Community Guidelines

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Process Post 12

In class this week we discussed the idea of community guidelines. Basically filtering your website however you see fit. Maybe it’s your own limitations to what you write in posts, or the comments section. Keeping it as clean as you like. Let’s discuss my community guidelines.

In my own life, outside of this website and University, I honestly never swear. I don’t care if people around me swear, but I personally would rather not get into the habit of having to use a curse word to get my message across. On my site, I definitely keep that persona. I don’t really feel the need to use any curse words on my site because I don’t get that upset about books… well, I do but I can find cleaner words to use. If someone does use a swear word in the comments section I would probably filter it out, just so my site is accessible to every age category. 

That brings me to my next point. The comments section. Everyone either loves it, or they hate it. I’m sort of indifferent about it. My site doesn’t really get that many comments right now, and luckily they are all currently super sweet. As far as negative comments go, I think they’re rude and unnecessary but if they are just constructive criticism, then that’s a whole other story. I love getting feedback on my work so if someone wants to give it to me in a nice, helpful way, I will take it! 

A picture saying "guidelines" written in blue ink on a whiteboard.

I believe these are the right guidelines for my website because it really reflects who I am, and shows my audiences the type of page this is. If I had a site with quirky and different posts every week with curse words in every sentence, it would not be an accurate depiction of who I am or what I stand for. I’m not saying that I’m not a quirky person, but my posts have structure and readers know what to expect from them. I also want to make this a family site so everybody can read it. I wouldn’t feel comfortable putting inappropriate content online because anyone can look it up, and if a younger person finds my blog, I want them to find book recommendations, not new words they can surprise their parents with. 

As far as implementing those guidelines, I would make that my duty to filter out aggressive or inappropriate comments, and make sure that all of my posts are rated PG. I haven’t had any trouble with this so far, so hopefully it stays that way! 

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