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Community Guidelines

Leave it better than you found it

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!

Sincerely,

Magali Bureau


Community

Building a Community

Building a Community

When was the last time you tried something for the first time?

The first time I heard someone ask me this was two years ago, at the Tough Mudder start line, minutes before the race started. For those who don’t know what this race is, Tough Mudder is a 12 mile obstacle race that was originally designed to test mental and physical strength. Of the 25 obstacles, some include crawling under barbed wire, running through live electric wires, submerging yourself in a pool of ice water, climbing over walls, hanging from monkey bars, and much, much more.

I know what you’re thinking: why would anybody put themselves through that?! I was thinking that too, until I used that fear as fuel to gain a sense of ownership and control. In 2017 I wanted to challenge myself to do something I thought I would never be able to do. For a long time, Tough Mudder was it: I hate cold water (with a passion), I’m not the biggest fan of heights, and I didn’t think I’d be physically able to complete this treacherous course. Despite all of this, I managed to rope my friends into completing it with me in. And not once – but twice – with plans of doing it again in the summer of 2019.

Be not afraid of discomfort. If you can’t put yourself in a situation where you are uncomfortable, then you will never grow. You will never change. You’ll never learn.

Jasno Reynolds

Realistically, my current audience is the small circle of family and friends who relentlessly support me (hi mom!). Ideally, this following will expand to an audience that doesn’t know me personally, yet is still drawn to the content and photographs of this blog. The dream would be for this blog to flourish internationally, growing a community of fellow travellers and adventurers. I want this blog to encourage people to share a desire to get outdoors and try new things; I aspire for these images to inspire the love for travel, adventure, and the outdoors; I hope motivate people into embracing the unknown and challenges. This will take time, no doubt, but I am excited at the opportunity for potential.

Thank you for being a part of this community!

Process Post 12 (Community Guidelines)

Community guidelines for any social media platform is an important element to have in order to lessen the risk of possible inappropriate behaviour with your site. For this week’s process post, we were to develop our own community guidelines and think of how we would implement them.

My site and its content can be a very touchy subject as it deals with very real and personal issues that many individuals have to face on a day to day basis. The content can also be different for those who may not be comfortable yet with such diversity and it may either clash with certain beliefs or challenge their thinking. It is important that my blog does not force any opinions, but merely highlights and brings to attention the importance of having diverse narratives and identities published online.

Four core community guidelines could go as follows (more could be added with further development of the blog):

  1. Create a Welcoming Space

Here, There stresses on diversity and opening up to listening and understanding multiple narratives, thus, it is important that the site creates an open and welcome space for all voices. By not offering a welcoming space, we are inhibiting the ability of those who may feel marginalized or already silenced to not be able to speak up and feel included within the discourse. No matter where someone may come from or who they may be, by creating an open space, Here, There will be able to carry out its objective of challenging hegemony and the “single narrative”.

2. No Hateful Comments

As a space that opens up to topics about issues regarding race, gender, and sexuality, topics can sometimes be very personal. As a space that encourages the freedom of speech, it is key to note that Here, There will carefully look at separating free speech from hate speech. We each have a perspective on how we view the world, but it is important to understand that hateful comments will not be tolerated and often come with negative repercussions.

3. Outright Discrimination Will Not be Tolerated

In conjunction with the second guideline, it is crucial that users do not make comments or post content that is discriminatory. As a blog that deals with the marginalized, discrimination is not uncommon for certain groups of people, so, having a no discrimination policy will help reduce what many have to face on a day to day basis.

4. Privacy

It is crucial for Here, There to make it aware that all comments and activity from users will be kept confidential. As the topics discussed can enter very complex and complicated situations that some may feel uncomfortable or uneasy telling, it will be the utmost importance to keep this information private – unless given permission by the individual to publish and share.

But How Will It Be Implemented?

The community guidelines for Here, There, would be a separate page to click at the top so that it is apparent and visible for visitors to the site. It will also be linked at the footer of the site as well so that when scrolling and navigating, it is easy and obvious to read and get to. The community guidelines will continue to grow as I learn from my audience as well as continue to learn of what constitutes a good blog of my subject matter.

