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Facebook Group Membership Guidelines

By joining & participating in our groups, you agree to the following guidelines. Failure to follow these guidelines will result in termination of membership to all Rise Media digital properties.

Rise Media is proud to manage a number of digital properties across various social media outlets.  We currently operate six (6) Facebook groups that cover a variety of topics and interests. Within our digital properties, we have over 15,000 members.

These groups are managed by a team of volunteer administrators.  These admins are tasked with dealing with a variety of opinions, personalities, and issues — and they give back to our community by volunteering their time to ensuring the groups are ran fairly.

Having multiple groups and a team of admins, however, is not enough.  The core responsibility of civility and mutual respect rests with those who join our groups and contribute to our community fabric by sharing news & events and interacting with each other via dialog and respectful discourse. To that end, we have established the following Membership Guidelines that govern your membership to our Facebook groups.

Membership Eligibility

Membership into Rise Media’s digital properties is open to any resident of the Walla Walla Valley — including Walla Walla, College Place, Milton-Freewater and Waitsburg (and points in between).  Members must be in compliance with Facebook’s Community Standards and must be at least 13-years-of-age or older.

Our Home Milton-Freewater and Our Home Walla Walla are both open to members who have previously lived in (or who have family in) the Walla Walla Valley.  All other groups require current residency within the Walla Walla Valley.

1. Member Behavior

Members of our digital properties are expected to act with civility and respect.  We will not tolerate:

  1. profanity (vulgarities or obscene language of a graphic or sexual nature);
  2. bullying (repeated unwanted, aggressive behavior that involves a real or perceived power imbalance, such as making threats, spreading rumors and/or attacking someone on purpose); and,
  3. trolling (sowing discord by starting quarrels or upsetting people, by posting inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages with the intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal, on-topic discussion, often for one’s own amusement).

Comments or posts engaging in bias on the basis of race, color, sex, age, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, family responsibilities, religion, national origin, citizenship status, marital status, genetic information, disability, political or union affiliation, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law will not be tolerated and will result in permanent removal from the group.

2. Politics and Religion

Politics and religion are sensitive topics. We expect our members to adhere to mutual respect in regards to how they interact with each other.

Politics.
Political discussion should be relevant to our local community and be respectful.  We do not allow political ideology to be used to advocate for the discrimination against members of our community on the basis of race, color, sex, age, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, family responsibilities, religion, national origin, citizenship status, marital status, genetic information, disability, political or union affiliation, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.

Religion.
Our digital properties are not the place to proselytize.  To that end, Rise Media’s properties may not be used to advocate or promote religious dogma or doctrine.  Members may post community events hosted by religious groups — such as concerts, yard/bake sales, community BBQs, festivals and fair (providing such events are open to the community, including members of other faith/religious beliefs).

3. Reviews and Whistle Blower Posts

We invite members to discuss their experiences with local businesses (and business relationships with individuals).  If a business/individual has wronged you or someone you know, please only share the facts.  Please exclude any personal opinion, profanity or name calling.  Explain how you were wronged, what you tried to do to fix it and any response you may have received.

We welcome posts that warn the public about shady business practices or poor service.  You may not, however, post about a personal disagreement with an individual in a non-business relationship.  This group is not designed for you to “air your dirty laundry” as it applies to your interactions with others.

4. Free Speech & Debates

Rise Media recognizes the importance of the free exchange of ideas and information.  We do not censor the content of our member’s posts or comments, provided members adhere to our Membership Guidelines.  These guidelines are not meant to restrict free speech but rather to encourage civil discourse that is respectful and fact-based.

We expect all members to conduct themselves respectfully. Please remember the guidelines in #1 above.  Admins reserve the right to remove posts and/or comments or to turn off comments for posts that get out of hand.  Members who violate our behavior guidelines will be permanently removed from the group.

5. Administrators

Our administrators are volunteers who donate hundreds of hours a month to ensuring our groups run smoothly.  All admin activity is logged and reviewed by senior staff regularly for compliance and accountability.

Wrongful action by admin.
If you feel one of our admins has taken adverse actions against you in one of our groups, without justified cause, you can contact us directly to discuss your situation.  All admin actions are appealed directly to our administrative team, where a final decision is determined.

Blocking an admin.
It is important that members of our groups be able to see posts made by admins that could be informational or instructional in nature.  Blocking admins keeps you from seeing that admins posts & comments, but that admin can still see what you post or comment in the group.

To effectively manage our groups, members need to be able to see informational and instructional posts & comments from our admins.  Members who block our admins will have their membership terminated from all Rise Media digital properties.

6. Arrests & Police Reports

It is Rise Media’s policy to act in a responsible and sensitive way when we publish or make available police activity logs and information surrounding arrests in our community.

Police activity logs.
We publish, in text format, the daily police activity logs provided to us by law enforcement.  This information is provided to you exactly as it is provided to us.  If the information we publish contains inaccurate information, we encourage you to contact the corresponding law enforcement agency for correction.

Arrests.
Anyone who is the subject of a post involving an arrest is assumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.  Information pertaining to arrests within our groups should not be used in making a decision concerning employment, housing, lending or any other personal business matter.

Mugshots.
Rise Media does not engage in the publication of mugshots for the purpose of informing the public of an arrest.  Doing so, we believe, is a form of shaming / cyberbullying and is a violation of our behavior guidelines.

Rise Media may, in the course of our reporting, include mugshots of accused suspects in our news articles.  When we do so, we make every attempt to provide full details from both law enforcement and the suspect’s perspective.

7. False, Misleading, Clickbait-y, and/or Satirical “News” Sources

Rise Media believes that it is in the public interest to restrict the publication of information from outlets known to perpetuate intentional misleading of the public.  We will not allow the posting of “fake news” outlets within our digital properties.

The Harvard library maintains a list of “fake news” outlets here.

8. Business Ads & For Sale Posts

Our digital properties are designed to connect the community together and provide for an easy exchange of information and ideas.  We do not allow commercial advertising in our groups, with the exception of Rise Media Classifieds.

Business Ads.
Businesses are not permitted to use our groups to advertise or promote products or services.  Facebook prohibits unsolicited business promotion outside of its advertising mechanism.  If you own a business and want to advertise on Facebook, you should be using Facebook’s advertising tools to do so — not spamming local groups with your ads.

Rise Media recognizes the role we play in connecting the community with locally owned businesses.  We will permit members to share, once every 30-days, a post from your business’s Facebook page announcing a grand opening, special sale (such as “back to school” or “end of summer”) or that your business is closing, moving or a change in hours to Rise Media Classifieds.  We do not allow the posting of “at home” businesses such as Scentsy, Mary Kay, Avon, Herbalife, Younique, etc.

Our advertising department is available to help you reach more customers through website, social media and email marketing advertising to our subscribers.  Our rates are the cheapest in the region, designed with small businesses in mind.  Contact us if you are interested in learning more about how we can help you reach more people on a regular basis — while supporting our ongoing effort to build community and provide free access to news & information.

For sale posts by individuals.
Facebook has become the quickest and easiest way to sell unwanted items you may have laying around the house.  We recognize this, which is why we created Rise Media Classifieds to serve that purpose.  We do not permit the posting of “for sale” or “in search of” in our other groups.  These posts may only be made within Rise Media Classifieds.

9. Other Terms

Membership in Rise Media’s digital properties is subject to our Terms of Use policy.

Legal disclaimer.
Rise Media disclaims all liability from your use of our groups or the information provided therein. We cannot guarantee the accuracy or validity of information posted or authored by others.