As you can see ... I've started a new poll. I'm going to place three polls each month on the site that all relate to each other topically. Then, I'll post an analysis of the three polls with some commentary.
If you'll notice, I'm forcing answers. I don't like polls that give the option of "undecided". Answers such as this skew poll results and frankly, I think, make them meaningless.
You may have also noticed this little paragraph break over the last month:
or this one:
Why am I doing that? One of the things that saved my critical article about Bidzirk in a recent legal battle was that I reported it ... I didn't just blast off a bunch of looney criticism without any background. Judge Catoe, Judge Herlong, and the 4th Circuit UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS affirmed,
[Smith's article] was in the context of "news reporting and news commentary."
So, just in case it isn't clear that I report news, fact, and opinion here - I've started to place these page breaks within my posts here. It also helps to separate my commentary from the commentary I'm agreeing with or critiquing.
I would strongly encourage you to do something similar on your blog to avoid any legal entanglements.
I've also re-implemented a donation button (look at the right side column to donate):
I used to have a donate button on my website, but for a while I was in protest of Paypal. The crazy Bidzirk attorney also tried to make the case that my website was not allowed to report the news because this was a commercial venture. The argument was shot down by the court with a comparison to newspapers ... "aren't newspapers in it for the money?" I've realized that I may be missing out on a bit of potential revenue. While this site has never been about money ... I do have bills to pay and sometimes my phone bill (verifying information) can be quite high. It also costs roughly $120 a year to host this site and belong to the various analytic / traffic measurement "clubs".