Gentlemen, the ‘custom and practice’ of keeping politics out of posts here on iModeler has been central to its unrivalled success as a social site. We are diverse, but we all share our love of building models, having fun and finding friendship here, and these are the central tenets upon which this wholesome community is founded.
I would like to ask that all postings from this point forward adhere to that spirit and be written so that they contain no partisan political comment.
While I am absolutely certain that many members hold robust and wide-ranging political views and that some may be active in the passionate world of party politics, this is simply not the place to express those views.
To aid those who would choose to debate politics from time to time, rather than engage in the more genteel world of social scale modelling, I can recommend the following forum:
While I accept that much of the subject matter we research, write about and represent using models, is based on the political world of conflict throughout history, I now have to introduce a protocol for this group build to ensure that we quietly return to the positive culture of our community.
1. From this point forward please do not make partisan political comment in posts.
2. Please ensure that any historical political reference you deem appropriate for narrative purposes does not suffer ‘mission creep’ into current issues.
To return this group build to a politics-free zone I am (unfortunately) going to ask that the following actions are taken:
1. Please have a brief look back at your posts and edit them to remove any comment that you know to have over-stepped the custom of our community regarding political content.
2. Please be aware that on the July 15th I will be reviewing all current threads in this GB (including my own) and deleting previous posts containing overt political content. This will be done without comment or judgement on the views being expressed.
3. Please expect that new posts that make partisan political reference will be immediately deleted in their entirety, again without comment or judgement on the views being expressed.
This action has been prompted by respectful feedback and concern from a number of members of the iModeler community. While I recognise this raises issues of censorship and free speech, it has become my responsibility, as admin for the group, to draw this to the attention of its members. By having no ‘politics’ we maintain the peace and positivity, and allow the focus to be broadly maintained on our projects.
I am deliberately avoiding the use of names here, so no-one need take offence. Please understand that I have found this a challenging post to write, and that nothing would make me happier than to have the group return to the laudable haven of self-regulation that it has been before.
I am very happy to discuss this – but as I believe this to be more appropriate matter for an open forum I do not wish to receive PMs on the process. I would like it to remain entirely transparent. All I would ask is that members reflect upon the spirit of this post before replying. I am equally happy for this ‘editorial approach’ to be adjusted after some healthy, respectfully delivered suggestions. I am confident then, that after some prudent reflective editing of our own posts, I won’t have to act at all.
In summary, please read your posts back to ensure that nothing in the content is of political nature or will cause offence. If in doubt I’d suggest you don’t post or that you run ideas past someone else before you do. Many posts are diverse in their content and opinion, many head off at a tangent before returning to the build. My own view is that this is the social side of the community, and that sterility would befall us if they didn’t – others will disagree. We are all able to politely work through those differences as we go along.
A final point that I’d like to make is that feedback is always best when framed so that it is positive, respectful and emotionally intelligent. While nothing deflates us more than a haranguing or being ‘bluntly corrected’, nothing improves us like thoughtfully offered feedback. It is sometimes difficult to achieve the tone we wish to in written form – and it is easy to be misunderstood despite writing with the best intentions. Feedback is a supportive kindness and a gift and is best composed as such!
Thanks for reading and reflecting upon this and of course for making the RAF100 group build a wonderful tribute to those who have served across the past century. We have heading towards 150 builds between the two inventory categories and as such the final reveal should be brilliant as a result of all of our modelling efforts!