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The rules of Digipo

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Here we summarize some of the rules that make Digipo work. Working on Digipo means you consent to follow these rules.

We describe and summarize, not argue. The format of Digipo is encyclopedic. We don't try to win arguments or score points. Articles should represent all significant expert schools of thought on an issue. Questions should be phrased as questions people might actually ask.

What happens in Digipo stays in Digipo. Unlike Wikipedia, our edit histories are only open to participating members, not readers. We also occasionally nuke the edit histories when a document reaches a stable state. This is because we are trying to minimize student exposure to trolls. As a member of Digipo, you vow to treat student privacy with respect, and not bring disagreements within Digipo outside of Digipo. This also applies to compliments as well -- do not publicly say who edited a document unless you have their permission to share that information.

Everything submitted goes into the public domain. Everything students submit goes into the public domain, and by default is not attributed to the students (again, for privacy reasons). If students want to claim their own work publicly, they are welcome to do so, but we don't force them to.

Your work will be edited by others, eventually. We have a two tier system, which allows classes to work on their own documents without edits by other Digipo members. Eventually, however, the work will be migrated to the Commons, where the rest of project members will be able to edit it. Classes can decide when that happens (during the class, or after) but it eventually will happen. For privacy, when we migrate, we wipe out the edit and comment history.

Don't be a jerk. We have a general no-jerks rule. When editing the work of others, don't be a jerk. When writing something up, don't sound like a jerk. When deciding who to share a password with, don't share it with jerks. Don't choose a jerky username. Assume the good intent of other editors. Treat people like humans. Etc. All this applies especially to editing in the Commons, where there will (hopefully) be many people who disagree with you.

Be bold. This is the counterpoint of not being a jerk. When you see something wrong or incomplete on wiki, don't start a conversation about it -- fix it. If the change gets reverted back by someone else, then start a dialogue about it. But make your first move to try to improve the article, not to talk about it. Move to conversation only when there is real disagreement, or if an issue is particularly prickly.

For true anonymity, get an extra Google account. We take student privacy very seriously. While student comments are visible in the course directories to other students in the class, we remove this history before the document is moved to the Commons area. However, your name and email may be visible to other students in the class. For users concerned about this, we recommend users get a second Google account not attached to their name if they wish to remain truly anonymous. Google actually makes it easy to switch between accounts.


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