obligatory ‘i am declaring victory’ post

ToS is smuggled in by means of a passing comment by Andy in a forum thread. No mention as yet in the news blog, though there’s a link at the bottom of the front page.

Still… terms of service! At last! And is that a privacy policy I see? Better and better. Keep this up and you may be in danger of looking professional.

Will they be doing the Yahoo! thing of deleting everyone’s cookies and making them read and agree to it before their next login? Because otherwise I’m not sure you can enforce this stuff retroactively. (I am still not a lawyer, but I’m starting to think like one. Worrying.)

Of course, what this really means is that paid features are on their way sooner rather than later. Even though I have no intention of paying for anything here, this is excellent news. Paid users act as guardians of the service for freeloaders; they help fund the infrastructure and get noisy if the service falls below standard.

(Not that freeloaders are exactly quiet, but if they’re taking your money you do have that little bit more leverage.)

2 Comments »

  1. Andy said

    The TOS have been on the signup form for a few days now. I'm not a lawyer either so my words carry no water… I don't know what will be done about retroactivity but I guess since we haven't taken any money, there isn't a lot to talk about.🙂

  2. wank said

    Yes: you could probably get out of forcing everyone to sign up to this by saying there haven’t been any changes to the terms and conditions, you are merely making explicit what was being enforced anyway. After all, anyone who spends time in the forums already knows that blogs can be taken down without warning or reasons given, so it’s not exactly a secret. A news post is still a good idea, though; that way nobody can say they weren’t informed.

    (I also liked the treat, though to be picky would have preferred seasoned fries on the side, and maybe some beans. I like beans.)

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