About Us

Our independence and political bias

We have zero affiliation to any political party or group. No party or group supports us, nor gets any special attention or access. If we think a particular political group is doing something good, we’ll say so. If we think they’re doing something bad, we’ll say so. The deciding factor in whatever we publish is whether it’s of interest to the people of Harrow.

Independence is important to us, and, we’d hope, to you.  Unless indicated otherwise in an article, iharrow.com has made no request for any payment, fee or other consideration for publishing articles, nor have we accepted any. Where we have received a fee, payment or consideration, this will be clearly identified at the foot of the appropriate article. On occasion, where we think an independent and unpaid  article could be misconstrued as an paid-for advertisement, we’ll state at the bottom that we’ve received no fee or other consideration for it, just to be clear.

We never accept payment for ranking articles higher, for repeating them, or for including spurious search-engine terms in an attempt to drive traffic to them. Any sponsor messages, advertisements, paid links, etc, will be clearly indicated as such. However, we may repeat or re-tweet articles that we feel are of increasing relevance to our community: for example, we may repeat or re-tweet an article if an event we’ve published is approaching shortly.

We do run advertising, using, predominately, the Google Adsense system, to deliver adverts based on the content of the page at which you’re looking. So if, for example, you’re reading a page about blocked drains, you might expect to see adverts for plumbers, or drain cleaners. Google Adsense content is clearly identified as such.

Readers can subscribe to new posts via email. If you do this, then we’ll obviously send you email when we post new articles. If you want to unsubscribe, you can do that on the same front page of our site that you subscribed from: enter your email address, and choose unsubscribe.

Your email address is used only to send notifications of new postings. We don’t sell or rent your details to any other party.

Readers can also add comments to articles, either via iharrow.com or via our Facebook page. Your comment will be shown to any other visitors, either in iharrow.com or on our Facebook page. We will remove comments that we deem, in our sole opinion, to be abusive or offensive, but accept that in most cases, critical comment is welcomed and to be applauded. We would urge that comments on articles, which are intended for publication, are submitted as comments to the article itself, rather than via email.

This is the web site www.iharrow.com.  We can be reached via e-mail at info@iharrow.com.

For each visitor to our Web page, our Web server automatically recognizes information of your browser, IP address, City/State/Country.

We collect only the domain name and/or IP address, but not the e-mail address of visitors to our Web page, unless you supply it to us voluntarily. This may be by sending us email, or by submitting our ‘Contact Us’ form, or by submitting any comments to the site, or by registering as a user.

The information we collect is used to improve the content of our Web page, or used to customize the content and/or layout of our page for each individual visitor. For example, we might use the search terms entered to provide additional articles tailored to the requirements of the community.

With respect to cookies: We use cookies to store visitors preferences, record user-specific information on what pages users access or visit, customize Web page content based on visitors’ browser type or other information that the visitor sends, and to record your path through the site.

With respect to Ad Servers: To try and bring you offers that are of interest to you, we have relationships with other companies like Google (www.google.com/adsense) that we allow to place ads on our Web pages. As a result of your visit to our site, ad server companies may collect information such as your domain type, your IP address and clickstream information. For further information, consult the privacy policy of: http://www.google.com/privacy.html. Google’s Adsense programme may select advertising based on sites you’ve previously visited, and for which you have accepted cookies. Thus, you’ll see advertising aligned to your previous internet history.

If you feel that this site is not following its stated information policy, you may contact us at the above email address.

This policy may be amended from time to time, to take into account changes in the law, local regulations and best practices. We will highlight, by means of a blog post, any changes, and this policy will always be available from the ‘About Us’ button on any page or the home page at www.iharrow.com.

Petitions and Campaigns

On occasion, we might run petitions or campaigns, to collect support for a particular issue. We may do this ourselves, or we may do it on behalf of a third party (ie: a residents’ association). Where we do that, we will supply a list of names, email address and other information that the campaign might ask for (such as address, or how a particular issue affects you) to another party (such as a council, committee, authority or train operating company). Such details are only used in support of the petition: we won’t add you to any mailing list, nor send you additional email other, than on occasion  a single email at the close of the campaign or issue to tell you the outcome. If we do intend to do that, we’ll say so before you complete the petition or campaign form. We don’t supply a list of email addresses (ie: in a spreadsheet, or similar), but rather we print the results, either on paper or in a PDF format) to make subsequent automated usage by such third party more difficult.

Contributions

Contributions are welcome, including pictures and video. if submitting copyrighted material, such as pictures and videos, please enclose a note to say that we can use it. We may also use any email messages you send us, unless expressly advised that they are not for publication.  On occasion  we might identify pictures and video elsewhere, and we’ll seek permission from the person we believe to be the copyright holder before we use it. If we get this wrong, please let us know, so we can either give credit or remove the offending materials. We don’t pay for submissions. Articles about local business or organisations are especially welcomed.

User comments – house rules

Contributions from users, in the form of comments to articles published, are both welcomed and encouraged. Whilst we realise that emotions can, sometimes, run high, comments should be free of profanity, and avoid abusive and insulting language. Comments which do include language we might deem unacceptable may either be held for moderation, deleted without appearing, or removed post-publication. We never censor comments based on their political comments, but only where they become offensive, abusive or where we otherwise deem them not suitable.

Removal or censorship of comments is a ‘last resort’ course of action.

Last update: May 26, 2014

Change History

17.10.2011 – Initial version

17.01.2012 – We now deliver email notifications immediately, rather than once per day. Clarified language around Google Adsense to explain advert selection.

22.10.2012 – Added in Acceptable Use Policy for the Chat Forums, which opened the same day.

09.01.2013 – Removed Chat Forum text; added notes around submissions. Added details of campaigns and petitions.

26.05.2014 – Added a section on ‘user comments’ and our expected behaviour of contributors.