Facebook Group Rules – Learn Them or Risk Getting Booted

I belong to way too many Facebook groups. They range the gamut of just about everything my blog covers and then some. The

Eclectic Mix of Genealogy, Bipolar Depression, Mental Health, Mental Illness, DNA, History, First Nations (aka Native Americans), Military History, World War II, Cemeteries, CrowdFunding, Authors/Writing, and Gaming (RPGs, Board Games, Wargames, etc.).

One of the quirks for each group is what rules the admins set in place. Some have no rules; other groups have very strict rules.

In one group – a cemetery humor group, if it’s death related, then

All things, and anything, go in this group!

In numerous groups, the rules can be a lot more detailed: ranging from not using colored backgrounds in your posts, no links or links only approved by admins or mods, no photos in the first post of a thread, certain things have to be posted in threads dedicated to those things, etc.

I often don’t post in some groups because I would have to read the rules to make sure I am not breaking one. In other groups, I do the basics of not using any of the things I mentioned in the paragraph above. In other groups, I don’t post because some of the admins or mods have their own opinions and anybody posting something contrary to those opinions will get banned. Strangely, several of those groups are Find-A-Grave related where the admins and mods don’t allow any posts that might be construed as anti-Find-A-Grave. I don’t belong to any political-related groups on Facebook as I get enough politics on my Wall from all sides.

The groups relating to bipolar depression run the gamut on rules although most tend to be a bit on the tighter side of the rules spectrum. If that’s not bad enough, a few are similarly named, but may have significantly different rules in place. Also, giving medical advice is usually frowned up in these groups. After seeing many people provide what is at best semi-dangerous advice, I don’t blame them.

In general, most group admins and mods won’t say what rule you broke if they delete your post or ban you. In some cases, it’s obvious which rule the person broke.

When I join a group, I always read the rules before making my first post. In many groups, they require to answer questions before they approve you. In those groups, they usually include a list of group rules as part of the questionnaire.

The problem is sometimes you may appear to break a rule when you didn’t. For example, showing what appears to be a lack of support or rudeness when a person is being blunt. Honestly, in many groups, bluntness needs to be the approach used.


About ICT Genealogist

Originally from Gulfport, Mississippi. Live in Wichita, Kansas now. I suffer Bipolar I, ultra-ultra rapid cycling, mixed episodes. Blog on a variety of topics - genealogy, DNA, mental health, among others. Let's collaborateDealspotr.com
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