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07-14-2010, 02:34 PM
The School Boards has a specific mission: to provide a trusted place where parents can engage other passionate parents on everything school-related, from questions about the school admissions process to debates about the general state of the school system in your city.

In order to foster a rich and lively community, please share your opinions, questions and advice with other parent members on The School Boards. When you post, please follow the simple rules and guidelines described below. This will help us keep the site running smoothly and ensure that your experiences with The School Boards community are positive ones.

Posting Etiquette & Guidelines
1. Respect is the name of the game. While we encourage a healthy, even passionate, exchange of opinions, please respect your fellow members and express differences with civility. We will not tolerate rudeness, insulting posts, personal attacks, or purposeless inflammatory posts. If you don't agree with an opinion, say why - respectfully. Don't just tell them they're wrong. Do not make uninvited remarks about typos, duplicate posts, posting styles, etc.

2. Refrain from using offensive language. No racist, sexist, ageist, obscene, sexually explicit, violent, threatening or otherwise offensive language is allowed. This applies to user names and subject lines as well as to the actual posts. This is a forum on schools so keep it clean.

3. No posts or links to web sites that violate our guidelines, including those that are sexual in nature.

4. Posts that discuss illegal activities, transactions, or websites will be removed. This includes the posting of information that you have obtained illegally.

5. Do not post copyrighted materials (articles, videos, audio, art graphics, etc.) that you do not have permission to reproduce or distribute. For text articles, most of the time you may quote a small portion of the article (usually no more than 1/5 or 1/6) and you must link to the source (if online) or provide the source (if offline). The School Boards is required by law to remove all copyrighted material if requested by the copyright holder. This means the great thread you started about an article could be deleted if you copy content from the article.

6. Advertising, spamming and trolling are not allowed. This includes using the forum, email, visitor messages, blog comments, picture comments and private message systems to spam other members.

7. You are not allowed to post any affiliate links, referral links or anything asking for a referral.

8. Do not post anything that contains harmful code of any sort, including viruses, cancel bots, Trojan horses or other codes that harm computer software or programs or the proper functioning of any software, hardware or equipment or materials.

9. Each member is allowed one login account. Registering with multiple accounts is not allowed. Multiple identities and false e-mail addresses are not allowed. Do not impersonate another member or misrepresent who you are or your affiliation with any entity.

10. Attempts to artificially increase your post count are prohibited. This includes the mass creation of meaningless threads, one word (or short) non-sense posts, or the such.

11. Do not post detailed personal data. Keep in mind that your posts can be seen by all users of The School Boards, which means your posts could end up anywhere on the Internet. For your safety and privacy, please do not post personal details such as phone numbers, addresses, Social Security numbers or any other private information.

12. As this is an English-speaking community, we require that posted content be in the English language, so that it can be well received and properly monitored.

13. Don't use ALL CAPS in your posts. Posts written in all capitals letters are hard to read and give the impression that you are shouting. If you have difficulty switching from capital letters to lowercase letters, please just use all lowercase.

14. Do not repost deleted content.Do not repost something that was deleted from the community. These posts will be deleted as well, and posting privileges may be removed for members who repost deleted content.

15. We know that people will have to leave our community from time to time. To that end, we do not delete accounts, posts, or other content posted on our community. All content is granted to us with perpetual electronic publishing rights because any content posted on this community becomes a part of the community, even if you no longer are. You may request an item to be removed at any time, but we will decide when and if to remove content from our community.

16. While we cover many common issues in this etiquette & guidelines section and the official Terms of Use, we reserve the right to move or remove any posting without notice or explanation at our sole discretion. While we sometimes do explain deletions, it is not always possible to do so. Please don't take deletions personally; we're just trying to make The School Boards community the best possible resource for parents like you!

17. We also don't read everything on the site, so if you do spot postings that strike you as problematic in any way, please help bring it to our attention by flagging it or sending us an email with the URL of the post in question to support [at] theschoolboards.com.

1. Signatures are limited to 2 lines of text. This includes blank lines. It is recommended that you stick with readable fonts and colors and that the size is not too large. You may mention websites and ventures that you are in some way related to, as long as they are appropriate for this community. Focus on things that you like, not things that you don't.

2. Do not include inappropriate links in your signature. We are running a PG-13 atmosphere.

3. Images in a signature are not allowed.

1. PG-13 avatars please. Nothing offensive to women or inappropriate for children.

If a user willfully violates our community etiquette & guidelines and shows a disregard for them, our staff and our community, they run the risk of losing their account. Access to our community is a privilege and not a right. We reserve the right to deactivate any account and to edit or remove any content without warning. These guidelines are subject to change at any time without notice.

Do you have a question about our Community Etiquette & Guidelines or anything else? Do you have a suggestion? Do you want to offer some feedback? Or are you experiencing some trouble with the site? No matter what it is, please do not hesitate to contact us, and we will be glad to help in any way that we can.