This Ning Network is of and for Network Creators on the Ning Platform. It covers best practices, announcements, tips and tricks, feedback and general discussion about successfully growing and managing a Ning Network. Ning's role is to facilitate a healthy environment for Network Creators to engage with each other and Ning. We're also here to provide information about the product roadmap for your Ning Network, feature and release updates and platform-wide announcements. These guidelines, along with our Terms of Service, are designed to ensure that everyone here has a great experience and gets the most out of Ning. IN ORDER TO MAKE THIS NING NETWORK WORK, HERE'S WHAT THIS COMMUNITY NEEDS FROM YOU: Be Real Human Beings In order to be a member of this Ning Network, you must sign up with the email address that you used to create your Ning Network. We ask you to use your real name or a nickname rather than an identity linked directly to your Ning Network (i.e. "John" rather than "mynetwork.com"). Limiting membership to active Network Creators keeps the conversations constructive and means no one has to deal with anonymous trolls. Aim for Respectful, Constructive Conversations Without constructive feedback and debate, we won't be able to achieve our collective goal of enabling Network Creators to get the most out of Ning. Without respect and civility, constructive feedback and debate is impossible. Therefore, respect and civility need to be the hallmarks of this community. Share the Love Share what you know and help out other Network Creators where you can. Being generous with your time and knowledge can pay dividends now and in the future. Search Before Posting It's possible that there's already a conversation taking place about a topic you want to discuss and keeping it all in one place makes it easier for everyone who's interested. Be Relevant Keep your posts on-topic and in the correct category of the forum. Keep any other comments relevant to the content they're attached to. Drive-by comments with no substance don't add to the conversation, they just make it harder to follow. Our administrators - all fellow Network Creators - will reserve the right to remove off-topic comments and posts at their discretion in order to keep the conversation relevant. HERE'S A LIST OF DON'TS HERE ON THE NETWORK CREATORS NETWORK: Promote Your Ning Network or Services This is not the place to advertise services, solicit business, drop affiliate links or recruit new members to your own Ning Network. Linking to your Ning Network on your profile page is fine, but linking to it repeatedly on comment walls or as a signature on forum posts or replies is not. Harass or Insult Other Members Making personal attacks, insulting other members, or discussing a specific Network Creator, member or Ning Network or employee of Ning in a negative way is not ok. The two golden rules are: if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all; and treat others as you'd like them to treat you. Post Private Information Do not publicly reveal information like your email address, phone numbers or addresses. Spam Spam is posting the same message repeatedly across the Ning Network. Spam is writing the same post or comment over and over again. Spam is sending the same message to multiple members. Spam is promoting or advertising external services, websites or other products. Please don't spam. Private Message Ning Staff for Support Private messages to Ning staff members that relate to support (i.e. "how do I do X?" or "what is the status of ticket XYZ?") won't be answered. We know that sounds harsh, but if we get pulled in too many different directions, we won't be able to serve anyone well. If you have a question about how to accomplish something on your Ning Network, please try searching for a solution on the Help Center and the Network Creators Network. If you can't find a solution, post your question in the correct forum category; chances are high that another Network Creator knows the answer and can help. If you have an inquiry about an active ticket, please follow up through the Ning Help Center. THE FINE PRINT: If it wasn't obvious, violating any of these guidelines above will result in suspension or banning from the Network Creator Network. Making this a safe, constructive place to exchange information is our top priority. Additionally, forum threads in the wrong section will be moved, without notice, to the appropriate place. To keep the sanity, Ning also reserves the right to close any discussion thread for any reason and to delete inappropriate content. In rare circumstances, Ning may delete information from the forums. We're not looking to censor anyone, but it's our responsibility to ensure the integrity of the Network Creators Network and we take that very seriously.