Community Guidelines and Privacy

19 November 2014 8:44 PM

Recently there have been claims of bullying and intimidation in the community. These are serious claims, and they sadden me as they are at odds with the foundations of this awesome community: open-ness, sharing, and mutual support.

OpenSit is a free community where anyone can post, which means there will always be debate and disagreement. I do not want to discourage that, but there also has to be respect between members, and the necessary functionality to ensure that people feel safe enough to share and discuss.

OpenSit is a small, growing community, and we are still discovering what the best ways are to support people whilst ensuring they feel safe and not intimidated.

Here's what we have lined up:

  • A set of simple Community and Posting Guidelines that will encourage and nurture the open ethos of the community, whilst discouraging words and actions that make others feel uncomfortable or unsafe.
  • New privacy settings that will allow you to restrict who can view your journal; public (anyone), only people I follow, only selected users, or completely private. These new options will go live within the next week.
  • A ‘flag as inappropriate’ button that will allow you to quickly report any post or comment you feel is offensive or inappropriate.

I also wanted to point out that you can already disable comments for individual journal entries, if you didn't want any discussion on a particular entry. On the New Sit screen, click Privacy (top right) and then tick ‘Disable comments’. There is also the potential to add an option to disable comments across your entire journal. If that’s something anyone is interested in, please say.

One other potential feature is ability to blacklist a user, which would prevent an individual viewing or commenting on your journal.

This community is yours, and if there’s something you feel that’s important to add to ensure it remains a kind, safe and fun place, then please let me know. You can always email me at [email protected]