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Pabitra Mukhopadhyay


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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.


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!!

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    Apr 28 2013: So slightly off topic question, but one which in my opinion could be arguably more interesting..... who likes cake?
    Haha :D

    I must agree with the general theme developing in the preceding comments that all 10 are important though to some extent I disagree with number 7 on the basis that people post their questions looking for insight and answers, not random chit chat about something different. Yes it is brilliant to read and most of the comments posted are a joy to browse through, but sometimes they simply are not offering any help to the poster, if anything, they maybe sidetrack them to lose focus on what was concerning/intriguing them originally.
    I must add however, that this is a slightly hypocritical contribution to this question as I seem to find myself adding in rhetorical and somewhat off-topic questions through my answers!

    Also, in regard to number 4 I think this is of importance both of a fellow TED comment-er level and whomever posted the question to begin with. If you feel someone has really put a lot of passion and thought into an answer and you enjoyed the moments of your time used reading it, the show that appreciation and 'thumbs up' the comment. I am sure that this will not only make them smile, but encourage them to put as much energy into future comments. With question posters, it is lovely to see those who interact throughout the conversations and reply to comments which they feel are necessary/worthy.
    The TED community and conversations are wonderful, I'm sure that these rules are already strongly imprinted within most of us anyway, though thank you for the clarification of them Pabitra - Hopefully this will help to deter those who don't follow and remind everyone what is acceptable! :D
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      Apr 28 2013: You know what helps conversations stay on track? A slice of cake :D haha

      I liked your post.

      But now to my question......I think that if the person posting the question or idea, or debate, came back and responded to the posted comments, it would help the conversation stay on track.

      Sometimes people highjack conversations....because they start to argue statistics or semantics or just about anything.
      And yes, we are all hypocrites when it comes to adhering to this point.
      Mainly because our brains are wired to make connections, and sometimes what one member will share, may remind us of something else, and we feel the impulse to share it.

      I had a university professor who called these extraneous details "nickel knowledge"......and boy, have I got nickels in my piggy bank.

      Are you done with the slice of cake? OK, now wipe your mouth. May I offer you a spot of tea? :D
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      Apr 28 2013: Hi Becky :)
      The 10 rules in the opening text have since been amended to 12 in an independent post by me some where below. Kindly look that up and offer your comments. There is also a #13 now and I hope to post a further amendment soon.
      I use thumbs up pretty often and have not flagged any comment as inappropriate. I think it is better to mistake on the happier side of life than the bitter. I prefer to express clearly why I did not like the style, manner or rational of a comment instead of flagging it. That's community manager's job.
      Thank you for your response :)
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        Apr 28 2013: Pabitra, I agree with your view of flagging, with one exception....spam.

        Sometimes the moderators need a little bit of help, but that's just my opinion.
        Some spam is so obvious....like the one about making alot of money....remember when those popped up everywhere?
        When it is obviously spam, I will flag it.
        Otherwise, I leave comments alone.

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