Disclosure and/or recusal from topics, people, reviews, impressions, etc. is an important factor in providing the fairest and accurate coverage we can provide. Additionally, so does properly identifying any affiliate or partner networks we may be a part of. As such, we have laid out these disclosure policies.
We strive to cover all situations that may come up, but expect these to be updated if situations arise that require additional clauses and updates to our disclosure. User feedback is important in this regard as well. If there are circumstances we are not covering or issues we are not addressing, then please leave your feedback in the comments below or contact us.
Affiliate networks are a way of generating revenue and promotion by partnering with a company. You are likely familiar with this from Youtube creators that have calls to action to sign up for free trials of services like Netflix, or Amazon’s Audible. These partnerships allow creators to offer services and products they feel secure in offering and believe are relevant to their audience
As of February 24th 2017 we have decided to partner with Play-Asia, a video game importer and retailer, and make use of their affiliate network. We want to be careful in how we use this, though. So don’t expect to see it on every page on the site.
Currently we are placing affiliate banners only on our streaming pages and on our video site, SuperNerdTube, as a way to help expand our custom video hosting and streaming solutions. You can find more information on Play-Asia’s affiliation program here.
Reviews, Impressions, and Let’s Plays
Content producers are required to disclose the source of the product (eg. game, comic, movie, book, etc.) they are providing coverage on. Additionally, content producers are required to disclose connections they may have to companies or individuals related to the product. This includes:
- Whether the product was purchased by the content creator, given as a gift, or provided by the publisher/distributor/developer of the product for purposes of coverage.
- Whether the product was obtained through Kickstarter, Indigogo, or another crowd-funding source (with the exception of Patreon, contributors are barred from supporting individuals or companies on Patreon and must disclose prior Patreon donations to editorial staff).
- Additionally, product covered that is in an “Early Access” or preview state will be presented as an “Impression.” Preview content, whether alpha or beta state software or Early Access, will be presented “as is” and labeled as not indicative of the final product
- All content producers and editorial staff are required to disclose any connections to individuals or companies connected to the product they are covering. If fair coverage to a product cannot be provided then producers or editorial staff are to recuse themselves
Coverage of Events and Issues
We strive for fair and accurate coverage of events and issues. People will always come into an event or issue with preconceived notions and biases. Our definition of objectivity in relation to journalistic pursuits identifies these biases and requires us to put these in check as to gather the facts of an event and present them as fairly as possible. Our audience is an important factor in ensuring we do the absolute best job we can covering issues. As such, our content producers and editors are required to disclose any connections to a subject so our audience can keep these in mind. When a producer or editor feels they cannot check their biases to work a story objectively, then they are to recuse themselves. Connections that are required to be disclosed to our audience are:
- Whether a content creator is or has been friends with someone connected to a story
- Whether a content creator has previously worked with or for someone or an organization connected to a story
- Whether a content creator has previously funded or donated to a person or organization
- Whether a content creator is a member of an industry organization (eg. IGDA, ESA, SPJ, etc.)
Additionally, we strive to have our articles be as up-to-date as is possible. Some stories maybe developing as they are presented, new information will come in, or a new source will come forward. We update our articles when new information comes forth and that will always be disclosed with an “Update Note.”
Crowd-funding and Donations
While we wholly support the building trend of funding projects, individuals and companies through crowdsourced options, we feel that certain avenues and amounts constitute a conflict of interest. When covering products and events related to the industries we are covering, we feel that the following disclosures and prohibitions needed to provide as accurate of coverage we can provide:
- Content Producers and editors can fund Kickstarter or Indiegogo projects, but not insignificant amounts. All funding of this type must be disclosed to editorial staff and in any coverage provided. If the editorial staff determines the amount funded would influence coverage, producers or editors will be told to recuse themselves from coverage
- All staff at SuperNerdLand is prohibited from supporting individuals or companies through Patreon. This is not a statement against Patreon as a platform. We just feel that funding of this type can constitute too much of a conflict of interest when providing coverage of products, organizations or individuals. All previous Patreon donations must be disclosed to editorial staff, and must be disclosed in content when relevant to coverage
- Early Access purchases are allowed. As one receives a product for the money give, we view this as just a purchase. When covering an Early Access product, it will be presented as an “impressions” as the final product is unavailable and thus not review-able
- Donations to 501c non-profit organizations are allowed, but if an producer or editor is donating to an organization they are covering, they must disclose this to editorial staff and in coverage. If the amount is significant, editorial staff reserves the right to recuse someone from coverage
The Editor-in-Chief, Josh Bray, works for a company that Microsoft contracts for Xbox support calls. As such, Josh will recuse himself from any Xbox or Microsoft related coverage when possible, and will disclose this employment relationship when the topics related to them come up. UPDATE 10/4/2017: Josh has moved onto a different contract, providing support for unrelated services. If this changes, we will reintroduce the previous disclosure and recusal implemented.
(Updated 9/8/2015: Added the “Extra Disclosure/Recusal” section to detail extra contributor disclosures where applicable.)
(Updated 2/17/2017: Removed “Extra Disclosure/Recusal” section as the site member it applied too no longer works with the site. Archive of older version of this policy page can be found here.)
(Update 2/24/2017: Added line to first paragraph of introduction to address affiliations. Added “Affiliate Networks” section at the beginning of disclosure policies. Archive of older version of this policy page can be found here.)
(Update 7/31/2017: Added sections on Technology Partnerships and Work Disclosures. Archive of the older version of this policy can be found here.)
(Update 7/25/2020: Cleaned up some grammar issues, modified the affiliate section, removed the Technology Partnerships section as we no longer provide technology to them. Archive of the older version of this policy can be found here.)