Community Standards
Privacy & Terms

We all know that extreme partisanship is a major problem in America these days, but real change is rarely black and white. Liberals can care about fiscal policy, conservatives can care about climate change, and gray areas exist everywhere.

That’s why our goal is to build an inclusive, nonpartisan community here on Forward. As long as you align with our community principles, you are welcome here.

Community Principles:

We are Forward-Thinking

We believe in a world that is better than the world that exists today. The status quo is unacceptable; we can do better. You’re here to find ways we can create change, starting in our local community.

We are Respectful

We respect each other, the community, and the rules of the game.

We are Kind

We lead with kindness and seek to understand each other, not prove each other wrong. Empathy is a crucial skill for participating in Forward.

We value Safety

We follow all laws and take care of each other. Whenever possible, complete Missions with friends. Be smart about where, when, and how you participate in Forward.

We are Transparent

We believe in radical transparency. Always include sources for the information you share. Our goal is to find answers using reliable, vetted information.

We are Creative

We celebrate creativity, unique approaches to problem solving, and outside-the-box thinking.

Community Guidelines

By posting on Forward, you’ll be contributing to independent, community conversation. Please follow these guidelines to help keep things on track:

 

In brief:

  • Don’t attack people and don’t respond to attacks – report them and move on
  • Keep your comments on topic and constructive
  • Take responsibility for the quality of the conversations you take part in
  • Above all, respect others and their opinions.
 
In detail:

Be considerate

We’re here to talk about ideas, not the people behind them.

We’ll delete: personal attacks directed at anyone; all forms of discrimination (or posts that could be interpreted as such); posts we believe exist only to provoke or mislead; posts identifying or sharing the personal information of another person (including children) without their consent; and comments that are commercial or repeatedly shared external links.

Be respectful

Treat people with the respect you’d like to receive. Admit when you’re wrong. You’ll come across opinions you disagree with. That doesn’t make them invalid.

Be on-topic

Keep comments relevant to the post and replies relevant to the initiating comment. We reserve the right to delete off-topic comments to keep threads on track.

For example: in an post about the policy response to climate change, comments about the science of climate change will be considered off topic.

Be constructive

Explain why you disagree or agree with something. Your reasoning is as important as your opinion.

“This article sucks”

will be deleted.

“I disagree with this article. Here’s why…”

won’t be.

“You’re an idiot”

will be deleted.

“Have you considered…”

won’t be.

Back up your ideas with evidence and fact where possible. If you’re claiming something as scientific fact, try to provide credible references. Ask any questions you have for the author or your fellow commenters.

Aim to add a new idea to each approach rather than repeating what’s already been said. Move on if things get stuck.

We’ll distinguish between constructive comments and smear campaigns. We’ll remove any deliberate attempts to misinform, distort facts or misrepresent the opinions of others.

Be legal

Don’t post anything that may put us in legal jeopardy – nothing defamatory, nothing in breach of copyright.

Be proactive

Take responsibility for the quality of the conversations you participate in; only reply to things you consider worth your attention.

Report posts you think violate these standards. Tell people when they post something you appreciate and press the ‘Recommend’ button on their post.

What we’ll do

We reserve the right to remove comments that breach these standards and lock accounts of commenters who breach them repeatedly. We take a zero-tolerance approach to discrimination.

 

Replies to comments that have been deleted may themselves be deleted, either to remove the thread or because they don’t make sense out of context. Comments may be closed if these standards aren’t met.

Finally, the legal stuff:
Terms and Conditions ("Terms")

Last updated: 7/8/2019

Introduction

These Website Standard Terms and Conditions written on this webpage shall manage your use of our website, Forward accessible at https://frwrdbeta.wpmudev.host.

These Terms will be applied fully and affect to your use of this Website. By using this Website, you agreed to accept all terms and conditions written in here. You must not use this Website if you disagree with any of these Website Standard Terms and Conditions. These Terms and Conditions have been generated with the help of the Terms And Conditions Template.

Minors or people below 13 years old are not allowed to use this Website.

 

Intellectual Property Rights

Other than the content you own, under these Terms, Forward Labs LLC and/or its licensors own all the intellectual property rights and materials contained in this Website.

You are granted limited license only for purposes of viewing the material contained on this Website.

 

Restrictions

You are specifically restricted from all of the following:

  • publishing any Website material in any other media;
  • selling, sublicensing and/or otherwise commercializing any Website material;
  • publicly performing and/or showing any Website material;
  • using this Website in any way that is or may be damaging to this Website;
  • using this Website in any way that impacts user access to this Website;
  • using this Website contrary to applicable laws and regulations, or in any way may cause harm to the Website, or to any person or business entity;
  • engaging in any data mining, data harvesting, data extracting or any other similar activity in relation to this Website;

Certain areas of this Website are restricted from being access by you and Forward Labs LLC may further restrict access by you to any areas of this Website, at any time, in absolute discretion. Any user ID and password you may have for this Website are confidential and you must maintain confidentiality as well.

 

Your Content

In these Website Standard Terms and Conditions, “Your Content” shall mean any audio, video text, images or other material you choose to display on this Website. By displaying Your Content, you grant Forward Labs LLC a non-exclusive, worldwide irrevocable, sub licensable license to use, reproduce, adapt, publish, translate and distribute it in any and all media.

Your Content must be your own and must not be invading any third-party’s rights. Forward Labs LLC reserves the right to remove any of Your Content from this Website at any time without notice.

 

No warranties

This Website is provided “as is,” with all faults, and Forward Labs LLC express no representations or warranties, of any kind related to this Website or the materials contained on this Website. Also, nothing contained on this Website shall be interpreted as advising you.

 

Limitation of liability

In no event shall Forward Labs LLC, nor any of its officers, directors and employees, shall be held liable for anything arising out of or in any way connected with your use of this Website whether such liability is under contract.  Forward Labs LLC, including its officers, directors and employees shall not be held liable for any indirect, consequential or special liability arising out of or in any way related to your use of this Website.

 

Indemnification

You hereby indemnify to the fullest extent Forward Labs LLC from and against any and/or all liabilities, costs, demands, causes of action, damages and expenses arising in any way related to your breach of any of the provisions of these Terms.

 

Severability

If any provision of these Terms is found to be invalid under any applicable law, such provisions shall be deleted without affecting the remaining provisions herein.

 

Variation of Terms

Forward Labs LLC is permitted to revise these Terms at any time as it sees fit, and by using this Website you are expected to review these Terms on a regular basis.

 

Assignment

The Forward Labs LLC is allowed to assign, transfer, and subcontract its rights and/or obligations under these Terms without any notification. However, you are not allowed to assign, transfer, or subcontract any of your rights and/or obligations under these Terms.

 

Entire Agreement

These Terms constitute the entire agreement between Forward Labs LLC and you in relation to your use of this Website, and supersede all prior agreements and understandings.

 

Governing Law & Jurisdiction

These Terms will be governed by and interpreted in accordance with the laws of the State of Wisconsin, and you submit to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the state and federal courts located in United States for the resolution of any disputes.

 

Contact Us

If you have any questions about these Terms, please contact us.