Rules — July 2018
We built Goodtalk because we believe in the power of public conversations to make us all a little smarter, better informed, and less polarized in our understanding of important topics. But because the conversations that happen here get amplified, we need your help to make sure that Goodtalk is used for, well, good. All the rules here should seem obvious to well intentioned people, but you need to read them anyway-- and comply with them.
In order to protect the experience and safety of people who use Goodtalk, there are some limitations on the type of content and behavior that we allow. These limitations are set forth in the Goodtalk Rules below.
All individuals accessing or using Goodtalk’s services must adhere to the policies set forth in the Goodtalk Rules. Failure to do so may result in Goodtalk taking one or more of the following enforcement actions:
- requiring you to delete prohibited content before you can again create new content and interact with other Goodtalk users;
- temporarily limiting your ability to create posts or interact with other Goodtalk users;
- asking you to verify account ownership with a phone number or email address; or
- permanently suspending your account(s).
If you attempt to evade a permanent suspension by creating new accounts, we will suspend your new accounts. Goodtalk reserves the right to remove accounts, usernames, and content for any reason or no reason.
Please note that we may need to change these Rules from time to time and reserve the right to do so. The most current version is always available on our site.
Content Boundaries and Use of Goodtalk
Trademark: We reserve the right to suspend accounts or take other appropriate action when someone’s brand or trademark, including business name and/or logo, is used in a manner that may mislead or confuse others about your brand affiliation. Please report violations to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Copyright: We will respond to clear and complete notices of alleged copyright infringement. Our copyright procedures are set forth in our Terms of Service. Please report violations to email@example.com.
Graphic violence and adult content
Do not post content related to graphic violence or adult content.
We consider graphic violence to be any form of gory media related to death, serious injury, violence, or surgical procedures. We consider adult content to be any media that is pornographic and/or may be intended to cause sexual arousal.
You may not use our service for any unlawful purposes or in furtherance of illegal activities. By using Goodtalk, you agree to comply with all applicable laws governing your online conduct and content.
Third-party advertising in content
You may not submit, post, or display any content on or through our services that includes third-party advertising, such as pre-roll video ads or sponsorship graphics, without our prior consent.
Misuse of usernames
Use your real name or something similar. Do not use other people’s names. That’s how people will know the content you post represents your true viewpoint.
Selling usernames: You may not buy or sell Goodtalk usernames.
Username squatting: You may not engage in username squatting. Some of the factors we take into consideration when determining whether conduct is username squatting include:
- the number of accounts created;
- the use of usernames similar to the real names of high profile individuals;
- the creation of accounts for the purpose of preventing others from using those account names;
- the creation of accounts for the purpose of selling those accounts; and
- the use of third-party content feeds to update and maintain accounts under the names of those third parties.
Please note that Goodtalk may also remove accounts that are inactive for more than six months, and we reserve the right to remove accounts and usernames for any reason or no reason.
In order to ensure that people feel safe expressing diverse opinions and beliefs, we prohibit behavior that crosses the line into abuse, including behavior that harasses, intimidates, or uses fear to silence another user’s voice or to abuse any person for any reason.
Context matters when evaluating for abusive behavior and determining appropriate enforcement actions. Factors we may take into consideration include, but are not limited to whether:
- the behavior is targeted at an individual or group of people;
- the report has been filed by the target of the abuse or a bystander;
- the behavior is newsworthy and in the legitimate public interest.
Violence and physical harm
Violence: You may not make specific threats of violence or wish for the serious physical harm, death, or disease of an individual or group of people. This includes, but is not limited to, threatening or promoting terrorism. You also may not affiliate with organizations that — whether by their own statements or activity both on and off the platform — use or promote violence against civilians to further their causes.
Suicide or self-harm: You may not promote or encourage suicide or self-harm.
Child sexual exploitation: You may not promote child sexual exploitation.
Abuse and hateful conduct
Abuse: You may not engage in the targeted harassment of someone, or incite other people to do so. We consider abusive behavior an attempt to harass, intimidate, or silence someone else’s voice.
Unwanted sexual advances: You may not direct abuse at someone by sending unwanted sexual content, objectifying them in a sexually explicit manner, or otherwise engaging in sexual misconduct.
