In order to realize Socratic’s mission and uphold our principles, how
should a person be? The following guidelines outline how to act and
interact within Socratic’s ecosystem.
How to be
Use positive, encouraging, and helpful
language—always. Treat every interaction as if it were
Never let anyone feel stupid. Take care in what you say and do,
Acknowledge, appreciate, and support others. Say hello, extend
thanks, and lend constructive guidance often.
Pay it forward: share your knowledge, skills, and desire to help
whenever you can.
As Wikipedia wisely recommends, “be bold but not reckless” in your
approach to contribution. Don’t agonize over mistakes; the community
will help you correct.
Be collaborative—we are smarter together!
Respect the learning styles and teaching methods of others. We are a
diverse community and have a lot to learn from one another’s
Champion learning. Ask whether your (and others’) behavior promotes
learning; encourage behavior that does and squash behavior that
Keep Socratic safe by reporting bad language, spam, or inappropriate
Do we even have to say it? Don’t spam (post irrelevant stuff),
hawk (self-promote), or generally be a jerk.