Afrivade Forum Etiquette

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The communications in the Afrivade forums, pm system, are all managed in a similar way to Wikipedia:Etiquette with specific highlights and changes covered in this list below. These points are based on civility and respect for every Afrivade user.

Anyone who violates these points may be subject to banning from the system for some period of time appropriate for the situation as defined by the Afrivade staff or forum administrators. Anyone who continues to violate these points after that may be subject to banning from the system forever.

If you feel that a Afrivade user is violating any of these etiquette points, please send a private message to any Afrivade Administrator or moderator.

Explain the situation and the Afrivade staff will consider the best next steps.

Follow the Afrivade Rules and Guidelines.
Assume good faith. Afrivade moderators are here to collaborate and improve Afrivade for everyone.

Be civil, polite, and avoid offensive language. We define this the same way as Wikipedia.
Although it is understandably difficult in an intense argument, if other users are not as civil as you would like them to be, be ''more'' civil, not less. That way at least you are not moving towards open conflict and name-calling; by your own action you are actively doing something about it.

Be courteous.
Forgive and forget.
Remember The Golden Rule: Treat others as you would have them treat you—even if they are new. We were all new once.

Keep in mind that raw text may be ambiguous and often seems ruder than the same words coming from a person standing in front of you. Irony is not always obvious when written.

Remember that text comes without facial expressions, vocal inflection, or body language. Be careful choosing the words you write: what you mean might not be what others understand.

Likewise, be careful how you interpret what you read: what you understand might not be what others mean.

Work towards agreement.
Argue facts, not personalities.
Do not make misrepresentations.
Do not ignore reasonable questions.
Concede a point when you have no response to it, or admit when you disagree.

Do not hesitate to politely let the others know if you are not comfortable with their tone (e.g., "I feel that you have been sarcastic above, and I don't feel good about it. Let's try to resolve the issue").

Be prepared to apologize. In animated discussions, we often say things we later wish we had not. Say so.
Recognize your own biases, and keep them in check.
Give praise when it's due. Everybody likes to feel appreciated, especially in an environment that often requires compromise.

Help mediate disagreements between others.
If you are arguing, take a break. If you are mediating, recommend a break.
Take it slowly. If you are angry, spend time away from the forums instead of posting or editing. Come back in a day or a week. You may find that someone else made the desired change or comment for you. If you think mediation is needed, enlist someone.

Remind yourself that these are ''people'' with whom you are dealing. They have feelings. Try to treat others with dignity. The world is a big place, with different cultures and conventions. Do not use jargon that others might not understand. Use acronyms carefully and clarify if there is the possibility of any doubt.

The Afrivade community includes speakers of languages from around the world, so don't forget English proficiency varies and can be misunderstood both directions, and there are multiple English forms that include spelling variations, (colour/color, capitalise/capitalize, centre/center, etc)

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