Site Guidelines

Fresh Ink is owned by Freedom Colorado Information Inc., which also publishes the Gazette and gazette.com. Freedom has its own set of rules for using our websites, and those rules apply to csfreshink.com. If you want to read the fine print of our User Agreement, click here.

In plainer English, here is what those rules boil down to:

We simply require respect and good manners. Use common sense and you'll feel right at home.

At csfreshink.com, you must use your real name when you set up your account. Your real name will appear on your stories, your blog posts, your photos and replies. Some of your contributions, accompanied by your real name, might be published in Fresh Ink’s printed editions, and by posting your content to this site, you give us your permission to do so.

We live by words, so we don't allow obscene, bigoted, or sexually explicit language. We reserve the right to decide what crosses the line. We also reserve the right to suspend or terminate the accounts of anyone who posts such content.

Any harassing notes or postings that might be construed as stalking will be deleted, and we reserve the right to inform and/or provide assistance to law enforcement agencies in any way we deem appropriate.

You are welcome to share the story of your business at Fresh Ink. If a contribution looks like it ought to be a paid advertisement, we will remove it and refer it to our advertising department. This example might help: If you are a real-estate agent, your insights about the market conditions in the neighborhood are welcome. But a simple solicitation to hire you will be removed. In other words, have something to contribute, not just something to sell.

We also don’t permit pitches for get-rich-quick schemes. You may not suggest, encourage, boast about, or discuss your participation in, any illegal activity.

You must own any material you post on our site. If you do not own the article, recipe, song lyrics, artwork, graphic or other material, you must have written permission from the owner before you post it here. If you don’t own it, post a link to it.

Beyond your real name, you should never give out any personal information about yourself or anyone else, and never ask for personal information from others.

We’re watching what goes on here, but not constantly. You take responsibility for postings under your identification, and you use the information provided on this site at your own risk. We take no responsibility for the content or opinions posted on this site. We reserve the right to remove any postings (although we have no duty to do so). If you see any content that you feel violates any of these rules, please notify us by e-mail.

Bottom line: Use good judgment, remember the Golden Rule, and have a wonderful time.

Who can use Fresh∙Ink? Anyone on the Web can read stories here. But, if you want to submit any content, you must register.

Who writes the stories? Members of our staff will write some stories and gather links to stories from different places, but mostly community members like you write the stories and take the photos.

Is there anything besides the Web site? Fresh∙Ink stories and photos are published in print in the Wednesday Gazette. Fresh∙Ink stories are also printed each week in Sunday Preferred and in Springs Values.

How are stories selected to be in the newspaper section of Fresh∙Ink? The Fresh Ink staff reviews all of the postings every week and selects material that is topical and of interest to the neighborhood. Digital photo files should be 1MB uncompressed or 200 dpi at 8x10, and must include information about the date and place of the photo, and the names of each person whose face is pictured, from left to right (though there are exceptions: a picture of a marching band, for example, would not require the names of every band member in the picture). Writing should be concise; 250 words is a good limit, and in general, shorter items will get preference. We can’t double-check your work, so be sure to verify the spelling of names, and other facts. You are responsible for the accuracy of your submissions.

How do I get Fresh∙Ink delivered to me? In order to receive Fresh∙Ink you have to subscribe to The Gazette. Free copies of Fresh*Ink pages may also be found in the Gazette lobby.

How do I get started? Click "Sign Up" and fill out a short form. Become a member of the Neighborhood in which you live. From there, it’s all yours.

What will you do with my personal information? Your personal information you provide to us by registering will not be used by anyone other than Fresh∙Ink. Rest assured, your personal information is safe and will not be sold to any other company.

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