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STC-Boston Web Site Policies

The STC-Boston chapter web site was established to achieve the following goals:

  • To provide Internet resources to the chapter membership in the form of:

    • Links to other useful sites.

    • Internet-based services (membership change of address form, job bank submission form, and so forth).

    • Archived chapter information, such as Broadside back issues and summaries of past meetings.

  • To provide intra-chapter communication (chapter events, frequently-asked questions, community services, competitions, employment opportunities, and so forth).

  • To provide information about the chapter and STC to new members.

The web site of the STC-Boston Chapter adheres to the general guidelines published by the Society for Technical Communication. The Society's guidelines cover topics such as religious, political and commercial endorsements, paid advertising, member privacy, design standards, and security. For more details on the Society's chapter web site guidelines, see www.stc-va.org/web_guidelines.html.

The STC-Boston chapter is a non-profit organization. As such, we do not accept advertising on the web site. However, we do accept donations from individuals and companies to help upgrade and maintain the web site. Donations above $250 can be acknowledged on the web site by posting the donor's logo or link for one year. Refer to our Donations policy for more information.

The web site adheres to the HTML 3.2 standard. The use of proprietary plug-ins or formats are not supported; however, open standards such as Java applets, JavaScript, or host scripts are permissible.

Exception: The chapter newsletter is posted in PDF format to maintain the look and feel of the paper original.

Content submissions should include the content itself along with an explanation of why the content would add value and a suggested location on the site. Send submissions via email to the Chapter's webmaster. For example, a submission might provide a URL to a new site, and would include a description of why and where it should appear on the Chapter's web site. Email submissions can include text, HTML, GIFs, JPEGs or PDF files. No other formats are accepted.

Acceptable submissions should pertain to technical communications and be of general interest to our members. Material beyond this scope will not be accepted. In addition, no copyrighted material will be accepted.

The Chapter webmaster decides whether the new material will be posted. If the webmaster decides not to accept the new content, he will send email explaining why. If accepted, new material is usually posted within a week of receipt. The material may be re-organized to fit into the web site templates and edited for grammar and spelling, but the content will not be altered so that the original meaning is changed nor will the webmaster add editorial comments. All material posted on the web site becomes the property of STC-Boston Chapter.

Exceptions:

  • Issues of the Boston Broadside are posted at least 60 days after their initial publication date.
  • Events for the Society of Documentation Professionals are not posted.

Send requests for changes to existing material via email to the Chapter webmaster. In general, content changes are posted within a week of receipt. Bug fixes are made within a day or two of notification.

Old issues of the Broadside and SIG meeting summaries are kept on the site for up to one year, and then are removed automatically. To request that content be removed sooner, send mail to the Chapter webmaster.

Styles for the web site and site-wide changes are the responsibility of the Chapter webmaster. Site maintenance and self-contained large projects, for example, adding a bulletin board to the site, may be handed off to others.

All comments are welcome. Direct all comments to the .


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