Welcome to the WantToKnow.info online community forum! Designed for readers and supporters of the WantToKnow.info website and subscribers to our email list, this is a place to connect and share information with other caring individuals of like mind. By coming together here, we can better educate ourselves and others in order to be more effective in transforming our lives and world. Thank you for choosing to make a difference. You can find the forum topics at the link below.
In building a community dedicated to working together for the good of all, the administrators of WantToKnow.info find it important to uphold certain basic common values and intentions as forum guidelines. We ask that all WantToKnow.info forum members do our very best to follow these guidelines while participating in this forum.
- We treat every forum member with honesty, integrity, and respect.
- We support each individual and group in being the very best they can be.
- We acknowledge that ultimately we are responsible for every action we take.
- While honoring and celebrating our differences and each individual's uniqueness, we choose to focus on ways we can come together and unite our energies in service of all humanity.
All of us at times will fall short in this. We ask only that you do your best, and when you fall short, be willing to do what it takes to come back into alignment with these guidelines.
Though we come together to share information and inspire each other, conflict is a natural part of any community. We will occasionally have disagreements arise in the forums. How we deal with these disagreements both individually and collectively can make a huge difference in how effectively we support each other in making a difference in our world.
We welcome disagreements as long these are carried out with respect and a desire to follow the guidelines listed here. We will naturally disagree on some things, yet it is when we can disagree while still feeling honor, support, and respect with each other that powerful opportunities for growth and transformation arise.
Flagging. For the rare times when conflict arises that becomes divisive, blaming, or otherwise disempowering, we use a flagging system on our portal. At the bottom of every post and comment, you will find a "Flag" link. If you come across a post or a comment which is clearly not in alignment with our guidelines, you can flag it. Here are some reasons you might flag a post:
- Vulgar language used in a disempowering way.
- Attacking behavior: Offensive or degrading words directed at another.
- Clearly divisive: Excessive polarizing comments meant to divide people on an issue.
- Spam: Inappropriate advertising or solicitation.
- Inappropriate sexuality: Disempowering or overly explicit sexuality.
Once a post or comment is flagged, a notification is automatically sent to the administrators of the forum for review. When a post gets flagged, it will be considered for removal. If a post or comment clearly is not in alignment with our community values, please don't hesitate to flag. In this way, those who slip from our agreed upon values will be given reminders from other members.
If a member is consistently flagged or clearly violates these forum guidelines in an egregious way, they may be removed from the forum. Though we hope this doesn't happen often, it is important to have guidelines like this in place to maintain the commitment to respect on our forum.
That said, before flagging the post or comment of someone who is not following our community values, we invite you first to simply post a comment inviting the writer to remember our shared agreement to do our best to come from a place of respect and honoring. At times we all need to be reminded of this, and often that is all it takes to come back into harmony. Please do your best to be compassionate and supportive when giving these reminders.
When we agree as a community to work together to remind each other of our desire to work together for the good of all of us, we can move through any conflict in a way that invites all involved to continually be the change.
Stars. For posts which are particularly powerful or inspiring, we also have a rating system using five stars. As we have lots of wonderful posts all the time, this helps the best, most inspiring or moving pieces to rise to the top so that others can easily find them. If you want to easily find some of our best material after registering, click the "Top rated" tab on the "Recent Posts" page for a listing of all top rated posts. Your star ratings will help with this process.
To join in the conversation and connect with other WantToKnow.info readers and supporters, simply click on the "Create new account" link near the top of the left column of this or any page of the forum. A "Readers Forum" link has also been added near the top of the left column on all regular WantToKnow.info webpages. Thanks for joining in the conversation and helping to build a better world. And have fun while you're at it!
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