Partner Community Guidelines
Hello and welcome to the Partner Community! This is where friendly, knowledgeable partners share their experiences, help each other out and spark inspiring conversations. We hope you enjoy taking part in them.To make sure everyone can get the most out of the Partner Community, we’ve come up with a few ground rules.
The short version
We’re lucky to have such a diverse community of partners from all corners of the globe – and for us, it’s really important that it stays that way.
To keep the atmosphere helpful and collaborative, it's important that all members treat each other with respect. That means thinking before acting, and only using the Partner Community for its intended purpose of sharing tips and experiences. For more information on what that looks like, take a look at the guidelines below.
The full guidelines
How to post
Search for existing discussions before you start a new one, as your question may already have been answered by someone else.
Try to make sure that all your comments add something to the discussion.
Provide constructive answers and actionable feedback.
Be specific when asking a question: use clear subject lines and make sure there’s enough context for other community members to understand it.
If you quote any facts, make sure they’re accurate.
To start a conversation, click on ‘Start a conversation’ or ‘Create a post’, and you’ll be redirected to a new page where you’ll be able to enter your post title, select the topic and write the text in the body space.
If you’d like to add an image to your post, click on the image icon. You’ll find it at the top of the box where you write your post. Then choose the file, add a short description of the image and click on ‘Save’.
If you’d like to add a video to your post, click on the video icon. You’ll find it at the top of the box where you write your post. Then add the embedded video code or the YouTube URL and click on ‘OK’.
If you want to make it easy for other partners to find your post, you might want to add a hashtag. Before you save your post, click on the drop-down list and choose your a pre-set hashtag.
Before your post is published, you can preview it. Just click ‘Preview’ to see what it’ll look like when it’s published. Once you click ‘Save’, it’ll be live on the Partner Community.
What not to post
When adding photos and/or videos to a post or comment, make sure they don’t include:
- Images or videos of celebrities, animals, landscapes.
- Images or videos that could be perceived as vulgar, pornographic, illegal or offensive.
- Images or videos that are not your own or could infringe any copyright.
How to add a comment
- To leave a comment on a post, just enter your text into the text box and click on ‘Save’.
- To reply to a specific comment, click on ‘Reply’ and your entry will be added below that comment.
Other post-related features
- You can express agreement or disagreement with a comment by clicking on the thumbs-up or thumbs-down icon under the comment.
- To start a new, separate conversation while reading a post, click on ‘Start a conversation’ on the right-hand side of the page.
- If there’s a post you’d like to follow closely, you can subscribe to a particular post by clicking ‘Follow’ or ‘Subscribe to new posts’. You’ll get a notification every time a new comment is added to that post.
Note: Booking.com may use the submitted content for other purposes (e.g. marketing) and we reserve the right to edit, crop, enhance or modify all photos.
How to select a profile photo
Your photo is a chance to show your authenticity to other partners. Think of it as your business card.It could be a picture of your face, an image of you at a networking event, your company logo or your property. If the photo isn’t fit for a professional space, it may be removed. If that happens, we’ll let you know and give you the opportunity to upload a new one.
Some examples of photos to avoid:
- Images of celebrities, animals, landscapes.
- Images that could be perceived as vulgar, pornographic, illegal or offensive.
- Images that are not your own or could infringe any copyright.
How to upload the photo and property description to your profile
- Click on ‘Edit your profile’ and select the picture you’d like to upload.
- Add more information about yourself or your property in the ‘Biography’ box.
- Add a link to your property website to your profile.
How to share your Partner Community profile on social media
If you’d like to share your profile on social media, click on the icon that corresponds to the social media platform you’d like to share it on. You’ll find this on your profile page.
How to create your profile description
The more detailed your profile is, the better that other partners can know who they’re talking to. Here you can tell us where you’re from, your level of expertise as a hospitality professional and the type of property that you manage. Your description could also include your hobbies, your travel background and other career interests. When creating your profile, you’ll be able to add a description of yourself and/or your property in the ‘Biography’ box, which you’ll find on your ‘User details’ page. In addition to that, you can also add a link to your property website in the allocated space.
