Community Guidelines

Developing community guidelines is not something I thought of until reading through this week’s articles, yet it is needed in every community. On every site I visit that has some form of communal aspect, guidelines on what is allowed are easily accessible; therefore, there is no reason not to follow. Guidelines improve users’ experiences as they know they can rely on these not to be targeted for hate and know that discussion will be peaceful and respectful.

As mentioned in the previous posts, not every individual has a feeling of a sense of welcoming and belonging; therefore, if individuals are targeted due to a physical appearance, race and gender, they are to be driven away. Individuals deemed trolls are ruining the experience for many; trolls may have different motives, such as attacking individuals for laughter or gaining some sort of payment to stop (Stein 2016). Yet this form of trolling has turned into a political battle as well; individuals on separate sides of the spectrum believe that what they do is not trolling yet a way to suppress their speech (Stein 2016). A rough list of community guidelines is found below to help protect from trolls and individuals being driven away from Sports Recap.

Sports Recap Community Guidelines:

  1. Hate speech will not be tolerated and will result in an automatic ban.
  2. Threats against individuals within the forum will not be accepted.
  3. No form of targeting/harassing others.
  4. No fake news regarding any sport will be tolerated.
  5. No posting of unofficial streams to sporting events.

Joel Stein, “How Trolls Are Ruining the Internet”

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