October 23, 2014 / 29th of Tishrei, 5775
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Community Guidelines

Here's the deal—all of us want JewishBoston.com to thrive. Here are a few Community Guidelines to make that happen:

1.  JewishBoston.com is committed to representing our diverse Jewish community, and we welcome a very broad spectrum of viewpoints. In fact, we encourage conversation about our differences. Remember to...

  • Play nice or at least be civil. Treat others in the community—both those offering events and services and those attending—as you'd like to be treated.
  • Don't be offensive, don't name call, don't bully. We hope the community will be self-moderating, but we will remove content that is intended to offend or hurt. All too often the web is a place that polarizes us. That's not the goal here.
     

2.  We Jews are especially passionate about Israel, and with our widely differing opinions, it's not always comfortable for us to stand together under one "big tent." So here are a few more guidelines about Israel:

  • We believe that Israel's security depends on a strong American Jewish community that upholds the basic principle of Israel's right to exist, in safety and security.
  • We encourage diverse points of view and civil dialogue about Israel. We recognize that Jews have many opinions and that having a safe place for differing viewpoints can strengthen our community and Israel.
  • We will remove content that advocates for divestment, a one-state solution or other materials that deny Israel's right to exist.
     

3.  Our events guidelines are pretty straightforward. We accept the following:

  • Events being produced or co-sponsored by a Jewish organization
  • Events with Jewish content, subject to the approval of the JewishBoston.com editorial team
  • For events that don't fall into this category, we encourage the use of a blog post

When posting events, please do not post weekly Shabbat services or other weekly events. At this time we ask you to please post these events once a month and state in the description that they take place weekly. We will delete the extra events from the system. We encourage you to put this information on your organizational page. For questions about events, please contact support@jewishboston.com.
 

4.  Events and blog posts are featured as Editor's Picks based on the following criteria:

  • Our goal for the homepage (and all of JewishBoston.com) reflects the full diversity of our community.
  • When featuring events, we balance audience, content area, geography and cost. We tilt slightly toward events for 20s and 30s and families with young children. We also try to make sure there are always events in the Metrowest and South Area and an Israel event on the homepage. We like to surface smaller organizations and unusual offerings. Events that include robust descriptions and images appropriate to the event are more likely to be featured.
  • For blog posts, we consider diversity, point of view, author, subject matter and quality. Blog posts that are between 200 and 500 words and contain pictures or video are much more likely to be featured. As a community site whose mission is helping more people participate in Jewish life, we primarily feature blog posts with local content and broad appeal.
  • Events and blog posts are featured at the discretion of the editors. Featuring an event or blog post as an Editor's Pick does not imply endorsement of the opinions expressed by the event or blog post on the part of JewishBoston.com or its editors.
     

5.  See the Terms & Conditions if you want the details.