Hiark's Rules for Discourse

We believe in the power of information to change lives and that the data gleaned from those closest to us can yield the greatest benefit. In order to foster a safe environment for learning and self-growth on Hiark, we enforce limitations on the type of material and behavior that we allow. These limitations are described below.


Our Rules for Discourse, Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service together constitute the "Hiark User Agreement" that define a user's access to and use of Hiark.


All people using Hiark must adhere to the rules set forth here. Any failure to abide by these rules (as judged by Hiark) may result in Hiark taking one or more of the following steps to safeguard our community:

  • requiring you to delete unacceptable material before you can return to active use of Hiark;

  • temporarily or permanently banning you from posting new material;

  • requiring that you verify your account via SMS or email responses.


We reserve the right to change these rules periodically at our discretion. Our current version is available at: https://www.hiark.net/rules.


The rules described here pertain to all material on our platform.


The Limitations We Impose Within Hiark


General Principles


We will be as clear as possible: if you use to Hiark to hide behind anonymity and intentionally harm those who have trusted you enough to request your honest feedback, you are not welcome here. We believe in constructive criticism and that seeing oneself differently can be an uncomfortable, sometimes painful process, but the over-arching goal of Hiark is to help others. Hiark was built to help facilitate difficult conversations which would not take place in person due to interpersonal risks. Our guiding principle is the “intention to help” when evaluating possibly abusive material. If a post, message, or other communication could be reasonably judged by an objective third-party observer to be intended for the benefit of the recipient it is unlikely to be classified as abusive. However, if reported, the final determination of abusive behavior is solely at the discretion of Hiark. Please see below for further details.


Unacceptable Material


Abuse: You may not harass people on Hiark, or incite others to do so. We consider any attempt to bully, intimidate, or silence other users as abusive. Any material submitted on Hiark without reasonable “intention to help” and that may reasonably do harm to another is considered abuse.


Threats of Violence: You may not make specific threats of physical harm or express desire for violence, death, or disease of an individual or group of people. This includes threatening or promoting terrorism.


Suicide or self-harm: You may not promote or encourage suicide or self-harm. Any reports that a person is threatening suicide or self-harm is taken seriously and we may take steps to provide support including contacting the user directly or connecting them with information from mental health partners or national hotlines.


Unwanted sexual advances: You may not send unwanted sexual messages, objectify others in a sexually explicit way, or otherwise engage in sexual misconduct.


Hateful Behavior: You may not promote violence against, threaten, or harass other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or serious disease.


Hateful Imagery and Usernames: You may not use hateful images in your profile picture. You may not create your username to be harmful to a person or group.


Violent and Adult Material: We define violent material to be images relating to violence, death, or bodily injury. We define adult content to be images that are intended to be sexually arousing or elsewhere defined as pornography. You may not submit violent or adult material anywhere within Hiark.


Child sexual exploitation: You may not promote child sexual exploitation.


Impersonation: You may not impersonate others in any way that misleads, confuses, or deceives users of Hiark.


Intimate Material: You may not use as a profile picture or share photos of someone else without their consent.


Private Data: You may not post other people's private data including, but not limited to, social security numbers, credit card numbers, home or work addresses, email addresses, or phone numbers. Additionally, you may not threaten to reveal or break into someone’s private data.


Malware & Phishing: You may not post malicious content intended to damage or disrupt another person’s browser or computer or to compromise a person’s privacy. 


Spam: We define Spam as a pattern of repeated activities which interfere with Hiark or the experience of users on Hiark. You may not engage in spamming behavior on Hiark. We will make the final decision on what constitutes Spam on Hiark.


Third-party advertising: You may not submit any material on Hiark that includes third-party advertising without our prior consent.


Trademark Violations: We may temporarily or permanently ban accounts when a brand or trademark is used in a misleading way or to confuse others about brand affiliation.


Unlawful Use


You may not use Hiark for any unlawful purposes or in furtherance of illegal activities. By using our Services, you agree to follow all applicable laws governing your online behavior and content.


Security Issues


You may not engage in, or make efforts to engage in the following:

  • Accessing private areas of Hiark, including other user’s accounts.

  • Testing for vulnerabilities within Hiark.

  • By-passing security or authentication measures.

  • Accessing Hiark via routes other than through the interfaces provided by us.

  • Interfering with or disrupting the access of any user, host or network, including, without limitation, sending a virus, overloading, flooding, spamming, or by scripting the creation of content in such a manner as to interfere with or create an undue burden on Hiark.


We want Hiark to be uniquely valuable tool in helping people know themselves. We will continue to work to improve the experience of our users and change these Rules according to the mission of Hiark to help enrich our users' lives.

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