New JewishGen policy on references to outside websites #austria-czech


Dick Plotz
 

JewishGen has adopted the following policy as an extension of the
existing one-time mention policy for commercial websites, effective
1 December 2006. The existing policy was not clear as to how
non-commercial websites should be treated. The new policy
distinguishes between sites that have or do not have a relationship
with JewishGen (either as a donor of data or by making a financial
contribution).

The policy:

1. Commercial (access by subscription or other payment)
genealogy-related websites are entitled to one "sales mention" on each
JewishGen mailing list per site. Posts to special-interest (SIG) lists
must be ontopic in order to be posted. Incidental mentions by
disinterested parties, such as "I found my great-great-uncle on
ancestry.com," are permitted after the "one-time" mention, but
references, with URLs, to resources on sites that have already had
a one-time mention are not permitted. Example: ancestry.com. This
relaxes the old policy, which was not clear about the status of incidental
mentions.

2. Non-commercial (free access) genealogy-related sites that are *not*
affiliated with or hosted by JewishGen are entitled to one update post,
not to exceed 1 page in length, during the first week of each month
on each JewishGen mailing list. Posts to special-interest (SIG) lists
must be ontopic in order to be posted. Incidental mentions by
disinterested parties are permitted. Example: museumoffamilyhistory.com.
This is a ***new*** policy. The old policy was not clear about how to
treat unaffiliated noncommercial sites.

3. Sites affiliated with or hosted by JewishGen are entitled to update
posts as new resources become available. Example: ushmm.org.
This portion of the policy is unchanged.

This clarification has been made necessary by the excessive use of
expensive bandwidth to promote sites that have no relationship to
JewishGen, and was designed to provide a balance between the
legitimate needs of noncommercial sites and JewishGen's need to
conserve its resources in order to provide the best possible service
to its users. If you post messages to JewishGen lists about outside
websites, please take note of this new policy. The vast majority of our
users will not be affected by this change.

If you have any questions about how this policy applies to you, please
write to me privately at rplotz@.... Do *not* write to the list.
Messages about the policy will not be posted.

Dick Plotz
Manager of Mailing Lists
JewishGen, Inc.

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