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Community guidelines

Guidelines for the site and forums - draft 27/03/2018

This is a community site, and as with all social media we need to be careful and considerate, particularly as "Academe is often plagued by inexcusably rude and uncollegial behaviour"1

We enable log-ins using social media sites. We collect your public profile data only from your consent that you grant before initiating Social Login, from the social network used to login at our website. This data includes your first name, last name, email address, link to your social media profile, unique identifier, social profile avatar. This data is used to create your user profile at our website. You can revoke this consent at any time by sending us an email.

While the pages can be seen by anyone you need to log-in to take part in discussions etc.  You can log-in using other accounts, in which case those serivces (Facebook etc) may collect information about your activity while on the site.  All the data held on this site is protected (we use wordfence for additional security) and will not be shared with anyone else.  Once registered please complete your profile.

We encourage a representative discussion - that means we will prioritize voices and perspectives that often get overlooked or spoken over in official or semi-official forums. To this extent admin may ask for guest pieces or edit a series as well as intervene in discussions where a few voices are dominating a given area of debate or discussion.

We are unaffiliated to any group, party or faction. We retain our autonomy while sharing values that center critical thought, radical democracy and institutional equity.

The contact address for questions about this policy and the site in general is admins@weareqmul.org.

Keep it civil aka don’t be a jerk

We’re going to get into the thick of a lot of heated discussions and that’s okay. These discussions often entail topics that we all personally care a lot about and will passionately defend. But in order for discussions to thrive here, we need to remember to criticize ideas, not people.

So, remember to avoid:

  • name-calling
  • ad hominem attacks
  • Responding to a post’s tone instead of its actual content.
  • knee-jerk contradiction

Comments that we find to be hateful, inflammatory, or harassing may be removed. If you don’t have something nice to say about another user, don't say it. Treat others the way you’d like to be treated.

Always strive to add value to every interaction and discussion you participate in

There are a lot of discussions that happen every day on the site. Before joining in a discussion, browse through some of the most recent and active discussions happening in the community, especially if you’re new there.

If you are not sure your post adds to the conversation, think over what you want to say and try again later.

Keep it tidy

Help make admins lives easier by taking a moment to ensure that what you’re about to post is in the right place. That means:

  • don’t post off-topic comments or discussions
  • don’t cross-post the same thing multiple times
  • check if another active discussion on your topic has already been posted
  • If you see something, say something

Admins are at the forefront of combatting spam, mediating disputes and enforcing community guidelines and, so are you.

If you see an issue, contact the admins if possible or flag any comments for review. If you believe someone has violated the Basic Rules, report it to Admins.

Adapted from https://help.disqus.com/customer/en/portal/articles/1450383-sample-community-guidelines

Site structure

The site is a wordpress site with added forums and calendar.

Roles

Subscriber – the basic role that new members are allocated – can view and take part in forums

Author – can add posts and pages (see below)

Editor – can add and edit posts

Admin – run the site

Content

Pages are static content - things you want to be available permanently, add a parent page to add it to the structure – so decide where you want it to appear before you write it. Follow the yoast advice below the page to make it easily searchable (but you don't need to bother with everything).

Posts are blog posts so will be less available after a while, will be added to the facebook page

Events – can be added to the calendar – use categories to make them more accessible

Categories

For posts and events – generally use the site structure to find the appropriate category – that will make things easier to find.

References – as it is a site for an academic site there is the facility to add references – please do.

1.
A. Olson G. A Creature of Our Own Making. SUNY Press; 2013.
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