The Post-Geek Singularity’s Code of Conduct
Our standards are high, but then again, everyone needs to aspire to something.
We ask all Imagination Connoisseurs in the Post-Geek Singularity to read, understand and practice the following tenents when it comes to participating in any of our social media channels, in our livestreams, events (real or virtual), contests or appearances.
So why do we have “rules” about being a part of the Post-Geek Singularity? It’s simple, without a shared understanding of what’s acceptable behavior, communities (especially virtual ones) eventually degrade into something resembling LORD OF THE FLIES. To try and avoid that, we’ve developed some guidelines for behavior (actually, Facebook asks group moderators to provide rules and it sounded like a good idea, so we’ve adopted these across the board).
The result, so far, has been social media and YouTube communities that have been exceptional when it comes to welcoming others from all corners of the globe and all walks of life. Imagination Connoisseurs have proven themselves, time and again, to be a caring, compassionate and tolerant lot – even when they disagree or are political opposites.
And that’s what we want.
A free and fair space for civil conversation and expressions of love for those things we enjoy the most in the world of entertainment.
The Ten Guiding Tenents of the PGS
1. Strong opinions are okay – just remember … Have a strongly held opinion. Great. Just don’t be a dick about it. Make your case and then move on. People who bang on non-stop about the same thing and never let up are dull and boring.
2. Stay on target, Luke! The Post-Geek Singularity is intended to be a place where people can talk about genre entertainment and the entertainment industry, not politics. If you’re going to make social commentary, make it relevant or do it somewhere else.
3. You better know what you’re talking about … If you want to make an intellectual argument for your point of view, fine, just make sure it’s accurate and correct yourself if it’s not.
4. You’re not the only “smartest person in the room.” … If you’re going to use history or economics to justify your position, double-check your facts before you make your claim. We don’t suffer fools lightly.
5. Don’t get personal with others in the PGS … We’re all here because we share a common interest in genre entertainment – but we all have different points of view. Respect others as you wish to be respected. Please.
6. Use language you’d use around your mother … Swearing? Fine. Double entendre? Okay. But make sure you don’t embarrass yourself by saying something your mom would be ashamed of. We’ll let you know when you’ve stepped over the line.
7. Realize that everyone makes mistakes. Even us … If you make a mistake. Own it. If you hurt someone unintentionally. Apologize. If someone apologizes to you. Accept it and move on. Carry a grudge and you’re welcome to leave.
8. Offended or treated unfairly? We want to know … You can report posts through the website. Use the “Contact us” form and select “Complaint” from the dropdown menu and let us know your grievance. But know this – abusing that feature (and our time) could wind up getting you “spaced” permanently.
9. It’s okay to disagree, just don’t be disagreeable … Be a good citizen and treat everyone with respect and kindness. Treat them as you would like to be treated – regardless of their nation (or planet) of origin, perceptions or political beliefs.
10. Make sure you understand how we try to handle spoilers … Some fans like spoilers. Others don’t. We have a method for handling that, make sure you know the rules.