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Blog Policies

I. Terms of Use

1. All existing FIT computer use and web policies apply to the FIT blog server including FIT's Computer and Network Use Policy and the Principles for the FIT Web.

2. The FIT blog server may be used to host blogs at http://blog.fitnyc.edu/*blogName* for the following purposes:

  • Any use related to a faculty or staff member's academic needs, area, or expertise.
  • Any departmental use related to supporting the business of the college.
  • Any FIT student club use related to supporting club activities, under the supervision of a faculty advisor(s).
  • Like official FIT webpages, FIT blogs must be related to the mission, goals, and functions of FIT.

3. FIT requires users of our blogs to utilize college-approved templates for all hosted pages. In the footer of each template is the following disclaimer:
The opinions expressed by FIT bloggers and commenters are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent the views or policies of the Fashion Institute of Technology or its employees. The Fashion Institute of Technology makes no representations about the accuracy of the information presented in its blogs.

4. Bloggers must agree to review all comments posted on their blog and remove any which violate FIT's Computer and Network Use Policy and the Principles for the FIT Web. (See Comment Moderation below.)

5. FIT reserves the right to remove, at any time, at its sole discretion, any content posted on the blog service that it deems in violation of college policy or local, state, or federal law.

II. BLOG TERMINATION

1. FIT reserves the right to remove any blog from the public directory that hasn't been updated in more than 3 months.

2. FIT reserves the right to disable any blog that hasn't been updated in more than 6 months.

3. Individual faculty and staff blogs will be disabled upon the owner leaving the college.

III. COMMENT MODERATION RULES

1. Bloggers must agree to review all comments posted on their blog and remove any which violate FIT's Computer and Network Use Policy and the Principles for the FIT Web.

2. Comments, with moderation, are automatically turned on for each blog. Comment moderation allows bloggers to review the comments before they are posted and decide which ones will appear. This setting is aimed at combating comment spam, which is a serious problem with public blogs. If you do not wish to allow comments, you will need to set those preferences. 

Blogger Tips and Best Practices

DEFINITION OF A BLOG

Blogs are web sites with time-sensitive content displayed in reverse chronological order. This content generally remains fixed after publishing. One or more authors create and manage content, organized as posts. Visitors may be allowed to leave comments on specific posts. The most recent posts show first. Older posts fall below, eventually becoming archived. Blogs offer an RSS feed that allows anyone to subscribe and receive email alerts when new content is available.

Blogs should not be used for:

  • Discussion forum. While visitors can post comments on each blog entry, the main point of the blog is the original posts. The blog system is not a threaded forum system, and its comment system was not designed to facilitate detailed discussions.
  • General web sites, which belong on www.fitnyc.edu.
  • Dynamic content. Though they can contain a picture or video clip, blogs normally display relatively fixed content. Once a blog post is created, it generally is not updated.

Deciding to blog

Who is your audience—who's going to read this blog? Donors, alumni, students, faculty, staff? Legislators, parents, community members?

What is your goal? What do you want people to do when they read your blog?

Will you be soliciting comments or do you just want visitors to read what you are writing? Who will moderate the comments? (See comment policy above.)

What is your unique selling proposition for your blog? What information or viewpoint can you provide that readers are not able to get elsewhere? Is your content compelling enough to keep them coming back?

Who's going to update this thing? Will your department be excited about this in the beginning, but then not allocate the resources necessary to maintain it? (There's nothing worse than a blog that is out of date.)

Is there enough content to support an ongoing blog?

Can you count on the people who volunteer to supply entries to actually do so, on deadline?

BEST PRACTICES

Speak up frequently. In general, the more often you post, the more traffic you will build. Typically, the minimum would be to make an entry no less than once a week.

Join the conversation. Posting comments on other blogs shows you're an active participant in the community. It also gets your name out there, and will bring traffic to your blog.

Have something to say. Make sure your posts are interesting/informative. Have something to show. Use video and photos to get your points across.

Weigh your words. Keep posts concise and don't ramble.

BLOGS ARE PUBLIC

By default, blogs created using the FIT blog service are publicly available and available for search engines to crawl. All public FIT blogs will be included in FIT's public blog directory at http://blog.fitnyc.edu/.

Before you make any entries, consider that your blog is public, and it endures. Anyone can search for your blog and find it.

Consider that anything you post on your blog may have repercussions in the future. People have been refused jobs or fired from their jobs because of material they posted on their blogs.

For your own protection, you should never give information that would make yourself a target to scam artists or predators.

BLOGGER CODE OF ETHICS

I will tell the truth.
I will write deliberately and with accuracy.
I will acknowledge and correct mistakes promptly.
I will preserve the original post, using notations to show where I have made changes so as to maintain the integrity of my publishing.
I will never delete a post.
I will reply to comments when appropriate, and do so promptly.
I will strive for high quality with every post including basic spellchecking.
I will avoid damaging my own reputation, the schools, or anyone else's.
I will stay on topic.
I will disagree with other opinions respectfully.
I will link to online references and original source materials directly.
I will keep private issues and topics private, since discussing private issues would jeopardize my personal and work relationships.
I will not share the personal information of other people.
I will not plagiarize the work of others.
I will not use destructive criticism.
I will not post abusive or graphic content.
I WILL USE COMMON SENSE.

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