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Maker District Social 

Community Guidelines




Welcome to Maker District Social! 


The Maker District Social platform is a program created by nonprofit organization, Maker District. Maker District Social is different from a traditional e-commerce/social/educational website in that the parent organization, Maker District, has no shareholders. Revenue generated by online shops and classes is re-invested into Maker District’s overall programming - benefitting the maker community.


Born out of our passion to inspire creativity and empower makers, Maker District’s goals with Maker District Social are simple and the intentions are pure - to create a safe, inclusive, and productive environment for all makers. We will grow this platform with you, for you. 


We provide an all are welcome environment where individuals can create the conditions for a thriving maker community that embraces, harnesses, and fully leverages the contributions of ALL of its members. On Maker District Social, a diverse, inclusive, and equitable community is one where ALL people, whatever their gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, sexual orientation or identity, education, skill level or disability, feels valued and respected. We are committed to a nondiscriminatory approach. We respect and value diverse life experiences and heritages and ensure that all voices are valued, heard, and respected.


To meet the collective goals of the maker community and of Maker District, and in order to keep this experience enjoyable for everyone, we have established some community standards. 





-This platform is for users ages 18 and up, only. 


-Before posting, commenting, or listing items, ask yourself 3 questions:


1.) Is it nice? 

2.) Is it kind? 

3.) Is it necessary?


If you answered no to any of these questions, don’t post, comment, or list the item(s). 


-Any harassment or hateful conduct, including discrimination, hate speech, bullying, or targeted attacks is grounds for immediate and permanent banning from the platform.


-You will never agree with someone 100% of the time. You can respectfully challenge ideas, but never directly attack someone. Any posts, comments, or private messages to other users or admin that are aggressive, rude, or inappropriate will be immediately removed. Multiple offenses will result in removal and a ban from the platform. 


-No sharing of private information. (Yours or anyone else’s.) Do not share posts or content outside of Maker District Social without prior consent. This includes screenshots of private information or conversations. 


-No posting of explicit pictures, videos, sexual items, websites, or anything else related to it. We understand that some art/creations depict nudity, but keep it tasteful. If you wouldn’t share it at the dinner table with family, it probably shouldn’t be shared here.


-Absolutely no political posts or comments of any kind.


-We see enough inflammatory content and misinformation elsewhere on the interwebs, please keep it there.


-Be relevant. Keep your posts, comments, and item listings related to making. 


-Keep your words polite and refrain from using profanity and other suggestive or inappropriate language. 


-No spam of any kind. Report any spam. Spammers will be removed from the platform immediately.


-No trolling of any kind. Report the trolls, don’t feed the trolls! Trolls will be removed from the platform immediately. 


-There are creepy people out there, and this is a public space. Please don’t share pictures of your children.






-No selling of explicit pictures, videos, sexual items, websites, or anything else related to it. 


-No selling copyrighted materials or intellectual property. We all love seeing original work!


-In order to preserve the content in our online community, please refrain from self-promotion, spam, advertising, and solicitation (whether direct or in-direct). If you have a store, website or other social media account, please add it to your profile and leave it at that. 


-Don’t post content or list “items” in stores if its main purpose is to promote another company, website, author, special offer, etc. 


-As a community that supports makers, all items listed for sale (unless it is a supply, tool, or equipment used to make), MUST be handmade. No drop shippers. All items that are not handmade, a supply, a tool, or a piece of equipment will be removed from the store directory. If you see a listing that goes against these standards, please report it or flag the item.


-When leaving feedback for a store, be honest and truthful about your experience while maintaining a high level of professionalism and politeness. Before leaving negative feedback, ensure that all efforts have been made to resolve any issues amicably. 


-It goes without saying, but we will say it anyway - do not post content or items for sale that encourage illegal activities like violence, illegal drug use, underage drinking, drinking and driving, child abuse, elderly abuse, animal abuse, fraud - you get the idea. 






-We welcome anyone who wants to teach or take a class!


-Before applying to become an instructor, please be sure that you know your skill set and what you are wanting to share well enough to be able to teach it to others proficiently. Additionally, please make sure you have a quality camera, a good microphone, and a strong internet connection. Instructors, know your limits. 


-Before signing up for a class, especially if participating actively during the class, please make sure that you have all instructor requested supplies, tools, and equipment available to be able to fully participate. Additionally, have a practiced and working knowledge of the supplies, tools, and equipment you will be using, so you can do so safely. Students, know your limits. Maker District will not be held liable for any injuries or damages sustained during a virtual class.


-Profanity, rudeness, and disrespect of the instructor or other students in a class will not be tolerated and may be grounds for immediate removal from the class as well as the Maker District Social platform. 


-Just like in-person classes, do not interrupt the instructor or other students when they are speaking. If you have a question or need to say something, please use the “raise hand” button and wait for the instructor to give you the go ahead. 


-Each class has a unique link supplied after a ticket is purchased. It will only work for the class registrant and can only be used once, on one device. Do not share your link with anyone, unless you are gifting the class to someone else. 


-No refunds are offered for classes, except in the unique circumstance that an instructor is unable to hold the class OR due to technical issues with the platform. 


-We want your feedback on classes and appreciate it very much so that we can keep quality offerings. With that being said, please keep all feedback honest, polite, and respectful. 


-Please refer to the Instructor Agreement, Website Terms and Conditions, and User Terms and Conditions for comprehensive guidelines.




-This is a community that takes care of each other, if you see something wrong, report it. We use your reports to learn and evolve our standards. 


-Likewise, we are constantly learning and want to improve this platform and user experience. Please report any bugs, and submit feature requests if there is something you think will improve Maker District Social. 


-We will protect the integrity of this platform and the individuals who use it. Members who do not abide by the community guidelines, the User Terms and Conditions, Website Terms and Conditions, Marketplace Participation Agreement, and the Instructor Agreement will be removed and/or banned.


-Use your common sense and best judgement - don’t make us make a rule. 😁


We want it to be easy for you to connect with us! 


-For reporting bugs, members, content, listings, etc., or making feature requests, please flag and/or email 


-For general inquiries, please email or chat with us!


Please refer to and familiarize yourself with the User Terms and Conditions, Website Terms and Conditions, Marketplace Participation Agreement, and Instructor Agreement for comprehensive guidelines.

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