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What are the community guidelines?
What are the community guidelines?

Take a look at the following forum rules to help keep our community a positive and encouraging space.

Sam Blakelock avatar
Written by Sam Blakelock
Updated over a week ago

Pickup Music is a community of creators, musicians, and music lovers. Our mission is simple – to take you closer to the music by cultivating a space where artistry, connectivity, and musicianship are celebrated and nurtured.

In short, we want PickUp to continue to be an authentic and safe place for inspiration and expression.

Help us foster this community. Post only your own photos and videos, and always follow the law. It’s all too easy to forget that there’s a real person behind a username. Please respect everyone on PickUp, and don’t spam people or post nudity.

Full Community Guidelines:

Treat this discussion forum with the same respect you would a public park. We too, are a shared community resource – a place to share skills, knowledge, and interests through productive conversation. It takes a village to run a thriving community, and we rely on our members to facilitate great discussion, keep the forum running efficiently, and maintain a supportive environment.

Improve the Discussion: Keep it Positive and Encouraging

Help us make this a great place for discourse by always working to improve the discussion in some way, however small. If you aren’t sure your post is constructive to a conversation, think over what you want to say, and try again later.

The topics discussed here matter to us, and we want them to matter to you, too. Be respectful of the topics and the people discussing them – even if you disagree with what’s being said.

One way you can help improve discussion is by researching ones that are already happening. Take some time to browse through existing topics & conversations before replying or starting your own.

Always Be Civil

Nothing sabotages a healthy conversation like rudeness:

  • Be civil. Don’t post anything that a reasonable person would consider offensive, abusive, or hate speech.

  • Keep it clean. Don’t post anything obscene or sexually explicit.

  • Respect each other. Don’t harass or grief anyone, impersonate people, or expose their private information.

  • Respect our forum. Don’t post spam or otherwise vandalize the forum.

  • It’s never OK to encourage violence or attack anyone based on their race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, disabilities, or diseases.

These are not concrete terms with precise definitions – avoid even the appearance of any of these things. If you’re unsure, ask yourself how you would feel if your post was featured on the front page of the New York Times.

This is a public forum, and search engines index these discussions. Keep the language, links, and images safe for family and friends.

Be Agreeable, Even When You Disagree

We’re not asking you to be fake or agree with everyone all the time. Rather, we ask that you maintain the spirit of politeness and kindness in your discussions with other members. You may wish to respond to something by disagreeing with it. That’s fine. Just remember to criticize ideas, not people.

Please avoid:

  • Name calling

  • Ad hominem attacks

  • Knee-jerk contradiction

Instead, provide reasoned counterarguments that improve the conversation.

Your Participation Counts

The conversations we have here set the tone for the forum. Help us influence the future of this community by choosing to engage in discussions that make this forum an interesting place to be and avoiding those that do not.

We provide tools that enable the community to collectively identify the best (and worst) contributions: favorites, bookmarks, likes, flags, replies, edits, and so forth.

Use these tools to improve your own and everyone else’s experience. Let’s try to leave our park better than we found it.

If You See a Problem, Flag It

Moderators have special authority – they’re responsible for wellbeing of the forum, but you are too. With your help, moderators can be community facilitators, not just janitors or police.

When you see toxic behavior, don’t reply. It encourages the toxicity by acknowledging it, consumes your energy, and wastes everyone’s time. Just flag it. If enough flags accrue, action will be taken, either automatically, or by moderator intervention.

In order to maintain a positive & productive community, moderators reserve the right to remove any content and any user account for any reason at any time. Moderators don’t preview new posts in any way, and while we’ll do our best to respond to issues as soon as possible, the moderators and site operators take no responsibility for any content posted by the community.

Keep It Tidy

Make the effort to put things in the right place, so that we can spend more time discussing and less cleaning up.

  • Don’t start a topic in the wrong category.

  • Don’t crosspost the same thing in multiple subtopics.

  • Don’t post no-content replies. (Rather than posting “+1” or “Agreed”, use the Like button.)

  • Don’t divert a topic by changing it mid-discussion. Rather than taking an existing topic in a radically different direction, use Reply as a New Topic.

  • Don’t sign your posts — every post has your profile information attached to it.

Soliciting for work should only occur in the networking & collaborations category. Privately soliciting others for work, unless they have explicitly indicated they are open to this in their user profile, is prohibited.

Post Only Your Own Stuff

You may not post anything digital that belongs to someone else without their permission. You may not post descriptions of, links to, or methods for stealing someone’s intellectual property (software, video, audio, images) or for breaking any other law.

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This site is operated by a small staff at Pickup and community members like yourself. If you have any further questions about how things should work here, let us know in the suggestions and feedback category. If you have a critical or urgent issue that isn’t covered by a meta topic or flag, contact us via the staff page.

Thank you for helping us create one of the best music communities in the world!

- The Pickup Music team

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