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Robert Niles

Rules for Writers

The following rules are for individuals who submit content to the website, including blog posts, comments, reviews, and posts to our discussion board. In addition, we have a page for all Theme Park Insider readers with guidelines for submitting ratings on the site. We ask you to read that page before submitting ratings on the attractions, hotels and restaurants listed on Theme Park Insider. When you submit information to this site, you grant Theme Park Insider a perpetual right to publish that information, in all media, and under your name. Information submitted to the site may deleted at the discretion of the site's owner.

Don't steal someone else's stuff

Attribute all information you get from other sources, whether they be a person, a website or another publication. Do not submit someone else's comment, photo, video, or article as your own. If you want to tell people about an post elsewhere, please provide a hyperlink rather than copying and pasting the information.

To hyperlink another webpage, use the following code in your post,
<a href="Webpage_Address">Webpage name</a>

Here's an example:
<a href="">Theme Park Insider</a>

Be accurate

Don't post stuff that's wrong. If you see something on the site that is not accurate, please post the corrected information or email me if you can't make the correction yourself.

Don't be a shill or a tool

We encourage our freelance writers to attend media preview days and other press events to gather information for the site, and we allow those freelancers to accept free admission to a park for the purpose of covering a press event or conducting an interview. Our freelancers must disclose how they gained admission into a park if they did not pay their own way, however.

But we don't want a bunch of paid shills posting on the site like they're actual consumers. If you're getting paid or otherwise compensated to post on the site, contact me before you post anything. I will either allow you to proceed while disclosing to our readers that you're being paid to post, or, more likely, (unless you are a park PR rep responding to something) tell you not to bother.

We do not accept or allow classified advertising or commercial solicitations on the Theme Park Insider discussion forums, blog entries or reader review pages. In addition, your postings to Theme Park Insider may not include incentives of any kind for other users to click on ads which are displayed on the site. This includes encouraging other readers to click on the ads or to visit the advertisers' sites, as well as drawing any undue attention to the ads. This activity is strictly prohibited in order to avoid potential inflation of advertiser costs.

Do not use Theme Park Insider's name to solicit theme park companies for anything of value. Theme Park Insider reserves the right to take legal action against a member, or anyone else, who uses the site's name in an effort to obtain gifts or other accommodations from theme parks.

Don't get mad if someone actually uses your idea

Theme Park Insider readers abandon any claim on ownership of any plan, concept, idea, suggestion, or proposal for theme parks and other themed entertainment attractions posted to this site. We wish for theme park managers and designers to be able to read and consider suggestions posted to without fear of being sued should they develop something similar to an idea posted on the site.

By posting to the site an idea, concept, plan or suggestion for a themed entertainment attraction or operational procedure, you are agree not to seek any compensation or acknowledgement from any theme park or entertainment attraction that might implement a similar idea or concept. Readers that are unwilling to accept this condition should not post to the site.

Give us some context

If you have a family or business relationship with someone who owns or works for a theme park, or if you work for a theme park company, mention it in your posts and profile page on the site.

Being related to someone who works for a theme park, or even working for one yourself, does not disqualify you from submitting content to Theme Park Insider. Heck, as our name implies, we welcome insiders! But other readers deserve to know when they are hearing from someone who is a theme park employee, or a relative of one, as opposed to an outsider.

For example, as the founder and editor of Theme Park Insider, I am a former Walt Disney World Resort attractions host, though I no longer have any business relationship with Disney or any other theme park company. My mother is a current Walt Disney World Resort cast member, however, though she joined Disney long after I left.

Be nice, please!

Personal attacks on other writers are not acceptable on Theme Park Insider. Do not submit posts that threaten, demean, humiliate, attack, or harass other writers on the site, or that use offensive or bigoted language. We ask that all participants in the Theme Park Insider community treat one another with respect and a spirit of helpfulness.