About This Site
Highlander History started in August, 2018, but didn’t open its website for widespread use until January, 2019. The website is intended as a friendly online community and a place where historians, family researchers, and people in general, young or old, can meet, research and obtain historical information, and exchange ideas. Think of Highlander as an historically oriented library and social media website.
For most users, maybe all users, the search button (found on every page) may be the key to finding everything on this website. Simply enter a term for whatever subject matter you are seeking. Enter a family name, a city location, a subject matter, etc.
Registered members 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 books and documents, a dual purpose blog page, and an interactive forum. We e-mail copies of blog posts to registered members.
ABOUT YOUR PERSONAL DATA AND SITE SECURITY
Regarding your personal data, we will never 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, we won’t even look at your data. We don’t believe in sharing other people’s personal data. It’s one of our ‘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. This is requested in case the site ever offers products or services for sale, and your addressing is needed for banking/credit and mailing purposes. So, enter whatever addressing data you wish, real or bogus, and understand that we 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. We rely on our service provider for security protection from non-government hackers, although we 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. We 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 secretive, restrictive, and heavily shadow controlled websites, this is the list of the few ‘rules of the road’ that we users of the Highlander website should all be sensitive to and abide by.
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 graciously
- 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 when it is called for
- Address the poster’s message, not the poster’s personality
ABOUT ASKING QUESTIONS
- There are no stupid questions — please ask, especially if something is not clearly posted
- We are all here to learn – none of us know it all
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
ATTENTION JOURNALISTS, 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!