WeedLifestyles Community Guidelines

Usage and content policies: Rules for using WeedLifestyles

Be Real

WeedLifestyles profiles are intended to represent real people in a local area. WeedLifestyles member profiles must be honest and authentic.

Be Honest: Intentions, Affiliations, Transparency

All members should be open about who they are, their intentions, and their affiliations. All group and event descriptions should be accurate, so members can make informed decisions about their participation.

Be Yourself: Fake Accounts & Impersonation

Creating fake accounts, malicious accounts, or accounts meant to impersonate another person, is prohibited on WeedLifestyles.

Be Respectful

Respecting people's time, attention, personal choices, and personal boundaries is essential to creating safe and trusting communities. Be respectful in interactions with people and in content posted on the platform. WeedLifestyles monitors and restricts behaviors that are dishonest, undermine the integrity of the platform, violate personal boundaries, or serve to intentionally upset people.

Message Respectfully: Don't Spam

Content sent to a member that is irrelevant, impersonal, unsolicited, promotional, or repetitive is spam.

Set Appropriate Expectations and Honor Them: Don't Tamper with Groups or Events

Converting or changing events in a group or event, so that they no longer align with the expectations and purpose set by the organizer and leadership team, is misleading and not allowed.

The intentions of the group should remain consistent with member expectations as set in the group description.

Converting

Stepping up as organizer/moderator to a WeedLifestyles group or event in order to change the focus of the group, to close the group, to send or post promotional content, or to send or post content not aligned with the original description of the group, is prohibited. If it is your intention to change the meaning or purpose of a group, we advise that you start a new group instead. If a group gets a new organizer/moderator, the mission of that group should stay the same. Events in a group should reflect intentions expressed in the group description.

Tampering

Altering the content or settings of a group or event without permission from the main organizer, or in a way that is not aligned with the purpose of that group, is prohibited. Any use of WeedLifestyles tools or features to disrupt the group or destroy content for the purpose of undermining or undercutting the established community is a violation of our policies.

Honor Requests for Distance: About Block and Ban Decisions

If you are blocked, you’re blocked. Members must accept and respect any organizer’s decision to ban a member from a group, or a member's decision to block a member from contacting them. Creating new accounts to circumvent block or ban decisions is prohibited.

Sexual Content and Nudity

Pornography is not allowed on WeedLifestyles. Publicly shared photos must be appropriate for general audiences. Nude or sexual photos are not allowed in public spaces. 

Nudity

If nudity or sexuality is part of a group's identity or lifestyle, organizers must keep the group Private in order to limit access to this content to members of that group. WeedLifestyles expects leadership teams to monitor this content.

Sex Solicitation and Prostitution

WeedLifestyles prohibits groups that, or individuals who, use WeedLifestyles to proposition for sex, or to promote or engage in prostitution. For policies on groups that may contain such content, please see "Pornography, nudity, or sexual content" and "Mature interests that are not transparent" in WeedLifestyles groups and events policies below.

Shocking, Disturbing, and Violent Content

Gratuitously graphic, disgusting, obscene, or violent content is prohibited. We don't allow content posted to upset, shock, or disturb a WeedLifestyles community or its members. 

Child Exploitation

WeedLifestyles has a zero tolerance policy regarding child pornography or anything WeedLifestyles believes exploits, sexualizes, or fetishizes minors. Such content will be removed from the platform and the uploader will be banned. WeedLifestyles reports all child pornography to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC).

Ask for Permission: Consent

WeedLifestyles defines consent as welcomed communications and actions to engage with a member. Engaging with anyone in a non-consensual way is strictly prohibited. If ever in doubt, ask permission.

Respect Privacy: Don't Post Other People's Private Information

Posting other people's private information without their explicit consent is prohibited.

Members and organizers should always be mindful of privacy and use discretion when sharing any private content that belongs to themselves or to other members. For example, phone numbers, social security numbers, addresses, financial information, passwords, and government identification are considered private information.

Be Kind

Bullying, harassment, exploitation, and acts of hate undermine community building in safe spaces where people can trust one another. Building real relationships requires us to be more compassionate and kinder towards one another. WeedLifestyles enforces against behaviors that are threatening, intentionally malicious, or personally harmful--physically, emotionally, or mentally.

