Comment on Our Comment Policy

18 Oct

One week from today, when Ruby Skye P.I.: The Spam Scam launches, we’ll also be launching our new site. And it’s going to be fabulous!
As we’re getting it ready we have to prepare some policies about how people can use the site and what our responsibilities are to the audience.

I’m getting four documents ready:

  • A comment policy
  • An advertising policy
  • A privacy policy
  • A web safety policy.
  • I will be sharing them here as I draft them, so that you can feed in. is meant for kids so we want everything to be clear and easy to read.  We want the site to be a safe environment that parents, teachers, librarians and other adults feel good about recommending to kids.  That’s why we are publishing these policies in advance.  We want input from the community.

    Here’s the comment policy:

    We want to know what you think about Ruby Skye P.I.  The site has lots of places to leave comments and questions or talk to other members of the community.  You can leave messages for Ruby on her blog and she’ll answer lots of them.

    To keep a safe and positive place be nice to other people, smart about sharing information and enjoy what we have to offer.

    If you need us to spell it out, here are the things you can’t do:

    • No swearing, flaming, bullying, racism, sexism or just plain being mean.  We’ll take down comments that are hurtful to others.
    • No selling, advertising or spamming.  We’ll remove that too.
    • No personal information about yourself or anyone else.  That’s right, that stuff’s going too.

    Some comments won’t appear on the site until we’ve read and approved them.  We’ll try to be quick about it but if you write a comment and it doesn’t appear right away, don’t worry.  We’ll get to it.

    Now, go ahead, comment, share and have fun!

    Let us know what you think.


    5 Responses to “Comment on Our Comment Policy”

    1. jenn October 18, 2010 at 9:36 pm #

      What about spoilers? Or plot guesses? Are those allowed?

      Also, do you need a blanket “anything we deem inappropriate” statement to cover comments you want to take down that may not fit into one of the categories? Or is that taking it overboard?

    2. rubyskyepi October 19, 2010 at 5:28 pm #

      Plot guesses are definitely allowed. Even the word “spoiler” suggests mean behaviour. If you know in advance what’s going to happen, no, you can’t put it on the site. But if you’re just guessing, sure.

      The words “deem” and “inappropriate” will never appear in the same sentence on our site, but I love the word “blanket.” Maybe we can figure out a way to work it in!

    3. Steve October 20, 2010 at 1:35 pm #

      Sounds wonderful, but what’s your policy going to be on advertising. Will others be permitted to advertize on your website ?
      Also might you encourage kids who watch the episodes to submit questions about what they’ve seen ? ie some stuff might ‘upset’ them because of misunderstandings etc..So you might want to add a section about what you want them to comment on by perhaps suggesting questions/topic areas to look at ?
      I think that sometimes by leaving it so open it may invite some confusion

      • rubyskyepi October 21, 2010 at 1:16 pm #

        What a great idea. We will encourage kids to participate on the site and offer them lots of places to comment, question and participate. We hope there won’t be anything to upset them, but you never know!

    4. Judy Springer October 24, 2010 at 10:07 am #

      Such a wonderful opportunity for kids to interact directly with the characters and the story. The clear guidelines re what is acceptable/not acceptable while remaining open to kids’ honest reflections is great. ‘Openness’, ‘Honesty’, ‘Integrity’ within clear boundaries for privacy and safety comes to mind. I wonder if you’ve thought of ways to engage parents in this process too. For example encourage kids and parents to watch together and ask questions and comment together by perhaps providing prompts to get kids to engage their parents in this process.

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