SurreyNetwork.ca is a communication platform that allows neighbors to mobilize and get stuff done like never before. However, pet projects that are pushed too hard, political campaigning, and personal views on controversial, non-local issues will inevitably rub one’s neighbors the wrong way. We rely on our members to report those who are over-posting, campaigning, repeatedly posting, or ranting about controversial, non-local issues.
- Dominating or hijacking conversations
- Controversial issues, politics, and religion
SurreyNetwork.ca is meant to be a place for neighborly discussion. You are encouraged to post about topics that matter to you and rally your neighbors to take action, but please do so without ranting.
How can you tell something is a rant? It is a message that makes members feel shouted at.
Over-posting means repeatedly posting about the same topic or about items for sale, in a way that annoys your neighbors. Over-posting may result in suspension of one’s posting privileges. If someone is over-posting, you may report their content or mute them so that you no longer see their posts.
Controversial issues, politics, and religion
Conversations about local issues, politics, and personal beliefs can be some of the most important and meaningful discussions on SurreyNetwork.ca. When these discussions take place in a civil and productive manner, they help people better understand their neighbors and community.
However, more than other subjects, disagreements about politics and beliefs also have the potential to become divisive. So, while some disagreements are to be expected with these issues, it’s critical that neighbors remain constructive and neighborly, even when they disagree. Avoid sarcasm and snark or questioning a neighbor’s motives or character. Be sure your messages focus on the substance of the issues being discussed rather than on personalities or posting styles.
To help ensure a positive experience for all members, SurreyNetwork.ca has established designated places for these discussions. What’s allowed in these places is described below.
Politics and controversial issues
We recognize that political and local issues have an enormous impact on communities, and it’s important for neighbors to have places to discuss these issues and share their perspectives. We also recognize that some people want to keep their political beliefs to themselves and prefer not to hear about their neighbors’ political views either. The rules below are designed to balance those priorities.
On SurreyNetwork.ca, we distinguish between “local and regional” and “national and state” political topics:
- “Local” topics are those that impact the local community only (e.g. a new development project, local ballot initiative, or CDA election).
- “National and state” topics are those that extend beyond the local area into state or even national conversations (e.g state and national elections and issues like immigration, gun control, and climate change).
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Since SurreyNetwork.ca is meant for discussion of local issues, discussion of national and state issues is strictly confined to the “National and State Politics” Topic and user-created groups.