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Community Guidelines

Jul. 24th, 2010 | 12:25 pm
posted by: blueheron in very_vegetarian

Aside from changing the theme (coming soon) and committing to regular posting (I can do my best!), a very important suggestion for drafting our community guidelines has been made.

So, what are some of the things that you would like to see as guidelines here? Don't worry about wording and such, really this is just brainstorming. We can put together the best ideas into a more formal presentation later.

Some suggestions:

1) Community accepted definitions of some of the classic terms we will come across: vegetarian (including: strict vegetarian and variations of ovo-lacto vegetarians), omnivore (including pescetarian) and vegan. Anything else?

2) A rule on "advertisements" (this should include non-commercial advertising). I am not against it (there are some that were rejected out of nice_vegetarian for example that I really liked, when I was going through the mod community). That being said, there is the risk for spam. So, I would suggest that advertisements be kept to text, with images behind a cut. If the text is going to be longer than, say, 3 sentences, the rest should also be behind a cut. It should also be related to vegetarianism. Though?

3) I would like to codify, to some degree, the ideas that I presented in my last post -- specifically, how everyone is equal, everyone should try to be respectful, but how that doesn't mean always agreeing or being happy with the other person's stance. As well, some codification on how warnings and bannings will happen (only with a community poll, maybe in another community? maybe in this community, but behind a cut?), as well how mods, whose jobs should be to follow the wishes of community as expressed in said polls, should be liable for a recall at any moment (say, with a petition of X number of users to initiate a poll).

I am sure that I am missing things. I would love to hear other ideas.

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What would you like to see...

Jul. 23rd, 2010 | 05:10 pm
posted by: blueheron in very_vegetarian

What would you like to see this community become?

I notice that we have a pretty good start in terms of number of people. So perhaps we should actually start posting here and discussing what we would like to see this community become?

I have made some suggestions to bitspike about how I would like to see a community such as this run. What are you thoughts?

As for the original question... I would like to see this community become a place where we can have frank and civil discourse about vegetarian issues without the constant fear of mod censure. What this means in practice is that everyone should be respectful to others and if someone says that they do not wish to discuss something further, we back off. Likewise, if we are called out on something, we should try and step back and have an honest look at our behavior and see if we can understand where they are coming from. It doesn't mean that we will always agree or come to a happy resolution, but hopefully it will also mean that we do not always disagree and that even when disagreeing, we can still respect each other.

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