AMTNEWS Discussions

Welcome to AMTNews Discussions! Here, you will find a growing community made up of interested and engaged people from across the industry. AMTNews Discussions is intended to foster conversations that are helpful, informative, and engaging for all. We invite you to join us by contributing to such conversations while ensuring the best possible experience for all members according to the participation rules and etiquette guidelines outlined below.

Rules & Etiquette

Before you get started, please read through the rules and guidelines below for our online community. It is imperative that you read and understand these terms as you will be subject to them. When you have finished, click the "Access AMTNews Discussions" button at the bottom of the page to proceed onto the AMTNews Forum. If you've already read through the guidelines and signed up for an AMTNews Discussions account, simply click the “Access” button to continue to the conversations.

The Short Version

Be sure to:

  • Treat other community members as you would treat them in real life

  • Be tolerant of other community members’ viewpoints; respectfully disagree when opinions do not align

  • Protect your privacy and personal information while respecting those of other community members

  • Use messaging responsibly while keeping your comments focused and on topic

  • Communicate with courtesy and respect

Please do not:

  • Make personal attacks on other community members

  • Use defamatory remarks or make false statements against other community members

  • Post profane or prejudiced statements

  • Discuss sensitive information, politics, or any details pertaining to contracts of any kind

  • Bully or make inflammatory remarks to other community members

  • Advertise or solicit for any event or product unless it is a strictly AMT event or product

  • Violate AMTNews Discussions’s community guidelines in any way at any time

Rules

AMT has created AMTNews Discussions as an online discussion community that is a member benefit and service. It is intended to facilitate conversation and collaboration between members through the sharing of information, tools, and advice. We invite you to learn from your peers and their experiences and participate in conversations related to manufacturing – all while following our rules and guidelines. In order to preserve a climate that encourages respectful and professional dialogue, AMT reserves the right to monitor use, delete posts, or terminate accounts for community members who are found to be in violation of these guidelines. By participating in AMTNews Discussions, you confirm that you have read and will follow these guidelines.

Please note that this list and these guidelines are not comprehensive; AMT and its moderators reserve the right to take appropriate action when inappropriate material or behavior is identified. If you have questions about these guidelines or how to use the online community, please contact us at akuchinski@amtonline.org.

 

Spam – Spam of any kind, including self-promotion, will not be tolerated. Messaging/email or the use of personal contact information made available through the online community or the member directory – including names, mailing addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, social media accounts, or employment information – for any commercial, advocacy, promotional, or political purpose is prohibited. Prohibited activities also include solicitations for business or personal services, fundraising, cold-calling of any kind, mass-mailings, or broadcast emails. Any content containing spam will be deleted from the community.

 

Solicitation – It is against the rules to solicit on behalf of any event or product that is not strictly an AMT event or product. Any such activity will be removed. AMT staff will

remove commercial messages in discussions, library entries, or anywhere else on the site. This rule also prohibits the posting of links intended to gather leads by collecting email addresses or other contact information in exchange for items such as information or webinar access.

 

Personal Attacks – Do not attack or insult another community member or anyone else via defamatory remarks, insults, derogatory comments, or discrimination. Posts containing personal attacks will be removed.

 

Personal Information – Exercise caution when it comes to discussing personal information or sharing intellectual property. Information posted in discussion groups and libraries is visible to all members; AMT staff will not always recognize proprietary information. Accordingly, respect intellectual property. Only post content that you either have personally created or have the creator’s permission to use, properly attributing credit to the creator.

 

Privacy – When posting items in our collaborative environment, clearly mark any material that you would not like disseminated outside of the discussion. Please note that posts made in the General Discussion Community may be showcased on the homepage and made visible to non-community members.

 

Doxing – Never reveal someone else’s personal information for any reason. Posts containing personal information will be deleted.

 

Illegal Activities – Posts that engage in, allude to, or encourage illegal activities are prohibited. Such posts include those that contain links to illegal downloads, media not labeled for reuse, or instructions on performing an illegal activity.

