ENDARKEN: Connecting The Black World
Subscriber's Code of Conduct
The following suggestions indicate acceptable behavior
on the ENDARKEN electronic discussion
without making a constructive suggestion, and always strive to present the suggestion in detail, and in a manner that is
easily understood. Always give the reason for each suggestion made.
||If you agree to talk about
something that a person said or did always agree, or disagree, with the specific thing that the person said or did.
||Avoid criticizing any
||Try to minimize
No contact. =>
"personal" in your
comments on matters being questioned or discussed.
||Focus your talk in a manner that promotes ideas, concepts, and/or systems of doing things,
and getting things done.
||Never call anyone a
Never say that someone is "a liar."
||When a person makes a remark
that you know is not true, say:
"That [remark] is not
||Do not make remarks to any people -- white or non-white
-- with the intention of being
||Do not belittle or
try to embarrass people.
||Try to be friendly.
||Do not speak or act in such a manner as to promote hatred of white people.
||Admit your faults.
Admit your fears.
||Don't confuse people.
||Be reliable. Do what you
say you're going to do,
at the time and place that you said that you would do it.
||Don't make promises
that you cannot, or will not, keep.
||Always say everything in a
manner that will best promote
justice and correctness.
||If you are asked a question,
and you do not know the answer to the question, always say you don't know.
||When people ask you about
yourself, avoid telling them
anything unless they are willing to answer the same type questions about themselves.
||Avoid persons whose conversations usually consist of "nit-picking" and belittling remarks about others.
||Do not fight or argue with, and/or otherwise show hostility toward any
person, because that person calls you a name, nickname, etc., that you prefer not to be
||Call yourself by the name,
nickname, etc., that you choose for yourself. Call other people by the name, nickname, etc., that they choose
for themselves. Do not,
call them by any other names, nicknames, etc.
||Respond to persons who speak
to you in a gruff, uncouth, profane, and/or hostile manner by doing the following.
- Be Polite.
- Listen carefully to each word spoken.
Do not comment on their statement(s).
- Do answer questions, and answer them politely. Answer in a manner that is likely to have the
most constructive result.
- Avoid answering or asking questions in a hostile or "smart-alecky" manner.
||Do not depend on or
ask others to "give you respect."
||Stay focused on the flow of the conversation.
Pay attention to who is speaking and to whom.
||Do speak your mind.
||Attack ideas, not
||Each One, Teach One.
||Do not use CAPITAL
LETTERS [CAPS] in the Subject Line of an e-mail message. Do not
use CAPS, exclusively, in the body of an e-mail message. Use
CAPS only for emphasis.
||Do not copy messages from any electronic discussion group to any other
group, unless you have the expressed permission of the author(s) of the original message.
||Do not send e-mail to the
group that doesn't have anything to do with the current discussion, unless you are
launching a new topic for discussion.
||Do try to read this list of suggestions often and become familiar with them.
||Observe the Rules of Netiquette
Cyberspace InterNet Etiquette
||Follow the above suggestions
at ALL times, not just on the ENDARKEN list.
The ENDARKEN Subscribers Code of Conduct is recommended
to help improve relations between people of colour, non-white people, specifically Black
people, everywhere and at all times.
Suggestions #1-28, excerpted, with permission, from The Code
For more information, please see: "The Ten