Community Guidelines

Effective Date: November 28, 2016

Welcome to AC Pharos, a Website created by Digital Dandelions IT Solutions, ( "Digital Dandelion" “We,” “Us”) which lives at (“AC Pharos,” “Website,” “Site”). These Community Guidelines which incorporates our Terms of Service (“Terms”), also incorporated our Privacy Policy,  is a contract between Us and you that articulates your rights and our rights relating to the Site.

Don’t stop reading, please. These rules are important! By using the Site, you are agreeing to be bound by these Terms. You should know what they say, especially because if you do not agree to these Terms, you should not use the Site and any submissions you make will be discarded.

For those asking,“What is AC Pharos?” is a Website devoted to economic activism. We publish content submitted by those in the economic activist community including: reviews of local small businesses around the country, community events, and community diaries focused on economic activism.  We also provide a place for discussion in Comments so you can participate in the conversation.

Legal Use of the Site 

Digital Dandelions grants you a personal, worldwide, royalty-free, non-assignable and non-exclusive license to use AC Pharos in the manner described herein.
Tl;dr: This means that you can read, listen to, watch, and intellectually consume everything on the Site, plus participate in our Comments section. In exchange, we ask that you use the Site in the manner and spirit for which it was created and that you adhere to the policies that govern the Site’s use.
So in case it is unclear, you are NOT permitted to interrupt the serving of our Site, introduce malicious code to our forum, assist anyone in misusing the Site in any way, or use the Site to violate the law or the safety or dignity of another person in any way. It takes a lot of work to make this site run. Be cool.

Community Guidelines

Small Business Review Guidelines

  1. The purpose of this site is to create a community of resources-
    • Only submit businesses you would suggest to your friends
  2. To avoid trade libel, all negative reviews are prohibited
  3. Reviews should be substantive. 
    • If you don't have at least one solid paragraphs to write about your experience, consider:
      • The product
      • How you used the product
      • Questions a fellow activist might have about the product (with answers)
  4. Reviews which are deliberately designed to inflame are prohibited.
  5. Limited copying within the bounds of the doctrine of "fair use" is permitted. 

Comment Section Guidelines

  1. Don't post insulting, bullying, victim-blaming, racist, sexist, or homophobic remarks.
  2. Stay on topic. Don't hijack threads, repeat yourself or post generic talking points.
  3. Constructive criticism is welcome. Hostile, whining hand-wringers will be terminated.
  4. Don't post e-mail addresses, phone numbers, home addresses, URL-shortened links that obscure the target, porn, or gore.
  5. We politely insist you do not post stuff you do not have the right to post.
  6. We have the right to block an account or delete content at any time for any reason. 
  7. Enforcement may be lax or draconian as befits the whims of the Entity. The rude will be terminated first.
  8. Be sure to read our exciting Terms of Service and Privacy Policy included below.

Community Diaries Guidelines

  1. You may only submit one diary per week. 
  2. Diaries should be substantive. 
    • If you don't have at least three solid paragraphs to write about your subject, you should probably post a comment in an open thread, or in a recent diary or front-page post that covers a topic relevant to what you wish to write about.
  3. Do not use ALL CAPS or exclamation marks !!! in diary titles.
  4. Copying and pasting complete copyrighted articles without permission from the copyright holder is absolutely prohibited by both this site's policies and copyright laws. Your content will be deleted.
  5. Limited copying within the bounds of the doctrine of "fair use" is permitted. 
    • Reasonable rule-of-thumb: copying three paragraphs from a normal-length news article or editorial is acceptable. 
  6. When you quote material that is not your own, please provide a link whenever possible. 
  7. Duplicative diaries are prohibited and will not be published. 
    • Please scan the recent posts before starting to compose your own diary. 
  8. Cross-posting from your own blog is welcome. Remember: you can only write one diary a week at AC Pharos.
  9. Diarists are strongly encouraged to back up all assertions with facts (and preferably links to supporting materials) whenever possible. 
    • Use reputable sources whenever possible. 
    • If you can't find a reputable source that supports your position then perhaps reconsider writing your diary.
  10. Diarists should always make it clear when they are expressing an opinion 
    • Please do not assert opinions as facts. This tends to be needlessly inflammatory.
  11. Diaries which engage in wild speculation without any proof are strongly discouraged. 
    • Bear in mind: extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.
  12. Diaries which contain hateful or defamatory writing are prohibited.
  13. Diaries which are deliberately designed to inflame are prohibited.
  14. Deliberately inflammatory titles, or titles which contain attacks, are prohibited.
  15. Profanity is prohibited in titles. The use of asterisks is acceptable.
  16. "Calling out" other users by name in diary titles is prohibited. 
    • Diaries which "call out" another by name tend to needlessly inflame.  
    • Avoid ad hominems and stick with substantive, constructive criticism only.
  17. Some topics which tend to make for poor diaries: 
    • Breaking news. Something you just saw on a TV show. 
    • Something currently on the front page of a major news site (eg, New York Times). 
    • Something currently on the front page of a major blog (eg, Daily Kos)
  18. What makes for a good diary: 
    • Anything which showcases original research or original analysis.
    • Political calls to action with substantive information on how to get involved. 
    • News (plus analysis) on interesting/relevant topics that are not widely discussed.
  19. When writing a diary on a political race, prefixing the title is always helpful. 
    • For example: FL-Gov (Florida governor's race), NY-Sen (New York senate race), CA-25 (California's 25th congressional district race).

Terms of Service 

Account Creation

You can browse the Site without logging in. However, to participate in Comments section, you need a Google account. We use the Google +platform and hosts it on their servers and run it for us.

