Protocol and Decorum for the CPRA Community Discussion Board

Proper decorum in any public forum is a social code of behaviour for conducting interpersonal communications with others. It’s not (entirely) a matter of opinion, there are, in fact, both definitively constructive ways and definitively dysfunctional ways to use social media. We’re sure you’ve witnessed and participated in both before.

It should go without saying—but we want to be explicit about this in any case—on this site you are joining a community of neighbours—people with whom we share elevators, gyms, pools, school playgrounds, restaurants, cafés and dog parks. Therefore, it’s expected that we will treat each other with tolerance, gratitude, and respect for basic human kindness.

  1. Respect the boundaries of others. Unnecessary aggressiveness, personal intrusions, rumour, slander, flagrant insults, vulgarity, and so on are all, quite literally, unacceptable.
  2. Establish the sources of evidence or information.Citing the sources of your information will help you inform and persuade others. 
  3. Provide a balanced perspective. By weighing both sides of the argument, people most knowledgeable about the topic will be more inclined to find your propositions credible.
  4. Establish trust through self-disclosure, openness and transparency. Indeed, not just in talk. Trust, in any relationship, must be established through a willingness to be respectfully honest with one another.
  5. Provide context. From the point of view of openness and transparency—you should say who you are, mention your affiliations, and be clear about your intentions.
  6. No hidden agendas. We will call these out. We’re not naïve observers. Being part of the conversation is like being a part of the community writ large—we are all here to give others the benefit of our experience and sincere points of view.

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