Guidelines for Using WhatsApp Groups

To encourage a positive and respectful environment for everyone, here are some general guidelines:

  1. Stay on topic, avoid irrelevant messages.
  2. Ask someone before adding them to a group.
  3. Politely excuse yourself before leaving, respect others when they leave.
  4. Post single complete messages, avoid posting each sentence as a new message (messages can be edited if you need).
  5. Avoid reposting information.
  6. Engage occasionally to avoid a lurking impression.
  7. Move to a private group for one-on-one chats.
  8. Avoid posting between 21:00 and 07:00 (except in emergencies).
  9. If you don’t know the answer to a question don’t respond.
  10. Avoid multiple “thank you” messages. Instead use reactions or a private message.

If you are not sure, ask yourself these three questions before you post:

  1. Is this relevant?
  2. Is this necessary?
  3. Is this a good time to post?

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