Code of Conduct

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What follows is a statement of ethical principles to be followed by all participants in the Theatre Wiki. They are based and draw heavily from, Wikipedia’s “Five Pillars” philosophy[1].

The Five Pillars

  1. The TheatreWiki is an encyclopedia. It is not a place for you to advertise for your upcoming production, host a website for your theatre company, or upload personal documents for later.
  2. The TheatreWiki is written from a neutral point of view. Articles should not support advocacy conjecture or giving due weight to a single point of view. must be verifiable, accurate, reliable, and draw on authoritative sources.
  3. The TheatreWiki is free, and all articles on the Theatre Wiki are open source. No editor “owns” an article, and all articles can and will be edited and redistributed. That being said, it is vital that you respect copyright laws and never plagiarize.
  4. Participants should treat each other civilly and with respect: Respect other contributors, even if you disagree. Don’t engage in personal attacks and avoid edit wars. Act in good faith, and assume good faith on the part of others. Welcome newcomers.
  5. The TheatreWiki has no firm rules. We have policies and guidelines (such as this Code of Conduct), but they are not carved in stone, and their content and interpretation will evolve over time.

Principles of Etiquette on the Theatre Wiki

Borrowing heavily and inspired by Wikipedia's etiquette section[2]

  • Assume good faith.
  • Follow the Golden Rule: Treat others as you would have them treat you.
  • Be polite.
  • Keep in mind that raw text may be ambiguous and often seems ruder than the same words coming from a person standing in front of you. Irony is not always obvious when written. Remember that text comes without facial expressions, vocal inflection, or body language. Be careful choosing the words you write: what you mean might not be what others understand. Likewise, be careful how you interpret what you read: what you understand might not be what others mean.
  • Civilly work towards agreement.
  • Argue facts, not personalities.
  • Do not ignore reasonable questions.
  • If someone disagrees with your edit, provide good reasons why you think that it is appropriate.
  • Concede a point when you have no response to it, or admit when you disagree based on intuition or taste.
  • Although it is understandably difficult in an intense argument, if other editors are not as civil as you would like them to be, be more civil, not less. That way at least you are not moving towards open conflict and name-calling; by your own action you are actively doing something about it. Try to treat others with dignity—they are people as well.
  • Do not hesitate to politely let the others know if you are not comfortable with their tone (e.g., "I feel that you have been sarcastic above, and I don't feel good about it. Let's try to resolve the issue").
  • Be prepared to apologize. In animated discussions, we often say things we later wish we had not. Say so.
  • Forgive and forget.
  • Recognize your own biases, and keep them in check.
  • Give praise when it's due. Everybody likes to feel appreciated, especially in an environment that often requires compromise. Drop a friendly note on users' talk pages.
  • Remove or summarize resolved disputes that you initiated.
  • Help mediate disagreements between others.
  • Unless you have an excellent reason not to do so, sign and date your posts to talk pages (not articles).
  • Do not use jargon that others might not understand. Use acronyms carefully and clarify if there is the possibility of any doubt.