be done unto. And since Frankly Curious currently makes about as much money as it costs (and since we are going to upgrade, soon it will make much less money than it costs), this is not really a commercial enterprise. As such, we want to make you happy and protect your rights. If anything seems wrong, please contact us and we will set things right.

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  1. Elizabeth

    Thanks to the dryness of this page, the entire state of Arizona is back to its normal drought conditions.

    1. Frank Moraes

      Ah, well… Actually, it’s really important. My other job is making me paranoid about this kind of stuff. :-(

      1. Elizabeth

        Better safe then sorry and it was not really that dry.

        1. Frank Moraes

          Most are much worse. I had to write an article about them and so had to read a bunch of them. Amazing stuff. Truly suicide producing.

          1. Elizabeth

            Most are very dry and filled with the worst legalese. I am sorry you had to read them-you do try to be informative while covering the bases.

            1. Frank Moraes

              My editor was shocked that I read them. But that is the kind of commitment to quality you get when you hire Frankly Curious Media!

              1. Elizabeth

                Obsessive attention to minor details? Probably a good thing none the less.

                1. Frank Moraes

                  When I have time, I love to obsess over writing. I rarely have the time, though.

                  1. James Fillmore

                    One thing I dug a lot (it was incredibly stressful and incredibly fun) writing for sports blogs this past year was setting little calendar dates. “We play the Astros this week, the Angels the next,” etc.

                    I don’t know if I’ll do it again.

                    But it made me come up with ideas way, way in advance (when I could; sometimes I did shit at the last minute, because I had no ideas.)

                    So at times it gave me months to do prep work. It wasn’t really good prep work, but it was fun to do and made the posts better. (It was stressful because the good posts took months and I had a self-imposed deadline every Saturday.)

                    I think you’d agree that the bit I did on the Astrodome is the finest writing I’ve done. Not the most fascinating subject to most people, just the best work. That’s because I prepped the hell out of it.

                    Writing angry things, immediate things, can be fun. But I’m not pleased with it when I do it. I’d prefer everything I do to involve tons of prep.

                    Yet immediate things, angry things, it’s easy to lose your enthusiasm for the subject. A lotta shit sucks for most poor Americans every day. Today’s topical rant doesn’t necessarily make you interested enough tomorrow to do extensive prep work. There’s new fucking bullshit to be angry about.

                    (I suspect this is why you love the music posts; the prep work doesn’t lose its fun between when you conceive of it and when you finish working on it.)

                    I loved those “this week you play Cleveland” deadlines. Either I’d read enough stuff on the mistreatment of Native Americans ballplayers or I hadn’t. It scheduled out ideas for prep work and put my butt in the fire if I wasn’t up to speed yet on the chosen topic.

                    Anyhoo, everyone likes challenging themselves in different ways. My favorite thing about deadlines I blew off with shit work is I still want to learn about the stuff I hadn’t learned yet.

                    1. Frank Moraes

                      I don’t know. I remember really liking that one. But you are generally too hard on yourself.

                      Planning like that really does make any kind of publishing a whole lot easier. I’m either going to do a series of articles for WhoIsHostingThis.com or start my own blog dealing with these kind of blog management issues. The key to a good publishing schedule is making your life easy.

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