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OpenRoad.TV Community Forum Guidelines and Code of Conduct
OpenRoad Community Forum Guidelines and Code of Conduct

OpenRoad Community Forum Guidelines and Code of Conduct




Welcome to the OpenRoad community! 

The word community comes from the Latin communis, meaning common, public, shared by all or many.  Accordingly, the OpenRoad community is made up of many people with a common passion for travel, adventure, exploration and discovery.  Our goal is to present you with a wealth of professionally produced, rich media video and related content focused on travel destinations as well as travel interest categories.  Our hope is that you will share your own adventures with the community by posting your own pictures, videos, and text in the community forums, and through the travel story submission feature of this website. 

Just like the community in which you live, all members of the OpenRoad community abide by a set of Guidelines or “Code of Conduct.”  By participating on OpenRoad.tv, you agree to accept the published guidelines, as well as the Terms of Use.

Many of you have probably read Robert Fulghum’sAll I really need to know I learned in kindergarten.”  Mr. Fulghum wrote that all he really needed to know about how to live, and what to do, and how to be, he learned in kindergarten…

·         Share everything.

·         Play fair.

·         Don't hit people.

·         Put things back where you found them.

·         Clean up your own mess.

·         Don't take things that aren't yours.

·         Say you're sorry when you hurt somebody.

·         Wash your hands before you eat.

·         Flush.

·         Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.

·         Live a balanced life - learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.

·         Take a nap every afternoon.

·         When you go out in the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands and stick together.

·         Be aware of wonder. Remember the little seed in the Styrofoam cup: the roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that.

·         Goldfish and hamsters and white mice and even the little seed in the Styrofoam cup - they all die. So do we.

·         And then remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the first word you learned - the biggest word of all - LOOK.

 

While it is likely true that everything you need to know is in there somewhere, we do need to call out a few specific rules that our community members follow:   

1.       Please conduct yourself in a polite and respectful manner and tone. Inappropriate posts and posts that do not meet our standards for acceptable discourse may be removed.  Inappropriate posts include, but are not limited to, anything that is vulgar, obscene, offensive or adult in nature, direct or indirect personal attacks, harassment or threats, hate speech, discussion or instructions relating to illegal activity, infringement on other’s legal rights including trademark, copyright, privacy and publicity, slander or defamation, false or inaccurate statements, and violent or abusive content.

Inappropriate posts also include posts that are not polite, including for example the use of derogatory names, swearing (including words with letters replaced by symbols), insults, abusive comments, and strongly negative or anti-social attitudes.

2.   Please do not post, or include in an avatar or signature, any inappropriate or offensive images.

3.   Please always use the same screen name and do not impersonate others. Do not create multiple screen names. Screen names may not reference your business (except for our sponsors), commercial web sites or trademarked names.

4.   Please do not collect e-mail addresses or post personal information about people, or send anyone insulting or upsetting private messages, e-mail or spam. Do not include or embed in any post any applet, script, object, application, or code of any kind that captures, copies, or collects information.

5.   Please do not buy, sell, advertise, or promote any products or services in your forum posts. The community forum is made available for sharing and discussing information relevant to the website content, not for conducting personal business.

6.   Please do not bring outside disputes into the forums.

7.   Trolls, shills, and disruptive visitors are not welcome, and their posts will be removed.  The OpenRoad's forums were created so that people who share a common interest can communicate with each other in a positive spirit in an atmosphere that is relatively free from aggravation. Accordingly, trolls, shills, and disruptive visitors are not welcome.

A "troll" makes a provocative post primarily to upset forum participants or to provoke an argument or heated exchange. A "shill" has an undisclosed motive or agenda, usually posting praise for, criticism of, or inquiries about dealers or products without disclosing some relationship to the dealer or a competitor, or the fact that value was given or received in exchange for or to motivate the post. Disruptive users include those who instigate or who provoke others, those with bad attitudes who do not seek to participate in the positive spirit of the site, those who exhibit largely negative or anti-social behavior, those who seek to upset or cause distress to others, and those whose contributions are largely in the form of complaints and negative comments. These visitors are not welcome. Their posts may be removed without notice and their posting privileges may be suspended or revoked.

The opinions posted on OpenRoad are solely those of the author. ConvergenceMedia Productions LLC (“CMP”) does not warrant the accuracy or completeness of any message, and CMP is not responsible for the contents of any message. Those giving advice on this site may not be experts, and you follow advice posted by community members at your own risk. By providing you with the ability to share your content, OpenRoad and CMP are acting as a passive conduit for such distribution. CMP does not select the material to be posted, or selectively determine who will receive the material. CMP reserves the right to monitor some, all, or no areas of this site for adherence to the above rules or applicable law. CMP reserves the right to remove, edit, move, or generate a copy of any post and to suspend or revoke the posting privileges of any person or entity either temporarily or permanently. Revocations are within the sole discretion of CMP management and are not subject to appeal or challenge. Revocations apply regardless of user, screen or entity name. Suspended users may not post or otherwise participate on OpenRoad.tv either directly or indirectly through entities, fictitious names, third parties, or otherwise. Posting for or on behalf of a suspended user is grounds for revocation of posting privileges. Continued participation on OpenRoad.tv by a suspended user may constitute a trespass, a violation of the user's ISP rules, or other civil and/or criminal violation(s), and CMP reserves the right to pursue any and all remedies against such violators, to report the matter to the user's ISP(s), and to refer such matters to local, state, and/or federal authorities, or to international authorities and authorities in the user's home country.

That’s it!  Please enjoy the OpenRoad and it’s growing community of passionate travelers.  And don’t forget to take a break for some warm cookies and cold milk while you are here!

- The OpenRoad Staff

 



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