Every place has rules. We need them to avoid anarchy. Please read these and abide them. You may want to come back periodically and check to see if there's anything new. We add new rules occasionally. Usually when someone does something stupid and forces us to write a new rule. That's just the way things go.
The rules are pretty simple: we expect people to act with civility, dignity, and integrity. We expect people to respect each other, to be polite, and to act in accordance with normal social behavior. Of course, we understand that for some people this is not possible and that anonymity allows people to act like idiots. You break the rules and you will not be welcome back ... it's really that simple.
For those of you who don't understand this: Feel free to use the comments to demonstrate your ignorance; lack of knowledge when it comes to empirical data and facts; ability to repeat lies from other discredited sources, and inability to grasp scientific knowledge and fact. Also, be sure to login under different names and argue with yourself about things we've never said, nor implied. And by all means forgo all civility in your conversations. . . you are, after all, anonymous.
And if that's not clear enough here is a granular rendition of what's expected:
- People on this site have courageously told their stories using their real names ... if you're going to comment on these people we expect the same from you. In other words AngryBanker58 isn't going to be heard here.
- If you advertise or provide blatant false information on this site we will call you out on it and you will be banned if necessary. This site is to help people and if you have to dig too deeply to find a conscience you don't belong here.
- Bigotry, racism, homophobia, hetero-phobia, and blatant bashing for the sake of bashing of any kind is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. Pointing out how ridiculous things are around it is different and acceptable.
- Religion is a dangerous topic, but unavoidable. Keep it civil and don't try to save anyones soul. Remember the topic of this website. If you find yourself becoming offended, enraged, sweaty, or nauseous get to your closest house of worship and calm down before posting something we'll all regret.
- Politics are a breeding ground for arguments. Sometimes the most egregious and blatant. Stay on topic and keep in mind that HPN is not aligned with any party nor do we want to be. Discussing the idiotic thing politicians do and say is what we're all about.
- This site does not adhere to the rules of a democracy. It is a benevolent oligarchy. The editors are allowed to bend, amend, delete, modify, or outright ignore any rule as they see fit, with no explanation to anyone other than his or her fellow staff members. Sorry, but there it is. We don’t hold hearings.
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- Any information sent to Home Preservation Network or any person utilizing the Home Preservation Network messaging system through this Website is not secure and is done so on a non-confidential basis. Transmission of information to, from and though homepreservationnetwork.com does not create an attorney-client relationship between you and any attorney you may communicate with through this site, nor is it intended to do so.
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- There are several authors for this blog, and we are all responsible only for our own postings. We often disagree among ourselves. When we are together, we often cannot even agree on where to go for dinner. Just because one of us posted something on this web site does not mean the others agree. All of that is also true for our guest bloggers--they are no more responsible for our views than we are for their views.
- We will not edit our posts except for grammatical, stylistic, or spelling errrors (and sometimes not even then). If we later add something to a post, we will make it clear with the word "Update" or something similar.
- Comments are open. Individual blog authors may decide not to allow comments for all or some of their posts. Readers are welcome to post their comments, and we welcome open debate. We will remove comments that we find inappopriate such as comments that are profane or vulgar, commercial marketing, ad hominem attacks, or nothing but inflammatory rhetoric. We get very few such comments.
- We encourage readers to share our blog with others and to use HPN postings in news pieces or academic writing. If possible, we would appreciate your linking to the blog when you reproduce our content and acknowledging the name of the individual author of the posting.
This is important...you have no First Amendment rights on this site.
Mini-civics lesson: The First Amendment of the US Constitution restricts government, not private citizens, from infringing on your right to free speech. On this web site, your speech is a privilege. On your web page your speech is a right. Learn the distinction.
- Use a real language, preferably English. The kind they try to teach in schools. Don’t graffiti the site with IM speak and for the sake of Pete, use spell check—that’s what it’s there for. We’re not asking you to get a copy of Strunk and White or an AP Style Guide, but make an effort.
- Profanity should be kept to a minimum. Creatively and intelligently articulating why you think someone is an f-ing idiot for doing or thinking something is more entertaining and admirable to the rest of us than ignorantly swearing.
- To avoid possible vigilantism, people’s names, addresses, phone numbers, license plates, and identities should be protected. People who have had their name in print or in the news are fair game and probably asking for it.
- Respect fellow writers. This does not need to be spelled out. Just use common sense. Don't imply or state that someone is stupid, for example. If you call someones article stupid, explain why. Attack the argument, not the person.
- Religion: This is a highly sensitive topic and anyone insulting someones beliefs will be banned. There is one god on this site and he doesn't belong to any church. If you still need clarification on this topic read Ben Franklin's creed.
That being said, for the most part we let a lot of things go, but having all that other stuff written down and spelled out the way it is makes it easier to get rid of the real problems if we have to. We're confident that you're smarter than that.