Commenting Policy

We encourage your comments on the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce’s various blogs and Online Community, and hope that you will find these online conversations and connections useful to your business, organization and role in our community.

Just as the Chamber has standards outlining our Members conduct at all of our Chamber events and services, we have standards that we will apply to our blogs and online community.

We review comments as they’re posted, and those that are off-topic, blatantly commercial, offensive, inappropriate, or disparaging to a individual or organization, generally won’t make the cut or last long. The Chamber hosts our Online Community as a service to our Members and the regional business community. We will actively monitor and edit comments to ensure that the pages of this website are consistent with our values, standards and operational principles.

The Chamber reserves the right to remove any comment or posting we find off-topic, inappropriate or out-of-bounds – and this decision is done at our sole discretion.
Say something completely inappropriate, disparage another business, or an attempt to comment as another business or competitor, and you will find yourself banned for life from our Online Community and potentially result in expulsion from our Chamber by the Board of Directors.

The Chamber is happy to promote commerce, it’s in our name, but you don’t stand up and sell your products in the middle of Chamber events, and it’s equally inappropriate and offensive to do so in our Online Community on blog posts. Chamber membership is a privilege and we will monitor our online community and seek the same integrity in our Online Community.

The Chamber expects demands civility at all times from our Members and guests. In some of our dealings and efforts, we discuss and debate public policy issues and how they impact our businesses, our government and our community. We will demand a basic level of civility. Reasonable people can disagree without being disagreeable.

Mutual respect is a must, and profanity, hurtful or abusive language are out-of-bounds. There are plenty of other outlets on the internet that will allow the posting of hurtful hyperbole – the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce isn’t one of them.

We will actively monitor and vigilantly monitor our commenting and interactive features to ensure that our Online Community is welcoming to all of our visitors and commentators.

Abuse the privilege of using our Online Community features and you may very well loose it.
A few guidelines for those of you new to the whole social media thing:

  • Use good judgment;
  • Make the right impression;
  • Be truthful, consistent and transparent;
  • Respect your and others’ intellectual property;
  • Respect your audience – in this case it’s the whole world;
  • Your comments are a reflection of you and your business;
  • Try to add value to the discussions; and
  • Don’t pick fights

That’s the plain English version, for those of you legal types:
By posting any comments, posts or other material on Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce Online Community sponsored blogs, forums and webpages, you give the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce (“Chamber”) the irrevocable right to reproduce, distribute, publish, display, edit, modify, create derivative works from, and otherwise use your submission for any purpose in any form and on any media. You also agree that you will not:

  1. Post material that infringes on the rights of any third party, including intellectual property, privacy or publicity rights.
  2. Post material that is unlawful, obscene, defamatory, threatening, harassing, abusive, slanderous, hateful, or embarrassing to any other person or entity as determined by Chamber in its sole discretion.
  3. Post advertisements or solicitations of business.
  4. Post chain letters or pyramid schemes.
  5. Impersonate another person.
  6. Allow any other person or entity to use your identification for posting or viewing comments.
  7. Post the same note more than once or “spam.”

Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce reserves the right (but is not obligated) to do any or all of the following:

  1. Remove communications that are abusive, illegal or disruptive, or that otherwise fail to conform with these Commenting Terms and Conditions and our general Terms of Use.
  2. Terminate a user’s access to the blog feature upon any breach of these Commenting Terms and Conditions and our general Terms.
  3. Edit or delete any communications posted on the blog or online community features, regardless of whether such communications violate these standards.

Finally, you agree that you will indemnify the Chamber against any damages, losses, liabilities, judgments, costs or expenses (including reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs) arising out of a claim by a third party relating to any material you have posted. For more information on indemnification review paragraph 7 of our Terms & Conditions.