It really should.
Do you recommend your clients create their own, but they say they don’t want to?
All of your and your clients’ sites should have these legal documents publicly posted for several reasons:
- Best Practices
- Required if you create a Facebook App (e.g. to integrate your site with Facebook)
- Establishes credibility with visitors, even if they don’t click on or read them
- Protects you and your business
Here are some common reasons for skipping the T&C and PP:
- Don’t think to do it
- Scared of posting anything legal that an attorney doesn’t do for you
- Hard, boring, time-consuming, stupid, confusing
- Don’t want to commit to your own terms
It’s Just Good Business
I understand why you wouldn’t want to… Your site is going along just fine without one. You aren’t sure how to create one. You don’t know how to phrase things properly. It takes time and it’s boring. Or maybe you don’t want to commit to your own terms, but I hope that’s not the real issue.
Bottom Line: You should. You know you should. And you want to, but only if it’s easy.
(Note, we’ve decided to make the below Terms of Service available under a Creative Commons Sharealike license, which means you’re more than welcome to steal it and repurpose it for your own use, just make sure to replace references to us with ones to you, and if you want we’d appreciate a link to WordPress.com somewhere on your site. We spent a lot of money and time on the below, and other people shouldn’t need to do the same.) – http://en.wordpress.com/tos/
The problem with using their TOS and PP for your own purposes is that they specifically mention things like Akismet, Jetpack, WordPress.com, and VIP. So you can’t do a straight copy, paste, replace with the text.
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In writing this post, I was going to suggest that you do just that… until I re-read it all (last time I read it was a year or so ago). I didn’t want to give up on helping you get your own TOS and PP because I know how important and un-fun (yes, un-fun) it is.
I even created a video demo for you:
- Hire an attorney, by the hour or through something like Pre-Paid Legal
- Obtain a generic one from somewhere online or in a product/purchase bundle
- Create your own, mashing up from a variety of ones you found online
- Without WP_DEBUG errors
- TOS agreement for MultiSite sub-site registrations: MultiSite TOS (mentioned here)
- TOS agreement for single site or MultiSite registrations, similar to the one above: WPMU DEV Terms of Service
- With WP_DEBUG errors (only included because of so few related plugins existing)