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Community Guidelines

Guidelines to help members and organisers succeed on Bylde

At Bylde, we believe that the real-life community is really, really important. When people come together, they create new possibilities for each other. Ideas spread, networks form, movements start. At its simplest, life is just better when you have people to enjoy it with.

Bylde exists to help people grow into the people they want to be and live happy and fulfilling lives by finding the communities that will help them thrive.

To make this possible, Bylde requires groups to meet some basic requirements.

✔ Offer a growth opportunity

Bylde events should offer opportunities for members to better themselves in some way. This could mean:

  1. Teaching or learning something new
  2. Developing a skill
  3. Meeting new people
  4. Building community
  5. Volunteering for a cause
  6. Supporting each other
  7. Increasing awareness about a specific topic
  8. Encouraging a passion
  9. Pursuing a goal or a hobby
  10. Getting fit and active
  11. Exploring new places
  12. Furthering one’s career

✔ Host events that create real human connections

Bylde is a platform that helps people make real-life connections—it is not a platform for only advertising sales or special promotions. Events must focus on creating an experience that adds value for attendees. This can mean learning something, playing a game together, making new friends, or enjoying each other’s company. People should leave Bylde events feeling inspired or more connected to their community in some way.

Here are a few examples of what’s acceptable to post as a Bylde event:

  1. Discussions that offer new perspectives
  2. Adventures that get people out of their comfort zones
  3. Hangouts that allow people to get to know each other
  4. Tours that help people discover new places and ideas
  5. Workshops that help people sharpen their skills
  6. Group speakers that spread new ideas
  7. Games that connect people through fun, shared experiences

Here are some examples of how businesses should and should not use Bylde:

✔ A local bar that hosts weekly get-togethers like trivia nights or darts tournaments

✘ A local bar that hosts events that solely advertise daily happy hour times and prices

✔ A yoga studio that hosts daily group classes

✘ A yoga studio that hosts events that solely advertise limited-time offers

✔ A wine shop that hosts tasting events and sommelier courses

✘ A wine shop that hosts events that solely advertise new inventory or sales

✔ Meet in real life

Connecting online is just not the same as connecting in real life. Bylde groups need to meet locally and in-person so that real-life communities can grow. Bylde should not be used only for hosting online meetings, conference calls, or webinars.

✔ Have a host present at events

It can be a little intimidating to show up to an event where you don’t know anyone, so having a host at every event is important for making members feel comfortable and welcome. All Bylde events must have an in-person host present to help connect attendees, manage relationships with venues, and bring structure to the events. The host must, at a minimum, make members aware of the event location, and act as a point of contact during the event. If a business or an organization is sponsoring an event, the event description must identify a contact person who will be present at the event.

If Bylde receives reports that there is no one present in-person hosting a Bylde group’s events, we may remove the group at our sole discretion.

✔ Be honest and transparent about your group’s intentions

Bylde organizers must always be honest and transparent with their members so that everyone knows what to expect at the group’s events. Group and event names and descriptions must accurately convey sufficient information that allows members to make informed decisions about their participation. This includes, at a minimum, being clear about:

  1. The nature of the group's activities, interests, and intentions
  2. The group’s membership requirements
  3. Fees or dues
  4. The group’s affiliation, if the group is associated with a business, organization, or any other third party

If Bylde receives reports that a group is not accurately disclosing any of this information, we may remove the group at our sole discretion.

Prohibited group and event practices on Bylde

Helping people find their crew is what Bylde is all about—however, there are a few types of communities that we cannot support our platform due to safety, legal, or ethical reasons. If Bylde determines that your group or its events fall into any of the following categories, we may remove the group at our sole discretion.

Bylde does not support groups and events related to any of the following themes.

✘ Violent, dangerous, or criminal behavior

Groups must not contain content or promote events that could promote or facilitate illegal or violent activity, such as:

  1. Buying or selling firearms or drugs  
  2. Pyramid schemes
  3. Acts of physical harm against other people
  4. Animal abuse
  5. Acts of vandalism

Groups must not contain content or promote events that could threaten public or personal safety, including:

  1. Advocating for, inciting, or making aspirational statements or threats to commit violence against any group of people, individual person, or specific location
  2. Weapons and explosive-making
  3. Calls for violence in response to private or public events
  4. Exposure of an individual’s personal information
  5. Promotion or glorification of self-harm (for example, suicide, eating disorders or substance abuse)

Groups must not contain content or promote events that incite hate, violence, or harassment against individuals or groups of people based on personal attributes such as race, color, religion, descent, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, disability, or a medical or genetic condition.

