Cardano is growing up, and is doing so fast. In order to keep it still orderly - it is important to make sense of what is appropriate and what not.
Obviously, landscape is changing rapidly. Along, some rules may grow obsolete. While others need to be thought through further. Community members are gathering from wide range of personal experiences and cultural backgrounds. Having everyone be on the same page is more than desirable. But how?
There is a great upside with having a pre-determined set of values that govern conduct on official forums. Even when it comes to advertising and promotions. Whether it is one’s stake pool or other related businesses and activities within or outside of the ecosystem. Is is clear that a uniform and easy to navigate guidelines are currently unavailable. Presently, information must be pieced together from multiple sources from various platforms or individual experiences. Confusing at best.
I humbly suggest this thread to ideally serve as a community driven input that provides a spring board for the community management team at Cardano Foundation to draft a comprehensive media guideline. The hope is that it can serve as a single point of reference and be used as a living document to help navigate any discrepancies effectively and resolutely. Such that will empower administrators of various platforms to act with minimal doubt and maximum respectability.
This also includes merits of advertisements embedded in other forms of media (in)directly. Such as posting links to articles, video, audio and other media with reference to the advertisement of one’s activities. Including topics of individual profile utilisations for these purposes and similar ‘creative’ solutions. Remember, the basic premise is not to ‘shut down’ community presentation efforts but rather infuse it with an orderly conduct instead. So that we can empower community with tools that will enable all to thrive equally and opportunely.
It is also worth considering to determine what are the best standards and practices with help of creating sample visual guidelines (such as proportionality of adverts to the content created, size or length, its positioning, etc.). Determining what is clearly acceptable and what is questionable at best. This will also help avoid unnecessary community rifts over each other’s actions.
I understand that it may be impossible to be everywhere at once. However, my sincere hope is that these guidelines would serve as a community wide enforcement mechanism that would self-regulate as well. You can always come back here to discuss new inputs and ideas to be considered by the community management team at CF regularly.
The ideal outcome of this effort would NOT be what some would quickly jump and call ‘censorship.’ Instead, a community driven, sensible adaptation of an easy to consume & share media guideline for not only existing but all new incoming ecosystem members as well. One stop shop to avoid information fragmentation.
Lastly, this discussion should not be limited to SPO related context only. It is quickly becoming an obsolete way of thinking to pursue this solely. Cardano ecosystem is ever expanding across the board. So the guidelines should grow along, too. For example, with growing dFund proposals, we can expect influx of entries for funding across all the channels, etc. And marketing campaigns needed and associated with that as well while competing for votes. Getting ahead of this may also be a sound idea.
Discuss in thread below and let’s knock this one out to be numero uno.
Thank you for your effort and participation.
Existing sample landscape of regulations/guidelines:
Telegram (#rules command)
- “No spamming or low value content. Posts and comments including referral links*, phishing websites, affiliate links, (stake pool) advertisements or duplicate content will be removed and repeat offenders will be banned. DM an admin before posting any telegram ref. links.”
- “Alt accounts are not allowed. In addition, posts including referral links, phishing websites, affiliate links, (stake pool) advertisements or duplicate content will be removed and repeat offenders will be banned.”
- “Low-value content includes but is not limited to; memes, reaction gifs, speculation/hype, old links, duplicate links etc.”
- “Don’t post promotional content and/or advertisements.”
- “FYI: Stake Pool advertisements anywhere else on our social media platforms will be removed and users warned. If you see any such posts where they don’t belong, please use the report function. Thank you!”
Existing Available Venues for Active Advertising for SPOs: