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MediaBugs community guidelines

This is a place to try to fix errors and solve problems.

MediaBugs accounts are intended for personal use, for users to report and discuss errors and problems in media coverage.

The following Community Guidelines are here to help you understand what it means to be a participant in MediaBugs. Don't forget that your use of MediaBugs is subject to these guidelines and our Terms of Use.

What to do

MediaBugs welcomes robust debate rooted in civility and mutual respect.

We're a community of many types of people, who all have the right to feel comfortable and who may not think what you think, believe what you believe or see what you see. So, be polite and respectful in your interactions with other members.

We encourage all participants to use their real names in their MediaBugs interactions.

If you observe material or conduct on our site that you feel violates these guidelines, let us know either by using the "flag this" buttons on our pages or via our Contact page.

What not to do

Members may be blocked from the site for vandalism; making personal attacks on other members; posting material that is libelous, defamatory, knowingly false or misrepresents another person; publishing others' copyrighted material; or for violating these guidelines or other policies.

Don’t vent your frustrations, rant, or bore the brains out of other members. This is not a venue for you to harass, abuse, impersonate, or intimidate others. If we receive a valid complaint about your conduct, we’ll send you a warning or terminate your account.

Offensive, inflammatory or otherwise inappropriate screen names are not permitted, and the use of these will be prevented through blocking of accounts. Members blocked for having an inappropriate name will be permitted to rejoin under a new name.

MediaBugs is for personal use only. If we find you selling products, services, or yourself through your contributions to MediaBugs, we will warn you and can terminate your account.

What we do and don't do

MediaBugs aims to provide a fair, neutral, civil space for people to work together to improve the accuracy of news reports.

MediaBugs and its staff will

  • actively moderate discussions and contributions according to these guidelines
  • make good-faith efforts to bring interested and affected parties into the discussion of each bug reported
  • rule bug reports "off topic" when they do not pertain to correctable errors, or they fall outside our geographical area
  • do our best to keep the service's data up-to-date and accurate
  • define and determine what is unacceptable content on a case-by-case basis (our definitions are not limited to this list)

MediaBugs and its staff won't

  • check facts or re-report stories ourselves
  • pass judgment on who's right and wrong in any particular discussion

We welcome your help upholding these community guidelines. If you are concerned about any content you see on this service or feel that something violates these guidelines, we urge you to flag it to our attention by clicking on the "Flag" link that appears near each bug and comment. We also invite you to contact us whenever you see content that violates these guidelines. Thank you for working with us to create a great environment for fixing the news!

[Thanks to Flickr and BlogHer, great sites whose community guidelines we have modeled ours upon.]