Posted by LLB on April 18, 2002 at 16:58:51:
In Reply to: Re: Idaho Statesman posted by SandraS on April 18, 2002 at 16:43:48:
Nothing that is posted at AAR is considered a private communication. Indeed, there is even a statement on the index page for our message boards indicating that any post made on any of our boards may be used in further articles. Anyone can visit these boards - lots of people do, including authors, readers, other journalists, and, I'm told, people who work for publishing companies.
We make this clear not only regarding our message boards, but our discussion lists, one of which also is not considered private - aarlist. However, we do maintain privacy for canwetalk.
I do not regret anything I've done here. I don't know how long you've visited AAR, but take a look at the ATBF column, which was started w/reader/author interaction and which uses message board posts in each column.
Here is the text from the index page for our message boards, which is printed in bright red:
"Any posts made on our message boards may be used in future articles at AAR. When such posts are used, only first names are used and no email addresses are ever divulged, so that privacy issues should not be a concern. The only variance to this policy are stand-alone pages of reader comments that are simply snapshots of message boards saved in perpetuity."