TED Conversations

Pabitra Mukhopadhyay

TEDCRED 50+

This conversation is closed. Start a new conversation
or join one »

TED conversation conduct

Can we jointly define it? Beyond the obvious foul, hateful and distasteful language?
I shall propose a few thumb rules and request you to populate/edit the list. I think it can be of great help for all of us.
1. No personal attack.
2. Disagree with respect
3. Give humor a chance.
4. Don't loose an opportunity to complement a poster.
5. Let go the first chance to criticize.
6. Be succinct but expand when necessary.
7. Try to be on topic but if a thread developed a question more interesting than the original, continue it.
8. Make your stand clear, if you have one.
9. Don't withdraw a comment unless you are compelled by consideration. Please leave a hint why you did so.
10. Please leave a concluding message for a conversation that is closing.

Thanks to everybody.

+5
Share:

Closing Statement from Pabitra Mukhopadhyay

Based on inputs from TEDsters here in open discourse it appears that an unofficial TED conversation conduct guideline may be as below:
1. No personal attack.
2. Disagree respectfully.
3. Give humor a chance.
4. Don't lose an opportunity to compliment a poster.
5. Let go the first chance to criticize a post.
6. Be succinct but expand when necessary.
7. Try to be on topic. If a thread develops a new question open a new conversation.
8. Make your stand clear, if you have one.
9. Don't withdraw a comment unless you are compelled by consideration. Please explain why you did so.
10. Please leave a concluding message for a conversation that is closing.
11. Never edit your comment beyond spelling and grammatical mistakes after someone has replied to it. If it is felt absolutely necessary for an edit after a reply, keep the original comment and add correction clearly mentioning it is an edited version.
12. Try to back up your comment with references if you are forwarding a claim. Your arguments will be more convincing if you provide supporting evidence, such as references for any statistics you cite or for claims about what scientific research says or what scientists believe.
13. Please interact with the commenters as a host of a conversation you started.
14. Draw your line between intellectual sparring and hazing. No trolls, bullying, multiple profile ganging up either.
15. Uphold the right of free speech but with responsibility and modesty.
16. Use TED email when you need to contact a poster directly.

Thanks to all participants and the TED conversation moderation team. Cheers!!

Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.

  • W T 100+

    • 0
    Apr 25 2013: You know what would by nice.........if TED allowed us to italicize and bold when we copy/pasted from others' comments.

    You know how sometimes you are addressing just one part of somebody else's comment and you copy/paste it, then you have to put quotation marks around it?
    It would be nice if we could italicize, or bold the letters to make them pop......and then we can break down parts of other's conversation to address different points easier.

    I just think that is a nice thing to have.....I use it on another site, and it makes it easier to follow conversations, also when you bring in information from an outside source, you can italicize and bold as well.

    This of course has nothing to do w/ conversation conduct, but I thought I'd include it. Shall I start a new thread? (this is humor....or my attempt at it)

    [EDIT] The way it is done on another site, is we put at the beginning and end of the section we want to italicize, and use b for bold instead of i. Very simple, and very effective.
    Hope you read this TED.

    [EDIT...2] Guess what? It did not let me tell you how it's done. I will write it out. You type the sign on top of the comma, then type i, then type the sign on top of the period. You do this at the beginning and at the end of the statement.

    If what I typed doesn't make sense to you, let me know.
    • thumb
      Apr 25 2013: Dear Mary,
      That is an interesting suggestion. But I think what you are indicating is a text editor that is sensitive to hypertext scripting. TED does not use that. May be TED wants to keep the server light. For example you cannot insert a picture/media in a comment.
      • W T 100+

        • 0
        Apr 28 2013: So what you are saying is that it would be too much work to do something like that?
        Oh bummer.
        • thumb
          Apr 28 2013: :) TED knows best Mary. It's quite a task reigning in wild horses in a stable with too few people. I think they want to keep things simple.

Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.