These cover your use and interaction with the website (collectively, the journal and other features, "sieleth", "the blog"), outlining what to expect from us and what you agree to (by continuing to use the blog), as well as what we (alejandra abouhamad, as well as any and all temporary and permanent members, "we", "us", "me") agree to provide you ("the reader", "the readers").
1. TERMS FOR THE BLOGGER
1.1 WHAT WE OFFER
Sieleth is a blog and portfolio website founded by Alejandra Abouhamad on March 9th, 2015. If you see any other site with our same name (perhaps because we haven't registered on a certain platform) it is not an associate act and therefore we cannot be held liable for any interaction with them.
1.2 OUR PROMISE OF QUALITY
Though we understand that "quality" is a thing of perception we compromise to offer only what we believe to be the highest quality instead of choosing quantity. This means we won't overpopulate our services to make cheap money over something that isn't worth the price.
1.3 OUR OBLIGATION TO NOTIFY CHANGES
Like any other online service, the blog, can be subject to technical shutdowns for maintenance, upgrading or other work that might take the website offline for a while, and though it is a nice thing we are not obligated to notify when all of these changes will go into effect and when will they terminate.
1.4 OUR OBLIGATION TO BE TRANSPARENT
On the flip side of the coin, we will always notify you if there's changes to the blog that might affect you (for instance: switching our blog to japanese or doing sponsored posts, deleting the blog, etc).
1.5 OUR OBLIGATION TO PROTECT YOU
1.6 WE ABIDE TO SQUARESPACE' OWN TERMS, POLICIES AND DISCLAIMERS
We are hosted through Squarespace, which includes us agreeing to our parent-host' own terms and conditions, which rule above our own. In case of a conflicting bullet point, Squarespace's own terms should rule ours out.
RELATED READS: SQUARESPACE TERMS + CONDITIONS
2.1 BY USING THIS BLOG YOU CONSENT TO OUR USE OF ANALYTIC TRACKING MEASURES
If you continue to use the blog and its services we will take that as you consenting to our use of analytic tracking measures, including but not limited to: squarespace in-house analytic tracking, google analytics and social media referral analytics (should you come to our website through facebook, twitter, pinterest or instagram so we know where people are coming from).
2.2 YOUR OBLIGATION TO NOT INFRINGE THESE TERMS AND/OR CAUSE US HARM IN ANY WAY OR FORM
Don't play hacker with us, basically. We're cool with you using inspect element on our blog to see how we did a certain thing or whatever, but don't try to modify the blog's source code directly on our page.
2.3 DON'T LOOK FOR LOOPHOLES TO DOWNLOAD OUR BUYABLE SERVICES FOR FREE
Please do not look for loopholes through which download buyable services for free or access membership exclusive pages that you have not signed up for. We can understand that money is tight right now but our effort and time spent working deserve to be acknowledged and payed for.
Our privacy policies are the ones that make sure to explain how we handle your privacy, what information we get from you and how we use it; a little excerpt on the EU-US Privacy Shield, as well as how we integrate our check out third party service and what that does to your information.
1. A NOTE ON TRANSPARENCY
We don't know how noticeable it will be, but we have gone out of our ways to make sure that every single bullet point in this agreement is as clear and easily understandable as possible. We know legal agreements are usually long and often times it feels like you don't even know in what language they are written, and we don't want to do that here. You deserve to know your rights and duties.
2. WHAT ANALYTIC TRACKING MEASURES WE USE
3. WHAT INFORMATION WE COLLECT
We automatically collect information about the following:
- Operating Systems: We receive information (in percentages) about how many mac, windows, linux and other os users access the blog.
- Device Platforms: We receive information (in percentages) about how many access the blog through computers or smartphones and tablets. Which is helpful for deciding how to format our blog to make it more easy to use and interact with our users.
- Browsers: We receive information (in percentages) about wether people use and interact with the blog mostly through safari, mozilla firefox, chrome or internet explorer - to name a few. This is particularly helpful for adapting our code to the different browsers.
- Referrals: We receive information (in hyperlinks mostly) about where people are coming from wether naturally or via our social media.
- Age + Gender: We receive information (in percentages) about what major groups of age and gender use and interact with our blog so that we may tailor our services and content to them.