To participate in the comments section, you may create a new account, use an existing Google account user name and password or log-in using one of your social networking user name and passwords. You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your account information. You are solely responsible for all activity that occurs with your account, regardless of whether you have authorized such activities. If the security of your account has been compromised, contact

Termination and Unsubscription

We may, in our sole discretion and without any forewarning, suspend or terminate your account for violating these Terms, or for any other reason we choose. We can remove your User Content without any forewarning, for any reason we choose. And even when we don’t terminate you or remove your stuff, we want to be clear that it does not imply that we assume any responsibility for, or endorse your User Content.

We can also remove the content we post on our site, without any forewarning, for any reason we choose.

Children's Online Privacy Protection Act 

AC Pharos is not intended for users under the age of 13. Nobody under 13 may create an account or use any part of the Site that requires the submission of personally identifiable information, like email or name. Any account that is created by a person under 13 will be terminated and any content created will be removed from the Site.


Except where indicated, AC Pharos editorial-created content is licensed under a Creative Commons License permitting non-commercial sharing with attribution. This means that you may link to it and otherwise share it, but if you do, you need to give us credit. You may not use our editorial-created content in any commercial capacity; we do this for a living. But if you have an idea for collaboration, it never hurts to ask us nicely.

You Assert that You have the Right to Publish What You Post 

Anything that you submit or make available on our comments section or elsewhere on our site is considered “User Content.” This includes comments that you write, as well as items that you upload or link to, like images, videos, graphics, audio files, text or other works. When you make User Content available on AC Pharos, you are asserting that you have all the relevant copyright, trademark and intellectual property rights to make that work available or have a well-reasoned belief that your republication of the work is a “fair use.” We are creators and this is very important to us. Please do not post stuff that you do not have the right to post.

You Grant Us the Right to use Your Stuff

By submitting User Content, you grant us an unlimited license to use your content in any way we choose. This includes creative uses such as republishing the work on our ad-supported Website, forums, and elsewhere, and practical uses such as copying your content to make back ups of it, displaying it on the website, and distributing and modifying it as needed to make the Site work.

Because our servers are located remotely, and because User Content is retained indefinitely, you grant us these rights worldwide and irrevocably, and agree that we don't owe you royalties for any use of your content based on these rights.

You Grant the Community the Right to Reuse Your Stuff 

Further, when you make User Content available on AC Pharos, you grant the world a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License to it. Be mindful of this when you post.

Third-Party Links

It should go without saying, but we'll say it anyway: this Website contains links to other sites that are not owned or controlled by Digital Dandelions. Please be aware that we, Digital Dandelions, are not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. This Terms of Service applies only to this Website.

We do not Endorse Site Content 

Digital Dandelions takes no responsibility for, nor assumes any liability, and expressly does not endorse or share the opinion of your User Content.

Use at Your Own Risk: Indemnities and Warranties 

When you create content, you are solely responsible for it and the opinions that you express are your own. You will not hold us responsible [you indemnify us] for any User Content that violates any law or infringes the rights of any third party.

In the legal world, indemnify means you agree to hold Digital Dandelions, its officers, directors, employees and agents, harmless from and defend them against any claims, liabilities, damages, losses, and expenses, including without limitation reasonable attorney’s fees and costs, arising out of or in any way arising out of or in any way connected with your access to or use of the Site, Services, and all Digital Dandelions and User Content, your violation of these Terms of Service, your violation of any third party right, including without limitation any intellectual property right, publicity, confidentiality, property or privacy right; or (iv) or any claim that your User Content caused damage to a third party.


Governing Law

Any claim or dispute between you and Digital Dandelions arising out of or relating to these Terms, in whole or in part, shall be governed by the laws of the State of California, without respect to its conflict of laws provisions. We agree and you agree to submit to the personal jurisdiction of a state court located in San Francisco, California or the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.

Changes to these Terms

We may modify our Terms at any time. If we make changes to this policy that materially alter its effect, we will make it clear to you in advance on the AC Pharos website.

DMCA Takedown Notice and Procedure

Digital Dandelions respects the copyrights of others, and we ask our users to do the same. When we reproduce a copyrighted image, text, video or music, we do so only to the extent necessary to comment upon or discuss it; or with permission from its copyright holder; and we always include a link to the original source when possible and appropriate.

We will, at our discretion, deactivate or terminate the account of any user that infringes the copyright of others.

If you believe that your copyrighted work has been copied and is accessible on AC Pharos in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, please send a notice to our Copyright Agent providing the following information:

1. The electronic or physical signature of the owner of the copyright or the person authorized to act on the owner's behalf;

2. A description of the copyrighted work that you claim has been infringed;

3. A description of where the material that you claim is infringing is located, such as the URL where it is posted;

4. Your name, address, telephone number and email address;

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

6. 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 are authorized to act on the copyright owner's behalf.

Digital Dandelion's Copyright Agent for notice of claims of copyright infringement can be reached as follows:

By mail:

AC Pharos DMCA Takedown Request 
Digital Dandelions IT Solutions 
PO Box 59
NYC, NY 10037

Please be aware that misrepresentations of infringement can result in liability for monetary damages.

If you posted material that has been removed due to a takedown notice and you believe that the material in question is not infringing, you may file a counter notification with our Copyright Agent with the following information:

    • Your physical or electronic signature.
    • Identification of the material that has been removed or to which access has been disabled and the location at which the material appeared before it was removed or access to it was disabled.
    • A statement by you, under penalty of perjury, that you have a good faith belief that the material was removed or disabled as a result of mistake or misidentification of the material to be removed or disabled
    • Your name, address, and telephone number, and a statement that you consent to the jurisdiction of federal district court for the judicial district in which the address is located, or if your address is outside of the united states, for any judicial district in which the service provider may be found, and that you will accept service of process from the person who provided notification under dmca 512 subsection (c)(1)(c) or an agent of such person.