Our Facebook Posting Rules

With the popularity of our Facebook Page - we want to share with you our page posting, and comment rules.  These rules are here to help protect the identity of those involved and the integrity of GHScanner.  Anyone can post to our Facebook Wall incident tips, questions, and information.  But we want to make sure that everyone understands our stance on the following, and violation of these can result in temporary or permanent banning.: **NOTE this page has been updated to reflect the new page supporters program on 11/19/2018 **

1. Privacy: Never will names be posted on alerts and incident tips UNLESS released by the media, or agencies in request for an attempt to locate, or have been previously authorized for the name to be released. Those involved in the incident or family of, that wish to identify themseslves releases us, and those who comment further from this rule as they opted to identify themselves. 

2. Incident Addresses:  If possible, only street name, cross streets or block numbers will be released and not the actually physical address - UNLESS released by the media, or agencies in request for an attempt to locate, or have been previously authorized for the address to be released.  Those involved in the incident or family of, that wish to identify the location releases us, and those who comment further from this rule as they opted to identify themselves. 

3. Move by Move Updates: please keep certain incident comments to just general comments and not move by move.  Active SWAT calls, Negotation Incidents, Warrant Sweeps, Foot Pursuits, Man Hunts etc ...  Example - We may post that there is an active negotation going on in the 400 block of E Euckland in Hoquiam.  At that point the move by move should no longer be posted in comments, other than major updates.  We do not want to post photos that will show officer positions, or equipment deployed giving away tactical information.  Foot pursuits, the incident may be posted, with updates to what the call was and is about - however a move by move comment with officer details will not be posted.  We believe in informing the public what is going on in their area, but officer safety as well. 

4. Medical Incidents - We will not be posting medical incident calls - UNLESS it hinders traffic, created a disturbance or is in a major business.  ALSO UNLESS released by the media, or agencies in a request for an attempt to locate, or have been previously authorized for released. Medical incidents may be posted to our website, as opposed to the facebook page

5. Slander: No slandering, curse words or anti' posts will be acceptable and can be deleted.

6. Posting in all caps: Posting a new post or comment in all caps is considered screaming. Please treat our readers, and our admins with respect and post your comments and new posts properly with lower case type and proper capiltilization.  All cap posts can and most likely will be deleted. 

7. Instigating arguments:  Posts that instigate arguments, nag at the poster or try to defy one of our administrators, call our posts into question for argument's sake will not be tolerated.  The post will be removed, and the person banned.  Depending on the offense, the person may be contacted about their violation and given the opportunity to rectify the situation. If an admin removes your comment or hides it - there is a reason for it (most likely against the rules) Please do not argue, fight about or repost the comment to defy the deletion/hide.  You may contact us by private message, or through our website to discuss your issue privately. 

8. Minor Incidents: Unless asked what is going on, we will not be posting minor incidents, such as theft from a store, or caller request contact for a barking dog for just example - there are other cases this may apply to. 

9. Traffic Accidents - Dont ask what kind of vehicle is or was involved  Most times that information is not shared over the radio. Posting of vehicle description is not allowed.  It was asked in the past by a request from the Police Chiefs Association and WSP that pages and media outlies not post vehicle descriptions in order to protect the integrity of the investigation and potential pre-notification to the family members. No names, plates etc... ALSO UNLESS released by the media, or agencies in a request for an attempt to locate, or have been previously authorized for  released.  (Correctly Updated 11/19/2018)

10. photographs are allowed to be posted, as long as the photo is gotten from street view and something that would normally have been seen without having to violate privacy, or personal property.  Please try and post the photos after the incident if at all possible.  Photos posted during an incident may be hidden by our staff until after the incident has been cleared, and then they will unhide them. 

11. HOUSE AND STRUCTURE FIRES:  Please no exact address. Descriptions are allowed, block numbers and cross streets are allowed  UNLESS released by the media, or agencies in a request for an attempt to locate, or have been previously authorized for the address to be released. photographs are allowed to be posted, as long as the photo is gotten from street view and something that would normally have been seen without having to violate privacy or personal property.  Please try and post the photos after the incident if at all possible. 

