Code of Conduct
lines is a space that embraces civil dialogue, which can sometimes challenge biases through discussion and analysis. Its moderators are are committed to the respectful treatment of all community members.
Empathy is the core of communication on lines. Disagreement can remain healthy if the participants: a) assume positive intent and b) genuinely seek to understand others. Through this practice, discourse can be nuanced while respecting the intersectionality of each member. lines is an inclusive community and hate speech or other targeted aggression will not be tolerated and will be grounds for immediate account termination.
Flagging is a tool for members to help moderators identify communication that does not exhibit empathy. To foster the growth of our community’s culture, all members should be held to a clear system of accountability.
When a post is flagged for incivility, a moderator will review it:
- If the moderator agrees, they will contact the flagged member and share the community’s feedback. Members are not punished for their ideas or opinions, but they are held accountable for their presentation. The mod will encourage a revision of the post or other necessary action.
- If the moderator disagrees, they will share their review with the flagging member to help guide good discourse.
If the flagged member receives additional related flags:
- Their ability to post will be temporarily revoked.
- A moderator will be available to discuss their actions and community impact.
- If they express interest in remaining a contributing member of the lines community, they will be re-granted posting privileges after one week.
If, upon their return, the member does not demonstrate growth toward more empathetic communication (weighed by additional flags or other measures), this will be grounds for account termination.
Commerce and Transactions
Lines’ purpose is not commerce or transactions. Lines intentionally does not have a space for transactions, business, or commerce; and lines is not to be used as a free “classifieds” or advertisement board. This means:
- Do not register a lines account in any sort of attempt to sell, buy, or trade: items, services, group buys, jobs, or similar offers. Accounts that violate this rule will be deleted.
- Do not attempt to buy, sell, trade, offer, or solicit: items, services, group buys, jobs, etc in any thread. All such posts will be removed, and may result in additional consequences.
- Do not register or use a lines account to promote your (or your company’s) new, current, or upcoming commercial products, external web stores, paid services, Kickstarters, or crowdfunded projects; or to conduct product support. This is considered spam, and all such posts and accounts will be deleted.
- Lines is not to be used as free advertising for personal or corporate commercial products. This is considered spam, and all such posts and accounts will be deleted.
- Viral marketing of any kind is prohibited.
- Do not use lines to conduct any kind of market research or potential product research.
Accounts that do not comply with these rules may be suspended or banned from lines, and may also be subject to deletion.
Again, lines’ purpose is not commerce or transactions.
This is a Civilized Place for Public Discussion
Please treat this discussion forum with the same respect you would a public park. We, too, are a shared community resource — a place to share skills, knowledge and interests through ongoing conversation.
These are not hard and fast rules, merely aids to the human judgment of our community. Use these guidelines to keep this a clean, well-lighted place for civilized public discourse.
Improve the Discussion
Help us make this a great place for discussion by always working to improve the discussion in some way, however small. If you are not sure your post adds to the conversation, think over what you want to say and try again later.
The topics discussed here matter to us, and we want you to act as if they matter to you, too. Be respectful of the topics and the people discussing them, even if you disagree with some of what is being said.
One way to improve the discussion is by discovering ones that are already happening. Please spend some time browsing the topics here before replying or starting your own, and you’ll have a better chance of meeting others who share your interests.
Be Agreeable, Even When You Disagree
You may wish to respond to something by disagreeing with it. That’s fine. But, remember to criticize ideas, not people. Please avoid:
- Ad hominem attacks.
- Responding to a post’s tone instead of its actual content.
- Knee-jerk contradiction.
Instead, provide reasoned counter-arguments that improve the conversation.
Your Participation Counts
The conversations we have here set the tone for everyone. Help us influence the future of this community by choosing to engage in discussions that make this forum an interesting place to be — and avoiding those that do not.
Discourse provides tools that enable the community to collectively identify the best (and worst) contributions: favorites, bookmarks, likes, flags, replies, edits, and so forth. Use these tools to improve your own experience, and everyone else’s, too.
Let’s try to leave our park better than we found it.
If You See a Problem, Flag It
Moderators have special authority; they are responsible for this forum. But so are you. With your help, moderators can be community facilitators, not just janitors or police.
When you see bad behavior, don’t reply. It encourages the bad behavior by acknowledging it, consumes your energy, and wastes everyone’s time. Just flag it. If enough flags accrue, action will be taken, either automatically or by moderator intervention.
In order to maintain our community, moderators reserve the right to remove any content and any user account for any reason at any time. Moderators do not preview new posts in any way; the moderators and site operators take no responsibility for any content posted by the community.
Always Be Civil
Nothing sabotages a healthy conversation like rudeness:
- Be civil. Don’t post anything that a reasonable person would consider offensive, abusive, or hate speech.
- Keep it clean. Don’t post anything obscene or sexually explicit.
- Respect each other. Don’t harass or grief anyone, impersonate people, or expose their private information.
- Respect our forum. Don’t post spam or otherwise vandalize the forum.
These are not concrete terms with precise definitions — avoid even the appearance of any of these things. If you’re unsure, ask yourself how you would feel if your post was featured on the front page of the New York Times.
This is a public forum, and search engines index these discussions. Keep the language, links, and images safe for family and friends.
Keep It Tidy
Make the effort to put things in the right place, so that we can spend more time discussing and less cleaning up. So:
- Don’t start a topic in the wrong category.
- Don’t cross-post the same thing in multiple topics.
- Don’t post no-content replies.
- Don’t divert a topic by changing it midstream.
- Don’t sign your posts — every post has your profile information attached to it.
- Multiple accounts are not permitted.
Rather than posting “+1” or “Agreed”, use the Like button. Rather than taking an existing topic in a radically different direction, use Reply as a Linked Topic.
Post Only Your Own Stuff
You may not post anything digital that belongs to someone else without permission. You may not post descriptions of, links to, or methods for stealing someone’s intellectual property (software, video, audio, images), or for breaking any other law.
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Terms of Service
Yes, legalese is boring, but we must protect ourselves – and by extension, you and your data – against unfriendly folks. We have a Terms of Service describing your (and our) behavior and rights related to content, privacy, and laws. To use this service, you must agree to abide by our TOS.