Our community guidelines: keep it awkward, but safe.
We’re building a community around learning how to talk about sensitive health topics, so it goes without saying, if you want to stick around, be nice, ok?
UR believes in diversity of thought. We want you to jump in and get things off your chest. But, that shouldn’t come at the expense of someone else. So, before you touch that keyboard, please read our comment policy and make a personal pledge to elevating the conversation on illness and disability in a respectful way.
1. Debate the idea, not the person. If you disagree with something someone says, respond to the content of their comment, not their character. Try to use facts or real-life examples to advance the debate. Acknowledge where the other person may be right. It’s not a zero-sum game.
- NICE: I’ve also read a lot of articles about the health benefits of turmeric, but here’s a link to a study proving that it can’t cure cancer…
- NAUGHTY: Turmeric can’t cure cancer, you idiot!
2. Swearing is ok (yeah, you read that right). We have a potty-mouth too. However, we limit our f#ck’s to talking about illnesses and the frustration they make us feel. We never direct them at people.
- NICE: F#ck cancer!
- NAUGHTY: F#ck you!
3. Like f#cks, hold your intolerance for illnesses only, not people. We will not tolerate any comments that discriminate against groups of people based on gender, ethnicity, sexual identity, gender identity, religion, or nationality. Every person is an individual; judge them at that level, not as a representative of a broader group.
- NICE: All illnesses can make life difficult.
- NAUGHTY: All [insert any people group] are difficult.
4. Keep it real. For now, our platform is limited to real people affected by chronic illness or disability. No bots, no fake profiles.
5. Want to sell something? Then bye, Felicia. Seriously, the comments section is a space for people to grapple with real emotions. Peddle your wares at this link instead.
6. It takes a village. Of course we’ll do our part to keep the community safe and fun. But, if you see something, say something. Flag something with us you think we may have missed. Report comments that are obviously spam.
Wait, here are 3 more things you should know:
- We will actively moderate the comments section and reserve the right to remove any comments that go against our community guidelines.
- We reserve the right to take any additional steps to make sure the community remains a safe, fun space. This could include permanently removing members who persistently break the rules.
- Comments expressed in our website and social media communities do not necessarily reflect the beliefs and opinions of Uncomfortable Revolution, its staff, or contributors.
For more questions, or concerns, please contact us.