Bylaws & Codes: Online Code of Conduct

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Online Code of Conduct & Disclaimer

Respectful behavior: Please avoid personal attacks, slurs, and profanity in your interactions. Do not use derogatory language based on gender, religion, identity, ability or any quality. Treat one another with civility and respect. Posts that use hurtful and/or disparaging language, or which may be interpreted as harassment, may be removed without notice.

We understand that politics can be a very emotionally charged subject. People will sometimes vent their frustration in ways that others with different viewpoints may not agree with. The 36th District Democrats is an inclusive group with lots of members, each with their own point of view, and no one likes having their viewpoint insulted or sullied. Please consider how others will view/react to your posts before posting or replying.

Here is a handy guide to Internet etiquette:

Replying to others: When replying to others—especially those with whom you disagree—imagine you’re having a face-to-face conversation, and think about how you would interact with those people while in the same room, looking each other in the eye, as opposed to from behind the shield of your computer of mobile device.

Advertising/Solicitation: We ask that you refrain from posting unsolicited advertisements that do not pertain directly to the intended use of this group. Posts such as these may be removed without notice.

Posts to personal sites, especially those without direct relevance to our movement and/or related topics, are also discouraged and may be removed without notice.

Posting links: Before posting links to outside websites and videos, please take a moment to scan the page and see if someone else has already posted a link to the same page/topic and/or video. We request that the similar or identical topical content not be posted more than once every hour, so as to keep any relevant discussions focused and to not clutter the fan page up with duplicates.

Relevance to topics: Please ensure that your comments are relevant to the subject at hand. It is normal for some topics to drift from the stated subject, but, to ensure maximum benefit for everyone we encourage you to keep your post as close to the subject as possible.

Posts such as calls to be added to friends lists, to join Facebook games, etc., will be removed.

Overposting: Please do not treat the 36th District Democrats page as your own personal soapbox. We have many people in our community, so ask that you do not post new topics in rapid succession, in an attempt to monopolize the dialogue. Multiple duplicate posts, and multiple posts on the same topic or in the same tone will be removed on sight (the first of those duplicates may be left in place).

A word of caution: Repeated postings of comments to public posts in a short period of time may cause Facebook to temporarily block your account from posting further comments. If this happens, a pop-up message will appear. This is a function of Facebook and is automatic—the page administrators have no control over this. This affects posting on *all* public posts on *all* Facebook page, no matter their subject matter.

Confidentiality: Please keep in mind that our communities are public spaces, so don’t post anything that you don’t want the world to see.

Please treat our page as if it were one big living room and treat others here as fellow guests. Everyone should have a voice and everyone deserves to be heard; resist the urge to talk over each other, or to talk so loud as to dominate the conversation. Conduct yourself in a civil manner as you would in that living room, and do not be surprised if behavior similar to tipping the dining room table over and hanging from the chandelier results draws unwanted attention.

Posts made to the 36th District Democrats Facebook page and group are subject to removal at any time, and membership in the Facebook group is subject to review and/or termination at any time, at the discretion of the moderators of this Facebook page.


Disclaimer: Opinions expressed in comments made by those who participate on the 36th District Democrat’s Facebook page and group, Thundering 36th – Good of the Order, are the personal opinions of the authors, not of the 36th District Democrats. Opinions expressed by participants are not necessarily endorsed by the 36th District Democrats.