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Terms of Service

The latest update to this agreement was made on Jan 22nd, 2010.

Weblogs.us provides free blog hosting for bloggers. Our goal is to help people freely blog. We’ve been doing this since 2003.

First off, our thanks to the thousands of users over the years that have used our service. Your kind words and thoughts are greatly appreciated!

Most bloggers are very cool. We don’t really expect to have any problems with you or anyone else. But, for us to be able to provide a free, reliable hosting service we need to set out some ground rules (terms of service.) Failure to abide by these terms is grounds for immediate suspension or termination of your blog. To make things simple, for now Weblogs.us will be the sole decision maker with regards to what constitutes a violation of these provisions. [We have VERY rarely ever had to terminate a user's account, but still we need to have the right to do so. We would also be happy to form a committee of bloggers to decide these issues, let us know via email if you would like to pursue the idea.]

You have to agree to these terms in order to get a blog. If you don’t like the terms, don’t sign up.

NOTE:
As of July 14th, 2009 we are not accepting any new bloggers whose subject matter is sexual performance, sexual health, beauty products or similar. Reason: We have seen a rash of new blog requests for these types of blogs. Particularly in the UK (I don't know why so many from the UK...). Most of these requests come from bloggers that already have dozens of blogs spread across various services, that only contain the same duplicate content. For the time being we are having to stop signups of new sex/beauty blogs.

I apologize for not being able to accommodate you if this is your niche and I wish you the best of luck in your endeavors.

July 15th, 2009 UPDATE: we are now forced to close alls new signups while we implement more sophisticated screening techniques. This is due to the aforementioned users attemtping to signup for multiple blogs under false identities and posting spam articles (that they had already posted to Wordpress.com/Blogspot etc.) Sorry to ruin everybody's fun due to a few bad apples, but we will learn from the experience and resume signups soon! Thank you for your patience :-).

Acceptable Use: pretty much anything legal, non-spammy and non-harmful :-)

Just FYI here are some uses that we are frequently asked about:

Unacceptable Use (illegal or harmful activity)

Weblogs.us expressly prohibits the use of our service to:

Our bloggers shall respect other bloggers by:

We Backup (but you should too)

Weekly backups of our system are made but they are mainly intended for crash recovery purposes, not for restoring user data due to accidental deletions etc. by the user. Your data is important, you are responsible for backing it up.

Abandoned Blogs

We have a finite amount of resources and are totally volunteer based. We have never charged for hosting and we never will.

If a blog has no posts for over a year, we may mark it as abandoned (which puts a notice up on the blog). If a blog is marked as abandoned, and no further activity is registered the we may backup the blog and free the subdomain for someone else to use.

NOTE: If something comes up that prohibits you from blogging for a year or more, just notify us at support AT weblogs.us and we will make sure that your blog doesn't get marked as abandoned!

Liability (lawyer talk)

Weblogs.us is provide "as is". Weblogs.us makes makes no warranties or representations of any kind, whether express or implied, for the free service it is providing. Additionally, Weblogs.us will not be responsible for any damages the blogger may suffer. This includes loss of data resulting from delays, nondeliveries, misdeliveries or service interruptions caused by the negligence of the blogger or of Weblogs.us, errors or omissions, or due to inadvertent release or disclosure of information sent by the blogger.

Policy Changes (any input?)

We reserve the right to change our terms of use at any time, with or without prior notification. Weblogs.us values user input, if you have a suggestion on how to make our TOS better for you the blogger, let us know via email.

Respectfully,
-The Weblogs.us admin team


PS Weblogs.us would like to give a big thanks to the following sites that help us with our bandwidth and hosting costs, thanks guys!