Social media is a wonderful place to discuss science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). At our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, we are building a friendly network of people interested in STEM – we hope that’s everyone! Just like most organisations, we’ve developed a social media policy to help everyone stay safe and feel welcome. In using our social media, you automatically agree to the House Rules.
Social Media House Rules
- Please show respect to others. Thoughtful discourse is encouraged but disrespectful or hateful comments will be removed and may result in a ban. This includes hateful or discriminatory comments regarding race, ethnicity, religion, gender, disability, sexual orientation, or political beliefs. It also includes the use of language inappropriate for a young audience.
- No spam: advertising and repeated posts. If you want to advertise your science event, please contact us or submit the event by registering to the site. Commercial solicitations are prohibited including MLMs.
- Negative feedback is allowed but not if it contains speech listed at item 1 (above), or comments unrelated to the post. These posts will be deleted and may result in a ban.
- Posts related to pseudo-science and data that is not the result of peer reviewed scientific research and/or it is not relevant to the original post may be removed.
- Sharing images: Please ensure the image is your intellectual property or you have permission to share it or use it for promotional purposes. This means you own the copyright or the image is licensed for public use. Images used for bullying or abuse will be removed and the user will be banned.
- Nudity that violates the social media platforms terms will be removed however nudity that is relevant/scientific, artistic, appropriate, or public may appear in a post as it does in scientific publications and journals. Sexually explicit images will be removed and may result in a ban.
- Any phishing, hacking, or illegal activity, or the promotion of these, will be reported and result in an immediate ban. This includes doxxing (publishing an individual’s personal details such as contact information or home address).
- Political commentary: We envision a world where polite political discussion is the norm. If the comment is related to what we have posted and doesn’t violate any of the other rules for posting on our social media, the comment may remain. However, we discourage overt political discussion on our social media – there are plenty of places online dedicated to this type of discussion and we encourage you to make your voice heard there.
- Inaccurate or misleading statements about Inspiring Tasmania, Inspiring Australia, the Tasmanian Government, Australian Government, and the University of Tasmania and their staff and/or volunteers, or any relevant stakeholders, may be deleted and/or result in a ban.
- Accounts using fake profiles, spam accounts, and serious offenders of the house rules may be banned or blocked, and in serious cases reported to the relevant website or authorities.
- Tagging, hashtags, @ replies, and sharing: Please use common sense and these house rules to guide your interactions with our social media accounts.
- Be nice! We want everyone to enjoy STEM and have fun chatting about it. We want our social media to be a safe and positive place for the community. Welcome!
We aim to respond to your message on social media within 72 hours. However, sometimes this is not possible as we are a small team of two, part-time staff. We thank you for your patience as we endeavor to answer every message and question. Messages as a rule are not answered on weekends or public holidays, but we are available Mon-Fri during business hours.
Record keeping and privacy
Our social media channels are monitored, moderated, and content may be recorded for reporting purposes. We will not use your information outside of the privacy policies developed by the relevant social media websites/organisations. We will not pass on your information to third parties.
When you use our social media pages, you’re using an external site and are therefore bound by the privacy principles of that site and governed by the applicable privacy laws of that country. We encourage you to review the privacy policies of each social media site for further information before posting.