This is a civilized place for public discussion

Please treat this community with the same respect you would a public park. We too are a public resource — this is a place to share skills, knowledge and interests through ongoing conversation and discussion.

The conversations we have here set the tone for everyone. Help us influence the future of the community by choosing to engage in discussions that make the community an interesting place to be and avoiding those that do not.

We would ask that you keep all your public posts in English. But feel free to use whatever language you want when sending messages to other users, if you know they can understand you.

These are not hard and fast rules, merely aids to the human judgment of our community. Use these guidelines to keep this a clean, open place for civilized public discussion.

Be agreeable, even when you disagree

You may wish to respond to something by disagreeing with it. That’s fine. But, remember to criticise ideas, not people. Please avoid:

  • Verbal attacks on personas.
  • Venting your personal anger or dissatisfaction.
  • Responding to a post’s tone instead of its actual content.
  • Impulsive contradictions.
  • Name-calling.

Instead, provide reasoned counter-arguments that improve the discussion.

Keep it tidy

Keep in mind that things you want to discuss or ask may have been asked or discussed already. Therefor you should always make sure you search before you ask or start a new topic.

Make the effort to keep things tidy and in the right place, so that we can spend more time discussing and less cleaning up. So please:

  • Don’t start a topic in the wrong category.
  • Don’t cross-post the same thing in multiple topics.
  • Don’t post no-content replies.
  • Don’t divert a topic by changing it midstream.
  • Don’t sign your posts — every post has your profile information attached to it.
  • Don’t post “+1”, “Agreed” or similar — use the Like button instead.

Rather than taking an existing topic in a radically different direction, use the Reply as a Linked Topic function found in the share button. Alternatively, you can send the user a message to talk about it in private.
Before you post something, think about whether, and if so, what, your post adds to the discussion. If it doesn’t, think about whether anyone really would want to read it or if it’s better to try again later.

Always be civil

Nothing sabotages a healthy conversation like rudeness:

  • Be civil. Don’t post anything that a reasonable person would consider offensive, abusive, or hate speech.
  • Keep it clean. Don’t post anything obscene or sexually explicit.
  • Respect each other. Don’t harass or grief anyone, impersonate people, or expose their private information.
  • Respect our community. Don’t post spam or otherwise vandalize the community.

These are not concrete terms with precise definitions — avoid even the appearance of any of these things. If you’re unsure, ask yourself how you would feel if your post was featured on the front page of the New York Times.

Your opinion matters. Like everyone else’s does. But don’t shove it down people’s throat. It’s enough if you write it where it is appropriate. There is no reason to express it in every single topic and there is especially no reason to hijack topics and let them drift off-topic.

This is a public community, and search engines index these discussions. Keep the language, links, and images safe for family, friends and work.

Wording is important

Remember that you are in an English community where a large portion of the members aren’t native English speakers. And that everyone’s culture and economic and political standing can greatly influence how they interpret certain words over others. Adding this all together, misunderstandings are bound to happen. So please:

  • If you don’t understand something, ask for further explanation.
  • If you think someone have misunderstood you, point it out and explain it to them.
  • If someone argues with you they aren’t arguing about you, but rather your ideas.
  • Think about what you write and how it might come across to others before posting it.
  • Check your posts for typos and ambiguous wording.
  • If English is not your mother tongue, make sure you properly understand what the words you use mean before you post. You may not know their full meaning even if you’ve seen them used similarly.

If you feel insulted, think first about whether the person really wants to insult you or if they just picked their words poorly. Give them the benefit of the doubt the same way you would like to be given it.

Flags, posts and you

When you see bad behaviour, don’t reply. It encourages the bad behaviour by acknowledging it, consumes your energy, and wastes everyone’s time. Just flag it. If enough flags accumulate, action will be taken automagically or by Community Manager intervention.

But there is one case where flagging isn’t the answer. If a whole segment of a topic has gone off-topic, please send the Community Managers a message about it rather than flagging the whole segment as off-topic. It is far less work if you do it this way, while the result stays the same.

In order to maintain our community, the team reserve the right to remove any content and any user account for any reason at any time.
While the Eve team reviews new topics posted by Trust level 0 users and posts caught by our spam filters before they are posted, no one reviews any posts before being posted beyond this.

Post only your own stuff

You may not post anything digital that belongs to someone else without permission. You may not post descriptions of, links to, or methods for stealing someone’s intellectual property (software, video, audio, images), or for breaking any other law.

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Terms of Service

Yes, legalese is boring, but we must protect ourselves — and by extension, you and your data — against unfriendly folks. We have a Terms of Service describing your (and our) behaviour and rights related to content, privacy, and laws. To use this service, you must agree to abide by our TOS.

Guidelines created by the community

These guidelines are a modified version of the default Discourse guidelines. They feature paraphrased and outright stolen quotes from various Community Members and Managers. If you have thoughts on how better to word anything in these guidelines or think there is something that should be added, please contact the Community Managers.