I’ve published a page of our online Participation Guidelines. You might want to check them out, as we have two that are unusual:
- Avoid sarcasm
- Avoid addressing a person indirectly when disagreeing with them
I’ve included these as I’ve learned over the years as a moderator that incivility tends to rear its ugly head when people are sarcastic with each other and when they don’t ‘talk’ directly to one another when disagreeing.
Most people avoid these when discussing issues face-to-face in small group settings. But the lack of eye contact and audio tone of voice in online venues make the setting seem impersonal. And that tends to make people a little more uninhibited with their conversational manners.
If you’ve got questions about the guidelines—especially if you disagree—feel free to attach a comment below. We can then fight about it.