Monday, November 9, 2009

Privacy Policy (and other blog-related info)

After seeing a few posts pop up (at The Story Siren and Pirate Penguin's Reads) about privacy policies I figured I should probably post one, too. While I don't know if other people feel this way, I've noticed a marked increase in spam email over the past few months (around 100 a day, on average).

So, I've decided that the best way to go about contests is to now try contest forms. I've already participated in a few contests that use these forms, and, in my opinion, they're a lot easier to use for everyone. Readers don't have to tally up points, and the forms get sent to the blog owner immediately.

The only personal information that I require is an email address and the winners mailing address (both of which I will delete once the contest has been completed).

If a contest winner is 13 years old or less, they'll have to have parental permission. This means that parent will have to communicate with me so I can get the address and written permission.

5 comments:

Amanda said...

I stopped having giveaways because of the spam. During the readathon, I took away word verification, but after about two weeks I started getting spam comments so I had to put it back on. Grr.

Indigo said...

I'm so glad you're going to be using contest forms. I think more people will probably enter if they don't have to worry about the spam. I've noticed the rise as well. (Hugs)Indigo

pirate penguin said...

Aww, thanks for mentioning me! :)

I'm thinking that I'll definetely be doing contest forms but now I have to understand how to get them xD. I still use word verification for my blog... *read the comment above* I know that they can be annoying BUT I don't want any random sites spamming me or my followers. That's just not cool D:

Anonymous said...

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Thanks

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