Community Guidelines

Welcome to smuklok! We are excited to have you join us on this journey of exploration and knowledge sharing. To ensure a positive and enriching experience for all members, we have established these community guidelines. Please read them carefully and abide by them while participating in discussions, commenting on articles, and responding to other members' contributions.

Share your real name and expertise.

When you publish your first comment on this site, you'll be prompted to complete a member profile, with your name and expertise. You can also update this at any time.

Using your real name and sharing your expertise or lived experience helps give context to valuable discussions. Sharing these extra details alongside your comments shows the perspective from which you are joining the conversation.

Be respectful and courteous.

Treat every member of the community with respect and courtesy. We encourage open discussions and diverse viewpoints, but personal attacks, insults, or offensive language will not be tolerated.

Share only relevant and informative content.

Contribute to the community by posting content that is relevant to the topic of discussion. Ours is a science education website. Therefore, we request all members to only post content relevant to science education. In addition, we ask you to ensure that your comments and discussions add value to the conversation and promote a deeper understanding of the subject matter.

Stay on topic.

Stay focused on the subject matter at hand when participating in discussions. Off-topic conversations may be redirected or removed to maintain clarity and relevance.

Don't swear or post hateful content.

We uphold a zero-tolerance policy towards swearing, hate speech, discriminatory remarks, or any form of harmful content. Such posts will be promptly removed by our moderators, and repeated violations may result in the suspension of your account.

Be constructive.

When providing feedback or criticism, be constructive and considerate. Help others learn and grow by offering thoughtful insights and suggestions.

Cite sources and avoid plagiarism.

If you reference external sources or quote content, please provide proper attribution and avoid plagiarism. Respect copyright laws and give credit where it is due.

Respect privacy and personal information.

Respect the privacy of fellow community members and refrain from sharing personal information without explicit consent.

Encourage questions and curiosity.

Embrace questions from others and foster an environment that encourages curiosity and a thirst for knowledge.

Report inappropriate content.

If you come across any content that violates our guidelines or community standards, please report it to our moderators for review. You can use the "report" button in the comments section or you can always directly contact us.

Collaborate and share.

Celebrate the joy of learning by collaborating with others, sharing insightful articles, and supporting fellow members in their pursuit of knowledge.

Don't spam.

Avoid spamming the community with self-promotional or commercial content. Our focus is on meaningful discussions and scientific exploration.

Respect moderation decisions.

Our moderators work diligently to maintain a healthy community environment. If a post is removed or action is taken against a member, please respect the decisions made by our moderation team. To appeal a moderation decision, please contact us.

Be patient and empathetic.

Recognise that members come from diverse backgrounds and levels of expertise. Be patient and empathetic while engaging in discussions and responding to others.

Be the "you" online that you are in person.

Most people are kind and well-intentioned humans. Although it may seem like the opposite is true on the internet at times, the reality is that people tend to follow the majority. You can help keep the tone of this space friendly and fun if you lead the way with insightful, humane language.

Let's keep this a space that you want to spend time in.

That’s it! If you’ve scrolled this far, thank you for being a valued member.

By following these guidelines, you contribute to the creation of a positive, inclusive, and intellectually stimulating community for science education enthusiasts. We value each member's participation and hope that together, we can foster a vibrant space for learning, sharing, and exploring the wonders of science. Thank you for being a part of our community!