Legal Stuff

Page Updated on 10/17/16.

The Kudos List has been integrated into the Staff and Contributors Page.

Website Policies Updated on 10/17/16.

References to “Public Transit As Told By HARTride 2012” have been replaced with “The Global Transit Guidebook by HARTride 2012” (also referred to as simply “The Global Transit Guidebook”).

Welcome to the Legalese Zone of The Global Transit Guidebook by HARTride 2012. Like any other website, there has to be some sort of law and order put out in writing. Otherwise, the door will be wide open for abuse that has zero accountability.

In this area, I will cover several different topics that pertain to my website specifically. While you can read up on my General Website Policies on this page, there are dedicated pages for other matters such as my Photo Use Policy. In recent months, I’ve had to make some major updates to the legal terms of this site because I no longer operate multiple websites, as I was prior to switching my blog over to WordPress. Additionally, my presence on Facebook and Twitter have grown substantially over the past year – and I am using my Instagram account more often as well. I also have a presence on Tumblr, but that gets used sparingly.

To reduce the level of confusion (and level of scrolling), I’ve divided this section into smaller sub-sections; please select the links below for further details. You can also access these pages directly from the navigational bar at the top.

  • Photo Use – How you can use my photos.
  • Social Media – How you can share content I’ve posted on Facebook. Twitter, etc.
  • Community Rules – Rules of Engagement while commenting on my site/blog.
  • Special Notice on Fake/Parody Websites and Social Media Accounts – Very important for everyone who visits my site/blog. There are just way too many fakers out there.
  • Disclosures – Listing any and all contributions that I make to advocacy groups and political campaigns, as well as any other actions that I should list by which can be accessed via public record.

General Website Policies

With that said, allow me to go through some ground rules and policies. If this is your first visit here, PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE STATEMENT.

Non-Affiliation Statement

First and foremost, The Global Transit Guidebook is NOT IN ANY WAY, SHAPE, OR FORM…AFFILIATED WITH ANY PUBLIC TRANSIT AGENCY OR OTHER GOVERNMENT ENTITY. Anything and everything that I post/say on The Global Transit Guidebook is my own commentary, views, etc. The Global Transit Guidebook is also considered to be a hobby site, though I also consider it to be a 3rd-party public service – since I try to also update my visitors on any important happenings like route detours and other transit service interruptions or changes. The reason why I have The Global Transit Guidebook is because I’ve been very passionate about public transit for a few years now and hope to continue that passion for the years ahead. I’ve also in recent months, taken on an advocacy role in transit – supporting transit expansion and improvements and voicing why more investment is needed in transit.

Contributors to the Site

From time to time, people may inquire about contributing photos to my site. Likewise, I might seek permission from someone to use their photos on my site. With that said, I must mention that none of the contributors are compensated for their efforts.

Contests

I DO NOT facilitate contests by which a prize of any kind is given. I feel like I need a lawyer to carry out such things. Therefore, please do not inquire about any contests.

Transit Agency Logos

Any transit agency logos that you might see on The Global Transit Guidebook are properties of the respective transit agencies. I use these logos on my website for INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY.

Accuracy of Information

I do try to make the best effort to keep everything updated and accurate at all times. However, I am not responsible for any inaccuracies, typos, etc. that are coming from OFFICIAL sources. If you spot an inaccuracy from a transit agency or other such entity by which I’ve grabbed information from, please notify myself AND that entity right away so that it can be corrected.

Do not be alarmed if you don’t see updates for long periods of time

Because The Global Transit Guidebook is a hobby site, life does get in the way…a lot. There are times that I simply won’t be able to work on a new blog post or update information on a page, and I’ll admit, there are times where I might not post anything for a week or two. I have been working 40+ hour a week shifts since 2010 and I hope that doesn’t change given the state of the economy. There are too many people out there who are unemployed or underemployed. If you are one of these people, I greatly feel your pain and wish you the very, very best in your employment search. Furthermore, personal obligations make things harder in trying to keep up with my site as well. So therefore, the periodic updating of The Global Transit Guidebook is not guaranteed. I appreciate your understanding and patience in this matter.

Privacy Policy

Internet privacy is becoming a huge thing nowadays and I want to let all of my visitors know that I fully respect their privacy. I don’t keep any lists of visitors who come onto my site, nor do I even have the ability to track such detailed information. Furthermore, WordPress and Automattic Inc. adhere to strict guidelines that are aimed at making sure that your personal information is kept safe. I have listed the full scope of my site’s Privacy Policy below.

Website Visitors

Like most websites; The Global Transit Guidebook (also referred to hereinafter as “the website”) collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. The website’s purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how the website’s visitors use its website. From time to time, The Global Transit Guidebook may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.

The Global Transit Guidebook also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for logged in users and for users leaving comments on the website. The website only discloses logged in user and commenter IP addresses under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information as described below, except that blog commenter IP addresses and email addresses are visible and disclosed to the administrators of the blog where the comment was left.

Cookies

A cookie is a string of information that a website stores on a visitor’s computer; and that the visitor’s browser provides to the website each time the visitor returns. The Global Transit Guidebook uses cookies to help the website identify and track visitors, their usage of this website, and their website access preferences. The Global Transit Guidebook’s site visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers should set their browsers to refuse cookies before using this website, with the drawback that certain features of the website may not function properly without the aid of cookies.

Ads

Ads appearing on any of our websites may be delivered to users by advertising partners, who may set cookies. These cookies allow the ad server to recognize your computer each time they send you an online advertisement to compile information about you or others who use your computer. This information allows ad networks to, among other things, deliver targeted advertisements that they believe will be of most interest to you. This Privacy Policy covers the use of cookies by Automattic and does not cover the use of cookies by any advertisers.

ALL POLICIES STATED IN THIS SECTION & SUB-SECTIONS APPLY TO THE ENTIRE WEBSITE, INCLUDING MY BLOG.

I thank you for your understanding & cooperation on these matters. If you have any questions, please feel free to drop me a line via the Contact Form.

HARTride 2012

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