(For Your listening pleasure while you read,... Billy Joel's "A Matter of Trust")
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When you joined ActiveRain, do you remember clicking on a little box where you agreed to abide by the Community Guidelines?
(Are you kidding? No one ever actually READS that stuff, do they?)
This is a continuation in a series of articles that will walk us through the ActiveRain Community Guidelines, and help us to have a better grasp on how to live them out in a practical sense.
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Respect the ActiveRain Community
Being a part of any community requires a certain level of trust. Don't abuse the site or your fellow members. By joining the ActiveRain community you are given a platform to present your ideas and opinions to a large number of people. We trust you to be responsible with that platform; thousands of other ActiveRain members are also counting on your trustworthiness.
Here's Websters on Trust: "an assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone."
Trust allows us to be transparent. Trust encourages vulnerability. Trust removes the fear of judgement. Trust provides a safety net of mutual respect, care, and concern.
Trust isn't something easily bestowed. It takes time and effort to develop. It has to be earned. Trust normally takes a long time to cultivate, but can be lost in an instant.
When you elect to participate on this Network, we are relying on your professionalism. Strong, solid ethical practices permeate our industry. We are governed by them, and sworn to abide by them. Those ideals should translate over to our involvement here on ActiveRain.
Can You be trusted? Can we, as a community, count on your trustworthiness? Will your character and integrity be revealed in your writing? Will your words and comments convey strength and truth?
Being a Member of ActiveRain isn't simply a means of gaining more business,...it's a "Matter of Trust!"