Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct

Welcome to IPO Connect. Before creating a profile and using this service, you must agree that you have read and will follow the rules and suggested etiquette below. Scroll to the bottom of this page and click ACCEPT to accept this Code of Conduct and access IPO Connect. By doing so, you also agree to the General IPO Terms of Use. You will only be asked to do this once.

Rules

  • Users agree to use IPO Connect only to post, upload, distribute, or disseminate messages and material that are proper. All defamatory, abusive, profane, threatening, offensive, infringing, or otherwise illegal materials are strictly prohibited.
    •  Users may not personally attack, harass, stalk, threaten, violate rights (including but not limited to rights of privacy and publicity), or restrict or inhibit other users’ use and enjoyment of the service.
  • Users agree that they will not violate any libel, slander, or antitrust laws
    • Commercial messages, such as advertisements or offers to provide business services, are prohibited. Use caution when discussing proprietary products or services, because information posted in some groups are available for all IPO Members to see.        
    •    Uploading files that contain viruses, Trojan horses, worms, malware, adware, or any other similar software or program that might damage the operation of others’ computers or networks is strictly prohibited.
  • Users should send messages only to appropriate communities or groups and must avoid spamming multiple lists with the same post or otherwise disseminating duplicative or unsolicited posts. Users may not post contests, pyramid schemes, chain letters, or other types of junk mail.
  • Users may not mine or otherwise collect other users’ contact information in bulk.
  • Falsifying any information, including creating a false identity to mislead other users, is prohibited.

Suggested Etiquette
•    Include a signature tag on all messages that includes your name, company, and location. 
•    State concisely and clearly the topic of your post in the subject line. This allows members to search the archives by subject. 
•    Send a message to an entire community or group only when it contains information that could benefit the entire group. 
•    Send messages such as "thanks for the information" or "me, too" to individuals rather than to an entire community or group. Do this by using the "Reply to Sender" link that appears in every message.

IPO actively monitors the Open Forum on IPO Connect, and most individual communities are monitored by an IPO Staff Liaison. IPO does not generally undertake editorial control of postings, but does reserve the right to moderate or remove any posting at any time without prior notice and in its sole discretion.

Written views expressed on IPO Connect are not the views of IPO.

IPO reserves the right to terminate website access without notice for any user who does not abide by these guidelines and/or to suspend or terminate IPO membership for members who violate these rules.

IPO reserves the right to modify this Code of Conduct at any time without prior notice.

Questions about IPO Connect should be directed via email to connecthelp@ipo.org.