If You Don't Have Anything Nice to Say -- Business Rules Part II
- Intellectual Property -- Users may not post any material that infringes on any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright, or other proprietary or intellectual right.
Equally as important, somewhere on your site, you’ll need to provide a statement prohibiting the copying of original, copyright-protected materials from the site without permission.
- Harassment and discrimination -- Users may not post any content that could reasonably be understood as harassment of, or discrimination against, any individual or group, on the basis of age, mental or physical health status, gender, political affiliation, race, religious affiliation, and/or sexual orientation.
- Pornography and sexually explicit content -- Pornography and sex-related merchandising are prohibited in this collaboration space. This includes sexual content, or direct links to adult content elsewhere.
You may wish to add in a separate section that postings or links to sites that promote any illegal activity or content that may be damaging to your servers or any other server on the Internet are prohibited as well.
- Solicitation -- Sending unsolicited mail messages, including commercial advertising and informational announcements, is prohibited.
Some sites may prohibit solicitation of services of any nature, while others may allow them for job postings and other such content. There also is the sticky point where some community systems allow users and/or administrators to send emails to other users at will. If you are using this type of platform, users should notified at registration that this is a possibility, otherwise, you risk violating the CAN-SPAM act.
And remember, Grandma’s classic, "If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all," is an excellent guideline.
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