Hateful conduct: You may not promote violence against, threaten, or harass other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or serious disease. Read more about our hateful conduct policy.
Hateful imagery and display names: You may not use hateful images or symbols in your profile image or content you post. You also may not use your username, display name, or profile bio to engage in abusive behavior, such as targeted harassment or expressing hate towards a person, group, or protected category.
Private information and intimate media
Private information: You may not publish or post other people's private information without their express authorization and permission. Definitions of private information may vary depending on local laws.
Intimate media: You may not post or share intimate photos or videos of someone that were produced or distributed without their consent.
Threats to expose / hack: You may not threaten to expose someone’s private information or intimate media. You also may not threaten to hack or break into someone’s digital information.
You may not impersonate individuals, groups, or organizations in a manner that is intended to or does mislead, confuse, or deceive others.
Spam and Security
To promote a stable and secure environment on Goodtalk, you may not do, or attempt to do, any of the following while accessing or using Goodtalk:
- Access, tamper with, or use non-public areas of Goodtalk, Goodtalk’s computer systems, or the technical delivery systems of Goodtalk’s providers.
- Probe, scan, or test the vulnerability of any system or network, or breach or circumvent any security or authentication measures.
- Access or search, or attempt to access or search, Goodtalk by any means (automated or otherwise) other than through our currently available, published interfaces that are provided by Goodtalk (and only pursuant to the applicable terms and conditions), unless you have been specifically allowed to do so in a separate agreement with Goodtalk. Note that crawling Goodtalk is permissible if done in accordance with the provisions of the robots.txt file; however, scraping Goodtalk without our prior consent is expressly prohibited.
- Forge any TCP/IP packet header or any part of the header information in any email or posting, or in any way use Goodtalk to send altered, deceptive, or false source-identifying information.
- Interfere with or disrupt the access of any user, host or network, including, without limitation, sending a virus, overloading, flooding, spamming, mail-bombing Goodtalk’s services, or by scripting the creation of content in such a manner as to interfere with or create an undue burden on Goodtalk
Any accounts engaging in the following activities may be temporarily locked or subject to permanent suspension:
- Malware/Phishing: You may not publish or link to malicious content intended to damage or disrupt another person’s browser or computer or to compromise a person’s privacy.
- Spam: You may not use Goodtalk’s services for the purpose of spamming anyone. Spam is generally defined on Goodtalk as bulk or aggressive activity that attempts to manipulate or disrupt Goodtalk or the experience of users on Goodtalk to drive traffic or attention to unrelated accounts, products, services, or initiatives. Some of the factors that we take into account when determining what conduct is considered to be spamming include:
- if you have followed and/or unfollowed a large number of of accounts in a short time period, particularly by automated means (aggressive following or follower churn);
- if your Talks or Questions consist mainly of links shared without commentary;
- if a large number of people have blocked you in response to high volumes of untargeted, unsolicited, or duplicative content or engagements from your account;
- if a large number of spam complaints have been filed against you;
- if you post duplicative or substantially similar content, replies, or mentions over multiple accounts or multiple duplicate updates on one account, or create duplicate or substantially similar accounts;
- if you post multiple updates to a trending or popular topic with an intent to subvert or manipulate the topic to drive traffic or attention to unrelated accounts, products, services, or initiatives;
- if you send large numbers of unsolicited replies or mentions;
- if you add users to lists in a bulk or aggressive manner;
- if you are randomly or aggressively engaging with Talks (e.g., likes, questions, etc.) or users (e.g., following, adding to lists, etc.) to drive traffic or attention to unrelated accounts, products, services, or initiatives;
- if you repeatedly post other people’s account information as your own (e.g. profile information);
- if you post misleading, deceptive, or malicious links (e.g., affiliate links, links to malware/clickjacking pages, etc.);
- if you create fake accounts, account interactions, or impressions;
- if you sell, purchase, or attempt to artificially inflate account interactions (such as followers, likes, etc.); and
- if you use or promote third-party services or apps that claim to get you more followers or likes (such as sites promising "more followers fast", or any other site that offers to automatically add followers or engagements to your account or Talks).