- Detail *exactly* where you see a critical issue that should be discussed. Pull the exact quote. Highlight the exact passage. Reference the exact comment. Be as precise as possible. All you need to do is copy and paste–but be sure you have the *exact* space where you have a problem–so that we all know and YOU know the language you have an issue with. Many times when heated discussions are happening, we ALL sort of skim over posts or comments and take issue with something that we THINK was said rather than what REALLY WAS said. This step will be used to a) slow us all down as commenters and b) make sure we all know and agree on what was said. Once you have copied and pasted or otherwise referenced the passage that you have a specific problem with, proceed with your critique. All critiques should reference the stated passage. If you must critique the author of stated passage, the critique should be in reference to the role of the author in connection with the stated passage (i.e. a white woman talking about a woman of color in a way that is offensive because….Or, as an organizer, the author should know that …., etc.).
- After you have made your critique, give suggestions as to how the idea/passage could’ve been conveyed differently. While we welcome your feedback, this does not include: telling the author that s/he should never have written the article to begin with, throwing the article into the sea, walking the writer off the docks, etc.
- Give us a timeline/guide as to how and when YOU might implement YOUR suggestions. This should move beyond, “I will now stop reading articles on this site,” (which of course would be your prerogative) toward proactive critical engagement in the service of the vision and mission in which you are presenting.
We hope this policy reflects our wider belief in interdependent circular discourse and that the role of the contributing author might be decentralized. To be sure, it takes a base of power to build a mass movement. That said, our hope is not to silence, but to CREATE SPACE FOR EQUITABLE, QUALITY, AND MEANINGFUL ENGAGEMENT, WHERE DIVERGENT CRITICISMS AND IDEAS MAY NOT COLLIDE, BUT RESPECTFULLY AND ENTERPRISINGLY PARLEY. Let’s honor this in our engagement.
Sincerely, The Editorial Collective