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Next Steps for the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy

Drupal - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 06:11

Thanks to the hard work of staff and the Content Working Group, we have completed another round of updates to our draft privacy policy and terms of service. We were able to respond to much of the feedback provided in our earlier announcement.

The biggest issues pointed out by the community had to do with the tone of the language in the documents. Many pointed out that it did not match the values of our community. We took a closer look at organizations such as the Wikimedia Foundation and Mozilla, incorporating some of the approaches they took to make our terms a bit more human. We trimmed and shortened what we could. We clarified where things were ambiguous. The end result is much more in line with our community values.

Some examples of changes include the following:

  • When possible, we changed the tone of both documents to make them more friendly.
  • We removed capital letters and used other means to make specific parts of the document noticeable.
  • We deleted a couple of references to collecting data that we do not actually collect.
  • We clarified that we won’t block accounts “for any and no reason”, but only in cases of Terms of Service, Code of Conduct and Git access policy violations.
  • We clarified active notification of users about material changes to policy. We will send an email at least 72 hours prior to changes going into effect. This will give users time to delete their accounts if they don’t want to accept new policies.
  • We added contact info and updated all phone numbers, addresses etc. to be formatted according to international standards.
  • We clarified that you don’t need to create an account to access the Website, just some parts of it.
  • We clarified how to notify us in case of unauthorized access to user account.
  • We clarified how long do we store data after it has been removed from user profile.

We did leave some things from the previous draft without major changes, such as bullet points under section C, for example. And we did it for a reason. One of our goals is to make a place where everyone feels comfortable. Additionally, we have to ensure that is protected if a legal issue does arise. Those bullet points are there not because we want to be able to police or censor the activity on the site. This language exists because it protects if one user takes issue with content from another user. We will still use the process outlined in the Drupal Code of Conduct to resolve any issues whenever we can.

With that in mind, please take a look at the latest drafts:

Terms of Service
Privacy Policy

We will be putting these documents into place on Wednesday, 5 November, 2014. All comments added to this thread will be included in our planning for the next revision. We hope to review the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy quarterly and update them with community feedback.

Thank you for all your help in building these documents.

3d Scan Your Face and Create a Pumpkin

Blender 3D News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 04:56
Gleb Alexandrov posted a hilarious tutorial which involves 3D scanning your face and applying it to a pumpkin. Great Halloween material! Discover how to turn the set of photos of your face into 3d model of a pumpkin, using 123d Catch and Blender. The next step could be to print it and scare the hell [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Weekend Contest winner: Blender Pumpkins

Blender 3D News - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 23:15
Plenty of scary submissions for our weekend contest! Not too many votes though.. After correction for anonymous votes, nachoc was the winner of this round with his Blender Pumpkins. Congrats nachoc! You get to pick the theme for next weekend. Please mail me at bart at this site. Read on the the runners up! Robot [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Blender course in Cuba, February-March 2015

Blender 3D News - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 14:30
As far as I know, this is the first time there's a Blender workshop in Cuba! Luciano Muñoz (I just posted his reel last week) is hosting a 3-week course at the EICTV institute. Luciano writes: Hey Guys, I wanted to know if you could post about the course i'm gonna teach in CUBA at [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

5 Common Pitfalls for Blender Beginners

Blender 3D News - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 11:22
Aidy Burrows from CG Masters looks at some things that can be thoroughly confusing for beginning Blender users. New to Blender? Know someone who is? Seen them do these common pitfalls that I’ve highlighted here? Please tell me of any more you think should be included on the page! An alarming amount of people give [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Blender Podcast 34: Impressions from the Blender Conference

Blender 3D News - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 08:45
Thomas and Campbell did a number of interviews during the bconf. Campbell and I have been in Amsterdam for the Blender conference. It was a lot of fun and we took the opportunity to interview some people from the community.
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Titan Crossbow

Blender 3D News - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 06:30
By Snowfall. This is just a re-do of my giant Titan crossbow with better lighting and shading. and arrows! made in Blender 3D
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Blender User Group Paris: Modeling: Jonas

Blender 3D News - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 04:15
Blenderheads in Paris are meeting up this weekend! e5dy writes: This weekend, November 1st, the Blender User Group Paris present Jonas, the Suzanne Awards winner in design. Gaël LABOUSSE and Clément DUCARTERON will show their movie and speak about the design. Then we will make a workshop around shaders in Cycles. As always free, at [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

The winners of the Suzanne Awards 2014 are..

