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Community guidelines

Community guidelines

Our aim on the Transition Network website is to provide a space for people to find reliable information easily, share their experiences and knowledge and discuss issues of interest to them. We have created the following set of Community guidelines to foster an environment of shared values, mutual respect and trust.

These community rules are to be considered in line with general 'netiquette principles', which outline generally agreed terms of communication conduct over the internet, and our terms and conditions: the legal information and moderation process.

These guidelines apply to user contributions in the discussion forum, comments to news items and blog posts, pages, profiles, patterns and documents published on the site. We reserve the right to remove any postings which do not adhere to these guidelines, or take further action if required (see below)
. This all sounds a bit serious, but it's like all 'rules' - you don't need them until you need them, and when you need them, they need to be clear for everyone's sake.

  • You are responsible for any content you post. Where it relates to an existing discussion topic or article, ensure that it is relevant and will prove useful to other members taking part
  • Keep the content of discussions on the topic of the subject posted
  • You are responsible for copyright infringement in your messages. Please do not post copyrighted material in your messages unless you yourself hold the copyright or have received permission from the author.
  • Please be polite and respectful towards other members of the community, and remember that others may not always share your point of view. Disruptive, offensive or abusive behaviour will not be tolerated. We call this 'nonsense' and you can see the 'flag as nonsense' links on all content. This is a sensitive area and we reserve the right to take action if requested by a community member: remember: your debating style may seem 'excitable' to you but intimidating to others. Any such postings may be removed.
  • Please do not use our site for self-promotion. This can take the form of advertisements for your professional services, products etc. or repeated promotion of other websites/blogs/networks etc. We welcome collaboration with other networks but not a series of links to them without direct relevance to the discussion (e.g. repeated linking from comments). If you have a reasonable cause for promotion or would like to be sponsored in some form, please get in touch before sharing your excitement with the rest of the community.
  • Please consider other users at all times when using the interactive spaces on the site. Behaviour that deters other members from engaging with the community is considered offensive. Allow other members to contribute and do not dominate interactions. This is identified by repeatedly answering your own articles or comments, or being recognised as always the last person to comment on things, or the person who comments on everything - you know what we mean.
  • Please do not use this site to air your grievances. As a service that supports a large, diverse and emergent movement, we are aware that people have differences of opinion in their groups; this is uncomfortable for everyone and we totally empathise. We suggest you maintain your cool and seek help (try looking for a local facilitator). However this is not the place to bring those issues; we will not accept any 'naming of names', or making obvious (even if anonymous) references to people, initiatives or actions. It won't help the situation and does upset the other users.
  • Please do not use the site to spam people. We actively encourage our users, initiatives and projects to display a 'contact us' button prominently on their profile page. This is so that people can get in touch with eachother to discuss specific issues. It is not there for anyone to send the same message to multiple initiatives, people, or projects. There are other ways of making announcements on the site. Sending the same message to multiple recipients via the contact function is considered nonsense and will be handled accordingly.
  • Please remember that many members may not be native English speakers; keep you language simple and clear for this sake.
  • And seriously - repeated use of the site to make defamatory or commercial postings, offensive behaviour towards other users, or any illegal activities) may result in a user being banned from future participation in the community and their ISP informed. It's just nonsense, and you know it.

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The no nonsense principle:

In order to keep the flow of ‘content’ moving through the system with very limited resources and deep trust in the movement, we are taking a ‘post-moderation’ approach – ie we will let anything through the system (events, projects, comments etc.) without it having to be checked. Otherwise things go too slow.

We are aware that this offers a risk that some nonsense will get through, but we are installing some handy ‘moderation’ tools (e.g. ‘flag this as nonsense’ buttons on all content), and seek to build a group of community facilitators to keep a loving eye on the site as it grows.

We are a bunch of good folks and are strive to be sensitive, emotional, kind and all that. However, where toughness is required, toughness will be the name of the game. The web project team (and many of the other possible ‘moderators’) have been online facilitating for many years now, and our negotiation stance on obvious nonsense is pretty much ‘no nonsense’. Irrelevant or spammy or otherwise undesirable events or other content will be removed with very little discussion. We all know it's nonsense, so let's not beat around the bush.

In the unfortunate event of any member abusing the community in any of the ways above, we reserve the right to remove or edit postings. The author (of the article to which the comments are made) and commenter will be notified by the site administrator or moderator. If members continue to behave in an unsuitable manner, they are liable to being barred from the community for two weeks. When they come back after this barring, if they continue to behave in this way, they will banned forever.

Let's hope we never need to refer to these guidelines.