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Thursday, February 23, 2006

reminder

Hey all, just a quick reminder that we're having a little shindig tonight at 9 pm in the Lowell Grille (in the basement of O-entryway) to celebrate our move over to CampusTap and our new writers and to hopefully encourage some friends and readers to come share their thoughts with us (along with some pizza and drinks).

update: A reader reminds me that I haven't explained what CampusTap is. Basically, it's a new venture being kicked off by a handful of Harvard students that seeks to be the blog platform- like Blogger- for Harvard. The Crimson has a story on the site today.

Another quick note: many apologies to those of you who are having a hard time reading the site with this new font. We have no idea why it changed and I don't really like it. Luckily, as of 9 pm tonight, it won't matter!

Hope to see you there.

10 Comments:

At 5:30 PM, Blogger wannatakethisoutside said...

What is campustap?

 
At 5:56 PM, Blogger andrew golis said...

I updated the post to answer your q. Thanks for pointing out my omission!

 
At 6:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

From the CampusTap terms of use:

By providing content to Campus Tap, you hereby grant, and represent and warrant that you have the right to grant, to Campus Tap, a worldwide, perpetual, royalty-free, irrevocable and non-exclusive (with right to sublicense), right and license to use, copy, display and distribute such content.

Why would anyone agree to these terms? Especially since they also say they can change the terms at any time without notifying you.

Caveat blogor!!

 
At 7:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Um, don't these terms basically make the concept of a "private blog" meaningless?? I may have to rethink using that feature......

 
At 8:52 PM, Anonymous Adam Katz said...

Everyone - I'm one of the three who started CampusTap. The last thing in the world we want to do is own your content. We're are going to change the Terms of Use in the next few days to make that more explicit. Sorry for the confusion.

- adam.

 
At 10:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

why not just work together on an open source, non-propietary blogging community? where's the spirit of the commons? the idea that we can all work together for our mutual benefit with no one owning the rights or setting the rules for everyone else? i grant that it wouldn't work for everything but for pete's sake--there is SO MUCH free code out there that DIY is the way to go. no offense to the enterprising guys behind this, but really, the entire point of the internet from the beginning was that it was to be decentralized--making it public was a natural evolution since it was funded by our tax dollars, and with millions of people willing to develop it as a hobby, there's just no need for anyone to ever have to pay anything except for the improvement of the "pipes", which would cost a tiny fraction of the government's tax take. why fuss with terms of use, privacy policies (other than periodically deleting usage logs), and advertisements? just so one day someone can go public, buy a porsche, and be bought out by the absurd google monster? makes no sense.

 
At 10:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

adam, if that was the last thing you all wanted to do, how did it get stated so explicitly in the first place?

 
At 11:28 PM, Anonymous Adam Katz said...

The reason it got so explcit is because we asked a lawyer to craft terms of use and this is the result...truth be told I wasn't as on top of this as I should've been - feel free to e-mail me (akatz@fas) if you have any questions/concerns/etc.

P.S. - I'm pretty sure our terms of use are very similar to blogger/live journal/msn spaces/flickr/yahoo/you tube.

 
At 9:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

actually, no adam. neither blogger nor flickr wanna own my ass or the thoughts and pictures that come with it

 
At 10:07 AM, Anonymous Jackie Chiles said...

Hey I should know--I wrote the terms of service for ALL those sites! Also for a few credit card companies (no credit? bad credit? no problem!)

 

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