Community Guidelines for Chat and Discord

Special thanks to the subreddits r/politics and r/lgbt for their initial help - this is a living set of guidelines and will be subject to change as this community grows.

1. Be Civil

  • Just because you don’t agree with it doesn’t mean it is not valid. Any discussion requires different perspectives!

  • This is meant to be a safe space for all types of discussion - treat others the way you would like to be treated, and please demonstrate a willingness to learn.

  • Witch hunting is never acceptable; do not expose other people’s personal information.

  • Hate speech, harassment, abusive texts, bigotry, and sexist/racist/trans and homophobic text will not be tolerated and will result in an immediate ban. This goes for usernames as well. Please report all messages and users in violation to the moderators or admin team.

  • Don’t feed the trolls - if you feel that someone is trolling or doing anything that is in violation, do not engage, just report and move on.

2. Be Respectful

  • No personal attacks: there is a human behind that computer screen, just like you. If you disagree with an argument, focus on attacking the argument, not the arguer. This includes but is not limited to:

    • Direct name-calling (“you idiot,” “You're a moron”)

    • Demeaning terms ("grow up, kid," "you're so naive," “you’re so cute” )

    • Ridiculing argument and implicitly the user ("only people who live in fantasy worlds believe that") - Sarcastic insults ("oh genius, enlighten me!")

    • "Not understanding" ("I didn't even understand what you're trying to say it's so dumb")

    • “You're a shill/troll/douche/an asshole etc.”

    • "Creative", demeaning terms (libtard, teabagger, rethuglican, Hitlary Cliton, etc.)

    • “You’re too sensitive”/”take a joke”

  • If you are using triggering language in an educational/demonstrative capacity, we ask that you please add a content warning at the beginning of your works and text in Discord and/or use Discord’s spoiler tag function on the potentially triggering content.

  • As a general rule, we expect to see content warnings on content involving (but not limited to):

    • Graphic violence

    • Sexual violence or coercion

    • Mental/emotional abuse

    • Self-harm/suicide

    • Eating disorders

    • Death of a loved one

    • Graphic depictions of medical procedures

  • Please check a user’s chosen pronouns and respect them as such. Any purposeful misgendering will not be tolerated.

Above all, remember to engage in good faith. Trust that everyone you’re talking to is a good person who’s trying their best. Interpret what they say charitably, and keep in mind how you’d like to be spoken to when you make a mistake. See ya in the channels!