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Why should I use this site?
What are landmen?
Although often overlooked, the landman is perhaps one of the most important elements of the oil and gas exploration and extraction process. A landman is an agent that represents oil and gas companies in negotiations with landowners: their job is to get the best terms for the company at the lowest price. To learn more about landmen, go to the Best Practices for Landmen or Help! A landman is at my door pages.
How does this site help me?
By signing up as a user of LRC, you gain access to our database of landmen and oil companies' profiles, as well as reviews written by people who have previously encountered these landmen. You can view these reports and use them as a guide for future encounters. In addition, you will be able to write reports of you own regarding landmen you've interacted with. By contributing to the site, you are helping others who may be in a similar situation. By being a site user, you will also gain the privilege of contacting other users and being contacted for additional questions or to share your experiences.
How would I benefit as a user?
As a user, you are eligible to write reports on landmen you've had encounters with. These reports will greatly aid in expanding the site's database, which in turn can help you, and others like you, in making informed decisions. You will also have the option to contact other users and be contacted for additional questions or to simply share your experiences.
How do I use the site?
Help! I'm lost on how to use the site!
Don't fret! Our site guide will take you through everything you can do on LRC. It will walk you through everything from signing up for an account to writing a report to contacting another user.
I see two help buttons, which do I click?
Clicking on the big HELP button at the top right corner of every page will take you through a crash course on what to do when a landman shows up at your door. This guide will get you prepared on things you should be ready for when you encounter a landman to ensure the best experience. If you want to write about your experiences, your notes will help a great deal in writing reports.
The help button at the top of every page (underneath "Learn") takes you to the main help page, which links to a range of options including: our site guide, frequently asked questions (this page here!), links to regional resources, information on best practices for landmen, and tips on how to write reports.
How do I sign-up and write a report?
At the top right corner of every page, you will see two links: one that says "sign-up," and one that says "Log in." Signing up means you are registering your information with the website, therefore creating an account in which you can write reports and interact with other users. Logging in happens after you have signed up. Your browser may refresh after you haven't been on the site for a while, and you will need to log in to identify yourself in order to use the features on the site.
What are practices/tags?
When you write a review, there is a section that asks for your impressions of the landman. In this section, we ask you to report the "practices used" by the landman. You may choose one, or you may choose multiple practices by holding the CTRL key (⌘ on a Mac). These practices will then be tagged in your report, and will be linked to other reports with similar tags. Users can click on these tags, which allows easy access to reports with similar content.
What counts as documents?
You can upload files to supplement your report: documents, photos, recordings. If you are concerned that uploading a document might violate a non-disclosure agreement or copyright seek legal advice before uploading. If you have any questions about what you are uploading consult a lawyer. You are responsible for everything you upload.
How would I rate my landman? What constitutes each letter grade?
Grades for the landmen are purely subjective. How you define each letter grade is up to you. You can also browse through reports to see how others defined each grade and use that as a guide. In the end, what will help users the most is your detailed description of your encounter with that landman.
How are average grades calculated?
The average grade is calculated by a standard formula. Numerically for this calculation A = 100, B = 80, C= 60, D = 40, F = 20. The Average Breakdown on the top of a report card is the average of all the reports, both public and private, on LRC. The overall average is the average of all grades in all reports available on LRC.
What if I don’t remember certain information about the landman and/or my encounter with the landman?
If you don't recall information about the landman or your encounter at the time of writing a report, you can leave that area blank. You always have the option to go back and add further information or add an amendment to your report.
When should I write a report?
You can start a review whenever you'd like. Generally, it is best if you write as soon as possible, as time tends to obscure details. However, please be aware that you are limited to one report per 48 hours.
Concerned about using your real name as your username?
Concerned about recording your exact location in your reviews?
You can "fuzzify" your location. If you feel that the location of your report would be suffice to identify you as user you can fuzzify your location. i.e. only report the state or county in which you live.
Concerned about making your reports publicly accessible?
You can make your report accessible only to users that you trust. This limits who can read your report. However it also prevents your report getting out to members of the public who might find it informative. Be aware LRC and ExtrACT cannot guarantee that the information provided by a user about their identity is accurate. Therefore we strongly recommend you share documents only with users with whom you are personally acquainted, in order to help ensure you are sharing your documents with the individual you intend.
Concerned about naming a Landman or company?
You can anonymize your landman or company. Depending on your description of the event, time and place your report might be recognizable to another user however. It also limits the usefulness of your report for other users who might find it informative. You can allow other users or readers to contact you through the Landman Report Card system so that they might request this information.
Who can read my report?
If you choose to make your report public anyone can read your report. However, you can opt to limit your report to readers you trust such as local citizens' alliances. You can set you privacy level at the time you write a report. You do not have to sign up for an account in order to view public reports. However, you do need to register if you would like to write a report.
Will my information be available to everyone who uses the site?
When signing up for an account, you are asked to fill in certain information about yourself. It is not required to fill optional fields, all you need to do is choose a username (which should be different from your name) and a password (which should be different from your username). However, if you wish to fill in your personal and contact information, you may choose to do so.
How much of my contact information is released?
You are not required to fill in any contact information: all that is asked of you when you sign up are your username and password. If you do choose to give us your contact information, however, we will not give it to any third parties without your permission first. If you have filled in personal information that you would like to remove, you can do so by editing your profile.
How can I contact another user? Will I be getting phone calls from strangers?
When you read a report written by another user, there will be links at the bottom of the report giving you the option to contact the user who wrote the report. LRC will then send a message to the user from you. The same thing happens when another user tries to contact you. If you have entered your phone number in your personal information when you signed up, it may show up on your profile.
What if I don't want my information released?
Who can read documents I upload?
You can set the privacy level on documents you upload. Remember you are responsible for any documents you upload. There are two document privacy options:
- Public: If you make your documents public they will appear with your report and any one reading your report will be able to access them.
- Private: You can make your reports private. However be aware that for the purpose of site maintance your private documents may be accessed by the ExtrACT group. Their presence on the site will also be reflected in our aggregate data for research purposes. In order to protect contracts, which may have non-disclosure clauses, we will encrypt documents marked as contracts to prevent accidental viewing by system administrators during site maintenance.
Are there legal risks associated with using Landman Report Card?
Risks as a viewer:
There are no legal risks in viewing the Landman Report Card, even if you create an account with the system.
Risks as a user:
Since the content on LRC is entirely user-generated, you submit reports to the LRC at your own risk. Read the rest of this section for more information.
What are some potential legal risks?
This is not meant to serve as legal guidance. Information in this guide is based on general principles of law and is intended for information purposes only; we make no claim as to the comprehensiveness or accuracy of the information. It is not offered for the purpose of providing individualized legal advice. Use of this guide does not create an attorney-client or any other relationship between the user and the ExtrACT project.
Generally risks of user contented generated sites on the internet are defamation, violation of intellectual property, and publication of private facts. For more information on these risks click here.
What is a SLAPP suit?
SLAPP stands for "Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation," and it refers to a lawsuit filed in retaliation for speaking out on a public issue or controversy. Often, SLAPPs are brought by corporations, developers, or government officials against individuals or community organizations that oppose their actions. There are laws in some State to protect against SLAPP suits. The Citizen Media Law Project offers thorough and frequently updated information on SLAPP suits. For more information please check their information on Responding to SLAPPS. If you think you have been served with a SLAPP suit, please contact a lawyer immediately and contact us.
How can I protect myself against these risks?
LRC cannot provide legal advice. If you feel like you require more legal advice, please consult a lawyer. For more information about legal issues, click here.