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Treadiquette

The collective expression of values upheld by members of the Army of the Tread, formulated by the members themselves. Please adhere to these guidelines to the best of your ability.

Do:

  • Remember the People: When communicating online, remember all you see is a computer screen. Consider whether you would say your words to someone’s face or how a friend would react.
  • Adhere to real-life behavior standards online: Maintain the same behavior online as you would in person.
  • Familiarize yourself with community rules before posting: These are found in the footer.
  • Regularly review Treadiquette: It is a living document that evolves as new challenges arise within the community.
  • Moderate based on quality, not opinion: Value well-written and interesting content even if you disagree with it.
  • Use proper grammar and spelling: Clear communication is essential for intelligent discourse. Be receptive to polite corrections.
  • Keep submission titles factual and neutral: Express strong opinions in the comments section.
  • Cite original sources: If content is referenced through multiple blogs, trace it back to the original creator who deserves the traffic.
  • Post to the most appropriate group: Consider cross-posting if the content is relevant to multiple groups.
  • Check for duplicates before posting: Avoid redundancy but feel free to repost unnoticed content with a better presentation.
  • Link directly to media files: Ensure the link adds value by providing additional information or context.
  • Use permanent URLs where possible: Opt for direct links to ensure the content remains accessible.
  • Offer constructive criticism: Do so tactfully to foster understanding.
  • Report spam and bad actors: Help maintain the quality of the community.
  • Read content before commenting: Make informed decisions rather than relying on titles.
  • Post your content within reason: Follow the 9:1 rule where only one in ten submissions should be self-promotional.
  • Explain any edits to posts: Clarity in editing helps avoid confusion in ongoing discussions.
  • Assume innocence until proven guilty: Avoid accusing without evidence, as it degrades the community experience.
  • Proofread submissions: Especially check titles, as they cannot be edited after posting.

Do not:

  • Engage in illegal activities or share personal information: Protect privacy and adhere to legal standards.
  • Repost deleted or removed information: Respect privacy and content standards.
  • Be rude or instigate conflicts: Maintain civility and contribute positively to discussions.
  • Encourage trolling or personal attacks: Focus on constructive and respectful dialogue.
  • Take biased moderation roles: Ensure impartiality and fairness in community interactions.

Promotional guidelines:

  • Avoid solicitation: Content should be based on quality, not promotional tactics.
  • Do not incentivize commenting or sharing: Engage the community based on the merit of your content.

Concerning new submissions:

  • Avoid sensational titles and editorializing: Keep submissions objective and fact-based.
  • Manage posting frequency: Respect the community’s viewing experience by not overwhelming the feed.
  • Be cautious with time-sensitive labels and content authenticity: Verify the truthfulness and relevance of your content.

Regarding comments:

  • Contribute meaningful comments: Avoid trivial remarks and focus on adding value to the discussion.

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