We think the Writers & Artists community is rather special. Where else do you get to hobnob with industry professionals, trusted editors, established writers of every variety and tons of people just like you, at all the stages of the creative journey? We think that reviews, comments, messaging, ratings and Q&A forums are a great way to find out everything you need to know, when you need to know it. Of course, to keep things honest, clean and real, it helps if we’re all singing from the same sheet. So, in the name of a healthy, positive community, here are our guidelines:
Good behaviour: How to get the best Writers & Artists experience
1. Get stuck in. Whatever you have to say, chances are there’s someone out there who will benefit from your personal first-hand experiences, knowledge and opinions. Share them all—good or bad—and include as many facts and details as you can.
2. Be constructive. If you had a bit of a rubbish experience, tell us why. Be specific about what it was that didn’t hit the spot and not only will other users take you more seriously, but the business or professional involved is much more likely to listen up and improve.
3. Be courteous. We are a diverse community of people with diverse opinions. Speaking to and about people with respect means that everyone feels free to have their say.
4. When you see it, call it. If you read a great citizen review or comment on Writers & Artists, give it a thumbs-up. On the other hand, if you see abusive content or material that violates these guidelines, report it via the "report inappropriate content" link.
5.Your contributions are your voice on Writers & Artists, so make sure those smooth, dulcet tones ring out by being as clear, descriptive and typo-free as possible.
6. Get down to business. On Writers & Artists, every writer, artist, agent and industry expert has the opportunity to represent themselves in the best possible light. So, have an active presence in the community—give recommendations, add extra content to your business listing and respond to comments and reviews. Make the most of the chance to speak directly to your peers, patch up any misunderstandings that might crop up and, best of all, build a loyal fan base.
7. Stay safe. Be wise about the personal information you share when you’re using publicly accessible parts of the website. There are also various functions on Writers & Artists that allow other users to view all your public contributions and reviews in one list, including in the public view of your profile page.
Wayward: How to get yourself struck off our Christmas card list
We are committed to doing everything we can to protect Writers & Artists from fake reviews. On the rare occasion that we do find bogus content, spam, fake reviews or submissions from fraudulent profiles, we remove them immediately and take steps to ensure that the businesses and users in question are penalised in our rankings on Writers & Artists.
If you are a business owner, commissioning reviews violates the EU Unfair Commercial Practices Directive (UCPD), and the UK’s implementation of the UCPD. This means companies and sole traders cannot pay someone else to post reviews or write blogs about their own companies without fully disclosing the fact. Both civil and criminal penalties are possible.
These community guidelines were written with the best interests of the Writers & Artists community in mind. If you have any additional suggestions on how to improve them, or any other feedback, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Community”.