Frequently Asked Questions - Publication Medium

Use the "Website" tag. That tag is appropriate for all websites that do not fit any of the narrower definitions above.

This field lists the means or form of communication at issue in the dispute. For example, the appropriate publication medium for an email threat involving a blog post would be “Blog,” since the blog post is the disputed content. You may include multiple tags if necessary. Hold the CTRL key (or Command key, for Macs) while clicking in order to select multiple options.

The choices for this field are:

  • Website
Describes a mostly static page on the Internet. Many of the tags below are also websites, but they are more specific, interactive examples. If the publication medium in the situation fits the below tags, use those instead of this general term.
  • Blogs
Describes a website operating as a weblog, or “blog.” A website is likely to be a blog if it has any of the following characteristics:
  • Has a url that includes "blog" or blog-host names such as typepad, blogspot, wordpress, eponym, livejournal, etc.
  • Is periodically updated and displays content based on date of posting (you may need to view the content to see if it seems to be blog content, as some traditional news sites may operate in this manner as well)
  • Identifies that it runs on blogging software
  • Self-identifies or is identified as a blog site or, in the case of an individual, as a blogger
  • User Comment
Describes commentary made by a person who is not the owner/operator of a website or blog, generally following an original item or post. Comments often are anonymous, though not necessarily so, but they usually are made by an outsider to the website. Make sure to note whether the site includes an “official” source of information followed by comments; if the purpose of the website is to encourage outsiders to post information and comment without a centralized guiding hand, it probably is a Forum.
  • Forums
Describes a type of website known as a bulletin board, message board, or forum. A website likely is a forum if it has any of the following characteristics:
  • Is described as, or describes itself as, a forum, message board, or bulletin board
  • Is structured along a hierarchical, "tree" style (ie. a list of over-arching subject matter, then topics within an individual subject matter, then posts on an individual topic)
  • Allows individuals to begin and respond to posts, without a centralized authority (necessarily) initiating the post
  • Email
Describes content that is transmitted by electronic mail, as opposed to a post on a website or a blog entry.
  • Social Networking Site
Describes content or conduct transmitted through a social networking site such as MySpace or Facebook. These sites typically involve individuals creating personal pages for themselves and interacting with other such individuals in some form of communication or community-building activities such as creating lists of friends, viewing others' personal pages, leaving messages on others' personal pages, etc.
  • Podcast
Describes audio commentary or shows that are available over the Internet. These typically take the form of Internet-based audio files that act similarly to a radio address.
  • Print
Describes a tangible collection of text, such as a printed news editorial, a letter, or a magazine article.
  • Broadcast
Describes content disseminated through television or radio. This may also be appropriate if the contested material is broadcast via the Internet as a video weblog, or “vlog.”
  • Other
Describes content that does not fit any of the tags outlined above.
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