Professional Guidelines

Simple Reciprocity’s goal is to always put its members first and to promote giving, helping and pro bono services in local communities. Through reciprocity, this leads to the formation of trusted business relationships, sharing of professional advice and local discussion, interaction between professionals, and increased business from referrals.

To that end, Simple Reciprocity has put in place Professional Guidelines outlining the types of discussions and content that are acceptable on Simple Reciprocity, and what may be deemed inappropriate and stopped by Simple Reciprocity. These professional guidelines are intended to complement the information in our User Agreement governing your use of, and participation in, Simple Reciprocity’s online service.

It Starts with Giving. The Simple Reciprocity service is centered around the willingness of our members to occasionally help others in their community by providing advice and services without compensation and to share advice with other professionals. While there are many ways to serve others and share advice and we encourage creativity in offers of help, it is important that our members be willing givers. That’s the focal point of our service and the reason that it’s so easy to connect with other business professionals and grow your business.

It’s Okay to Say No. Successful professionals are busy business people and there’s only so much time in a day. We can’t always satisfy a request for help from another member. Everyone understands! We request when you can’t help, you say no promptly and politely. If you can point the requesting member to someone else who might be able to help, please do so as our goal is to help as many people as possible.

Genuine People. Our members need to be genuine people, who provide their real names and accurate information about themselves. It is not proper to provide inaccurate or misleading information about yourself, your qualifications or your work experience and affiliations on Simple Reciprocity. It is also unethical to make an offer to help others when you have no intention of doing so.

Act Professionally. We ask our members to act professionally. There is incredible value in sharing knowledge, advice and referring helping opportunities and regular business opportunities to each other. This value can be quickly diminished by poor behavior and inappropriate conduct. We do not want you to use Simple Reciprocity to take advantage of others. It is not okay to share graphic images, obscene images or pornography on Simple Reciprocity.

Nice is Good. The Golden Rule is in effect at Simple Reciprocity and our service shouldn’t be used to harm others. Don’t use Simple Reciprocity to harass, abuse, or send other unwelcomed communications to people (e.g., junk mail, spam, chain letters, phishing schemes). Do not use Simple Reciprocity to promote or threaten violence or property damage, or for hate speech acts like attacking people because of their race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, political or religious affiliations, or medical or physical condition. Also, don’t use Simple Reciprocity to intentionally infect others with viruses, worms, or other software that can destroy or interrupt their data or computer devices. It is not proper to interfere or disrupt Simple Reciprocity’s service.

Follow the Law. Simple Reciprocity should not be used for illegal activities or to violate the rights of others. Don’t use Simple Reciprocity to commit fraud or violate securities and regulatory rules. Please make sure you have the legal right to do so before sharing or using someone else’s copyrighted materials, trademarks, private information, or trade secrets.

Simple Reciprocity’s Rights. Please don’t violate the rights of Simple Reciprocity. You can find information about what this means in our User Agreement but please don’t use Simple Reciprocity to take data or information. You may not suggest that you are affiliated with or endorsed by Simple Reciprocity when you are not or violate our trademarks, service marks, or use our proprietary language or information.