ONLINE POLICY

Purpose
At Our Village, Our Voices, we encourage discussion about how Essex Junction Villagers envision the new City of Essex Junction. We want to hear your questions, concerns, and comments. This policy describes the terms and conditions under which posted content and commentary may be moderated.
Scope
This policy applies to all online services and sites hosted, managed, or administered by Our Village, Our Voices. This includes social media sites such as Facebook, Instagram, as well as blogs, websites, and any sites that accepts posted content and commentary in the form of comments, links, replies, "likes," "follows," "retweets," etc.

 

We are NOT a governmental, Village or Town organization and therefore, not held to the standard of being a “public square” in regard to content. All posted content and commentary are NOT public records and are NOT subject to public disclosure under the Public Records Act as we are not a governmental agency but a private, community group.


Posted Content and Commentary
The following will not be tolerated when interacting with Our Village, Our Voices or people using our social media, blogs, and other online forums:

  • Potentially libelous comments

  • Profane language or content

  • Content that promotes, fosters or perpetuates discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, age, religion, gender, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, national origin, physical or mental disability or sexual orientation

  • Obscene or racist comments

  • Sexual content or links to sexual content

  • Conduct or encouragement of illegal activity

  • Personal attacks, harassment, insults or threatening language

  • Purposeful misinformation that can be disproven

  • Comments not meaningfully related to the particular topic presented

  • Repetitive posts of the same material that disrupt normal operation of the forum

  • Hyperlinks to material not directly related to the discussion

  • Information that may compromise the safety or security of the public or public systems

  • Content that violates a legal ownership interest of any other party

  • Postings of, or requests for, other participants' personal information, such as phone number, address, financial accounts, etc.

  • Impersonation of someone else

  • Commercial messages, including advertisements and solicitations and spam
     

Posts, comments, replies, or any public commentary containing any of the above may be deleted. Multiple violations may result in the restriction of your ability to interact with Our Village, Our Voices on social media, blogs, or other online forums.
We respect the privacy of your identity; however, persons making threats or using offensive language may be reported to the appropriate authorities.

Links
Our Village, Our Voices may select and post links to other sites. Postings made by the group on social media, blogs, or other sites do not indicate the group’s endorsement of the ideas, issues, links, or commentary posted. Endorsement is also not implied via "following," "friending," "liking," or otherwise linking to other online entities.
Once a user follows a link to another page or site, the group’s policies no longer apply, and the user become subject to the policies of that page or site. Our Village, Our Voices sites are intended specifically to share information about the separation of the Village of Essex Junction from the Town of Essex, Vermont.

Revised 5.31.2021