scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Re: Council Web Site Rules
Jason Cruse (jcruse@SOCKET.NET
Tue Mar 14 2000 - 18:04:09 CST
>7. Sites must consider the safety and privacy of their participants
>(unit members) by obtaining permission to release information about,
>or images of, any individual.
In order to be consistent, I would suppose that the same permission must be
granted before troops would be allowed to have a press release? The
information and process is much the same. This policy seems a bit TOO
stringent. While I certainly understand some levels of fear as to who has
access to information on the web and what it could be used for, that
information is still accessible if a troop sends a picture to the local
newspaper of who went to summer camp, for example; or pictures from a Court
of Honor. Rules must be applied across the board.
>8. The unit must notify the council office of the existence of the
>site, so that the council may review and approve the site�s content.
And if the unit doesn't? The troop and its functions are a subsidiary of
the chartered partner, not the council office.
My council tried to have a similar policy. My troop refused. The
"punishment" was to have our troop's web link removed from the council web
page. That didn't bother us at all; we removed the council link from our
page as well.
What did this prove? Absolutely nothing--tit for tat gains no one anything.
My council has since revised to say that troops *should* submit web pages to
the council for suggestions and adherence to council rules. Taken to an
extreme, the council COULD tell the troop that they are not in compliance at
all, and ask them to remove BSA logos from the web page. However, I don't
see councils seriously doing this--national might, if a coherent policy was
ever approved by them.