Community Guidelines for the GrowthHackers Network
Welcome to GrowthHackers.com, the network for the growth obsessed to connect and get inspired. Our goal is to provide you with the best growth-related experience on the web, and we’ve put together a short list of guidelines that will help keep the quality of content high.
Before submitting an article or a comment, ask yourself:
“Does this make the community better?”
Answering “Yes” to that question will inevitably be a win for the community.
It will also mean that you get recognized as someone who recognizes high quality. Comments that go beyond saying “nice article” will set you on the path of being called out as a thought leader.
In other words, you will be someone who’s every post, question and comment deserve the attention of large numbers of people.
To that end, we’ve put together a list of guidelines that will help keep the quality of content and interactions high.Submissions:
All participation on GrowthHackers is by real identified people. No comments or content can be submitted anonymously (except AskGH) or by companies.
For every article that you submit that you wrote, please submit at least one growth article written by someone else.
When submitting an article that you wrote, please include a summary of at least 100 words.
When submitting an article that you discovered, you are not required to include a summary, but we appreciate it when you do.
Submit articles using the articles’ original titles (moderators may update titles to be more descriptive).
Try to find the original link to the article, rather than, for example, a summary of the article that links to the original.
Submit the article using the original URL, not one that’s been wrapped in a URL shortener like bit.ly or modified using a service like snip.ly.
When submitting a question, keep the question prefixed with ‘Ask GH’.
Individually or as a team, do not submit more than one article per day that you wrote (or from your company’s blog).
Don’t submit using all caps.
Don’t add your comments or URL in the post title.
Be respectful of others in the community. The variety of experiences is what makes the community strong and leads to rich discussions. The GrowthHackers team reserves the right to remove any submissions or comments that we deem overly derogatory, inflammatory or otherwise inappropriate.
The “First Post” rule applies: If the first comment you make violates any of these guidelines, your account is suspended.
Don’t have friends or colleagues upvote your submissions, i.e., participate in voting cliques or rings. This will lead to your posts being suppressed. More on what this behavior constitutes here.
Please include a LinkedIn address in your profile before submitting content (not required for AskGH).
For your profile picture, please do not use any logos or other self-promotional images.
—————————————————————————————————————–What makes a quality submission?
The short answer is to just look at the content in the Must Read section.
The longer answer is that such content by definition is actionable.
It reframes your thinking on a topic or provides you with more information or insights than you had previously to perform any growth related task(s). Such posts are ones you inevitably end up saving for future reference because you know you’ll be coming back to it when implementing the nugget of wisdom that revealed itself to you.
- has no actionable growth/marketing takeaway
- is just a list of product features
- is a landing page for products
- is obviously and overly self promotional
- has content so basic that it could be found by simply Googling it
- is cursory level overview of any topic
- is about general business, general internet use, IT, blog setup, wordpress, magento etc
- is about increasing startup/team productivity in some way
- is worded using poor language or sentence structures
- is on a domain full of spammy links or non-relevant sidebar advertisements
- is submitted by a company name or fake name
- is not in English
- has been plagiarized
- has content where more than ¾ of it regurgitates higher value content, and does not add any value over and above what’s been referenced
- is a duplicate of existing content, just from a different URL
What’s this about voting cliques and rings? Why can’t I ask my friends or colleagues to upvote my content?
You can absolutely promote content submitted to GrowthHackers. The problem occurs when someone is part of a voting clique or voting ring. By definition this means that the person is part of a group that has implicitly or explicitly agreed to upvotes each other’s content, irrespective of quality, wherever and whenever it’s submitted. They’ve participated in this behavior by sending or receiving links to submissions via Slack, Skype, messenger, email or other non-public means to make it easier for everyone to upvote this content.
Lets put it this way: If someone needs friends or colleagues to upvote content to the Trending page, the issue may be as much with the content itself as the person. Getting additional traffic to bad content is likely only going to lead to the wrong kinds of leads and/or to hurt their reputation. The problem is that it hurts GrowthHackers reputation at the same time.
Great content will be recognized by the community. If everyone upvotes content that is truly high-quality and satisfies the bottom line we stated upfront (i.e, adds to the community’s understanding of growth), this will lead to a much more valuable experience for everyone on GrowthHackers.
It’s safe to say that we track everything that happens on the site. We know who engages in this behavior and the patterns associated with it. Because of this, “gamed” posts are relatively easy to spot. So if you find that your content made it to the Trending page but then suddenly vanished from there, it’s because our system detected such a pattern. If we find continued evidence of this behavior, we reserve the right to lock or ban accounts without warning.
If you’d like to send us feedback, or if you have any questions, shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.