Be Compassionate: Don't Harass, Bully or Shame

Harassment and bullying are not allowed on WeedLifestyles. WeedLifestyles will honor requests to remove content that publicly shames or degrades a private individual. 

Members should first contact the uploader or the organizer to request that content be removed.

Harassment is persistent or non-consensual contact from another member. Bullying is the intentional posting of mean content for the purpose of hurting or embarrassing another.

WeedLifestyles will honor requests to remove nude, lewd or shaming photos if the subject of that content reports it. Content targeting a public figure, organization, or anyone who has gained news attention, is not subject to these policies.

Act with Integrity: Do Not Manipulate or Exploit

Any attempt to use someone's insecurities or vulnerabilities for personal gain is considered manipulation or exploitation and is prohibited.

Hate and Supremacy

Hate speech, supremacy, or behavior that incites hate or violence against individuals or groups of people based on who they are or their beliefs, is prohibited.

Be Safe

All organizers and members should take ownership over their personal safety and should never put themselves or others in danger. We expect all organizers and members to be mindful of local laws when engaging with their groups. Where appropriate, organizers should also set guidelines for their events to ensure their members are participating safely.

No Threats, Violence, or Personal Endangerment

Using WeedLifestyles to promote, facilitate, or organize violent, criminal, or non-consensual actions that endanger anyone, physically, mentally, or emotionally, is prohibited. 

WeedLifestyles reserves the right to remove credible explicit and implicit threats of violence or aggression and revoke the membership of the user who made them. Examples of prohibited implicit threats include, “The next time I see you, you’ll be sorry.” and “You better watch your back.”

Self-Injury

WeedLifestyles does not allow any content that encourages or glorifies self-injury or encourages others to harm themselves.

Copyright and IP

Intellectual Property

We respect the intellectual property rights of others. Posting content that violates another party's intellectual property rights is prohibited. 

When provided with the requisite information, WeedLifestyles will remove or disable access to material that infringes on the intellectual property rights of others or remove accounts of those who may be repeat infringers. Please note that simply hosting an event around a similar topic in a shared location is generally not considered a violation of our policies.

WeedLifestyles groups and events policies

Guidelines to help members and organizers succeed on WeedLifestyles

At WeedLifestyles, we believe that real-life community is really, really important. When people come together, they create new possibilities for each other. Ideas spread, networks form, movements start. At its simplest, life is just better when you have people to enjoy it with.

WeedLifestyles exists to help people grow into the people they want to be and live happy and fulfilling lives by finding the communities that will help them thrive.

To make this possible, WeedLifestyles requires groups to meet some basic requirements.

✔ Offer a growth opportunity

WeedLifestyles events should offer opportunities for members to better themselves in some way. This could mean:

  • Teaching or learning something new
  • Developing a skill
  • Meeting new people
  • Building community
  • Volunteering for a cause
  • Supporting each other
  • Increasing awareness about a specific topic
  • Encouraging a passion
  • Pursuing a goal or a hobby
  • Getting fit and active
  • Exploring new places
  • Furthering one’s career

✔ Host events that create real human connections

WeedLifestyles is a platform that helps people make real-life connections—it is not a platform for only advertising sales or special promotions. Events must focus on creating an experience that adds value for attendees. This can mean learning something, playing a game together, making new friends, or enjoying each other’s company. People should leave WeedLifestyles events feeling inspired or more connected to their community in some way.

Here are a few examples of what’s acceptable to post as a WeedLifestyles event:

  • Discussions that offer new perspectives
  • Adventures that get people out of their comfort zones
  • Hangouts that allow people to get to know each other
  • Tours that help people discover new places and ideas
  • Workshops that help people sharpen their skills
  • Group speakers that spread new ideas
  • Games that connect people through fun, shared experiences

Here are some examples of how businesses should and should not use WeedLifestyles:

✔ A local bar that hosts weekly get-togethers like trivia nights or darts tournaments

✘ A local bar that hosts events that solely advertise daily happy hour times and prices

✔ A yoga studio that hosts daily group classes

✘ A yoga studio that hosts events that solely advertise limited-time offers

✔ A wine shop that hosts tasting events and sommelier courses

✘ A wine shop that hosts events that solely advertise new inventory or sales

✔ Meet in real life

Connecting online is just not the same as connecting in real life. WeedLifestyles groups need to meet locally and in-person so that real-life communities can grow. WeedLifestyles should not be used only for hosting online meetings, conference calls, or webinars.

