Connectages Ethics Policy

Connectages operates under the following ethics policy. All editorial staffers are required to abide by it, as are freelancers and contributors while they produce work for the site.

WE DON’T SELL PHYSICAL PRODUCTS

We do not sell electronics, period. We are not a reseller.
Should we ever produce merchandise in partnership with individuals or companies outside of Connectages, we will disclose those relationships.

ADVERTISING

We have advertisers on our site, and they are our main source of revenue. Our company has its own advertising team responsible for selling ad space on our site. We do not accept money or other consideration from companies as a condition or incentive to write a review or story, whether favorable or unfavorable, on Connectages.
All reviews and other editorials on Connectages are based on our editorial discretion, and not based on the desire of any company, advertiser or PR firm. Our editorial staff may not interact with the sales or marketing teams of companies or advertisers that offer products that may be reviewed by us. Advertisers don’t ask us to cover their products, and we don’t comment on their ads. We will endeavor to clearly mark any advertisement or “infomercial” (videos, Flash animations, etc.) shown on Connectages as an advertisement.

Our website may contain affiliate marketing links, which means we may be paid commission on sales of those products or services we write about. Those links are generated independently of editorial, and our editorial content is not influenced by advertisers or affiliate partnerships.

SOURCES

Connectages obtains news and content from a variety of sources. Some of our sources do not wish to be named, and our policy is to honor such requests and keep these sources anonymous without exception. Please note that our general policy is that we may not provide compensation for tips.

INVESTING

We do not invest in companies that we cover, and employees are forbidden from owning, trading, or buying stock in companies we cover or companies without exception.

CONDUCT

We don’t take free things from companies, or from their PR firms. This rule is simple and we stick to it.

PROFESSIONAL APPEARANCES

Our editors and news writers are often asked to appear in a professional capacity as experts on various television, news, radio, or other media. These appearances do not constitute an endorsement of any products, companies, or services discussed.

OTHER EMPLOYMENT

Employees of Connectages may not be otherwise employed by or receive compensation from companies that they are likely to cover as part of their news beat, nor are they permitted to have any advisory role (paid or unpaid) at those companies. In general, writers and editors of Connectages are not allowed to conduct journalism for other publications without express permission of the Editor-in-Chief, and are, in all professional capacities, still subject to these same guidelines when acting in any other professional capacity.

SAMPLES FOR REVIEW / REVIEW UNITS

Companies may loan units, products or samples to our editors for a given period of time in order for our staff to review such samples and determine whether we will provide a review of the product on Connectages. We do not accept any samples on any preconditions, such as, that we will agree to provide a review simply because the company sent us a sample. Please note that companies may provide these samples before the product is commercially available, in which case, we may agree to an embargo with the company or its PR firm. This means we agree not to publish the review until a given time. Most of the time (as in the case of laptops, for example) the review units are returned promptly.

Occasionally, an editor will retain a product beyond the stipulated review period (agreed upon by the editor and company or its PR representatives) for extended reviews. This is most often the case with cellphones, which are updated often. Our policy is that the review unit may not be used as a personal device of a staff member, except during the pre-determined review period.

GIVEAWAYS

From time to time, Connectages will conduct contests and giveaways for readers on the site. We will post rules for each contest, which will be binding on contestants who decide to participate. Giveaways of products are not, and should never be considered, endorsements of the companies involved or their products.

PERSONAL CONFLICT

Any employee of Connectages who has a spouse, partner, or other close relationship with an employee of a company which Connectages covers will disclose the relationship in their personal bio on the site. Furthermore, the employee or contributor may not cover that company or its products on Connectages.

CELEBRITIES

Our editorial policy does not permit the use of celebrity endorsements or testimonials, although celebrities may be mentioned or interviewed if they are bona fide users of a product.

EDITORIAL OPINIONS

Our editorial content is written by individuals, and each article represents the opinion or view of the individual writers. Any opinion expressed in content that appears on Connectages is the opinion of the writer — whether an editor, staff member, or another contributor, and should not be construed as an opinion formally approved or endorsed by Connectages as a company.

These are guidelines and principles we follow by choice and have determined as a group to abide by because we think they are the best way to conduct our business. If you have further questions about our ethics or business practices, you should contact us here.

[This statement may not always cover certain columnists, but we’ll let you know when and if that should ever be the case.]