Please treat this discussion forum with the same respect you would a public park. We, too, are a shared community resource — a place to share skills, knowledge and interests through ongoing conversation.
The topics discussed here matter to us, and we want you to act as if they matter to you, too. Be respectful of the topics and the people discussing them, even if you disagree with some of what is being said. In many cases, you will be arguing about ‘opinion’, and there may not be an objectively right or wrong answer. Please accept that other community members will have different beliefs from your own and respect that.
Help us make this a great place for discussion by always working to improve the discussion in some way, however small. If you are not sure your post adds to the conversation, think over what you want to say and try again later.
In order to foster a thriving online community, we would like everyone to keep the following guidelines in mind:
Post ‘for’ the community, not ‘at’ the community - Remember your audience here; try to post content that will be relevant to them, take time to learn about the content that does (and doesn’t) do well, and post with that in mind. Unsolicited advertisements for services or businesses is not allowed.
Keep it tidy - Make the effort to put things in the right place, so that we can spend more time discussing and less cleaning up. So:
· Search for your topic before creating a new post.
· Don’t start a topic in the wrong category.
· Don’t cross-post the same thing in multiple topics.
· Don’t post no-content replies.
· Don’t divert a topic by changing it midstream.
· Don’t sign your posts — every post has your profile information attached to it.
Rather than posting “+1” or “Agreed”, use the Like button. Rather than taking an existing topic in a radically different direction, use Reply as a New Topic.
Respect the views of other members - It is okay to disagree with other forum members, just keep the dialogue positive. Do not bully, harass or threaten other members overtly or covertly. Do not expose another member’s identity.
Don’t use foul language - Many people from different backgrounds participate in our forum. We want them to be able to continue to do so from home, work, school, university or wherever they may be. Disguising swear words by deliberately misspelling them does not make them any less offensive.
Post only your own stuff - You may not post anything digital that belongs to someone else without permission. You may not post descriptions of, links to, or methods for stealing someone’s intellectual property (software, video, audio, images), or for breaking any other law.
Respect the moderators - Their job is to keep the forum safe and constructive so that everybody gets to have their fair say. It is not always an easy job. Bullying/harassment of Notary Cafe team members will not be tolerated. Please do not raise concerns about moderation on the forum as it disrupts the flow of any discussion. Contact us directly via email at email@example.com to discuss any questions or concerns that you may have.
The use of emoji’s and/or other images to convey inappropriate meaning consistent with the rules outlined above will also be moderated.
The conversations we have here set the tone for everyone. Help us influence the future of this community by choosing to engage in discussions that make this forum an interesting place to be — and avoiding those that do not.
Discourse provides tools that enable the community to collectively identify the best (and worst) contributions: favorites, bookmarks, likes, flags, replies, edits, and so forth. Use these tools to improve your own experience, and everyone else’s, too.
Let’s try to leave our park better than we found it.
Moderators have special authority; they are responsible for this forum. But so are you. With your help, moderators can be community facilitators, not just janitors or police.
When you see bad behavior, don’t reply. It encourages the bad behavior by acknowledging it, consumes your energy, and wastes everyone’s time. Just flag it. If enough flags accrue, action will be taken, either automatically or by moderator intervention.
Moderators do not preview new posts in any way; the moderators and site operators take no responsibility for any content posted by the community.
Moderators will use their best judgment to apply these guidelines in a fair way and moderate activities appropriately to ensure the overall health of this community.
Any activity, comments, posts, or other interaction that you have with this community may be moderated by the moderators of this community, with or without explanation. If you are not sure if something you want to post will breach community guidelines, please contact a moderator privately before you post it and explain your concerns; they will let you know how to proceed.
In order to maintain our community, moderators reserve the right to impose sanctions for any breach of these guidelines. Sanctions may include:
Removal of Content - any content that, in the view of the moderator, breaches our guidelines will be removed.
Temporary Suspension - any member who repeatedly and flagrantly flouts the moderation rules may be suspended from access to the website. The period of time will reflect both the severity and consistency of the breach.
Permanent Blocking - any member who continues to violate the moderation rules following reinstatement after a period of suspension may have their access to the website permanently blocked.
In the event that you have a disagreement with a moderator, please contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your moderated content will be reviewed by the Notary Café team.
Once a moderation action has been reviewed, it cannot be reviewed again. Duplicate appeals for the same moderation action on an account will not be reviewed. The Notary Cafe Team has the final decision on what is and isn’t acceptable use of this community.
To protect the privacy of our members, only the owners of moderated content may file an appeal.
Yes, legalese is boring, but we must protect ourselves – and by extension, you and your data – against unfriendly folks. We have a Terms of Service describing your (and our) behavior and rights related to content, privacy, and laws. To use this service, you must agree to abide by our TOS.