ISF Online Community Code of Conduct

The Ian Somerhalder Foundation (ISF) was formed to empower, educate and collaborate with people and undertake charitable and educational projects that have a positive impact upon our planet and all of its creatures. 

ISF owns and operates the website,, and several other web pages on other web sites like Facebook and Twitter. The ISF Community is made up of all the places on these sites where users can hang out, learn and contribute.

These rules are in place to make sure the ISF Community is a fun, safe and inspiring one.  It boils down to common sense, basic courtesy and respect.  Your use of the ISF Community Sites is subject to this Code of Conduct and our Terms of Use.

If you don’t happen to agree with these rules, we won’t take it personally, and nor should you when we suggest the ISF Community might not be for you.

We may update these rules and recommend you check back once in a while. We will also continue to introduce new Community features which will fall under these rules.

A Few Things to Keep in Mind:

  • Some areas within the ISF Community have their very own rules posted.  Please be sure to read all rules carefully and respect them.
  • You are responsible for your interactions with other users.  ISF reserves the right, but has no obligation, to monitor disputes between you and other users and to prohibit your use of the ISF Community Sites.
  • User content posted on the ISF Community sites reflects the opinions and experience of those users, not ISF.  ISF cannot and does not review every submission a user may make.  ISF neither endorses nor guarantees the accuracy or propriety of any submission.

Community Do’s:

  • Treat others with courtesy and respect.  Remember that your tone can easily be misinterpreted in print, so take care in your choice of language.  The ISF Community is a global family so you are likely to encounter people of different points of view, styles, confidence levels and experiences.  Show respect for these differences, and try not to take things too personally.
  • Lead by example.  Make newcomers feel welcome, be helpful to others, and keep things constructive.  The best way to deal with negative or hurtful people is to ignore them.  Report abuse to ISF and alert us to problem content or users.  By being positive you encourage others to do the same.
  • Have integrity.  Be sincere and truthful.  Don’t get yourself into trouble by defaming and harassing people, impersonating others, spamming, posting inappropriate materials, violating the privacy of others, and engaging in or plotting illegal activities.
  • Use common sense.  Before you act on information you’ve found within or through the ISF Community, confirm any facts that are important to your decision.  We encourage you to exercise a healthy skepticism and good judgment.  Make your own inquiries, especially around subjects like health and safety.
  • Be safe and smart when interacting with others.  Don’t post personal information about yourself in public spaces. ISF is not responsible for the actions of our users.

Community Don’ts:

  • Bully.  Our bullying policy is simple: NO BULLYING in any form will be tolerated.
  • Defame, harass, flame or hold grudges.  That’s just not how we do things around here!
  • Discriminate.  Sharing ideas and healthy debate are excellent, and you can participate without being offensive, humiliating or intimidating.  Discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, ethnic origin, ancestry, citizenship, political or religious affiliation, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital or socio-economic status, identity, disability or physical characteristics is forbidden and will not be tolerated.
  • Use Profane Language.  Look, we get it, humans swear.  But go easy with the potty mouth or we will have to tone you down.  Please do not use inappropriate language.  Remember, even if it is not offensive to you, it might be to other people.
  • Impersonate Another Person.  This includes ISF Staff, Volunteers, etc.  You are awesome – just be yourself!
  • Advertise or Spam. Commercial solicitation and straight up advertising are not acceptable.  The ISF Community is not the place to promote other organizations’ initiatives.
  • Be or Encourage a Troll.  Trolls are people who post messages or content deliberately designed to make others angry.  Replying to or arguing with a Troll only encourages them.  The best pest-control is to ignore them and alert ISF to them.
  • Hide Behind Handles.  The internet provides a certain degree of anonymity, which may lead some people to say things that they would not say in person.  Please do not be one of those people!  If you are tempted, remember, we can see who you are, even if other users can’t.
  • Create Offensive or Inappropriate Content.  ISF reserves the right to remove any content that we feel violates our Terms of Use or the spirit of this Code of Conduct.  Some examples of prohibited content include:
    • graphic, pornographic, obscene, gory or scary content including, but not limited to, graphic animal photos that could upset others;
    • false, inaccurate or misleading information;
    • any content that plagiarizes or infringes a third party’s rights (such as copyright, publicity or privacy);
    • illegal content or content that encourages others to commit illegal activities;
    • libelous, threatening or harassing content.

How to Report Abuse:

If you see or experience something that may be in violation of this Code of Conduct or our Terms of Use, please let us know about it.  Contact us at