Introducing Anime-Planet's Community Code of Conduct

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Anime-Planet’s community is made up of millions of users who have a wide range of ages, political beliefs, sexual orientations and gender identities. Our commitment is to provide a harassment-free experience for all community members.

In the interest of fostering a welcoming, inclusive environment, and to promote constructive dialogue and expression, we've documented a new Code of Conduct that applies to everyone on Anime-Planet: from users to staff alike. Many of these guidelines overlap with the Terms of Use, but we felt it's important to describe what kind of community we're trying to promote, as well as specific examples of what isn't allowed.

Read the Code of Conduct

If you have questions about the new Code of Conduct, you can ask those questions here.
 
I have a question.

Using sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic, or other ethnically, religiously or sexually offensive language.
This is missing some specificity. There is a lot of debate among many people in the world right now what counts as "Hate Speech", which seems to be what this refers to. Do you mean just slurs, or is no one allowed to denounce any other group in any way (e.g. saying "Christians are stupid" would be punishable)? What types of words or phrases are prohibited?

If our language is being policed like this, we should be entitled to know EXACTLY what we can and cannot say.
 
I have a question.


This is missing some specificity. There is a lot of debate among many people in the world right now what counts as "Hate Speech", which seems to be what this refers to. Do you mean just slurs, or is no one allowed to denounce any other group in any way (e.g. saying "Christians are stupid" would be punishable)? What types of words or phrases are prohibited?

If our language is being policed like this, we should be entitled to know EXACTLY what we can and cannot say.

"Christians are stupid" is not acceptable, yes. If something sounds rude, hateful, or unwelcoming, safe to assume it violates the site's code of conduct.
 
As Anna stated, that would be a violation of several line items. But especially this one:

Generalizing or baiting users with inflammatory content, directly or indirectly.

Re: generalizing a group of people. Also mentioned in the "community standards" section:

When debating sensitive or controversial topics, referencing behavior (“that view seems based in racism”) versus individuals (“you’re a racist”).

As to the general question, it's impossible to create a set of guidelines that encompasses every possible variation. The guidelines are meant to be broad, but also give a good idea of what sort of speech is not allowed. Most of this is common sense. Also, what Anna said.
 
It's impossible to create a set of guidelines that encompasses every possible variation.

Man, if this ever was the truth.
I mean you could, but it would be like a whole 20 pages, a 5 set of VHS tapes on a warbly player, and a 7 day web seminar.

Anyhow, hopefully our regulars can help guide or lead the way here. I have
 
12. Attempting to subvert, nullify, or otherwise circumvent the rules by abusing technicalities. For example, “I was just asking a question”, “It’s my opinion”, posting hypotheticals, sea lioning, gaslighting.

I've never seen a community guild line outright call out sea lioning like this. I'm actually very impressed with that call.
 
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