Effective: July 12, 2017
Tech.io exists for people to share their knowledge, expertise, opinions, thoughts, and ideas, and to move technology education forward. We support vigorous debate of substantive issues. Inevitably this will lead to disagreements and heated discussions. Sometimes this will enlighten. Other times it will frustrate. In all cases, we ask that our users treat each other with respect.Tech.io is a free and open platform for anyone to write their views and opinions. As such we don’t vet or approve posts before our users publish them. We believe free expression deserves a lot of leeway, so we generally think the best response to bad ideas is good ideas, not censorship.However, Tech.io is a shared space and a collaborative one. Anyone can suggest modifications to any other person’s content. We want many different kinds of ideas and people to thrive here. Some types of speech tend to stop good conversation from ever happening rather than advancing it. In deciding whether someone has violated the rules, we will take into account things like the context and nature of the posted information and applicable privacy laws.So, we need a few ground rules.
Threats of violence and incitementDon’t threaten, encourage, or incite violence against anyone, directly or indirectly.
Hate speechWe don’t allow content that promotes violence or hatred against people based on characteristics like race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, disability, disease, age, sexual orientation, gender, or gender identity.
HarassmentTech.io exists to share and discuss ideas, not to exact revenge or put private people on blast. We don’t tolerate harassment, which includes:
SpamDon’t use Tech.io for spamming. All spam will be immediately removed from Tech.io. While it is hard to define this content with precision or completeness, here are some representative behaviors we look for that are characteristic of spam:
Paid, automatic, bulk, or non-genuine interactionsTech.io depends on various user behaviors — like follows and recommends — to determine what content to feature and make the site work well for everyone. So, we don’t allow artificial behaviors that skew this system and as a result degrade or distort other users’ experiences.
Copyright and trademark infringementRespect the copyrights and trademarks of others. Unless you’re authorized to use someone else’s copyrighted work or trademark (either expressly or by legal exceptions and limitations like fair use), don’t do it. We respond to notices of alleged infringement as described in our Terms of Service, Copyright and DMCA Policy and Trademark Policy.
Deceptive conductDon’t impersonate someone else in a way likely to deceive people. Parody and satire are fine, but make clear that is what you’re doing. Our Username Policy has specific requirements for parody accounts.Don’t use Tech.io for phishing or fraud. Don’t use tags, links, titles, or other metadata in a misleading way. Don’t link to or embed malicious or harmful code or software in your posts. Don’t use deception to generate revenue or traffic.
Porn and graphic contentDon’t post pornographic images or videos. There are other places to post it. You know where they are. We do allow erotic writing and non-graphic erotic images.Don’t post gratuitously graphic or disturbing media, even if it’s not pornographic.
Exploitation of minorsDon’t post anything promoting the sexual or violent exploitation of children.
Privacy violationsDon’t post content that violates others’ privacy, including personally identifying or confidential information such as credit card numbers, social security numbers, non-public phone numbers, physical addresses, email addresses, or other non-public information.
Promotion and glorification of self-harmDon’t encourage, promote or glorify acts of self-harm, such as cutting, eating disorders like anorexia or bulimia, and suicide. If you encounter users contemplating or threatening self-harm, please report it to us via this form.
How to report a violation
If you find a post or account on Tech.io that violates these rules, please send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you break the rules
If it looks like you’ve violated these policies, we may send you an email and ask you to explain what you’re up to and why. Context is important, and we want to understand the big picture. If you don’t adequately explain yourself or fix the problem, we may suspend your account or remove your content. We strive to be fair, but we reserve the right to suspend accounts or remove content, without notice, for any reason, particularly to protect our services, infrastructure, users, or community.We may enforce, or not enforce, these policies at our sole discretion. These policies don’t create a duty or contractual obligation for us to act.We also may change these rules at any time.If you have questions or feedback about these rules, let us know. Like everything on Tech.io, they are open to discussion. You can contact us at email@example.com.