For changes to this policy in light of the coronavirus, please see WeedLifestyles event policies and the coronavirus (COVID-19).

✔ Have a host present at events

It can be a little intimidating to show up to an event where you don’t know anyone, so having a host at every event is important for making members feel comfortable and welcome. All WeedLifestyles events must have an in-person host present to help connect attendees, manage relationships with venues, and bring structure to the events. The host must, at a minimum, make members aware of the event location, and act as a point of contact during the event. If a business or an organization is sponsoring an event, the event description must identify a contact person who will be present at the event.

If WeedLifestyles receives reports that there is no one present in-person hosting a WeedLifestyles group’s events, we may remove the group at our sole discretion.

✔ Be honest and transparent about your group’s intentions

WeedLifestyles organizers must always be honest and transparent with their members so that everyone knows what to expect at the group’s events. Group and event names and descriptions must accurately convey sufficient information that allows members to make informed decisions about their participation. This includes, at a minimum, being clear about:

  • The nature of the group's activities, interests, and intentions
  • The group’s membership requirements
  • Fees or dues
  • The group’s affiliation, if the group is associated with a business, organization, or any other third party

If WeedLifestyles receives reports that a group is not accurately disclosing any of this information, we may remove the group at our sole discretion.

Prohibited group and event practices on WeedLifestyles

Helping people find their crew is what WeedLifestyles is all about—however, there are a few types of communities that we cannot support on our platform due to safety, legal, or ethical reasons. If WeedLifestyles determines that your group or its events fall into any of the following categories, we may remove the group at our sole discretion.

WeedLifestyles does not support groups and events related to any of the following themes.

✘ Violent, dangerous, or criminal behavior

Groups must not contain content or promote events that could promote or facilitate illegal or violent activity, such as:

  • Buying, selling, or trading firearms, ammunition, or drugs  
  • Pyramid schemes
  • Acts of physical harm against other people
  • Animal abuse
  • Acts of vandalism

Groups must not contain content or promote events that could threaten public or personal safety, including:

  • Advocating for, inciting, or making aspirational statements or threats to commit violence against any group of people, individual person, or specific location
  • Weapons and explosive-making
  • Militia gatherings or any calls for violence in response to private or public events
  • Exposure of an individual’s personal information
  • Promotion or glorification of self-harm (for example, suicide, eating disorders or substance abuse)

Groups must not contain content or promote events that incite hate, violence, or harassment against individuals or groups of people based on personal attributes such as race, color, religion, descent, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, disability, or a medical or genetic condition.

Groups must not advance conspiracy theories that promote hatred or violence against individuals or groups based on any of the above personal attributes. Conspiracy theories that diminish or deny the documented suffering of a group of people are not permitted.

Groups must not contain content or promote events that organize, promote, provide for, distribute services for, or recruit for terrorist organizations.

✘ Targeted to individuals under 18

WeedLifestyles members and organizers must be at least 18 years old. WeedLifestyles groups and events must be only targeted to people over the age of 18.

Family groups are more than welcome on WeedLifestyles, but all children present at the event must be supervised and accompanied by an adult guardian.

✘ Harmful misinformation

Groups must not contain content or promote events that contain misinformation. This includes medical misinformation such as:

  • Assurances of health cures or mental cures
  • Unrealistic health, diet, and weight loss claims
  • Claims that have been scientifically disproven and that may pose a public or personal health risk

Groups must not contain content or promote events that contain financial guarantees, including:

  • Assurances of financial gains
  • Promises of specific returns on investment

✘ Misrepresentation or concealed intentions

Groups must not contain content or promote events that conceal or misrepresent the primary purpose of the group or its events, including:

  • A group created with the purpose of deliberately spreading false or deceptive information
  • A group created with the sole purpose of making a statement or sparking controversy

✘ Pick-up artists or seduction techniques

Groups must not contain content or promote events that involve pick-up or seduction techniques, or wingman tactics.

✘ Sexual exploitation

Groups must not contain content or promote events that promote or facilitate sex trafficking, prostitution, or any other type of sexual exploitation.

✘ Pornography, nudity, or sexual content

Groups and events must not contain pornography or publicly shared nude or sexual photos.

