Welcome to the ScalableC Guidelines section.
Guidelines are not the same as terms of service. By guidelines we mean a number of ways of positive behaviour, through which we can maximize collaboration. Because of social software, most of us are familiar with sharing. Collaboration, however, means that you, and others like you, are voluntarily devoting your time and resources towards a common goal. And collaboration is one of the key design goals of ScalableC. Here, we aim to create an active platform for collaborating on ideas of importance. This translates into large-scale efforts on the part of everyone involved.
The Web has opened up a new dimension through which collaboration can be made much easier. Yet, as pointed out in Collaborative Futures, simply using technical mechanisms to coordinate the process of collaboration does not provide a complete solution. We must have something like a "social contract"that ensures that the social fabric of this online community is kept unharmed. For a collaborative system to be sustainable, the importance of this component is immense.
Understanding and following the design goals of ScalableC is more important than simply trying to follow lists of rules: if the concepts of collaboration, of including the community, and of respecting the context are understood, then evaluating an action is the light of these goals may be more useful than trying to search for specific guidelines. Still, below are some simple pointers to help maintain the trust and the motivation that a collaborative platform requires. Inspired mostly by the Wikipedia guidelines section, they aim to produce an atmosphere conducive to collaboration.
The above is of course not a comprehensive list of all the characteristics that constitute desired behaviour,where desired behaviour simply means behaviour that contributes positively to collaboration, conflict resolution and clarity. However, it serves as a beginning as we seek to scale collaboration over ideas which can tackle large challenges