Please read before you tweet (Or blog, Or Instagram, Or Pinterest, Or Google+, Or LinkedIn……)

The Society for Conservation Biology North America encourages open discussion on social/news media outlets at our Biannual Meeting. In order to find a balance between the needs and expectations of members and make the meeting a safe and comfortable space for everyone, we set forth the following guidelines:

  • Please keep in mind SCBNA’s meeting Code of Conduct (5th paragraph) and apply it to your communication online (and in person!). Harassment, intimidation, or discrimination in any form will not be tolerated.
  •  We ask that you do not photograph, video, or audio record information during scientific sessions (talks and posters) without the express consent of the author/presenter. [Photography at social events, in public areas, and at plenary sessions is okay.]. In other words, whereas live-tweeting in general follows an “opt-out” policy (see below), live-tweeting of photos of presentations is “opt-in”, requiring prior consent of the presenter.
  • Social/news media (Twitter, Facebook and others) “opt-out” policy: While the default assumption is to allow open discussion of SCBNA presentations on social/news media, please respect any request by a presenter to not disseminate the contents of their talk. The following icon may be downloaded from the NACCB website for inclusion on slides or posters to clearly express when a presenter does not want their results posted to Twitter or any other new media sites: Download opt-out Twitter image here(Please include the opt-out Twitter image on every slide to ensure your preference is known since people may come in after your presentation begins.) 

Thank you in advance to everyone for following these basic guidelines for online posts of all kinds and helping us maintain a welcoming environment for sharing information. As a reminder, the official meeting hashtag is #NACCB2016. We look forward to seeing your thoughts and discussion online.

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