Every platform, including Facebook, Discord, and Twitch, has its own Terms of Service and Community Guidelines. All Geek Therapy community spaces also have their own rules for participation. Additionally, here are some community guidelines that we expect all members, staff, and volunteers to follow when we gather.
- Everyone is Welcome! – As an organization we advocate for the effective use of popular media in therapeutic and educational practice and the goal of the Geek Therapy Community is to be an inclusive, fun place to talk about, celebrate, and learn about Geek culture, mental health, psychology, and more. Although a common misconception, this community is not exclusive to helping professionals and educators and is open to everyone.
- Don’t Yuck My Yum – In other words: Celebrate, don’t hate. If someone talks about how much they love the Star Wars prequels, don’t tell them all the reasons you hate them, especially Jar Jar. Just don’t laugh at or attack anyone else or their interests.
- Be Kind and Courteous – Don’t insult people or use disrespectful language to attack someone. If you disagree with someone and wish to discuss it, do so with respect.
- Serious issues are OK – Representation, illness, loss, racism, etc are real and present in our lives as well as the content we consume. Politics might be a fine line but it would be great if this was a place where we could share some thoughts on what’s going on in the world. Just don’t attack anyone else or their preferences.
- No Hate Speech or Bullying – Bigotry, including but not limited to discrimination or hate speech based on race, gender, sexuality, religion, disability, or any other attacks on one’s personhood, will not be tolerated.
- No Threats or Harassment – Threatening behavior or harassment of any kind will not be tolerated. This includes taking your problems across various social platforms.
- Content Warnings – Use content warning tags where appropriate (e.g. graphic/potentially triggering subject matter in linked content etc.). We understand this is subjective and ask you to err on the side of caution.
- Attribution/No Piracy – If you post a creator’s work (blog, art, cosplay etc.), provide attribution. Source it and tell us where to find them. Don’t post pirated materials or links to pirated materials. Don’t suggest you have access to pirated materials.
- Marketing, promotion, or sharing related to any person, group, company, or organization that has attempted to harm the Geek Therapy organization, its staff and volunteers, or members of its community will not be tolerated.