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Created on: 10/01/12 03:59 PM Views: 1669 Replies: 14
Monday, October 1, 2012 at 3:59 PM

We're interested in posting a "terms of use" statement for our site now that we expect to extend it for 5 years.

We'd like to see examples from those of you who have something in place. Whatever you can provide is appreciated.


Monday, October 1, 2012 at 4:08 PM - Response #1

See what we have on our site, and see if you can use any of it.

Monday, October 1, 2012 at 4:18 PM - Response #2


Checked your site and unable to locate a terms of use statement. Where is it located on the site?


Monday, October 1, 2012 at 4:27 PM - Response #3

My bad Vinnie - not so much a definitive 'terms of use' but more of a 'purpose statement.'

Center of page, down to the () () () () () () ()

It is a compilation/modification of statements from other sites. I prefer to have it on the Home page so it is one of the first things members should see when they visit the site.
[We had ONE individual who want to make the site a political and religious forum, so I did some research on other sites.]

Monday, October 1, 2012 at 4:32 PM - Response #4

Check out the "Fine Print" statement about 3/4 of the way down on our Home Page. I wish I could take credit, but I copied and pasted with permission a ways back.


Monday, October 1, 2012 at 4:36 PM - Response #5

STEVE; this is what I have on our site

Don't know if this what you are looking for.Exclamation

Welcome to the Roswell High Class Of 1963 web site.

If you want to post your photos- post them on your profile, send Admin a notice you want them displayed and we will move them to a more accessible link. ______________________

PRIVACY NOTICE: All contact information (address, phone number, e-mail address) entered into this website will be kept confidential. It will not be shared or distributed. Your contact information is private: your street address, e-mail address, and phone number cannot be seen by the classmates unless you grant permission on your Profile. When someone clicks on your name, the only contact information they will see is your city and state and whatever information about yourself you choose to put on your Profile. Unless you explicitly grant your permission, your email address is not visible, although an email can be sent to you using the contact box at the bottom of your Profile page. Note, however, if you send a message to someone through their Profile page, the Classmate will see your email address so that they can respond.

MEMBERSHIP DISCLAIMER: This is a private site for YOUR HIGH SCHOOL Graduates. Classmates that did not graduate with the class, or that graduated from other years may be admitted on a case by case basis. All membership, regardless of graduating year, will be granted or denied, at the discretion of the site administrator. All memberships may be revoked at the discretion of the site administrator. The privacy and security of all registered members will be considered a priority for the purpose of invitations, admittance, denials and revocations.

Monday, October 1, 2012 at 4:54 PM - Response #6

CAV - I like that 'fine print' statement.

CAV and William - What I have read on both of your sites interests me. I am thinking about adding that to the email that members get when they join the site, as well as the page I have titled Privacy 'Concerns?'.

Time will tell, and thanks for your feedback!

Monday, October 1, 2012 at 4:59 PM - Response #7


This issue came up when one classmate posted comments some felt were offensive. We'd like to post a reasonably short statement that addresses site user's responsibilities while at the same time avoiding a lenghtly, legalize-type statement assoicated with first amendment rights etc.

The Membership Disclaimer is clear that access and use is not automatic or guaranteed. The question is what criteria is used to deny access. We're looking for a broad statement that can be used as a basis to deny offenders access.


Monday, October 1, 2012 at 5:34 PM - Response #8

No matter what you come up with, it won't cover everything that can happen in a 'reasonably short statement'.

You don't need a basis to deny access. They are, so to speak, joining 'at will'. Keep it simple. If one hasn't learned 'responsibilities' yet, no amount of printing will change that now.

Ours is just like the ones already listed on the bottom -"How to Join & More" page.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 6:36 PM - Response #9

This is what I have on our homepage . . simple and to the point:

MEMBER DISCLAIMER: Any member may be revoked at the discretion of the Site Administrator. The privacy and security of all registered members will be considered a priority for purposes of this website.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 6:27 PM - Response #10

Thanks to all for your comments. A copy of the statement we adopted for our site is below for your information.

Again...many thanks for your feedback.

Purpose and Terms of Use for the APHS1962 Web Site

As noted under “Getting Started” on the home page, the original purpose of was to digitally connect with as many of our approximately 380 classmates as possible to inform them about our upcoming 50th reunion, October 26-28, 2012.

In addition, the Reunion Committee welcomes and encourages classmates and guests to use the web site to reconnect with old friends, to develop new friends, share memories and stories about their time at APHS and lives since graduation. The web site is not a public forum but rather is a private, non-governmental site intended to help build an online community for members of the APHS Class of 1962 through open and civil discourse based on shared values of mutual respect and tolerance.

Therefore, it is expected that all members of the web site will use discretion when posting messages and understand that political, religious, and personal attacks are not permitted. The Reunion Committee reserves the right to delete any postings and materials deemed to be inflammatory, threatening, libelous, defamatory, obscene, offensive, pornographic, or otherwise in violation of any law.

The Reunion Committee further reserves the right to remove and exclude any classmate from the web site who after being warned continues to post objectionable material.

APHS Class of 1962 Reunion Committee

Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 6:31 PM - Response #11

Very well put! Thanks for sharing.

Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 11:25 AM - Response #12

I have a question. Most of us have adopted some language similar to this privacy warning stating that "if you reply or send a message to someone through their Profile page, that Classmate will see your email address..." But, now that all profile messages are read/replied to via the Message Center, is this still true?

Of course, it is still true for email sent to administrators via the Contact Us form.

I'd like to update my FAQ page to reflect current, accurate information regarding email privacy. Where can I find this?

Very Happy

Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 11:49 AM - Response #13

One way that I test such things myself is, I have created a bogus classmate, with the name of
zzzzz zzzzz [test member only]
and NOT an admin.
{I use the Z's so it will be at the bottom of the Classmate Profiles page.}
I send test msg's to and from, to see what the regular member of the site can see.
[hope you understood that! LOL]

Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 12:07 PM - Response #14

Thanks Steve. I do understand Smile I also run similar tests through our "guest login" acct.

I'm also hoping to find updated language on ClassCreator, if in fact the privacy has changed, (so I won't have to write it myself!). Thanks!!!

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