Your request must be first be approved before the blog is activated. You will receive a notification email when your blog has been activated.
1. Who can request a blog?
1.1 Brandeis members (with a UNet account) may request a blog.
1.2 The blog requestor will be the owner/administrator of the blog and assumes responsibility as defined by the Brandeis University Computer Policy and all related Brandeis University policies it references. Any additional administrators the owner appoints will also be considered owners of the blog and are also bound by the same policies.
2. Blog Administration
2.1 Blogs are provided as a service, which means the blog owner is responsible for all content, policing, permissions + authorizations, and group management.
2.2 Blogs are public websites. This means that web search engines will find them.
2.3 Users can request a name for their blog. Brandeis reserves the right to reserve or arbitrate certain names.
2.4 Brandeis members may administer group blogs assigning additional members as needed.
3. Blog Functionality
3.1 Blog Posts
3.1.1 Anonymous postings to blogs are not permitted. Owners of blogs may not reconfigure the system to allow anonymous postings.
3.2 Blog Comments
3.2.1 All comments will be run through a SPAM engine.
3.2.2 An individual making a comment is required to provide a valid email address before entering comments.
3.2.3 Blog owner is responsible to review each comment before posting it to the blog for others to see.
3.2.4 Blog owner reserves the right not to publish individual comments.
3.2.5 Blog owner may opt to require Brandeis UNET authentication before comments can be submitted.
3.3 Blogs created by Brandeis-provided software will be available for RSS syndication.
3.4 Brandeis does not guarantee that it will provide ancillary software, such as databases and script languages, that authors may wish to use in their blogs.
4. Blog Support
4.1 Brandeis will maintain disaster recovery system such that if the blog platform goes down we will restore it.
4.2 Individual blog content will not be able to be restored on an ad hoc basis.
4.3 Any blog that causes Brandeis undue problems (e.g. abuse, inappropriateness, dis-use), will be archived and removed.
4.4 UNet authentication and SPAM engine filtering, are considered core blog functionality. Blog service may be interrupted if any of these core functions are not functioning properly.
4.5 We will use the normal channels to announce maintenance and other scheduled downtime events.
4.6 General blog usage inquiries will be directed to www.WordPress.org for support.
4.7 Brandeis will support the following:
- New blog requests
- Authentication issues
- System availability
- Security issues
- Getting started guide
4.8 Requests for the installation of WordPress plugins must be sent to ITS (email web AT brandeis.edu). After review of the plugin ITS will decide if it will be installed. Installed plugins may be uninstalled at any time in the future (e.g. if there is a security concern).