Indymedia Ireland Editorial Guidelines

Indymedia is a democratic newswire. We want to see and hear the real stories, news, and opinions from 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:

  1. Comments, not news. If there is a recently published story on the same topic, or a closely related one, as 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Libelous or slanderous posts. Choose your language carefully. Do not make allegations against named individuals unless you can prove them beyond reasonable doubt. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Advertising or other inappropriate content. Advertising of commercial products or services, particularly when they are sold on a for-profit basis.
  7. Crossposting to multiple IMC's. 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.
  8. Articles 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 - this type of thing - anyone know when x is on? or What do you think of XXX policy on XXXX?
    • Articles which consist entirely of unsubstantiated opinions or personal musings without any supporting evidence or other content. For example - I think Fianna Fail are criminals
    • Petitions
  9. Impersonation. Articles or comments which impersonate other indymedia users by adoption their names or regular pseudonyms
  10. 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.
  11. 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", may remain.
  12. 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.
  13. Persistent Abuse. Users who persistently refuse to abide by IMC policy are liable to have all of their contributions removed.
  14. Cut and pastes. Posts that are publicly available elsewhere on the internet, or in the mainstream media. We do realise, however, that there can sometimes by a strong case for articles published elsewhere to be brought to the attention of IMC readers. In these cases, we ask contributors to write an original introduction to the article, highlighting its relevance to Irish indymedia readers and include a link to the article. In particular, articles that consist of an original introduction and contain several links to articles containing background information stand a good chance of being made into front-page features.
  15. Comments on editorial policy. There is a formal IMCEireAppealsPolicy which users can follow to appeal against deletions. Commentary on the editorial policy on the newswire will be removed.
  16. Comments that refer to Deleted Posts. It doesn't look good to have lots of comments refering to something that a user can't see as it has been deleted.
Topic revision: r4 - 19 Jan 2004, RichardIsible
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