OpenNodes Community Guidelines


Overview

OpenNodes exists to share ideas and insights from the best the blockchain community has to offer — from startups to large corporations, government agencies and think tanks.

We are delighted to host you in having thoughtful and civil discussions with other community members from a broad spectrum of viewpoints.

Nevertheless, to maintain an environment where people can come and engage in meaningful and productive conversations, we have to have some rules to keep this house in order.

Each member of our community is responsible for maintaining these standards.

In deciding whether someone has violated the rules, we will take into account factors such as newsworthiness, the context and nature of the posted information, the likelihood and severity of actual or potential harms, and relevant laws.

Violations of our rules may result in consequences such as account restrictions, or suspension of your account.


Three DO’s

Do be truthful

Cite your sources. Back up your assertions with verifiable facts. Explain your opinions and motivations clearly. Disclose potential or existing vested interests (compensation, organizational affiliation, etc.).

Do be helpful

Post content that you think will be of value to others, and not just yourself. Think about how you can become a more valued member of the community.

Do be civil

Differences in opinion are bound to exist — they are the foundation of progress and innovation. But disagreements can be had in a civil manner, and let the content of your character, and the quality of your work speak for itself.

Five DON’Ts

Don’t break laws

Laws — every country has them. They are the rules humans have all agreed to abide by so we can live, work and play together. Don’t say or do anything here that you would not in a court of law. This applies to text, images, symbols, or other content in your username, profile, or bio.

Common prohibitions include threats, incitement, libel, violations of privacy laws, attempts at skirting securities laws, conducting or promoting unregulated financial activities, intellectual property theft, identity theft, wire fraud and so on.

Don’t advocate political or religious causes

This is not the place to advertise for — or against a political party, candidate, or to proselytize. Keep your contributions bipartisan, and secular.

Don’t spam

We do not allow spam on OpenNodes. All spam will be immediately removed from OpenNodes, without notification. While it is hard to define this content with precision or completeness, here are some representative behaviors we look for that are characteristic of spam:

  • Posting content primarily to drive traffic to, or increase the search rankings of, an external site, product, or service
  • Posting duplicate content, whether from a single account or across multiple accounts. Using or re-using content templates with slight modifications across multiple posts and accounts.
  • Performing a disproportionately large number of interactions, particularly by automated means
  • Repeatedly using responses or other interactions as a method of promotion
  • Participating in bounty campaigns or brigades to artificially inflate rankings for posts, accounts, businesses, or products

For each of these behaviors, when we talk about “content,” we mean not only posts but also any other feature that allows you to add your own text or media. When we talk about “interactions,” we mean any feature that allows one user to interact with another, or with a post.

Don’t deceive

OpenNodes depends on various user behaviors to determine what content to feature and make the site work well for everyone. So, we don’t allow artificial behaviors that skew this system and as a result degrade or distort other users’ experiences. This includes:

  • Buying, selling, or trading in accounts or account interactions
  • Using services, apps, or arrangements that offer you inorganic engagement on your account or content
  • Registering accounts, posting content, or interacting with users or content automatically, systematically, or programmatically
  • Posting content or impersonating a person or organization in a way likely to deceive people.
  • Using an anonymous email address which is not linked to your project domain. (e.g., gmail, protonmail, mail.ru, etc.)

Don’t tout

Third-party advertising and sponsorships are not allowed, unless with express approval of OpenNodes in writing. Otherwise, you may not advertise or promote third-party products, services, or brands through posts, publications, or letters. This includes images that indicate brand sponsorship in a post or letter, or as part of a publication name or logo.

Images functioning as third-party ads are not allowed. Inline images or embeds that link out and function as banner ads for third-party brands are not allowed.

You must disclose affiliate links or payment for a post. Affiliate links, where you will receive a commission or other value, are allowed in posts. But, you must disclose somewhere in the post that it includes affiliate links. If you have received payment, goods or services, or something else of value in exchange for writing a post, you must still disclose this fact in writing within your post.


How to report a violation

If you find a post or account on OpenNodes that violates these rules, please flag it. You can send us an email to provide more detail or to report other conduct you believe violates our rules. Reach out to us at .

If you break the rules

We strive to be fair, but we reserve the right to suspend accounts or remove content, without notice, for any reason, particularly to protect our services, infrastructure, users, or community. If you attempt to evade suspension by creating new accounts or posts, we will suspend your new accounts and posts.

Notice

Upon investigating or disabling content associated with your account, we will notify you, unless we believe your account is automated or operating in bad faith, or that notifying you is likely to cause, maintain or exacerbate harm to someone.

Appeals

If you believe your content or account has been restricted or disabled in error, or believe there is relevant context we were not aware of in reaching our determination, you can write to us at [email protected]. We will consider all good faith efforts to appeal.

Government Takedown Requests

If OpenNodes receives a request from a government actor to restrict access to content associated with your account, we will notify you unless we are prohibited by law or believe doing so may endanger others. Where applicable, we will work to limit legally-ordered content restrictions to jurisdictions where we have a good faith belief that we are legally required to restrict the content.

We may enforce, or not enforce, these policies at our sole discretion. These policies don’t create a duty or contractual obligation for us to act.

We also may change these rules at any time to maintain the spirit of the community.

OpenNodes is committed to providing a transparent, open platform for expression and therefore supports the goals and spirit of The Santa Clara Principles on Transparency and Accountability in Content Moderation as a starting point for further discussion.


If you have questions or feedback about these rules, let us know. You can contact us at [email protected]

Updated November 2019