DTW Site Guidelines

SITE GUIDELINES

Guidelines for contributors.

There is no fixed minimum or maximum size for a contribution, but please don’t expect to deliver a series of staccato two-liners in a day and have them all featured – we are not a running comment website.

We would prefer that you publish under your proper name, or at least a variant of it, rather than a screen name, since ‘The History of the Desmodromic Valve’ by BigCheesyThing lacks gravitas. However, if you insist, you may.

We would like contributions to be any combination of interesting, insightful, informative, controversial or amusing. The piece should be original, though attributed quoted references are fine.

Please don’t submit anything that is not your own work – it would reflect quite badly on us, but it would reflect very badly on you. We will do our best to check the provenance of anything submitted but, should you find anything on this site that should not be here, please let us know and, assuming you are correct, we will remove it promptly.

We don’t restrict to cars. We are interested in facts and opinions on the past, present and future. We reserve the right not to publish if we consider something to be gratuitously offensive, incomprehensible or supremely dull. That said, you might read something here that you consider to be any one of those – if so we apologise in advance, but all these things are subjective, and it is our site after all.

We are not insisting that individual posts win literary prizes, though we do want them to read as well as possible, so emoticons and SMS abbreviations are banned from all posts. We lack the inclination to be grammarian pedants, but we do reserve the right to make any small corrections to spelling, grammar or punctuation. If more substantial changes are necessary in order to make something clearer, we will suggest and agree them with a contributor before publishing.

We are tolerant of occasional vulgarity, until it becomes repetitively gratuitous. Your definition of bigotry might not coincide with ours, but ours will be the default in judging and deleting offensive generalisations. In this, our view is final.

Photos can be included. Images should be of good quality and preferably submitted as JPGs in a reasonably compact file size. Normal display sizes on this site are 300 pixels or 640 pixels wide. We try to correctly credit photos we use, but if we inadvertently use something we shouldn’t, (and you’re the owner), let us know and we’ll remove it.

This is an English language website, and there is probably a slight, though certainly not complete, Eurocentric bias, but we have no desire for the scope of this site to be so restricted.

Some articles may be designed to start a discourse and, in these cases, subsequent comments, good or bad, sent in by others will be appended below them. However if you, or we, feel that is not appropriate to a particular subject, we will not offer that facility, although other contributors will still be able to submit a further piece inspired by something they have read. (see Guidelines for Comments below)

In submitting, you grant us the right to maintain your contribution on our site indefinitely, without payment of any fee, but copyright remains with you, should you also wish to publish elsewhere.

All original content (words and pictures) remains sole copyright of the author in question and may not be republished in any format or platform except by their express permission.

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Guidelines for Comments

When commenting below the line, our policy is one of civility and respect for other’s opinions.

We are tolerant of you taking a robust line when challenging opinions, but we will not tolerate deliberate rudeness or personal insults to other posters, or to any nationality, race or minority. If you can’t differentiate between these things, this probably isn’t the site for you.

We take a broadly apolitical line at DTW, and would ask that all commenters respect this. There are plenty of other sites where such matters are welcomed.

We have neither the disposition nor the financial clout to defend your desire to libel anyone, so if you consider that, say, someone in the industry is a crook or a con-artist, you’ll have to give us firm evidence before we publish.

We reserve the right to take any action we deem appropriate to ensure this site is not disrupted or abused in any way. Similarly, we will remove all spam material, blatant advertisements and trolling.

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DTW is not a revenue-generating site. We fund it from our own pockets and it operates through the enthusiasm of its founder-editors and the written contributions of its guest writers. Therefore, all written contributions are of a voluntary nature and no monetary recompense can be offered.

Driven to Write contains no advertising of any description and is entirely impartial. We do not gather, use or disseminate data about site users.

 

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