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Community agreement
This service is operated by Transition Network Ltd. Please also see the [privacy policy](https://vive.transitiontogether.org.uk/legal/page/view?pageKey=privacy) under which this service is offered. # **Vive Community Agreement** We all have a role to play in creating safe and positive experiences for everyone in our communities. The Vive Community Agreement outlines our expectations for all those who participate in our online community on Vive, as well as the consequences for harmful or disruptive behaviour. We value personal safety and everyone’s right to engage with Vive free of harassment, threats, mistreatment or discrimination, especially in connection to race or ethnicity, national origin, gender identity or presentation, sex or sexual orientation, age, religion, (dis)ability, social class, physical appearance, language proficiency or citizenship status. By adhering to the Vive Community Agreement you contribute to the health and longevity of our online community. **Our aim is that Vive is an _anti-oppressive_ online platform** that celebrates diversity, difference and freedom of expression. By which we mean: - Where we enable one another to feel welcome, safe, and respected; - Where no one is belittled, spoken-down to, silenced, negatively pre-judged or otherwise oppressed on account of their differences; - Where we commit to challenging oppression when we experience or witness it, - Where we accept that we may be challenged when others feel we are not living by this agreement – and where we accept such challenges with gratitude, as an opportunity to learn. - Where anyone who feels unsafe, oppressed or abused in any way, feels confident to speak out and/or to seek support knowing that they will be treated seriously, with care and compassion. ## **Cultivating Our Culture** We recognise and seek to strengthen the relationships between our actions and their effects on our networks and communities. Online spaces mirror the societies in which they exist and positive action is essential to counteract the many forms of inequality and abuses of power that persist in society. If you see someone who is making an extra effort to ensure our community is welcoming, friendly, and encourages all participants to contribute to the fullest extent, we want to know. ## **Expected Behaviours** - Helpfulness, respect and a positive attitude towards others​; - Valuing each other’s ideas, styles, and viewpoints; - Participation in an authentic and active way; - Consideration and respect in speech and actions; - Addressing differences of opinion through respectful discourse, attempting collaboration before conflict, trying to build bridges rather than win arguments; - Honesty and avoiding spreading misinformation; - Refraining from demeaning, discriminatory, or harassing behaviour and speech; - Using inclusive language; - Using people’s correct [pronouns](https://www.stonewall.org.uk/workplace-trans-inclusion-hub/beginner%E2%80%99s-guide-pronouns-and-using-pronouns-workplace), if you know them, and being open to correction if you don’t; - Celebrating and engaging with the work of others with interest and appreciation; - Challenging oppressive behaviour and acting in ways which reduce and don’t amplify the oppression of others; - Contacting an Administrator if you notice anyone acting in ways that are contrary to our Community Agreement, even if they seem inconsequential. ## **Unacceptable Behaviours** We will not tolerate harmful and disruptive behaviour towards others which includes: - Disrespecting or belittling others’ experiences or contributions; - Bullying, intimidating, harassing, abusive, discriminatory, derogatory or demeaning speech or actions; - Sustained disruption of Spaces or comment threads - which might include dominating or attempting to shut down conversations, exhibiting an unwillingness to listen to others views as much as we contribute, personal or professional attacks instead of respectfully challenging each other's ideas or actions. Harassment includes: - Harmful or prejudicial verbal or written comments related to gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, disability; - Inappropriate use of nudity and/or sexual images; - Inappropriate depictions of violence; - Deliberate intimidation or stalking; - Harassing comments or direct messages. ## **Taking Action** If any Vive user engages in unacceptable behaviour Administrators and Moderators may take any action they deem appropriate - this might include hiding or deleting posts/comments, arranging a conversation with a user/s about behavioural changes to adhere to our Community Agreement, a temporary ban or permanent expulsion without warning. ## **Need Help?** If you are subject to or witness harmful or disruptive behaviour, or have any other concerns, please notify the Vive Team as soon as possible. **Contacting the Vive Team:** You can contact the Vive Team directly via our [Contact Form](https://helpdesk.transition-space.org/help/1027715220) - this can also be accessed by clicking on the Blue Speech Bubble on every page of Vive You can also: **Flag a Post for Moderation:** - Click on the **pointing down arrow** in the top right corner of a post - From the drop down menu select **! Report** - Select one of the options: - Wrong space - Misleading - Offensive - Spam - Click **Send** **Flag a Comment for Moderation:** - Click on the **pointing down arrow** to the right of a comment - From the drop down menu select **! Report** - Select one of the options: - Wrong space - Misleading - Offensive - Spam - Click **Send** **Contact the Owner, Administrator or Moderator of your Space/s:** - Enter the Space - Click on **About** in the Space Menu - You will see the profiles of the Owner, Admin/s and Moderator/s - Click on a profile and send a Direct Message to that person **Limit who can contact you:** - Go to your Profile page - Click on **Edit Account** to the right of your profile page - Select **General** from the Menu on the left - Scroll down to **Blocked Users** - Type in and select the name of the User Account that you want to block - Click **Save** **Last Revision:** March 2024\ This Community Agreement will be periodically reviewed to reflect the organic development of Vive and our collective learning. We welcome your feedback on it at any time. **Licence and Attribution** Vive Community Agreement is distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license. It is based on: [https://berlincodeofconduct.org/](https://berlincodeofconduct.org/) and [https://basebristol.org/safer-space/](https://basebristol.org/safer-space/)

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