Community Central Guidelines
We’re Asking You to Provide the Same Kind of Respect You Desire to Receive.
We mean don’t abuse the site. Every Community Central (“Community”) feature, including but not limited to the right to provide content, or comments on content, on AlternativZ, involves a certain level of trust. We trust you to be responsible, and thousands of users respect that trust. Please be one of them.
As a member of the AlternativZ Community you acknowledge that the purpose of AlternativZ is to expand the knowledge universe of all manner of things Health and Wellness, and Holistic, Integrative, Complementary and Alternative Medicine. This is largely supported by your own experiences and it is those experiences we urge you to share with others. Claims presented that go beyond personal experience account are subject to removal however failure to do so by AlternativZ in no way endorses, supports, or validates in any way the submitted content. Any failure on the part of AlternativZ to remove such submissions shall not be construed as an endorsement of any kind, type, or nature to you, the user.
Each member of the Community is responsible for their own content and AlternativZ makes no claim of ownership beyond those outlined in AlternativZ Terms of Service over user submissions. User content submissions are for the sole purpose of sharing with others personal experiences and observations. Using the site, its discussion, comments, or other media posting methods for personal or business promotion of any kind is not permitted and may be removed without notice by AlternativZ editorial staff.
Marketing, advertising, and business promotional activities are fully supported via the advertising options offered by AlternativZ. To learn more about AlternativZ advertising and marketing options please visit the Advertise With Us section of the site. Should you desire to engage in these practices on AlternativZ you may only do so via those options provided for in our Advertise With Us section. Violation of these Community guidelines (“Guidelines”) can result in account closure and removal of all previously submitted content, in AlternativZ sole discretion.
An Embarrassment Free Zone
Here are Some Common-Sense Rules That Will Help you Steer Clear of Trouble:
AlternativZ is all about Health and Wellness, and Holistic, Integrative, Complementary and Alternative Medicine and it’s possible roll in our lives. It is not for pornography or sexually explicit content. If this describes your textual content, images or video, even if it’s content or comments about you, don’t post it on AlternativZ. Also, be advised that we work closely with law enforcement and we report child exploitation. Please read our Safety Tips and stay safe on AlternativZ.
Don’t post textual content, images or videos showing bad stuff. We believe you know bad stuff when you see it, especially as it relates to the intention of this site. AlternativZ is all about Health and Wellness, and Holistic, Integrative, Complementary and Alternative Medicine and all user submissions are to be within this global context.
AlternativZ is not a shock site. It is an informational and educational Health and Wellness, and Holistic, Integrative, Complementary and Alternative Medicine based Community site. Don’t post content or comments that are gross in nature or intended to shock or disgust.
This means don’t upload user submissions you didn’t make, or use content in your submissions that someone else owns the copyright to, without necessary authorizations.
We Encourage Free Speech
We encourage free speech and defend everyone’s right to express unpopular points of view. But we don’t permit hate speech (speech which attacks or demeans a group based on race or ethnic origin, religion, disability, gender, age, veteran status, and sexual orientation/gender identity or differing points of view regarding practices within the fields of Health and Wellness, and Holistic, Integrative, Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
Things like predatory behavior, stalking, threats, harassment, intimidation, invading privacy, revealing other people’s personal information, and inciting others to commit violent acts or to violate AlternativZ Terms and Service are taken very seriously. Anyone caught doing these things may be permanently banned from AlternativZ.
Everyone Hates Spam
Don’t create misleading descriptions, tags, titles or thumbnails. It’s not okay to post large amounts of untargeted, unwanted or repetitive content, including comments and private messages.
Please take these rules seriously and take them to heart. Don’t try to look for loopholes or try to lawyer your way around the Guidelines – just understand them and try to respect the spirit in which they were created.
- Do not post “bad stuff”, shocking, or disgusting items. Respect copyrights of others. Do not post “hate speech”. Do not post SPAM or partake in predatory behavior.
We Enforce These Guidelines
AlternativZ staff reviews new content and comments 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate our Community Guidelines. When they do, we remove them. Sometimes a user submission doesn’t violate our Community Guidelines, but may not be appropriate for everyone. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination. If your account is terminated, you won’t be allowed to create any new accounts.
- We review all posts and will delete those that are not appropriate for this site. Repeat offenders will have their accounts disabled.
Get Involved, You Can Make a Difference
AlternativZ is for those individuals interested in Health and Wellness, and Holistic, Integrative, Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Remember that this is your Community! Each and every user of AlternativZ makes the site what it is, so don’t be afraid to dig in and get involved!
Have fun with the site. There’s a lot to see and discover here, and lots of new content posted regularly. Community Central is the perfect opportunity for our Members to share their thoughts and experiences… one of them should be you! The more Members share their thoughts and knowledge the better for all involved. By giving a little, you can get a lot back.
Let folks know what you think. Comments and feedback on comments is part of the experience, and when done with respect, can be a great way to make friends, share stories, and make your time on AlternativZ richer. So leave comments, participate in discussions, invest a little time and knowledge and it can reap ever increasing rewards for you and others within Community Central. There’s a lot going on and a lot of ways to participate.
You may not like everything you see. Some of the content here may offend you. If you find that it violates our Terms and Service, then click the Contact Us or Feedback links and let us know. We take your comments seriously and our staff will review it. That’s it! Thanks for reading!
- We encourage involvement and sharing your experiences. If you find content that violates our guidelines, report it.
Community Guideline Tips
Want a Little More Insight… Here are Some Helpful Tips:
Inappropriate Sexual Comments or Content
There are exceptions for some educational, documentary and scientific content, but only if that is the sole purpose of the comment or content and it is not gratuitously graphic. For example, an article or related comments on breast cancer would be appropriate, but posting content or comments out of context from the article might not be.
“Hate speech” refers to content that promotes hatred against members of a any group, protected or otherwise. For instance, racist or sexist content or comments, may be considered hate speech. Sometimes there is a fine line between what is and what is not considered hate speech. For instance, it is generally okay to criticize a point of view, but not okay to make insulting generalizations about people who may advocate that point of view.
Shocking and Disgusting
The world is a dangerous place. Sometimes people do get hurt and it’s inevitable that these events may be documented. However, it’s not okay to submit content, or post comments that are primarily intended to be shocking, sensational or disrespectful.
Dangerous Illegal Acts
While it might not seem fair for AlternativZ to restrict comments you might make because of what viewers theoretically might do in response, we draw the line at content that’s intended to incite or encourage dangerous, illegal activities that have an inherent risk of serious physical harm or death.
Children Come First
User submissions or comments involving children (anyone under the age of 18) are particularly sensitive. Textual content, comments etc., containing children, should be respectful and never be sexually suggestive or violent. Please be cautious when posting comments or anything else involving a child. If your going to share a private moment or otherwise, consider it carefully before doing so.
When you create something original, you own the copyright for it. Likewise, when other people create content, they may have a copyright to it. As a creative community, it’s essential that everyone on AlternativZ respect the copyrights of others. If you’re not sure if something will violate someone’s copyright, the safest thing to do is to create something completely original. If it’s all yours you never have to worry about copyright – you own it.