Guidelines for Use

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The Guidelines for Use for the Commons have been revised to reflect the network's migration to MSU and the principles under which MSU has agreed to take on hosting and fiscal sponsorship for the network. We expect these guideline will go into effect on or around 23 October 2020, at which time we will notify all Commons users and replace the current guidelines. Please email us at hello@hcommons.org if you have questions.

Guidelines for Use

Humanities Commons is a network committed to encouraging discussion of the study and teaching of scholarly fields. That commitment extends to the accounts, sites, discussions, and other aspects of the network.

Humanities Commons accounts are intended for individual use. While Humanities Commons does not maintain a "real name" policy, as a professional network we ask that your account be associated with your professional identity. Entities such as projects, journals, or organizations should be represented via the network’s Group functionality rather than through accounts. We reserve the right to suspend accounts that are not associated with individuals.

To ensure open discussion and a welcoming environment for all users, Humanities Commons reserves the right to delete any posting judged to be irrelevant, inappropriate, obscene, defamatory, libelous, or otherwise illegal or offensive. The following guidelines outline our expectations for appropriate online behavior for all users:

  • Be courteous and respectful.Do not post inflammatory, derogatory, or otherwise inappropriate comments about other users. Respect one another’s privacy and intellectual property.
  • Know and respect the law.Do not promote, condone, or encourage illegal activity in your postings.
  • Stay on topic.Limit all discussions to professionally relevant topics.
  • Be informative, not promotional.Inappropriately promotional postings will not be tolerated.

If you find any discussion irrelevant, inappropriate, obscene, defamatory, libelous, or otherwise illegal or offensive, please flag the discussion as inappropriate or e-mail hello@hcommons.org to resolve the issue. We reserve the right to delete any posting determined to be inappropriate.

The Humanities Commons messaging system is intended for scholarly exchange related to research, teaching, and other academic endeavors. To protect users’ privacy, we do not allow use of the messaging system for commercial purposes or for mass mailings of any kind. We may in our sole discretion suspend or remove the account privileges of any user. These Guidelines for Use, together with the Privacy Statement and Terms of Use constitute the terms between you and MSU governing your use of Humanities Commons.

Participating organizations that support Humanities Commons work to ensure that the network remains a valuable resource for our users, and we greatly appreciate contributions from users like you, who make the effort worthwhile. Thank you.