Community Guidelines

BlockAvenue is an online community in which members can write reviews, ask and answer questions and connect with one another on a wide range of topics about neighborhoods, local streets and nearby locations. People can also create profiles and share facts, opinions, reviews and personal experiences to help others. 

You understand that BlockAvenue does not approve, control, endorse or adopt the content posted or supplied by third parties, but merely provides a service by allowing users to access information that has been made available by others. Any opinions, reviews, advice, statements, services, offers, or other information or content expressed or made available by third parties, including information providers and users, are those of the respective author(s) or distributor(s) and not of BlockAvenue. As a provider of interactive computer services, BlockAvenue is not responsible or liable for the content, accuracy or reliability of any opinion, review, advice, statement, service, offer, or other information or materials posted on the Site by or originating from any third party. 

These guidelines are to help in making the community a safe and useful place for local real estate information. Your use of BlockAvenue is subject to these Community Guidelines and the BlockAvenue Terms of Use. 

1. Be Respectful and Considerate of Others at All Times
The BlockAvenue community is comprised of many members who may have vastly different experiences and perspectives. Disagreements and debates are acceptable, and even encouraged, so long as the discourse is civil and does not include ad hominem arguments. Insults or belittling comments are not permitted under any circumstances. 

Likewise, venting, ranting, hateful discussions or attempts to damage the reputation of those inside or outside the community are inappropriate. We respect everyone’s right to free speech but will not tolerate harassment. 

2. Be Informative
Make a positive impact by sharing your knowledge and opinions with others and strive to post highly informative and useful content. Answering questions or providing responses with a mere “Yes” or “No” or with responses like “Ask a real estate professional” or “Contact me for assistance” is generally unhelpful. We discourage such responses and encourage you to address questions directly and in as much detail as possible. 

Pay attention to the locations associated with questions as well. Your expertise in one area may be irrelevant, or perhaps even contrary to accepted standards in another area, neighborhood or market. 

Make sure you also complete your BlockAvenue profile to share your relevant personal information with the community as this will add more credibility to the content you share. Real estate professionals are encouraged to list their education, prior experience, and testimonials, and to think of their BlockAvenue profile as an online resume. 

3. Encourage Quality Content from Others
When you see informative or high-quality content from other community members, give Thanks to that contributor, and be sure to recognize the most useful and enlightening answer to your question by thanking them on the site and/or sharing it with others on or off the site or on your social network. 

When you see content that is inappropriate or spam, please click on the “FLAG” link and tell us about it. 

4. Contribute Value
There are two ways to contribute value to the Site: a.) Producing a review for a particular location (this may include multimedia); and b.) Asking questions. 

Community members who wish to share their knowledge with others rather than ask questions can do so by Answering Questions, or Reviewing an Area. When Reviewing an Area, please keep the reviews relevant by focusing on the surrounding area or neighborhood. BlockAvenue may remove content that is irrelevant or located in an improper forum on the Site. 

5. Don’t Violate Intellectual Property Rights
You may not post content that infringes upon or violates any copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret, publicity, privacy or other intellectual property or other right. Such content may be posted only if you are the owner of such rights or have permission from the rightful owner to post the material. 

If you quote an existing article, make sure you have the full right and authority to do so and be sure to give credit to the author and provide a link back to the full article. We provide the “Web Reference” field in the answer form and encourage you to use it. Likewise, bloggers can include hyperlinks within their posts to reference such quotes. 

BlockAvenue does not evaluate or guarantee the accuracy of any BlockAvenue content. If you believe that your work has been copied and has been posted to this site in a way that constitutes copyright or other intellectual property infringement, please send a message to info@BlockAvenue.com. 

6. Don’t Spam
BlockAvenue will remove any and all forms of “spam,” including advertisements and solicitations, and may at any time deactivate accounts that are engaged in such activities. 

BlockAvenue reserves the right to post informative content about BlockAvenue.com products, listings, features and events. 

7. Don’t Post Offensive Content
This includes content that:

8. Don’t Violate the Law
Do not post content that violates any federal, state or local law, including, but not limited to, federal, state or local Fair Housing Laws, which prohibit any discrimination in the provision of housing based upon race, color, national origin, creed, religion, physical or mental handicap, ancestry, age, marital status and familial status. 

Many consumers are not aware of Fair Housing regulations that are applicable to real estate professionals. Therefore, it is up to the real estate professionals using BlockAvenue to ensure that they do not violate any Fair Housing rules or regulations. BlockAvenue is not responsible for any violations of Fair Housing or any other laws. However, if such a violation comes to our attention, we maintain the right to remove the associated content at any time. 

Do not post false or misleading information or falsely state, impersonate, or otherwise misrepresent your identity, your current or previous positions and qualifications, or your affiliations with a person or entity, past or present. 

9. Don’t Share Others’ Personal Information
Do not post others’ personal information unless you have their consent to do so. This includes address and contact information. 

You should be cautious about sharing your own personal information as well. We recommend that you do not share your personal, private information, such as Social Security Number, with any member. If you wish to engage in a real life business relationship with any BlockAvenue member, we highly recommend that you do some research and meet this member in person before you take any action. 

10. Don’t Cheat
Each individual can only have one profile and account. Members who use different profiles to ask and answer their own questions or otherwise disturb the community risk having their accounts deactivated. 

Thanks and First Reviewed designations are meant to reward members for sharing questions and answers and help distinguish high quality content. You may not post filler answers to a question in an effort to be first to answer, or re-post previously posted content. BlockAvenue reserves the right to remove such content and deactivate accounts that are engaged in such activities at any time. 

BlockAvenue reserves the right to remove or edit any content for any reason, at any time without notice. Likewise, BlockAvenue may, for any reason and at any time, deactivate any user’s account and restrict that user’s access to the Site.

Response to Violations of BlockAvenue Community Guidelines

Although BlockAvenue has no obligation to screen, edit or monitor the content of profiles, questions, reviews, answers, comments or other materials posted on the Site, BlockAvenue reserves the right to remove, screen or edit any such content at any time and for any reason, or for no reason, without notice. This may include content that we determine, at our sole discretion, to be inappropriate and/or in violation of the BlockAvenue Community Guidelines or the BlockAvenue Terms of Use. Depending on the level of offense, you may risk deactivation of your BlockAvenue account and consequently everything associated with it. If you are unsure whether your content is appropriate or consistent with these policies, please do not post it in BlockAvenue. 

Enforcement of these Community Guidelines and the other rules set forth in the Terms of Use is solely at BlockAvenue’s discretion, and failure to enforce such rules in some instances does not constitute a waiver of its right to enforce such rules in other instances. In addition, these rules do not create any private right of action on the part of any third party or any reasonable expectation that the Site will not contain any content that is prohibited by such rules and guidelines. 

We reserve the right to modify these guidelines at any time without notification. 

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