Community Guidelines

Community Guidelines

The Y’s social media, blogs, and forums are for anyone who believes in the cause of the Y. Feel free to share your Y stories, tips and ideas and participate in our online community.

If you have questions, comments or concerns about the Y or a specific local Y, we will do our best to connect you with that Y to resolve and we may reach out to you directly regarding your comments.  For expedient assistance, contact your local Y directly to submit feedback about the specfic Y.


General guidelines

We consider this online community one big YMCA.  We want to hear from you on social media, our blogs, and our forums but have a few things that we do not allow:

  • Posts that contain, discuss or promote:
    • abusive, vulgar, offensive, threatening or harassing language
    • personal attacks of any kind
    • illegal activity
    • political campaigns
    • legal or employment issues
  • Conversations that negatively target specific individuals or groups
  • Posts that are spam, solicitations or advertisements
  • Contest and voting campaign posts that are not authorized by Y-USA
  • Any profile icon or name related to commercial content that promotes another business, website, specialty page other than a Y or those approved by Y-USA
  • Personally identifiable information (like phone numbers or email addresses), private or sensitive details about another person
  • Material or information that you don’t have the right to post or share

Additional rules for blog comments and forums

  • No profanity or skirting the language filter.
  • No political or religious issues.
  • No posting of premium content from any website.
  • No trolling or posting of fake news.
  • Use descriptive thread titles.

Differences of opinion are welcome as long as they are respectful.  Be courteous and respect those asking questions with friendly, informative discussions.  If it’s not, it will be deleted.  Posters will be permanently banned immediately for a serious, willful, and/or repeated violation of any of these rules.

User-submitted content (including comments, updates, photos and videos) do not necessarily represent the views of YMCA of the USA.

The statements and opinions posted by registered participants to these forums and blogs on ymca.net are offered for educational, informational, and social purposes only, should not be construed as personal medical advice, and are not intended to diagnose any medical condition or replace your or anyone else’s healthcare provider. Please consult with a physician or local healthcare provider before taking any advice that might affect you or anyone else’s health and well-being.

Some links featured on our website, social media, blogs, and forums will take you to non-YMCA websites. The views and opinions of authors expressed on those websites do not necessarily state or reflect those of the YMCA of the USA.

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