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WordpressSMU provides a blog system located at http://blog.smu.edu. Blogs are intended for content displayed in reverse chronological order. This content generally remains fixed after publishing. This content can include traditional blogs, news sites, notification systems, etc.

Blogs are intended for content displayed in reverse chronological order. This content generally remains fixed after publishing. This content can include traditional blogs, news sites, notification systems, etc.

Appropriate use

The blog server may be used to host blogs at http://blog.smu.edu/*blogName* for the following purposes:

  • Any use related to a faculty member's academic needs. These blogs will have URLs based on the faculty member's SMU email address. For example, a faculty member with email johndoe@smu.edu may have a blog at *http://blog.smu.edu/johndoe*.
  • Classes. The blog's URL will contain a clear reference to the class.
  • Official or department uses. Must be requested, owned, and managed by an SMU department for official university business purposes. URL naming must be based on the department name or the blog's intended use. If the URL does not contain the department name, the association with the department must be clearly stated within the blog.
    All existing acceptable use policies also apply to the blog server where they don't conflict with the above. Reference Computing and Communications Acceptable Use Policy and web appropriate use policies.

These are probably not appropriate uses for the blog system:

  • Discussion forum. While visitors can post comments on each blog entry, the main point of the blog is the original posts. The blog system is not a threaded forum system, and its comment system was not designed to facilitate detailed discussions.
  • Documentation. Documentation needs regular updating, and it does not lend itself to reverse chronological ordering.
  • General web sites, which belong on www.smu.edu.
  • Dynamic content. Blogs normally display relatively fixed content. Once a blog post is created, it generally is not updated.