If nudity or sexuality is part of a group’s identity or lifestyle, organizers must keep the group private in order to limit access to this content to members of that group. WeedLifestyles expects organizers to monitor this content.

✘ Mature interests that are not honest and transparent

Mature interest groups must follow additional requirements. In the group description, organizers must clearly describe rules of participation and informed consent, be clear and explicit about activities that will occur, and outline safety considerations. Mature interest groups must always have their group visibility settings set to private.

✘ Legal or medical services

Groups must not contain content or promote events that involve regulated services provided by licensed medical or legal professionals. WeedLifestyles does not validate professional credentials or licenses.

✘ A doctor or nurse that offers a healthcare procedure

✘ A lawyer that offers assistance filing for divorce

However, groups and events focused on group activities promoted by these professionals are allowed.

✔ A therapist who organizes a mutual support group for people with anxiety

✔ A health professional who organizes a weight loss support group

WeedLifestyles social media community standards

WeedLifestyles communities thrive when you show up IRL to do what you love — together. 

We believe the global WeedLifestyles community deserves to feel welcomed, respected, and excited to connect with each other, whether we do that in person or on social media.

 

Here are the five key tenets of our community on social media:

  1. Be welcomingCultivate a space where everyone feels safe to be themselves: a community driven by kindness — not bullying, trolling, or bigotry.
  2. Be real. Act as you would act in real life: with integrity and authenticity.
  3. Be impactful. Contribute to the discussion, and respect everyone’s time. What would you say if you were talking in person at an event?
  4. Be spirited. Show up with an openness to diverse perspectives and lively debate.
  5. Be thoughtful. Challenge ideas, not people.

 If your posts on social media conflict with any of these tenets:

  • Your post may be removed. You will be privately notified, warned, and encouraged to adjust your actions going forward in order to stay a member of the community.
  • If you violate any of these tenets again, we have the right to ban you from our community on all social media channels.

WeedLifestyles Social Media Channels

If you’re not yet a member of our online community, join the conversation:

  • WeedLifestyles (InstagramTwitterFacebook): For everyone who wants to get inspired to show up to events.
  • WeedLifestyles Support (Twitter): For members and organizers who have questions about their account, bug reports, or suggestions on how WeedLifestyles can improve.

Organizer and leadership standards: Best organizer practices

Respect the Original Intent: Don't Tamper with Groups or Events

Converting a group or changing or adding events, so they no longer align with the expectations and purpose set by the organizer and leadership team, is prohibited on the grounds that it is misleading. 

The intentions of the group should remain generally consistent with member expectations. While groups often evolve and change over time, changes should be agreed upon by group membership and well-communicated, so people can make informed decisions about their continued participation.

Converting

It is prohibited to step up as organizer to a group in order to change the focus of the group, close the group, send or post promotional content, or to send or post content not aligned with the original description of the group. If it is your intention to change the meaning or purpose of a group, we advise that you start a new group instead. If a group gets a new organizer, the mission of that group should stay the same. Events in a group should reflect intentions expressed in the group description.

Tampering

It is prohibited to alter the content or settings of a group without permission from the main organizer, or in a way that is not aligned with the purpose of that group. Any use of WeedLifestyles tools or features to disrupt the group or destroy content for the purpose of undermining or undercutting the established community is a violation of our policies.

 

Message Respectfully: Don't Spam Members

Content sent to a member that is irrelevant, impersonal, unsolicited, promotional, or repetitive is spam, and organizers may be blocked for spamming members. 

The following are examples of inappropriate spam messages sent by organizers:

  • Sending repetitive or unsolicited messages to members who are not in an organizer's groups.
  • Sending messages to an organizer's own group that do not relate to that group.
  • Sending promotional messages, including promoting an organizer’s group to members who are not in that group.
  • Abusing the announcement or invite features by repeatedly inviting members or non-members for whom a group may not be relevant.
  • Creating groups, events, or accounts for the purpose of cross-promoting groups or events.

 

Use Respectful Language

Using profanity in an attacking, sexual way, or in a way intended to offend people, is prohibited in group and event titles, descriptions, or any other area that is publicly promoted or viewable on the platform.

 

Be Clear & Professional: Editorial Requirements

In order to provide a quality experience to our members, titles of groups and events are to be relevant, useful, and easy to understand. Excessive or improper use of punctuation, symbols, capitalization, spacing, URLs, or repetition, intended to grab attention for a group or event, will need to be edited.

