During the past months we talked to many of you about the current state of our moderation and our community as a whole. Thank you all for participating in the interviews, answering our surveys, and sharing your #feedback with us. We gathered a lot of super interesting insights!
One of the common themes we found is that our guidelines are often unclear. Most of us have a basic understanding of the do’s and don’ts on Jodel. So it surprised us that a big amount of issues came from simple misunderstandings of our rules. They were either too broad, outdated or even inconsistent among different places.
This is why we now updated our community guidelines to create a shared understanding of the rules, be more consistent and address frequent doubts and concerns. We also added examples and new rules that better fit the current dynamics on Jodel.
Of course, community guidelines can only be called as such if they come from the community. For this reason, we involved moderators and users from the very start. Together we explored what we need to change and how to make sure everyone can have a great time on Jodel.
The new guidelines should provide a solid framework for our interactions. Their goal is to enable us to have fun together and engage in open and respectful dialogue.
For some, this might feel like a lot of new rules. But in fact, most of these new additions were already used and common practice in our community. They were simply never specified properly. Overall we really loved one summary a Jodeler had for the rules:
“This is just a long and cumbersome way of saying ‘Be a good person and nice to each other’…” (We actually liked it so much, we included it in the introduction).
So keep this in mind when reading through the rules. Ultimately, what matters is the intention behind each post and its context. For this reason think about the guidelines as instances of general principles and not exact prescriptions that always apply word for word.
The ultimate purpose of these guidelines is never to limit our creativity or censor. They aim to make sure that all interactions on Jodel stay positive and civilized, to make everyone feel welcome and take part in our amazing community.
Some of the highlights of the new rules:
- easy way to navigate between the different sections🚀
- detailed explanations including examples 🔎
- guidelines for channels 🤓
- explanations to common issues 😻
- no more repost section ♻️ (just move the post to @repost)
- all flag reasons have a corresponding rule 🚩(besides reposts, working on that 😉)
The only constant in life is change, so this document will never be complete, never final. As the Jodel community grows and evolves, so do these rules. We keep what is working and adjust what is not. In the end, these guidelines are here to serve you and to make sure everyone of us has a great time on Jodel.
We invite you to be part of this ongoing discussion. Help us to improve the guidelines in the @guidelines channel. Here you can tell us what is missing, what you like and what you want to improve. All posts in this channel will get forwarded to our team and we will try to read all of them. We might not reply to every single one but we will address the most common points in periodical updates on our blog.
So without further delay, here are the new guidelines.
Let us know what you think and keep up the good jodling!
Niklas & the Jodel TeamApr 8, 2019