Spelling Out Civility at Comixpedia
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on April 9, 2007 - 12:53
I took off a week from Comixpedia (sleeping on the beaches of Florida) and the site survives without me! I feel like a proud parent - maybe now I can send Comixpedia off to college ;)
I hope to post some actual webcomics-y updates later today, but for now I caught this NY Times article on "a call for manners" online that I thought worth linking too. For about a year now I've been trying to loosely moderate Comixpedia to keep the discussion here more civil and more substantive. I've learned whatever I know about how to do this along the way, and more recently, it's been on my to-do list for this year to post some written-out civility guidelines for users of the site.
It's sad in one sense that I have to do this, but I figure it's needed to make expectations clear. Basically it all boils down to not being an idiot or an ass. (Alternatively, imagine yourself physically in-person talking to everyone at Comixpedia and assume Comixpedia has some big, 'roided-up bouncers working. If you write something here that saying out-loud in that imagined situation would get you bounced, well, probably not a good idea to write it....)
I'm a human being here as much as a I am in offline life and so is everyone else who comes to this site. Comixpedia is a better place when we all remember that and treat each other with respect. In any event, I want to throw a link out to a "blogger's code of conduct" others have worked up as something people might want to skim for ideas and invite anyone who's interested in this topic to post here (or email me at xerexes AT comixpedia DOT com) ideas, comments, links, etc on writing out such a code of conduct. (Also, please don't use this thread to look backwards at past poor behavior on the site - such comments will be deleted)