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Preamble

feedle dot net, the website that currently operates at http://www.feedle.net, is a personal “blog”-style website. It’s primary goal is to be a creative vehicle for myself, with a
secondary goal of promoting the talents of those I consider friends. Opinions stated on this website are my own, and they’re just that: opinions. I provide feedback mechanisms in most places on my website (and in the few places I don’t, we’re working on it!). If you have seen something you disagree with, please feel free to contribute feedback.

Throughout this document, I refer to the entire network of machines that drives not only this website but other computing resources I control and maintain as “feedle.net”. This is not meant to exclude machines that might be operating under other domain names (like moremayo.com, feedle.com, feedle.org, witchmail.org, etc). Note that some of the services I provide have differing terms of service and scope than this document is capable of covering: for those sites, please see their appropriate webpage.  This document is not intended to cover all situations and possibilities.  If there is a conflict between this document and the local laws where this website is posted from (Denver, Colorado, USA) the local law will prevail.

Some of the material on this website might be of a frank and adult nature. While we usually don’t post nudie pics or p0rn, it is possible that sites we link to might not have the same standards. Some discretion is advised.

While we used to maintain RSACi ratings on pages on this website, that practice has been depricated.

Specifics:

  • “Backstage Pass”: To post comments and to access many advanced features of this website, a “Backstage Pass” account is required. As part of the registration process, we politely request some personally identifiable information (such as your name, location, and E-Mail address) for our records. The only required information is a unique identifier (a ‘user name’) and a verifiable E-mail address. We require this information to ensure that you are not a “robot” or spamvertising engine. We do not use your E-Mail address for any sort of mass mailing.. in fact, the only automated E-Mails you will receive will be when you set up your account for verification (unless you use your Backstage Pass account for other optional services like Mailing Lists). You can delete your Backstage Pass account at any time.
  • “Backstage Pass” FOAF: We are currently working on a Friend-of-a-Friend system that will tie into Backstage Pass. For purposes of the FOAF project, you can enter as much or as little information as you want, or opt-out of FOAF completely. The purpose of the FOAF project is to simply provide an affinity space for friends of the website owners: but all are permitted to join.
  • Site Logging: The site logs for servers at feedle.net collect a minimal amount of information regarding where you connect from (your IP address), what site referred you here (HTTP_REFERRER), and what pages you access while you’re here. Generally, this data contains little personally identifiable information, other than which ISP you use and how you utilise our resources. These logs are kept only for a minimal amount of time, and are generally only used for general statistical analysis or for debugging site problems.
  • Comments System: Posting a comment to pages hosted locally (here at feedle.net and/or moremayo.com) requires a Backstage Pass. When you post a comment, you will be
    required to log in using your Backstage Pass account, and the comment will be tagged with your feedle.net username.
  • Legacy Comment System: The following text is from the previous edition of our Privacy Policy, which covers the “old-style” comments system. It is placed here solely for completeness, and to cover comments left in the old comments database. The comment system currently collects information from users at the time a comment is left. This data is not stored anywhere but in the comment itself, and then only data that is submitted on the form is publically accessible. The logging system for the comments (and karma) system record your IP address for statistical analysis and for responding to abuse incidents. This data is discarded after a short period of time.
  • Mailing Lists: Listservs (mailing lists) collect your E-mail address solely for the purpose of sending you E-Mail from others in the discussion group. We never “sell” E-Mail lists to third parties, however it may be possible for others to obtain your E-mail address through the list server. If you have questions about how the listservers operate, and how they handle your E-Mail address, please contact us.

As a blanket policy, we do not sell, rent, give away, lease, purvey, purloin, or otherwise traffick in personally identifyable information. We may, from time to time, share statistical information with other website owners about trends and traffic patterns, but this information will not contain any personally identifyable information.

When responding to spam or abuse complaints, we may be required to disclose additional information as situations arise. We will make a “best effort” to inform any of our users in advance of such disclosure.

From time to time, we may make updates to this privacy policy. You are encouraged to read it regularly, as well as the privacy policies of other websites.

Copyright and Terms of Use

Content produced by myself (usually noted by a © Archturiat C Baumann statement or words to that affect in the document) produced on this website is typically released under a Creative Commons License.


Creative Commons LicenseUnder this license, you are permitted to copy any material, provided that any copying is non-commercial in nature, is attributed to the original author, and that any derivative works are similarly licensed. If you would like more details, you can read the Commons Deed, or read the entire license.

