Managing Anti-social Behaviour Online
I feel it is important that the team who facilitate comms and social media enable positive discourse, without enforcing a set of rules or censoring. Both Nest Tone of Voice and Social Media guidelines were drafted in 2017 and approved by the Core Team to encourage positivity and compassion in all our interactions, both from the Core Team and across the wider community.
As we are continuing to improve our governance and organisation, i think this is a good time to capture some thoughts and a way forward that the majority of the Community agree with and endorse. These guidelines should fit into our Code of Conduct (which has also been recently refreshed) and will underpin all platforms.
The ToV and Social Media guidelines are aligned to our 11 Principles and encourage respect, basic human decency, civility, consideration and compassion.
I would like to invite a discussion about what the Community would like to see in formalising a set of guidelines devised and sanctioned by the Community to address anti-social behaviour online, in particular language and behaviour relating to racism, sexism, transphobia, homophobia and ableism, to look at not only whether this behaviour should be minimised; and if so how it should be minimised, addressing the impacts and consequences of such behaviour (for example, discouraging under privileged folks from attending and collaborating) and the wider consequences of complicity to such behaviour or opposition to such behaviour.
Everyone is welcome to join in the discussion and i'll add the documents i've referenced above this evening when i have access to my personal laptop.