Community Code of Conduct

To ensure the best possible experience for all members, we have established some guidelines for participation. By joining and using this community, you agree that you have read and will follow these rules and guidelines.  In order to preserve an environment that encourages both civil and fruitful dialogue, we reserve the right to moderate discussions, remove posts, close discussions, and suspend or terminate membership in this community at any time for anyone who, in our determination, violates these rules and guidelines. This includes content that moderators find inappropriate, whether prohibited by the code of conduct or not.

We are committed to providing a welcoming and harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of age, body size, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual identity and orientation, pregnancy status, marital status, national origin, ethnic origin, nationality, immigration status, language, personal appearance, religion or lack thereof, or political affiliation.

If you are being harassed by a member of our community, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact the AMS Community coordinator via the Contact Us link on this site.  Note that offending posts can immediately be put into moderation by clicking on the “Mark as Inappropriate” menu option, located to the right of every discussion post and library entry.


AMS Community Rules and Etiquette

Respect others. Focus on the content of posts and not on the people making them. Extend the benefit of the doubt to newer guests and members.

Respect the purpose of the community. Use the community to share successes, challenges, constructive feedback, questions, and goals instead of products or services that you provide. If you’ve found a product or service helpful, please share your experience with the group in a respectful way.

Use caution when discussing products. Information posted on the discussion groups and in the libraries is available for all to see, and comments are subject to libel, slander, and antitrust laws.

Respect intellectual property. Post content that you have personally created or have permission to use and have properly attributed to the content creator. When posting items in our collaborative environment, please indicate if the item is not available for reuse. It’s also advisable to contact the owner of any material if you would like to reuse it.

Post your message or documents only to the most appropriate communities. This helps ensure all messages receive the best response by eliminating "noise."

Please post any marketing-driven announcements in the biweekly AMS Community Bulletin thread. This can include upcoming events, webinars, lectures, projects, and so on: anything it might be helpful for AMS membership to be aware of that would not necessarily generate discussion.

State concisely and clearly the topic of your comments in the subject line. This allows members to respond more appropriately to your posting and makes it easier for members to search the archives by subject.

Job openings, requests for employment, and selling of goods or services are strictly prohibited (please see the Career Center instead). 

Be careful in the words that you choose. Do not insult or put down other participants.  Harassment and other exclusionary behavior aren't acceptable. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Violent threats or language directed against another person.
  • Discriminatory jokes and language.
  • Posting sexually explicit or violent material, including overtly sexual aliases or other nicknames
  • Posting (or threatening to post) other people's personally identifying information ("doxing").
  • Personal insults, especially those using racist or sexist terms.
  • Unwelcome sexual attention.
  • Advocating for or encouraging any of the above behavior.
  • Any harassment of others within or outside the community.
  • Spamming, trolling, flaming, baiting or other attention-stealing behavior is not allowed.

In short, all defamatory, abusive, profane, threatening, offensive, or illegal behavior are strictly prohibited. Do not post anything that you would not want the world to see or that you would not want anyone to know came from you.

Lastly, do not send administrative messages, such as “remove me from the list,” to the group. Instead, change your notification settings via your Community Profile.  Information on how to manage notifications and other settings may be found in the AMS Community Quick Start Guide.

The Legal Stuff

This site is provided as a service for the members of the American Meteorological Society (AMS).  AMS is not responsible for the opinions and information posted on this site by others. We disclaim all warranties with regard to information posted on this site, whether posted by AMS or any third party; this disclaimer includes all implied warranties of merchantability and fitness. In no event shall AMS be liable for any special, indirect, or consequential damages or any damages whatsoever resulting from loss of use, data, or profits, arising out of or in connection with the use or performance of any information posted on this site.

Do not post any defamatory, abusive, profane, threatening, offensive, or illegal materials.  Do not post any information or other material protected by copyright without the permission of the copyright owner. By posting material, the posting party warrants and represents that he or she owns the copyright with respect to such material or has received permission from the copyright owner. In addition, the posting party grants AMS and users of this site the nonexclusive right and license to display, copy, publish, distribute, transmit, print, and use such information or other material.

Messages should not be posted if they encourage or facilitate members to arrive at any agreement that either expressly or impliedly leads to price fixing, a boycott of another's business, or other conduct intended to illegally restrict free trade. Messages that encourage or facilitate an agreement about the following subjects are inappropriate: prices, discounts, or terms or conditions of sale; salaries; profits, profit margins, or cost data; market shares, sales territories, or markets; allocation of customers or territories; or selection, rejection, or termination of customers or suppliers.

AMS reserves the right to terminate access to any user who does not abide by these guidelines.

 

Government and Legal Disclosures 

We may disclose the personal information we collect through the Community, when we, in good faith, believe disclosure is appropriate to comply with the law (or a court order or subpoena); to prevent or investigate a possible crime, such as fraud or identity theft; to enforce our Terms and Conditions or other agreements that govern your use of this Community; or to protect the rights, property or safety of our company, our users, or others.

Please see the official AMS Privacy Policy here.