Guidelines

Member Code of Conduct

Honesty, always.

Members must be real people. Make sure you join in your real personal name, any accounts in aliases or business names will be deleted. Also, don’t make up stuff that isn’t true.

Play nice.

Treat other members with respect and courtesy, at all times. A strong opinion and robust discussion is always welcome, as long as you behave well. Be warned: bullies are not welcome here.

Be neighbourly.

Get social and chat, say something to your neighbours through Housenet! Share information and news, try and help each other.

News Publishing Guidelines

Be accurate.

Whether you’re reporting on something that just happened in your neighbourhood, or expressing an opinion on local issues always be accurate with the facts when you write an article on Housenet. It’s the first tenet of citizen journalism, and will help you build a strong following as a local writer.

Be passionate.

Local news is compelling because it affects real people, in real life, right where they live. So whether you love your community, or you hate what’s happening to your neighbourhood, express yourself with passion – it’s the best way to draw a response & start a local conversation.

Publish useful stuff.

Always remember the best content is useful to someone, somewhere. Before you publish an article, check to make sure your news or comment genuinely has some interest for other residents in the local area. Random thoughts about the meaning of life are probably more suitable for Twitter – not Housenet.

Avoid self-promotion.

Housenet is a platform for local news by the people, for the people. It’s all about how you can have your say and help other residents in the local community. Sometimes a quick mention of what you do professionally within the context of a news article will be relevant and OK. But blatant self-promotion is BORING and not permitted in local news blogs. Repeat offenders will be deleted. (If you want to promote yourself or a business then use the advertise feature).

Write well.

If you’ve got something to say, take the time to say it well. Poorly written news articles with sloppy spelling and grammar are less likely to widely read - or taken seriously. It’s OK if writing is not your strong suit, we still want to hear from you! Focus on using simple language and use the ‘spell check’ feature in our blog editor before you publish.

Link to sources.

When publishing a news article it’s best practise to link to any external sources that prove your case or that helped shape your story. This is a courtesy to other writers, and makes for a richer reading experience. To link, highlight the phrase or text with your cursor, click the link icon in the editor, then enter the destination URL and save.

For more on blogging, see our tutorial How to Blog like a Rock Star