Think before you post

Responsabilidade Online: Think before you post.

There are 10 guidelines I would like you to be aware of, and which I expect all participants to abide by:

1. I welcome hearty debate and dissent, but the key to maintaining this as an inviting space is focusing on intelligent, insightful and passionate discussion of issues – to use a footballing phrase, I expect users to “play the ball, not the man”.

2. Please respect other people’s views and beliefs and consider their impact when making your contribution. I understand that people often feel strongly about things, but I will consider removing any content that other users might find extremely offensive or threatening. I actively discourage obscenity and mindless abuse. Personal attacks on other users or authors have no place in an intelligent discussion.

3. I will not tolerate racism, sexism, homophobia or other forms of hate-speech, or content that could be interpreted as such. I recognise the difference between criticising a particular government, organisation, community or belief and attacking people on the basis of their race, religion, gender or sexual orientation.

4. I appreciate that I have an international audience, but since I publish content both in Portuguese and in English, the language of conversation on the site may be the one you are more confortable with.

5. I will remove any content that may put me in legal jeopardy, such as potentially libellous or defamatory postings, or which is posted in potential breach of copyright.

6. I will remove any posts that are obviously commercial or otherwise spam-like.

7. Think before you press the publish button. Remember that this is a public forum, and your words will be archived on this site and available for anyone to find for a long time – the web has a very long memory.

8. Keep it relevant. The vast majority of conversations here relate to a specific blog post or topic within a talk board. I know that some conversations can be wide-ranging, but if you post something which is completely unrelated to the original topic then it may be removed, in order to keep the thread on track.

9. The platform is mine, but the conversation belongs to everybody. I want this to be a welcoming space for intelligent discussion, and we expect participants to help me achieve this by notifying me of potential problems and helping each other to keep conversations inviting and intelligent.

10. And remember … Text isn’t always a great medium for conversation. Remember that tone of voice – sarcasm, humour and so on – doesn’t always come across when using words on a screen. Be aware that you may be misunderstood, so try to be clear about what you are saying, and expect that people may understand your contribution differently than you intended.

In short, if you act with maturity and consideration for other users, you should have no problems.

This code has been solely based on the Guardian Unlimited Online Community standards and participation guidelines. If you wish to see the original, clik here. The Guardian still holds the position of the best newspaper online. Paper online?


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