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  •  House webmaster may not be doing this. (8+ / 0-)

    The individual members seem to have considerable control over their web pages including hiring a contractor to maintain the pages. The URL indicates this:

    http://www.adriansmith.house.gov/

    where the House page looks like this:

    http://www.house.gov/...

    Regardless, the house.gov is an official domain and is paid for with public funds.

    U.S. House of Representatives Official Web sites are paid for with official funds.  As such, all office staff or vendors with responsibilities for updating or maintaining a House Web site should be familiar with the House Web Policies as well as House Web Best Practices.

    Web Standards: House Web Policies from the Office of the Chief Administrative Officer. Take a look at those policies. Smith may be in violation. The detailed information is in Web Sites within a detailed OFFICIAL & REPRESENTATIONAL EXPENSES CONTINUED that might be of interest as well.

    Expecting pure free enterprise to serve a population is like expecting a garden to feed a family by simply throwing out bags of seed on the ground. (Me)

    by pelagicray on Mon Nov 05, 2007 at 09:30:28 AM PST

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    •  Can you really TOS a congresscritter? (0+ / 0-)

      That would be something to behold!

      •  So it would! The Terms of Service are there and (2+ / 0-)
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        raines, Neon Vincent

        I assume the Committee on House Administration can enforce them. How would that look next campaign?

        "Joe Blow was the only member of the House to be banned from the House's web services due to violation of terms of service."

        In a casual reading of links from those pages I've seen nothing banning what this fool is doing. I mention "fool" because it is a cheap little trick that is sure to gather lots of little knives to sling back in negative publicity--as we are seeing. It would be interesting for a constituent (or someone else) to refer this to the Committee on House Administration to see if something might develop.

        Expecting pure free enterprise to serve a population is like expecting a garden to feed a family by simply throwing out bags of seed on the ground. (Me)

        by pelagicray on Mon Nov 05, 2007 at 07:46:24 PM PST

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