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Personal Attacks
Respect for others is expected in everything we write, and personal attacks are not allowed. This means respect for fellow Vikings Journal members. It means also showing respect for players, team staff and ownership, journalists, the other teams and their players, player agents, players’ wives… everybody! If your purpose in posting is to belittle someone, think twice.

Trolling, Flamebaiting, & Thread-jacking
Do not be disruptive through trolling, flame-baiting, and thread-jacking. A good forum thread often contains digressions; indeed they may be the most interesting or illuminating parts of a given discussion. And a negative opinion is not necessarily more disruptive than a positive one. But inserting a pet idea into thread after thread, or casting in a negative light everything someone says and does, will not be tolerated.

Inappropriate Language
Avoid inappropriate language. This includes swearing and crude terms for body parts, bodily functions, and physical acts; visuals such as avatars and linked images are covered by this policy. Please be sensitive to the fact that comments relating to race, gender and sexual identity can be offensive, even when there is no derogatory intent. VJ encourages humor, but please consider how someone who doesn’t know you might interpret your post. Keep it family-friendly.

Spam & Copyrighted Material
Commercial spam will be deleted on sight and the poster will be banned. Note that cross-promotion of football blogs and so forth is strongly encouraged; just make sure your posts contain content of interest to Vikings followers, and don't consist merely of "click this link to see my site".

Do not copy entire stories from elsewhere on the internet. Copyright law gives broad protection to content, and we ask you to respect that. Be particularly wary of posting more than very short excerpts from pay sites. A quote or an example to give people a taste of a story, or relaying a short Vikings-specific note found in a long article about a broader topic, is likely “Fair Use”; copying everything because you're too lazy to summarize yourself is not. The VJ site software allows you to easily insert a link to an article’s URL into your post.

Grammar & Text-speak
A minimal level of grammar and spell-checking is required. If it's not worth your time to do a proof-reading pass of what you're about to submit, maybe it's not worth your readers' time either. Excessive shorthand (via text-speak) is also discouraged.

Privacy
Your privacy is important to us. To better protect your privacy we provide this notice explaining our online information practices and the choices you can make about the way your information is collected and used. To make this notice easy to find, we make it available in our footer and at every point where personally identifiable information may be requested.

Log files are maintained and analysed of all requests for files on this website's web servers. Log files do not capture personal information but do capture the user's IP address, which is automatically recognised by our web servers.

Our Commitment to Children's Privacy
Protecting the privacy of the very young is especially important. For that reason, we never collect or maintain information at our website from those we actually know are under 13, and no part of our website is structured to attract anyone under 13.

Cookies
This website does not store any information that would, on its own, allow us to identify individual users of this service without their permission. Any cookies that may be used by this website are used either solely on a per session basis or to maintain user preferences. Cookies are not shared with any third parties.