Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Terms of Use update

We made some changes to the CNN iReport Terms of Use during Thursday's site upgrade, so please take a few minutes to read through them.


We strongly recommend that you review iReport's Terms of Use and Community Guidelines so you’ll know what is expected of the community.


On Thursday, we added the following bullets to Section 7(A) of the Terms of Use:


- You agree not to use any service, technology or automated system to artificially inflate the page views that your iReport receives. This includes pay-per-click services, web "robots" and any other current or future technologies. You also agree not to direct any third party to use these services, technologies or automated systems on your behalf.


- You agree not to use any technology, service or automated system to post more iReports than an individual could upload in a given period of time. You also agree not to direct any third party to use these services, technologies or automated systems on your behalf.


We made these changes to make it explicitly clear that "gaming the system" to artificially increase page views is not allowed. If you have any questions about the changes, feel free to email me at david.williams@turner.com.

July 25, 2012
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Dear Mr. David Williams,

I have turned in several ireports, none of them have been vetted.  I would like to know if I am doing something wrong to prevent me from getting my posting on CNN ireport?

July 26, 2012
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Butterfly1, don´t you use "robots"?!

July 26, 2012
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What is this pay service and web robots?  I have not heard of Web Robots, what is it?

July 26, 2012
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Has Social Media been compromised?  It sure seems like it has according to this new rule.  Ethics should be a rule too.

July 26, 2012
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I remember a situation awhile back where hundreds of postings were appearing by the same user name but seemingly from different people..good to know we won't be seeing that again. As for the "robot" tech driving view numbers up - I wasn't aware of that but am glad it can be identified. Good job,CNN!

July 26, 2012
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Hi @Sunethra, "web robots" refers to a type of computer code that will do things on the internet faster than a person could, such as driving up page views. You would have to either write the code or get someone to do it for you, so it's not something that you would be doing without knowing it.


This addition to the Terms of Use isn't something that we think will impact many of our users -- the use of these types of programs seem to be rare -- but it's something that we wanted to share with everyone.

July 26, 2012
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Will send a personal email

July 28, 2012
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Thank you Katie for explaining...

July 29, 2012
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I have been with iReport since 2008. And have seen things that have been upsetting. I was also a victim of some very dirty tricks. It's a shame that people are driven to insidious ways to get attention or promotion. I hope that these problems are corrected and things change for the better.

July 30, 2012
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@SlickNick Indeed! It’s very important to us to ensure that iReport is a fair, interesting, engaging and fun place for everyone to contribute and get their voice heard. Please do let us know if you ever feel like that's being compromised!


August 11, 2012
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Hi guys iReports, regarding this topic I have a question. The last day on August 6, 2012, I went up two iReports entitled "Dominican Republic is crying with Felix Sanchez" and "Silver medal for the Dominican Republic Luguelin Santos," a news website called Dominican Republic "www.remolacha.net "echoed the news and public iReport link on its website remolacha.net, and in less than three hours each of these reports had 7000 views. When passing such situations there is a problem or is prohibited also?

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