Code of Conduct

Community Rules & Etiquette and Privacy Guidelines

Thank you for being part of our community. To ensure the best possible experience for all members, we have established some basic guidelines for participation. 

This is a great medium with which to solicit the advice of your peers, benefit from their experience, and participate in an ongoing conversation.

Please take a moment to acquaint yourself with these important guidelines. By joining and using this community, you agree that you have read and will follow these rules and guidelines. In order to preserve a climate that encourages both civil and fruitful dialogue, we reserve the right to suspend or terminate membership in this community for anyone who violates these rules.

Rules and Etiquette

  • Transparency is very important on SPSP Connect! Be clear about who you are when posting on any platform.
  • Community updates are welcome and can include professional announcements such as a new job, book or award.
  • Write a subject line for your post that is descriptive enough to allow members to decide if they want to read further. Please include a content warning when asking a question or raising a point that might bring up personal or collective trauma for society members (e.g., a question about sexual assault, a question about racial violence). Added April 2021.
  • Keep in mind that many of the areas we study as social psychologists—e.g., sexism, racism, violence—are real issues that affect members of our community and not simply topics of interest. Added April 2021.
  • Disagreement is okay, but keep the community respectful—don't attack others. The discussions and comments are meant to stimulate conversation, not to create contention.
  • Remember that other participants have the right to reproduce postings to this site unless you specify otherwise.
  • Use caution when discussing products. Information posted on the lists and in the libraries is available for all to see, and comments are subject to libel, slander, and antitrust laws.
  • Please note carefully all items listed in the disclaimer and legal rules below, particularly regarding the copyright ownership of information posted.
  • Decide which SPSP platform is best for your message. Do not spam several lists or libraries with the same message. All messages must add to the body of knowledge. We reserve the right to reject any message for any reason.
    • Want to start a discussion or ask a question about a certain topic? That is best served in SPSP Connect!
    • Post any job openings on SPSP Career Center rather than the SPSP Connect! page.

What Not to Post

  • All defamatory, abusive, profane, threatening, offensive, or illegal materials are strictly prohibited. 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.
  • Don't post commercial messages on any discussion list, resource library entry, or other areas where others might see it. Contact people directly with product and service information if you believe it would help them.
  • Connect! is not a forum for recruiting research participants unless the specific targeted population of interest is social/personality psychologists. Members may promote research if the survey is deemed to be of value to our community of members and related to professional practices with social and personality psychology. “The survey included in this message is not an SPSP-produced survey.”
  • Do not post administrative messages (e.g. remove me from the list) on the discussion boards. Instead, use the web interface to change your settings or to remove yourself from a list. If you are changing e-mail addresses, you do not need to remove yourself from the list and rejoin under your new e-mail address. Simply change your settings.


  • Questions should be directed to our Member Services department via the Contact Us link on this site (located in the top menu bar).
  • Technical questions on association management issues should be directed to

The Legal Stuff

This site is provided as a service for the members of Society for Personality and Social Psychology.  Society for Personality and Social Psychology is not responsible for the opinions and information posted on this site by others. We disclaim all warranties with regard to information posted on this site, whether posted by Society for Personality and Social Psychology or any third party; this disclaimer includes all implied warranties of merchantability and fitness. In no event shall Society for Personality and Social Psychology be liable for any special, indirect, or consequential damages or any damages whatsoever resulting from loss of use, data, or profits, arising out of or in connection with the use or performance of any information posted on this site.

Do not post any defamatory, abusive, profane, threatening, offensive, or illegal materials. Do not post any information or other material protected by copyright without the permission of the copyright owner. By posting material, the posting party warrants and represents that he or she owns the copyright with respect to such material or has received permission from the copyright owner. In addition, the posting party grants Society for Personality and Social Psychology and users of this site the nonexclusive right and license to display, copy, publish, distribute, transmit, print, and use such information or other material.

Messages should not be posted if they encourage or facilitate members to arrive at any agreement that either expressly or impliedly leads to price fixing, a boycott of another's business, or other conduct intended to illegally restrict free trade. Messages that encourage or facilitate an agreement about the following subjects are inappropriate: prices, discounts, or terms or conditions of sale; salaries; profits, profit margins, or cost data; market shares, sales territories, or markets; allocation of customers or territories; or selection, rejection, or termination of customers or suppliers.

Society for Personality and Social Psychology actively monitors the site for inappropriate postings but does not on its own undertake editorial control of postings. SPSP staff will be reviewing all posts before they are published on Connect! for adherence to the Community Rules and Etiquette. Posts will be reviewed within one business day. (Note: We would like to acknowledge that SPSP, with a small staff and limited bandwidth, may not catch every rule violation before it is published. In the event that you see a post which you believe violates the Community Rules and Etiquette, please email SPSP at and we will investigate immediately.) In the event that any inappropriate posting is brought to the attention of Society for Personality and Social Psychology, we will take all appropriate action.

Society for Personality and Social Psychology reserves the right to terminate access to any user who does not abide by these guidelines.

Privacy Policy

We respect your privacy

Any personal information you provide to us including and similar to your name, address, telephone number and e-mail address will not be released, sold, or rented to any entities or individuals outside of our organization except as noted below.

With Whom Do We Share the Personal Information We Collect Through This Site

Our Service Providers.  We may share your personal information with companies (including our affiliates) that perform services on our behalf, for example, 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, 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.


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