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Our mission to engage and inform Texans means our work doesn’t end when we publish a story. We believe it is our duty to actively engage our audience in matters of politics and policy, developing channels for meaningful discourse with and among our readers. The following guidelines are meant to ensure that our platform — including our comments, events and community groups — remains a civil place for you to exchange ideas and information. Thanks in advance for helping us cultivate a safe and sustainable environment to discuss politics and policy issues.
The Texas Tribune welcomes comments on many of our story pages. To join the discussion, create (or log into) your Texas Tribune account. By commenting, you agree to the following guidelines — a set of do’s and don’ts that we may update as our community evolves.
- Be constructive. First-hand experiences, credible information and informed questions help build a constructive dialogue. Personal arguments and attacks do not.
- Be respectful. Debate ideas, not people. Whether you agree or disagree with another comment, please follow the golden rule when addressing others.
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- Flag bad behavior. We rely on our community to help us identify disruptive actors. Please use the flag tool to mark questionable comments for our moderation team to review.
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- See our full terms of service for a more detailed list of prohibited content.
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What if someone hasn’t violated guidelines but is driving me nuts?
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I’ve reported a comment or user, now what?
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The Texas Tribune hosts more than 60 free, town hall-style events every year to promote civil discussions and foster community across Texas. This includes our annual Texas Tribune Festival, which draws thousands to Congress Avenue for three days of politics and policy discussions each fall, as well as year-round conversations with elected officials, community leaders and policy makers.
Code of Conduct
We encourage event attendees to bring questions and a willingness to participate in respectful conversations. We’re grateful that our community is civil — it’s what makes Texas Tribune events successful. All attendees should feel safe at Texas Tribune events, and we will not tolerate any harassment based on race, gender and trans statuses, sexual orientation, religion, disability, socioeconomic status, age, national origin or ethnicity.
We expect all participants — attendees, speakers, sponsors and volunteers — to follow the Code of Conduct during the conference. This includes conference-related social events at off-site locations and related online communities and social media. Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. Participants violating this Code of Conduct may be expelled from any Texas Tribune event (including Festival) without a refund, and/or banned from future Texas Tribune events, at the discretion of Tribune staff.
- Exercise consideration and respect in your speech and actions.
- Passionate conversations are part of solving problems. Disagreements happen all the time and are necessary to consider difficult questions. That said, we ask that you keep conversations professional, respectful and consider other parties’ points of view. In short, don’t make it personal.
- Remember that the boundaries of good taste, humor, personal space and physical interaction differ from person to person; if you sense someone feels uncomfortable — whether they explicitly state it or not — be respectful of those boundaries.
- Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory or harassing behavior. Harassment and inappropriate behavior may include, but are not limited to:
- Sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic or otherwise discriminatory jokes or languagePhysical intimidation, stalking or followingSustained disruption of talks or eventsPosting or displaying sexually explicit or violent materialUnwelcome sexual attention. This includes sexualized comments or jokes; inappropriate touching, groping and unwelcome sexual advancesAdvocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behavior
- Do not bring: chairs, signs, anything that could be considered a weapon of any kind (gun, knife, large stick, projectiles, etc.), graffiti pens or spray paint. Individuals bringing these items may be ejected from the Festival and have credentials revoked without refund. We expect attendees to use good judgment. We reserve the right to disallow any other items we deem inappropriate, dangerous, threatening or inconvenient to others attending the event.
- No political campaigning at Texas Tribune events or Festival venues.
Above text is licensed CC BY-SA 4.0, adapted from ONA18 Code of Conduct (Adapted from the SRCCON Code of Conduct and the Citizen Code of Conduct; in consultation with the Geek Feminism community anti-harassment policy, O’Reilly Media’s conference Code of Conduct, the Coral Project’s Code of Conduct, and conversations with multiple community managers in journalism in developing our Code of Conduct.)
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