Genealogy Wise

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Today is the one-week birthday of GenealogyWise. In the last couple of days we have had to face some censorship issues for the first time. We have not been around long enough to have set policies for these kind of issues. So, we want to turn to you, our members, to help us set our censorship policies. We invite each of you to respond letting us know whether or not you think the following types of posts should be censored:

(1) Content related to pornography or adult content
(2) Content promoting products and services not related to genealogy (business opportunities, etc.)
(3) Content that is disrespectful or rude (name calling, etc.)

We value your feedback and want your help in setting policies. What do you think?

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I see no need for [1] and regarding [2], we need some kind of spam control. We don't need the "joke a day" forwards or "business opportunities."
[3] Also, putting down others is a form of rudness, as well as snapping off opinons that are not asked for. I don't think this is the place to talk politics or religion, either except for passing along information that would be helpful to others in doing research, or understanding the terminology of others.
I agree with 1 and 2. That is policy, not censorship. While I don't want to see 3 I don't think anyone here is qualified to stand in judgment. It's very subjective. Be VERY careful with censorship.
I think that for 1, sticking to PG guidelines would be good. for number 2 I think that if it is genealogy related and posted by a member would be fine, unless the member post the information frequently, like everyday or week.
Number 3 needs some guidelines. I'm on another social group where the guidelines are fairly loose. They are no politics, no relegion, and you do not attack other members. Disagreeing with an thought or posting is fine, but there is not reason to attack the person making the post. really nothing subjective about that. If I call someone a blithering idiot for a post, I think that would be a pretty clear violation.
Definitely censor all porn and promotion of non genealogical products and so on. I would even suggest that some genealogical "opportunities" and promotions ought to be censored as well.

The disrespect thing is going to be tough to judge fairly. I would draw the line at ad hominem attacks and obscenity/vulgarity. There are a lot of "passionate" responses that might be a little rude but should not be deleted and some that maybe cross that line and should be deleted.
Absolutely. That is NOT "censorship" that is just plain keeping it OT ( ON Topic). That is what all specific subject web
sites SHOULD do.
Like a multiple choice question, All of the above should be censored
All 3 categories! There is enough bad stuff out there, let's not add to it.
I'm still learning my way around this wonderful site and I’m not familiar with the specific situation that precipitated this discussion. That being said I’ll offer my two cents.

We need to be discussing a “code of conduct” and not censorship. Censorship has a very negative connotation and sends the wrong message to members and potential members that we intend from the start to control free thought. Whereas a code of conduct informs members of what is acceptable or unacceptable behavior.

I think it’s the responsibility of each member to be respectful of the group in which they are participating and accountable for anything that might not be acceptable. It is also the responsibility of the group to be respectful of the individual as well.

I think it is a privilege to be a member of Genealogy Wise and not a right. Therefore, as members we need to abide by a certain “code of conduct” in such a venue. If someone thinks that that the policies, rules, guideline or “code of conduct” do not meet their needs or inhibit them then they have several choices.

• Don’t join and find another place that does meet their needs.
• If they are already members find out how they can effect a change in the current policy, rules, etc.
• If there is no way to effect change or if at the end of the process they still aren’t satisfied then they disassociate themselves from the group.

I think that moderators and owners of a website, blog, etc. should try their best to deal with each situation as it arises. However, there are times when things get way out of hand based on a misspoken word or misunderstanding on another’s part, and the intervention of the owner or moderator might quickly resolve many issues. There are times though when we need something more solid to deal with overtly inflammatory or persistent issues. That's where a “code of conduct” could help resolve these situations.

Has there been any consideration to compiling some of the ideas concerning this in one place that is readily and easily read? Make every effort to assure everyone that these are currently just suggestions and talking points about this topic.

As far as the three points mentioned originally…
Pornography/adult conduct is obviously a no brainer. However, when is it art, an innocent photo, or pornography? How many of us have a baby picture showing a baby lying on their stomach without a stitch of clothing? Embarrassing for some? Yes. Pornography? I wouldn't think so. But this is my personal point of view.

Promotion of products and services…
I agree with others who say products and services dealing with genealogy, history, archiving should be allowed. Spam from businesses having nothing to do with genealogy, history and archiving have plenty of other places to sell their wares.

Conduct and language is a concern when it is especially intended to offend, titillate, or get a rise out of someone. With a code of conduct everyone from the member who possibly offends others to the members who are possibly offended have a point of reference to utilize.

Having a code of conduct is a way of informing us all of what is expected and accepted. It should also be apparent that as culture and society change that a code of conduct should change as well.
Most definitely. There is no place for any of these types of posts. This is strictly a help each other site and there is no reason for disrespect or rude comments, pornography, or advertising other than genealogy links or aids.
all of this inappropriate to the ethos of this history.
I think that is fair enough.
Was there an outcome to this discussion?

Do we now have a code of conduct?

Some really good points have been made here, and it would be nice to to see where we have got to.

Yours aye,

No adult content on this group please. We are certain to have kids on board. As for #2, I don't think this is the resource for business opportunities, but I would certainly love to hear about genealogy resources I have not heard about yet. Seems to me we need to split hairs on this one.

As for name-calling, what do we do if a member has a nickname that would be rude to *most* people? I would say no name calling, but if we can, and the person himself says it is ok, then a nickname is all right. I had a friend in college whom everyone called "As*****." He was a nice guy.He started that himself, he said there were seven people on campus with the same name, so to distinguish himself apart, he suggested his friends call him that. He loved it. How do we know the difference?

I think you can disagree without being mean. It's ok, to say, "I don't agree. It doesn't work for me, so I will do something else instead. Thanks for trying, though." I do not think this is the proper place to say, "I don't agree. Go to the forbidden place!" Or, "You are an idiot. Why don't you forever keep your mouth shut?" At same time, a lot of us are way too quick to take offense. I wish we could adopt a policy of waiting an hour before responding. (Cooling off time.)

I have no problem with a person saying, "I wrote a program that will take your Gedcom, and standardize all your dates for you." And the reader can decide if he wants to buy or try it. I would be annoyed if a car dealership were to sudden start pushing its cars on this group. They have nothing to do with genealogy.

Thanks for allowing us to give opinions. Good luck.

Thanks for inviting discussion on this, but it will be a difficult policy to enforce, I am afraid.



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