TicketNews - Community Guideline
Last Updated - September 2010
If you have a question specific to User Accounts and/or commenting features on TicketNews.com that is not addressed in this guideline or the other official site policies, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. General site inquiries can be directed to the TicketNews editorial board at email@example.com.
The Community Guideline will address:
• User Accounts
It is the goal of TicketNews to foster and promote relevant, respectful and diverse discussions both on TicketNews.com and within our affiliated social networking communities. As a result, TicketNews.com requires users to log-in or register for a free User Account before commenting to ensure greater user accountability for any and all user-generated content.
User Accounts & Site Access
Except for commenting features, all basic levels of content on TicketNews.com are free and open to the public. All site visitors are welcome to register for a User Account. Basic User Accounts are free, but require a valid e-mail address for activation.
With your User Account, you gain the ability to:
• Create a user profile
• Comment on TicketNews.com articles
• Receive notification of new comments on a thread
• Follow recent comments by other users
• Tag your favorite TicketNews articles or topics
Accounts linked to suspected spammers, trolls or those exhibiting trollish or otherwise provoking behavior may be deactivated without warning. If you believe your account has been mistakenly deactivated, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Accounts: Public Information
Once a user has registered an account with TicketNews, a User Profile is created on the site. This profile is visible only to other logged-in users. By default, the profile displays only the registered username and the amount of time that individual has been a member of the site.
Users may add a geographical location, personal/business Web site URL, and/or a customized profile picture to display on their profile under the "Settings" section of "Profile." Any profile information provided by the user must meet provided specifications and follow site policy for user-provided content set forth within the Terms of Service.
Accounts: Private Information
E-mail addresses and real names used in the registration process are never shared publicly. This information is only used to verify the User Account and to contact the user if he/she signs up to receive e-mail notifications or requests a new password.
Any user can change his/her listed e-mail address and account password under the "Settings" section of "Profile." Notification settings for e-mail also can be adjusted in this section of the account profile.
The "Comments" feature is provided as a service to TicketNews' readers and is designated as a section where users can voice their opinions about an article. It is not meant to be utilized as a general discussion board, and users are asked to please stay on-topic. Off-topic comments or threads may be subject to moderation.
Comments and/or other posted content should not contain or link to inappropriate material. Examples of inappropriate content include, but are not limited to: obscenities; libelous or defamatory language; hate speech; solicitations, promotions or advertisements; the contact information (e-mail, phone, address) of another individual; and/or language that could be perceived as threatening, harassing, or pornographic in nature.
Users are asked to remain conscious of and respectful to their fellow community members, and to avoid inappropriate language and uncivil tones of conversation.
Content Ownership & Responsibility
User-generated content is the sole responsibility of the users. TicketNews is not responsible for the content posted by users on TicketNews.com or on any affiliated social networking platform or community.
Content submitted to or posted on TicketNews.com must be the work and/or property of the originating user. Users should not quote or submit the work of another individual, organization or source without proper attribution and permission.
Comments made by official TicketNews staff members are designated as such with an orange "TicketNews Staff" header. If another user is posing as TicketNews staff or you suspect other misuse, please notify email@example.com.
The TicketNews editorial and legal staff reserves the right (but is not obligated) to review, screen, delete, or edit user-generated content on TicketNews.com.
Designated TicketNews staff members serve as moderators for the "Comments" section on the site and the public forums in the site's affiliated social networks. These moderators reserve the right to delete, edit or otherwise moderate posts that are identified as inappropriate according to this and other official site guidelines and policies.
Violation of Policies
TicketNew reserves the right to amend this policy at any time. Policy changes and updates will be posted on this page. Continued use of the site after policy changes have been posted indicates user acceptance of the updated policy.