For content produced by other users of feedle.net services (such as web site operators, shell account users, volunteer contributors, etc.), and for postings on webboards, etc. operated on feedle.net computing resources:

All original material is considered to be licensed to us by the original creator. We do not claim copyright on this material; and further respect the rights of these individuals to claim copyright. Submission of material to feedle.net is considered granting us a license to use that material under a license similar to the Creative Commons license we use for original content. Users of feedle.net resources should speak to us if they desire differing terms.

Terms of Service

Users of feedle.net are bound by our terms of service for all activities. If you believe a user of feedle.net has violated these terms of service, please let us know by E-mailing legal@feedle.net.

  1. Users of computing resources at feedle.net are expected to behave in a fashion that is consistant with promoting good will and continuing the Internet’s standards of cooperation. Users may not harass or threaten other users of either feedle.net’s resources, or other Internet services.
  2. Users are expected to “keep our neighborhood clean” by maintaining their shell accounts under quota, by stripping binaries they compile, and ensuring that no other user will be impacted by high bandwidth or CPU tasks.
  3. Users may compile programs locally in their own accounts on feedle.net shell servers. Users are solely responsible for maintaining these programs. If a program behaves in a fashion that is detrimental to other users, it will be terminated.
  4. Transmission of unsolicited “commercial” e-mail is always prohibited. For purposes of this policy, UCE is considered any E-Mail that is unsolicited by the recipient, and advertises a product, service, webpage, ideology, etc. Note that it does not necessarily need to be “commercial” in nature.
  5. Transmission of any bulk E-Mail is only allowed by specific permission. All bulk E-mail messages must be 1. opt-in, and 2. can only be performed after permission has been granted explicitly by feedle.net.
  6. Use of feedle.net’s resouces for “hacking” or “cracking”, that is, the intrusion of systems on the Internet that you do not own or control, is prohibited.
  7. Users that behave in a manner that gets any feedle.net IP address “k-lined” or banned from servers and the like _WILL_ result in immediate account suspension. We may also send someone over to break your kneecaps.

Policies Concerning “Spam” and “Spamvertizing”

This website is designed and intended to be a creative vehicle for myself and my guests. It is not provided as a method of promoting other commercial websites without re-numeration. As a result, the following activities are specifically prohibited:

  • Addition of comments that solely exist to promote non-relevant websites
  • Collection of E-Mail addresses to transmit unsolicited E-Mails
  • Collection of instant messenger service IDs to transmit commercial messages of any type to users

In addition to these terms, feedle.networks also has the right to remove any URL entered into this website’s public forms at its own discretion, without explanation.

Sites that repeatedly abuse these terms will be banned from posting comments or retrieving content.

Obtaining Permission for Commercial Uses

Note that this only applies to material that bears a (C) [date] Archturiat C Baumann and/or (C) [date] feedle.net(works) copyright indicia.

Permission can be obtained by E-Mailing legal@feedle.net. Include in your E-Mail the following information.

  1. The full legal name of the individual, company, or corporation that is requesting use
  2. A physical address
  3. A telephone number
  4. A brief description of your organization
  5. A brief description of your project and/or your content need

You can expect a followup phone call within 72 hours. Note that you will be granted permission to use under similar terms to non-commercial users (that is, non-exclusive rights). Depending on your organization type and your needs, we reserve the right to assess licensing fees as we feel are appropriate. Exclusive rights are never given, except for photographs, where exclusive print rights may be given and all other rights will be reserved.

The GNU General Public License

The GNU General Public License (or GPL) covers some of the original software offered on this website.  Software so distributed will bear a clear “Licensed under the GPL Version 2” statement, as well as a copy of this license in a file called LICENSE in the archive.

 

                    GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE
                       Version 2, June 1991

 Copyright (C) 1989, 1991 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
     59 Temple Place, Suite 330, Boston, MA  02111-1307  USA
 Everyone is permitted to copy and distribute verbatim copies
 of this license document, but changing it is not allowed.

                            Preamble

  The licenses for most software are designed to take away your
freedom to share and change it.  By contrast, the GNU General Public
License is intended to guarantee your freedom to share and change free
software--to make sure the software is free for all its users.  This
General Public License applies to most of the Free Software
Foundation's software and to any other program whose authors commit to
using it.  (Some other Free Software Foundation software is covered by
the GNU Library General Public License instead.)  You can apply it to
your programs, too.

