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Netiquette for Shambhala Network - guidelines for online discussion

DO’S for Online Forums and Discussion Groups

  1. Read the forums rules and guidelines before posting for the first time.
  2. Extend your good nature (Basic Goodness) online.
  3. Remember the human. Never forget that the person reading your mail or posting is, indeed, a person, with feelings that can be hurt.
  4. Promote healthy discussions.
  5. Acknowledge people's contributions.
  6. Respect others as equals. Diversity and inclusion: Shambhala embraces people from diverse backgrounds and preserves an inclusive environment. Recognize and respect diversity.
  7. Be constructive and respectful. When you don’t agree politely critique a position on an issue, but not the person. State precisely the point you disagree with. Acknowledge that others are entitled to have their own perspective on the issue.
  8. Be mindful of your tone. Be non-judgmental and supportive. Because written language lacks the support of facial or voice communication clues, it can be easily misinterpreted. A great way to deal with this is to tone down your language; avoid the use of strong words and, again, read aloud everything you want to post before you send it.
  9. Post messages to the appropriate discussion group. For instance, announcements: like Sangha Announce, talk: like Sangha Talk Announcements that are regional in scope should be made in your Regional Classifieds group.
  10. Use a meaningful title for your thread.
  11. In order to be understood by most people, use correct spelling, grammar and avoid slang unless you know the word or phrase will be understood by other members. Choose your words carefully, ensure your comments are clear and cannot be taken in the wrong context.
  12. Be forgiving of other people's mistakes.
  13. Control your temper. You may be respectful, but others may be not. When being personally attacked on the web, it is easy to get angry. But you won’t win any argument if you lose your temper; tantrums lead nowhere. Instead, take a deep breath and count to ten; if needed, get away from your computer and go for a walk around the block before you reply. This way you will ensure that, while being calmer, you can argue the point instead of attacking the person who made it. More often than not, a bit of thinking and a bit of time result in more rational and coherent responses. If you are the victim of an insulting remark, try to maintain your calm and resist returning the offense. Report the issue directly to us (using “Report” link at the right top of a post or a reply)
  14. Be careful when using sarcasm or humor it is often misinterpreted
  15. Pause before you post. It's worth taking a moment to reflect before hitting the send button. Read before you post, review your content to ensure it accurately conveys your intention and doesn’t violate any netiquette guidelines. Remember, your words are permanent. Be careful with what you post online. Once it's out there, you may not be able to get it back.
  16. Please be aware that freedom of speech might be limited particularly when it conflicts with other rights and freedoms, such as in the cases of libel, slander, pornography, obscenity, fighting words, and intellectual property.
  17. Help us keep Shambhala Network user-friendly. Report to us harassment, spam and inappropriate content (using “Report” link at the right top of a post or a reply)

DON’TS for Online Forums and Discussions

  1. Never post anything you wouldn't say to your reader's face. Adhere to the same standards of behavior online that you follow in real life.
  2. Don’t insult, abuse, or threaten people, Don't swear or use offensive language that would be considered rude or argumentative.
  3. Avoid flames: A “flame” is an online personal attack. Always discuss or debate the content; do not attack the person who made the point. Criticism must be constructive, well-meaning, and well-articulated. Please, no tantrums. Rants directed at any other contributor are simply unacceptable and will not be tolerated. The same goes for profanity.
  4. Avoid replying to negative comments with more negative comments. Instead, break the cycle with a positive post. Do not judge. Disagree within reason.
  5. Respect others' privacy by not sharing personal information, photos, or videos that another person may not want to be published online.
  6. Do not post content that violates a copyright.
  7. Do not post content that is restricted to certain study or teaching level
  8. Do not abuse promoting your own business and products, especially if they are not related to the teachings of Shambhala (extensive advertising)
  9. Do not disrupt by changing the subject. Stick to the topic when posting
  10. Do not spam (do not post irrelevant or repetitive messages in world-wide groups or a large number of groups)

Please note users who do not abide by these guidelines may be banned from discussion groups (after admin's warning).

shambhala_network_terms_of_use.txt · Last modified: 2020/05/08 23:08 by john_smith