Welcome to Zoomers.ca! We're glad you've joined us. But to ensure that our Zoomers.ca community remains a fun, exciting, informative, & safe online place to be, we ask that you abide by the following community guidelines.

 

Our Golden Rule? Stay Classy.

While we understand that the anonymous nature of the internet encourages rude behavior, we still expect our grown-ups who wanna make friends to act... well, like grown-ups.

So be nice — please don't say anything you wouldn't say face-to-face. Keep it classy, Zoomers.ca member!

 

Community Dos & Don'ts

 

DO

  • R-E-S-P-E-C-T others. 

We're all for feisty dialogues and even arguments, but definitely not playground name-calling. Dissenting opinions are welcomed, but please disagree without belittling and/or humiliating another Zoomers.ca member.

  • Keep the faith.

Assuming good faith keeps Zoomers.ca classy. By all means, please take the assumption that comments & postings are made here in good faith. Everyone is here to make new friends, have fun, and share.

Remember that there's no malice in contrary discussion and/or criticism. Disagreements may occur, but we ask that you take the high road & avoid further conflict. Try your best to explain & resolve, & give others the chance to reply in kind. Look for ways to reach an agreement, & if that's not possible, contact us to help.

If doubt is casted on your own good faith, stay classy and continue to assume good faith when you can. Don't get caught up in the nitty-gritty — address the issue without mentioning motives, and if that's not possible, contact us to help.

  • Sharing is caring.

Zoomers.ca is awesome because folks are always open about their own interests, tastes, likes, dislikes, hopes, fears, dreams & anything else in between. Don't be afraid to share what you know. 

  • Stay on topic.

Please keep comments focused on the topic at hand. If you're questioning the quality, contact us. Comments directed at other Zoomers.ca members are discouraged — stick to the subject raised, rather than the person who made or others that commented on it. Comments lacking content (and even including links to your websites) will be considered spamming, and result in the removal & banning of your membership.

  • Be nice to newbies.

Once upon a time in a galaxy far, far away, you were a 'newbie'. Remember that feeling? OK, hold onto that feeling. Welcome new folks to Zoomers.ca. We love when someone new joins!

  • Encourage, recognize & praise the good.

It takes time & effort for our members to dig deep for funny jokes, load obscure video clips & beautiful snaps, as well as type up engaging postings. Don't be afraid to let folks know you appreciate the good work they do here! Comment is free.

  • Attract & honor the good people.

Connect with the like-minded. The people we attract in our online lives are a reflection of that avatar profile pic and even group members. Be transparent. And don't be afraid to invite others to join the community!

  • Ask for help & help others in return.

When in doubt, seek out our help section!

  • Set a good example.

If you're reading this, you're already on your way.

  • Respect our anti-oppression framework.

We commit to an anti-oppression framework as a first step in challenging all forms of oppression, including (but not limited to) racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, classism and ableism. This policy is not to create fear but to create safer spaces for reconciliation. (For a helpful glossary of anti-oppression terms, click here.)

 

DON'T

Give credit to material that is not your own. 

  • Have a potty mouth.

Obscene or offensive language is not tolerated.

  • Personally attack members. 

Ranting, harassing, abusing, maligning, defaming or even intimidating others is not tolerated.

  • Post anything you don't want the internet to see.

Zoomers.ca is a public space. Remember that face-to-face analogy we talked about earlier? Don't put out online what you consider to be private.

  • Bring your internet drama.

Zoomers.ca is not the place for you to beef on issues that stem from outside online community sites like message boards, blogs, chat rooms, virtual worlds, games, or social network sites.

  • Be afraid to identify issues in Zoomers.ca content.

Keep us in the loop! We can only do so much on our own in keeping this a safe community — we rely on our community members to be the eyes and ears of what happens. We — ZoomerStaff — are the administrators of Zoomers.ca, and the folks you want to contact directly if you've got issues.

  • Engage in flame wars, trolling & repetitive arguments.

Flame wars are internet battles gone bad — they're heated arguments that degrade into personal attacks and all sorts of messiness. We don't tolerate them.

Trolling is the purposeful antagonizing of other people on the internet, specifically in discussion forums or even blog postings. This usually involves using multiple identities to support your own arguments, or even stage-pretending arguments. It is deceitful and attention-whoring. We don't tolerate them. For more information on a troll, click here.

  • Feed a Troll.

Trolls thrive on attention. Replying or arguing with one is consider feeding. Ignore, and by all means, please report the abuse to us.

  • Spam.

We have zero tolerance for solicitation and advertising. We delete and immediately remove you from our community.

You do not contact members asking for money, or offering products or services, especially via friend requests or comments left on member walls. If we get complaints from other members that you've done this, your account will be removed.

You also do not advertise your business, products or services in our forum, image gallery or even in comments left on members' walls or blog posts.

