February 17, 2020 at 9:55 am #72279
Hi Jordan and thank you for doing the work to revive the forums. A question: Is there a set of guidelines/code of conduct for posting/commenting herein? I think it might help keep the train on the rails. Anyway, thanks again.February 28, 2020 at 6:30 am #72302
Guidelines for comments could be proposed by the editors and agreed upon by a representative committee. All posters should be required to online sign they will follow the guideline. If a user does not follow them he/she/they should be removed from having rights to post. Guidelines must include being fair, being kind and also not allow bullying.( c re c)March 1, 2020 at 7:22 am #72308
I agree 100%, Cathy! Great suggestions.March 8, 2020 at 11:00 pm #72409JordanKeymaster
Are there examples of guidelines you’ve seen on other blogs that we can use as a guide? I haven’t seen them, but I am open to the idea.
I don’t like the idea of playing “you’re in a timeout!” parent. I also don’t like the idea of readers / participants / neighbors feeling bullied to the point where they don’t feel safe participating. I also don’t have an interest in creating a polyanna safe place where the only comments allowed are cheerful “rah-rah, you’re right”.
If there’s somewhere that’s doing it right, point me towards them, I’d love to learn.March 9, 2020 at 6:33 am #72415
Look at rules for some Facebook groups.
Name-calling, bullying, harassment can not be allowed.
You have to include the possibility of removing someone’s right to post if this person persists.
It is not comfortable to make a comment and have another poster make fun of you once, twice or over a period of years.
You have to respond to complaints as much as you may not wish to do so. ( c re c)March 9, 2020 at 11:41 am #72416
Jordan – I hear you. Cathy’s guidelines are common to most sites I’m aware of, so there’s a good start. I’d add that “constant off-topic posts” and “repeated posts about the same topic” are disruptive to good forum operation. That would round out the guidelines I had in mind.March 9, 2020 at 4:02 pm #72418
My guidelines are common sense and courteous. I am confused Marie, why you are asking about guidelines? You have repeatedly made fun of my comments and thoughts badly enough for me to complain to Jordan and also to say I might call advertisers about it. You responded with sarcastically.
(C re c)March 13, 2020 at 7:29 am #72428boulderdropParticipant
I’m surprised the forums were whacked and emptied. This has been a a failure pattern for online forums for decades. Love it or hate it, deleting them means traffic to the site will die.March 31, 2020 at 8:00 am #72582
What will you do about comments and posts which break these guidelines? For example in a recent comment a poster called someone a name. ( c re c)April 1, 2020 at 7:49 pm #72592
Cathy thank you for your contribution to this discussion. You are relentless in expressing your vision of a just and perfect world. Who couldn’t say “Thank you” for that? <heart>
We may want to be careful, though, of calling out people for “called someone a name.” We might end up in an impossibly correct, intellectually manufacturered environment.
That said, you made me revisit a previous post where I called a capitalist mountebank “Satan incarnate” and so I deleted it. Thank you for steering the arc of our communal discourse toward the better aspect of our nature.April 12, 2020 at 12:22 pm #72650
Reply to Jordan,
So it has been some time since this topic was initiated in this forum in 2020. Have you come to some decision/s?
You and I have exchanged a few emails regarding this problem in the past. ( c re c)April 21, 2020 at 5:10 am #72678Frances K. BarnesParticipant
100% agreeApril 22, 2020 at 8:50 am #72684
Frances, Could you clarify re your agreements? We should have them? There should be consequences? Name-calling not OK? ( c re c)May 14, 2020 at 2:31 pm #72951
Still a work in progress. We need editors to develop a policy which includes what they will do to a person’s account if that person persists in breaking rules. ( c re c)
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