Community Guidelines

From NSW Learnscope Wiki

The NSW LearnScope spaces are designed to support and encourage inquiry and collaboration. Our members include beginners who are just beginning to establish a digital identity in the online world. We value respect, compassion, insight, opinions, diversity and presence.
Our philosophy is one of ensuring community ownership of the collaborative online environment and empowerment of individuals in this process.
This document is designed to fulfill the purpose of code of conduct for anyone contributing content in NSW LearnScope online environments including this wikispace. We have included some key reading material at the foot of this document that points to why we have chosen to make moderation a community responsibility using these collaborative guidelines as a starting point.
This article works as a collaborative document within which all NSW LearnScope team members and associated world visitors are encouraged to contribute to the development of an online net-etiquette, code of conduct and general communications understanding. Note : Please attribute all contributions from other sources with a link to the original document where possible.
Code of Conduct
Please contribute your thoughts below;
As a starting point I've adapted some work by Dave Warlick.
Thank you Dave for your constructive ideas. Feel free to edit and add if you can improve it (Robyn Jay 23/4/07)
Seek Truth and Express It Community members should be honest, fair, and courageous in gathering, interpreting and expressing information for the benefit of others.
They should:
  • Test the accuracy of information from all sources and exercise care to avoid inadvertent error.
  • Identify sources. The consumers of your information product must be able to make their own judgment of its value.
  • Never distort or misrepresent the content of photos, videos, or other media without explanation of intent and permission from the information’s owner. Image enhancement for technical clarity is permissible.
  • Tell the story of the human experience boldly, even when it is unpopular to do so. * Examine your own cultural values and avoid imposing those values on others.
  • Avoid stereotyping by race, gender, age, religion, ethnicity, geography, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance or social status.
  • Give voice to the voiceless; official and unofficial sources of information can be equally valid.
  • Distinguish between opinion and fact when expressing ideas. Analysis and commentary should be labeled and not misrepresent fact or context.
Minimize Harm
  • Treat information sources, subjects, colleagues, and information consumers as human beings deserving of respect.
  • Gathering and expressing information should never cause harm or threaten to be harmful to any one person or group of people.
  • Recognize that private people in their private pursuits have a greater right to control information about themselves than do others.
  • Consider all possible outcomes to the information you express, guarding against potential harm to others. * Never use information from another person without proper citation and permission.
Be Accountable
Community members are accountable to their readers, listeners, viewers and to each other.
  • Clarify and explain information and invite dialogue about your conduct as a communicator
  • Encourage the information consumer to voice grievances about your information products.
  • Admit mistakes and correct them promptly.
  • Expose unethical information practices of others.
Respect Information and its Infrastructure
  • Information, in the Information Age, is property. Information is the fabric that defines much of what we do from day to day, and this rich and potent fabric is fragile.
  • Never undertake any action that has the potential to damage any part of this information infrastructure. These actions include, but are not limited to illegally hacking into a computer system, launching or distributing viruses or other damaging software, physically damaging or altering hardware or software, or publishing information that you know is untrue and potentially harmful.
  • Report to proper authorities any activities that could potentially result in harm to the information infrastructure
Key Links
Difference of Opinion
Draft Blogger's Code of Conduct
Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics
A Bloggers Code of Ethics
Wikipedia entry on cyberbulling
NetSafe Cyber Safe Schools
NetSmartz Cybersafe Workshops
Ubuntu Code Of Conduct
Wired Safety
MOO Community
Michelle Malkin
Kathy Sierra
Cory Doctorow
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