Questions about Columbuzz-Updated Readers here are some answers to some of the questions we have been seeing

Curious about Columbuzz? Here are some FAQs

Here is some general information that may answer your questions, however if you have others please feel free to send them to us!

 

I want to work for Columbuzz, how much does it pay?  

We do not pay anyone for stories – it is purely freelance

 

What kind of stories can I post on Columbuzz?  

The limit is only placed on your imagination, you have an open canvase to write. It can be about cars, boats, sports, sewing, knitting, cooking, crafts, Nascar, celebrities, photography, self-help, inspirational poems, music, dating, movies, podcasting, treasure or scavenger hunts, contests, photoshop, artisitic, painting, drawing, woodworking, cleaning, politics, flying, aircraft, rescue, police, jobs, school, teachers, electronics and games to name a few. Columbuzz has a diverse group of readers which includes at times children, therefore it has a read at your own risk mentality.


How do you get the stories you post online?

We have setup different methods to allow submissions (photos, movies, voicemail, venting, tips, secret info etc);  

Text (812-506-9821)

Email (submit@columbuzz.net)   

online submission (>links>share your stories).

Facebook page and Community page

Twitter

We also use WhatsApp - type in 8125069821 and be directly connected to Columbus Man. 

Telegram is another APP we use which will connect you directly to Columbus Man.  

Anyone can send us information about anything and we will do our best to follow through and search for more facts (if research is needed) and post.  

We see or are involved with something that prompts an article.

If I post a story can I have it removed?  

Once an article is on Columbuzz, it belongs to Columbuzz even though it originated through you.

Deletion of an article is frowned upon. You can’t post a story about something then because it resulted in the way you wanted remove it. In other words, don’t use Columbuzz to bully someone, someplace then decide to take it down due to pressure or guilt. We do place articles in pending, but never delete. 


 I want to comment on your website – how do I do it?

Read an article, decide if you want to comment, below the article will be an area for your opinion.

Our only request is you use a name, fictional or non fictional for your response, NO NONAME comments shouldn’t be approved but are from time to time depending on the comment given.


Why do you allow people to comment without using their names?

Our belief; people have a right to say what they want (hence the first amendment of the constitution, Freedom of Speech) but with respect to their fellow man. In context to a topic and belief whether it is political or religion based or just venting about what they want known to share with the world; I.e. Opinion.

We do not promote or encourage malice or direct defamation of character. We will moderate any comment we feel crosses the line: such as threatening the site, other readers or writers. Those comments will not be posted. While we value the opinions of all those opinions can be shared without threats toward others.


Why do you moderate comments?

When we had open commenting, people were posting things not relevant to the article they commented on, preventing people from following the conversation. Some were also posting profanity, and we don't think those comments encourage others to comment constructively. Thereofre if your comment has not been posted within a reasonable amount of time..ask yourself..was it constructive and on subject.. or was it mere name calling and threats without any actual content?

We strive on allowing anyone a voice, it is usually delayed. If you wish to not be moderated you can use the Facebook comment box. 


I want to send you some information, will you keep my name private.  

Yes – we will never disclose your name if you send us anything unless you expressly tell us too or you post it on our Facebook wall(s).

If we receive an order from the courts requesting information, we may comply but likely won’t. We believe remaining anonymous is important to people’s lives, jobs, family, self.

 

I read an article on your site which offended me. How can I get it removed?

Under the federal Communications Decency Act of 1996, web service providers such as Columbuzz.net have no responsibility for user-generated content. Moreover, Columbuzz.net does not have any legal obligation to remove offensive posts. However, we sincerely seek to raise the level of discourse on the site and, therefore, we voluntarily offer to remove offensive posts as follows:

1 – To request that a post be deleted, please click on the following link to make your request: email us submit@columbuzz.net. You must include the specific post numbers that you want deleted. And please note that you may not submit a deletion request on behalf of others.

2 – We respond to requests almost too all of them. Please call our voicemail or attempt to contact us in any other way -- email is always your best option, but voicemail is even better


What about photos of minors? Don’t you need parental consent? 

NO. But law and morality are two different things.

For all you parents out there, it is a VERY common misconception that the law prohibits showing minors without parental consent. If the photo involves nudity/sex, that’s a whole different story, but in every other instance, THIS IS A MYTH; it simply is not true. Minors have the same publicity rights (subject to the same broad newsworthiness exception) as adults.

Of course, we at Columbuzz are reasonable and we will gladly consider removing photos of anyone on a case-by-case basis. However, please understand just because someone is under 18 doesn’t mean that there’s something automatically illegal about posting their photos

 

 

I believe Columbuzz is in violation of copyright.

Pursuant to Title 17, United States Code, Section 512(c)(2), all notifications of claimed copyright infringement on Columbuzz.net web site or systems should be sent ONLY to our Designated Agent.

Be advised that under federal law, if you knowingly make a material misrepresentation that online material is infringing, you may be subject to heavy civil penalties. These include monetary damages, court costs, and attorney’s fees incurred by us, by any copyright owner, or by any copyright owner's licensee that is injured as a result of our relying upon your misrepresentation. 

Written notification must be submitted to the following Designated Agent: submit@columbuzz.net  

Under Title 17, United States Code, Section 512(c)(3)(A), the Notification of Claimed Infringement must include the following: 

An electronic or physical signature of the owner or of the person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright interest; 

Identification of the copyrighted work (or works) that you claim has been infringed; 

A description of the material that you claim is infringing, and the location where the original or an authorized copy of the copyrighted work exists (for example, the URL of the web site where it is lawfully posted; the name, edition and pages of a book from which an excerpt was copied, etc.); 

A clear description of where the infringing material is located on our web site, including its URL, so that we can locate the material; 

Your address, telephone number, and e-mail address 

A statement that you have a good-faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; and 

A statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that the above information in your notice is accurate and that you are the copyright owner or authorized to act on the copyright owner's behalf.

 

How long has Columbuzz been in existence?  

Online for about 10 years using many different names finally sticking with the current name Columbuzz and our motto “Expression for Everyone”


Why did you start Columbuzz?  

Columbuzz was started with the idea to expose or freely express how you feel without censorship. It seems people want to express their opinions but without the worry of being judged by their peers.


How many people visit Columbuzz?  

We have visitors from all over the world depending on an article posted. The majority of people who visit are from the Southern Region of Indiana. Columbuzz receives about 15-24K visitors a month, with about 22-59 people online every 3 minutes.


The advertising on Columbuzz, do you make money off the advertising?

We don’t make money on Columbuzz to pay staff, but any money Google Ad’s bring in may pay for the server used and maintenance fees associated with the site.

If a business wants to pay for a particular spot on Columbuzz then a fee would be discussed.

Learn about advertising on Columbuzz


How do I get my business listed on Columbuzz (advertise)?  

Email us, send us a photo (ideally 468*80)

My banner is on Columbuzz does that mean I support Columbuzz?  

No – some think if a business is advertising on a website they support what the website represents or posts. This is furthest from the truth. You will always have someone who doesn’t support or believe an article should be posted. Our motto is you can’t please everyone.


 Where is Columbuzz located?

Everywhere, but if you mean where is our office? We don’t have one. The server is located in Hammond Indiana


How long do you keep emails, texts, phone calls?  

Indefinitely, unless something occurs to our system and loss of data occurs. Which doesn't happen! 


Can we meet you?  

Of course, we were on the Radio, we’ve attended functions throughout Columbus Indiana. Invite us to dinner we will come! J