Groups must not contain content or promote events that organize, promote, provide for, distribute services for, or recruit for terrorist organizations.

✘ Targeted to individuals under 18

Bylde members and organizers must be at least 18 years old. Bylde groups and events must be only targeted to people over the age of 18.

Family groups are more than welcome on Bylde, but all children present at the event must be supervised and accompanied by an adult guardian.

✘ Harmful misinformation

Groups must not contain content or promote events that contain medical misinformation, including:

  1. Assurances of health cures or mental cures
  2. Unrealistic health, diet, and weight loss claims
  3. Claims that have been scientifically disproven and that may pose a public or personal health risk

Groups must not contain content or promote events that contain financial guarantees, including:

  1. Assurances of financial gains
  2. Promises of specific returns on investment

✘ Misrepresentation or concealed intentions

Groups must not contain content or promote events that conceal or misrepresent the primary purpose of the group or its events, including:

  1. A group created with the purpose of deliberately spreading false or deceptive information
  2. A group created with the sole purpose of making a statement or sparking controversy

✘ Pick-up artists or seduction techniques

Groups must not contain content or promote events that involve pick-up or seduction techniques, or wingman tactics.

✘ Sexual exploitation

Groups must not contain content or promote events that promote or facilitate sex trafficking, prostitution, or any other type of sexual exploitation.

✘ Pornography, nudity, or sexual content

Groups and events must not contain pornography or publicly shared nude or sexual photos.

If nudity or sexuality is part of a group’s identity or lifestyle, organizers must keep the group private in order to limit access to this content to members of that group. Bylde expects organizers to monitor this content.

✘ Mature interests that are not honest and transparent

Mature interest groups must follow additional requirements. In the group description, organizers must clearly describe rules of participation and informed consent, be clear and explicit about activities that will occur, and outline safety considerations. Mature interest groups must always have their group visibility settings set to private.

✘ Legal or medical services

Groups must not contain content or promote events that involve regulated services provided by licensed medical or legal professionals. Bylde does not validate professional credentials or licenses.

✘ A doctor or nurse that offers a healthcare procedure

✘ A lawyer that offers assistance filing for divorce

However, groups and events focused on group activities promoted by these professionals are allowed.

✔ A therapist who organizes a mutual support group for people with anxiety

✔ A health professional who organizes a weight loss support group

Organizer and leadership standards: Best organizer practices

Respect the Original Intent: Don't Tamper with Groups or Events

Converting a group or changing or adding events, so they no longer align with the expectations and purpose set by the organizer and leadership team, is prohibited on the grounds that it is misleading. 

The intentions of the group should remain generally consistent with member expectations. While groups often evolve and change over time, changes should be agreed upon by group membership and well-communicated, so people can make informed decisions about their continued participation.

Converting

It is prohibited to step up as organizer to a group in order to change the focus of the group, close the group, send or post promotional content, or to send or post content not aligned with the original description of the group. If it is your intention to change the meaning or purpose of a group, we advise that you start a new group instead. If a group gets a new organizer, the mission of that group should stay the same. Events in a group should reflect intentions expressed in the group description.

Tampering

It is prohibited to alter the content or settings of a group without permission from the main organizer, or in a way that is not aligned with the purpose of that group. Any use of Bylde tools or features to disrupt the group or destroy content for the purpose of undermining or undercutting the established community is a violation of our policies.

Message Respectfully: Don't Spam Members

Content sent to a member that is irrelevant, impersonal, unsolicited, promotional, or repetitive is spam, and organizers may be blocked for spamming members. 

