There's this new website concept called "The Patch," in which it's supposedly a "community based news" blog in which anyone can contribute. Well, since I had a little time on my hands, I decided I would write up a little piece on my favorite clothing store in Huntington, Milk & Honey, and contribute it to Huntington Patch.
...not so much.
It was rejected! I was shocked. Not because I thought this was any fantastic writing of mine, but because, uh....if you've read the other stuff on the site, it's not exactly Shakespeare. Furthermore, I was reviewing a Huntington store--what's the ish, peeps?
Here's the email I got back:
Your recent contribution:
Loving It: Milk & Honey Boutique
Acceptable Use Policy
Communities thrive when people care about each other, and as such, Patch expects all of its users to be respectful of others. If you notice any violation of this Acceptable Use Policy or other unacceptable behavior by any user, please report it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You are solely responsible for the Content that you post on the Service or transmit to other users. By using the Service, you agree that you will not hold Patch responsible or liable for any Content from other users that you access on the Service. While we encourage people to be honest and post what’s on their mind, there are some types of Content that we simply can’t allow on Patch. We’ll go over some of the prohibited items below, but these are merely examples and the list is not intended to be exhaustive.
We understand that everyone has different opinions, but Patch will make the sole determination as to whether Content is acceptable for the Service. (Someone has to be in charge, right?) Without limitation, you agree that you will not post or transmit to other users anything that contains Content that:
Instead of trying to memorize all that, you might boil it down to three main policies: “Keep it clean,” “Don’t try to trick people,” and “Treat others as you’d like to be treated.” Easy, right?
Uh, I was utterly confused. Where in my piece was a sense of being un-kind? Treating others not well? Or, gasp, trickery? Maybe I'm missing something here? Check out my piece below, and don't forget to stop in (or check out their new website!) to Milk & Honey...rather than spend your time trying to write a piece for your community blog, go shopping!
|Photo of Milk & Honey, by me|