Policy

This policy is valid from 29 October 2011

Revised on 29. December 2011

Disclaimer

This blog is a personal blog written and edited by me (OFF THE WALL), wishing to remain anonymous for variety of reasons.

The owner of this blog will never receive compensation in any way from this blog.  The owner of this blog is not compensated to provide opinion on products, services, websites and various other topics.

This blog may accept guest posts by other authors, who may also wish to remain anonymous, with the understanding that minor editorial changes may

be applied and that no compensation would be provided by the owner(s) of this blog for any post or comment by any contributor.

This blog does not accept any form of advertising, sponsorship, or paid insertions. We, the owner and guest contributors, write for our own purposes. However, we may be influenced by our background, occupation, religion, political affiliation or experience.

The views and opinions expressed in the main post are purely those of their authors. Only post written by the owner and identified as such only represents the opinions of the owner.

Posts written by guest contributors represent the opinions of their authors and not those of the owner.

Comments made by visitors and/or contributors are the opinions of their authors and they do not represent the opinion of the owner.

Publication of a comment or guest post does not signal endorsement by the owner or by other contributors of the content of the comment or post.

Terms of Service

The owner of the blog will attempt, in good faith, to comply with WORDPRESS Terms Of Service (http://en.wordpress.com/tos/) and as such reserve the right to withhold, edit, or delete, even after publication, the following types of comments

  • Are considered likely to provoke, attack or offend others including Personal attacks against other contributors;
  •  Are racist, sexist, homophobic, sectarian, sexually explicit, abusive or otherwise objectionable
  • Contain swear words or other language likely to offend
  • Breach the copyright of others
  • Advertise products or services for profit
  • Include any information that jeopardize the privacy right of others
  • Contain excessive number of links and/or Youtube Videos
  • Appear to be designed to derail discussion
  • Attempt to seek personal information that may risk the anonymity of other contributors directly or indirectly
  • Repeated cut and paste from other blogs and/or news services without providing original contribution.
  • Comment that repeatedly annoy or badger other contributors.

*added on Dec-28-2011

Privacy

Unless asked by the guest post author, and/or comment authors, the owner of this blog will not divulge or share the emails of any commenter or poster with a third party who is not legally authorized to have access to this information.  WORDPRESS privacy policy remain in force (http://automattic.com/privacy/) and users should also be aware of the privacy policies of their respective Internet Service Providers and other risks associated with online blogging including that of hacking.

Moderation

The current moderation rules are the following

  1. First post by a new contributor (as identified from email address) will be held in moderation
  2. Subsequent posts will be automatically posted except in the following situations
    1. The post has may have link to YouTube (due to and/or theme site deficiency) to allow the owner/moderator to filter potentially objectionable videos
    2. Posts with more than 5 links (standard to avoid spam)
    3. No posts are currently held in moderation due to the presence of certain words, but such may be requested by the community and the owner reserves the right to respond positively and/or negatively to such requests.
  3. The owner of the blog will publicly announce if and when others  are engaged in maintaining and/or moderating this blog without violating their anonymity.

Restrictions and Denial of Service

The owner of the blog reserves the right to deny, partially or fully, service to contributors who repeatedly violate the rules of the blog. Denial can be temporary and/or permanent and may be initiated in response to repeated complaints when found reasonable. The following procedure will be used.

  1. Deletion/Editing of offending comment
  2. Private and/or public Warning,
  3. Temporarily suspension from posting or limiting the number of posts
  4. Permanent banning.

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  1. Excellent set of policies OTW. If we all agree to abide by them, this website will be a role model for other blogs.

  2. I would like to suggest or request that participants be urged or prompted not to use language that refers to the hoped for killing of other people.
    This would include references to torture and beheading, sodomizing, or “crushing” “destroying” , wiping out, eradicating others….
    And I think this should be the norm whether the targeted group is Shia, Islamists, salafists, the opposition, or ALSO – the pro-regimers, Allawites, Christians, the people we don’t agree with, Bashar Assad or any of the leadership or his family. etc so on and so forth.

    I think it is all offensive really and does a great disservice to our cause- if it sounds like the exercise of revolution or change – includes retribution and extra-legal punishments that involve killing, executing, torturing, and so on… regardless of the fact that many of the regime or security have engaged in these acts or allowed them to happen themselves.

  3. OTW. I think there should be a policy to moderate/edit Islamophobic comments as well as comments that are hateful to other religions ( in an obsene sense), that way the discussions can remain civilized. However there should a right for positive criticism of religions/ideologies/political positions, but attacks bordering on obscenity should not be tolerated. This, of course, was one of the greatest weaknesses of Dr. Landis’ blog.

  4. Hello, BBC Radio 5 Live would like to speak to you tomorrow about the situation in Syria if you are available for interview.

  5. My Reply (through email to BBC). I promised you transparency.

    Hello Davina
    First, i am honored. And sorry for my late reply. I work odd and long hours with only few hours a week available for the blog.

    I regret that I will have to decline the interview. At this phase I am not ready for that, even anonymously. Off course I am proud of the value 7ee6an (pronounced heetan) or WALLS has been providing in its very young existence, but I have some personal concerns that prevent me at this stage from appearing in person even if anonymously.

    Needless to say, I will be very happy to provide written answers that the anchor could read or for story background. I can also connect you with any willing members of the 7ee6an community (7ee6anis) after consulting with her/him individually and confidentially. If they approve the contact, I will be more than happy to make the connection.

    Sincerely
    OTW

  6. !… my goodness. you should definitely ask someone to speak on your behalf… OTW.

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