Zcash Forum Guidelines

We are committed to making participation in this forum a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of a person’s…

  • level of experience
  • gender identity and expression
  • sexual orientation
  • disability
  • personal appearance
  • body size
  • race
  • ethnicity
  • age
  • religion,
  • or nationality.

Examples of unacceptable behavior include:

  • using sexualized language or imagery
  • personal attacks
  • trolling and insulting or derogatory comments
  • public or private harassment
  • publishing another person’s private information, such as physical or electronic addresses, without explicit permission (AKA doxxing)
  • other unethical or unprofessional conduct, at the discretion of the moderators

Forum moderators have the right and responsibility to remove, edit, or reject posts, comments and other contributions that are not aligned with these Community Guielines, or to suspend or ban any forum member for other behaviors that they deem inappropriate, threatening, offensive, or harmful.

Note that several moderators are community volunteers and do not represent the Zcash Foundation. They are free to express their own opinions so long as they adhere to these guidelines. Foundation representatives are identified as such.

By adopting these Community Guidelines, moderators commit themselves to fairly and consistently applying these principles to every aspect of managing this community. Moderators who do not follow or enforce the Community Guidelines may be permanently removed from the moderation team.

Instances of abusive, harassing, or otherwise unacceptable behavior may be reported by flagging the post or comment in question, contacting an individual moderator (such as @Shawn) or by messaging the moderators as a group (@moderators). All complaints will be reviewed, investigated, and will result in a response that is deemed necessary and appropriate for the circumstances. Moderators are obligated to maintain confidentiality with regard to the reporter of an incident. If you do not feel comfortable messaging @moderators or an individual moderator, please email forum@z.cash.foundation.

This section is based on the Zcash core contributor code of conduct, which is based on version 1.3.0 of the Contributor Covenant. The language has been modified to suit a forum environment.

Detailed Guidelines

In addition to the conduct expectations listed above, the following guidelines are expected from participants in this community forum.

Please do not:

  • Post topics unrelated to Zcash
  • Solicit domain sales (even if related to Zcash)
  • Bump topics without something new to add.
  • Derail topics.
  • Post links to phishing sites.
  • Post spam.
  • Create topics or replies for the sole purpose of causing unrest on the forum.
  • Repost closed or deleted topics.
  • Repetitively post in the incorrect topic.
  • Create and use multiple accounts as sockpuppets.
  • Post solicitations for or about services considered illegal in the United States.
  • Post links to internet gambling operations
    • It’s a crime for internet gambling operations to accept bets from United States persons, and the Justice Department takes the position that people who post advertisements or promotions for online gambling may be aiding and abetting those activities

Please also keep in mind:

  • Not every new person knows where to find which information, so try to be as helpful as you can.
  • Mods will use a yellow color to show when they act in that role within a discussion.
  • Respect the privacy of PM (private message) conversations and the wishes of everyone involved.

Default Guidelines

Finally, please read and keep in mind the default Discourse guidelines.

This is a Civilized Place for Public Discussion

Please treat this discussion forum with the same respect you would a public park. We, too, are a shared community resource — a place to share skills, knowledge and interests through ongoing conversation.

These are not hard and fast rules, merely aids to the human judgment of our community. Use these guidelines to keep this a clean, well-lighted place for civilized public discourse.

Improve the Discussion

Help us make this a great place for discussion by always working to improve the discussion in some way, however small. If you are not sure your post adds to the conversation, think over what you want to say and try again later.

The topics discussed here matter to us, and we want you to act as if they matter to you, too. Be respectful of the topics and the people discussing them, even if you disagree with some of what is being said.

One way to improve the discussion is by discovering ones that are already happening. Please spend some time browsing the topics here before replying or starting your own, and you’ll have a better chance of meeting others who share your interests.

Be Agreeable, Even When You Disagree

You may wish to respond to something by disagreeing with it. That’s fine. But, remember to criticize ideas, not people. Please avoid:

  • Name-calling.
  • Ad hominem attacks.
  • Responding to a post’s tone instead of its actual content.
  • Knee-jerk contradiction.

Instead, provide reasoned counter-arguments that improve the conversation.

Your Participation Counts

The conversations we have here set the tone for everyone. Help us influence the future of this community by choosing to engage in discussions that make this forum an interesting place to be — and avoiding those that do not.

Discourse provides tools that enable the community to collectively identify the best (and worst) contributions: favorites, bookmarks, likes, flags, replies, edits, and so forth. Use these tools to improve your own experience, and everyone else’s, too.

Let’s try to leave our park better than we found it.

If You See a Problem, Flag It

Moderators have special authority; they are responsible for this forum. But so are you. With your help, moderators can be community facilitators, not just janitors or police.

When you see bad behavior, don’t reply. It encourages the bad behavior by acknowledging it, consumes your energy, and wastes everyone’s time. Just flag it. If enough flags accrue, action will be taken, either automatically or by moderator intervention.

In order to maintain our community, moderators reserve the right to remove any content and any user account for any reason at any time. Moderators do not preview new posts in any way; the moderators and site operators take no responsibility for any content posted by the community.

Always Be Civil

Nothing sabotages a healthy conversation like rudeness:

  • Be civil. Don’t post anything that a reasonable person would consider offensive, abusive, or hate speech.
  • Keep it clean. Don’t post anything obscene or sexually explicit.
  • Respect each other. Don’t harass or grief anyone, impersonate people, or expose their private information.
  • Respect our forum. Don’t post spam or otherwise vandalize the forum.

These are not concrete terms with precise definitions — avoid even the appearance of any of these things. If you’re unsure, ask yourself how you would feel if your post was featured on the front page of the New York Times.

This is a public forum, and search engines index these discussions. Keep the language, links, and images safe for family and friends.

Keep It Tidy

Make the effort to put things in the right place, so that we can spend more time discussing and less cleaning up. So:

  • Don’t start a topic in the wrong category.
  • Don’t cross-post the same thing in multiple topics.
  • Don’t post no-content replies.
  • Don’t divert a topic by changing it midstream.
  • Don’t sign your posts — every post has your profile information attached to it.

Rather than posting “+1” or “Agreed”, use the Like button. Rather than taking an existing topic in a radically different direction, use Reply as a Linked Topic.

Post Only Your Own Stuff

You may not post anything digital that belongs to someone else without permission. You may not post descriptions of, links to, or methods for stealing someone’s intellectual property (software, video, audio, images), or for breaking any other law.

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Terms of Service

Yes, legalese is boring, but we must protect ourselves – and by extension, you and your data – against unfriendly folks. We have a Terms of Service describing your (and our) behavior and rights related to content, privacy, and laws. To use this service, you must agree to abide by our TOS.