6 of 8 in Series: The Essentials of Setting Up a Ning Network
Ownership of copyright and content ownership: Clarify for your members how copyright violations will be handled. Make sure to familiarize yourself with the basics of copyright and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), and offer a clear way for people to report alleged infringement in compliance with the DMCA.
Handling advertising and promotion: Establish what constitutes acceptable ways for members to talk about external Web sites. Be certain that you draw a clear line between what's acceptable promotion and what's spam.
Offensive content: If you run an adult social network, your terms may differ from the ones of a family-oriented network. Regardless of the niche for your network, make sure to define what constitutes offensive material.
Harassment of other members: It's never acceptable to insult or harass other members, so be sure to include terms to explain what will happen in these cases.
Trolls and inflammatory topics: People who post topics with the intention of stirring up controversy and getting other members to react emotionally are known as trolls, and you should establish a policy for dealing with them.
Termination: Explain clearly what actions by a member can lead to a warning, as opposed to what can get a member banned.