Blender 3D News - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 02:30
Last Saturday night, the winners of the Suzanne Awards 2014 were announced at the Blender Conference Category: Best Animation Télécelebrité by Arnaud Travert "Télé Célébrité" is a short film to illustrate the drift of reality TV. Category: Best Design Jonas by Gaël Labousse & Clément Ducarteron Art and generative Design as we know them today [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Blender Conference: Ton talks about Autodesk, ceiling crashes

Blender 3D News - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 23:46
While Ton was talking about Autodesk during the Blender Conference, part of the ceiling of the Balie came crashing down, hitting him on the head. So remember folks: Autodesk is watching! ;-) This footage even made it to Dutch television yesterday in 'De Wereld Draait Door' (32:24).
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Tutorial: Muscle deformation

Blender 3D News - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 11:51
Pierrick shows us how to create muscle deformation animation in Blender. I've done a new tutorial. It's a medium to advanced level tutorial. My goal was to show how to drive shapekeys using constrainted bones to enable advanced muscle deformations and corrective shapekeys. You may have already seen this kind of tutorial working on a [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Updated Version of Response for Brackets

The Flash Blog - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 11:33

I’m excited to announce (although a little late) that my responsive design extension for Brackets, known as Response, has been updated to work in the latest version of the tool. Now before I go on I have to give the full credit for this update to Chen-Heng Chang. Make sure you give him some love on Twitter (@kidwm). Go on over to his fork of the project to get the code.

Until I can get his changes merged over you can consider his fork as the official repository for the project for the time being.

There are detailed instructions for how to setup and install the extension in the latest version of Brackets on the repository’s main page. The final step (installing the extension) only has instructions for Windows. For those on a Mac here is the path you need:

~/Library/Application\ Support/Brackets/extensions/user

Important: there are still many bugs remaining so I will be doing an updated video tutorial in the next couple of days. Until then please refer to this video.

Student Indie Game Done with Blender

Blender 3D News - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 06:50
Students on the Queensland University of Technology are creating a game in Blender, winning over the entire university to switch from Maya to Blender in the process! Daniel Feltwell writes: My name is Daniel Feltwell and I am part of Team Ugly Stick, an independent studio comprised of students from Queensland University of Technology. We [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Make your viewport faster

Blender 3D News - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 03:31
Here's an interesting trick to speed up viewport drawing. Michael Lackner writes: Hello everyone. I recently discovered a little setting in the User Preferences and it's just awesome. Blenders viewport is much faster and I had up to 20 million vertices. Blender still worked fine! So if you wanna make Blender faster check out the [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Creative Video-Tutorial: Fake a particle reactor without Dynamic Paint

Blender 3D News - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 00:29
Learn how to dynamically generate particle systems, simulating a 'particle-reactor' in Blender. Dennis Fassbaender writes: Hi! This is Dennis Fassbaender from Dennis Fassbaender Visual Effects. I figured out a way to fake a particle-reactor. With a particle reactor we are able to simulate realstic collision-partciles iE from things that are falling down to a ground. [...]
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Quick Tip: Swapping Windows

Blender 3D News - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 00:30
Reynante M. Martinez writes: In this very short video, I'll show you how you can conveniently swap Windows/Editors in Blender's interface. Hope you learn something and happy Blending! :) - Reyn
Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Using Core Image Filters on iOS

The Flash Blog - Sat, 10/25/2014 - 19:46

 New video tutorial explaining how to use Core Image filters on iOS using Swift.

Creating Menubar Apps Using Swift

The Flash Blog - Sat, 10/25/2014 - 19:44

 New video tutorial explaining how to create menubar applications for OS X using Swift.

Creating Swift Class Extensions

The Flash Blog - Sat, 10/25/2014 - 19:41

 New video tutorial explaining how to create class extensions in Swift that allow you to easily extend the functionality of framework classes.

Using Storyboards on OS X

The Flash Blog - Sat, 10/25/2014 - 19:38

 New video tutorial showing you how to use storyboards to visually lay out and connect the views in your Mac app.