As some may know, I've been playing devil's advocate in Jen Shaffer's
conversation provoking blog, Conflict in my Evoke?
. I've shared some of my views on why I think regulating away "gaming the system" or competition doesn't work for me in the comments of that blog; however, at Amos Meeks' suggestion, I'm going to spin off one of my thoughts into a new blog - creating codes of ethics for Evoke.
While I think that calling for amending the rules or focus of Evoke to preference one view of it over another would stifle a healthy ferment of ideas, I also think that it is perfectly fine to self-regulate and create communities around self-regulation with Evoke. (In comic book terms, some of us would be Fantastic Four while others are X-Men.) I'm including a copy of the principles I'm trying to live by within the Evoke context as a starting point for discussion.
Mark's Code of Ethics in Evoke 1.0
1 - Post only blogs, pictures, and videos that I believe will promote
the awareness, knowledge, or pleasure of other members of this
2 - Before posting a video or blog, do a quick search to see what has
already been done on that topic and avoid posting something that
someone else already contributed.
3 - Make sure I know what I'm putting up. Never posted something that I haven't read or watched all the way to the end.
4 - Reciprocate in kind. To the best of my ability (and time) respond
with thought and honesty to the evidence of others who have commented
on mine with thought and honesty.
5 - As in improv, say "YES". I will seek out new relationships and say yes to any invites to be friends.
6 - Assume the misunderstanding is mine. When I encounter a post or
comment that rankles me, I will first assume that I don't have all the
facts or am misunderstanding something and will ask for clarification
rather than torches and kindling.
7 - Avoid second guessing. I won't spend a lot of time wondering if
this game is really a front for some intelligence agency or marketing
service. I will engage with it as it promotes itself unless evidence
8 - I will keep my eyes on the prizes. No, not that prize. Or that prize. This is my oldest daughter, Katie
, and the world she sees (the oldest of my three prizes) and I want whoever "wins" to make her world a little less dire.
Perhaps, we can come up with some core principles or ethics that most will agree to? Perhaps not? But shouldn't we at least give it go before asking Alchemy to step in and fix things for us?
While I welcome comments or questions about my ethics version 1.0, I'd much rather hear what principles govern your gameplay/collaboration.
Best regards, Mark
PS Thanks Amos for calling me out on this.