Kune Community Guidelines
Remember, Kune is not a Town Square. It is not somewhere where you can say anything they want anytime you want. Be mindful of the feelings of others and abide by the Terms & Conditions and Terms of Service and the Kune Baseline.
Avoid GroupthinkWhat is Groupthink? Groupthink is the practice of thinking or making decisions as a group, resulting typically in unchallenged, poor-quality decisions-making. In highly consequential domains such as politics or the military – groupthink can have much worse consequences, leading groups to ignore ethics, or morals, prioritize one specific goal while ignoring countless collateral consequences, or at worst, instigate death and destruction.
How to avoid GroupthinkRonald E. Riggio PHD outlined four steps groups and leaders of groups can take to avoid Groupthink:
Include group members who have diverse points of view. This prevents like-minded thinking and is one of the virtues of group member diversity and inclusion. You may also bring in expert outsiders who offer differing viewpoints and alternative strategies.
Ask members to play “devil’s advocates.” Appoint some individuals in the decision-making group to conduct a critical evaluation of any potential decision—asking the tough questions (“What if we…?”).
Remove time constraints. If possible, don’t put a time limit on the decision-making process. Allow members time to discuss all possible alternatives and courses of action.
Minimize your leader’s influence on the decision. Groupthink can occur if the group is trying too hard to support the leader and their preferred course of action. Allowing the group to arrive at a decision without the leader present is a good strategy. Or, the leader might serve more as a facilitator in the process, rather than as a member of the decision-making team—delegating it.
To learn more about “Groupthink” read Ronald E. Riggio’s article in Psychology Today.
This is a Civilized Place for Public DiscussionPlease 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 guidelines to aid the human judgment of our community and keep this a clean and well-lighted place for civilized public discourse. Improve the Discussion
Quality over QuantityHelp 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. Do not feel pressure to comment constantly or reply to people immediately to keep up appearances, Kune and your WeCan community is not Twitter or Facebook. 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. Spend 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 DisagreeYou 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
Instead, provide reasoned counter-arguments that improve the conversation.
Your Participation Counts
The conversations we have here set the tone for every new arrival. 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.
Kune provides tools that enable the community to collectively identify the best (and worst) contributions: bookmarks, likes, flags, replies, edits, and so forth. Use these tools to improve your own experience, and everyone else’s, too.
Let’s leave our community better than we found it.
If You See a Problem, Flag ItCommunity Facilitators are responsible for moderation and have special authority; they are responsible for the community forums. But so are you. With your help, Community Facilitators help facilitate and guide the conversation, and are 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, Community Facilitators reserve the right to remove any content and any user account for any reason at any time. However, they do not preview new posts; Content Facilitators and site operators such as the Community Secretary take no responsibility for any content posted by the community.
Always Be CivilNothing 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 TidyMake 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.
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.