Information Collection and Use
Virtually Everything, Inc. is the sole owner of the information collected on this site. We will not sell, share, or rent this information to others in ways different from what is disclosed in this statement. Virtually Everything, Inc. collects information from our users at several different points on our website.
A cookie is a piece of data that is stored on your hard drive. While cookies have often received a bad rap, they are actually a harmless mechanism. They are necessary for the proper operation of many websites. While our site can request a cookie to be created, or request that an existing cookie we created be read, the access to cookie's on your computer is strictly controlled by your web browser. We can not read cookies that were created by other websites and vice versa.
If you configure your system to reject our cookies, you may still use our site. However, your use will be limited in some areas. For example, you will not be able to post in the Community Forums or the classifieds.
We use IP addresses to analyze user trends, administer the site, and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use. We also use IP addresses to track down abusers of the site, i.e. people who post abusive messages in the forums or announcements. In order to prevent habitual abuse, we may forward a complaint to the owner of the network that the abuser is using. At a minimum, the complaint will include the abusive message(s) in question along with the originating IP address and timestamp.
This web site contains links to other sites. Please be aware that we [Virtually Everything, Inc.] are not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of each and every web site that collects personally identifiable information. This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by this Web site.
If a user wishes to subscribe to our newsletter, we may ask for contact information such as name, address and email address. We use a double opt-in confirmation process to ensure that the only people who receive our mailings are ones who specifically requested it. Once you subscribe to a newsletter, our system will send an email to the address you used to register. You must click on the validation link contained in the confirmation email in order to validate your registration.
We do not sell, rent, or share our mailing list with any third party organization. We only send newsletters to people who have requested to be on our mailing list(s). Any reader can add or remove their name from the respective mailing list at any time by clicking on the unsubscribe link that will be included in each mailing.
If you have removed your address from the mailing list and still continue to receive E-Mail from us, please bring it to our attention by using our Feedback Form.
Surveys & Contests
From time-to-time our site requests information from users via surveys or contests. Participation in these surveys or contests is completely voluntary and the user therefore has a choice whether or not to disclose this information. Information requested may include contact information (such as name and shipping address), and demographic information (such as zip code, age level). Contact information will be used to notify the winners and award prizes. Survey information will be used for purposes of entertainment, or improving the use and satisfaction of this site.
We exercise best practices to protect the limited user information that we do collect. All of our public servers are located in a secure data center which is operated and managed by a third party company. Access to data is limited to employees in our company who have a need to know.
How We May Contact You
Whenever you take certain actions on our system, you may receive an automated email from us. Some examples are:
Once you register for any type of account with us -- such as forums, classifieds or calendar -- we may contact you in regards to your account or to provide information about a new system feature or upgrade. We will not contact you for the sole reason of marketing a third-party service or product.
Information Update Request:
If you are the Point of Contact (POC) for an organization that is listed in our database, we may periodically contact you to request that you review or update your information. We will not contact you for the sole reason of marketing a third-party service or product.
The definition of SPAM is vague. The zealots consider SPAM to be any unsolicited email. A more reasonable definition of SPAM is an unsolicited mailing that is often sent in a devious manner for the sole purpose of selling you a third party service or product. We do not engage in SPAMMING. Furthermore, we do not sell, rent, or otherwise share any of our mailing lists with any third party.
SPAMMERS are known to routinely scan websites in order to harvest email addresses that will be added to their mailing lists. When you post information on one of our websites, we take measures to protect your address. However, harvesting techniques are forever becoming more and more devious. As such, we can not guarantee that your email address will never be inadvertently harvested.
We can not protect your address if you post it in plain text. If you post your email address on-line via any of our information sharing services such as the community forums, announcements, or classifieds, there is nothing we can do to protect it. It is extremely likely that it will eventually be harvested by SPAMMERS. If you would like your address to be displayed in plain sight, we recommend that you do one or more of the following:
Monitoring of User Communications
Throughout somd.com we provide users with facilities they can use to contact other users, advertisers, or local organizations, i.e. online contact forms. Our staff randomly monitors these communications in order to prevent spam, scams, and other potential abuse. We will not share the communications with any third party. If you prefer not to have your communications monitored in this manner, please do not use the online contact forms and instead use any other direct means of contact that may be provided, such as a phone number or direct email address.