Community Guidelines

This community forum is dedicated to helping advance the direct care movement, and to share and disseminate knowledge so that others can more easily join it.

The following community guidelines have been developed by our founding moderators to ensure that the knowledge shared through the discussions that occur here improves, not regresses, as more people join and engage in the conversation.

Before engaging in this community, please spend a few minutes reviewing the following guidelines.

Improve the Conversation

Help us influence the future of this community by choosing to engage in discussions that make this forum an interesting place to be, and avoiding those that do not.

This platform provides tools (bookmarks, likes, flags, replies) that enable the community to collectively identify the best (and worst) contributions. Using these tools will automatically improve everyones experience, including your own. For example, rather than posting “+1” or “Agreed”, use the like button (:heart:).

One way to improve the discussion is by discovering ones that are already happening. Please spend some time browsing categories & topics here before replying or starting your own, and make sure you join (or start) one of the regional chapters.

Avoid Conflicts of Interest

In order to ensure that any conflicts of interest do not sway the validity of the conversation, you must complete the Affiliations & Conflicts of Interest section of your user profile (so others can clearly see them), and you must not let any hidden agendas effect the integrity of your contributions to this community.

It is especially important that vendors do not join this community with the intention of selling or promoting their products, or soliciting contact with members of the community.

Disagree Agreeably

You may wish to respond to something by disagreeing with it. That’s fine. But, remember to criticize ideas, not people. Instead, provide reasoned counter-arguments that improve the conversation.

When you see bad behavior, don’t reply. It encourages the bad behavior by acknowledging it, consumes your energy, and wastes everyone’s time. Just flag it. If enough flags accrue, action will be taken, either automatically or by moderator intervention.

Self Moderate

Please help the moderators guide the conversation by making an effort to put things in the right place. Here are some pointers:

  • Don’t start a topic in the wrong category
  • Don’t post the same thing in multiple topics
  • Rather than taking an existing topic in a radically different direction, create a new topic and reference it as a reply to the relevant topic
  • Don’t sign your posts since every post has your profile information attached to it

How to organize information
There are a few rules for how we like to organize information:

  • Use Categories to differentiate between broad topics (like Direct Care Essentials), and regional topics (like the Rocky Mountain Chapter). Note, if a topic forms in one of the regional chapters that is relevant to the wider community, move it to one of the broad topic areas so the rest of the community can benefit from it
  • Use Tags to identify topics specific to a state
  • Form and join Groups to coordinate different regional chapters

Moderators do not review every post, but in order to maintain our community, moderators reserve the right to recategorize, retag, or remove any content, or ban any user account for any reason, at any time.

Provide Feedback

If you have any further questions about how things should work here, or thoughts on how to improve the community, open a new topic in the forum feedback category and let’s discuss.

Terms of Service

Yes, legalese is boring, but we must protect ourselves - and by extension, you and this community - against unfriendly folks. We have a Terms of Service describing your (and our) rights related to content, privacy, and laws. To use this service, you must agree to abide by our Community Terms of Service.