Website and Forum Rules and Etiquette
The Waterloo Region Food System Roundtable website is an important tool to share relevant information on local, national, and global healthy and sustainable food system efforts. It is open to anyone interested in discussing food system issues as they pertain to Waterloo Region.
We want to encourage full and open discussion of relevant topics, and will make every effort to limit subscribers to appropriate individuals. However, like all websites, we cannot absolutely guarantee its security. Therefore, when discussing sensitive topics, you may want to think about who might be reading your contributions.
There are a few rules you need to follow to be a member of this website.
You agree not to use this list to communicate anything that is knowingly false and/or defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, vulgar, hateful, harassing, obscene, threatening, invasive of a person's privacy, profane, or which otherwise violates the law or reasonable community standards.
You agree not to use the website for commercial purposes, solicitations, or activities unrelated to the Waterloo Region food system issues and activities.
You agree not to post any material or contact any member to sell or solicit any commercial product or service or to communicate about issues, ideas, or events unrelated to the Waterloo Region food system.
Differentiate between public and private messages.
The website is a public space. Reply to the individual poster of a message when your response is not relevant to the other members. Personal messages should be courteous and sent to that person only. To broadcast such messages on the Forum is inappropriate.
Avoid posting too frequently.
When possible, consolidate your posts. For example, if you are circulating articles that you think would benefit subscribers, post one message with links to the several articles, rather than posting the articles individually.
Make subject lines descriptive, and keep discussion relevant to the subject.
People should have a flavour of the message from glancing at the subject line. It might be helpful to label your message, such as “Announcement”, “Article”, or “New”. Use subject headings that accurately convey the topic of the post. If you are replying to a specific post, reference that post explicitly. Users should not post messages to a topic that pertains to different topics. Keep in mind that readers will want to focus on discussions relevant to subjects of interest to them: if you want to discuss a different topic, create a new thread and interested readers and discussers will follow you there.
You acknowledge that information you post may be subject to editing, deletion, copying and/or distribution.
We respect users' desire to communicate with each other through this website and generally will not meddle with information posted by users. However, any communication you post or transmit via the website will be treated as non-confidential and non-proprietary. We reserve the right to edit, refuse to post, remove, copy, (re)publish, or distribute any material submitted or posted. For example, we may delete posted content that violates usage policies, move discussion from one area of the forum to a more appropriate area, or share or publish submitted content such as an anecdote from a report.
Abide by copyright law.
You agree not to post any copyrighted materials unless the copyright is owned, or properly licensed for use, by you (unless the use of such materials falls under “fair use” provisions of copyright law).
You agree to accept personal responsibility.
The author is handed the responsibly of being civil. Messages will be reviewed for their appropriateness only after receiving a complaint from a website member, and not before. You need to know that we are not responsible for the content of any postings or messages. You remain solely responsible for the content of your messages and postings. You should be aware that if you voluntarily disclose personal information (e.g., phone number, email address), that information can be collected and used by others and may result in unsolicited messages from other parties.