Don't say we didn't warn you.
Don't say we didn't warn you.

The most dishonest words in the English language just might be, “Yes, I have read, and accept, the terms and conditions.” Still, all this stuff is here for a reason, so have a gander.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS (the CYA bit): This site is not intended for users under age 13, and parental discretion/consent is suggested for our readers under age 18. Furthermore, use of The First 10,000 indicates that you understand, and agree to abide by, the policies laid out on this page. If you’re not sure what’s meant, ask; if you don’t agree, please leave.

PRIVACY POLICY: At present, the only statistics collected by The First 10,000 are those that come to us via Google Analytics and the somewhat less fancy tracking software from the folks at WordPress. The only emails collected are those entered with your comments, or that you may have used to drop us a line. Since there’s nothing to opt into yet, there’s nothing to opt out of, either. Please be aware that any emails to the editor may be quoted in full or in part in future blog posts; if you’d rather not be quoted, or are sending along a particularly juicy tidbit on a not-for-attribution basis, please let me know at the time, ’cause there’s really no taking this stuff back once it’s published. Your email addresses, whether from a direct email to us or entered on a contact or comment form, will not be sold to anybody, for any reason. I hate when that happens, and I’m pretty sure you do, too.

EDITORIAL: All text and images are copyright 2011-2012 by Paul Bogan, unless otherwise noted.

SUBMISSIONS: This blog may just consist of one guy writing in his pajamas, but I do have my standards. If you have an idea for a post you’d love to write, I’d love to hear it. Please submit a proposal via email that includes a brief summary of the article/subject, and a few words about your qualifications. I promise to get back to you as soon as possible; please understand, however, that life happens, and sometimes “as soon as possible” means “this time next week.” Any unsolicited submissions will be deleted; if you send enough of them, I may first print them, then set fire to them, and then delete them. Since I’d really rather not see you go to all the trouble to write something that I can’t or won’t use, please contact me first. You are welcome to submit as many queries as you’d like, as long as they’re not all for the same idea.

REVIEW GUIDELINES (the FTC bit): The first 10,000 does not (and will not, under any circumstances) host “advertorial” or paid content, nor will it accept payment for reviews. Unless otherwise noted, products and services reviewed are purchased and paid for by the reviewer. On the off chance that a manufacturer or publisher is just burning to have their product or service reviewed or discussed here and sends it along, that will be disclosed in the post(s) in question. All reviews are on a “warts n’ all” basis, so if I think a product is great (or, conversely, that it’s a waste of time and money), you’ll know that, and know why, by the end of the review regardless of how I got my paws on it.

Incidentally, if you’re in Public Relations, or you’re an authorized representative of one of those manufacturers, publishers or vendors, you’ve read the blog and these policies, you understand what it’s about, and yet you’d still like your product or service written up, do feel free to contact me. Please be aware, however, that I place a high value on the relationship I have with my readers, so I don’t promise your product/service receiving a glowing review. If your product or service is extraordinary, I will say so; if it appears to have been cobbled together by a three-toed sloth in a broom closet, expect that we’ll mention that, too. Unsolicited submissions of goods and services will not be returned.

LINKS AND STUFF: Aside from affiliate links, links to other companies’ websites are for informational purposes. In either case, those links do not state or imply an endorsement of the company in question, its products, or its services. Also bear in mind that I have no control over what someone else puts on their website. If you’re easily offended, you may want to think twice before clicking, simply ’cause you never know.

Regarding the links you’ll see where other blogs frequently feature advertising: I’m ambivalent about having a blog that’s supported by commercial advertising, since having, say, Nikon as a sponsor could cause people to question my motivation and objectivity if I have something to say about their product. Since there was also no way to disable the advertising links built into the template on which this blog is built and I didn’t want that space to go to waste, I’ve reached out to a handful of nonprofit organizations and charities whose work either intersects with, or is directly related to, photography. The space is a donation of sorts; it wasn’t paid for by the organizations, and so probably isn’t “advertising” as such. I simply wanted to draw attention to organizations that are doing good work, and I hope that you’ll visit their sites to find out what they’re all about.

Visit, volunteer, and if you know of other organizations that cover similar ground, please contact me.

Within reviews or articles, there will occasionally be Amazon affiliate links. These will be clearly marked when used. Bear in mind that a link to a product is only a means for you to purchase it, and to support this site as you do so. It is not, nor should it be construed as, an endorsement on my part of any product or service you may purchase on Amazon.

To the lovely folks at the FTC: Does that cover it? And could you try posting your regulations in plain English?

COMMENT POLICY: Generally speaking, I try to keep The First 10,000 a fun, welcoming, and useful resource. I encourage discussion; I think that each of us has something to teach, and in turn to learn from, the other. If you make it past the spam filter and have something constructive to say, your comment will be posted. If you’re not being constructive, or at the very least respectful, your comment will not be approved, or will be deleted. I reserve the right to moderate (or delete) comments as I please. And by way of a postscript, please don’t feed the trolls.

GENERAL DISCLAIMER: If it’s cold out, wear your sweater. If it’s rainy, consider galoshes. Don’t wear plaid with polka dots. Finally, The First 10,000 does not endorse the practice of meringue topping on Key Lime Pie, which is an abomination in the sight of God.

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