We’ve adjusted our ADQ guidelines.
We wanted to reach out to you to say thank you for providing and responding to claims. We’ve learned a lot, evolved quite a bit over the last six months and generally have tested a wide variety of claims related to all aspects of society.
During that time, the Modoalas have learned a ton about the art of conversation and the difference between discourse and debate. Some of that has come with some growing pains, and we wanted to, out of respect for the community, share some of those with you.
For one, we have run into a little more adversarial conversation than we previously expected. It happens; it’s online discourse. Yet we think there is a larger phenomenon within that discourse that is exceptionally interesting: the conversations where participants are highly interested in winning an argument have a tendency to get heated more quickly, whereas those where people express their own personal take on a situation are calmer.
A second pickle we have run into: the ADQ community does range a little bit in terms of their comfort level with highly sexual ideas/issues. Some people are more comfortable talking about these ideas than others— and that’s OK! We put free expression front and center in our initial ADQ Guidelines and those members are playing by the rules.
That said, the community guidelines are changing, and those changes coupled with a restructuring of how we hold discourse should lead to a solution that works for those who appreciate the highly sexual and those who participate in chats with their kids near the screen.
Here’s the scoop: the new ADQ guidelines for the original group place education and respect atop the value list, with expression as the third value. In other words,
free expression is now a bit more limited.
Part of the purpose of this is for the current community directly. The other reason for the adjustment is to bring ADQ to stakeholders and community leaders in a format that is focused on policy, philosophy, science and social discussions. The conversations will either fit those categories or at least not disturb the engagement potential for those categories.
This means highly sexual items may not fit into ADQ’s current format… which is fine. It also means that we had to innovate to provide a safe playground for our highly sexual community members. After all, sex is important. If community members want to express themselves and trade tips by weighing in on sexual claims in a closed space with the ADQ community, there should be an option for that.
That way, everyone can have their Koala-cake and eat it too.