The community has seen a marked increase in new users over the past few months, and we are constantly delighted at the conversations that occur on the Soylent discourse. In light of this increase in community activity, we would like to re-emphasize our community guidelines, as well as introduce some clarifications & changes to how moderation takes place within the Soylent discourse:
This community is a place for congenial and civil discussion centered around Soylent, powdered foods in general, nutrition, science, new innovations in health/science/technology, etc. Topics & discussions that do not fall under these general subjects will be removed.
We work hard to maintain an elevated level of civil discourse in this community. Please take the time to read our content guidelines in full. Here are some important sections:
Be respectful of the topics and the people discussing them, even if you disagree with some of what is being said.
You may wish to respond to something by disagreeing with it. That’s fine. But, remember to criticize ideas, not people.
The conversations we have here set the tone for everyone. Help us influence the future of this community by choosing to engage in discussions that make this forum an interesting place to be — and avoiding those that do not.
Always be civil. Nothing sabotages a healthy conversation like rudeness.
Again, these are just a selection – please make sure you’ve read the guidelines in full.
Topics and posts that violate the community content guidelines will be addressed in several ways:
Peer moderation - If another member of the community feels that a post or topic violates any of the above guidelines, they can flag the post. If enough users flag a post, it will be hidden and a private message will be sent to the author, asking them to edit the post to adhere with community guidelines. Once the post has been edited, it will be unhidden.
Community Moderators - There are now several additional community moderators that will be monitoring the forum to ensure that it remains a productive and safe environment. These new moderators (@BoDuke @Tesseract) are also long-time community members who have contributed in constructive and significant ways to the Soylent discourse community over the past year. In the interest of clarity, their original discourse accounts are unchanged – they will be using their moderator accounts as necessary, but will largely continue to participate as regular community members. Maintaining anonymity between their regular and moderator accounts is up to their discretion. They receive no compensation from Rosa Labs.
Also, a huge thank-you to @codinghorror, who in addition to being the co-creator of the Discourse forum software, has been an enormous help in moderating the Soylent discourse over the past 12 months.
Some words on tone:
We encourage individuals of all viewpoints and backgrounds to contribute to the Soylent discourse, and feel strongly that a diverse community is essential for long-term success. These diverse viewpoints will always include negative ones. Dissatisfaction with our current order fulfillment process would be a particularly salient example.
We want to say quite clearly that we see nothing inherently wrong with negative viewpoints, and we would like the discourse to be a space to articulate such opinions – direct customer & community feedback is quite valuable. As long as a post does not violate the community guidelines and is relevant to the specific topic and the discourse at large, there shouldn’t be any reason for the community or community moderators to take action.
Disagreement is a natural part of information exchange, and ideally has positive effects. If both sides are open-minded, disagreement is productive and allows knowledge to grow or spread. If either side persists only in repeating their own point, cycling the same arguments, and refusing to budge, then nobody is benefiting, and it is likely that the topic will be closed by a moderator.