CheckMates is a community of real people who collaborate on answers, solutions, and ideas about the products and services they love — and the ones they wish were better. We invite you to make your mark here, but we do have a few rules — as few as possible. For everyone’s sake, we are committed to enforcing these guidelines.
People will respect you more, engage with you more often, and treat you like a real person if you use your actual identity here. Have the courage to be you — instead of “Riot Grrrl 72″. While not mandatory, we think you’ll have a much better online experience when you stand behind your actual words.
Win Friends and Influence People
Get noticed! CheckMates is designed for discovery, direct involvement, and personal recognition. Connect with people around your mutual interests. Talk about what you care about — your passions — in a way that reflects who you are.
Tell It Like It Is
We’re into transparency, honesty, and truth. Don’t misrepresent yourself or lie about your identity, affiliations, or age. This community is based on the contributions of real people who put their reputations on the line. Be one of them. Ask tough questions and reward the candor of others.
Have (Good, Clean) Fun!
We’re cheerleaders for any activity that encourages the spirit of fun, so long as it doesn’t hurt other people. Please keep it professional, no blonde jokes or any words or images that come at the expense of others. Be sensitive to other users around you, and, in general, don’t post sexual or violent material. Those things kill conversations, just like in real life.
Professional critics have something to teach us: they foster healthy conversation and debate without ever attacking people personally. Think about that when responding to others, and ask yourself the question: Would you say it to their face?
While the primary language of this community is English, the community is global in nature. Keep this in mind as you are communicating with others or others are communicating with you.
Share the Wealth
Make the community a richer place by sharing your experience and insight. You may have the perfect answer to someone else’s burning question. This is the substance of CheckMates: It’s how you give back to the community.
No Sell Zone
It’s okay to talk up the products or services you love (or sell), but only if it’s both relevant to the conversation and is largely technical in nature. If you’re here to plant a ton of links to your website without doing much else, your posts will be removed by a moderator.
Likewise, there are a number of partners in the CheckMates community and our goal is to maintain a partner neutral atmosphere. While partners are encouraged to contribute to CheckMates, it should done in a partner neutral fashion.
Don’t Publish Copyrighted Materials
Make sure you have the right to publish any content you post to CheckMates, and don’t violate the privacy of others.
Be Fruitful, But Don’t Multiply
Don’t create multiple accounts to violate these guidelines, game the system, or harass and deceive other users.