 

Defamatory Remarks – Do not post or use defamatory, abusive, profane, threatening, or offensive language. Do not post anything that you would not want the world to see or that you would not want anyone to know came from you. Any content containing defamatory remarks will be removed.

 

On-Topic Threads – Post your messages or documents to the most appropriate communities to avoid the creation of unnecessary noise that hinders engagement and participation. Do not take a specific thread or discussion off topic.

 

Spreading Misinformation – AMTNews Discussions is not a platform for the sharing of conspiracy theories or misinformation. Any post containing an identified or presumed falsehood will be removed.

 

Complaints – Use appropriate channels for complaints and inquiries. AMTNews Discussions is not the appropriate platform for resolving personal issues or starting disputes against any community member, individual, or organization. Posts of this nature will be removed. Correspondence with AMT staff should generally be handled via private email and not on a discussion forum.

 

Please note: All comments are subject to libel, slander, and antitrust laws.

Etiquette
  • Transparency is very important in gaining trust in online relationships. Therefore, be clear about who you are and who you work for when posting on any platform. Include your real name, disclose your employer, and use a profile picture of your likeness – not your company’s logo.

  • State concisely and clearly the topic of your comments in the subject line to allow members to respond appropriately while making it easier to search the archives by subject.

  • Send messages such as "Thanks for the information" or "Me, too" to individuals rather than to the entire list by using the "Reply to Sender" link that appears in every message.

  • Do not send administrative messages such as “Remove me from this list” to the group. Instead, use the web interface to change your settings or to remove yourself from a list. If you are changing email addresses, you do not need to remove yourself from the list and rejoin under your new email address. Simply change your settings.

  • Use appropriate channels for complaints and inquiries. AMTNews Discussions is not the appropriate platform to resolve personal issues or start disputes against any community member, individual, or organization. AMT staff will remove posts of this nature. Correspondence with AMT staff should generally be handled via private email and not on a discussion forum.

AMT Antitrust Statement

Trade associations have long been recognized as serving a valuable, pro-competitive, and entirely lawful role in promoting the economic development and consumer welfare of our country. However, serious antitrust problems can arise if a trade association’s activities are not properly conducted. Accordingly, AMT assigns the highest priority to full compliance with both the letter and the spirit of the antitrust laws. It is thus vital that all meetings and activities of the association be conducted in a manner consistent with that policy.

 

Agreements among competitors that unreasonably limit competition are unlawful under the antitrust laws, and violators are subject to criminal fines and incarceration, civil fines, and private treble damage actions as well as substantial administrative disruption, defense costs, and adverse publicity. Examples of such illegal agreements by competitors are agreements to fix or stabilize prices, agreements to allocate territories or customers, and agreements to limit output or even investments in innovation and regulatory compliance. Accordingly, it is inherently risky and potentially illegal for competitors to discuss any prices, pricing policies, specific terms and conditions of sale, profit margins, problems experienced with individual customers or suppliers, individual company costs, production or R&D plans, specific market shares of any competitor, or any other elements or factors that may affect competition.

 

It is important to bear in mind that those in attendance at association meetings or participating in other association activities include your competitors. Any discussion of sensitive antitrust subjects with one’s competitors should be avoided at all times before, during, and after any association meeting or activity.

 

If at any time during the course of any meeting or activity, the association staff believes that a sensitive topic under the antitrust laws is being discussed, or is about to be discussed, they will so advise those present and halt further discussion. Attendees at any AMT meeting or other activity should likewise not hesitate to voice any concerns they may have in this regard.

 

All AMT members and staff executives share in this important responsibility.

The Long Version

MODERATION

In order to ensure that AMTNews Discussions remains a platform on which community members can exchange ideas and comments freely but without the risk of discrimination or malpractice of any sort, moderators are charged with monitoring the online community. Above all, the moderators work to keep the conversations friendly, informative, engaging, and productive. If it appears that a comment or post harms this endeavor, the moderators will take appropriate action.