The following are examples of inappropriate spam messages sent by organizers:

  1. Sending repetitive or unsolicited messages to members who are not in an organizer's groups.
  2. Sending messages to an organizer's own group that do not relate to that group.
  3. Sending promotional messages, including promoting an organizer’s group to members who are not in that group.
  4. Abusing the announcement or invite features by repeatedly inviting members or non-members for whom a group may not be relevant.
  5. Creating groups, events, or accounts for the purpose of cross-promoting groups or events.

Use Respectful Language

Using profanity in an attacking, sexual way, or in a way intended to offend people, is prohibited in group and event titles, descriptions, or any other area that is publicly promoted or viewable on the platform.

Be Clear & Professional: Editorial Requirements

In order to provide a quality experience to our members, titles of groups and events are to be relevant, useful, and easy to understand. Excessive or improper use of punctuation, symbols, capitalization, spacing, URLs, or repetition, intended to grab attention for a group or event, will need to be edited.

We consider the following examples to be excessive or gimmicky use of numbers, symbols, punctuation, repetition, or spacing: !!Dance!!!, d*a*n*c*e, DANCE, DaNcE, d a n c e, or [email protected]

Intellectual Property

We respect the intellectual property rights of others. Posting content that violates another party's intellectual property rights is prohibited. 

When provided with the requisite information, Bylde will remove or disable access to material that infringes on the intellectual property rights of others or remove accounts of those who may be repeat infringers. Please note that simply holding a group around a similar topic in a shared location, is generally not considered a violation of our policies.

Reporting IP, Trademark, or Copyright Infringement

Organizer Access to a Bylde Group

It is the responsibility of an organizer to pay for a group to operate and continue to be hosted on Bylde. Failure to pay or update payment information to renew an organizer subscription can result in allowing another member to step up and assume the role of the main organizer of the group. 

Generally, Bylde will not reinstate the former organizer of a group if the organizer loses their position and another member takes over as the main organizer. However, Bylde may reinstate previous organizers if their groups were affiliated with a registered third-party organization, entity, or company.

Bylde member restrictions

Bylde takes member account privacy very seriously and has strict rules regarding who can access or create a Bylde account. Please know we reserve the right to suspend or remove any account, or limit access to certain features of the platform, for any reason, at our sole discretion.

Deceased Member Policy

If a member or organizer passes away, Bylde cannot provide access to their account, even to family members or people acting on the behalf of the estate. Bylde will work with families and honour their wishes if they choose to close accounts or groups or transfer them to another member.

Under 18 Participation

Bylde members and organizers must be at least 18 years of age. Therefore, groups must be targeted at, and only offer opportunities for those who are over 18. 

While groups are welcome to provide activities for families, any children present at an event must be supervised and accompanied by an adult guardian. 

Criminal Record

Bylde may remove certain members when we become aware that the member is a convicted sex offender or has been convicted of a violent, fraudulent, or dangerous crime. Bylde may also remove a member based on their criminal record, for safety, or for other concerns. Members with concerns about criminal or illegal activity should always report it to local authorities.

Bylde social media community standards

Bylde communities thrive when you show up IRL to do what you love together. 

We believe the global Bylde community deserves to feel welcomed, respected, and excited to connect with each other, whether we do that in person or on social media.

Here are the five key tenets of our community on social media:

  1. Be welcoming. Cultivate a space where everyone feels safe to be themselves: a community-driven by kindness — not bullying, trolling, or bigotry.
  2. Be real. Act as you would act in real life: with integrity and authenticity.
  3. Be impactful. Contribute to the discussion, and respect everyone’s time. What would you say if you were talking in person at an event?
  4. Be spirited. Show up with an openness to diverse perspectives and lively debate.
  5. Be thoughtful. Challenge ideas, not people.

If your posts on social media conflict with any of these tenets:

  1. Your post may be removed. You will be privately notified, warned, and encouraged to adjust your actions going forward in order to stay a member of the community.
  2. If you violate any of these tenets again, we have the right to ban you from our community on all social media channels.

Bylde event policies and the coronavirus (COVID-19)

Updated: June 26, 2020

In response to the guidelines set by the United Kingdom Government. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, advice from the World Health Organization, and to protect the health and safety of the Bylde community, we are temporarily updating our groups and events policy to permit groups to host events online. 

We advise that all events should be hosted online until there are updates from local governments concluding that it’s safe to continue meeting in person.

 
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