Civil discourse does not mean censored content. All Buy Nothing groups are adult-only, so use of curse words, naughty humor, risque content, or other subjects or styles of speaking/writing that may ruffle feathers is allowed.
The following are general guidelines for civility that we follow:
— We will not tolerate content that contains threats or harassment, personal attacks of any kind, name-calling, or hate speech including racism, homophobia, classism, sexism, and insults or offensive terms that target specific individuals or groups.
— Buy Nothing groups are not discussion forums for political, social or religious debate. If a member repeatedly uses the platform to promote their own agenda, not related to local gift economies, the admins reserve the right to remove the member, the member’s comments, or posts.
— If you see something in the group that upsets you – pause. Do not immediately respond. Instead, step away and take time to think if there is a response that would contribute to civil discourse. For example, is the response you want to type true? Is it helpful? Kind? Necessary? Please remember you do not always have to comment if someone makes you uncomfortable. We welcome members reporting inappropriate statements or content to local admins or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteer admins for each of the Buy Nothing Project groups monitor user-generated content and reserve the right to remove content, without consent or notice, for any breach in Buy Nothing Project rules, Facebook’s Terms of Service, and any breach in our general code of civil conduct.
Tips for civility on social media from Revive Civility: http://www.revivecivility.org/sites/default/files/documents/Social%20Media%20Tips_0.pdf
Stress Management Tips from Revive Civility: http://www.revivecivility.org/sites/default/files/documents/Stress%20Management%20Tips.pdf
Suggested principles to bear in mind in civil discourse: https://socratesandfriends.wordpress.com/2017/04/23/rules-for-civil-discourse/
A plea for civil discourse from the Association of American Colleges & Universities: https://www.aacu.org/publications-research/periodicals/plea-civil-discourse-needed-academys-leadership
And lastly, here’s a video produced for our Buy Nothing admins as part of their training to deal with difficult situations, by our very own Buy Nothing Project coach, Lyssa deHart:
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