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Schoolwork policies
« on: May 09, 2010, 11:23 pm »
SMNetwork tends to get a lot of requests from student stage managers seeking  professionals to interview or poll for classwork.  Students are certainly welcome here and we are happy to help you learn more about stage management.  However, as our hospitality has been abused time and again by less-than-gracious students, we've had to restrict our help to those who abide by our rules.

1. All school projects must be posted on this board.  This includes interview requests, poll requests, research projects, classroom assignments, graduate and doctoral theses - anything that requires using our member base as your research pool.  Requests of this nature that are posted anywhere else on the site will either be moved over here or be deleted.  If we discover retroactively that you are posting for help with a school assignment, your entire thread may be moved over here or deleted outright, at the discretion of an individual moderator.

2. You will not be able to post here until you've contributed to the site for a while.  We want to help out people who will help us out in return.  SMNetwork is a community based on the contributions of all of its members.  We are not interested in helping people who come in, milk us for answers and then vanish, never to be seen again.  You will need to make at least five valid posts to the site before you will be able to post here.

3. Be polite.  In the event that a working professional agrees  to do an interview with you, please bear in mind that they are doing so out of the goodness of their hearts and are under no obligation to respond within any particular timeframe.  Do not expect to get any answers.  Do not throw tantrums if nobody responds.  Do not bump your post to get it to the top of the board.

4. Don't spam us.  Please do not send email to members of the site with unsolicited requests for interviews,  research contributions or other assistance with your schoolwork.  Keep it to the public boards, or as a last resort, the on-site personal messaging system.

5. Be a good ambassador for your school.  Pros form opinions of a school's theatre department based on the caliber of its students.  If you are disrespectful, we will assume that all students from your school program are equally disrespectful.  We will report your behavior to the dean of students or your principal.  We will additionally ban not only you, but every single user from your school for the next 13 months.

6. Plan ahead and get creative.  We've seen a lot of questions since the site got started in 2000.  Many of them were exactly the same.   ::)  Please plan ahead with your questions.  Check the list of questions we don't want to seeSearch the site for answers that may already be here.

7. Be specific. We are happy to provide help with research. However, we are NOT happy with being asked to do your homework for you. The more general the questions, the less likely they are to get an answer.  Slapdash requests that are looking to turn us into the SparkNotes for Stage Managers are ignored and make you look like a lazy dork. Stage managers spend their whole lives planning. We can tell if you do not.

8. Use the template.  (It's pretty difficult to avoid.)  New questions here Homework Help use a standard template, which gives us the information we need to properly format our replies.  When you create a new topic for this board, the posting page will look very different.  That's deliberate.  You may also see posts here that do not use the template - these were accidentally posted to other boards, or posted to the site prior to the creation of the Homework Help board.
« Last Edit: May 22, 2010, 01:27 am by PSMKay »

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