Purpose of Community Discussions on Civil
Discussions among the Civil community are meant to be an open and safe space for Civil newsrooms and journalists to interact with members and supporters.
Participants here include both Civil members and others without Civil tokens who are interested in the work of Civil newsrooms and journalists.
Discussions should focus on the work of Civil newsrooms as well as community votes or governance matters taken up by Civil members. For more details, please refer to the Civil Constitution.
We are a growing network of newsrooms and members committed to a free press, civil discourse and public accountability, and as such, we expect participants in this space to be respectful and kind. To ensure this, staff from The Civil Media Company and Civil Foundation will moderate discussions and may delete anything in violation, and potentially ban the person making them.
This space is intended for discussion and debate. We expect participants to discuss the work of newsrooms and related issues with consideration and respect, both for others in the community and also for the journalists whose work they are reviewing. We ask that participants stay on topic and keep an open mind about the perspectives of others. Our goal is that all participants to feel free and safe to discuss topics they believe are important.
Civil Media recognizes that the news outlets on the registry are highly diverse. So too are members of the public who may vary in terms of nationality, language of origin, political affiliation, age, gender, level of education, gender identity, and sexual orientation. We ask that participants be tolerant and respectful of these differences.
Be welcoming, considerate, and respectful
Be tolerant of others whose opinions differ from yours
Keep comments on topic and relevant to the specific issue at hand
Critiques are welcome but should display trust in the good intentions of newsrooms and their journalists
Commentary should relate directly to provisions in the Civil Constitution and include links and other direct references.
Comments that include the following are not welcome in this space and will be deleted:
Name-calling, insults, intimidation, harassment, abuse or any other form of attack directed at other members of the community, journalists or Civil Media or Civil Foundation staff
Derogatory comments about any group
Sexualized language or imagery
Physical or electronic addresses must be masked before publishing on the platform. Comments not in line with this will be deleted.
Other conduct which could reasonably be considered inappropriate in a professional setting
How we handle unwelcome comments
Civil Media and Civil Foundation staff will moderate the comment space regularly but not continuously; if you wish to bring a comment to our attention, email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org