Blog Policies

Welcome to my blog! This is my little corner of the internet/world wide web, where I get to air my thoughts and opinions on various subjects. Your comments are also welcome up to a point. But remember, this is my forum, not yours.

You're welcome to disagree with me and point out differences of opinion and differences of fact, if needed. If you're going to do that, I prefer you be civil about it. In fact, I insist.

From time to time, I may set this blog up so that comments are moderated before they appear. But at any point, I reserve the right to block a comment or a commenter, temporarily or permanently. My primary criterion will be, not whether you agree with me or not, but whether your comment is civil. So if you want your comments to show up, and you want to continue to have the privilege of commenting, be civil.

If you choose to comment on this site's blog postings, be aware that I attempt to collect the IP address of all commenters. I store this information in perpetuity. I use it to investigate patterns of abusiveness, if necessary, and to block commenters who cause excessive trouble on the site.

Privacy Policy

You are welcome to comment on this blog anonymously. In this case, I only collect your IP address, as mentioned before. If you register with this site, I ask for your actual name and email address. The name you provide to me will be associated with any comments you make. The email address is not made public in any way, but may be used by me for private email conversations with you, if such seem appropriate. I do not sell or otherwise make public email addresses.

People say all manner of things to each other privately which would be horribly inappropriate if said publicly. Please be aware that any comments you post which appear on the site are public. Consider this before posting a comment.

Other than obviously public information as detailed above, I share none of your private information with others. The only exceptions are:

  1. If I'm asked to reveal such information by legal authorities.
  2. I am reasonably certain, from public or private communications with you, that you are actively committing or have committed crimes for which you have eluded prosecution. In this case, I may volunteer this information to law enforcement or legal authorities.
  3. You attempt to hack this site. In this case, I will enlist the assistance of security professionals and do what I can to track you down and prosecute you to the fullest extent possible.

I purposely don't collect a lot of private information about people who surf to my site or comment. I'm not in the business of email marketing or selling private information, and frankly I don't want to be liable for knowing any more than I have to about you. Should you engage me in private conversations, notwithstanding the three areas above, I will not reveal any private information you may give me, unless you give me express permission to do so. Should you say something so pithy in private that I'd like to make it part of my posts, I'll ask you first, and won't make it public unless you expressly agree.

Copyright

All blog posts are copyright by Paul M. Foster. The software which operates this site is copyright Paul M. Foster under the GNU Public License Version 2. You own copyrights to your comments, with the proviso that I reserve the right to display them as part of this blog, in perpetuity. Any other copying or use of your comments is at your discretion. Please be aware that I am incapable of preventing other people from quoting or using your comments elsewhere.