Everyone here loves the aurora and sharing it with others, but not everyone has equal and equitable access to the night sky. This is an inherent human rights issue, not a political one. We firmly stand for active inclusivity, anti-racism, and Indigenous data sovereignty. We also support FAIR data practices. While the issues are longstanding and systemic, we can begin the process of dismantling them by taking actions to make our community more welcoming. Therefore, as a baseline:
Let’s set some ground rules
Aurorasaurus has a zero tolerance policy for the following. Any posts in these categories will be immediately removed and reported, and the poster will be blocked without warning.
- Hate speech: content consciously designed to attack people based on race, age, gender or gender expression, sexual orientation, income, neurodiversity, disability, country of origin, religion, educational background, or any other attribute that people are unable to control.
- Bots, trolls, spammers, and sockpuppet accounts: in addition to active moderation, we will periodically use available tools to scan for fake accounts.
We will also remove posts and issue a warning to the poster for the following:
- Political posts: these include discussion of political figures, parties, candidates, and identifications (ie. “liberals, conservatives, etc.”)
- Conspiracy theories: explanations for an event or situation that invoke a conspiracy by sinister and powerful groups, often political in motivation, when other explanations are more probable (Wikipedia).
Multiple warnings will lead to the poster being blocked.
We encourage conversation on difficult topics
Our goal is learning and change, so we encourage earnest conversation about the accessibility, diversity, and inclusiveness. We recognize that people will make mistakes. If you are engaging in conversation that is honest and respectful—not just polite, but listening with a growth mindset and taking constructive criticism in the spirit it is offered—and make a mistake, we will call out and call in first. We will not tone police people who are talking about issues that directly affect them.
All are welcome!
- Lead with excitement; no question is too common. The way you choose to respond can cultivate the spark of curiosity, or put it out. If people haven’t yet encountered aurora science or community science, they have an amazing experience ahead of them, including becoming part of the community!
- Try not to make assumptions about people’s knowledge. Community scientists bring a wealth of experience in all kinds of fields, and assuming new people are beginners can be patronizing. Instead, try asking conversation starter questions like “what got you interested in aurora?” or “what brings you to Aurorasaurus?” to talk with them and find out more. If you are answering a question, it’s fair to say something like “how much detail would you like?” to give the option of a broad-strokes or complex answer.
We’re learning, too
We want to hear from you to learn more ideas for ways to increase accessibility for in-person and remote aurora viewing and science. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to join our mailing list to do more, and to join us for monthly accountability conversations. You can also post in the comments with any ideas for how we can be more inclusive and welcoming. We are especially interested in developing co-creative relationships with BIPOC community members.
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