Community Ground Rules
BE COURTEOUS. BE TOLERANT. You’re about to encounter many new friends in our community, with many new and interesting viewpoints. Please be respectful and tolerant of everyone you meet, even if you disagree with their opinions. Don’t use language that is threatening, abusive, harassing, hateful or racially or ethnically objectionable. And don’t engage in personal attacks. This includes to Sutton Bookshare team members – they work hard to keep our Community a fun spot to visit!
KEEP IT CLEAN, PLEASE. Express yourself freely. But get your message across without resorting to foul language. Postings that contain vulgar or obscene language will not be tolerated in our Community. This includes known acronyms and slang. As for photos, keep them tasteful. We want everyone to feel comfortable here.
DON’T ADVERTISE OR PROMOTE. Please help keep our Community “commercial free.” Never post any unsolicited or unauthorized advertising or promotional items, junk mail or “spam.” Soliciting may include promoting a home business, charity drives, items for auction, etc., as well as information such as a contact address or web URL.
SPEAKING OF COMMERCIAL FREE . . . DON’T CONDUCT BUSINESS! Please do not post web addresses (also known as “URLs”), banners, links or the like in your signature or in posts. The Community is for your personal, noncommercial use. It is not a forum for advertising merchandise, promoting commercial websites, soliciting sales of products or services, linking to online stores, or otherwise conducting business. This prohibition applies to your business as well as the businesses of family, friends, acquaintances, and other third parties. And it applies regardless of whether you promote the business in the signature, in posts or anywhere else.
BE WHO YOU ARE. Please do not create multiple profiles. Your account should represent you and accurately portray your life. Do not falsely represent yourself, or claim to have knowledge or expertise that you don’t actually possess. In addition, do not impersonate another user.
DON’T POST WEB ADDRESSES, LINKS OR BANNERS. Please do not post web addresses (also known as “URLs”) , banners, links or the like in your signature or in posts. You are welcome to include your non-commercial website in the “Profile Page.”
IF YOU DIDN’T CREATE IT, DON’T POST IT! Information or images copyrighted or owned by others, including Sutton Bookshare, should not be posted in our Community. Please be aware that if you post any copyrighted information or images, you will be held responsible. Sutton Bookshare is not responsible for any posts that violate copyright laws. Copyrighted information may include content from our or another website, a photo of a hairstyle from a magazine, or other intellectual property of others.
RESPECT OUR Sutton Bookshare COMMUNITY TEAM. Our friendly Community team includes staff who is dedicated to maintaining a safe, harassment-free online community. You may not encounter us all the time, but we do try to stay in touch with what’s happening in the Community. Please help us do our jobs by paying attention to our posts and following our suggestions. Please respect our efforts.
PROTECT PRIVACY. While we do allow our Community members to post information about themselves, we do not allow personally identifying information to be posted about others. Use caution when posting personal information or any information that you don’t want made public. After all, your posts are available to anyone on the Internet!
WE RESERVE OUR RIGHTS. We reserve the right to remove any postings on our boards. If you fail to observe our Community Standards and Conduct Guidelines, we may terminate your participation in the Community.
REPORTING A POST. If you see a post that violates our rules, please help by clicking on the “Report This Post” link under the offensive post. Then select your reason for reporting from the pull-down menu. You can also type in any additional comments you may have. Then click “Send” and we’ll handle the rest. Avoid reporting posts or threads based on the identity of individuals but rather on the actual content of their post or profile. Our Community team will not take sides of a conflict and will only act on specific violations.
HIGHLIGHTING CONTENT FROM MEMBERS. Sutton Bookshare is dedicated to finding and emphasizing helpful content created by Community members for the benefit of visitors to the Sutton Bookshare Community. If you post content that benefits other members, you acknowledge and agree that Sutton Bookshare has the right to repurpose and create derivative works of such content and that we can use all such content in various ways to benefit Sutton Bookshare without compensation to you.