Thank you for being a part of Idea Lab. This community relies on positive, constructive dialogue and sharing. Idea Lab does not exist to foster attacks against others. Attacks, personal criticisms, or threats are outside of the defined purpose for Idea Lab's online community and will not be tolerated. Selling and self-promotion are also counter to Idea Lab's purpose. To ensure the best possible experience for all community members, we have established some basic guidelines for participation.

The Rules

  • Stay on topic. Good ideas help the entire community by providing relevant, insightful information or asking important questions. If your post contains anything unrelated to the topic of the forum or article, it may be removed.
  • Make your subject lines concise, accurate and specific. This makes it easier for people to respond appropriately and to search the archives by subject. Remember your readers and try to follow standard email etiquette.
  • Be honest, be yourself. The community is intended to be used for the creation and development of great ideas. False, inaccurate, or otherwise misleading information is not helpful. Please be sincere in your community participation by only contributing content you know is accurate.
  • Keep it clean, keep it friendly. Every post should make a positive contribution. The community is open to all points of view on the intended topics; mature, polite debate is encouraged. Attacks or cyber-bullying will not be tolerated. Idea Lab is meant to stimulate conversation and trigger the exchange of ideas, not to create contention. Contradictory opinions are of course welcomed, but should always be thoughtful and respectful, rather than emotional, impulsive or anger-driven (you'd be surprised, it happens). Do not post anything that you would not want the world to see or that you would not want anyone to know came from you.
  • Use the right channels for complaints. The Idea Lab online community is not the appropriate platform to resolve personal issues or start disputes against any member or organization. Posts of this nature will be removed.
  • Submit only your own, original content. Help us maintain the community's integrity and observe the intellectual property rights of others by only submitting content you have personally written or else used with permission and properly attributed. The community should not be used to distribute unauthorized copies of any copyrighted material.
  • Help look after your community. Idea Lab is here for the benefit and enjoyment of members like you. If you notice content within the community that does not abide by these guidelines, please report it to the Community Managers.