The UAA Commons is a place for social knowledge exchange grounded in our UAA educational system. While we do encourage off-topic social exchanges (are you looking for a knitting group or running partners?) we do have some guidelines for you to consider when participating in this online venue. If you don’t agree with them, we won’t take it personally, and nor should you when we suggest that UAA Commons might not be for you.
What we expect of you:
Represent UAA: Treat people in the Commons as if they are standing in front of you in your office at UAA.
Choose respect: Be respectful in conversation, its that simple. Keep it clean and on topic.
Don’t flame (personally attack) someone: It is possible to disagree with an idea without flaming the person’s idea.
Listen Actively & Think Critically: Seek clarity of meaning and understanding.
- Question ideas, not people.
- Attempt to see things from other perspectives
- Use supporting relevant information
- Attempt to recognize and assess implications of your ideas
Search for previous posts on the topics before creating a new post: Members may already be engaged in a conversation about your topic that you can add insight to.
Don’t sell to us: Members come to have a discussion, not receive sales pitches. Do not sell anything here.
Don’t spam us: While you may have good intentions, you may not realize that constantly posting links to your blogs, websites, and sales pages is considered spam. Yes, show us your resources, but don’t overdo it.
Don’t campaign: Keep it non-partisan. This is a serious guideline straight from UA Board of regents.
- OK: Course site or blog for Political Science course.
- Not OK: Blog campaigning for next mayor of your city
Netiquette: Use emoticons and acronyms to convey your emotional intent in order to avoid misunderstandings.
- to indicate that you’re smiling, use 🙂
- to indicate you’re winking / or making a joke or kidding, use 😉 or JK (Just Kidding)
- to signify you found something funny/amusing or are attempting to be funny in your post, use LOL (Laughing Out Loud)
- to signify that you’re gently expressing an opinion, use IMHO (In My Humble Opinion)
Remember that it is easy to misinterpret written communication. Sometimes you may inadvertently seem impolite or feel that someone else was doing the same – talk it out instead of assuming the person meant to be rude.
Groups and Blogs: If you create group/blog/page on the Commons, you must provide users with a clear description of the group/blog/page. Provide ground rules for participating and encourage respect for all users in all communication.
What you can expect from us:
- We will take all your questions, comments, and concerns seriously.
- We will respond promptly to requests for help
- We like to encourage interactions among everyone.
- We will keep your information private and not share our lists.
- We will respond quickly to any troubling comments and remove posts or content that is inappropriate.