Site Terms

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I don't think an official "Terms of Use" is really needed. I haven't had any problems with any visitors to this site (so keep up the good work!), but I wanted to write a guide for the commenting system and got carried away, leading to an entire page dedicated to site policies and such. So, basically this page is to layout expectations for this site and for any visitors.

Table of Contents
Yeah, this page was so long I included a Table of Contents.


General Usage


Creative Commons License
Fight For Iowa by http://www.fightforiowa.com is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 United States License.

That basically means you can share anything on this site (post content, images, code, widgets, etc...) as long as you link back to the site. Sharing is definitely encouraged too!

Commenting
I realize the majority of visitors are adult males (this is a football blog), but try and keep everything PG-13ish. I think a couple of the more offensive words in the English language are censored (I'm assuming you'll see a bunch of asterisks), but most everything else is allowable. If you want to share any links, images, or videos, keep the whole PG-13 thing in mind too. I don't think we'll have any problems with this.

Let's also try to be respectful. Feel free to disagree with me or any other visitor, but you don't need to go making personal attacks. We can be civilized!

The moderating system for the comments is pretty good, so I reserve the right to delete or edit any comment left on the site or even ban the commenter. I doubt this will ever be needed (except in the case of spammers), but it's there just in case.


Disclaimer


Fight For Iowa is in no way affiliated with The University of Iowa, Hawkeye Athletics, or the Iowa Football program. The views on this site are solely those of the author.

This site may contain factual errors or inaccuracies and is definitely biased. Basically, this is a blog, so take it as such.


Privacy Policy


I realize the last thing you want to worry about is how your personal information is being used and shared when you visit a blog like Fight For Iowa. But in this day and age, especially with all the privacy issues by some major websites, it is a legitimate concern. So this is probably the most formal section of this page. Please read the following to familiarize yourself with this site's privacy policy.

The Basics
Fight For Iowa does not share any personal information with any third party. No information about your visit is collected other than anonymous non-personal data that is stored in your browsers cookies which helps to analyze the performance of this site. Any personal information provided via the commenting system or by contacting Fight For Iowa is also treated as private and not shared. This privacy policy is subject to change without notice.

Comments
The commenting system is powered Disqus. Disqus does collect some personal information using its Profile system. You can opt to comment using your Twitter, OpenID, or Yahoo account instead. Or, you can simply comment as a guest by providing a name (you can make it up) and an email address.

Please read the Disqus Privacy Policy to see how your information is used.

Each comment and the information provided by the commenter (including email address if provided) is available to the moderator of this site (that's me). This information is not shared by the moderator to any third party. Email addresses may be used in the case that the commenter needs to be contacted. (I will send emails to a new commenter or to a loyal reader from time to time.)

Contact Form
The Contact page on Fight For Iowa has a form for questions or comments. This form is powered by Google Docs. Any information provided in the form is stored in a private Google Doc spreadsheet. Your name and question/comment may be published in a "Mailbag" type post unless specified as private. An email address or any other personal information (phone number, address, full name, etc...) will never be posted or shared with any third party.

Analytics and Advertisements
Fight For Iowa uses Adsence and Google Analytics. Both services may place cookies on your browser, but offer an option to opt out. The cookies make it possible to collect anonymous non-personal data so that advertisements on this page can be more relevant. The information is also used to make Fight For Iowa a better site by tracking data like page views and some basic visitor information like the web browser in use.

Please read the Privacy Policy for these Google products for more information on how these cookies are used and how you can opt out.


Comment Guide


The comments on this site are powered by Disqus. You've probably seen other blogs, including some major ones like Mashable, using Disqus. It's simple to implement on a site and easy to use. Plus, it's much better than the comment system that is inherent to Blogger.

A lot of this is self-explanatory, but here's a quick guide on how to use Disqus to comment on Fight For Iowa:

Profiles
Disqus has their own Profile system, so feel free to set up your own profile if you plan on commenting a lot on here (please do!) or if you comment on other sites using Disqus. Alternatively, you can login using Twitter, OpenID, or Yahoo. For most of you, however, you can comment as a guest by filling out the Name and Email fields. Your email won't be displayed anywhere on the site and is only viewable by the moderator. Please view the Privacy Policy on Comments for more information.

Stylizing
Changing the style of your comments is relatively easy if you know a little HTML. The basic style tags are supported (<b>, <i>, etc...). You can also get a little bit fancier using the 'style' attribute of an element and defining the CSS properties. Here are some examples (actual results may look slightly different in the comments):

StyleCodeResult
Bold<b>Iowa</b>Iowa
Italics<i>Iowa</i>Iowa
Strike<s>Iowa</s> or <strike>Iowa</strike>Iowa
Quote<blockquote>Iowa</blockquote>
Iowa
Underline<u>Iowa</u>Iowa
Color<span style="color:red">Iowa</span>Iowa
Font Size<span style="font-size:16px">Iowa</span>Iowa

Some other tags that I have found to be supported: code, pre, strong, em, p, br, sup, sub
Some tags that I found to be NOT supported: ol, ul, table

Links
Disqus makes adding a link very easy, no HTML required. Just put the URL of the website you'd like to link to, and it'll automatically make it a link. However, if you want to place a link inline with anchor text, then you can use HTML.

TypeCodeResult
Basic Linkhttp://www.fightforiowa.comhttp://www.fightforiowa.com
Link with Anchor<a href="http://www.fightforiowa.com">Fight For Iowa</a>Fight For Iowa

Images and Video
Disqus has something called "Media Attachments" that allow you to post images and video YouTube with your comments. Like links, it is as simple as putting the URL of the image or video in your comment.
However, instead of the image or video showing up in your comment itself, they show up beneath it in the "Attachment" section as a thumbnail (you may have to refresh the page to see the attachment right after you comment).
If a thumbnail is clicked, the image or video opens up in a lightbox for your viewing pleasure.

Note: For video attachments I have only tested this with YouTube, but feel free to try other video sites.



Fight For Iowa is in no way affiliated with The University of Iowa, Hawkeye Athletics, or the Iowa Football program. The views on this site are solely those of the author.

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