About This Site
My name is John Sutherland. Today, I am pretty much a researcher, focusing on genealogy projects and on discussions regarding current world events and historical events. The concept and creation of this WordPress based Highlander site was my idea, but I never would have been able to actually create the site if it had not been for the able assistance of Laurie Swoboda who provided the experienced website design and development talents that were needed to put my ideas into a usable form. Thank you Laurie.
ABOUT SITE SECURITY AND YOUR PERSONAL DATA
Regarding your personal data, I will never, nor will ‘we’ ever, use your personal information for a disadvantageous situation to you. And, as you are not able to see other registered individual’s personal data, understand they cannot see your data either. Unless there is a problem with your membership, I won’t even look at your data. I don’t believe in sharing other people’s personal data. It’s one of my ‘things.’ Having noted that, when you register, your addressing information is requested by one of the WordPress plugin modules that is installed on the website in case the site ever offers products or services for sale and your addressing is needed for banking or credit addressing purposes. So, enter whatever addressing data you wish, real or bogus, and understand that I don’t care which you enter, but if bogus, you may want to change or update it later on.
Site Security may be another matter for you to consider. The website is backed up every day, so if the site is damaged, recovery should be fairly rapid. I count on my service provider for security protection from non-government hackers, although I have to acknowledge that as long as the government hackers ignore the constitutional restraints imposed on them, and as long as the government uses super computers to gather everyone’s information, all without a Fourth Amendment search warrant, we are all vulnerable in everything we do digitally. I can’t protect any of us from harm caused by government spy agencies like the NSA, the FBI, the CIA, DHS, Mossad, or any of the plethora of other government agencies concerned with making sure we make ‘all’ of our secrets and ‘all’ of our data available to them, and that we follow ‘their’ set of rules. If we were truly a free people, our freedom of speech and our protection from unconstitutional harassment by government and by Internet control freaks like Google, Youtube, and Twitter would not be a problem. But we are not, so it is.
RULES OF THE ROAD
Unlike FaceBook and other restrictive and heavily controlled websites, I will try to openly and honestly describe the few ‘rules of the road’ that we users of the Highlander website should all be sensitive to and abide by.
This website is intended as a friendly community and a place where historians, family researchers, and people in general, young or old, can meet, obtain information, and exchange ideas. Think of Highlander as an historically oriented social media website.
Registered members young and old are encouraged to use the site freely and ask any and all questions concerned with current events and/or historic events. The site includes a developing and expanding library of historic documents, a dual purpose blog page, and an interactive forum. I send out blog posts to all registered members.
WHAT WE EXPECT FROM REGISTERED MEMBERS
- To keep in mind the site’s purpose as a friendly and educational community
- To make certain that other members feel welcome and comfortable
- To amiably welcome new members and show them the ropes gently
- To keep the discussion more or less on the intellectual and educational aspects of current events, history, and family research
- To open a new post for a new topic
ABOUT ASKING QUESTIONS
- There are no stupid questions — please ask, especially if something is not clearly posted
- We are all here to learn
WHAT TO POST
You may ask any question or post anything about current events, and/or historic events, or people and locations that is consistent with the idea that the subject matter is educational and/or truthful and informative to yourself and to others.
WHAT WILL NOT BE TOLERATED
Anything, including the following, that is not helpful to others
- Venting. Find someplace else if you want to share your anger. Intellectual discourse is welcome.
- Making someone feel bad for asking a question
- Personal attacks on other members or posters
- Cussing of any kind
- Unrelated advertising
WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT
We want above all for this site to be a place where Highlander registered members are comfortable to openly and freely discuss any and all current events, any historic events, and any and all genealogical research topics. We are trying to create and maintain an educational website where people can look forward to visiting, learning, and sharing thoughts and ideas. And as Family Tree Maker developers know, that doesn’t happen by magic – it will take all of us in the Highlander community to come together in kindness and respect, and to nudge out those who might try to make it otherwise.
ATTENTION AUTHORS, HISTORIANS, AND GENEALOGISTS
Highlander is quite amenable to posting new articles and documents in historical and/or genealogical subject areas that can be easily accessed by members of the Highlander community. So, if you are the author of historical and/or genealogical documents, or the copyright owner of such documents, or if the documents you want to submit are out of copyright protection, please register and contact Highlander for agreement to post your document(s). The more truthful and accurate historical material we have posted on Highlander, the better for everyone who researches these subjects.
Have a great day, and enjoy your visit to Highlander.com!