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Indymedia Ireland's Editorial Guidelines
Indymedia Ireland is built on the foundation of an open and democratic newswire. We want to see and hear real stories, news, and opinions from users of the site around the country. Anybody can post a story, or a comment on a story to Indymedia. While we struggle to maintain the newswire as a completely open forum we do monitor it and remove posts.
In general, posts may be removed for any of the following reasons:
- Comments, not news. If there is a recently published story on the same topic as, or one closely related to your post, then it should be published as a comment on the existing story. Comments belong with the story being discussed - to have your say in response to a story on the site, use the "add your comments" link at the bottom of each story
- Duplicate posts. Make sure you've read the newswire and that the story doesn't appear there already. Also make sure that you haven't posted the same comment on multiple stories
- Infactual or obviously false posts. The onus is on the author to check and confirm facts - if a clear factual error is brought to our attention it will be removed.
- Libelous or slanderous posts. Choose your language carefully. Do not make allegations against named individuals unless you can substantiate them. Posts which contain personal abuse against named individuals, rather than against their arguments or their political affiliation, will be removed without delay, particularly if those individuals are not public figures. 'Play the ball, not the player'.
- Discriminatory or hateful posts. Posts that contain explicitly racist, sexist or homophobic views will be removed. We don't oppose free speech for people with hateful views, we're just not going to provide them with a platform for distributing those views.
- Advertising or other inappropriate content. Advertising of commercial products or services, particularly when they are sold on a for-profit basis.
- Cross-posting to multiple IMCs. Posts that are available elsewhere on the Indymedia network (on at least two other IMCs) shall be deleted, although in cases where the article is particularly relevant to Irish readers, it may be allowed to remain at the discretion of the editorial collective.
- Articles Pushed Strongly by MSN. Posts or topics that are being pushed very strongly and continuously by the mainstream media (MSN) are usually propaganda and are promoting something very likely NOT in the interests of the public. These posts may be removed as we do not wish to be an echo chamber of the MSN.
- Articles or Comments which have no News Content. Although we aim to have a broad tolerance for all types of news postings, there are limits. In particular, the following types of article are not considered to be news:
- Incomprehensible 'gobbledygook' postings
- Asking of questions - particular or general questions without any other content - e.g. this type of thing: "Anyone know when X is on?" or "What do you think of YYY policy on ZZZZ?"
- Articles or comment which consist entirely of unsubstantiated opinions or personal musings without any supporting evidence or other content. For example : 'I think Fianna Fail are criminals'
- Bulletin Board Chat (BB chat). Indymedia aims to be a news service. It is not a bulletin board for chit chatting. There are plenty of other sites for that.
- Impersonation. Articles or comments which impersonate other indymedia users by adoption of their names or regular pseudonyms
- Fascists. All content expressing fascist views or written by active fascists, or expressing revisionist / holocaust denial positions, or linking to a fascist site. We will not provide a platform for fascist recruitment
- Trolling. Comments which consist entirely of abuse towards any group, individual, or article without attempting to situate this in
the context of the particular article or debate arising out of that article. So for example, a comment which simply says: "the Popular Front of Judea are wankers" will be deleted, while a comment that says: "The fact that the PFJ have refused this offer of an alliance shows them to be hypocritical wankers in the light of what they have said before", might remain
- Continuing debates across multiple articles. Indymedia is
not a bulletin board. All comments should directly relate to the
article or preceding comments. Users should refrain from constantly
bringing up points from previous threads, unless they have a close
relevance to the new article. Users should also note that repetitive
demands of another user to answer a particular question or point is a
reason for deletion especially when it occurs across multiple threads.
- Persistent Abuse. Users who persistently refuse to abide by IMC policy are liable to have any and all of their contributions removed
- Copy and Pastes. Posts that are already publicly available elsewhere on the Internet.
We realise, however, that there can sometimes by a strong case for articles published elsewhere to be brought to the attention of Indymedia readers. In these cases, contributors should provide the link to the the piece, write an original introduction, highlighting the article's relevance to Irish Indymedia readers and publish it under the Other Press category.They may quote extensively from it on the basis that many of these articles later disappear and so the thrust of the article may need to be retained
- Comments on editorial policy. Users can appeal for or against deletions by contacting the editors using the 'Contact Us' link at the top of the front page. Editorial actions are debated on the editorial list and users can join the list and join in the frequent debates on deletions there. Commentary on IMC Ireland editorial policy
on the newswire will be removed
- Comments that refer to Deleted Posts. Comments referring to something that a user can't see as it has been deleted will also be removed.
A record of all editorial actions, which editor performed the action and the reason for it are sent to the newswire mailing list
which anybody can join. So if you want to keep an eye on the evil censorships of the imc-cabal, you know what to do. Subscribing to this list means you will see all articles and comments which have been hidden and the reason why they were hidden. After subscribing, you can then go through the
old-global-indymedia hosted archives
archives of the list to see all past editorial actions.
Guidelines are subject to constant review by the
old-global indymedia hosted editorial list
If you think that these guidelines are not being enforced (or are being abused) join the editorial list and discuss it there. If you think an article that you have posted has been unfairly deleted, the editorial list is the place to bring it up but make sure that you have read and understood the editorial policy beforehand. As with the newswire list, you can go through the archives to see why and how these guidelines were formulated. This list is also used to put together the front page features. If you'd rather not subscribe to the editorial list, you can just use the contact form to send a message to the editors making sure to provide your email address so that you can be CCed on all emails regarding the query.
Update:Due to server failure storing the global indymedia lists and lack of resources to keep that system running, the old archives are no longer available at: http://lists.indymedia.org/mailman/listinfo/imc-ireland-newswire and instead a new set of archives starting from April 2015 onwards are available at: http://lists.indymedia.ie/mailman/listinfo/imc-ireland-newswire
The old indymedia-editorial mailing list: "http://lists.indymedia.org/mailman/listinfo/imc-ireland-editorial is now replaced by the one at http://lists.indymedia.ie/mailman/listinfo/imc-ireland-editorial also starting from April 2015 onwards.
We think stories contributed to this site should be free for non-profit re-use. Copy left is an idea central to indymedia (for more information, check out http://www.opencontent.org/).
If you want to change that for your story, please give your conditions in the summary.
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