Rule A

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"Rule A" for the "Bill of Responsibilities":

With freedom of speech comes the responsibility to use it wisely.

(see also Rule B)

Definitions[edit | edit source]

  • "Forum" - A "Forum" in this document is a wiki, mailing list, or other online discusssion forum. These will all be referred to as "Forum" for purposes of this document.

Details[edit | edit source]

Though the First Amendment to the United States Constitution guaranties American citizens freedom of speech, Rule A reminds every user of this Forum uses this freedom responsibly. This Forum has a code of conduct, and "Rule A" is an introduction to the other rules of this Forum. The Forum may be hosted on a site that has its own code of conduct. If so those rules need to be followed, too.

First Amendment[edit | edit source]

This rule is intended to be a counterpart to the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. Particularly the "freedom of speech" part. The First Amendment to the United States Constitution states:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

There's a lot mixed up in that. Some things that people often cite out as core principles of the U.S. Constitution derived from the First Amendment:

  • Freedom of speech
  • Separation of church and state (broken up into "separationists" and "accomodationists")
  • Free exercise of religion
  • Freedom of the press
  • Freedom of anonymous speech
  • Freedom to speak truth to power

Each of these may need to have separate rules. For purposes of this set of rules, "Rule A" will focus on "freedom of speech".

Specific rules per site/forum[edit | edit source]

Below is a set of site-specific prose for various forums that User:RobLa is involved in.

This section is for each of the given Forums:

Electowiki[edit | edit source]

In addition to the Bill of Responsibilites,

The long term intention is for electowiki to be subject to the full Bill of Responsibilities. As of November 2020, electowiki it is subject to the Miraheze Code of Conduct as well as the Electowiki:Code of Conduct

Election methods mailing list[edit | edit source]

The Bill of Responsibilites is intended to replace the [EM] Code of Conduct, for which the April 2020 version is quoted here:

Please come prepared to defend the statements that you make, and to directly answer the questions that others ask of you. This list was set up to increase communication between people interested in new forms of election methodology, not as a sounding board for those who wish to drown out opposing views with prolific repetition of statements already made. When conflicts arise, please use this list to understand fully why the other side feels the way they do by honest intellectual inquiry. And when those who feel differently than you are trying to understand why you feel the way you do, please answer as honestly and directly as possible. Hopefully this is all common sense, but sadly not common enough (hence the reason for this message). In summary, please ask, answer, and be humble.

History[edit | edit source]

See https://electowiki.org/wiki/User:RobLa/BResp/Rule_A for now. Rob Lanphier started writing this page on electowiki back in April 2020, based on a comment from a friend on social media. He used electowiki for several draft versions, then moved it to roblawiki in November 2020. He was the primary editor for the article over there, with one typo fixed by electowiki:User:Kristomun