We've been wanting to do this for a while, and we finally got around to it with the help of Moe from hardcore band Cipher, who has been working with us. Many of you showed concerns about inappropriate behaviors on the message board, in blog comments, etc. We don't want to be policing every conversation on the website, but we have to make sure that we all respect one another. There is no excuse for members who cross that line.
So here it goes: The Afro-punk Community Guidelines.
Afro-punk Community Guidelines:
We take these guidelines seriously and have established them in order to maintain a safe and growing community, faithful to the foundations and ethos of punk rock/hardcore and true to the spirit of liberation. This is one space where everyone belongs. We will work our hardest to create a community where you have confidence in your ability to express your full self without being subject to any of the negative stigmas, attacks, or discrimination you may encounter other places in society. As a community we each have a role in making that a reality.
1. We believe in free speech: However, “hate speech” is where we draw the line. Racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, and any other hateful language directed against someone based on their race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, body, disability, or national origin will not be tolerated.
2. Bullying will not be tolerated: We want to foster healthy debate and expect heated disagreements in our community. We will not accept ad hominem attacks, put downs, and cyber-bullying because someone does not share your ideas or beliefs.
3. Everybody is welcome: As punks and as people of color we know how devastating discrimination can be, that’s why the Afro-punk community will always remain open to everyone, regardless of their race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, body, disability, or national origin.
4. Elitism is not welcome here: Do you remember your first show? Maybe you didn’t know all the bands and didn’t own all the records. Others had a choice to either embrace you as a guest or reject you for being a poser or new-jack. Simply put, do not use your musical knowledge, length of time as a member of this community, number of posts you’ve logged, or your age as a tool to put other people down. Instead, use your knowledge and experience to share information and insights
with others, especially newcomers to the AP community.