Rules and Etiquette

Online Community Rules and Etiquette

Thank you for being part of the ASAE online community. To ensure the best possible experience for all community members, we have established some basic guidelines for participation.

We understand that the world and our members are becoming more social and connecting online. As such we encourage all to participate in our online community. ASAE hosts several pages on public tools such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Flickr and YouTube along with Collaborate, our private members’ only social network. All of these platforms are great tools to get the advice of your peers, learn from their experience, and participate in an ongoing conversation. By participating on social platforms that are ASAE branded, you agree that you have read and will follow these rules and guidelines.

Please take a moment to acquaint yourself with these important guidelines. If you have questions about these guidelines or the tools themselves, contact the ASAE Collaborate team ( However, questions about ASAE should be directed to our Member Services Center at 888-950-2723 or 

In order to preserve a climate that encourages both civil and fruitful dialogue, ASAE reserves the right to discipline Collaborate users, delete posts or terminate accounts for members who violate these rules.

The Rules

  • Don’t attack others. The discussions on the community platforms are meant to stimulate conversation not to create contention. Let others have their say, just as you may.
  • Don't post commercial messages. Contact people directly with product and service information if you believe it would help them.
  • Collaborate messages should not contain promotional material, special offers, job offers, product announcements, or solicitation for services. ASAE reserves the right to remove such messages and potentially ban sources of those solicitations.   
  • Use caution when discussing products. Information posted on any platform is available for all to see, and comments are subject to libel, slander, and antitrust laws.
  • All defamatory, abusive, profane, threatening, offensive, or illegal materials are strictly prohibited and may be removed.
  • Send your message only to the most appropriate platforms.
  • Do not post anything that you would not want the world to see or that you would not want anyone to know came from you.
  • Please note carefully all items listed in the disclaimer and legal rules below, particularly regarding the copyright ownership of information posted to the Community.
  • Remember that ASAE and other participants have the right to reproduce postings.
    • Some general tips to help you maintain good etiquette when reproducing content.
      • Be courteous. Please ask participants for permission to republish their words elsewhere (especially if elsewhere would be a publicly viewable setting).
      • When citing Collaborate discussions, please include a link back to the original discussion or to the Collaborate homepage.


Community Etiquette

  • Transparency is very important in gaining trust in online relationships, therefore be clear who you are and who you work for when posting on any platform. This means including your real name on your Facebook and twitter accounts along with disclosing your employer and using a profile picture of your likeness and not your company’s logo.  
  • Decide which platform is best for your message. Just sharing a link? Twitter might be best. Sharing an article with your comments then Facebook might be better. Want to start conversations around a topic? That is best served in Linked in or Collaborate.
  • To learn more about how to use these tools please contact the ASAE social media team.


The Legal Stuff

These social media pages, accounts and sites are provided as a service of ASAE. ASAE is not responsible for the opinions and information posted on these sites by others. ASAE disclaims all warranties with regard to information posted on these sites, whether posted by ASAE or any third party; this disclaimer includes all implied warranties of merchantability and fitness. In no event shall ASAE be liable for any special, indirect, or consequential damages or any damages whatsoever resulting from loss of use, data, or profits, arising out of or in connection with the use or performance of any information posted on this site.

Do not post any defamatory, abusive, profane, threatening, offensive, or illegal materials. Do not post any information or other material protected by copyright without the permission of the copyright owner. In addition, by posting material, you grant to ASAE and the members of this community the nonexclusive, world-wide, transferable right and license to display, copy, publish, distribute, transmit, print, and use such information or other material in any way and in any medium, including but not limited to print or electronic form.

Content should not be posted if it encourages or facilitates members to arrive at any agreement that either expressly or impliedly leads to price fixing, a boycott of another's business, or other conduct intended to illegally restrict free trade. Content that encourages or facilitates an agreement about the following subjects are inappropriate: prices, discounts, or terms or conditions of sale; salaries; profits, profit margins, or cost data; market shares, sales territories, or markets; allocation of customers or territories; or selection, rejection, or termination of customers or suppliers. ASAE does not actively monitor these sites for inappropriate postings and does not on its own undertake editorial control of postings. However, in the event that any inappropriate posting is brought to ASAE's attention, ASAE will take all appropriate action.

ASAE reserves the right to block any users who do not abide by these guidelines.

ASAE’s privacy policy is located here:

Guidelines and Policies for Member Created Communities

Welcome to Collaborate! Collaborate is the best space to participate in-depth discussions and receive feedback and resources from other professional peers. It is encouraged to join and often easier, to illicit responses from communities that are thriving and have active participants.

The ability to customize and create your own community in this platform is an excellent added benefit and here at ASAE we want your community to become as successful as possible.

Use this list of things to consider before hitting that ‘create’ button
  • I believe there is a specialized market or interest in the community?
  • What do you want to have accomplished in the community?
  • How will I inform other members of this new community?
  • Can I provide content for the community help encourage discussions?
  • I have searched for communities with similar titles
  • The community is not based on a one-time event

Some measures of success for communities are:

  • Frequent discussions
  • One post per day in the community
  • Posts/discussions that illicit responses from members
  • Community norm= #of members versus the # of discussions posted
  • The community is not based on a one-time event


With that being said ASAE does reserve the right to delete a community that is no longer active and all participants may be placed in a more active and vibrant community without prior notice based on the criteria below:

  1. No discussions since creation or within the last six months.
  2. If there have been no discussions and the library entry is at least six months old, then the library may be archived and the community will be deleted.
  3. If there has been low activity or minimal discussion (i.e., no feedback is received from members of the community).
  4. The discussions would be more beneficial in another community.