Community Guidelines
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Community Guidelines

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This document comprises a guide for productive engagement on Slack and our general posting guidelines and policies.

💎 Our Values

As a community, we prioritize the following values:

📊 Acting with Impact

We continuously seek out the best ways to improve the lives of animals. Through impactful, evidence-based strategies alongside promising experimental approaches backed by sound reasoning, we aim to help all animals in every corner of the world.

👂 Openness & Inclusivity

We strive to cultivate a friendly and welcoming environment and foster a global perspective on animal advocacy. Actively welcoming diverse viewpoints, we embrace our curiosity, are open to unconventional ideas, and give serious consideration to alternative perspectives.

🤝 Collaborative Engagement

By embracing open collaboration, exchanging knowledge, and providing mutual support and respect, we empower one another and propel our advocacy goals forward.

Have an idea for how something can be run? Try it out and ask for forgiveness.

👌🏽 General guidelines for engagement

Hive is fertile soil rather than fruit - Give back, Create virtuous cycles, Scale yourself!

Before you start posting anything: Make sure that your profile is “interactable”!

  • 🙂 Good: Add your name, location and a profile picture
  • 😃 Better: Fully set up your profile, as suggested here!
  • ‼Note: If you prefer or have to remain anonymous, feel free to use an alias! Please do, however, use a real sounding name, as opposed to a slogan, a combination of numbers or the name of an organization.

Found a broadly useful resource? Share it better than you found it!

  • 🙂 Good: Share it with a short sentence, describing what exactly the resource is.
  • 😃 Better: Share it with a personal comment on why it is useful to people who want to work on animal advocacy, any additional valuable context, and what you got out of it.

Need help with something that others might also need help with?

  • 🙂 Good: Ask for yourself on #03-help-requests or see if someone offered their help on your topic in #04-help-offered.
  • 😃 Better: Come up with an idea for how to help people with a similar need, post on the relevant channel, find collaborators and make it happen!

Want to meet someone from a certain organization?

  • 🙂 Good: Find someone from there on #01-introductions, reach out to them being mindful of etiquette (below).
  • 😃 Better: Loved the conversation? Ask if they would like to host an AMA on one of the channels and message one of the moderators to set the event up.

🍷 Slack etiquette

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Please find our channel-specific guidelines here.

⭐The most important guidelines

🎯 Stay on topic

💯 Share it better than you found it

👸🏼 Self-promote respectfully

🙏🏽 Use Slack features responsibly

⏱️ Be mindful of members' time

⛔ Handling violations

Here are some examples of what the Hive core team might do in response to a post that is not in line with these guidelines:

  • We might ask you to clarify or edit the post, e.g. in cases where its relevance to animal advocacy is unclear (but existent), if its phrasing is off, or formatting too confusing.
  • If the message is posted in the wrong channel, we might delete it and send you a copy with some guidance, so that you can choose a correct channel to post in.
  • If the message is off-topic for Hive , or exceeds the self-promotion limits, we might delete it, give you a heads-up, and explain what could have been an acceptable alternative (e.g. "Post it later" or "Consider posting in a different community").
  • In case of repeated or severe violations, we might disable the member's account and email them an explanation.
💬Learn more: Our Approach to Post Moderation: Ensuring Fairness and Focus

🗣️Discussion Norms

We believe that productive discussions and disagreements are important in our pursuit of impactful animal advocacy. As such, we offer space for discussions in our dedicated #02-discussion channel as well as our topic-specific channels. However, in order ensure that our discussions are genuinely productive, we ask our community members to adhere to the following discussion norms and will enforce them if we find that violating them has led or will lead to hostile, unproductive, bad faith or off-topic discussions. This means that we will not continuously monitor every message for each of these norms, but expect our community members to be aware of these.

1. Be curious 💡

2. Be clear 🔎

3. Stay on-topic 📌

4. Be Kind 🧡

5. Other things to avoid

❓ Who is Hive for?

Our Slack community is for everyone interested in impactful animal advocacy. We believe in fostering an inclusive environment where diverse perspectives are valued and respected. Most people in our community are either professionals or volunteers at an animal advocacy organization and the majority self-identifies as vegan. However, we don't want to be exclusionary to people who are at a different stage in their career or a different point in their diet journey. As such, we don't filter people from the community for not working in animal advocacy or for not being vegan. We welcome anyone aiming to advocate for non-human animals more impactfully.

🙏 Code of Conduct

Our community is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone.

We follow this code of conduct for our harrassment guidelines as well as this general Code of Conduct for our Slack Space:

👍Slack Code of Conduct

🧠 Evolving guidelines

These are the guidelines for engagement in our community based on our experience so far! As the community grows, the guidelines will be evolving as well, and over time we will cover more topics.

If you have questions or suggestions, please reach out to the people above!

🧐 Reporting and Feedback

If you have feedback, concerns, or experienced something less than great, please reach out to any of our Admins on Slack (@Constance Li, @Sofia Balderson, or @Kevin Xia) or send an anonymous message.