Welcome to theLoop & Community Rules
You are now officially in the loop (or “in
theLoop,” as we say)! But before we can grant you access, you need to give us
the secret handshake and the magic password...just kidding!
All jokes aside, please take a moment to read over
theLoop’s Official Etiquette Guide, and you’ll be free to go explore!
That’s right, we’re asking for people to abide by
our Code of Conduct and… simply be nice: theLoop is open to all. We are all professionals,
so don't challenge or attack others. The platform is meant for discussions and
comments to stimulate conversation, not to create contention. Let others have
their say, just as you may, and remember that it’s always perfectly fine to
agree to disagree.
Don't post commercial messages on any discussion
list, resource library entry, or other area where others might see it. This
space is to nurture, foster and develop professional networking, exchange
ideas, bridge gaps and foster the community of professional photographers. No
need to advertise or sell in here. If your post comes across as spamming in
nature, it will be taken down.
Use caution when discussing products and services.
Information posted on the lists and in the libraries is available for all
members of theLoop to see, and comments are subject to libel, slander and
antitrust laws. Contact people directly if you have product or service
information you believe would help them.
In other words, all defamatory, abusive, profane,
threatening, offensive, or illegal materials or language are strictly
prohibited. A good rule of thumb? Don’t post anything that you would not want
the world to see or that you would not want attributed to you. PPA won’t censor
comments, ideas, or opinions, but unsavory posts that abuse good
etiquette...that’s another matter, my friend.
Ever get caught in the loop (no pun intended) of
"thanks for the information" or "me, too" replies to group
emails? Ever think it was kind of annoying? That’s why we suggest sending those
kinds of comments directly to individuals, not the entire discussion group. All
you need to do is use the "Reply to Sender" link to the left of every
message. It’s a tiny step, but (1) it’s a way to nurture one-on-one
relationships and (2) it will make the discussion feeds more useful to the rest
of the group.
In theLoop, YOU have the power. Just don’t forget
it. Why? Because if you use discussion threads to send administrative messages,
such as “remove me from the list,” you may be waiting longer than you wish!
(Seriously, theLoop wizard is not hiding behind the curtains.) Instead, go to
your profile in theLoop to change your settings, your email address, or remove
yourself from a discussion or community. theLoop is a crowd-sourced platform,
meaning it runs thanks to all of you. It’s a self-administrated community, so
embrace your power!
Set expectations honestly. If you need to vent or
had a great experience you want to describe in detail, warn other members that
your post is going to be a tad lengthy. A simple “Long Message” indicator in
the subject line or at the beginning of your message can do worlds of good.
PPA online communities, including theLoop, ourPPA
LinkedIn group, any PPA managed social media sites, including Facebook,
Twitter, Google+, Instagram or Pinterest and ourPPA Forums, are here for PPA
members and others in our photography group to share ideas, thoughts, and
experiences pertaining to professional photography. As the host of these
communities, PPA is committed to creating a fun and beneficial experience for
all. These communities do not exist to foster attacks against others or PPA.
Any attacks, personal criticisms, or threats are outside of the defined purpose
for PPA’s online community and will not be tolerated.
Stay on topic. Good contributions
help the entire community by providing relevant, insightful information or
asking important questions. If your post contains anything unrelated to the
topic of the forum or article, it may be removed, especially if it’s spamming
Make your subject line concise,
accurate and specific. This makes it easier for people to respond
appropriately and to search the archives by subject. Remember your readers and try
to follow standard email etiquette.
Be honest, be yourself. The community is
intended to be used for the helpful exchange of information between members.
False, inaccurate, or otherwise misleading information is not helpful. Please
be sincere in your community participation by only contributing content you
know is accurate. Be mindful to respect the "closed" environment of
PPA’s online communities and do not forward messages to non-members.
Keep it clean, keep it
post should make a positive contribution. The community is open to all points
of view on the intended topics; mature, polite debate is encouraged. Attacks or
cyber-bullying will not be tolerated. The communities are meant to stimulate
conversation and trigger the exchange of best practices not to create
contention. Contradictory opinions are of course welcomed, but should always be
thoughtful and respectful, rather than emotional, impulsive or anger-driven
(you’d be surprised, it happens).
Keep marketing efforts separate;
minimize clutter. Respect the community's purpose by not using it as a
marketing channel or submitting any content you've been paid or otherwise
rewarded by a third party to write. Any marketing or sales related content will
be removed immediately. Refrain from posting any sales or promotional offers,
messaging, or materials for your business will be tolerated other than on
(other than on the Vendor Forum on ourPPA Forums).
Use the right channels for
online communities are not the appropriate platforms to resolve personal issues
or start disputes against any member or organization. Posts of this nature will
Submit only your own, original
us maintain the community's integrity and observe the intellectual property
rights of others by only submitting content you have personally written or else
used with permission and properly attributed. The community should not be used
to distribute unauthorized copies of any copyrighted material.
Help look after your community. There is a
permanent record of your posts across all online community platforms. PPA’s
online platforms are here for the benefit and enjoyment of members like you. If
you notice content within the community that does not abide by these guidelines
or the Terms and Conditions, please report it to our Community Coordinator.
Antitrust Compliance Policy and Guidelines
To ensure compliance with federal and state antitrust laws, PPA members are responsible for understanding those laws. PPA Guidelines for Antitrust Compliance are adopted as part of the Association's Antitrust Compliance Policy. Members of PPA are urged to become familiar with this Policy and these Guidelines. By reading this document you agree to adhere to PPA's Antitrust compliance policy and guidelines.
Violations of PPA Online
PPA reserves the right to take immediate action on
any post that we feel violates the rules of conduct outlined above. That action
includes, but is not limited to, issuing warnings, removing content and
terminating accounts and/or subscriptions.
PPA reserves the right to remove any content we
deem inappropriate for use in the community, and/or to revoke any member's
access to the community at any time and for any reason. However, because
situations and interpretations vary, we also reserve the right to take no
We may modify these guidelines or our Terms and
Conditions at any time, and your continued use of the community signifies your
assent to such modified terms.
If you are victim of, or witness to inappropriate content in any of the PPA
online communities’ discussion threads, resource libraries, or member profiles,
please notify PPA immediately by emailing our Community Coordinator at DAdams@PPA.com.
In March 2013, PPA’s Board of Directors approved a one-strike-out policy,
outlining consequences for participants who violate the Code of Conduct and
The first violation will result
in immediate and permanent suspension of all online community participation
privileges, along with revoked access to any and all platforms facilitated by
PPA. These platforms include theLoop, OurPPA Forums, any PPA managed
social media sites, including Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram or
Pinterest and ourPPA LinkedIn groups. You may petition the Community
Coordinator to regain access at DAdams@PPA.com.
Legal Mumbo-Jumbo (a.k.a. The Fine Print)
This site is provided as a service for the members of Professional
Photographers of America (PPA). PPA is not responsible for the opinions
and information posted on this site by others. PPA disclaims all
warranties with regards to information posted on this platform, whether
posted by PPA or any third party; this disclaimer includes all implied
warranties of merchantability and fitness. In no event shall PPA 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.
Members of this site may not post any defamatory, abusive, profane,
threatening, offensive or illegal materials. Members of this site may
not post any information or other materials protected by copyright
without the permission of the copyright owner. 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 PPA and users of
this site the nonexclusive right and license to display, copy, publish,
distribute, transmit, print, and use such information or other
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.
PPA 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 PPA, we will take all appropriate actions.
PPA reserves the right to terminate access to any user who does not abide by the above guidelines.