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May 22, 2017



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Why Can Only Registered Members Participate In The Forums And Polling? - top
Our aim is to provide a communication vehicle that maximizes the thoughtful and civil exchange of ideas and information to and among all residents. We believe that registration and the consistent use of ones actual name on all posts will encourage and maximize meeting this objective, and will ensure one vote per member in our informal surveys. However being a public web site, civility and thoughtfulness of posts are ultimately up to the good will and consideration of our individual member users.


What Is Your Policy Regarding The Censoring Or Editing Posts? - top
We do not censor nor edit any member post or communication! Our system does employ a profanity filter that is designed to substitute a symbol group for any word or phrase that falls outside the normal standards of decency for viewing by adults and children. We do reserve the right to remove messages that are flagged as inappropriate by any of our members that express concern through separate communication with our webmaster.


Where Do Forum And Straw Poll Topics Come From? - top
It is our hope that topics will come primarily from the members through their input to the webmaster. Our plan is to post at least one new forum topic each week and one survey topic each month. Topics will be selected based on their relevance to issues that are important to our citizens, that are of interest and that have potential for the betterment of the entire community. Of course, a member recommendation will not guarantee their topic being used immediately or at all.


Can An Imposter Participate Using My Id? - top
A member password is required to gain access to Reston eVillage features reserved for registered users only, such as the forum and surveys. Members are urged to safeguard their private password, and access to their computer system when logged onto our site.


Can Visitors Visit? - top
Yes, but since they will not be registered, they will not be allowed to participate in the forum or survey features, or have access to certain information that may be deemed to be 'private' by participating community members. An example of information with prohibited access could be cluster or association covenants that may be on line but available only to the members of those selected organizations. All visitors can transmit comments or questions using our Visitors Guest Book.


Can People Planning To Move To Area Get Information? - top
Yes, by access to any of the general site content as is available to any visitor, and by directly contacting Reston eVillage or any of the organizations that choose to provide a hyper link on their site. Access to the forum for direct communication with registered individual members is not available.


Is This Web Site Complete As We See It? - top
Reston eVillage development, or Phase 1 of our program, is a 'work in progress'. For example, the current site version only has about 15 percent of the pages and links to the over 200-community organizations that affect our daily lives. Improvements to what you see today will continue throughout this year. We would hope that many of these would come as a result of constructive input from our members. After this initial phase is completed, we expect periodic site improvements to continue to upgrade existing features as well as to add new ones. Phase 2, site operation, starts at Reston eVillage roll out.


I Hear There Is A Third Phase To Your Program; What Is That? - top
Phase 3 is the longer-term objective of Reston eVillage to ensure that everyone in our community has access to the Internet and thus to the full benefits of participating in the community building process. This activity is planned to start in year 2001. We will be seeking donations of computer hardware and provider access for those of our citizens that can not otherwise afford Internet access. Any suggestions from our members to expeditiously reach this goal will be most welcome!


Where Can I Ask Further Questions Or, Make Comments Or Suggestions About Any Aspect Of The Web Site? - top
Reston eVillage is a community enterprise that has potential to significantly contribute to the betterment of Reston. Your active participation in this effort is vital. Please feel free to communicate with us at any time by using the Contact Us feature. We pledge our best efforts to promptly and objectively consider and take appropriate action on all citizen input. It's our town; let us all work together to be sure it remains the best!


What Is Reston EVillage? - top
Reston eVillage is a community web site for all residents of Fairfax County Small Tax District 5. It's objectives are to foster communication among the residents, to facilitate the discussion and understanding of issues of mutual concern, and to provide links to neighborhood cluster and association web sites, governmental entities, religious congregations, community organizations, community newspapers and the Reston archives at George Mason university. We also have an i-ballot feature that can permit future protected Internet votes for community organization positions and issues, thus providing the potential for increased voter turn out for these important Reston elections.


Why Was It Started? - top
Creation of  Reston eVillage is the result of a recommendation from the two-year Reston 2000 Task Force effort by over 100 volunteer residents. In March of this year, the Task Force Chairman, John Thillmann, stepped down from the committee to implement a cutting-edge electronic village concept for Reston. Also in March, a committee was formed to begin the site design. In April the domain names were acquired, the Board of Directors was formed in June, and in July, Reston eVillage was approved as a not for profit Virginia corporation.


Who Are The Board Of Directors? - top
The Directors as a group, have a long history of commitment to the betterment of the Reston by working in and with the many community volunteer organizations dedicated to our most important issues such as quality of life, transportation, economic development, education, recreation, etc. The average board member's length of residency in Reston is over 20 years. The name and brief bio of each can be found on the About Us page.


What Is Their Role In The Running Of The Site? - top
The Board functions as any other corporate board. Its members serve to establish the strategic direction of the web site and to periodically review site operations. They designate the webmaster and select other volunteers that may be needed for the day to day operation of the site. Individual board members may serve in specific operational roles, and as registered members they may post under their name in the forum and vote in any of the unofficial preference polls offered.


Do You Advertise Or Promote Businesses? - top
Reston eVillage is focused on the Reston community at large, which includes local businesses.  Local businesses are critical to the life-blood of any community.   Community Collaborative Sponsor Program on the CCSP page.


Who Is Eligible To Register? - top
Any resident of or business located in Small Tax District 5 may register. All registered businesses in the district will be listed and may have a page for a small fee on the Reston eVillage web site.


What Personal Information Is Collected And Does It Remain Secure? - top
Name, street address, e-mail address, telephone and a selected password/verification question are required for registration. We use cookies to aid your sign in and for site maintenance but do not collect personal information by this means. Our policy is to prohibit unauthorized dissemination of personal information to third parties.  Please see our Privacy Policy for full details.


 

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