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Help without expectation

You’ll probably grow your personal network, make friends, and find new opportunities by being on Officehours. This is all good. In fact, it’s what we want for you—but we think this should happen organically (and not be a calculated pitch). So, come in with the notion of lending a hand, and no other expectations. Then, just see what happens.

Share good stuff

A big part of what’s wrong with the web involves folks hocking junk for their own gain—or posting just for the sake of posting. This means bad content created for SEO purposes, tedious photos of one’s dinner, and the ever-loathsome humble-brag. We’ve designed Officehours to discourage this sort of content, but we need you to do your part. Before posting, as yourself, “is this truly helpful/useful content?” If the answer isn’t a resounding yes, perhaps avoid posting it.

No hate

We have a zero-tolerance policy for hateful behavior/speech on Officehours. Those who act in this fashion, or preach such “values” are promptly removed from our service.

Be yourself

We ask all Officehours users to share their real name, as well as an accurate bio and photo of themselves. This sort of openness helps others on the network know who you are—which helps grow trust, here. This openness extends to how you interact on Officehours. Be truthful. Be accurate. Be honest. And if you don’t have the answer, just say so. There’s nothing wrong with that. Don’t pretend to be someone you’re not, or squat on a username.

Be human

In essence, all of these “rules” say the same thing: behave as you’d expect others to (you know, in the real world). The person on the other end of your discussion is a real person, with hopes, needs, insecurities, and feelings. Don’t be mean. Nothing good comes from that. If an opinion upsets you, say so, but question the idea/opinion instead of attacking another’s character. It’s in being decent humans that we create something different—and truly good—here.