12. Runaway Teens and Kids:  Please include name and age when posting that a child has run away.  Make sure to include when the child or teen was last seen, where and what they were wearing.  Has the child been reported and "officially signed runaway or not"  If not signed runaway, who is the contact person for the child and phone number.  We will not post children to the main wall unless they are officially signed runaway, but will leave posts made by families in PTP if they are just considered missing and first ran away.  When a child is found / recovered we will keep the post up for 24 hours so in order to get the notification out there that they have been found.  Admins reserve the right not to share a post directly to the page due to repercussions previously assessed by Facebook to our staff members of a violation (that was not, but hey deemed it a violation).

13. LOST Animals:  Post photos of your lost animal with description of where and when they went missing and complete contact information to recover, or to get ahold of person posting is needed.  In dire needs, we may share the post as main news, but not in all cases. NOTE:  Not all lost and found pets will be moved to the main wall.  We can and will in dire situations, but due to the large amount of posts of this nature we cant flood our main wall with lost and found animals.  We will do our best to direct people to the "PTP" section when we can. 

14. Removing Shares without Update: If you have shared with our Facebook Page, or our website a lost animal, runaway missing child, stolen vehicle - or any type of asking for help, keep an eye out  You have to update your post to close off the request and leave it  up so that those who have shared your post, in attempt to assist you to get the notification that help is no longer needed.  We get people that post to the page that all of a sudden a post goes missing (deleted by the poster) but we shared it out there and gained attention for your, please.  Problem is, people, come to us asking where did the post go?  Is there still a search for the owner, or the dog, or the suspect etc... If you share to our page and ask for help have the courtesy to update us and those who have shared your post.  You can become banned if you do not update your post - this blocks your ability to post until you understand this request. 

15. Posting and sharing Links: We do encourage posting links of news articles that are related to the threads discussed.  Preferably posting them into the same thread that the original discussion was made and not a new thread. Links, and shares of other Facebook pages, groups, websites that direct others to somewhere else are NOT ALLOWED in Threads and new posts.  We recognize that there may be some great resources out there, but in order to cut down and keep spam out of the page, we have made this strict rule.  In the past we have had people come to our page and try to get their "plug" in for their page, because, yes we reach a huge amount of people.  But if we allow one plug we have to allow them all.  And well, you know once we start allowing them, then that is all the threads turn into is - Directing people elsewhere and that is not what our page is about.  When Admins share a post, from another group or authorize one to be share that is allowed. 

16.  No bashing of police, fire and ems personnel.  This has been a long standing rule of GHS.  We do not allow bashing of police, fire and ems personnel no matter what.  It doesn't matter what the call is, why you are commenting against officers or fire personnel we just do not allow it.  You can and most likely will be banned from further commenting if you do so.  

19. Re-posting of GHS Supporter Content to the page. With our new supporter features and early release content, it is NOT allowed to copy and paste that content back to the page in order to make it public and circumvent the supporter feature. (Added 11/19/2018)

20. Taking GHS Supporter Content Sharing it To Your Own -  All supporter content will become open content after a set time frame.  Taking of our supporter content and posting it to your own fan page, or group (Private page excluded) can and will get you banned from our page.  (Added 11/19/2018)

21. First Tips To The Page (Supporter Content) - If GHS staff have not already posted and been made aware of an incident the tip and or question to the page posted openly will remain open post.  If a post has already been made to the page by our staff the post made by the page fan will be answered, and then hidden from the page.  The typical answer will be "Thank you, we do have that information posted to our page and is currently available to page supporters, the post will become an open post after set time frame as time allows". Repeated posting after hidden can result in the person being banned.  (Added 11/19/2018)

22.  Questions sent to us in PM (Supporter Content).  Will be answered in the same manner as rule 21.  As time allows after the open post is made, we will be happy to answer the question. 

This page can be updated as time goes.  So please revisit it if you are in doubt if it is allowed. 

 

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