Community Rules

Forum Rules
 

Rule #1
Respect Your Fellow Mommy

Rule #2
Flaming, Bashing & Trolling

Rule #3
Keep it PG-13

Rule #4
Keep it Private & Safe

Rule #5
Our Managers & Moderators

Rule #6
Impersonating Other Users / Accessing Another User's Account

Rule #7
Advertising, Spamming and Unsolicited Messages

Rule #8
Promoting Other Local Forums/Groups

Rule #9
Duplicate Posts, Bumping and Shout Outs

Rule #10
Charitable Requests

Rule #11
Business Reviews


Code of Conduct

  For Children

For Moms

Sick Child/Mom Guidelines

A Final Note

Property of The Mommies Network

Community Rules

This community is provided to allow our members to get to know each other and support each other as mothers and as individuals. To ensure that this community can continue to provide this benefit to our members, we require you to abide by the rules as outlined below. It is the obligation of each member of HoustonAreaMommies.com to be familiar with these rules and to honor them at all times. Failure to follow these rules will result in a request to alter your post, your post being deleted and/or a warning from a member of our Leadership Team. Accumulate three warnings and your account will be permanently banned.

These rules apply across our Network, including TMN national. If you are a member of multiple TMN communities you must respect the privacy of members on each community, as well as the site leadership and TMN staff and leadership. Failure to adhere to these rules may affect your membership in all TMN communities.

Forum Rules

Rule #1 -- Respect Your Fellow Mommy
The number one rule here is to respect each other. We all come from different places, different families and different situations. With a large group of people, it is inevitable that some will not get along with others. However, each member here deserves respect and disrespectful behavior to a member or to site or The Mommies Network management will result in a warning. If disagreements do occur, we expect them to be handled privately and not in the public forums. If you are unsure if your behavior is unacceptable, it probably is. If you feel you are being personally attacked in any way, please notify the management immediately by emailing us at admin@HoustonAreaMommies.com
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Rule #2 -- Flaming, Bashing & Trolling
Hate posts and personal attacks will not be tolerated. Treat others on these message boards as you would expect them to treat you. You have the right to state your opinion in a respectful way once on a thread. Any more than that and it is considered argumentative and will not be tolerated. Talking trash about another member of our Network or posting topics specifically to provoke a negative response from an individual, a group or an entire community is not acceptable. These posts will be deleted and may result in a warning.
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Rule #3 -- Keep it PG-13
The content of our community should be fit for a 'PG-13' audience. Do not post any inappropriate, profane, defamatory, graphically sexual, obscene, indecent or unlawful topic, URL or image. This includes swearing, graphic discussions about sex, and racial slurs.
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Rule #4 -- Keep it Private & Safe
Respect the privacy of each other and of our leadership team. Information learned in private (private message, email, face-to-face conversations or on private forums) cannot be shared without the permission of the member. Likewise, information learned from any forum cannot be shared outside of our community without the permission of the member. Never divulge any private or personal information about another person in our Network online (including their real name) that the person has not asked you to make public.

We do everything possible to keep this a safe community, but this is the Internet. Do not post your address or phone number in our forums!!! Please use our private messaging system. You can edit your Profile to remove any instant message ids and hide your email address from members by switching the option 'Always show my e-mail address:' to 'no.' This will prevent all but our site administrators from seeing your email address. You will still be easily reached via our Private Messaging system, but your email will no longer appear as a link on your posts.

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Rule #5 -- Our Leaders
The site administrator(s), managers, moderators, and TMN staff are all community volunteers. Their job is to keep the forums productive and positive. Moderators have the ability to edit and/or delete posts should the occasion warrant. The moderator's decision is final and any attempt to change their edits or repost a deleted thread will be cause for an immediate ban on your account. If you feel that your post has been edited or deleted in error, please email admin@HoustonAreaMommies.com and we will review the situation. Our site leaders and TMN staff are not perfect and are only human. Disagreements occur. Try to communicate with them first on a respectful level and settle your disagreement. They are not targets for your obscenities, flames or general insults. If you do not agree with a decision, you are not entitled to start a thread arguing about the verdict or flaming any of the leaders or TMN staff. Any such messages will be removed.

If you have a problem with a manager or moderator please contact another member of our leadership team. If you have a problem with the site administrator of any The Mommies Network community please contact admin@themommiesnetwork.org. We discourage discussions of the board itself or of moderator decisions. Site administrators work under the supervision of TMN and any problems you might have with their performance should be called to TMN's attention via private message or email. Any public "calling out" (i.e., posting a thread) of site leadership will be removed. PUBLIC CRITICISM OF SITE LEADERSHIP OR THE MOMMIES NETWORK UNDERMINES OUR COMMUNITY. Take it up with the administrator in private or contact The Mommies Network. Please direct feedback or suggestions to admin@HoustonAreaMommies.com .
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Rule #6 -- Impersonating Other Users / Accessing Another User's Account
You may not impersonate another community member or TMN staff, allow others to access your account, attempt to access another account, or create an account specifically for the purpose of provoking other users. Also, accessing or using someone else's account or attempting to access another poster's account is strictly prohibited. You are responsible for keeping your log-in information, including your password, private. Sharing of memberships or screen names is not allowed. Knowingly or unknowingly allowing anyone else to access your account will result in a yellow card to all accounts involved. Fraudulently accessing another account in our Network will result in two yellow cards on all legitimate accounts on our Network.
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Rule #7 -- Advertising, Spamming and Unsolicited Messages
Contacting a member via email or private message to sell or promote your business is not allowed unless they have specifically asked for the information.

