Kinnected Community Guidelines

Welcome to Kinnected. We are a brand-new community, which means that you will be a significant part of influencing how our culture develops.

Please read our community guidelines below. If you need to reach a person, please go here.

Respect differences. Be curious and kind.

The Kinnected community, and all conversations on this website, are based on values, respect, and non-commercialization. The goal of this platform, first and foremost is to help each other thrive. Our members come from a variety of perspectives, faiths, world-views and cultural backgrounds. Please treat all conversations on Kinnected with the respect and civility that you would in a private, confidential setting between two people. Think before you write. Ask questions. Respect differences. Be curious and kind.

On Kinnected you may be engaging in “The Global Body Buddy System,” a cooperative arrangement whereby two individuals are matched and have the chance to listen, share knowledge, and hopefully, resonate with one another’s health or life experience. It is every member’s responsibility to work towards the good health and well-being of other members. If you do not feel like you are connecting with someone, for whatever reason, politely step away from the conversation, and make a note in the post-chat feedback section.

Improve the Discussion

Help us make Kinnected a great place for inspiring conversation by always working to improve the discussion in some way, however small. If you’re not sure that your questions or answers add to a conversation, really think over what you want to say before you write.

The topics discussed here on Kinnected matter to us, and we want you to act as if they matter to you, too. Be respectful of the topics and the people discussing them, even if you disagree with some of what is being said.

Be Agreeable, Even When You Disagree

Wellness is a topic with many facets. Kinnected tries best to match you with the right people for discussion. Sometimes, you may wish to respond to something by disagreeing with it. That’s fine. But remember to criticize ideas, not people. Please avoid:

  • Name-calling
  • Ad hominem attacks
  • Responding to someone’s idea or experience or tone instead of the actual content
  • Knee-jerk contradiction

Instead, provide reasoned counter-arguments that improve the conversation.

Your Participation Counts

The conversations we have on Kinnected set the tone for every new arrival. Help us influence the future of this community by choosing to engage in one on one conversations that make Kinnected an interesting place to be—and stepping away from those that don’t.

Conversation provides tools that enable the community to collectively identify the best (and worst) contributions from others: bookmarks, likes, flags, replies, edits, and so forth. Use these tools to improve your own experience, and everyone else’s, too.

Let’s leave our Kinnected community better than we found it.

If You See a Problem, Flag It

Moderators have special authority; they are responsible for this site’s etiquette and behaviour. But so are you.

When you see bad behavior, don’t reply. It encourages the bad behavior by acknowledging it, consumes your energy, and wastes everyone’s time. Just flag it. If enough flags accrue, action will be taken, either automatically or by moderator intervention.

In order to maintain our community, the site’s admins reserve the right to remove any content and any user account for any reason at any time. Moderators and admin do not preview new posts; the moderators and site operators take no responsibility for any content posted by the community.

Always Be Civil

We all need to keep it classy.

  • Be civil. Don’t say anything that a reasonable person would consider offensive, abusive, or hate speech.
  • Keep it clean. Don’t post any language that is obscene or sexually explicit.
  • Respect each other. Don’t harass or grief anyone, impersonate people, or expose their private information.
  • Respect our community. Don’t post spam or otherwise vandalize the site.

These are not concrete terms with precise definitions—avoid even the appearance of any of these things. If you’re unsure, ask yourself how you would feel if your post was featured on the front page of the New York Times.

Keep your language safe for family and friends.

Keep It Tidy

Make the effort to put things in the right place, so that we can spend more time discussing and less cleaning up. Our solutions library aims to quickly guide people towards problem solving. Thousands of people may be searching for your solution. Make sure to tag conversations with relevant topics, so you and others can find them again later.

Post Only Your Own Experiences and Act Responsibly

Conversations on Kinnected should be based on your own personal experiences of social, emotional or physical health questions or conditions. If you don't have a personal relationship to a solution, Kinnected is not the place to bring hearsay or information from online sources, (i.e. search engines), or online health or medical sites. It is far more courageous to acknowledge that you don’t know something rather than trying to fill in gaps, which can be dangerous and harmful to others.

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This site is operated by your friendly local staff and you, the community. If you have any further questions about how things should work here, contact us via the contact page. These community guidelines were inspired by Thomas K. Running’s guidelines on his global community Nomadgate. We believe guidelines such as these should become standard for all online communities. Thanks Thomas!