Community Guidelines - Example Template

Every community needs a set of Guidelines or Rules.

To help protect the health and culture of your community, it's important to create a set of Community Guidelines that all users are expected to abide. Your Community Guidelines can be added to your Terms of Service, but it's also best practice to post the Community Guidelines as a post to your community.

The example set of Community Guidelines below can be used as a template to create your own community guidelines:

  • Be Kind.
  • Be Respectful in your communication and behavior.
  • Be Helpful and help us all improve ourselves. We do this through honest and insightful discussion with our peers and partners.
  • Work Together to Resolve Disputes: <COMMUNITY NAME> members are always encouraged to work through their member disputes and problems together with the other users. Working together with others and appreciating different viewpoints are important aspects of the <COMMUNITY NAME> experience.
  • Don’t Attack Members or Their Content: Continued and sustained personal attacks, harassment or bullying are not allowed on <COMMUNITY NAME>, we seek to maintain a lively yet respectful community that embraces and explores differences of opinion and beliefs. 
  • Use Good Judgment and Be Empathetic: When interacting with others on <COMMUNITY NAME>, try to see the world from their perspective. People contribute to the <COMMUNITY NAME> community in their own way. Disputes between members can occur when differing cultural norms create a misunderstanding, as many things are acceptable in some cultures and unacceptable in others.
  • Member Interactions: It is okay to disagree. In fact, alternative points of view are a key part of cultural exchange as long as your comments are civil. Remember to give the impression of assuming goodwill on the part of the person with whom you are disagreeing.
  • Retaliation Is Not Okay: It is never okay to violate <COMMUNITY NAME> policies, even in response to another person who has done so.