As SFN is getting bigger by the day, we thought it might be a good idea to produce some guidelines on posting.
As you know SFN is NOT a forum. It’s a social network designed to help people connect, interact, do business, network, socialise and exchange information in a mutually supportive and helpful environment. We expect members to behave as if they were face to face and restrain from abusive Ad hominem attacks. If you are not sure what this means, you can read about it here - in layman’s terms, it means refrain from personal comments and criticism. Anyone who cannot do this will have their membership suspended.
Debate is fine but keep it polite and keep the ‘dinner party’ analogy in mind. If you were at someone’s house and were seated next to a person whose views you found abhorrent, you would not call them names. Or if you did, you probably wouldn’t get invited back! Instead, out of respect to your hosts, you would mutter something along the lines of “Oh well, we will just have to disagree” and find another guest to talk to.
In the same way, if you walked into a pub and sat down at a table of people discussing the eurozone, you wouldn’t interrupt the conversation to announce that “I install swimming pools” - so yes, do promote what you do, but keep it relevant.
As you know James and I run this site and put huge amounts of time, effort and money into it. We think it is a great resource and the positive feedback we get is wonderful. However, we cannot be everywhere all the time. There are occasions when we are away from the office and cannot deal with issues immediately. We may even be oblivious to them. If this happens and you feel there is an issue that needs addressing, please get in touch with us first and allow us time to deal with it.
Thank you for reading this - now please lets carry on doing what we do best on SFN - being constructive!
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