Terms and Conditions


In workplace and educational settings, exhibiting respectful and professional behavior is an essential component of all in-person interactions with colleagues and guests. This expectation also applies to virtual online environments such as learning management systems for educational purposes, like Design Learning by ASID and social networking platforms such as LinkedIn. Design Connection by ASID follows a similar format and standard when engaging with others on this platform.  


As an active participant of Design Connection by ASID, you are expected to adhere to the following policies:   

  1. BE RESPECTFUL - Exercise the Golden Rule: “Treat others as you would want them to treat you.” It’s easy to overlook the fact, when typing words on a computer screen, that there is a live individual on the receiving end of it. Keep community posts and replies positive and constructive, even if you disagree with another user’s position. Respect what has been written and remember that this community is meant for professional exchanges. Inappropriate or offensive language used in posts or other written items will be removed/deleted.  

  1. BE PROFESSIONAL When Expressing Yourself: Present the best version of yourself when communicating with your colleagues and professional designers on this platform. Use correct grammar, capitalization, and punctuation in all community communications. This includes avoiding “text-speak” like “C U l8r” and typing messages in either all uppercase (which is interpreted as YELLING) or in all lowercase. Proofread your messages and comments before posting 

  1. BE PURPOSEFUL - Value the Benefits of a Virtual Professional Community: The purpose of Design Connection by ASID is for individuals practicing or supporting the interior design profession to share resources and discuss relevant topics of professional interest and some fun topics as well. Use the platform to ask and answer questions and hold constructive conversations. While you may share your work as it relates to Community group discussions, do not use this platform to advertise your business, job openings, products, or services you provide. 

    • Example: A community group member posts a question about the use of color to create a soothing environment for a client.

      • Appropriate Response: Another member who works for a paint or furniture company could suggest colors or items that would be good options and how to arrive at making those design choices. 

      • Inappropriate Response: The same group member responds to the original question by specifying his employer and suggesting that they work together for this client.  

    • Job Openings: Individuals must use Design Careers by ASID to create and share job openings. Job openings posted to Design Careers sync to Design Connection and populate in the Activity Feed.
  1. BE RESOURCEFUL - Share Reputable Content: If sharing a piece of content to a community group, make sure the content is appropriate and reliable. You are encouraged to share content from trusted sources within the profession but should avoid sharing a video from TikTok or an article from People Magazine. If sharing a resource that is not of your own creation, be sure to credit the author using an appropriate form of citation (e.g., MLA, APA, Chicago styles). In addition, do not share any confidential content or information about a client or another user. These practices will help you present your point of view with valid documentation.  

  1. BE PROACTIVE - Search Before You Post (Again): Scan recent posts in the community prior to submitting a post yourself. A question you have may have been posed and answered within the community. Likewise, there may already be a thread dedicated to your idea of interest.  

  1. BE RELEVANT - Keep Comments Pertinent to Each Community: Each community is established for an ASID-specific group or particular topics of interest within the profession. Avoid personal conversations in a community and focus on the group’s main purposes or the topics of interest. 

  1. BE INCLUSIVE - Recognize and Appreciate Differences: Embrace the unique values and backgrounds of all users of this platform. This attitude not only ensures that you are treating others with respect, but also opens the door for new learning experiences and meaningful discussions.  

Policy Violations  

Design Connection by ASID is intended to be a safe space for the interior Design Connection and ASID Members to share information and network with each other. It is keenly dedicated to inclusivity and connectivity. Any written post, comment, or shared resource can be flagged as in violation of Netiquette Policies by the Platform Administrator or Community Ambassadors. Any user may also report content that is considered offensive or suspected of violation to the Platform Administrator. 

The following process outlines the consequences for any user that violates one or more of the Netiquette Policies: 

  • Violation 1: A written warning via email and removal of content violating the Netiquette Policies. The Platform Administrator will monitor the user’s activity periodically over a 30-day period to assure the User is following the Netiquette Policies. 

  • Violation 2: A written warning via email indicating the Second Violation, removal of the content, and a 30-day suspension from using Design Connection by ASID from the date of notification. The User Account will be placed on Inactive status during this 30-day period.  

  • Violation 3: A written warning via email indicating the Third Violation has occurred and the User’s Design Connection by ASID account will be deactivated effective immediately. A formal report with supporting documentation will then be submitted to the Design Connection by ASID Advisory Board for review. 


Adapted from:  

  • American Society of Interior Designers. (Retrieved September 19, 2023). ASID Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct. www.asid.org/resources/about/ethics  

  • "Netiquette: Ground Rules for Online Discussions." Netiquette: Ground Rules for Online Discussions. Colorado State University. Web. 2 Dec. 2015.  

  • Erstad, Will. "9 Netiquette Guidelines Online Students Need to Know." 9 Netiquette Guidelines Online Students Need to Know. Rasmussen College, 25 Sept. 2014. Web. 2 Dec. 2015. 

  • “Netiquette Guides for Online Learning”. Gadsen State Community College. Web. Sept. 2016. http://www.gadsdenstate.edu/elearning/netiquette 

  • "Netiquette: Etiquette for the World of Online Communication." Netiquette: Etiquette for the World of Online Communication. Howard Community College. Web. 2 Dec. 2015