Westwood Neighbors Group Charter

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FORUM NAME Forum Charter

Purpose and Goals

The purpose of this forum is to act as a community water cooler so that non-political information related to Westwood can be freely exchanged

The goals of this forum include:

  • to provide a forum to provide information about community events;
  • to provide a place to obtain information about local businesses and the experiences other subscribers have had;
  • to allow subscribers the opportunity to sell and give away belongings; and
  • to provide a rapid response capacity for lost children, elders, pets, and unusual events.

Typical Topics

Topics that you might find here to discuss include:

  • Asking for recommendations for plumbers, electricians, masons, and the like.
  • Finding and providing housing in Westwood.
  • Selling or giving away used stuff.
  • Advertising concerts, plays, dances, etc., which either take place in Westwood, or involve Westwood residents.
  • Finding other people in town who are interested in the same things you are.

Participation Rules

By taking part in this forum, you accept the full rules of the forum.

Highlighted and additional forum-specific rules:

  • Use your real name.
  • You may only make 4 posts per day.
  • Tickets to public events may not be listed or sold for more than face value
  • Be civil (see civility rules below).
  • Respect copyrights (see public use and content rules below)
  • Posts need to be relevant to Westwood

Civility Rules

It would be nice to be able to state simple definitions for civility and then let everyone exercise their common sense. However, experience has shown that it is necessary to define what civility means in as much detail as possible, so as to make as many people as possible understand our intent:

Posters are expected to show basic respect for other list members in their posts. It is considered more polite to refer to the author of a previous message as "a previous poster", and are generally encouraged not to use the name of other posters in their responses. While we do not operate under Robert's Rules of order, basic etiquette is always encouraged. The list moderators will ultimately make the determination about violations of civility rules, as one person's opinion or description is another person's insult.

Issues, not people, are to be the subject of the debate. Personal attacks, including insults, name-calling and unfounded accusations (especially with respect to legal and ethical violations,) are not allowed on the list about anybody at any time. Posts should not attack or question the unstated motivations or character of another person. Insulting characterizations of groups of people, (such as immigrants, opponents of illegal immigration, social service clients, those who oppose social service expansion, legislators, members of a town board...) are not permitted.

Personal attacks are also not allowed off-list (a.k.a flames) in response to a post.

Forum Leadership

This forum opened on January 29t, 2015.

Chandana Gopal is the volunteer Forum Manager for Westwood Neighbors. She can be reached at westwood-fm@e-democracy.org.

The volunteer Forum Manager is responsible for the general health and well-being of the forum. The Forum Manager shall:

  • enforce forum rules
  • respond to participant questions
  • listen to complaints or concerns
  • encourage active participation
  • maintain respectful tone of discussion

If you have any questions or concerns about the forum, please contact us.