How To Post... And Not Get Suspended

Photo Credit: Ben Vitale
Photo Credit: Ben Vitale

This article was originally published by Danielle Masterson Senior Community Editor.

Here at Patch, we *love* community involvement and debate. After all, it's what Patch is built on. Without community contributors, we wouldn't have this wonderful neighborhood feel right here on our computers and devices. 

But, how can you talk on Patchogue Patch without getting yourself deleted or suspended by that "mean new Patch admin who emailed me this week?" 

It's simple. Follow the Patch Terms of Service. 

When you all signed up, you agreed to a series of terms, which you can re-read here --> http://www.patch.com/terms  While we don't beg you to use your real name, it sure would be nice. And while it's funny to use names that would offend other people, it would be neighborly to use an alias that is harmless to others. And we want to be neighborly, right? 

Now, here comes the important part: 

Patch is not here for personal vendettas. It's here for news and community debate/conversations. So if Patch admins see personal vendettas and stuff that doesn't involve the entire community? Chances are that admin is going to just delete it. If you need to have those conversations? Take it offline. 

Here are other reasons why you may be deleted or suspended, by a Patch admin, or by a user: 

Your post or comment: 
1) is abusive, profane, defamatory; 
2) infringes on copyright; 
3) violates privacy; 
4) threatens or harasses; 
5) is violent; 
6) is illegal; 
7) is spam; 
8) is a virus; 
9) is inaccurate or misleading. 

Remember, opinions are not misleading, they are *welcome* on Patchogue Patch. So is debate. So, debate away, Patchogue! Just leave the name-calling and personal vendettas out of it. 

  • This post is contributed by a community member. The views expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Patch Media Corporation. Everyone is welcome to submit a post to Patch. If you'd like to post a blog, go here to get started.

    Joanna Schneider April 07, 2014 at 05:02 PM
    Hey everyone, I wanted to jump in here quickly. Thanks to @Ben for posting this reminder article on engagement standards and to all of you on this thread who shared constructive thoughts. We want Patch to remain an open platform to discuss and share ideas, but it needs to be in a format that is respectful. If you have further questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out me anytime: joanna@patch.com
    Ben Vitale April 07, 2014 at 06:41 PM
    Joanna Schneider, who posted above you is from "Patch Administration;" she and other administrators decide who gets suspended. Lets see what she does. Her email address is posted; you should send her a quick Email. I do not have the power to suspend anyone; she does. FUDB is out of order. I was given another message to post about comment box abuse. From this post I gather they observe first and then suspend. We are on the Patch Radar Screen; I will not disturb anything. If I were FUDB I would immediately delete the offensive comment about Dennis.


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