  When we speak of free software, we are referring to freedom, not
price.  Our General Public Licenses are designed to make sure that you
have the freedom to distribute copies of free software (and charge for
this service if you wish), that you receive source code or can get it
if you want it, that you can change the software or use pieces of it
in new free programs; and that you know you can do these things.

  To protect your rights, we need to make restrictions that forbid
anyone to deny you these rights or to ask you to surrender the rights.
These restrictions translate to certain responsibilities for you if you
distribute copies of the software, or if you modify it.

  For example, if you distribute copies of such a program, whether
gratis or for a fee, you must give the recipients all the rights that
you have.  You must make sure that they, too, receive or can get the
source code.  And you must show them these terms so they know their
rights.

  We protect your rights with two steps: (1) copyright the software, and
(2) offer you this license which gives you legal permission to copy,
distribute and/or modify the software.

  Also, for each author's protection and ours, we want to make certain
that everyone understands that there is no warranty for this free
software.  If the software is modified by someone else and passed on, we
want its recipients to know that what they have is not the original, so
that any problems introduced by others will not reflect on the original
authors' reputations.

  Finally, any free program is threatened constantly by software
patents.  We wish to avoid the danger that redistributors of a free
program will individually obtain patent licenses, in effect making the
program proprietary.  To prevent this, we have made it clear that any
patent must be licensed for everyone's free use or not licensed at all.

  The precise terms and conditions for copying, distribution and
modification follow.

                    GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE
   TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR COPYING, DISTRIBUTION AND MODIFICATION

  0. This License applies to any program or other work which contains
a notice placed by the copyright holder saying it may be distributed
under the terms of this General Public License.  The "Program", below,
refers to any such program or work, and a "work based on the Program"
means either the Program or any derivative work under copyright law:
that is to say, a work containing the Program or a portion of it,
either verbatim or with modifications and/or translated into another
language.  (Hereinafter, translation is included without limitation in
the term "modification".)  Each licensee is addressed as "you".

Activities other than copying, distribution and modification are not
covered by this License; they are outside its scope.  The act of
running the Program is not restricted, and the output from the Program
is covered only if its contents constitute a work based on the
Program (independent of having been made by running the Program).
Whether that is true depends on what the Program does.

  1. You may copy and distribute verbatim copies of the Program's
source code as you receive it, in any medium, provided that you
conspicuously and appropriately publish on each copy an appropriate
copyright notice and disclaimer of warranty; keep intact all the
notices that refer to this License and to the absence of any warranty;

and give any other recipients of the Program a copy of this License
along with the Program.

You may charge a fee for the physical act of transferring a copy, and
you may at your option offer warranty protection in exchange for a fee.

  2. You may modify your copy or copies of the Program or any portion
of it, thus forming a work based on the Program, and copy and
distribute such modifications or work under the terms of Section 1
above, provided that you also meet all of these conditions:

    a) You must cause the modified files to carry prominent notices
    stating that you changed the files and the date of any change.

    b) You must cause any work that you distribute or publish, that in
    whole or in part contains or is derived from the Program or any
    part thereof, to be licensed as a whole at no charge to all third
    parties under the terms of this License.

    c) If the modified program normally reads commands interactively
    when run, you must cause it, when started running for such
    interactive use in the most ordinary way, to print or display an
    announcement including an appropriate copyright notice and a
    notice that there is no warranty (or else, saying that you provide
    a warranty) and that users may redistribute the program under
    these conditions, and telling the user how to view a copy of this
    License.  (Exception: if the Program itself is interactive but
    does not normally print such an announcement, your work based on
    the Program is not required to print an announcement.)

These requirements apply to the modified work as a whole.  If
identifiable sections of that work are not derived from the Program,
and can be reasonably considered independent and separate works in
themselves, then this License, and its terms, do not apply to those
sections when you distribute them as separate works.  But when you
distribute the same sections as part of a whole which is a work based
on the Program, the distribution of the whole must be on the terms of
this License, whose permissions for other licensees extend to the
entire whole, and thus to each and every part regardless of who wrote it.

Thus, it is not the intent of this section to claim rights or contest
your rights to work written entirely by you; rather, the intent is to
exercise the right to control the distribution of derivative or
collective works based on the Program.

