Code of Conduct

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The following Code of Conduct was put together by the TaxAlmanac Community. Please keep these items in mind as you interact here on the site. Please feel free to comment on what you'd like to see added or changed - we need your input!

Code of Conduct

1. Follow The Golden Rule - Treat others as you would want to be treated.

2. No Personal Attacks - Do not make personal attacks anywhere on TaxAlmanac. Comment on the content, not on the contributor. Personal attacks will not help you make a point; they hurt the community and deter users from joining in.

3. Don't Bite the Newcomers - New contributors are prospective members and are therefore our most valuable resource. We must treat newcomers with kindness and patience — nothing scares potentially valuable contributors away faster than hostility or elitism. While many newcomers hit the ground running, some lack knowledge about the way we do things. If you can't tell whether they are a Tax Professional, politely ask them to complete their profile.

4. Be polite - Keep in mind that text is ambiguous and often seems ruder than the same words coming from a person standing in front of you. Irony isn't always obvious - text comes without facial expressions, vocal inflection or body language. Be careful of the words you choose - what you intended might not be what others perceive, and what you read might not be what the author intended.

5. Be civil - Remind yourself that these are people you're dealing with. They are individuals with feelings and probably have other people in the world who love them. Try to treat others with dignity.

6. Give praise when due - Everybody likes to feel appreciated, especially in an environment that often requires compromise. Drop a friendly note on users' talk pages or after someone takes the time to answer a question in the discussion forum.

7. Be open and warmly welcoming - Treat your fellow productive, well-meaning members of TaxAlmanac with respect and good will.

8. Don't Bite the Non-Professionals - Although they are no longer invited to sign up for a TA account and start new questions, sometimes non-professionals who already have an account will visit TaxAlmanac and participate in the Consumer Question Forum. You might feel their questions are too basic or that they need the help of a professional. You are under no obligation to answer their questions, but if you do, please be sure to do so in a manner that follows the Code of Conduct. You may move their discussion to the Consumer Question forum if it is mis-posted in the Tax or Accounting Question Forums.

9. Help mediate disagreements between others

10. Do not edit the forum posts of others. Other than spelling corrections, adding links, and other minor edits, users should not edit the discussion forum posts made by others.

11. No SPAM please. Spam posters may be permanently blocked from this site.

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