Remember when we asked you to help us come up with an official comments policy? Some of you took us up on the offer! We’d like to give you about another week to contribute any edits before we officially adopt the policy. What you see below is the current draft, and after that you’ll find a reminder of how to make your contributions to this policy.
We are committed to fostering an environment characterized by generosity, creativity, and (as corny as it might sound) kindness. Comments on this blog are an important part of creating that environment, and this comment policy aims to communicate our values to new readers and encourage comments that will build up the online community here.
Thoughtful comments (even when–and often especially if–disagreeing) are encouraged and appreciated.
No snark allowed (see David Denby on definition of snark). While snark certainly has its virtues, this blog provides a space for people to be inexperienced at something, or even wrong, to facilitate learning. That’s harder to do in the face of either persistent or “drive-by” snark.
Profhacker should be a community built through regular contributions made by recognized–but not necessarily “real name”–contributors. Some commenters’ identity reveals their real names; other commenters use pseudonyms. Our online identities are built from our comments here and our presence–as commenters and authors–in other places on the web, in print, at conferences. Anonymity and pseudonymity are fine, but not if you’re using it to abuse, harass, or snark.
Links & images are encouraged. Gratuitous linking back to your own site is discouraged. Links in the “website” field should point only to profile pages or to personal websites.
Gravatars are strongly encouraged.
We feel like this is a pretty good policy in its current form, but if you have any thoughts about how this policy might be worded, please feel free to get involved. We’d like to have a policy in place within the next week or so.
How can you get involved? Well, if you don’t already have a PBWorks account, sign up for one, then go to http://profhackering.pbworks.com and compose or edit as you see fit. Once the policy has reached a stage that feels something like “complete,” we’ll adopt it as our official comments policy. And, you should know, we’ll publish the policy on the site with a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license.