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ajay

By ajay

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Grows on You is a friendly gardening website and we want to keep it this way. We were recently surprised to find that some think it is OK to ask about illegal substances! We now feel the site will benefit from some guidelines and are proposing the following guidelines from today. Please contact us if you have feedback.

We ask Grows on You members to -

1. Be respectful and tolerant of other members

2. Use common sense and these guidelines when deciding what and what not to post

3. Report content in violation of these guidelines by “flagging” it. This website is policed by all members via the “flag” links found next to content. By clicking on “flag” you are indicating to us (the administrators) that you think content doesn’t meet our guidelines. The process is private and anonymous; the ‘flagged’ member is not told automatically. Once something is flagged we will decide what action to take (sometimes none).

4. Keep most of their contributions (photos and blogs) related to gardening, plants, and nature. Note: Most does not mean All

5. Help develop the Questions section into a valuable resource by keeping questions strictly gardening related

6. Protect privacy on this open to the public website

7. Avoid discussions about website improvements and administrator actions on the main website. All queries and suggestions must come via the “contact us” link at the bottom of every page

8. Not enter into any Should I Stay/ Should I Go or similar discussions

9. Not try to sell anything

10. Not post any inappropriate content including but not limited to

a) Discussions about illegal or prescribed drugs including cannabis in any form. b) Nudity and sexual references c) Commercial content in blogs, questions and photos including links for search engine optimisation purposes d) Swearing e) Derogatory comments (including slurs based on race, religion, gender, sexual preference, or political affiliation) f) Personal threats or harassment g) Spam

11. Only post photos and content that they own the Copyright to or is in the public domain

These guidelines are new to us too so let us see how they go; we reserve the right to revise them in the future.

We know some of you will have concerns and questions about these new guidelines. If you do have anything you’d like to ask, please get in touch via the contact us button found at the bottom of every page and we’ll get back to you.

We would like to say that we are extremely proud with the way the community has grown so far. These guidelines will hopefully help you and us have a fantastic 2009! We wish you all a very merry Christmas.

Ajay and Peter

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Thank you for explaining these guidelines so carefully.
GoY is a very good group, and I appreciate the wisdom, time and thought you and Peter have invested in this necessary blog.

Let's hope your advice allows the group to run smoothly.
Thanks again for all this useful information.
Merry Christmas to you and Peter and your families.

19 Dec, 2008

 

Thanks, Ajay. As the site has grown to reach such a wide community, guidelines are now a necessity and I think that they are very helpful.

You and Peter work so hard to keep GOY the great site that it is - many thanks to you both and I send you my wishes for a Happy Christmas and a good year ahead.

19 Dec, 2008

 

~many thanks to Peter and Ajay for going to such lengths to produce a comprehensive set of rules to take us forward as GOY grows~
~My very best wishes to both for a happy Christmas and a fantastic 2009!~

19 Dec, 2008

 

Although a 'newy' I concur with all the above and wish you both a very happy Christmas and New Year.

19 Dec, 2008

amy
Amy
 

A very Happy Christmas to you both and your familys ,

And all the best for a wonderful New Year 2009..........

Thank you for all the work you put into this brilliant site ..

19 Dec, 2008

 

Many thanks Peter and Ajay for these sensible and balanced guidelines.

We are sure they will all help to keep this a friendly gardening site.

Thanks for all your hard work, and wishing you and your families a very happy Christmas and a super 2009.
Grenville and Alan.

19 Dec, 2008

 

Merry xmas to you both and your family's thanks for making this a brill site. All the best for both of yu in 2009.

19 Dec, 2008

 

merry xmas and a happy new year peter and ajay.
this great site can only get better under your administration...............steve

19 Dec, 2008

 

These guidelines sound very fair and equitable for all....Thank You for the clarification...I, too, join the other members in wishing you the best in the coming year and may your holiday celebrations be fruitful and satisfying..

19 Dec, 2008

 

Thanks Guys, really apreciate all the hard work and effort, Merry Christmas and a Happy new year Angie & Brooke xx

19 Dec, 2008

 

I agree with all the above points and hope people will abide by them.
Merry Christmas Ajay
Merry Christmas Peter
Thank you both for all your hard work.

19 Dec, 2008

 

Triffic site, great gardeners, 'tastic friends,
long may GoY thrive
in the spirit in which it was created.
Many thanks, Peter and Ajay.

19 Dec, 2008

 

Great guidelines, if it helps this site return to the relaxed, friendly forum it has been until recently then they will be a positive addition. Let's just hope that members don't quote them out of context and obsess about picture content and acknowledging replies, etc and end up abusing things.
Merry Christmas to all and well done Peter and Ajay who have made a stirling attempt to solve the recent negative feeling on the site.

19 Dec, 2008

 

The administration is spot on. I for one am very happy with these guidelines.

All the best for the festive period guys, and I look forward to seeing everyones garden related Christmas pressies in the New Year.

19 Dec, 2008

 

Thank you both...Ajay and Peter for creating such an enjoyable site for us to share and long may it continue.......
Have a great Xmas and Happy Gardening in 2009!!

19 Dec, 2008

 

Thank you for this Peter and Ajay sure these guidelines will help goy return to the friendly welcoming site it has become known for.

Wishing you and your families much peace and happiness over Christmas and the New Year.

19 Dec, 2008

 

Sensible guidelines Guys, and you are right to be proud of such a great site.
Merry Christmas and a Happy gardening New Year to you both.