In addition, mere aggregation of another work not based on the Program
with the Program (or with a work based on the Program) on a volume of
a storage or distribution medium does not bring the other work under
the scope of this License.

  3. You may copy and distribute the Program (or a work based on it,
under Section 2) in object code or executable form under the terms of
Sections 1 and 2 above provided that you also do one of the following:

    a) Accompany it with the complete corresponding machine-readable
    source code, which must be distributed under the terms of Sections
    1 and 2 above on a medium customarily used for software interchange; or,

    b) Accompany it with a written offer, valid for at least three
    years, to give any third party, for a charge no more than your
    cost of physically performing source distribution, a complete
    machine-readable copy of the corresponding source code, to be
    distributed under the terms of Sections 1 and 2 above on a medium
    customarily used for software interchange; or,

    c) Accompany it with the information you received as to the offer
    to distribute corresponding source code.  (This alternative is
    allowed only for noncommercial distribution and only if you
    received the program in object code or executable form with such
    an offer, in accord with Subsection b above.)

The source code for a work means the preferred form of the work for
making modifications to it.  For an executable work, complete source
code means all the source code for all modules it contains, plus any
associated interface definition files, plus the scripts used to
control compilation and installation of the executable.  However, as a
special exception, the source code distributed need not include
anything that is normally distributed (in either source or binary
form) with the major components (compiler, kernel, and so on) of the
operating system on which the executable runs, unless that component
itself accompanies the executable.

If distribution of executable or object code is made by offering
access to copy from a designated place, then offering equivalent
access to copy the source code from the same place counts as
distribution of the source code, even though third parties are not
compelled to copy the source along with the object code.

  4. You may not copy, modify, sublicense, or distribute the Program
except as expressly provided under this License.  Any attempt
otherwise to copy, modify, sublicense or distribute the Program is
void, and will automatically terminate your rights under this License.
However, parties who have received copies, or rights, from you under
this License will not have their licenses terminated so long as such
parties remain in full compliance.

  5. You are not required to accept this License, since you have not
signed it.  However, nothing else grants you permission to modify or
distribute the Program or its derivative works.  These actions are
prohibited by law if you do not accept this License.  Therefore, by
modifying or distributing the Program (or any work based on the
Program), you indicate your acceptance of this License to do so, and
all its terms and conditions for copying, distributing or modifying
the Program or works based on it.

  6. Each time you redistribute the Program (or any work based on the
Program), the recipient automatically receives a license from the
original licensor to copy, distribute or modify the Program subject to
these terms and conditions.  You may not impose any further
restrictions on the recipients' exercise of the rights granted herein.
You are not responsible for enforcing compliance by third parties to
this License.

  7. If, as a consequence of a court judgment or allegation of patent
infringement or for any other reason (not limited to patent issues),
conditions are imposed on you (whether by court order, agreement or
otherwise) that contradict the conditions of this License, they do not
excuse you from the conditions of this License.  If you cannot
distribute so as to satisfy simultaneously your obligations under this
License and any other pertinent obligations, then as a consequence you
may not distribute the Program at all.  For example, if a patent
license would not permit royalty-free redistribution of the Program by
all those who receive copies directly or indirectly through you, then
the only way you could satisfy both it and this License would be to
refrain entirely from distribution of the Program.

If any portion of this section is held invalid or unenforceable under
any particular circumstance, the balance of the section is intended to
apply and the section as a whole is intended to apply in other
circumstances.

It is not the purpose of this section to induce you to infringe any
patents or other property right claims or to contest validity of any
such claims; this section has the sole purpose of protecting the
integrity of the free software distribution system, which is
implemented by public license practices.  Many people have made
generous contributions to the wide range of software distributed
through that system in reliance on consistent application of that
system; it is up to the author/donor to decide if he or she is willing
to distribute software through any other system and a licensee cannot
impose that choice.

This section is intended to make thoroughly clear what is believed to
be a consequence of the rest of this License.

  8. If the distribution and/or use of the Program is restricted in
certain countries either by patents or by copyrighted interfaces, the
original copyright holder who places the Program under this License
may add an explicit geographical distribution limitation excluding
those countries, so that distribution is permitted only in or among
countries not thus excluded.  In such case, this License incorporates
the limitation as if written in the body of this License.

  9. The Free Software Foundation may publish revised and/or new versions
of the General Public License from time to time.  Such new versions will
be similar in spirit to the present version, but may differ in detail to
address new problems or concerns.

