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Avatar, Signature, & Member Biography Guidelines

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Guidelines for avatars, signatures and member biographies

A Society member's avatar, signature and member biography (“bio”) reflect not only upon the individual member but upon the entire Society membership and the Society itself. All avatars, signatures and member bios should therefore demonstrate the highest levels of decorum and consideration.
 

Avatars, Signatures and Personal Photos

  • Avatars, signatures and personal photos do not have to be about food, but they must be respectful and nonconfrontational, and must otherwise comply with all Society guidelines.
  • Avatars, signatures and personal photos may not contain:
    • Statements which mention or allude to a political party, entity or organization, or a non-culinary activist group, individual or issue; or
    • Statements or symbols which may reasonably be construed to make a comment either pro or con about such matters.
  • Quotations should be attributed, and quotations from other Society members may only be used with permission from that member.
  • Signatures may be up to five lines of standard eG Forums text as displayed in a browser set to no more than 800 pixels wide, or may occupy the equivalent space. Images are not permitted in a signature.
  • Animations are not permitted.

Member Bios

  • Member bios may include any information that might be interesting to eG Forums readers. While member bios do not have to be about food, they must be respectful and nonconfrontational, and must otherwise comply with all Society guidelines.
  • Member bios may not contain: 
    • Statements which mention or allude to a political party, entity or organization, or a non-culinary activist group, individual or issue; or
    • Statements which may reasonably be construed to make a comment either pro or con about such matters.
  • Member bios may be up to 4,000 characters in length, which is a little over 500 words on average.

Definitions

  • Avatars and personal photos. Participating members and Society donors have the ability to upload "avatars" and "personal photos." An avatar is a small image that appears to the left of each one of a member's posts. To upload an avatar, go to Options > Edit Avatar Settings. A personal photo is a larger image that appears in the public portion of a member's profile. To upload a personal photo, go to Options > Change Personal Photo.
  • Signatures. Participating members and Society donors have the ability to specify a "signature" for eG Forums posts. A signature is a small amount of text that appears below each one of a member's eG Forums posts. To create or edit a signature, go to Options > Edit Signature.
  • Member bios. Participating members and Society donors have the ability to create a "member bio." A member bio is a short personal history that is part of each member’s profile. Unlike other parts of the profile, such as each member's personal contact information, which is confidential, the member bio is viewable by the public. To create or edit a member bio, go to Options > Edit Profile Info.

 

This policy, which is incorporated by reference in the Society for Culinary Arts & Letters member agreement, was last updated on 19 April 2018.


Edited by Dave the Cook (log)

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