Forum Rules

HomeschoolReviews.com members who frequent the forums have an uncanny knack for supporting with care and consideration, and offering help without being overbearing. Most homeschoolers know what constitutes proper behavior. However, some folks just don't get some of the finer points of getting along online or may just be inexperienced, so here are the forum rules:

  • The underlying foundation of this Discussion Board is kindness and respect for each other. Please always answer with kindness, honoring another's right to make different choices for their family. Do to others as you would have them do to you.
  • This isn't a public board. It is a privately owned forum and you must become a member to post messages. Membership is open to individuals who are at least 18 years old. This membership can be revoked for breaking the forum rules.
  • You may only register one user name at a time. If you must change your user name or email address, please contact HSR Support.
  • Please don't assume everyone is of the same political or religious persuasion as you. The members of these forums are known for being kind to all home educators, and it needs to remain that way.
  • If you sell a certain curriculum product, or are somehow connected, you may not discuss that curriculum or its competitor's products. It's a conflict of interest and dishonest to pretend to be neutral when you are not.
  • If you are a homeschooling publisher, you may not post about your product. The proper way to advertise your product is through the advertising channels available at the site.
  • Please avoid contradicting others. Use terms *for us,* *in my opinion,* *our experience,* and *your mileage may vary.* (YMMV)
  • Please stick with your own opinions. Please don't post someone else's viewpoint. Post your own.
  • You don't need to bolster your credibility by quoting anyone else who might agree with you. You are an expert in your own experience, and that's why folks come to HomeschoolReviews.com--to hear from actual homeschoolers working in the trenches.
  • It sounds silly to say, "I really like it. And so do *all* my friends. And *all* the homeschoolers in our support group do, too." Just because a lot of people like something doesn't mean anything really.
  • No copying anyone else's post from somewhere else (including other web sites) and posting it here. Not even if you have permission.
  • On the topic of questions: Please help people out. Some folks come here for the ambience only found here at HomeschoolReviews.com. Don't send them on their merry way to another site as if they're not welcome.
  • Don't make a habit of writing "email me if you want more information." That's what sp*a*mm*ers do so that they can get your email address so that they can sell you their product. It raises red flags.
  • Try not to address extremely general questions to just one person. It can make other folks who might be able to answer your question feel uncomfortable. Example: "Bertha, would you please give me your opinion of Saxon, A Beka, or Bob Jones elementary math?" Lots of visitors could answer this question and shouldn't be excluded in that way. Hopefully, Bertha will also answer your question.
  • This Discussion Board is here for homeschoolers who are using education materials in the homeschool setting. If you are a classroom teacher, your experiences with the same materials do not apply to our situation. Please don't post unless you plan to share your homeschooling experiences. There are other places online for you to share your classroom experiences. The teaching methods used in the classroom and the homeschool are so different that materials and outcomes cannot always be properly compared and contrasted.