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[Sticky] Community Moderation: Members, Please Read

Sarah Bayley
Member Admin

Attention Members: please read our community moderation answering common concerns here:

“Why do you guys have to moderate? We’re all adults here. We’re perfectly capable of calm, rational discussion.”

While this is the standard that we do aspire to (not least because it means less work for us admins), not everyone behaves by those standards, especially on controversial topics. Arguments tend to drive members away, and given the nature of social media communication, our moderation will be done after the fact. We do not have the time or inclination to handle a full-blown flame war, so to save our sanity and help preserve the group, we will tend to nip things in the bud.

“But what about the First Amendment/my right to free speech/censorship?”

To begin with, the First Amendment means that the government cannot, for the most part, prohibit you from expressing your opinion in a public forum. That’s it. It doesn’t apply to private entities, which can and do restrict speech. As such, no, you don’t get to post whatever you want in this group.

“OK, so what can we post?”

Anything, except for the following:

  1. Violations of Facebook’s Terms of Service apply the same in our forum:
  2. Personal attacks.
  3. Requests for dating in any form. These will be removed posthaste– no questions asked, no explanation given.

Debate is encouraged, but keep it civil. Leave your personal disputes off the public group page. Violators will get a preliminary warning first, and their initial post may be removed at our discretion. Repeated offenses will result in a permanent ban.

If we notice that two people are fighting and they do not respond to our
warnings to cool down, we can and will temporarily remove all participants from the group. If they want back in, they need to let us know.

“But what about this post that you didn’t do anything about?!”

In large part, we rely on our members to report problems to us. Sometimes posts pass under our radar, so if you encounter an issue, please feel free to message either Senthil or me and we will take care of it as soon as we can.

Be aware that whatever you share with one administrator may be shared privately with other administrators in the group as we determine how to address a particular issue. If you do not want your messages forwarded to other administrators, let us know and we will respect your wishes.

“OK, anything else?”

The following are not rules, but suggestions for productive discussions. As a principle, avoid the following—if only because they tend to inhibit reasoned discourse and damage the credibility of your posts:

  • Generalities: Please do not judge an entire group based on the actions of a few. AGBell advocates, Deaf people, ASL users, cuers—with our fairly diverse membership, we probably do have a little bit of everyone and everything here. Keep that in mind as you post.
  • Value judgments: As mentioned, we have a fairly diverse community here, so we moderators try not to take sides. As such, we discourage value judgments, especially on the decisions that members have made for themselves (for example, choosing to go “oral” vs. using ASL). Everyone is different, and what works for one may not work for another, so statements like “A is better than B” are largely unproductive. A better alternative might be something like, “I found that A worked better for me than B,” because it is about _your_ experience without elevating or putting down others or the method itself.
  • Unreliable sources: While we do not enforce quality control of sources here, providing links to reliable websites will support your position much better than, for example, a random blog.
  • Accusations/speculation: Unless you can read minds, you cannot possibly know why someone chose to make the decisions he or she did, or why a member chose to post what he or she did. Likewise, you do not know the motivations behind the actions or decisions of doctors, cochlear implant companies, Deaf advocates, etc. Even if you do, others will not—and bringing it up is not likely to add anything to the conversation.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me or our moderators in the forum.

This topic was modified 2 years ago 3 times by Sarah Bayley
Topic starter Posted : February 10, 2020 12:43 am
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