Below you find our Community Guidelines, Moderation Policy, Membership Agreement & Terms of service. By becoming a member of Women In Business In Vaughan (WIBIV) you agree to abide by all of the rules on this page.
WIBIV is a community of professional women of all walks of life, of all skill levels, and of diverse interests and talents, are made to feel comfortable here. To that end, we moderate our comments to help create an environment where people can share their ideas and enthusiasm, ask questions, connect with fellow professional women, and generally feel connected to the Vaughan community.
Please keep these guidelines in mind when posting comments in the forum and on the blog:
Ask yourself: “Is this useful?” If it’s not useful, why post it?
Help people “learn out loud”
Help us create an environment where people feel free to ask questions, on any skill level, related to making, from the most rudimentary to the most complicated. And if you respond with your knowledge and expertise, try and speak to as wide a spectrum of “students” as possible. Try to bring newbies up to speed, rather than making them feel bad for not knowing something. Be “generous” with your help and your support.
If you know something more about the posted item, or what’s being discussed in the comments – a similar experience, a useful tool, a trusted supplier, etc. — please share it.
We welcome the correcting of mistakes, in the posting, or in the ensuing discussion, but please do so in a respectful manner.
Part of building a community of women involves creating a supportive environment in which people feel like their questions and ideas won’t be laughed at or summarily dismissed. Comments are a great opportunity to congratulate a community member on a successful project or to help someone brainstorm an idea further or to overcome a stumbling block.
Criticism of a project or idea is always welcome, as long as it’s constructive and not mean-spirited, sarcastic, or dismissive. Apply the: “Would I say this to this person’s face?” test.
Be sure any links you post specifically answer a question or are directly relevant to your post and the topic being discussed. You may put links to your site(s) in your forum signature and/or on your personal profile page. This exception does not permit you to post sales ads or links with affiliate IDs.
Do not be disrespectful of others.
Personal attacks and accusations of wrongdoing are not acceptable in our
community. If you feel that you’re being attacked, address the points raised and
not the tone or manner they are delivered in. Report wrongdoings to us by private
message in the forums or by email. Respect others’ work, as well: don’t copy and
post content from another source without the express permission of the owner of
Do Not Spam
Make sure that your post is relevant to the topic being discussed when you post to our forums or comment areas. Don’t post the same message in multiple places, as this will cause confusion and be interpreted as spam. Our forums, comment areas and reviews are publicly viewable, so don’t post personal or private information including order numbers, phone numbers or addresses.
Do not post offensive content of any sort: racist, sexist, profane, sexual, off-color humor, etc.
Personal attacks/mean-spirited remarks
Calling people names, making fun of someone, dissing their project, or otherwise commenting where the sole purpose is in making the person feel bad.
Unnecessary sharpness and dismissiveness in tone is frowned upon.
WIBIV MODERATION POLICY
We use as light a hand as possible in moderating comments, but feel that creating a supportive environment for the community of Women In Business In Vaughan is ultimately more important than completely unmoderated freedom of expression. There are plenty of other sites online where free-for-all posting is allowed.
WIBIV editors try to look at every comment made on the site, but we can’t guarantee we’ll see everything. If we see something that we believe violates our Community Guidelines or the Terms of Service, we will review the situation and take appropriate action.
If you see it before we do, please alert Sarah Zeldman or Eloise Pasianotto via email or private message Please include the link to the page where you saw the post.
When you report something that you believe violates the WIBIV Community Guidelines or Terms of Service, understand that we may not always agree that there is a problem. When we do agree, we will take the action that we feel is appropriate. For privacy reasons, we often will not be able to share the action that we have taken, but we take all reports seriously, and take appropriate actions when necessary. Our members are our number one concern; however, we have the final say on what is permissible under these Community Guidelines and our Terms of Service.
We always have the right to remove postings, warn members, and disable accounts to enforce our Community Guidelines and the Terms of Service or to maintain the integrity of the site. Whatever we do, we do in the community’s best interest and our decision is final. We may not always be able to explain our but know that we do not take the decisions lightly.
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TERMS OF SERVICE
The following Terms of Service apply to your use of Women In Business In Vaughan (WIBIV). You are solely responsible for your conduct and your content on WIBIV and compliance with these terms. By registering with us or using or browsing WIBIV, you acknowledge that you have read, understood, and agree to be bound by these terms. If you disagree with any part of these terms and conditions, do not use this website.
WIBIV is not directed to children younger than 13 and is offered only to users 13 years of age or older. Any person who provides their personal information through WIBIV represents that they are 13 years of age or older.