As with any professional networking space, please avoid the following topics:
- Personal values that could cause contention.
Tagging. You can tag another partner in your post/comment by just inserting the ‘@’ symbol followed by the username of the other community member you’d like to include in the discussion. This person will then receive a notification.
Following. If there’s another community member whose posts you’re particularly interested in, you can ‘follow’ them, and any time they publish anything on the Partner Community, you’ll get a notification. To follow another partner, click on ‘Follow’ on their profile.
Hashtags. This feature helps you categorise posts, meaning that other partners will find your posts more easily when they’re searching for a particular theme. For each post, you’ll see a list of preset hashtags to choose from.
How to earn points and badges
- You’ll get a point each time you create a post or leave a reply on the Partner Community.
- As you accumulate points, you’ll move up the levels within the Community. For example, once you have 11 points, you’ll move onto Level 2. At 31 points, you’ll reach Level 3. The highest is Level 10.
- Along the way, you can earn badges for your contributions. Each time you unlock a badge or reach a new level, you’ll get a notification and the badge will be added to your profile. They vary in colour and shape according to their difficulty. Here are the badges you can unlock:
- Conversation Starter: Write 5 posts.
- Contributor: Write 5 comments.
- Snap: Upload your profile picture.
- About You: Add your property bio in your profile.
- Fan: Like other partners’ posts 10 times.
- High Five: Get 5 likes from fellow partners.
- Happy Birthday!: Active on the Partner Community for 1 year.
- First post: Write your first post on the Partner Community.
To make sure you’re up to date with all relevant discussions on the Partner Community, we’ll send you an email notification:
- When you receive a comment on your post
- When a partner tags you (@mention)
- When you have a new follower
- When there is a new post in a topic you follow
- When there is a new reply in a post you follow
- When there is a new post or reply by a person you follow
- When your post is deleted
- When your post is edited
- When your post is featured on the Community homepage.
In your profile you can edit your notification preferences by unsubscribing to all notifications.
- Next to your profile icon on the top-right corner of the page, click on ‘Edit profile’.
- Select ‘Account Information’.
- Untick the “email notification” box to unsubscribe to all notifications.
What not to do
This is the serious stuff. Bear in mind that we reserve the right to remove your post (partially or fully), and to suspend your account, if you:
share personal details about you or someone else, including but not limited to: contact details (such as email addresses, social media handles and telephone numbers), account/booking information, and commercially sensitive information like rates and occupancy levels. When you share personal details, remember that they will be available to others outside of Booking.com with access to the Partner Community and we cannot control what they will do with this information. Booking.com is therefore not responsible for any misuse of any personal details shared via the Partner Community by third parties. It is also your responsibility to have obtained any necessary consent prior to sharing personal data via the Partner Community. Booking.com processes any personal data provided in the Partner Community in accordance with its privacy statement.
post or link to spam. That includes viruses, malicious software, advertisements, self-promotion and deliberately incorrect answers to questions.
post content that isn’t your own. Be respectful of other people’s intellectual property. You may recommend an app or solution to the Partner Community, or a relevant Partner Community discussion that provides a solution to another member’s question – but you must state whether it is free or a paid service.
share offensive, inappropriate, graphic or hateful content. Think of it this way: fellow partners also like to travel and may end up being your guests one day. Treat them like you treat your guests – with kindness and respect.
threaten or attack anyone based on their race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religious affiliation or disabilities.
distribute confidential information about Booking.com, its partners, affiliates, vendors or any third party.
Help us make this a safe space by reporting any behaviour or content that goes against our guidelines.
Can I use the Partner Community to request support directly from Booking.com?
The Partner Community is designed for you to chat to other partners and ask for their advice.
If you have a specific problem with the Booking.com extranet, or need assistance from a member of our team, please contact our support teams via your extranet inbox.
Updates to guidelines
These guidelines are subject to updates without notice, so we recommend that members read and review these guidelines on a regular basis.
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