Imprint page

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#1

A user in the EU recently pointed out that they need to be able to add an Imprint page to their blog, and suggested having the option to add this page as a link in the footer. I’d definitely like to support this, but without messing with the interface too much, if possible.

What does everything think about this potential implementation:

  • If you publish a post with Imprint as the title / slug, you’ll see the option to pin that page to your blog navigation. This would be available for everyone, even free users on Write.as (normally, static pages are only a Pro feature).
  • Pressing “pin” on the post will put it in the footer of your blog, instead of the header, where static page links normally go. The footer link would be accessible on all of your blog’s pages.
  • This would be well-documented in the guides, so everyone understands how to add this page

Questions:

  • Any potential issues you see with this?
  • Should the link go above or below the normal footer text?
  • The idea is that only posts at write.as/yourblog/imprint would be recognized as this special page. Should we also recognize other special words, like the German impressum? Any other languages?

#2

In France Imprint or Impressum have no signification. We can use something like Mentions légales (slug: mentions-legales).


#3

As a German user I think it is more than OK to use just a normal page as an imprint. Of course, it would be very prominent on top of the page. I guess you could argue for hours with a lawyer how prominent the link to the imprint must be. As far as I know, it needs to be directly accessible from the home page somewhere – so a smaller link in the footer would be ideal from a purely aesthetic standpoint.

But what is needed for the EU is the infamous “cookie warning”, i.e. a small overlay or banner that asks users consent for accepting cookies to be GDPR compliant. This goes hand in hand with a page about privacy information. This could be handled in a similar way as the imprint page.

If possible, I would rather have the choice to either pin it to the main navigation or the footer, and not make the decision based on the slug name. It could be “Imprint” or if you write only in German it could be “Impressum” or part of the “About” page. Same goes for the privacy info page. It could be “Privacy Information” or “Privacy” or “Privacy Info” or “GDRP” or something similar. I would rather not be limited in my naming convention.