Community Values & Guidelines v1
Welcome to the Restarters Community, a space for anyone interested in repairing electronics in their community, reducing e-waste and learning more about the devices we use. This forum is run by The Restart Project as part of our work to promote community repair and fix our relationship with electronics.
Anyone is welcome to join, whether you’re experienced in electronics repair, wanting to learn, keen to run repair events in your local area or are just interested in finding out more. When getting involved, we ask everyone to respect our community values by following the guidelines below.
We are social
Everything starts with people and what we can achieve together. The Restarters community is designed to connect people and spark online conversation and offline activity. Talk about what you care about, share your passions and don’t be afraid to join the conversation.
We are radically open and actively inclusive
We’re a diverse bunch from all walks of life and with different life experiences. Everyone is welcome, so take time to get to know each other and consider the potential impact of your posts on the people around you. Even if you disagree with something, take the lead from professional critics: they foster healthy conversation and debate without ever attacking people personally. Think about that when responding to others, and ask yourself the question: would I say it to their face?
We are hands-on
Anyone can become a resilient user of tech with practice. We’re not just an online community, but on the ground too. If you’re keen to learn about your electronics, ask questions and come along to events (or organise your own). If you have repair skills, share them both online and offline; you may be able to answer someone else’s burning question and make the community a richer place in the process.
We have fun
Taking back control of what we own simply feels good and is quite fun. We welcome anything that promotes a spirit of fun, as long as it doesn’t hurt other people. Please, no blonde jokes or any words or images that come at the expense of others. Be sensitive to other users around you, and, in general, don’t post sexual or violent material. Those things kill conversations, just like in real life.
We are system-changing
Our inspirations are global and our impact can be too. Our individual and local efforts all add up and allow us to focus on the big picture stuff. We’re always interested in talking about global issues around electronics and repair, such as the #RightToRepair, obsolescence (planned or otherwise), e-waste and so on. What’s more, we also run community repair events and collect data we can use to take action. Everyone is encouraged to get involved in these events and use this space to organise them.
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