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.