Let's keep our site vibrant and safe by following the guidelines. Please flag any content goes against the spirit of them.
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1. Post recent work
Show your work. Don't be afraid to post incomplete fragments of ideas and snippets.
2. Use your true identity
One of the main functions of this group is to be a safe place to be vulnerable and make deeper connections with real people.
- Use your real first and last name. By "real" name, we mean the name that you use when introducing yourself to neighbors, friends, and colleagues and your legal last name.
- Upload a recent photo for your profile (no illustrations please).
There are a few exceptions to this rule. Please contact me if you have a compelling reason to keep your identity hidden.
3. Don't use this group as a promotional platform or to get clients
No spam. You may add album and project info in your profile, but please don't promote yourself in the activity feed unless specifically invited to by a site guide.
4. Don't give feedback or suggestions without clear permission
Self-critiquing is already a major barrier to participation. Please don't add your own on top of that. Positive encouragement is always welcome. The more specific the better.
A lot of times when people are asking for feedback they are not asking for a critique or suggestion. If you find yourself making a suggestion, stop. Ask yourself, do I have specific permission for this? If you are not sure, err on the side of not making the suggestions.
There will also be opportunities to give and receive critiques in structured face-to-face meetups throughout the year.
5. What happens in the group stays in the group
If you you share content from within the group outside of the group or reveal a member's identity (without permission), you will be warned and then removed if it continues.
6. No Plagiarizing
Do not take lyrics or music from people in this group and claim it as your own. However, stealing an idea, but using your own words is different. There is a grey area here. Best practice is to always give credit. If you are working with a group member's idea, get their permission first.
7. Respect everyone's privacy
Being part of this group requires mutual trust. Authentic, expressive sharing make groups great, but may also be sensitive and private. What's shared in the group should stay in the group.
8. Be kind and courteous
If we all practice this rule we will create a welcoming environment. Let's treat everyone with respect. Healthy debates are natural, but kindness is required.
9. No personal attacks or bullying
Make sure everyone feels safe. Bullying of any kind isn't allowed, and degrading comments about things like race, religion, culture, sexual orientation, gender or identity will not be tolerated.
Ground Rules for Discussion
Before starting or engaging in a discussion, ask yourself, “am I trying to convince, or am I trying to understand?”
The purpose of understanding vs. convincing is that we elevate friendship over “being right”.
With that in mind let’s go over a few basic ground rules:
- Speak from your own experience. Use “I” statements and share examples from your own life.
- No name calling.
- Respect all people.
- Stick to the topic.
If you can’t agree to these basic rules please don’t start or enter into a discussion.