A social network is a social structure made of individuals who are tied by one or more specific types of interdependency, such as friendship, common interest, relationship of beliefs or knowledge.
This website was started to bring together like-minded individuals involved in the nation's art fairs, giving them a place to gather and share information. It works pretty well. In fact, it works very well.
Except--it cannot be a sounding board for disgruntled people who take out their frustrations on others. Again last week there was name-calling and inappropriate innuendo by a few individuals. ArtFairInsiders.com is not run by an organization, or a board, it is run by me. I do not have the time nor the inclination
to "monitor" what is being said here. But when I start receiving phone calls and emails from people distressed about the discussion I do have to stop and take a look.
Do you want this site to continue? Are you trying to sabotage it? Don't you want the fair interaction of adults sharing common interests?
Here is the Code of Conduct for this site:Everyone is welcome here at Art Fair Insiders. Together we're building a friendly, worldwide community of people who are involved in the business of art fairs: artists, art fair organizers and art
fair patrons.In order to encourage community interaction the following guidelines outline how everyone is expected to behave. Abiding by these guidelines will help our community and our individual careers
flourish. Additionally, failure to follow the guidelines below will
result in being banned from the network.
1. Be Nice Presume the best, not the worst when others disagree with you. No one is here at Art Fair Insiders by accident - they are just as interested as you are in sharing information.
Like email, text-based forum messages lose a lot of the nuance that
face-to-face communication provides. So members should be sure to
give the "benefit of the doubt" to others intentions when
2. Be Generous Share your expertise and others will share with you, too. The collective wisdom in this group is huge. Share your knowledge and you'll soon benefit from returned favors, too.
(You'll also see that the most popular member contributors to the
community will be recognized publicly!)
3. Be Ethical Art Fair Insiders was started to put artists in touch with each other in order to further their professional growth and help them succeed in the art fair business.
Anyone taking advantage of the free discourse on the site will be
banned from the community.
4. No Sales Pitches Please consider this a "Pitch Free Zone" where everyone can have fun together. So please no sales pitches, affiliate links, or blatant self-promotion...
That's it. The presumption is that everyone here is an adult and will behave like one.
You can find this code at this link: http://www.artfairinsiders.com/page/code-of-conduct