Village Rules

The Handpan Village is for everyone, whether you are a musical pro with a houseful of steel or you don’t have your own handpan (yet). In order to keep it a friendly, helpful and clean place, please note the following:

  1. The most important rule: Be nice to each other. Simple as that. We will NOT tolerate any bullying, aggression, hateful comments, smear campaigns, racism, sexism or general discrimination. If you feel any of these things have occurred, please report them. We will respect your confidentiality.
  2. Please report any scams: we really hate them.
  3. Please don’t spam either. We hate that too.
  4. Please don’t post things that are not related to the handpan (except in the Happy Corner and General categories where more general discussions are fine).
  5. Where there may be risks involved (ie sales, couchsurfing), please be wise, responsible and safe. While we are here to advise and look out for each other, we cannot protect you against, or be liable for, possible loss or harm.
  6. This is NOT a free advertising site for your business or product. If you are a private individual with something to sell, please note the Marketplace rules.
  7. The Village is not intended as a support for MasterTheHandpan members. If you have a question about courses or anything related, please go to masterthehandpan.com
  8. If anyone reports negative behaviour and/or if you are found to break any of the above rules, depending on the severity of the case, we will either send you a gentle reminder, or you may be banned with or without prior notice. If you continue to break the rules, again you may be banned with or without prior notice.

Communtity Guidelines

If you want to know how to find your way around the Village safely and happily, please do have a read of our full guidelines here:

This is a Civilised Place for Public Discussion

Please treat this discussion forum with the same respect you would treat a public community centre. We, too, are a shared resource - a place to share skills, knowledge and interests through conversation.

Let’s leave our community better than we found it.

These are not hard and fast rules, merely guidelines to aid the judgment of our community and keep this a clean and bright place for civilised public discourse.

Improve the Discussion

Help us make this a great place for all by working to improve the discussion in some way, however small. If you are not sure your words add to the conversation, think what you want to say before posting them.
One way to improve the discussion is by reading the conversations and threads that are already ongoinging. Spend time browsing the topics here before replying or starting your own, and you’ll have a better chance of meeting others who share your interests.

Be Agreeable, Even When You Disagree

The topics discussed here matter to us, and we created them as we believe that they matter to you too. Be respectful of the topics and the people discussing them, even if you disagree with some of what is being said.

Please don’t flag a post just because you disagree with it, only if it breaks the community rules in terms of offence etc.

You may wish to respond to something by disagreeing with it. That’s fine. But remember to criticise ideas, not people. Please avoid:

  • Name-calling and personal attacks
  • Trolling, or arguments for the sake of provocation and distraction
  • Responding to a post’s tone instead of its actual content
  • Knee-jerk reactions

Instead, please provide reasoned counter-arguments that improve the conversation.

Your Participation Counts

The conversations we have here set the tone for every new arrival. Help us influence the future of this community by choosing to engage in discussions that make this forum an interesting and inviting place to be - and avoiding those that do not.

The forum platform Discourse provides tools that enable the community to collectively identify the best (and worst) contributions: bookmarks, likes, flags, replies, edits and so forth. Use these tools to improve your own experience, and everyone else’s, too.

If You See a Problem, Flag It

Moderators have special authority; they are responsible for this forum. But so are you. With your help, moderators can be community facilitators, not just janitors or police.

When you see bad behaviour, don’t reply. It encourages the bad behaviour by acknowledging it, consumes your energy, and wastes everyone’s time. Just flag it. If enough flags accrue, action will be taken, either automatically or by moderator intervention.

In order to maintain our community, moderators reserve the right to remove any content and any user account for any reason at any time. Moderators do not preview new posts; the moderators and site operators take no responsibility for any content posted by the community.

Always Be Respectful

Nothing sabotages a healthy conversation like rudeness. So:

  • Be civil. Don’t post anything that a reasonable person would consider offensive, abusive or hate speech.
  • Keep it clean. Don’t post anything obscene or sexually explicit.
  • Respect each other. Don’t harass or cause grief to anyone, impersonate people, steal their compositions or ideas, or expose their private information.
  • Respect our forum. Don’t post spam or otherwise vandalise the forum.

These are not concrete terms with precise definitions - avoid even the appearance of any of these things. If you’re unsure, ask yourself how you would feel if your post was featured on the front page of the New York Times or read out loud to your grandma.

This is a public forum and search engines index our discussions. Keep the language, links and images safe for all audiences, including minors.

Keep It Tidy

Make the effort to put things in the right place, so that we can spend more time discussing and less cleaning up. So:

  • Don’t start a topic in the wrong category.
  • Don’t cross-post the same thing in multiple topics.
  • Don’t post no-content replies.
  • Don’t divert a topic by changing it midstream.
  • Don’t sign your posts -every post has your profile information attached to it.

Rather than posting “+1” or “Agreed”, use the Like button. Rather than taking an existing topic in a radically different direction, use Reply as a Linked Topic.

Post Only Your Own Stuff

You may not post anything that belongs to someone else without permission. You may not post descriptions, links to, or other methods for stealing someone’s intellectual property (software, videos, audio, images, ideas and products), or act in contravention of any other law.

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Terms of Service

Yes, legal-speak is boring, but we must protect ourselves – and by extension, you and your data. We have a Terms of Service describing your (and our) behaviour and rights related to content, privacy and laws. By using this service, you agree to abide by our TOS.