Community Rules & Etiquette and Privacy Guidelines
Thank you for being part of the Men's Sheds Canada's Online Community (MSCOC). To ensure the best possible experience for all members, we have established some basic guidelines for participation.
By joining and using this community, you agree that you have read and will follow these rules and guidelines. You also agree to reserve discussions and shared files and content to that best suited to the medium. This is a great medium with which to solicit the advice of your peers, benefit from their experience, and participate in an ongoing conversation. Questions should be directed to our Online Community Managers via the Contact Us link on this site.
Please take a moment to acquaint yourself with these important guidelines. If you have questions, contact the member services department. In order to preserve an environment that encourages both civil and fruitful dialogue, we reserve the right to suspend or terminate membership in this community for anyone who violate these rules.
Respect the purpose of the community. Use the community to share successes, challenges, constructive feedback, questions, and goals instead of products or services that you provide. Commercial messages in discussions, library entries, or elsewhere will be removed. This includes links intended to gather leads by collecting email addresses or other contact information in exchange for resources, webinars, etc.
Respect others. Focus on the content of posts and not on the people making them. Please extend the benefit of the doubt to newer guests and members; there’s no such thing as a stupid question.
Express yourself in ways that unite. Use respectful language. MSCOC has zero-tolerance for any form of harassment. Personal attacks will not be tolerated;
All defamatory, abusive, profane, threatening, offensive, or illegal materials are strictly prohibited. Do not post anything that you would not want the world to see or that you would not want anyone to know came from you.
Use caution when discussing products. Information posted on the discussion groups and in the libraries is available for all to see, and comments are subject to libel, slander, and antitrust laws.
No Solicitations. Do not post commercial content, advertising, marketing solicitations, job offers, product announcements or solicitations for services;
Respect intellectual property. Post content that you have personally created or have permission to use and have properly attributed to the content creator.
When posting items in our collaborative environment, please indicate if the item is not available for reuse. It’s also advisable to contact the owner of any material if you would like to reuse it.
Post your message or documents only to the most appropriate communities. This helps ensure all messages receive the best response by eliminating "noise."
Discussion Group Etiquette
State concisely and clearly the topic of your comments in the subject line. This allows members to respond appropriately to your posting and makes it easier for members to search by subject.
Send messages such as "thanks for the information" or "me, too" to individuals, not to the entire list. Do this by using the "Reply to Sender" link in every message.
Do not send administrative messages, such as “remove me from the list,” to the group. Instead, change your settings or to remove yourself from a community. If you are changing email addresses, you do not need to remove yourself from the list and rejoin under your new email address. You can update those settings here.
For any offense listed above, MSCOC implements a documented three-strike rule process as outlined below:
- Strike 1: A written warning and moderation of the content for either editing or removal.
- Strike 2: A written warning, removal of the content, in-person discussion with appropriate MSCOC Staff, and 30-day suspension from HUG from day of infraction.
- Strike 3: A written warning, removal of the post, in-person discussion with appropriate MSCOC Staff, and MSC Online Community account deactivation.
The Legal Stuff
This site is provided as a service for the members of Men's Sheds Canada's Online Community (MSCOC). MSCOC is not responsible for the opinions and information posted on this site by others. We disclaim all warranties with regard to information posted on this site, whether posted by MSCOC or any third party; this disclaimer includes all implied warranties of merchantability and fitness. In no event shall MSCOC be liable for any special, indirect, or consequential damages or any damages whatsoever resulting from loss of use, data, or profits, arising out of or in connection with the use or performance of any information posted on this site.
Do not post any defamatory, abusive, profane, threatening, offensive, or illegal materials. Do not post any information or other material protected by copyright without the permission of the copyright owner. By posting material, the posting party warrants and represents that he or she owns the copyright with respect to such material or has received permission from the copyright owner. In addition, the posting party grants MSCOC and users of this site the nonexclusive right and license to display, copy, publish, distribute, transmit, print, and use such information or other material.
Messages should not be posted if they encourage or facilitate members to arrive at any agreement that either expressly or implied leads to price fixing, a boycott of another's business, or other conduct intended to illegally restrict free trade. Messages that encourage or facilitate an agreement about the following subjects are inappropriate: prices, discounts, or terms or conditions of sale; salaries; profits, profit margins, or cost data; market shares, sales territories, or markets; allocation of customers or territories; or selection, rejection, or termination of customers or suppliers.
MSCOC does not actively monitor the site for inappropriate postings and does not on its own undertake editorial control of postings. However, in the event that any inappropriate posting is brought to the attention of MSCOC we will take all appropriate action.
MSCOC reserves the right to terminate access to any user who does not abide by these guidelines.
Last updated: January 2024
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