You may not advertise or offer to sell or buy any goods or services for any business purpose on any forum other than the Buy/Sell/Trade Forum and the Products/Services Forum. Posts of this nature located in any other forum will be deleted without notice. If you do not have enough posts to participate in these forums, please get involved in our community. We are not a free classifieds site.

Text-only advertisements are allowed in your signature. Members who place graphic advertisements in their signatures may have their signature privileges suspended indefinitely.

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Rule #8 -- Promoting Other Local Forums/Groups
Promoting other local community-focused (not educational-focused) parenting groups (for moms, dads or both) via our forums or private messaging system is not permitted. It took a lot of work to get where we are today, and we will not allow anyone to use the results of our efforts to benefit competing organizations. The Mommies Network has granted exceptions for chapters the following non-profit organizations: International MOMS Club, Mocha Moms, Inc., MOPS International, Inc. The National Organization of Mother's Centers, and The National Organization of Mothers of Twins Clubs, Inc, The Holistic Moms Network, Inc.. If you feel another organization should be added to this list please email admin@themommiesnetwork.org

If this site does not have a complimentary site for moms or dads and you know of someone interested in starting one please have them visit The Mommies Network to fill out an application.

Members who start or serve on the leadership team of a new competing site may have their accounts set to pending temporarily upon discovery. Once TMN determines that these members are not utilizing this site to promote the new site they will send an email to each pending member reminding them of our rules and inviting them back to the site as long as they abide by the rules. However, with those members, any flaming, baiting or advertising of the other site will result in an immediate ban.

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Rule #9 -- Duplicate Posts, Bumping and Shout Outs
Posting duplicate posts across multiple forums is highly discouraged. Bumping a post (replying just to push it up the list) and posting expressly to increase your post count is not allowed. Please use the Private Messaging system to have personal discussions with individuals on the boards.
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Rule #10 -- Classifieds and Charitable Requests
HoustonAreaMommies and The Mommies Network are in no way involved in the actual transaction between buyers and sellers on the boards, or in unverified charitable requests. We accept no responsibility for the legality, safety, accuracy, or legitimacy of the items and charitable requests listed on the boards. Both parties accept full responsibility for any transactions transpiring through the message boards.
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Rule #11 -- Business Reviews
Please keep posts about business, organizations and professionals limited to your own personal experience. Negative feedback about a business could destroy someone's livelihood, so keep your posts factual and avoid name calling and hearsay.
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Code of Conduct

Children

We all need to remember the rules are made to focus on the behavior not the person.

Each mother is responsible for her own child's behavior. We have to remember that there is not a right or wrong way of parenting; we are not here to judge each other.

  1. When disciplining, please remove the child from the immediate area
  2. AGGRESSIVE BEHAVIOR (hair pulling, hitting, kicking, wresting) - if any of these behaviors occurs, then that mother should remove her child from the area. After a short bit of time, this child can resume the activity. If after a 1/2 hour from the original incident this behavior does not cease, then the child and mother shall leave the event.
  3. If the child is participating in an overly hyper activity that puts other children in danger of being injured they will be asked to leave the immediate area. If the child does not discontinue the behavior the mother and child shall leave the event.
  4. BITING, SPITTING ON OTHERS, URINATING IN PUBLIC AREAS - if any of these behaviors occurs, then that mother and child should leave the event. If a child ATTEMPTS any of these behaviors, then that child should be removed from the area by his/her mother, and then can return to the activity. If another attempt it made, then the child and mother will leave for the day.
  5. If a child is consistently having behavioral problems that have warranted his/her removal from several activities, the mother may be asked to refrain from attending events until that child's aggressive or anti-social behavior is under control.
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Adults

Please remember that our number one rule is to Respect Your Fellow Mommy

  1. No member shall use obscene/abusive language or gestures toward any other member of the group or their children.
  2. Members shall refrain from malicious gossip/harassment regarding other members of the group.
  3. All members shall be considerate and respectful to the property of other members.
  4. Members will not use events as a way to promote their business. It's fine to discuss what you do and answer questions but unsolicited product/service information during events is not permitted.
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Sick Children/Adult Guidelines

For the health and safety of all our moms and kids, please stay home if you or your child show any of these symptoms within the past 24 hours:
  • a temperature of 100 degrees or higher
  • diarrhea or vomiting
  • a rash
  • eye, ear or nasal discharge, other than clear
  • sore throat

You should remain at home until you/your child are/is free of symptoms for 24 hours. This is for your protection as resistance is low when you are ill and you are more susceptible to other infections.
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A Final Note
Since we can't have a rule to cover everything, this is the rule to, well, cover everything. These are public boards, so act like you would if you were in a public place. HoustonAreaMommies and The Mommies Network reserve the right to choose the guidelines of objectionable content based on its knowledge of users and company policy. These issues are left to the discretion of the leadership team, but may include any material that is knowingly false and/or defamatory, misleading, inaccurate, abusive, vulgar, hateful, harassing, obscene, racist, sexist, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, invasive of a person's privacy or that otherwise violates any law or encourages conduct constituting a criminal offense. HoustonAreaMommies and The Mommies Network reserve the right to amend these rules at any time without notice.
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Property of The Mommies Network
The entire website, including our membership list, forum names and website content is property of The Mommies Network. It is not yours to use, share or duplicate outside of this website. Please tell others about this community (I'm a member of HoustonAreaMommies.com!), but do not utilize the site name in any other way without permission from the site Management Team (including promotional, charitable and political activities). If you have a problem with a business please do not mention your association with HoustonAreaMommies.com unless you have permission from the site Management Team to speak for the community as a whole.
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