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PostPosted: Wed Jul 31, 2002 11:39 pm 
i see what you did there
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I realized earlier that while I occasionally refer to the Reasonable Person Principle, it wasn't explained anywhere save a long-disappeared thread.

The page at CMU which described the principle is long-gone, so here it is:

<b>Reasonable Person Principle</b>

Reasonable Person Principle is the rule which you must abide by when accessing these forums. Put differently, following the Principle is your obligation to your fellow community members.

The Principle was borrowed from Carnegie Mellon University, who use it as the governing principle for access to their computer systems; since it works for a whole University, we hope it will work for a Web forum with a few thousand participants. So far, results have been positive.

From Carnegie Mellon University's own explanation of the Principle:
  • Everyone will be reasonable.
  • Everyone expects everyone else to be reasonable.
  • No one is special.
  • Do not be offended if someone suggests you are not being reasonable.
Reasonable people think about their use of these facilities, and the needs of others, and adjust their behavior to meet the goals of a common good for the community, i.e., expressing what you want to say, but accepting and accommodating the needs of others.

(Don't worry, there's been nothing to trigger the change other than my observation that I should note the rule I expect everyone to abide by!)


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