Sunday, February 12, 2006

How to Post & Privacy Policy 2.12.06

I just thought I would tell you again how easy it is to add your comment to this or any blog through Blogger, the host for our blog site. All you have to do is go to the bottom of anything I have written (or below photos too). You will see the words "0 comments" (or however many have already been "posted" that just means someone has written a comment and told Blogger to "post" it, like putting a post-it note on the fridge.) and next to it a little pencil graphic.

When you click there, the box will expand and you will see something like this:

0 Comments: (or 2 or 3 etc)
(here is where you can read what other people have written)

Post a Comment

If you click "Post a Comment" another window will come up that will ask you to "Leave your comment" with a box where you can type your comments. You will see the words "This blog does not allow anonymous comments" and this is for OUR protection. In the beginning we did not have it set up this way but found that we were getting "spammed" like crazy. That means a lot of people who had blogs that were commercial sites were bombarding us with "comments" that were more like ads to go to their site and it was becoming a pain in the neck. So our son Chris, who knows more about this stuff than we do suggested we change it so that people have to register to post a comment and this has virtually eliminated that sort of stuff. You would not believe some of the crap we received!

That page will also ask you for "word verification" and you just type in the letters you see there. This takes just a minute and is another safety measure for us, to keep away the "spammers" who won't take the time to do that.

Anyway, you will have to "sign in" if you are not a registered user and type in a username and a password. Below is the "Privacy Policy" which states that this is solely for you to access this site and that they do not share your information with anyone. So if you have not wanted to comment because you were afraid of that, I hope that this dispels your fears and you will try it.

Here is what is written on the Blogger page in the TERMS OF SERVICE area:

5. PRIVACY POLICY All information entered into Blogger by Member is private to Member except to the extent that he or she opts to share that information with other Blogger members and/or the public, through Blogger or otherwise.

It is Pyra's (these are the people who own "Blogger") policy to respect the privacy of Members. Therefore, Pyra will not disclose to any third party Member's name or contact information. Pyra will also not monitor, edit, or disclose the contents of a Member's information unless required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to: (1) conform to the edicts of the law or comply with legal process served on Pyra; (2) protect and defend the rights or property of Pyra; or (3) act under exigent circumstances to protect the personal safety of BTS members or the public; (4) fix or debug problems with the Blogger software/service.

Finally, if you have tried all of this and want to post a comment but still have problems doing it, you can click the "Blogger" icon at the lower left side of our blog page (below the list of Archives) and go to "Blogger Help" where it will answer all your questions. There's some cool stuff there too that you might find interesting as well.

We hope to hear from you soon! You have no idea how much it means to us.
Rosemary & Bob

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