Basic rules

  1.   Be respectful (anti-Palestinian racism and antisemitism will not be tolerated)
  2.   Stay on the current topic
  3.   Don't spam or post duplicate comments
  4.   Don't post personal information

Comments will be removed if they violate the rules, and severe violations will result in a ban.


Collaborative moderation

Polis doesn’t know what comments say, and it only helps the group decide based on votes. Comments people find important will be prioritized, and comments people find divisive may be seen less often. You'll be an equal part of collaboratively steering the discussion.


Democratic etiquette

Since Polis aims for consensus, ideas will be most successful if you follow good democratic etiquette:

Write persuasively. Appeal to shared values, adapt to opposing views, and try to bridge divides between opinion groups. Persuading a few extra people makes a big difference to a comment's consensus score.

Assume the best of others. People will be more receptive to your ideas when they see that you trust their motives, see their perspective, and are making a sincere effort to win them over. You should treat those who disagree as potential allies who just need to hear the right argument.

Be positive and propositional. Everyone thinks they have good reasons for their beliefs, so they're most likely to change their mind when they hear better reasons for a new belief.

Speak to the crowd. There are no direct replies, so comments are addressed to everyone. You should write as if you were speaking to a large crowd in a public place.