(Version dated 26 August 2022)
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1. WELCOME TO THE SYNCHESTRA COMMUNITY!
... And thank you for coming! We want everybody to get the best out of Synchestra and the Synchestra Community, so we ask you to read and follow this Code of Conduct.
The essence of our Code of Conduct can be summarised as follows:
- Within our Community and Forum, we value Respect for each other and Joy in what we do (read section 3). We refrain from disrespectful and illegal behaviour. Those who do not respect this rule can (and will) be expelled from the Forum.
- Read section 4 below before you start a new discussion.
- Read section 5 below before you join a discussion.
- Make sure you respect the confidentiality rules and other people's intellectual property, as explained in section 6 below. This applies especially to Scorewriters and Orchestrators.
- Finally, there is the inevitable legal side in section 7 below. If you behave correctly, none of this is necessary 😊.
3. OUR CORE VALUES: RESPECT, JOY!
We ask you to keep two of our core values in mind: Respect, and Joy.
We are all here to share our experiences with the Synchestra products, and to make the applications and musical works better. Constructive criticism of ideas is an important part of that. But let's not get carried away and degenerate into personal attacks, because negativity only gets in the way. We therefore ask you to avoid the following:
- offensive, racist, discriminatory, or abusive language, as well as any form of hate speech;
- posts intended to harass, impersonate, or defame others;
- unnecessary deletion of posted content;
- attempts to abuse or expose the private information of others;
- obscene content;
- spam and phishing messages, and any action that defaces this Forum;
- messages that threaten the intellectual property of Synchestra (see also below in the section "Confidentiality and intellectual property");
- any action that does not respect the electronic security of the Forum, for example any attempt to access or allow someone to access areas of the website to which you do not have authorised access;
- requesting or distributing information related to, or engaging in criminal activities; you must not use the Forum in any way that is contrary to the applicable European, Belgian or your local legislation.
All of the above are grounds for moderator intervention, such as editing or deleting non-compliant content. Serious or repeated violations may lead to suspension and even deletion of your account, and permanent refusal of access in the future.
So, be respectful, and enjoy!
4. STARTING A NEW DISCUSSION
First read the FAQ and follow the links to make sure you are fully aware of the topic you are interested in. Then take some time to browse through the Forum, familiarise yourself with the tagging system and do a few searches for keywords related to your topic: someone may already have started a discussion on it!
When you are sure you are ready to start a discussion, keep the following points in mind:
- Give your discussion a good title! You will get the best results if your title makes it clear what you want to talk about.
- Choose the right tag(s). This increases the chance that your message will be read and quickly answered.
- Do not post repeatedly on the same subject as you will get fewer replies.
- If you feel you are not fluent enough in English, use another language. Our Community members can use Deepl or Google translate 😊. And you can do that too!
- You don't have to sign your posts. Your username is always shown with your post.
Please make the effort to help us keep things organised. Time spent on tidying up is time we cannot use to get to know you better, to discuss your problems and issues of general interest to the Synchestra Community. And after all, that's what we're all here for!
5. REPLYING TO A DISCUSSION
You take the time to participate in a discussion, hoping that others will read and consider your ideas. So why not make the effort to make your response worth reading?
- Don't just react to a title only. Take the time to read the post, and at least scan the rest of the discussion first.
- Ask yourself if your answer adds anything to the discussion. If it doesn’t, think again before you post it.
- Avoid making one-word posts just to agree with someone; you can use the "Like" button for that.
- Do not make several consecutive posts when one would suffice. This is a forum, not a chat room.
- If your reply is likely to distract from the flow of the discussion, consider starting a new thread.
- Make sure your answers provide constructive feedback and support to enable an inclusive Community.
6. CONFIDENTIALITY AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
As a member of the Community, you express your personal opinions and are responsible for them.
The information on the Forum is publicly available, with the exception of
- the Forum section reserved for Scorewriters;
- the Forum section reserved for Orchestrators;
- any other part of the Forum that may be identified as confidential in the future; such part will be accessible only to Community members with the relevant access authorisation.
Therefore, postings to the non-public sections of the Forum should not reveal any confidential, proprietary, sensitive business or other information. As any information posted on the Forum can be downloaded, reproduced, and distributed without the knowledge of the user(s), you should exercise extreme caution when posting or transmitting any such information.
You must not post or disseminate any files, articles or other information that are subject to trademark, copyright, or other proprietary rights except with the express permission of the owner of the rights. Quoting of short extracts of copyrighted work, for scientific and/or discussion purposes, is permitted, provided that the authors and/or copyright holders are cited.
You acknowledge and agree that
- you have no copyright or other proprietary rights in any information you post on the Forum;
- you expressly waive any such ownership rights;
- you hereby grant all users a licence to use (including the right to publish) any information posted by you on the Forum.
7. THE LEGAL STUFF
7.1. Choice of Law
Any legal disputes will be regulated under the laws of the Kingdom of Belgium, and will be under the jurisdiction of the competent Belgian courts.
Synchestra reserves the right to modify or change the terms of this Code of Conduct as it determines from time to time in the best interests of the Community, provided that all Community Members are notified prior to any such change. Use of the Community constitutes your continuing agreement to be bound by this Code of Conduct, as amended from time to time.
7.3. Acceptance of the Code of Conduct
By joining the Synchestra Community, you
- represent and warrant that you have read this Code of Conduct;
- fully understand the terms of this Code of Conduct, and acknowledge that you have had the opportunity to review it with an attorney of your choosing if you so desire; and
- agree to be legally bound by the terms of this Code of Conduct.