Why bother blogging if content will be restricted?

Some kind of free service tried to get me to sign up.  (And remember, if you’re not paying for it, you are the product.)

I was more than a little surprised to see incredibly broad restrictions.

a) As a condition of your use of and access to the Service, you agree to comply with these Usage Rules, which are provided as an example rather than as a limitation, and any application of the Service. b) You agree that your use of and conduct on the Service shall be lawful and your User Content will not:

i) include any offensive comments that are connected to race, national origin, gender, sexual preference or physical handicap;

ii) include profanity or any obscene, indecent, pornographic, sexual or otherwise objectionable content or language;

iii) defame, libel, ridicule, mock, disparage, threaten, harass, intimidate or abuse anyone;

iv) promote violence or describe how to perform a violent act

v) violate the contractual, personal, intellectual property or other rights of any party, or promote or constitute illegal activity; or

vi) be in violation of these Terms or the service rules of conduct (collectively “Content Restrictions”)

I’ve looked at the WordPress terms. I think I’m pretty safe with them. The one thing I might have to be careful about it “scraping,” because frankly I often prefer to just reprint the total text rather than link to a summary.

But frankly, we have to disparage people. We have to make comments that someone will claim are hurtful. “Hurtful” and “disparage” are such loose, vague, subjective terms that if you try to say something that can’t be considered “disparaging,” you can’t say anything at all.


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