- No harassment
- No solicitation of any kind
- Illegal materials or promotions are not tolerated
- Constructive criticism matters
If you haven’t already done so, you can examine my angle on the democracy of social media here. I feel this is a great starting point for understanding the foundation for which I value social media, online content and the ways in which people and groups interact with what is published online. Through interpreting these views, one can perhaps understand my vision of an online community, which as suggested by Ryan Holmes, founder of Hootsuite, is a viable vehicle for democracy and how we should be ‘tapping social media for good.’ You can read Holmes’ article on Venture Beat here.
With the positivity of online usership said, there is of course a cloud of shaming, bullying, trolling and demoralization. Mark Shrayber (2016) discusses hate crime here in the context of Leslie Jones’ (Ghostbusters, Saturday Night Live) experience with having her personal site maliciously hacked. Do community guidelines mitigate these actions? Certainly not. People break rules, ignore laws and evade ethics on a daily basis online and in-person, so in developing expectations, can we actually expect to prevent wrongdoing? As Konnikova (2013) suggests in the New Yorker, the anonymity of commenting online provides a safe, but confident place for threatening civility. However, she also notes that people tend to devalue anonymous comments, which researchers at the University of Wisconsin (2013) reiterate here.
So, arguments litter every angle of each side of the fence; do you make guidelines, will they be adhered to, do you screen comments and are you hypocritical if in fact you limit engagement on your site when you’re preaching the asylum-esque quality of the Internet? In looking at the course resources, as well as exploring the Internet for guidelines that support a positive and inclusive community online, I have found the most suitable and relatable for me to reflect those of Book Riot, which you can see here. I appreciate these guidelines because they are clear, concise and current. They are inclusive, well-articulated and are relatively easy to understand and follow. They are fair.
However, when do we, as a democratic society, say why do we need a list of guidelines? The Golden Rule is dated, which you can read about here in Peter Economy’s proposal for the ‘Platinum Rule,’ but are we over-complicating the desire to just be good people? I’m not saying it’s right, but if rules are meant to be broken, are we better off not listing them but instead having the trust and confidence in humanity that we can be good, and that when we’re not, we lose the privilege to take advantage of that which democracy provides? What if websites emblemized the notion of acting in a manner that expects people to“ be kind.” That’s it; be kind. Appreciate the content and accept different views, but contribute, as opposed to degrade, and as such, you will adhere to kindness. If someone hates, I feel they will do exactly that, so in establishing guidelines, am I inviting the trolls? When one walks into a coffee shop, is there a sign indicating how to behave? There are no guidelines, but a social contract that suggests kindness.
So, do I need to be explicit in generating and sharing guidelines for this blog, or can I assume goodness? Or, do I expect the unexpected and create some guidelines that protect liability and govern what occurs? For now, I’m going to gamble on humanity and hope for kindness, until of course a literal laying down of the law is warranted…
Hello, and welcome to One More Klick!
A common saying in the outdoors community is “leave it better than you found it”. While this often relates to trail conservation, it also relates to this community. Do not comment anything you wouldn’t want your mother to read.
In other words:
- There is zero tolerance for disrespecting or degrading any race, religion, culture, sexual orientation, gender, identity, etc..
- Any hateful, disrespectful, or derogatory comments will not be approved.
Stay on the trail:
- Promotional and spam-like content will not be allowed.
Look, but don’t take:
- All of the artwork and writing should not be copied, used, or taken without explicit permission granted by the owner of these works.
- All writing, photography, videography, and other artworks are made by me, unless specified otherwise in their caption. If you are wanting to use any of the footage, art, photography, and/or quotes, please reach out.
Join the community:
- You are welcomed and encouraged to ask questions, share your experiences and suggestions.
- This is a safe space for travellers, artists, adventurers, outdoor enthusiasts and the like to share thoughts, experiences, and tips. If you have any suggestions, I’d love to hear them.
Thank you for respecting these simple rules, and happy klicking!
Community Guidelines for starlight-adventures.com
The goals of starlight-adventures.com are to assist readers and contributors to maintain a safe space and an entertaining environment. I want to create connections that are mutually beneficial to both parties and promote collaborative involvement and opportunities.
In order to achieve these goals, it is important for all of us truly create this safe space with our shared interests by following these guidelines:
- Treat others online as you would treat them in real life
- Be tolerant towards other’s view points and respectfully disagree when opinions do not align
- respect the privacy of those sharing
- communicate with courtesy and respect
- make personal attacks on those contributing
- post prejudiced comments or profanity
- avoid: name calling
- Stay on topic: keep all discussions relevant to what is posted
- If you see something, say something in a respectful manner
- Always strive to be as supportive as possible in every discussion or post shared
- No self promotion unless discussed otherwise
This is overall a safe space and platform for those to share their opinions and new ideas that could be beneficial to us all.
If needing to discuss any of these guidelines or wanting to contribute an idea, please contact me here.
Featured Image Reference: My personal account on Canva designed by me
Online comments are a bit of a double-edged sword – they can facilitate meaningful dialogue but they can also attract obscene and harmful content. According to Konnikova (2013), comments sections can produce a diffusion of responsibility because individuals feel less accountable for their own comments and thus, are more likely to engage in amoral behaviour. In order to combat this amoral and potentially harmful behaviour, it is imperative to establish a set of guidelines on what is appropriate vs. what is not appropriate.
In addition to this post, I think that I will implement my community guidelines under my About page or under a page where they can be easily found. In order for users to be aware of what constitutes an inappropriate comment, it is important that they first find, read, and understand my community guidelines. Therefore, it is imperative for my guidelines to be on a page that is easy to find.
The core values of Jkallu.com are sync with those of Book Riot. Jkallu.com values social justice, feminism, and inclusivity. Therefore, I have developed the following community guidelines for this website:
The following comments may be removed:
- Comments that harass, abuse, insult, or discriminate based on gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, race, age, national origin, and/or disability
- Comments that contain any computer virus or other malware
- Comments that are threatening, defamatory, pornographic, or violate any party’s intellectual property
- Comments that are posted for any obscene or immoral purpose
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Hi readers, welcome to my blogs. For happy reading and blogging, please check out the guidelines which applied to every visitor of my blog:
- No hate and offensive words. Any would be removed when violating this rule.
- Sharing of my content is allowed but please reference me in the post and put the link of my blog.
- Readers are always welcome to leave negative yet constructive comments on my blog.
- Respect one another. Engage in the discussion through comments!