You CAN mention your business on your own profile page, but cannot promote it in a blog post or discussion.

  • Delete comments that disagree with you.

This is difficult for us to monitor, and we hope the community can be vigilant on this. As the author of your own content, please do not abuse your right to delete comments on that discussion, photo, blog posting, or video. Do not delete comments for simply disagreeing with you.

 

  • Close your own discussion thread because there are comments that disagree with you.

This is difficult for us to monitor, and we hope the community can be vigilant on this. As the author of your own content, please do not abuse your right to close your own discussion threads because there are comments that simply disagree with you.

If you feel strongly however, that your discussion thread has veered into unrelated territory, please report the abuse


  • Keep Multiple Accounts.

Creating multiple accounts to violate our community guidelines, or harass and deceive other users isn't tolerated. If you've been banned, you've been banned. Accept this, and move on.

 

 

Now, if Zoomers.ca isn't for you, no problem! Was great to have you, but there's the door. We'll miss your presence, but we won't miss you sticking around if you weren't happy.

 

Failure to follow these guidelines may result in your content being deleted, your posting rights revoked, or your account banned. We are committed to enforcing these guidelines in order to ensure that this community remains a safe and welcoming one.

 

If you become aware of content that may violate these guidelines or any other issues, please REPORT THE ISSUE and we will look into it as quickly as possible.

 

ZoomerStaff

 

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As stated in the Community Guidelines under 'Community Dos':

  • Keep the faith.

Assuming good faith keeps Zoomers.ca classy. By all means, please take the assumption that comments & postings are made here in good faith. Everyone is here to make new friends, have fun, and share.

Remember that there's no malice in contrary discussion and/or criticism. Disagreements may occur, but we ask that you take the high road & avoid further conflict. Try your best to explain & resolve, & give others the chance to reply in kind. Look for ways to reach an agreement, & if that's not possible, contact us to help.

If doubt is casted on your own good faith, stay classy and continue to assume good faith when you can. Don't get caught up in the nitty-gritty — address the issue without mentioning motives, and if that's not possible, contact us to help.

 

As stated in the Community Guidelines under 'Community Don'ts':

  • Delete comments that disagree with you.

This is difficult for us to monitor, and we hope the community can be vigilant on this. As the author of your own content, please do not abuse your right to delete comments on that discussion, photo, blog posting, or video. Do not delete comments for simply disagreeing with you.

 

We're curious to hear what the rest of the community has to say about this.

Hello:

 

I just caught this

and have to read all of it

 

but, so far

so good

 

I've never had much trouble

on any forum really

and stay above the fray

so to speak

 

Tks for all your assistance

 

 

Sedona :)

 

Mama Carol & Christine, your comments are evolving into one of our community guideline don'ts: 'flamewars'. Please consider this is a warning.

 

This discussion is not the space to discuss private issues. Please stay on topic. If not, we will moderate your comments.

 

As we've said before, we're interested in hearing from the community about any particular issues they have with the above community guidelines. Anything else should be directed privately to us.

In all fairness, when I saw how the blogs are set up, where the owner can change any posts by others to their blog, I thought it an invite to anyone with mischief in mind.

I wondered if an unscrupulous owner of a blog might manipulate a reply to look other than intended by me and decided not have anything to do with them, solely due to format and human nature.

Total deletion would be preferable.

 

Mischief and  misunderstandings are avoided by not attending a place with such a format.

 

Posting on the forums here is much tighter with only one window for an edit, keeping things in order (as much as poss ;)  )


We stand by the community guidelines. If you choose to create content on Zoomers.ca, you are making the decision to put out there publicly for dialogue your own opinions. Please note that at the end of the day, you are still able to delete comments made on postings you have created on Zoomers.ca. You still hold that right. But, what we are only encouraging however, is accountability, truthfulness, and fairness.

 

Here are standards that we are referring to when we simply state that we encourage members to think twice about deleting comments on their own comment that they feel simple disagrees with their own opinions. In particular we cite the 'free expression' & 'factual truth' codes in Martin Kuhn's "Interactivity and Prioritizing the Human: A Code of ... paper:

2. Promote free expression
• Do not restrict access to your blog by specific individuals or groups
• Do not self censor by removing posts or comments once they are published
• Allow and encourage comments on your blog

3. Strive for factual truth
• Never intentionally deceive others
• Be accountable for what you post


We hope this clarifies our standing on the issue.

Welcome to Zoomers.ca! We're glad you've joined us. But to ensure that our Zoomers.ca community remains a fun, exciting, informative, & safe online place to be, we ask that you abide by the following community guidelines.

If this is where the forum rules are located, why? are postings allowed to be posted..
I feel this section should be closed and for reading only..

Good point, Dudley! We're moving this over to site announcements & will close comments on the guidelines there. We'll also make sure though to leave this space open as a record of the public debate that was had.

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