We consider the following examples to be excessive or gimmicky use of numbers, symbols, punctuation, repetition, or spacing: !!Dance!!!, d*a*n*c*e, DANCE, DaNcE, d a n c e, or d@nce.

 

Intellectual Property

We respect the intellectual property rights of others. Posting content that violates another party's intellectual property rights is prohibited. 

When provided with the requisite information, WeedLifestyles will remove or disable access to material that infringes on the intellectual property rights of others or remove accounts of those who may be repeat infringers. Please note that simply holding a group around a similar topic in a shared location, is generally not considered a violation of our policies.

Organizer Access to a WeedLifestyles Group

It is the responsibility of an organizer to pay for a group to operate and continue to be hosted on WeedLifestyles. Failure to pay or update payment information to renew an organizer subscription can result in allowing another member to step up and assume the role of main organizer of the group. 

Generally, WeedLifestyles will not reinstate the former organizer of a group if the organizer loses their position and another member takes over as the main organizer. However, WeedLifestyles may reinstate previous organizers if their groups were affiliated with a registered third-party organization, entity, or company.

WeedLifestyles organizer is stepped down

When a main organizer leaves their position within a group, we refer to this action as "stepping down." WeedLifestyles will not reinstate the former organizer of a group if they step down from their position and another member takes over as the main organizer. This is true whether the action to step down was intentional or unintentional.

An organizer has the ability to pass leadership of their group along to another member. They can also close their group entirely or step down without nominating a specific member. If an organizer steps down without nominating another member, any member of the group is able to step up as the new organizer under their own organizer subscription plan.

Organizer subscription plan goes unpaid

An organizer can also be stepped down from their position when they fail to pay their organizer subscription. The default payment setting on WeedLifestyles automatically renews organizer subscription plans when they expire. However, it's possible that the credit card on file for the organizer's account will be declined or has expired. WeedLifestyles will attempt to charge the credit card on file three times, starting on the date that the organizer subscription plan was set to renew. WeedLifestyles sends organizers an email if the final charge is declined. After this happens the organizer subscription will lapse.

When an organizer subscription plan lapses the account is placed into a two week grace period. Throughout this grace period, WeedLifestyles notifies the organizer through emails and on-site banners. The leadership team of the group will also see a notification banner on the group's homepage, warning them that the organizer is in danger of being stepped down. This banner prompts the leadership team to contact their organizer to ensure that they are aware of the situation.

Group organizer is stepped down

After the grace period ends, the organizer will automatically be stepped down. If the group has co-organizers or assistant organizers, they'll receive an invitation to keep the group going by stepping up to become the next organizer. If the group doesn't have any other organizers, or if no one on the leadership team steps up in five days time, then all of the members are notified that the group needs a new organizer and they are invited to step up.

If the original organizer of a group is stepped down from their position, either intentionally or unintentionally, WeedLifestyles will not reinstate that organizer if another organizer has stepped up unless there are special circumstances. Organizers are notified before they are stepped down from their position, typically four to six times over the course of approximately a month. They are provided with ample time to take action and prevent being stepped down.

If former organizers have concerns about their intellectual property, they can reach out to us directly at policy@WeedLifestyles.com.

 

WeedLifestyles member restrictions

WeedLifestyles takes member account privacy very seriously and has strict rules regarding who can access or create a WeedLifestyles account. Please know we reserve the right to suspend or remove any account, or limit access to certain features of the platform, for any reason, at our sole discretion.

Deceased Member Policy

If a member or organizer passes away, WeedLifestyles cannot provide access to their account, even to family members or people acting on the behalf of the estate. WeedLifestyles will work with families and honor their wishes if they choose to close accounts or groups or transfer them to another member.

Under 18 Participation

WeedLifestyles members and organizers must be at least 18 years of age. Therefore, groups must be targeted at, and only offer opportunities for those who are over 18. 

While groups are welcome to provide activities for families, any children present at an event must be supervised and accompanied by an adult guardian. 

Criminal Record

WeedLifestyles may remove certain members when we become aware that the member is a convicted sex offender or has been convicted of a violent, fraudulent, or dangerous crime. WeedLifestyles may also remove a member based on their criminal record, for safety, or for other concerns. Members with concerns about criminal or illegal activity should always report it to local authorities.

 

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