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Black Girls Create Community Code of Conduct & Guidelines

Black Girls Create is a unique intersectional hub for Black creators and critical fandom. Through substantive but easily accessible content, we collaborate to champion the increased media representation of Black women specifically, and people of color in general. Similarly, the Black Girls Create community is a place for substantive but easily accessible conversations. We strive for this to be a safe space for everyone, but the needs and considerations of Black women, specifically, will be placed above all others.

Any violation of these rules may result in removal from the community. Black Girls Create has the right to revise the Code of Conduct at any time and for any reason without notice.

Code of Conduct

  • Be inclusive.

    • While this community was built for Black women, we accept and support people of all backgrounds and identities. This includes, but is not limited to members of any sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, social and economic class, educational level, color, immigration status, sex, age, size, family status, political belief, religion, and mental and physical ability.

  • Be respectful.

    • We won't all agree all the time, but disagreement is no excuse for disrespectful behavior. We will all experience frustration from time to time, but we cannot allow that frustration to become personal attacks. An environment where people feel uncomfortable or threatened is not a productive or creative one.

  • Choose your words carefully.

    • Be kind to others. Do not insult or put down others. Be mindful of being overly familiar. Harassment and exclusionary behavior aren't acceptable. This includes, but is not limited to:

      • Threats of violence.

      • Insubordination.

      • Discriminatory jokes and language.

      • Sharing sexually explicit or violent material without warning or consent.

      • Personal insults, especially those using racist or sexist terms.

      • Unwelcome sexual attention.

      • Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behavior.

  • Assume no ill-intent.

    • There are people from various experiences, backgrounds, and locations in this Slack and while we are a community, we are still getting to know each other. While we ask everyone to be mindful of their words, we also ask that you assume the best in people and work through disagreements and miscommunication without assuming the other person meant you harm.

  • Be Discreet.

    • Slack is not Twitter. Please be mindful that members may not want their comments shared publicly. We want to keep the conversation open, safe, and (mostly) judgment-free, and it can be difficult to do that with fear that what is said will end up on social media. That said, sometimes shit is funny and needs to be shared, please just ask permission first.

Black Girls Create Slack Community Guidelines

If you are new to Slack as a platform, consider reading this article that can you help navigate some of the platform’s etiquette.

Channels

  • Anyone is able to create a new channel, but before you do please make sure one does not already exist.

  • You can be creative in your naming of channels, but please make sure to include a clear purpose for the channel.

  • You can create private invite-only channels, but the code of conduct still applies and please do so sparingly, as the point is to build relationships and not devolve into cliques.

  • Stay on topic in channels. We understand that conversations can become dynamic but as a conversation about Harry Potter (d)evolves into a conversation about Doctor Who, please move to the appropriate channel.

  • Try to keep sharing replies to threads to the entire channel to a minimum. If the conversation is still happening on a topic just comment in the channel or use the “share” button to reply to a specific comment we’ve moved past.

Threads

  • When discussing movies or TV episodes that have recently been aired, you must do so in a spoiler thread. You can use the command /spoiler and share thoughts within the thread. DO NOT share reply to the channel.

    • Ex: /spoiler Doctor Who S11E1 Spoiler Thread

  • Threads are best for side conversations when you want to delve deeply into a topic with a subset of members in the channel.

  • Conversations move quickly. If a channel has moved on and you’d like to bring the conversation back for another round, you can share the message or copy the link to the last message into your message to the channel and bring the conversation back.

    • To share hit the arrow under the message and choose which channel you are sharing the message into.

    • To copy links, hover over the message. Where the options to start a thread are, click the ellipsis and choose copy link.

  • Threads get a bit messy when someone has shared to the channel and the thread — Slack will prompt you to clear notifications in two places, so let’s keep the channels as neat as possible.

  • If you must share to a channel, just do so at a minimum (sharing a link, when you’ve got a FIRE comeback, etc.)

Introductions

  • Please fill out your profile. There is an optional display name which we encourage you use. Please make sure to include in your pronouns either in your display name or full name section. We ask that you do that as a constant reminder for other people to refer to you by your pronouns. Keep it in mind that people’s gender should not be assumed through name or picture. If you do not feel comfortable including your pronouns, we will refer to you by name only.

  • You don’t need to include a picture of yourself, but keep in mind that it’s a great way for people to get to know you. Consider adding your Hogwarts House (if you’re into that sort of thing) and Twitter handle.

  • When you join the Slack you will automatically be added to two channels, #general and #introduce-yourself. Please post your introduction in the #introduce-yourself channel and include your name, location, and your interests/fandoms. The active members will welcome you and suggest channels that best match your interests.

Final Notes

  • Feel free to invite people, the more opinions the better! However, please use discretion with invites. We don’t want to be overwhelmed by loud white bro opinions. It is of the utmost importance to us that women, especially Black women, feel comfortable at all times.

  • Be aware that not all people engage in the same way. There may be some people who are present in the Slack but are not participating in the conversation.

  • If you see someone misbehaving call it out, respectfully. This is our safe space to be as nerdy as we want! We all OWN this space.

  • If you feel uncomfortable or see anyone repeatedly violating these terms please message Bayana Davis, Constance Gibbs, or Robyn Jordan.

  • Failure to follow the code of conduct will get you removed from the team. There is no benching here, you will be cut!

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