- Geographics: Last but not least we receive information (in map points and percentages) about what country are most of you are coming from and what language(s) you speak.
- In case of a product purchase, we also collect the data necessary to complete the transaction, such as your name, email and billing address.
4. A NOTE ON COOKIES
Cookies are - according to wikipedia: "a small piece of data set from a website and stored in the user's web browser whilst browsing". These help us basically remember your preferences for the next time, like suggesting your email and password when you autocomplete your login on disqus.
5. EU-US PRIVACY SHIELD
As mentioned previously, by being hosted on Squarespace we agree to their own terms and conditions, which very recently changed to allow room for the new EU-US Privacy Shield Framework. This new framework very basically focuses on strengthening the security on transatlantic data transactions.
RELATED READS: PRIVACY SHIELD FRAMEWORK
* A NOTE ON FACEBOOK ANALYTICS.
Since June, the Sieleth facebook page is officially no longer active - it still shows up in facebook, so if you've liked the page and/or interacted with it in any way, the data collected over facebook should remain until the page disappears from the facebook servers.
This should be a fairly easy one to understand, but basically we're covering the grounds on what you can and can't do in the comments section of our blog.
1. WHAT YOU CAN DO IN THE COMMENTS SECTION
You are allowed to comment on as many posts as you'd like, ask us questions and interact with other members. You are allowed to answer questions - truthfully -, if you see a question in the comments and feel like they need your answer. You are allowed to leave a link to your blog or an article that you believe is relevant to the post or a comment in the post.
You are encouraged to engage and create community.
2. WHAT YOU CAN'T DO IN THE COMMENTS SECTION
We beg you to refrain from spamming, wether it's leaving fake spammy posts about how a formula made you win a million dollars in an hour or just repeatedly leaving links to your blog without a single line regarding the blogpost you commented on.
Again, no magic formulas on how you made a million in an hour, no tricky links to porn sites or viruses, no fake ads. We are severely against this behaviour, so please refrain from doing so.
Also, no chain-mail type comments like how if you don't do "x" thing your mom will die in an hour. You will be removed if you do so.
2.3 INSULT, DISPARAGE AND BULLY
This website was built under the desire to create a positive and supportive environment, so any negative comments along the lines of harassing another reader for their personal preferences are not tolerated.
Our commerce policy is in charge of explaining how we handle our buyable goods and other distributable services.
1. STRIPE HANDLES ALL OUR CHECKOUTS
Squarespace's commerce is handled by Stripe, which allows them to easily let users create and handle online businesses. As such their privacy policies out-rule ours in case of contradiction.
2. OUR SERVICES
Our website may change to accommodate different services, including but not limited to: custom built branding and design packages, pre-made branding packages, do-it-yourself branding kits, support, courses, digital freebies, buyable digital services, etc.
3. REFUND POLICY
3.1 DIGITAL GOODS
Digital goods have a no-refund policy, as they are digital files that cannot be revoked once purchased.
3.2 PHYSICAL GOODS
Physical goods can get fully refunded if the item purchased is returned within the following fifteen(15) days after your purchase has been delivered to you
SOURCING + CREDIT
Last but not least - and if you've made it all the way here give yourself a pat in the back - we have our disclaimers, specifically those that concern sourcing and image credits.
1. SOURCING A POST OR IMAGE
Please do not share our blogposts entirely. Sharing images is okay as long as they're fully credited and with a link back to the original post.
2. IMAGE CREDIT
All images and other graphics on this blog are our own unless otherwise stated.
One of the few exceptions to this rule are moodboards and other sorts of inspiration round-ups, in which case we will use images found on third party websites like pinterest, instagram and tumblr. We do try to reach out to everyone first, but regardless, we'll always give credit where credit is due and source back to where we found the image.
2.1 ON GETTING AN IMAGE REMOVED
To get an image removed, please email us at email@example.com with the following details:
Subject: Image Removal - [Your Name, Brand or Company]
Image attachment: Please include an attachment with the image that you want us to remove. In the case of there being more than one image removed, include them here.
Blogpost link: Let us know - with a link - which blogpost(s) has the images you want removed.
Optional, a reason why: We understand that there are certain images (like say, a wedding picture) that you might not want being shared all over the internet, we'd like to know why you want it removed so we can learn from our mistake and try to avoid it next time we have to resource for images online.