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Please read our new Code of Conduct!


This is already a very diverse community and it's likely to grow very large so we thought it was important to develop a brand new, comprehensive Code of Conduct to make sure this community is always a safe and welcoming place for everyone.

I know the term "safe space" has become a bit of a buzz word and it can mean different things depending on the community. For us it doesn't mean certain topics are off-limits, just that all conversations must be respectful.

Please familiarize yourself with the full details in the new Code of Conduct and keep them in mind whenever you're writing any post or message on Coursera.

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Great @Claire

Are there rules about advertising, still?
Yes! That's covered in our Acceptable Use Policy which is referenced from the Code of Conduct.
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Thank you Claire will read the New Code of Ethics.
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Hi @Claire, Just went through the New Code of Conduct right now. Looks good!
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To the point!!!!!
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Thank you so much!
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Thank you @Claire ! Looks nice!
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Thank you @Claire ! Great job ! It's looks good !
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Great!! I will have a look 👍🏼
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Have read the code of conduct.. thank you Claire, exciting times for the Coursera diverse community!!
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This community looks great.
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Interesting attempt. "Never make any posts which may upset or offend another person" is neither possible nor desirable. I have no idea (nor do I wish to know) of all this things which someone, somewhere may be offended by. Not to mention the potential for offence in the future.

The most I can hope for is to not make any posts which would offend most people now.

p.s. I'm offended by wilful or persistent stupidity. Does that mean that I can have removed any posts which I think are stupid?
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Great @Claire and Thank you
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threatening, harassment, profanities, bullying, loitering and advertising are forbidden

political, sexual or religious speeches forbidden , too

what else, in regarding our personal behavior?
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Interesting attempt. "Never make any posts which may upset or offend another person" is neither possible nor desirable. I have no idea (nor do I wish to know) of all this things which someone, somewhere may be offended by. Not to mention the potential for offence in the future.



There is no need for you to research all of the possible things which someone could be offended by. If you know or suspect someone might be offended by a post you are writing then you should either not post it or you should consider re-wording it.

You are correct, it isn't always possible to know what someone might be offended by and offense might happen unintentionally. The Community Team will review all reported posts very carefully to decide if we think they need to be removed or edited. If we believe that the poster did not intend to cause offense and could not have anticipated that someone might be offended then we will not hold it against their record.
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Claire wrote:

If we believe that the poster did not intend to cause offense and could not have anticipated that someone might be offended then we will not hold it against their record.



Thanks Claire. The whole thing would have been clearer from the start if you'd stated up front that the clause is about your ability to punish offenders. The human element in censorship is always so reassuring.

I don't envy your need to adjudicate these matters. They are so heavily influenced by culture and background that, in active discussions in an academic context, there's ample potential to offend: good theories or new thinking expose the flaws in previous ideas, and some find the implication that they (or their revered predecessors) have been wrong offensive and will resist it to the end.
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Right on point! Thanks @Claire for the new code of conduct.
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Thanks Claire, this is helpful. I believe that at the end of the day we all aim to create a virtual environment that nurtures learning and promotes safety. Whilst it is true that it is impossible to predict how our posts can potentially offend others, this should only encourage us even more to think before we comment / post. Our diversity should be an advantage, and though we differ in background and cultures, I believe we all share the language of respect. Well done, Coursera Team!
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Thankyou, This will be helpful to all
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Claire wrote:

This is already a very diverse community and it's likely to grow very large so we thought it was important to develop a brand new, comprehensive Code of Conduct to make sure this community is always a safe and welcoming place for everyone.

I know the term "safe space" has become a bit of a buzz word and it can mean different things depending on the community. For us it doesn't mean certain topics are off-limits, just that all conversations must be respectful.

Please familiarize yourself with the full details in the new Code of Conduct and keep them in mind whenever you're writing any post or message on Coursera.

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Very interesting and important! Thank you!
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"Protecting your own privacy

Avoid sharing your own or other people’s personal information publicly online. Don’t include any of the following in the body of a public post:
  • First and last name
and
Unless otherwise stated, all content posted in the Community is publicly visible and searchable online"

@Claire , I wanted to know if the content visibility is for only those who are registered with the Coursera, or anyone on web. Often in certain courses some sensitive issues are part of the course and thence discussed in the forum, with understanding that it is for only enrolled audiences in the course. for example, religion, terrorism etc.
Anything posted in this community is publicly visible on the internet, unless it's posted in a private forum. (We only have 1 private forum so far and it was for people who beta tested this community before it launched).

Course discussion forums are only visible to people who are enrolled in that particular course.
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Thanks, @Claire for clarity. Once a learner is enrolled, he/she is part of discussion forum. A few day ago I happened to see discussion of a past mentor visible in chrome search for her name (not the course). So I was thinking how it is possible?Was it due to the fact that I am also enrolled in that course?
I think it must have been, I know Google has all kinds of clever features for their search so I guess they are able to provide you results based on content only you have access to.

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