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Ethics Code and Disclosure Policy

Updated:  January 1, 2010

For questions about this blog, please contact jlefevere at gmail dot com. 

Readers have the right to expect the following regarding my ethics:

- Original content

All content is the original creation of the author except when clearly attributed, such as by quotation marks, citations and credits.

- Respect for intellectual property

All text, photos and other media from outside sources is republished only with the explicit permission of its owner or as authorized by an applicable license (e.g., Creative   Commons), with the exception of brief quotations from written works in the context of discussing those works.

- Links where credit is due

Where the creator of content referenced on this website has made it possible to link to that content, a link is given here. Where the content is not directly linkable, as in a book, a full citation or link to a general information page will suffice. In general, links are favored over reproduction of content.

- Disclosure of comps

Where a free or discounted product or service has been accepted, a corresponding disclosure is made.

- Disclosure of Advertising or Sponsorships

This blog may accept forms of cash advertising, sponsorship, or other forms of compensation. This blog abides by word of mouth marketing standards. We believe in honesty of relationship, opinion and identity. The compensation received may influence the advertising content, topics or posts made in this blog. That content, advertising space or post will be clearly identified as paid or sponsored content. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely the bloggers’ own. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer, provider or party in question.

- Disclosure of conflicts of interest

Where the author has a relationship with the subject of coverage beyond a casual or typical customer relationship, that relationship is disclosed. Financial and employment relationships, including those of close friends, associates and family members, will also be disclosed.

- Disclosure in the first instance

Where disclosures are required, they are made in the original entry on the subject. Repeated disclosures will not necessarily appear in subsequent entries in the same series. However, where separate discussion of the same subject occurs, re-acknowledgement is made with a separate statement or by linking to the original disclosure.

- Fact checking

The author of any factual statement has made a good-faith effort to confirm the accuracy of that statement. Statements of opinion, however, are just that.

- Corrections

Where factual errors are discovered or reported, corrections will be made promptly by editing or in a subsequent entry.

- Faithfulness to the historical record

Except where overriding legal or ethical concerns prevail (such as when remedying an invasion of privacy), substantive changes and corrections will be made in such a way as not to distort the historical record: by noting “edited to add” or the equivalent, or by making clarifying statements later without changing the original.

- Fair comment

This website allows registered users to comment on the content contained herein. Free and fair comment will be permitted so long as it is civil and conforms to this website’s terms of service, including this document.


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