Humanities Commons Guidelines for Participation

Last Updated: 5 May 2017

Humanities Commons is committed to encouraging discussion of the study and teaching of humanities fields. That commitment extends to the sites, discussions, and other aspects of the network.

To ensure open discussion and a welcoming environment for all participants, Humanities Commons reserves the right to delete any posting judged to be irrelevant, inappropriate, illegal, or offensive. The following guidelines outline our expectations for appropriate online behavior for all Humanities Commons participants:

  • Be courteous and respectful. Do not post inflammatory, derogatory, or otherwise inappropriate comments about other participants. Respect one another’s privacy and intellectual property.
  • Know and respect the law. No illegal activity is to be promoted, condoned, or encouraged in postings.
  • Stay on topic. Keep all discussions to professionally relevant topics.
  • Be informative, not promotional. Inappropriately promotional postings will not be tolerated.

If you find any discussion irrelevant, inappropriate, illegal, or offensive, feel free to flag it as inappropriate or e-mail to resolve the issue. Humanities Commons reserves the right to delete any posting determined to be inappropriate.

Members are welcome to post links on Humanities Commons to job announcements that are likely to be of interest to other members. In posting such links, please keep in mind that United States Department of Labor regulations require academic employment opportunities to be advertised in a national professional journal such as the MLA Job Information List. Posts on Humanities Commons should supplement and link to these primary recruitment announcements.

The Humanities Commons messaging system is intended for scholarly exchange related to the study of languages and literatures. To protect members’ privacy, Humanities Commons does not allow use of the messaging system for commercial purposes or for mass mailings of any kind. The MLA may at its sole discretion suspend or remove the account privileges of any member. These Guidelines for Participation, together with the Humanities Commons Privacy Statement and Terms of Service, constitute the agreement between you and the MLA governing your use of the Network.

The MLA and the other participating societies will work to ensure that Humanities Commons remains a valuable resource for our members, and we greatly appreciate contributions from participants like you, who make the effort worthwhile. Thank you.