Community Guidelines

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Radio Free follows these guidelines as a template for how to best practice the dissemination and management of information. These guides are meant to help highlight the best practices, tactics, and strategies for mediators of information (the media) to help disseminate information while helping protect journalists, their ideas, their sources, and everyone's rights.

Overview

Anyone can contribute content on Radio Free, but we ask that the content you share be in the public interest, honest, and follow these community guidelines. Collaboration works best when people feel comfortable sharing their ideas, so try to use inclusive language and have an open mind when working with other community members.

What is Considered News?

News is any information that would benefit people by being in the public record.

Throughout history, we have consistently kept records of events by mediating them to others, whether it be by story, song, art, poetry, journalism, or other forms of expression. While these expressions have been preserved in libraries, the media's role can often be overlooked as the true recorder of history. It is with that understanding that we consider what is and is not considered "news" when making editorial decisions. We believe the ultimate goal of any news organization should be to create an honest record of history, from diverse perspectives, to be preserved and shared universally as a resource.

Who is a Journalist?

We define a journalist as anyone publishing information in the public interest.

We consider music, art, theatre, film, blogs, and other expressive outlets as great sources for fully understanding topics from different perspectives. We welcome the idea that these non-traditional news sources can be just as, if not more, effective at informing the public than traditional news formats. We encourage news and information to be submitted from all perspectives, but have strict guidelines against publishing hate speech, sexist and racist content, advertisements, information that threatens the basic human rights of expression and speech, and information that intends to be misleading or intentionally confusing for readers.

Sources of News

Sources of News is a curated list of trustworthy sources of news.

When considering a source, understand that there is no such thing as an unbiased source. Every source of information has some bias, but instead of thinking of that as something negative, think of it as an opportunity to diversify those biases. Diversity is how we understand other people's perspectives and it lets us understand complex topics better when we can hear all viewpoints on an issue. If we don't record those perspectives, nobody will know they exist. The goal is to have a public database of people who have a wide range of perspectives, open to everyone so everyone can contribute and add their perspective.

Principles

In the interest of fostering an open and welcoming community, we are committed to making participation in Radio Free projects a respectful and harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sex, sexual orientation, disability, neuroatypicality, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, political affiliation, or religion.

Technical skills and community status make no difference to the right to be respected and the obligation to respect others. Newcomers and other contributors with limited experience in our community deserve a welcoming attitude and constructive feedback. Prolific contributions and expertise are not a justification for lower standards of behavior.

Unacceptable behavior

Harassment and other types of inappropriate behavior are unacceptable in all public and private spaces. Examples include but are not limited to:

  • Using Radio Free to advertise a product or service(s) of any kind.
  • Publishing hate speech, sexist and racist content.
  • Any threat to the basic human right of expression and speech.
  • Publishing information that intends to be misleading or intentionally confusing for readers.
  • Personal attacks, violence, threats of violence, threats of legal action, or deliberate intimidation.
  • Offensive, derogatory, or discriminatory comments.
  • Gratuitous or off-topic use of sexual language or imagery.
  • Inappropriate or unwanted attention, touching, or physical contact (sexual or otherwise).
  • Inappropriate or unwanted public or private communication, following, or any form of stalking.
  • Unwanted photography or recording.
  • Disclosure of a person's identity or other private information without their consent. Disclosure of some identifying information is not consent to disclose other identifying information.
  • Inappropriate or unwanted publication of private communication. Publishing or reporting private communication or personally identifying information for the purposes of reporting harassment and/or in the case of whistleblowing, is acceptable.
  • Harming the discussion or community with methods such as sustained disruption, interruption, or blocking of community collaboration (i.e. trolling).
  • Discrimination, particularly against marginalized and otherwise underrepresented groups. Outreach to such groups is allowed and encouraged.
  • Using the code of conduct system for purposes other than reporting genuine violations of the code of conduct (e.g., retaliating against a reporter or victim by filing a report claiming their response was harassment).
  • Attempting to circumvent a decision of an admin or appeals body, e.g. unblocking someone during a period the Committee banned them.

Report a problem

In case of threats of harm and other urgent situations, notify the relevant authorities first (if possible) and email Radio Free via info@radiofree.org

People who experience or observe unacceptable behavior are encouraged to follow any of these steps:

  1. Ask the person who is behaving unacceptably to stop. Make them aware of this Code of Conduct.
  2. If you are at an event, report the problem to the event organizers, or a designated contact.
  3. Report the problem directly to the committee via info@radiofree.org


Reports can be as short as a notification with a link, but more information will help us understand what is happening. You can include:

  • Your contact information (e.g. radiofree.wiki and/or radiofree.org usernames), if you want to identify yourself
  • Your account of the incident:
    • Where and when it happened
    • A description of the unacceptable behavior
    • Who was involved and who saw it happen
    • Whether the incident is ongoing
  • Any additional information that will help us fully understand the problem, such as previous incidents or special circumstances
  • Links to public records of the incident, if any
  • Screenshots showing what happened

Reports are processed confidentially.

Attribution and re-use

This Code of Conduct is adapted from the Contributor Covenant (revision 49054013), the jQuery Code of Conduct (revision 91777886), the Open Code of Conduct (v1.0), and the Citizen Code of Conduct, along with the WMF Friendly space policy.


Text from the Contributor Covenant and the jQuery Code of Conduct is used under the MIT License (Contributor Covenant has changed its license to CC BY 4.0 now).

The text from the Open Code of Conduct is used under a Creative Commons Attribution license.

The text from the Citizen Code of Conduct is used under a Creative Commons Share-alike Attribution license.

The overall text is under MediaWiki.org's standard license CC BY-SA 3.0.

We value each other's contributions and each contributor's commitment to making our technical spaces friendly spaces for everyone. We encourage other projects to adopt and adapt this code of conduct regardless of whether they use Radio Free's technical infrastructure.