You agree that you will not post, email or make available any content or use WIBIV:
in a manner that infringes, violates or misappropriates any third party’s intellectual property rights or other proprietary rights or contractual rights;
in a manner that contains software viruses or any other computer code, files or programs designed to interrupt, destroy or limit the functionality of any computer software or hardware or telecommunications equipment;
to engage in spamming, “chain letters,” “pyramid schemes”, advertisement of illegal or controlled products or services, or other advertising or marketing activities that violate these Terms of Service, any applicable laws, regulations or generally-accepted advertising industry guidelines;
in a manner that is misleading, deceptive or fraudulent or otherwise illegal or promotes illegal activities, including engaging in phishing or otherwise obtaining financial or other personal information in a misleading manner or for fraudulent or misleading purposes;
in a manner that is libelous or defamatory, or in a way that is otherwise threatening, abusive, violent, harassing, malicious or harmful to any person or entity, or invasive of another’s privacy;
in a manner that is hateful or discriminatory based on race, color, sex, religion, nationality, ethnic or national origin, marital status, disability, sexual orientation or age or is otherwise objectionable;
to impersonate any other person, or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with any person or entity, or to obtain access to WIBIV without authorization;
to interfere or attempt to interfere with the proper working of WIBIV or prevent others from using WIBIV, or in a manner that disrupts the normal flow of dialogue with an excessive number of messages (flooding attack) to WIBIV, or that otherwise negatively affects other persons’ ability to use WIBIV;
to use any manual or automated means, including agents, robots, scripts, or spiders, to access or manage any user’s account or to monitor or copy WIBIV or the content contained therein;
to facilitate the unlawful distribution of copyrighted content;
in a manner that includes personal or identifying information about another person without that person’s explicit consent;
in a manner that employs misleading email or IP addresses, or forged headers or otherwise manipulated identifiers in order to disguise the origin of content transmitted through WIBIV or to users; and in a manner that constitutes or contains any form of advertising or solicitation if emailed to users who have requested not to be contacted about other services, products or commercial interests.
Collect, use or disclose data, including personal information, about other users without their consent or for unlawful purposes or in violation of applicable law or regulations;
Request, solicit or otherwise obtain access to usernames, passwords or other authentication credentials from any member of WIBIV or to proxy authentication credentials for any member of WIBIV for the purposes of automating logins to WIBIV;
Post irrelevant content, repeatedly post the same or similar content or otherwise impose an unreasonable or disproportionately large load on WIBIV’s infrastructure;
Member assumes all knowledge of applicable law and is responsible for compliance with any such laws. Member may not use the Service in any way that violates applicable provincal, federal, or international laws, regulations or other government requirements. Member further agrees not to transmit any material that encourages conduct that could constitute a criminal offense, give rise to civil liability or otherwise violate any applicable local, state, national, or international law or regulation.
You are solely responsible for your interactions with other WIBIV users. As a member you are expected to tolerate viewpoints and perspectives with which you may not agree. WIBIV is not obligated to arbitrate, or resolve in any manner, disputes that arise between Members. WIBIV reserves the right but has no obligation, to monitor disputes between you and other Members, and to take any action, in WIBIV’s sole discretion, that may be appropriate under the circumstances. Such actions may include, but are not limited to the suspension or termination of memberships and the removal of inappropriate content.
You agree not to reproduce, duplicate, copy, sell, trade, resell or exploit for any commercial purposes, any portion of WIBIV (including your WIBIV username) or content that you do not own, use of the service or xontent you do not own, or access to the service or content you do not own, without the express written consent of WIBIV.
You acknowledge that WIBIV may establish general practices and limits concerning use of the Service, including without limitation the maximum number of days that email messages and uploaded content will be retained by WIBIV, the maximum number of email messages that may be sent from or received by an account on WIBIV, the maximum size of any email message that may be sent from or received by an account on WIBIV, the maximum disk space that will be allotted on WIBIV’s servers on your behalf, and the maximum number of times (and the maximum duration for which) you may access WIBIV in a given period of time. You agree that WIBIV has no responsibility or liability for the deletion or failure to store any messages and other communications or other content maintained or transmitted by WIBIV. You acknowledge that WIBIV reserves the
right to log off accounts and deactivate usernames that are inactive for an extended period of time. You further acknowledge that WIBIV reserves the right to modify these general practices and limits from time to time.
You agree not to authorize or encourage any third party to use WIBIV to facilitate any of the foregoing prohibited conduct. You also agree that these Terms of Service inure to the benefit of our service providers and that they may take action (including the removal of your content and disabling of your account) in order to maintain compliance with these Terms of Service. Technology and hosting for aspects of WIBIV are provided by WIBIV’s online service provider.
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