The governance of the CHOICE Community forum has always been in large part led from within the forum itself, and we intend this to continue in 2019. One thing that seems certain is that CHOICE and by extension this forum will continue to be a destination for clear information, from finding the best products to exposing everything Shonky.
We very much want this to be a place for good information, and we’d like to facilitate this broad purpose as best as we possibly can. There are a number of ways we’ve tried to keep things focused on the facts, such as having a strict ‘no personal attacks’ rule. You can attack the facts, but not the people involved. We’ve also started dedicated MythDefied categories and encouraged people to share articles, photos and experiences of everything from positive news to the confusing and sometimes downright dodgy things that happen.
As long as you’re not personally attacking someone, deliberately aiming to offend or otherwise attempting to be a nuisance (spam etc), we allow almost any topic that is related to CHOICE concerns, in particular - almost all Australian products and services, consumer rights, broad health topics, scams and more.
With so much talk of ‘fake news’, media manipulation and the general effect that social media is having on how we receive and assess information, the Community has proven to be a great online destination for meaningful discussions and interactions so far. While there may be more misinformation out there than this forum can sometimes handle, we’d like to encourage all Australians to post more often, to post links to the sources of information and to continue encouraging polite discussions of the matters at hand.
You don’t always have to know the answer or the undisputed facts of a matter to post, but taking the time to share and discuss our collective information is a great start.
If you have any ideas on how we can best achieve the above goals, what we can do differently and what we should do more often - now is your chance to share them. Please add your thoughts in the comments below.