Member Guidelines

Member Guidelines

BeingHuman.org is a moderated site. Please take a few moments to become familiar with our standards and etiquette for contributors - thanks!

The purpose of Being Human is to invite inquiry and conversation. In order to facilitate an environment of sharing, we are committed to maintaining a respectful exchange among members and contributors. As such, some perspectives are not welcome. Specifically, we reserve the right to suspend your account for making racist, sexist, or hateful statements, espousing conspiracy theories, threatening or harassing authors and members, or using the site as a platform for a personal philosophy that we find distasteful. Please extend the benefit of the doubt to newer guests and members, and treat the moderators, authors, and other members with respect.

If you post something we find objectionable, your post may be deleted. If you disregard our member guidelines, you risk being banned from BH.org. It is not possible for us to engage in long explanations about why a specific piece of content was deleted.

We may employ technical tools to identify postings that contain objectionable material. Comments or blog posts containing obvious factual inaccuracies, unattributed facts and quotes, insulting comments, or libelous/unlawful statements will be removed. If you see a post or comment that you think is objectionable, please flag it and the staff will investigate.

No Hate, Profanity, or Attacks
Hateful speech and imagery is not permitted on BH.org. If you have to ask yourself whether or not something you want to post is hateful, consider that a sign that it's probably not a wise thing to post. Posts that are generally harassing, offensive, or abusive will not be tolerated; objectionable posts targeting sexual orientation, gender, race, religious views, national origin, or disability will be removed. Posts and profiles containing excessive profanity, nudity, violence, and pornographic imagery are forbidden. Off-site links to restricted material are also not permitted.

Attacking, threatening, or harassing any person on site, or through the posting of off-site links is not permitted. All remarks should generally be directed at issues, positions, events, and statements, rather than at individuals. Ad hominem attacks are not allowed.

No Hacking
Any hacking of the site will result in an immediate and permanent ban. Any scripts, code, bots, or other creations intended to change or circumvent the intended functioning of the site are not allowed.

You may not impersonate another member or create an account specifically for the purpose of provoking other users. Accessing or using someone else's account or attempting to access another user’s account without their permission is strictly prohibited.  

What Not to Post
All users agree not to post any material that is protected by copyright, trademark, or other proprietary right without the express permission of the owner(s) of said copyright, trademark, or other proprietary right.

The U.S. Bill of Rights allows citizens the right to free speech in a public forum without limitations imposed by the State/Government. However, BH.org, like many other communities, is a private forum that is open to the public. Therefore, the same freedom of speech does not apply.

Personal Privacy
Never give out personal information or specifics about your location. Never post anyone else's personal information or email address. If you want to share your own email address, make it available in your profile or ask people to send you a private message. Respect people’s personal lives. Moderators will delete or edit any posts that cross that line.

Spam, Self-promotion, & Advertising
Avoid behavior that creates static and clogs the site with cruft. We will not tolerate spam on BH.org. Spam can be described as (but not limited to): the posting of advertisements; abusive, excessive, redundant, or unnecessary messages and/or comments; gratuitous and/or unsolicited posting of links to businesses or websites. It applies to junk mail and ads, but also to unnecessary posts that don't contribute any useful information to a topic. While you are allowed to promote your own material on your personal blog, promoting it excessively in comments, on other people’s blogs, etc., is strongly frowned upon. Moderators may delete any posts that are considered to be spam. Persistent spamming will get you banned.

Stay on Topic
One of the greatest aspects of being part of an online community is the ability to build meaningful relationships and engaging in conversations with with your peers. We ask that comments on blogs and articles keep conversations relevant to the original topic. We appreciate humor, but filling a comment section with jokes, memes, and LOLcat images degrades the level of our conversation.

“Don’t feed the trolls." A troll is a person who posts inflammatory, off-topic, or otherwise inappropriate messages often in an attempt to cause disruption. Ignoring them is the best course of action; they'll get bored and go somewhere else. Moderators may delete posts that they consider trollish.

Be Nice to Staff
Be civil. We are working hard to create the best online environment we possibly can!

Feedback Is Welcome
We at BeingHuman.org are very interested in continuously improving the site. We appreciate constructive ideas and feedback from our members. When a problem arises, we do our best to fairly and courteously address the issue. We require that community members interact with us in a respectful manner; and while we understand that people get upset, we will not tolerate abuse and reserve the right to deny violators access to the site at any time.