5pal.net Terms of Service

Last Revised: November 29, 2017

The terms of service tell you the terms on which you may make use of our website 5pal.net (The "5pal", or "Website").
You are required to read these terms of service carefully before using 5pal. You are making use of 5pal if you access, browse or register on it and therefore indicating that you have read and accepted these terms of service. If you do not agree to these terms, please refrain from using our Website.

1. Terms of Service

1.1. About 5pal.net

5pal.net is a private running blog-like community service operated by Y. Chainsan.

Why 5pal.net?

Around the year 2004, a blog boomming begin to hit the internet world. People all around the world start writing articles at their blogs. Y. Chainsan, the creator of 5pal, also started a blog on the Microsoft blogging platform, MSN Spaces (later it was renamed Windows Live Spaces). Today, the new generation of internet users almost know nothing about Windows Live Spaces or MSN Spaces, as it has been killed by MicoroSoft in 2011 due to low viewership.

Chainsan lost his writtings on MSN Spaces. He tried one or two Chinese blogging platforms from time to time, and these websites also experienced similar situations like MSN Spaces. Finally, the bad experience made him decide to build his own private blogging platform.

The 5pal Philosophy

What is Plog?

Before using 5pal, you may have known well about blog, which usually allows you to post articles. At 5pal, we use "Plog" as the name for a user's personal web space, which stands for "Personal Web-Log". Unlike blogs, a plog owner not only can wirte articles, but also can post voices (a voice is a single short post less than 240 characters), as well as discuss topics with readers in an independent section.

1.2. Who can use this website and How much does it cost?

Though 5pal is now a private project, it is born for everybody who would love to share their thoughts and ideas with the public. We encourage you to become a 5pal member and make 5pal your spiritual home on the web.

How much does a user pay for using 5pal?


Since 5pal is a private project, and it has only a small number of users at present, the cost now is relatively low. However, if 5pal.net can attract more users in the future, we would probably charge a small fee to the new users for covering the increased cost. The operator promises that the first 1,000 activated registered users will be permanently free of charge.

1.3. User Account

In order to access and use certain sections and features of the 5pal Services, you must first register and create an account with 5pal (“User Account”).

  1. General 5pal User

    After you have activated your account on 5pal.net, you become a General 5pal User.

    A General 5pal User CAN read, like, comment, bookmark articles and voices created by other users, as well as post discussion thread, but CAN NOT compose article or post voice.

  2. 5pal Writer

    In addition to the features of General 5pal Users, 5pal Writers have more privileges.

    As the name indicated, a 5pal Writerat can write at 5pal.net, including composing articles, posting voices, and any other forms of writting that a General 5pal User has.

1.4. Website Rules

To make 5pal more enjoyable for all of us, please follow these rules:

1.5. Variation

We may revise these terms of service at any time by amending this page on the Website.

It is your responsibility to check this page from time to time in order to take notice of any changes made, as they are binding on you. In case of any dispute, please refer to the latest terms of service.

2. Privacy Policy

2.1. Protecting your privacy

2.2. Data we collect

2.3. Data we store

2.4. Archiving and display of 5pal.net contents, postings and comments by search engines and other sites

Search engines and other sites not affiliated with 5pal.net – including archive.org, google.com, and yahoo.com, etc. – may archive or otherwise make available 5pal.net user generated contents.

2.5. Circumstances in which 5pal.net may release information

2.6. International Users

By visiting our web site and providing us with data, you acknowledge and agree that due to the international dimension of 5pal.net we may use the data collected in the course of our relationship for the purposes identified in this policy or in our other communications with you, including the transmission of information outside your resident jurisdiction. In addition, please understand that such data may be stored on servers located in the United States. By providing us with your data, you consent to the transfer of such data.

2.7. Cookie

We use “cookies” on this site. A cookie is a piece of data stored on a site visitor’s hard drive to help us improve your access to our site and identify repeat visitors to our site. For instance, when we use a cookie to identify you, you would not have to log in a password more than once, thereby saving time while on our site. Cookies can also enable us to track and target the interests of our users to enhance the experience on our site. Usage of a cookie is in no way linked to any personally identifiable information on our site.