Code of Conduct

Community Rules & Etiquette and Privacy Guidelines

Thank you for being part of NC Dental Connect. To ensure the best possible experience for all members, we have established some basic guidelines for participation.

By joining and using this community, you agree that you have read and will follow these rules and guidelines. You also agree to reserve discussions and shared files and content to that best suited to the medium. This is a great medium with which to solicit the advice of your peers, benefit from their experience, and participate in an ongoing conversation. Questions should be directed to our Member Services department via the Contact Us link on this site.

Please take a moment to acquaint yourself with these important guidelines. If you have questions, contact the member services department. In order to preserve a climate that encourages both civil and fruitful dialogue, we reserve the right to suspend or terminate membership in this community for anyone who violate these rules.

The Rules

  • Don't challenge or attack others. The discussions and comments are meant to stimulate conversation not to create contention. Let others have their say, just as you may. 
  • Don't post job openings. All employment notices should be posted at the NC Dental Society's Career Center, now located at jobs.ncdental.org. Any jobs listed will be removed by the community manager and the member will be referred to the Career Center.
  • Postings to announce any candidacy for elected office in dental leadership positions are allowed. However, negative campaigning against other candidates is strictly prohibited. Any postings that debate candidate qualifications, suitability for office or otherwise highlight candidates’ fitness will not be allowed.
  • Candidates may not repeatedly post the same information to the NC Dental Connect community. In other words, spamming the membership with campaign messages is prohibited.
  • Do not use the NC Dental Connect Open Forum to discuss national, state, or local politics, campaigns, candidates or other election-related issues.
  • Don't post commercial messages on any discussion list, resource library entry, or other area where others might see it. Contact people directly with product and service information if you believe it would help them.
  • Use caution when discussing products. Information posted on the lists and in the libraries 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. 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. 
  • Remember that other participants have the right to reproduce postings to this site unless you specify otherwise. 
  • Post your message or documents only to the most appropriate lists or libraries. Do not spam several lists or libraries with the same message.
    All messages must add to the body of knowledge.
  • We reserve the right to reject any message for any reason. Any posts that violate the above provisions will be removed from the forum.

Discussion Group Etiquette

  • Include a signature tag on all messages. Include your name, affiliation, location. 
  • State concisely and clearly the topic of your comments in the subject line. This allows members to respond more appropriately to your posting and makes it easier for members to search the archives by subject. 
  • Include only the relevant portions of the original message in your reply. Delete any header information, and put your response before the original posting. 
  • Only send a message to the entire list when it contains information that everyone can benefit from. 
  • Send messages such as "thanks for the information" or "me, too" to individuals--not to the entire list. Do this by using the "Reply to Sender" link to the left of every message.
  • Do not send administrative messages, such as remove me from the list. Instead, use the web interface to change your settings or to remove yourself from a list. If you are changing e-mail addresses, you do not need to remove yourself from the list and rejoin under your new e-mail address. Simply change your settings. 
  • Warn other list subscribers of lengthy messages either in the subject line or at the beginning of the message body with a line that says "Long Message." 
     

The Legal Stuff

This site is provided as a service for the members of The North Carolina Dental Society.  The North Carolina Dental Society is not responsible for the opinions and information posted on this site by others. We disclaim all warranties with regard to information posted on this site, whether posted by the North Carolina Dental Society or any third party; this disclaimer includes all implied warranties of merchantability and fitness. In no event shall the North Carolina Dental Society 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.  All online behavior must be in compliance with applicable laws, rules and regulations.By posting material, the posting party warrants and represents that he or she owns the copyright with respect to such material or has received permission from the copyright owner. In addition, the posting party grants the North Carolina Dental Society and users of this site the nonexclusive right and license to display, copy, publish, distribute, transmit, print, and use such information or other material.

Messages should not be posted if they encourage or facilitate 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. Messages that encourage or facilitate 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.

You should not use any advice provided on the site (including in the discussions or comments) for diagnosing or treating any dental or health issues. As clinical advice can only be provided after an examination under applicable laws and regulations, any advice provided on the site is not intended to act as substitute for clinical advice. You should also not construe any advice provided on the site (including in the discussions or comments) as legal advice. As legal advice must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case by a licensed attorney, nothing provided herein should be used as a substitute for the advice of competent legal counsel.

The North Carolina Dental Society does not actively monitor the site 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 the attention of The North Carolina Dental Society we will take all appropriate action.

If you notice a message that you believe violates these rules, click on the "Reply to discussion" tab and select "Mark as inappropriate" in the drop down menu.

The North Carolina Dental Society reserves the right to (a) remove or refuse to post any discussions or comments for any or no reason in our sole discretion, (b) take any action with respect to any discussions or comments that we deem necessary or appropriate in our sole discretion, including if we believe that they violate these rules and guidelines, (c) terminate or suspend your access to all or part of the site for any or no reason, including without limitation, any violation of these rules and guidelines and (d) modify these rules and guidelines at any time. The display of a notice of changes on the community pages of the site shall constitute effective notice to any user of the changes.

In the event the community manager questions the suitability of any post on NC Dental Connect, the matter will be adjudicated by a three person panel of NC Dental Society members who will determine if the post meets the criteria established within the Code of Conduct. Their determination is final.

 

Privacy Policy

We respect your privacy

Any personal information you provide to us including and similar to your name, address, telephone number and e-mail address will not be released, sold, or rented to any entities or individuals outside of our organization except as noted below.

With Whom Do We Share the Personal Information We Collect Through This Site

Our Service Providers. 
We may share your personal information with companies (including our affiliates) that perform services on our behalf, for example, companies that help process credit card payments. Our service providers are required by contract to protect the confidentiality of the personal information we share with them and to use it only to provide specific services on our behalf. 

Business Transfers. 
Your personal information may be transferred to another entity (either an affiliated entity or an unrelated third party) in connection with a merger, reorganization, dissolution or similar corporate event. If such a transfer were ever to occur, the acquiring entity’s use of your personal information will still be subject to this Privacy Policy. 

Government and Legal Disclosures 
We may disclose the personal information we collect through this Site, when we, in good faith, believe disclosure is appropriate to comply with the law (or a court order or subpoena); to prevent or investigate a possible crime, such as fraud or identity theft; to enforce our Terms and Conditions or other agreements that govern your use of this Site; or to protect the rights, property or safety of our company, our users, or others.

External Sites.

We are not responsible for the content of external internet sites. You are advised to read the privacy policy of external sites before disclosing any personal information.

Cookies

A "cookie" is a small data text file that is placed in your browser and allows us to recognize you each time you visit this site (personalization, etc). Cookies themselves do not contain any personal information, and we do not use cookies to collect personal information. Cookies may also be used by 3rd party content providers such as newsfeeds.

Remember The Risks Whenever You Use The Internet

While we do our best to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee the security of any information that you transmit to us and you are solely responsible for maintaining the secrecy of any passwords or other account information. In addition other Internet sites or services that may be accessible through our site have separate data and privacy practices independent of us, and therefore we disclaim any responsibility or liability for their policies or actions. Please contact those vendors and others directly if you have any questions about their privacy policies.  For any other information please contact us using the Contact Us page