Patch Community Guidelines
At Patch, we believe that local news and information have the power to unite a community. We also believe in giving neighbors the power to tell their own stories, share their perspectives, connect with other community members and help keep each other updated about what’s happening in town.
Patch is an extension of your community. Be kind and help make it amazing.
What you can post on Patch?
- Local updates and information
- Questions about your community
- Discussion about issues affecting your community
- Local events and classifieds
- See the Patch Posting Instructions for more information
These rules apply both to posting your own content and comments or replies you post to others.
1. Be respectful
- Patch has a zero tolerance policy for racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic or otherwise discriminatory language. On Patch, there is no place for name calling or vulgar or obscene language (that includes masked profanity, e.g., F$%#).
- The people on Patch are your neighbors. Treat them as such. Always use clean and civil language, even in heated debates.
- Thank your neighbors when they post something helpful, informative or kind. If you think any post is out of line, flag it to notify the Patch moderation team.
- Threats and harassment are prohibited. That includes threats of physical harm against any group or individual.
- No advertisements for (or links to) junk mail, spam, chain letters, pyramid schemes or similar forms of solicitation.
2) Be transparent
- Please use your real first name, last name, email address, and home community. Your account may be terminated if any of this profile information is found to be false.
- You’re also encouraged to upload a profile picture and fill out your user bio , to give your neighbors a better idea of who they’re talking to.
- When replying to a post, stay on topic. If you want to start a different discussion, you can always create a new post.
- Check your facts and avoid spreading misinformation. Cite your sources and tell your neighbors where you got your facts.
3) Keep it local
- Keep Patch local. Make sure your posts and replies have a local angle and are relevant to the community where you are posting.
- Patch is not a personal blog or soapbox. Please don’t post more than a few times a day, and please don’t duplicate event or other posts in multiple communities.
4) Promote your business respectfully
- Patch is committed to supporting local businesses. There are several ways for businesses and organizations to reach their local communities on Patch. However, it’s important that promotions don’t interrupt important local discussions.
- The Neighbor Posts section is a place for neighborhood discussion, not ads. To advertise on Patch, we ask that you instead post an event or classified. You can also pay to boost and share your events and classifieds to nearby communities.
- For even more exposure, contact our sales team!