Terms of Use

Aug 25, 2006, 11:58 AM, Posted by

Welcome. This blog was set up by a team at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to encourage a lively exchange of ideas. Our mission here is to share information, and we take this mission seriously. While this is a privilege, it also is a responsibility. Part of that responsibility is ensuring that postings meet the guidelines consistent with the values of the community we serve. As a result, these content guidelines have been developed and govern the responsible posting of content on this site.

All users agree to act responsibly at this site. Although we do not censor the content being posted, we reserve the right to not to post, or to remove after its posting, any content which in our sole discretion we deem to violate our guidelines. Such content may be removed immediately and without prior notice, and further postings by the individual may be blocked.

Postings to the blog are subject to these rules:

  1. Political Activity. As a private foundation, the Foundation is prohibited from supporting attempts to influence the outcome of any election for public office or engaging in lobbying activity. Accordingly, these types of content are prohibited:

    1. Content that expressly or impliedly endorses or opposes any candidate for public office; and

    2. Content that encouragesothers to contact a government official to express support for, or opposition to, any legislation, including a specific legislative proposal that has not yet been introduced.

    In addition, hyperlinks to Web site pages that contain these types of content, or which direct users to such materials, also are prohibited.

  2. Be respectful of others -- do not post:

    1. Content that is posted anonymously;
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    3. Content that falsely states or otherwise misrepresents your identity, affiliation with the Foundation, or any person or other entity;

    4. Confidential business or personal information, or content that infringes any trademark, trade secret, copyright or other proprietary rights of any party;

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    6. Content that is fraudulent, false, inaccurate or misleading; or

    7. Content that violates any law, ordinance or regulation; that promotes illegal activities, or that is harmful to minors.

If you do not agree to the Terms stated above, please do not participate.

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Updated November 1, 2007

This commentary originally appeared on the RWJF Pioneering Ideas blog.