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Spelling Out Civility at Comixpedia

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)

Some good comments from DC

Some good comments from DC Simpson's blogging-partner on the subject too.

Those are interesting

Those are interesting articles and I think that the subject is certainly worthy of attention. It would be rare to find someone even remotely familiar with internet communication that has never encountered a troll or hateful spamming of a thread or blog. But I also see a lot of individuals take it in stride, because this is the wilderness known as the interwebs is it not?

But I think that's changing too. I think that people who are bristling under the alleged "threats to free speech" are like the wild-hearted pioneers of the Old West. Civilization is settling into these territories, like it or not. I don't believe a cohesive "guideline" for civility will ever work. Each site is different. Yet if we can inspire more intelligent and intuitive internet surfers then I think things will improve over time.

there is utility in the discussion, though.

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[quote=MisterSpook]

I don't believe a cohesive "guideline" for civility will ever work. Each site is different.[/quote]

Perhaps, but much can be said for figuring out what standards promote the healthiest, most civilized forums - and by that I mean ones that don't resemble the morass that is YouTube's hateful comment repertoire, for example. There many never be one codified universal standard for behavior, but I'm all for a better universal understanding not just of what isn't acceptable, but also of what sorts of behavior (for example, the anonymity-versus-real name debate) work best to achieved specified results.