Code Of Conduct
Code of Conduct
** This code of conduct has been modified for use by RENX from the one that is posted on the NowPublic website. We are grateful and appreciate of the attention, care and effort that NowPublic has devoted to creating civil dialogue on the Internet.
RENX users will be polite, civil and respectful:
- Be accountable - Take responsibility for content that you contribute to RENX, Forum posts and Blogs and follow up if necessary. Admit mistakes as soon as you become aware of them and make the appropriate corrections.
- Be fair - RENX is a community where personal attacks, insults and threats are not tolerated. Discourse should remain civil and focus on the ideas being presented rather than the individuals expressing them.
- Promote interactivity and dialogue - There are amazing tools that support real community collaboration. Reach out to others and encourage them to do the same.
- Respect the community - Every day new members join RENX with a desire to have their views and opinions respected. It is inconsiderate to disappoint them with rudeness or hostility.
RENX users will not:
- Post content or comments that deliberately obscure their vested interests. By being transparent and acknowledging a financial interest, or by disclosing a bias in your views, you help others to understand your perspective.
- Plagiarize the work of others, fail to acknowledge source material, or use images that belong to others without their permission.
- Abuse, threaten or verbally attack other members, individuals, or RENX staff.
- Post libelous, irrelevant, obscene or pornographic material; or content that contains racist, sexist, homophobic and other slurs.
- Deliberately post stories that are untrue, false, or misleading, impersonate someone else or make false representations about yourself on the site, or post content with an explicitly commercial purpose (including spam and link spam).
- Break the law in pursuit of, or during the composition or capture, of a story, photo or video that is posted to RENX.
Other helpful hints for approaching content and comment threads on RENX, with some help from Wikipedia:
Appreciate that text comes without tone, subtlety, facial cues or body language;
- If you must argue, make it about facts and figures, not people and personalities. It’s the post, not the poster.
- Avoid sweeping statements such as “All Americans are ignorant” or “Women are not as strong as men”.
- Take the high road. If you’re being flamed, don’t take the bait.
- Recognize that you, too, have biases and bring them to light.
- Be realistic. Your opinion is not likely to change because of a comment, so why would you expect to change someone else’s?
The following sources are cited by NowPublic as references used in the preparation of their Code of Conduct.
- Draft Blogger's Code of Conduct by Tim O'Reilly
- A Code of Blogging Ethics by Martin Kuhn from the University of North Carolina
- The Cyberjournalist's Code of Ethics by Jonathan Dube
- The Principles of Journalism by Kovach and Rosenstiel
- The Ethics of Online Journalism by the USC Annenberg Online Journalism Review
- NewsTrust Ratings - by reviewers at NewsTrust
- The Principles of Citizen Journalism compiled by the Knight Citizen News Network