Hamilton College has implemented a flexible blogging system that provides the ability for administrative offices, faculty and students to maintain their own blog. For more information, or to request a blog for use in a course, please contact Carl Rosenfield at firstname.lastname@example.org. For personal or departmental blogs, please use the request form located at: http://www.hamilton.edu/blogs/.
The individual requesting the blog is considered the Blog Owner. The Blog Owner’s Hamilton College email address will be listed in the Settings area of the Administrator page. Blog Owners are ultimately accountable for all content that is posted to the blog. If the blog is course-related, Blog Owners should meet with ITSST to make sure that proper use of the available options is understood before making content on the blog publicly available. For other types of blogs, please contact the ITS Helpdesk for support information. It is suggested that Blog Owners be aware of the following before making posts:
Administrative Users are the user accounts that will have FULL CONTROL of the blog. Since the Administrator level provides the ability to grant all levels of access to other users, it is strongly recommended that the Blog Owner is the only Administrative User. The blog owner should recognize that any other users with Administrative access can approve, modify and delete entries and comments and add or remove access to the blog for other users, including the Blog Owner. In the rare cases where users other than the Blog Owner are provided with Administrative-level access, the new Administrative User should refer to documentation or consult with ITS to make sure that proper use of the available options is understood. Posts made by Administrative Users will not be subject to moderation and usernames of Administrative Users will be visible on any posts made by that user.
Post Users are the people who will have access to post blog entries on this blog. They will not have full control of the blog settings, but will be able to add and edit posts. Posts made by Post Users will not be subject to
moderation and usernames of Post Users will be visible on any posts made by that user. This is usually the appropriate role for students in a class that are making substantial initial entries to a course blog. It is suggested that Post Users be aware of the following while making posts:
Comment users and groups are the people who will have access to post comments on this blog. Comments submitted Comment Users will be subject to moderation and usernames of Comment Users will not be visible on any posts made by that user. It is suggested that Comment Users be aware of the following while making posts:
Additionally, Hamilton College blogs can be set to require a Hamilton College username to login. Note that while this may discourage individuals outside of the Hamilton College community from viewing or posting comments to a blog, it may not fully prevent this from occurring. In the blog settings area, permissions can be limited to specific audiences to prevent guest accounts from viewing or posting.