19 Dec, 2008

 

It all looks pretty sensible to me - All the best for Christmas and a great 2009!

19 Dec, 2008

 

As a very newby, I think these guideliens are great - hope they prevent some of the recent unpleasentness. Is it possible to make all newbys read them - blogs get lost in time. well done administraters. happy xmas

19 Dec, 2008

 

Thanks to Ajay and Peter. The guidelines are very sensible and straight forward. Obvious to most, but there are always those that will abuse unfortunately. I count myself lucky to have come accross this site, and meet up with such friendly and helpful people that I now consider my friends. We must all endevour to keep this site, this way . Very best wishes to All on GOY and l look forward to 2009 with you all.

19 Dec, 2008

 

It's just all common sense. If you don't like these guidelines you don't really belong to this wonderful world of Gardeners. You too Ajay and Peter, best wishes Christmas and the New Year, and thanks for this lovely site.

20 Dec, 2008

 

Well done guys. Your guidelines are clear and to the point. This is a wonderful site full of warm and wonderful people all with one thing in common ~ gardening. You are doing a great job to keep it this way.
Wishing you both and your families a Very Merry Christmas and all good things in 2009.
~ Gilli

20 Dec, 2008

 

Yes, well done! Now that the recent unpleasantness has been dealt with the site feels happy again. Thank you Peter and Ajay - long may the site continue. Happy Christmas and very Happy and PLEASANT New Year.

20 Dec, 2008

 

Good common sense guidelines Peter and Ajay. A pity they have to be spelled out but, as a couple of people have said above, GoY is now really too wide reaching to manage without.

A Merry Christmas and a happy, peaceful and prosperous 2009 from me and mine to all of you and yours.

John.

20 Dec, 2008

 

I wonder if everyone has seen this blog. I think there are some who never read blogs so I hope they can get to see these guidelines somehow.

20 Dec, 2008

 

every site has to have guidelines and you have come up with sensible ones Peter and Ajay.
so well done.
happy Christmas guys to you and your families .

20 Dec, 2008

 

Goy is the friendliest,most helpful and also very entertaining site I have found .Thanks Ajay and Peter for all your faith and especially hard work to keep it so .Merry Christmas to you both and your families..Sue

20 Dec, 2008

 

Happily I seem to have missed the recent unpleasantness but then I don't have time to read or view much other than what I already do...the guidelines look great!

Merry Christmas to you, Peter and Ajay!

21 Dec, 2008

 

Hmmm. Does this mean we can't poke fun at Gardeningfriend anymore??

21 Dec, 2008

 

oh i do hope not Gilli lol - i think as everyone has said, common sense is needed.

21 Dec, 2008

 

Common sense prevails.... this is an excellent site, sometimes sad, more times very uplifting, so lovely to be in touch with people from all walks of life, from all over the world, with gardens big and small, just one big happy family, so let us keep it that way please.
Wishing Peter and Ajay a very Happy Christmas....you are both doing a grand job.......keep digging!!!!!!

21 Dec, 2008

 

Like Raquel, I also have not been aware of the mentioned unpleasantness, yay! This site is so great and has been such a part of my healing and growing in my life. Thank you Peter & Ajay for doing such a caring and efficient job of keeping it the best there is in the world! I love the friends I have made and look forward to all the comments and input from all. I too wonder though... what about GF does he get off now without showing us what he really looks like?? lol

22 Dec, 2008

 

If he does Pollyannaever, you will have to describe him to us in great detail......along with a few sketches of course!!

22 Dec, 2008

 

On...no Gloria.....we can't stretch that far.....we'll be waiting Xmas Eve for the great unveiling!!!

22 Dec, 2008

 

I just found this blog, all makes very good sense, it costs nothing to be polite. This past few days have been much happier now that the problem has been solved.
I add my Best Wishes for Christmas and the New Year to Peter & Ajay and thank you for all your hard work.

22 Dec, 2008

 

Great Guildlines Guys & As Always You Did Your Job Well, Have Yourselfs A Merry Christmas & Happy New Year XXX

22 Dec, 2008

 

Just come across this blog.
I don't know what's been going on here, but i have always found this to be the most friendly site on the internet. I'm sure it will stay that way with your rules in place.

22 Dec, 2008

 

Thank you Peter and Ajay for this wonderful site, that I am able to reach all of you from this dot in the ocean where I live. Great advice and guidelines that we ought to be aware of.
I trust you both had a lovely Christmas, heres Wishing You A Happy and Prosperous New Year.
Keep up the excellent work in administrating the Goy Site!!! I love it!!!
Regards,
Panther...Fiji

26 Dec, 2008

 

Hi Ajay, obviously I wasn't around when you wrote this blog and missed the unpleasantness that caused it but I was just wondering what you thought of the GoY site now and how your guidelines have changed it?
I do love this site and was very pleased that you let me come back after my 'dummy throwing' fit.
Thanks from me for keeping this site such a fun place to be, as someone else recently said "its a grown up Facebook"

Cheers........Ian
PS. Can I be the first to wish you a happy christmas for 2009 Lol :-))

29 Jul, 2009

 

Thanks Ian. You are definitely the first to wish me happy christmas this year! Regarding your question I have to say they aren't really "our guidelines" - they evolved from what the community wanted. The flagging system is part of that too and allows the community of members to report anything against the guidelines. I think it is working well.

29 Jul, 2009

 

It certainly is a happy friendly site without the usual one-upmanship that you can find at other sites. Thanks for that and keep up the brill. work. :-))

29 Jul, 2009

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