Terms of Use

Welcome to Radio Vice Online. Enjoy your time perusing our site as frequently as you like and please do tell your friends about our little home on the Internet. While you’re around we expect you to be kind to your neighbor, obey the law, and not mess things up for other guests.

There are a few ways that you can participate on Radio Vice Online, this post provides details and instructions. If we add or change features, we’ll update that post appropriately. Again, you should read that postclick here – to get a good idea of what we are doing here and what we have to offer.

We’ve got a few rules.

Comments
You are welcome to post comments here at Radio Vice Online, you do need to be registered with a valid (not a throw-away) e-mail address to post comments. We currently have registration open, but reserve the right to close or limit the number of guests who can register on the site. If you need to register, head over here.

Do not register with a proxy. Don’t register multiple accounts. If you post a comment with what is determined to be a throw-away e-mail account, it will be deleted.

Absolutely no blind links. You must specify details about what you are linking to and why it is pertinent to the specific post.  A blind link is one that if you look at the URL, you’re not really sure what it is or where it goes. We are doing this to protect our visitors, some links you click on can be hazardous to the health of your computer.

We do value your privacy, your e-mail addresses will not be shared with anyone, unless your comments or other behavior fall into the category of “illegal.” In that case, all bets are off. We’ll be happy to provide e-mail addresses, IP addresses, comment logs, server access logs, and chat logs to law enforcement if required.

You must be 18 years of age or older to post comments. When you register, you are confirming that you are 18 or older.

Comments must be on topic and limited to a maximum of 75 words. When comments get longer than that, we encourage you to go out and get your own blog but still visit and participate here at Radio Vice Online. We are restricting the number of words in comments for a variety of reasons, but the most important one is to keep the page readable by visitors.

Brevity is the soul of wit. The comment section is not an online forum, it is a place to provide a comment about the post. It is not to be used for discussions between registered users. This does not mean you can not respond to another comment, just no back and forth stuff.

If you copy and paste a comment in from another source, please clean up the text. ALL CAPS not allowed.

We’ve got a rich text editor that allows you to highlight text and make that text a link to another Web page, please try to use the feature.

You – not Radio Vice Online or it’s proprietors – are responsible for your comments.

We can delete – or shorten – your comments or cancel your registration at any time. We reserve the right to moderate, suspend or expel any registered user. You’ll find that we will not delete comments that we disagree with just for the heck of it, but think before you comment. Is your comment on topic? It is not a good idea to insult the authors or readers of this blog.

Don’t even think about posting spam here.

If you harass, insult or threaten other participants, authors or contributors, we will take action. We do want everyone to feel comfortable here. Our best advice when it comes to posting comments is use language similar to what you would use when speaking with someone else’s grandmother.

Don’t be surprised if we quote your comments in our posts. By commenting here, you agree that we can do that.

Don’t freak out if your comment is held for moderation. Computers take care of the first review and they may be a bit strict. We don’t always have the time to approve your comment right away. Some of our own comments have been mysteriously held for moderation.

All users are required to post at least one comment in response to a post per year. If not, your user account will be deleted with no warning.

Chat
Our chat room – located on the live page – is currently available 24/7/365 except when shut down for maintenance. We reserve the right to change the system used, or shut down the chat room at any time. A few rules for the chat room…

  • As when posting comments, use language similar to what you would use when speaking with someone else’s grandmother. No foul language, racist or homophobic remarks, no attacks on religion… you know the deal.
  • No spam links, just links to relevant news stories and other good information. We prefer that you link to Radio Vice Online stories if we have a post on the subject.
  • Event Promotion – If you are promoting a meet-up, demonstration or event – political or otherwise – you may only promote one time per hour. Additional posts will be considered spam and violations may result in being banned from the chat room.
  • Do not post real (last) names, phone numbers, e-mail addresses or physical addresses of yourself or others.
  • No threats.

Moderators do have the ability to delete individual comments, all comments by a poster, and the ability to ban guests who break the rules.

Moderators are selected by the site owners and their decisions will be backed by management. All bans are for a minimum of one hour or longer. There is no appeal process.

Trackbacks
We love trackbacks and make our trackback links easily available to you to use on your blog or site. That said, we reserve the right to moderate trackbacks including deleting them. Did we mention trackbacks enough in that sentence?

E-mail Privacy
As noted above, we will not sell or lend out your e-mail address. We will – about three or four times a year – send direct e-mails to those who have registered on our site to post comments. These additional e-mails will promote big news and charity events sponsored by Radio Vice Online.

Our Video and Commentary
If you have your own blog, you are welcome to quote us and embed our YouTube videos into your site. You should only use excerpts of our content, provide a direct link to our post, and mention Radio Vice Online and the author name above the quote. Copying and pasting our full post into your site is considered a violation of copyright (see below).

We simply ask you to do the same thing we do.

Updates and Editing
Unfortunately, we do not have the resources to hire editors to manage a proper editorial cycle here at Radio Vice Online. Therefore, we reserve the right to correct spelling, grammar or sentence structure errors at any time, without notice to readers. We may also clarify a post by adding or removing content after it has been posted.

That said, if we make an error or change a post in a way that may change the actual meaning of a post, we will include the original content, strike through that content, and fix it without trying to confuse readers.

Copyright Notice
All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission from Radio Vice Online owners, or in the case of third party materials, the owner of that content. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content.

However, you may download material from Radio Vice Online (one machine readable copy and one print copy per page) for your personal, noncommercial use.

If you would like to reference a Radio Vice Online post on your website or blog, you are welcome to do so. Ensure you include the full title, and a direct link to the post above the excerpt. Note you should only be using excerpts of our content. Copying and pasting our full post into your site is considered a violation of copyright.

Please do not hot link to images on the Radio Vice Online server. If you want to use a fair use sized image, please do the same thing we do – take the time to load the image to your own server. Sometimes, we display full size graphics from other sites, but we never will hot link (on purpose) and we always will direct our visitors to the graphic artist’s or photographer’s own site. In short, do not steal our bandwidth.

Links to websites other than those owned by Radio Vice Online are offered as a service to readers. Radio Vice Online was not involved in their production and is not responsible for their content.

Embedded video is a bit different. You can easily embed videos and we ask that you thank the original poster – in some cases Radio Vice Online – just like we do in our posts. We thank them by mentioning their site and providing a link to their site or post.

Summary
Remember that the First Amendment of the Constitution does not protect you here – or on any other blog for that matter – since this is a private site. If you cry “censorship” or “First Amendment rights” when it comes to posting comments on this site, you lose by default and will be ignored in the future and be banned from posting/contributing on the site.

That said, you’ll note that we will be quite fair with any comment that you post on this site as long as it meets the rules above.

If you think these rules are to strict, go somewhere else. Honestly, we do not have the time to moderate this site the way we would like.

That said, we hope you enjoy your time here. Got questions? Contact us.

Updated Dec. 12, 2013

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