If you were creating your own Christ-centered social network, how would youbalance its fun and freedom factors with vital online safety precautions?
This is a question we’ve been bouncing around since we first began building FaithVillage.com. With so many digital media opportunities at your fingertips, we want to ensure you that FaithVillage will be different. We are deeply committed to keeping conversations open and welcoming, while maintaining a safe and friendly environment for the whole community.
One of our very first steps in this process was to create what we call a tiered editorial policy. What does that mean? It means we’re covering our bases by identifying the different segments, or tiers, of influencers in FV and how they will all work together to preserve the integrity of your new online home.
FV Users are like the neighborhood watch group.
We want everyone to feel welcome inside FaithVillage. After all, we strive to create an online space that will edify the church and unite Christ-followers all over the world. Because all users and partners are required to sign our Terms of Service, our hope is that everyone will have a mutual respect for our shared value commitments and Biblical principles. However, we’re not blind. We’ve all seen haters who leave nasty comments on a video, or even worse, a profane post on our newsfeed. Few sites give users much authority to regulate these unwanted comments or posts.
With our unique flagging system, users can self-police the community. They can identify any piece of content or comment they think is inappropriate by flagging it. When a piece of content is flagged with a minimum number of points, it’s suspended from view and reviewed by our editorial staff. If the content is worthy of the flags, it will be permanently removed. If a comment or post author is flagged repeatedly, the user’s account may be frozen and under review. After a user receives a certain number of flags, their account will be revoked, which means they can navigate through FaithVillage as an observer but will not be able to be comment or engage other users. If this flag is unfair, the content will be restored to view. Again, if someone repeatedly flags content unfairly, their account may be subject to being frozen.
FV Contributors and Partners are like sheriffs.
They won’t arrest you or fine you. Don’t fear any parking tickets or court dates. Contributors and content partners are like sheriffs because they represent the community in which they serve. They create the blogs, articles, videos and other content that lives in FaithVillage, so they are held to a higher standard. In a way, their content brands FaithVillage. Users base their judgments of the website by the kind of content they find in all the buildings.
The FV Editorial Team is like the judge.
So, let me ask again. If this were your faith-based social network, what would you do to keep it positive? Any suggestions?