At the core of these policies is the idea that SPAN is a place for listening and learning as much is as it is a place for sharing. To that end, please pay special attention to our Promotion Guidelines and Critique Guidelines.
• Speak your mind
• Share your work
• Make it relevant
• Get people interested in your book intellectually, not through hype.
• Use attribution when quoting another's work.
• Use a clear concise introductory sentence
• Show respect in your post
• Speak within your boundary of knowledge
• Use friendly words
• Share constructive criticism, when it seems helpful
• Share advice and beta
• Reread your post or entry to double check for quality spelling and grammar
• Speak outside of your expertise
• Post contextually redundant content
• Post libelous content
• Post pornography or other illicit material
• Use obscene, derogatory, or sexual language
• Violate copyright law
•If you are going to post to your SPANnet.org blog, please post the entire article. If you post just a link (this excludes status updates), or a “shallow” post with “limited content value” then it can very much hurt SPAN’s Google ranking.
•If you do post a “shallow” article, we reserve the right to delete it.
•Status updates are fair game when it comes to content. You can post anything within our community guidelines, as long as you know that it could be critiqued.
• Promotional copy, links to your website, or news releases can go on your member page, on your blog, or in the Member Showcase discussion forum, but please be aware that your work is open to critique, unless it is posted in the Member Showcase.
• Promote yourself by being of service to your fellow community members.
• Promoting when your service is free AND industry related is OK.
• Excessive, disruptive, or off-topic cross-posting within SPANnet will lead to those post or comments being deleted.
• Promoting with the intention of receiving constructive criticism on marketing, package, or Web site is OK.
• If you want to share a link, include information describing why it is relevant within the context of these guidelines.
• Links must be presented in a straight forward and honest manner. Misleading links will be deleted.
• While SPAN encourages business networking, we discourage expansive direct solicitations across multiple member's walls. Promotional, or business, requests can be posted to your blog, or Member Showcase, in accordance with these guidelines.
• If a service is requested that you can provide, you must still stay within the intent of these Promotional Guidelines when soliciting a response.
• Get rich quick schemes are not allowed at all.
• Obvious and blatant SPAMMING will result in your account being banned.
Critique Guidelines – Please read them carefully.
• Focus your critique by answering the question, “I like/dislike this because…”
• The tone of the critique needs to be supportive and professional.
• A Critique does not have to be positive, but it does need to be supportive. If this is difficult for you, try writing “I like/dislike this post because…” or “This works/doesn’t work because…”
• A critique is not just saying “I agree/disagree,” it is elaborating in as supportive a fashion as possible, to help strengthen the recipients future work.
• Critiques should be realistic. Consider ways that the current content can be improved without them scrapping all of their current effort.
• Unsupportive critiques will be deleted.
• Posts that flame, are hateful, or that are deemed overtly egoistic will be deleted without warning at our discretion.
• If you would like to post marketing material to SPANnet, but do not want it critiqued, please post it in the Member Showcase.