DRAFT Community guidelines.
These are posted for consultation with our community members. Please submit any comments, public or in private by Sunday, August 14th!
2019/07/08 - First draft; removed Starling reference; added placeholder no-spam rule.
2019/07/09 - Added to Rule 4.
Welcome to the community.
The Fintech Talk community was established with a broad remit to discuss all aspects of the emerging fintech sector, the world of finance and disruptive technologies and platforms.
For to work as a viable community we need our members to agree by a set of rules that ensure that everybody gets heard, nobody feels discriminated against and we can all respectfully co-exist together.
Please treat the site as though it was a public park or community centre – a shared resource, to share skills, knowledge and, above all, conversation.
Keep it legal
Be agreeable, even when you disagree
Mind your language
Don’t be a bully, don’t harass
Don’t suffer, speak up
Moderators and the community’s administrator will endeavour to ensure that community members adhere to these rules. It is their role to offer guidance to members to help them stay within these guidelines, they will also take action where members are unable or unwilling to do so.
1. Keep it legal
Fintech Talk is an online community that exists within the jurisdiction of the applicable laws and courts of England.
We have to abide by the law, our members have to abide by the law. This is not optional…. it’s the law.
The law takes precedent over any other rule that we would wish to impose.
If you should use the Fintech Talk community to break the law, or to suggest to others that they should break the law, you should expect the site’s proprietors to co-operate with law enforcement agencies in any legal investigations that may arise – subject to English law.
2. Be agreeable, even when you disagree
Freedom of expression is something Fintech Talk values and hopes its members will too, but understand that the freedom also comes with certain responsibilities.
Everybody has a different idea of the way things should be done, but nobody has a monopoly on a good idea.
What a good idea actually is is completely subjective. What you think is a no-brainer may look to others like you’ve lost your mind.
We will treat those who have a different view to our own with respect.
Just because somebody espouses an opinion that counters our own does not entitle us to attack anybody, call names, belittle or otherwise act with malice towards that person.
Just because we enjoy the relative anonymity of being behind a screen and keyboard does not give us the right to communicate with less respectfully than we would in person.
Please be reasonable and debate the topic at hand, and do so without resorting to ad hominem attacks.
Aim to improve the conversation, not lower the tone. If you have to resort to a personal attack, it’s likely that you have already lost the argument.
3. Don’t discriminate
Try to act without prejudice, while all the time being mindful of the unfortunate fact that we all come with our own prejudices baked-in.
If we try to be aware of our prejudices, we can begin to look past them and treat others with the respect they deserve, regardless of their own identity, who they love, their background, their ethnicity, physical appearance, religion or age.
Hate is a powerful emotion and that consumes a lot of energy. It’s also a complete waste of that energy - after all, most people go through life seeking the same things from it.
For some, the word ‘inclusivity’ is almost an ideology in itself, for others it’s about pandering to militant liberalism and that must be resited at all costs…
Here, it’s about showing respect to our fellow community members, regardless of who they are. Respect is an expectation of all community participants.
4. Mind your language
The nature of the topics discussed on Fintech Talk mean the site is probably unlikely to be patronised by those who are not at least of an age where they can legally purchase a lottery ticket.
That said, we are not at a Roy ‘Chubby’ Brown gig and therefore, as a rule, we ask members to keep their language ‘PG’.
As a rule of thumb, if you can’t say it on a free-to-air (UK) television channel before 9pm, you’re probably not going to get away with saying it here something you can say here.
Sometimes there is an editorial justification for making use of profane or offensive words or phrases (for example quoting a remark made by another to add context to a discussion) – the likelihood, however, is that in most cases there is unlikely to be proper justification.
Profanity in thread titles is not permitted.
A more comprehensive assessment of where boundaries lie in respect to language can be found in our Moderation Policy.
5. Don’t be a bully, don’t harass
We’ve already spoken about the community’s stance on civility – particularly in respect to not making personal attacks – discrimination and the language we use while in conversation.
Sadly, the relative anonymity of an internet browser does seem to give some individuals the impression that they have the freedom or right to target individuals for harassment or to be the subject of bullying.
Harassment and/or bullying can manifest itself in a number of ways from a compulsive need to write a ‘snarky’ comment each time a particular member posts, creating sock-puppet accounts in order to post abuse or even deliberately posting personal information to intimidate, cause upset or humiliate an individual.
Regardless of its form, this is something that our community will not stand for and measures will be taken to prevent access to it for those who show a sustained motivation to cause harm to others in this way.
6. Don’t suffer, speak up
We want fintech talk to be a vibrant community with a broad range of views expressed. We want everyone to consider this to be a safe environment for that propose.
From time to time, however, we recognise that lines will get crossed, tempers will flare and members may need time to cool off.
If you see a post that you feel goes against the principles set out in these guidelines, please resist any urge to respond in kind. Rather, bring it to the attention to the community moderators.
Moderators will endeavour to assess each flag with care and on its own merit.
Please don’t abuse the flag system though. Where there is a pattern of use of the flag button for purposes of revenge, bullying or simply to cause trouble. This will likely backfire.
7. No stealing
In the offline world, you can’t produce counterfeit copies of books, DVDs or other works for distribution without the risk of getting into legal hot water.
It follows therefore, that members may not post anything to the community that belongs to somebody else - without the owners’ express permission.
In particular, if you wish to add to a particular topic by referencing a piece of journalism, please do not post the whole article – rather use selective quotes and provide a link to the full article at the parent publication’s own website.
Don’t post descriptions of, links to, or methods for stealing someone’s intellectual property (software, video, audio, images).
Everybody deserves to get paid for their work.
8. Be tidy
Make the effort to put things in the right place, so that we can spend more time discussing and less cleaning up. So:
- 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.
Rather than posting “+1” or “Agreed”, use the Like button. Rather than taking an existing topic in a radically different direction, use Reply as a Linked Topic.
9. No Spam
Please do not use this community to post unsolicited promotional material. Posting of referral links is permissible, so long as they are posted in dedicated threads, in dedicated sub-forums. You need to be an existing forum member in order to post in those threads.