This Community Standards Policy is adapted from the Different Games Inclusivity statement by Tim Johnston and Laine Nooney, and the Queerness and Games Conference statement by Mattie Brice, Bonnie Ruberg, Chris Goetz, and Chelsea Howe. It reflects political and ethical strategies developed in social justice feminist, queer, racial justice, transgender, and disability movements.

Ideas on Fire welcomes all Visitors and Registered Users committed to making an inclusive, safe, and supportive community. This means that we oppose all discrimination and marginalization based on gender identity or presentation, sexuality, race, ethnicity, ability or disability, socioeconomic class, age, nationality, religion, or citizenship status.

All Visitors and Registered Users participants are expected to remain mindful of, and take responsibility for, their speech and behavior. We are all collectively and individually responsible for avoiding pejorative language and actions that perpetuate systemic oppression and violence. We all have different understandings of privilege and social oppression, and mistakes may happen. Because of this, it is paramount that you tell the Ideas on Fire team about something that has bothered you (including anything we say), and for those who misstep to be open to correcting their behavior.

By accessing and/or using our Websites, you agree to comply with our Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and these community guidelines (the “Community Guidelines Policy”). You also agree that:

  • You will comply with all applicable laws in your use of the Websites and will not use the Websites for any unlawful purpose;
  • You will not upload, post, email, transmit, or otherwise make available any content that:
    • infringes any copyright, trademark, right of publicity, or other proprietary rights of any person or entity; or
    • is defamatory, libelous, invasive of another’s privacy, promotes violence, or contains hate speech (i.e., speech that attacks or demeans a group based on gender identity or presentation, sexuality, race, ethnicity, ability or disability, socioeconomic class, age, nationality, religion, or citizenship status.)
    • discloses any sensitive information about another person, including that person’s email address, postal address, phone number, credit card information, or any similar information.
  • You will not stalk, threaten, or otherwise harass another person;
  • You will not spam or use the Websites to engage in any commercial activities;
  • If you post any Registered User Content, you will stay on topic;
  • You will not access or use the Websites to collect any market research for a competing business;
  • You will not impersonate any person or entity or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with a person or entity;
  • You will not interfere with or attempt to interrupt the proper operation of the Websites through the use of any virus, device, information collection or transmission mechanism, software or routine, or access or attempt to gain access to any data, files, or passwords related to the Websites through hacking, password or data mining, or any other means;
  • You will not cover, obscure, block, or in any way interfere with any advertisements and/or safety features (e.g., report abuse button) on the Websites;
  • You will not use any robot, spider, scraper, or other automated means to access the Websites for any purpose without our express written permission; provided, however, we grant the operators of public search engines permission to use spiders to copy materials from the public portions of the Websites for the sole purpose of and solely to the extent necessary for creating publicly-available searchable indices of the materials, but not caches or archives of such materials;
  • You will not take any action that imposes or may impose (in our sole discretion) an unreasonable or disproportionately large load on our technical infrastructure

Ideas on Fire reserves the right, in our sole and absolute discretion, to deny you access to the Websites, or any portion of the Websites, without notice, and to remove any content that does not adhere to this Community Standards Policy.

Specifics to follow:

  • Avoid making assumptions about other people’s identities—don’t assume you know someone’s gender, race, sex, sexuality, class, citizenship status, or religion. Let others disclose the information they choose to, and if you absolutely must know something (like preferred gender pronouns), don’t single a person out for their information—instead offer yours first, and if you’re in a group of people, pose your question to the entire group.
  • Do not use slurs. This includes language that is racist, sexist, homophobic, heterosexist, classist, transphobic/cissexist, or ableist.
  • Always wait for a speaker to finish speaking before you reply.
  • Be sure to actively listen to others and not dominate discussion.
  • Ask respectful questions if you do not understand or are unfamiliar with a term someone is using to describe their experience. Better yet, educate yourself—there are many online resources you can use. Do not make any individual responsible for educating you about people “like them.”
  • The terms we use to describe our experience are always changing. Respect everyone’s right to define and communicate their identities in whatever way they see fit.
  • Be aware of your own privileged position(s). If someone tells you that you are acting insensitively to others, listen to them, respect their bravery, and take action to correct your behavior.