We invite community members to be cognizant of our rules and guidelines so that they, too, can moderate content. Community members can flag inappropriate material to alert AMT to its existence so that appropriate action can be taken.

 

VIOLATIONS

  • AMT reserves the right to take immediate action against any post that or community member who violates the community rules and guidelines. Such action includes but is not limited to issuing warnings, removing content, and terminating accounts and/or subscriptions.

  • AMT reserves the right to remove any content deemed inappropriate for the online community and/or to revoke any community member's access to AMTNews Discussions at any time and for any reason. However, given that situations and interpretations vary, we also reserve the right to take no action. While AMT may modify these rules and guidelines, your continued use of the community signifies your assent to the updated terms of use.

  • If you are a victim of or a witness to inappropriate content or behavior in any AMT online community discussion thread, resource library, or member profile, please notify AMT immediately by emailing us at akuchinski@amtonline.org.

 

CONSEQUENCES

  • AMT reserves the right to take appropriate action in the instance of guideline violations to ensure privacy, fairness, and equality in the online community. We request that any and all community members report behavior that violates our guidelines to akuchinski@amtonline.org.

  • An email or private message will be sent to the community member, explaining the violation that occurred. The community member’s AMTNews Discussions account may be put into moderation. A community member may be placed in a 30-day moderation queue, where messages from his/her account are reviewed by the community manager before they can be posted online.

  • AMT reserves the right to edit or delete a post. However, AMT will not generally edit or delete posts for community members unless there has been a severe violation of the aforementioned rules and etiquette.

  • To clarify or edit a posted message, we recommend that the original poster reply to the existing message. At AMT’s discretion, older messages that may cause confusion or contain outdated information may be archived or deleted.

 

WITH WHOM WE SHARE PERSONAL INFORMATION COLLECTED THROUGH AMTNEWS DISCUSSIONS

Our Service Providers

We may share your personal information with companies (including our affiliates) that perform services on our behalf such as companies that help process credit card payments. Our service providers are required by contract to protect the confidentiality of the personal information we share with them and to use it only to provide specific services on our behalf.

 

Business Transfers

Your personal information may be transferred to another entity (either an affiliated entity or an unrelated third party) in connection with a merger, reorganization, dissolution, or similar corporate event. If such a transfer were ever to occur, the acquiring entity’s use of your personal information will still be subject to this privacy policy.

 

Government and Legal Disclosures

We may disclose the personal information we collect through this site in several instances: when we, in good faith, believe disclosure is appropriate to comply with the law (or a court order or subpoena); to prevent or investigate a possible crime, such as fraud or identity theft; to enforce our terms and conditions or other agreements that govern your use of this site; or to protect the rights, property, or safety of our company, our users, or others.

 

External Sites

We are not responsible for the content of external internet sites. You are advised to read the privacy policy of external sites before disclosing any personal information.

 

Cookies

A "cookie" is a small data text file that is placed in your browser and allows us to recognize you each time you visit this site (personalization, etc). Cookies themselves do not contain any personal information, and we do not use cookies to collect personal information. Cookies may also be used by third party content providers such as newsfeeds.

 

Remember the Risks Whenever You Use the Internet

While we do our best to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee the security of any information that you transmit to us, and you are solely responsible for maintaining the secrecy of any passwords or other account information. In addition, other internet sites or services that may be accessible through our site have separate data and privacy practices independent of us, and, therefore, we disclaim any responsibility or liability for their policies or actions. Please contact those vendors and others directly if you have any questions about their privacy policies. For any other information, please contact us using the Contact Us page.

 

TERMS OF AGREEMENT

By logging onto AMTNews Discussions and activating your profile, you are considered to be in agreement with the terms and conditions listed herein and on the Rules and Etiquette page. It is imperative that you have read and understand these terms as you will be subject to them.

 

AMT reserves the right to block any community members who do not abide by these guidelines. AMT's privacy statement is located at AMTONLINE.ORG