Each version is given a distinguishing version number.  If the Program
specifies a version number of this License which applies to it and "any
later version", you have the option of following the terms and conditions
either of that version or of any later version published by the Free
Software Foundation.  If the Program does not specify a version number of
this License, you may choose any version ever published by the Free Software
Foundation.

  10. If you wish to incorporate parts of the Program into other free
programs whose distribution conditions are different, write to the author
to ask for permission.  For software which is copyrighted by the Free
Software Foundation, write to the Free Software Foundation; we sometimes
make exceptions for this.  Our decision will be guided by the two goals
of preserving the free status of all derivatives of our free software and
of promoting the sharing and reuse of software generally.

                            NO WARRANTY

  11. BECAUSE THE PROGRAM IS LICENSED FREE OF CHARGE, THERE IS NO WARRANTY
FOR THE PROGRAM, TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW.  EXCEPT WHEN
OTHERWISE STATED IN WRITING THE COPYRIGHT HOLDERS AND/OR OTHER PARTIES
PROVIDE THE PROGRAM "AS IS" WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESSED
OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF
MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.  THE ENTIRE RISK AS
TO THE QUALITY AND PERFORMANCE OF THE PROGRAM IS WITH YOU.  SHOULD THE
PROGRAM PROVE DEFECTIVE, YOU ASSUME THE COST OF ALL NECESSARY SERVICING,
REPAIR OR CORRECTION.

  12. IN NO EVENT UNLESS REQUIRED BY APPLICABLE LAW OR AGREED TO IN WRITING
WILL ANY COPYRIGHT HOLDER, OR ANY OTHER PARTY WHO MAY MODIFY AND/OR
REDISTRIBUTE THE PROGRAM AS PERMITTED ABOVE, BE LIABLE TO YOU FOR DAMAGES,
INCLUDING ANY GENERAL, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES ARISING
OUT OF THE USE OR INABILITY TO USE THE PROGRAM (INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED
TO LOSS OF DATA OR DATA BEING RENDERED INACCURATE OR LOSSES SUSTAINED BY
YOU OR THIRD PARTIES OR A FAILURE OF THE PROGRAM TO OPERATE WITH ANY OTHER
PROGRAMS), EVEN IF SUCH HOLDER OR OTHER PARTY HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE
POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.

                     END OF TERMS AND CONDITIONS

How to Apply These Terms to Your New Programs

  If you develop a new program, and you want it to be of the greatest
possible use to the public, the best way to achieve this is to make it
free software which everyone can redistribute and change under these terms.

  To do so, attach the following notices to the program.  It is safest
to attach them to the start of each source file to most effectively
convey the exclusion of warranty; and each file should have at least
the "copyright" line and a pointer to where the full notice is found.

    Copyright (C)   

    This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify
    it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
    the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or
    (at your option) any later version.

    This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
    but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
    MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.  See the
    GNU General Public License for more details.

    You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
    along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software
    Foundation, Inc., 59 Temple Place, Suite 330, Boston, MA  02111-1307  USA

Copyright Notifications, Definition of Agent

I take all allegations of copyright infringment by my users seriously. If you believe that any publically accessible resource or file on feedle.net is infringing on your copyright, please let us know.

Note that we will require some sort of evidence that you are the legitimate copyright holder of the material. Please send all inquiries to legal@feedle.net, or to Archturiat C Baumann, PO Box 371893, Denver CO 80211 USA.

Trademarks

“feedle” is a personal nickname that I have used online and off since at least 1986.  It has no connection to the series of “Bagpuss” stories aired on the BBC in the 1970’s.  In fact, living in the United States, I had never even heard of these stories until relatively recently, and have never actually seen one.  Please stop asking about this.

All trademarks remain property of their respective holders, and are used only in a descriptive manner.

Sale of domain names

Domain names encompassing the feedle.net collection of services are not for sale.

However, for some domain names, I may be willing to transfer some domain names to a third party (and/or be willing to operate reflector services) for non-profits or individuals, typically for very low cost.  This will never happen with any domain name that has the word “feedle” in it at the top level (ie. feedle.net, feedle.com, feedle.org).  The word “feedle” has been tied with my personal identity since the late 1980’s, and as such, I’m quite attached to these domain names.  For the others, drop us an E-mail with some information about what you are intending to use the domain name for and some way of contacting you by telephone and we may be able to work out an arrangement.