But How Do We Regulate This?

The importance of having community guidelines is not to add heightened censorship to the site, but to enforce certain rules to minimize certain actions that will have negative implications towards the blog and its users. It will be key to have these guidelines carefully looked at so as not to create problems regarding the freedom of speech. Additional community guidelines that would be implemented would have to go under careful analysis to make sure that it continues to provide an open space for all, but still enforces the reduction of hateful and discriminatory behaviour and action.

 

Process Post (Week 12)

This week, we were asked to create community standards for our website. Here is the list of guidelines I have created:

In general, please move through and interact with the website using respect. You are encouraged to share your opinions and interact with me and others. Please feel free to share my content, making sure that you give credit to me.

For comments, please avoid:

  • Racist, sexist, or otherwise offensive language
  • Personal attacks on others
  • Threats
  • Sharing viruses
  • Promoting commercial content

I have chosen these guidelines because they promote a positive, respectful environment. There are not a lot of them because I do not want to bombard my readers with rules. If any activity becomes a problem, I will address it and adjust my guidelines accordingly.

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Community Guidelines

In light of past, recent, and unfortunately continuing stories of people being harassed online, it has come to my attention that guidelines must be established if there is to be a comments section.

Maria Konnikova (2013) writes about the ‘online dishibition effect’, which is basically where the moment in which one sheds their “identity the usual constraints on your behaviour go, too”. This is especially true in cases where users can comment anonymously, which may encourage participation, but has just gone to increase uncivilly and incredibly negative comments.

I would like to encourage participation, but it seems necessary that I point out that there is a fine line between free speech and hate speech. Due to some of the sensitive topics that may be discussed here on this blog, it might be beneficial for these guidelines to be understood before writing a comment:

No racism, sexism, or any sort of hate comments whatsoever.

No promotional comments unless previously validated through the admin beforehand.

Any violation of these guidelines will prompt the removal of the comments by admin. Comments are taken down if admin doesn’t think it contributes to the conversation or is irrelevant or hateful in any way, or threatens other readers or authors. If there are any questions, please email the admin for more information.

When it comes to people’s safety, some form of filtration is necessary. If a comment is not constructive to a conversation, it will not be included. I love to hear feedback and opinions on the matter. But in a space that is supposed to be one in which people should come to for positivity in an already hate-filled world, I need to establish this before my website goes further. 

Community Guidelines

Of course, I want my blog to be an ideal online space where it is a welcoming and inclusive community. Comments and questions related to my travels posts are more than welcomed but this world is not perfect and we can’t have everything we want. If it is irrelevant but is non-offensive to anyone, then that is okay. As of now, my blog allows anyone to leave a reply, but it ultimately has to be approved by the admin, which is me, before they are visible to the public and on the posts. Spams that just plug in advertisements are automatically filtered to the spam folder. Filtering spams actually make a huge difference because they are usually long posts that are not related to the commented post. If I’m reading someone else’s blog and see a bunch of spam comments on the posts, I’ll probably have a negative impression on the blog as a whole. I kind of question its legitimacy and discredit the blogger’s effort because it’s easy to associate spams with viruses and that combination itself just has a negative connotation. To prevent that happening on my blog and to my readers, spams will remain invisible and stay in the shadows of my blog. For actual comments regarding my posts, I have control over approving them to be visible or not. Obviously, for those that are not harmful and genuine, I will approve them. Even if comments are constructive criticism, I won’t purposely keep them hidden.

Perhaps a guideline to breakdown the inappropriate behaviours that I feel should be controlled is more useful:

  • Advertisements and promotional content
  • Sexist and racist comments
  • Insults towards the creator or other users

I feel like if I have a huge following in the future, I’ll just let the comment section be public and comments also don’t have to be approved by me. If I have loyal readers that genuinely care for my well-being, they will come together to defend me when a hate comment is posted. The public knows best so it’s best to let them decide and create the guidelines to judge if I really deserve those kind of comments. But, I think it’s safe to say that no one deserves hate comments. Seems like a selfish act for letting my followers defend me, but that’s only if I have ANY following in the future. I can dream!