Act Respectfully

Treat Civically, and its users, with respect. Disagreement and debate are encouraged, as long as the discussion is respectful.

The following behavior is not acceptable and will be sanctioned by moderators:

  • Attacks on any individual or group on the basis of race, gender, disability, religion or other personal or cultural characteristics.

  • Posting of explicit, violent or otherwise disturbing material.

  • Harassment, impersonation, abuse, or posting of personal details about an individual without their explicit consent.

  • Spamming or otherwise vandalizing Civically.

Remember that this is a public website, and search engines index its pages. Keep the language, links, and images safe for family and friends.

Your Participation Counts

The conversations we have here set the tone for every new arrival. Help us build a healthy public space online by choosing to engage in discussions that make this forum an interesting place to be — and avoiding those that do not.

Civically provides tools that enable the community to collectively identify the best (and worst) contributions: bookmarks, likes, flags, replies, edits, and so forth. Use these tools to improve your own experience, and everyone else’s, too.

If You See a Problem, Flag It

Moderators are responsible for Civically, but so are you. With your help, moderators can be community facilitators, not just janitors or police.

When you see bad behaviour, don’t reply, just flag it. Replying encourages the bad behaviour by acknowledging it and wastes everyone’s time. If enough flags accrue, action will be taken, either automatically or by moderator intervention.

In order to maintain Civically, moderators reserve the right to remove any content and any user account for any reason at any time. Moderators do not preview new posts; the moderators and site operators take no responsibility for any content posted by the community.

Keep It Tidy

Make the effort to put things in the right place, so that we can spend more time discussing and less cleaning up. So:

  • Don’t start a topic in the wrong place.
  • Don’t cross-post the same thing in multiple topics.
  • Don’t post no-content replies.
  • Don’t divert a topic by changing it midstream.
  • Don’t sign your posts — every post has your profile information attached to it.

Rather than posting “+1” or “Agreed”, use the Like button.

Post Only Your Own Stuff

You may not post anything that belongs to someone else without permission. You may not post descriptions of, links to, or methods for stealing someone’s intellectual property (software, video, audio, images), or for breaking any other law.

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Civically is powered by you and your contributions. The Civically Team plays a curatorial role. Join in the discussion about plans for Civically in #plans and pitch in where you can in #work.

Terms of Service

We have a Terms of Service describing your (and our) behavior and rights related to content, privacy, and laws. To use this service, you must agree to abide by our terms.