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I have to write some Terms of Service for websites that accept public input (articles/comments etc..) and was hoping to get some advice here on various issues:
It's actually a pretty interesting read and some of it is clearly what I'm looking for. An adaptation of some of the points there is clearly the way forward.
In another thread, elsewhere, a senior figure here at WebmasterWorld mentioned a 7 point TOS that required the user to manually click a checkbox on each point in order to sign up.
I really like that idea and certainly want to do likewise with boiling the key points down to less than 10 but I wonder at the drop off rate on such a form...
Sure, if they don't want to agree they'd best not contribute, but getting people to contribute can be tough and I'd not like to add barriers...
( ) I will not harass or insult other members.
is better than
( ) The undersigned certifies that he will not, via electronic transmisson or any other means, create or disseminate messages which, regardless of the intent of said messages and their author, may be perceived...
Too many people either fail to even check the TOS, or, if there is a checkbox at the end of 3 pages of small type, just blindly check it. This may be OK from a legal protection standpoint, but really doesn't communicate with the subscriber. IMO, if you want to affect behavior (not just cover your *ss), simplicity is the key.