Why have community rules?

All communities retain its cohesion through a set of accepted behaviours. These may be viewed as common sense, but with online communities many normal visual and auditory clues are missing. As such we need to be more aware of how our written words might be understood by others. Our community rules are here to support us and remind us of the most appropriate ways to engage with our fellow members. The aim is to protect anyone who reads or contributes to the community and to help everyone have a rewarding experience. These are DPW's rules which any one of us can contribute to and enhance. When you engage with the community you are implicitly accepting these community rules, and any on-going amendments. 

The rules are:

Manners

  1. Stay classy. Exchange ideas in a civil and measured manner and to avoid flames (angry, mean-spirited posts).

  2. Watch your language. Please be polite. Do not use swear words, profane, crude or sexual language.

Content

  1. Do not post anything that could be interpreted as self-publicity (including spamming, i.e. posting the same or similar message in many discussions), advertising, selling or soliciting. Demonstration of expertise is much more valuable than promotion of a company, product or service. If you have a product or service to sell or promote, contact us about advertising and sponsorship opportunities.

  2. Do not post any material that infringes any third party legal rights for example, copyright or other proprietary rights.

  3. Ensure your contributions are relevant to the community topics. Place your content in the proper channels and rooms.

  4. Find out who else is commenting on the topic and cite them - be generous.

  5. Less is more: Too much content on your page and the good stuff will get lost, so delete as well as upload.

  6. Quality is king. The cream always rises to the top and it’ll be no different with your content. We can see all the analytics on what’s getting viewed, read, looked at, interacted with etc. The best of the content will not only be featured on the EXPERT homepage, but also be shared across to our annual conference.

Monitoring

  1. Report inappropriate content.

  2. Representatives of DPW reserve the right to delete any contribution, or take action against any account.


We’ll be light touch in regulating what you do, but if you abuse the platform your access will be locked whilst we resolve any issues.