This is a Civilized Place for Public Discussion

Please treat this discussion forum with the same respect you would a public park. We, too, are a shared community resource — a place to share skills, knowledge and interests through ongoing conversation.

These are not hard and fast rules, merely aids to the human judgment of our community. Use these guidelines to keep this a clean, well-lighted place for civilized public discourse.

For Authors taking part in the discussions, there are related, yet more specific guidelines that we have for you as professionals in the industry. Read all the way through to the end for those.

Improve the Discussion

Help us make this a great place for discussion by always working to improve the discussion in some way, however small. If you are not sure your post adds to the conversation, think over what you want to say and try again later.

The topics discussed here matter to us, and we want you to act as if they matter to you, too. Be respectful of the topics and the people discussing them, even if you disagree with some of what is being said.

One way to improve the discussion is by discovering ones that are already happening. Please spend some time browsing the topics here before replying or starting your own, and you’ll have a better chance of meeting others who share your interests.

Be Agreeable, Even When You Disagree

You may wish to respond to something by disagreeing with it. That’s fine. But, remember to criticize ideas, not people. Please avoid:

  • Name-calling.
  • Ad hominem attacks.
  • Responding to a post’s tone instead of its actual content.
  • Knee-jerk contradiction.

Instead, provide reasoned counter-arguments that improve the conversation.

Your Participation Counts

The conversations we have here set the tone for everyone. Help us influence the future of this community by choosing to engage in discussions that make this forum an interesting place to be — and avoiding those that do not.

Discourse provides tools that enable the community to collectively identify the best (and worst) contributions: favorites, bookmarks, likes, flags, replies, edits, and so forth. Use these tools to improve your own experience, and everyone else’s, too.

Let’s try to leave our park better than we found it.

If You See a Problem, Flag It

Moderators have special authority; they are responsible for this forum. But so are you. With your help, moderators can be community facilitators, not just janitors or police.

When you see bad behavior, don’t reply. It encourages the bad behavior by acknowledging it, consumes your energy, and wastes everyone’s time. Just flag it. If enough flags accrue, action will be taken, either automatically or by moderator intervention.

In order to maintain our community, moderators reserve the right to remove any content and any user account for any reason at any time. Moderators do not preview new posts in any way; the moderators and site operators take no responsibility for any content posted by the community.

Always Be Civil

Nothing sabotages a healthy conversation like rudeness:

  • Be civil. Don’t post anything that a reasonable person would consider offensive, abusive, or hate speech.
  • Keep it clean. Don’t post anything obscene or sexually explicit.
  • Respect each other. Don’t harass or grief anyone, impersonate people, or expose their private information.
  • Respect our forum. Don’t post spam or otherwise vandalize the forum.

These are not concrete terms with precise definitions — avoid even the appearance of any of these things. If you’re unsure, ask yourself how you would feel if your post was featured on the front page of the New York Times.

This is a public forum, and search engines index these discussions. Keep the language, links, and images safe for family and friends.

Keep It Tidy

Make the effort to put things in the right place, so that we can spend more time discussing and less cleaning up. So:

  • Don’t start a topic in the wrong category.
  • Don’t cross-post the same thing in multiple topics.
  • Don’t post no-content replies.
  • Don’t divert a topic by changing it midstream.
  • Don’t sign your posts — every post has your profile information attached to it.

Rather than posting “+1” or “Agreed”, use the Like button. Rather than taking an existing topic in a radically different direction, use Reply as a Linked Topic.

Post Only Your Own Stuff

You may not post anything digital that belongs to someone else without permission. You may not post descriptions of, links to, or methods for stealing someone’s intellectual property (software, video, audio, images), or for breaking any other law.

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Guidelines for Authors

“What really knocks me out is a book that, when you're all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it.” ― J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

Readers love to connect with the authors of their favorite books, and as an author we know you’re also eager to interact with your readers. So we’re excited to launch Riffle discussions as a place where you can do that. From the beginning, Riffle has been about community: book bloggers, educators, publishers, authors, booksellers, librarians and avid readers can come together on our vibrant platform and share their passion for reading. With Riffle discussions, authors will now be able to connect with fellow book nerds and inspire reading more than ever. We hope that you enjoy getting involved and that Riffle discussions helps readers to discover your books.

To help you get the most out of your Riffle discussions experience, we’ve put together some guidelines. Of course, you can also ask us on this topic if you have any questions about using Riffle discussions as an author.

Author Best Practices

  • Do use the "I Am An Author..." category, or related categories in the
    various genres for any topics relating to your books and writing
    practice. Readers will love to know if you have any quirky writing
    habits, or whether you’re an ‘outliner’ or ‘pantser.’ This is also
    the place to post book excerpts or any other exclusive content you
    might want to share with your readers.
  • Do get involved as a reader
    first. Rifflers are eager to know what books authors are reading.
    This is your opportunity to become an influencer in the community,
    and you’ll find people will want to know more about your work once
    they see how great your book taste is!
  • Do become an example for other users on the boards. Your position as a book professional will be established in the minds of other Rifflers if you lead the way with
    your courteous comments and use of cool features. Try @mentioning
    other users, quoting parts of comments in your replies, asking
    questions, creating interesting topics, and responding quickly and
    politely to others.
  • Do participate in genre categories related to
    your books and bring your expertise to the discussion. However,
    please ensure your comments in these categories are focussed on other
    authors’ works, or on the genre as a whole.
  • Don’t spam. Please do not
    flood the boards with posts. We really want you to get involved, but
    others users will be put off from engaging with you if they feel like
    you are dominating all of the conversations. Be balanced in your
    posting, ask others what they think, and avoid long essay-style posts
    of your opinions.
  • Don’t abuse private messaging. Private messages are
    a fun feature, but should only be sent when you have something
    genuine to say to another user. This is a privilege that comes with
    being an active and supportive part of the book discussions.
  • And, obviously, please don’t respond to reviews about your own books.

Promotional opportunities on Riffle are available at Riffle Select, our ebook deals platform.

Above all have fun, but remember to be courteous and professional. We want all of our Rifflers to engage in genuine and inspiring book conversation, safe from spam and self-promotion.

A failure to abide by these simple guidelines could affect privileges for Riffle and Riffle Discussions.