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Is the content of the privacy policy and terms of use pages really suitable as a statement of policy for contributors? In many respects these pages are legal documents. How does it assist contributors who have to wade though the legalease? What is needed is a clearer explanation so that the intent behind the condensed legal text in those documents are unpacked and explained in some detail as discrete principles for making decisions that can be applied on a case by case basis. - Cameron (talk) 18:53, 20 April 2014 (CDT)

What is sasCommunity Policy?

How does a contributor know that their contribution is acceptable to the sasCommunity? This is what sasCommunity Policy is for. It allows contributors to know what to contribute and what they should not, how to contribute, when and where to do so, and why contribute. In essence, such policy sets out the rules or guidelines that contributors should follow. In many respects policy documents the wiki rules of behaviour for contributors, or in other words, etiquette. - Cameron (talk) 18:33, 20 April 2014 (CDT)

What is Policy?

A Policy, according to Wikipedia, is a statement about a principle or protocol that is intended to guide decisions and achieve rational outcomes. - Cameron (talk) 18:33, 20 April 2014 (CDT)

What does Policy include?

Perhaps the best way to understand what policy can include is by considering how others deal with policy for a wiki. For example, Wikipedia policies cover a wide range of issues. Interestingly, Wikipedia has both policies and guidelines. Some of these are enforced quite strictly and formally, while others are treated much more informally, or are considered as suggested good practice amongst a range of alternatives. - Cameron (talk) 18:33, 20 April 2014 (CDT)

Policy starts with the Terms of Use

The Terms of Use, which explain how the website should be used, implies a number of policies that should be explained in more detail. Since the Terms of Use are worded in rather dense legalease, rather than Plain English, some unpacking and explanation is needed.

When I first read the Terms of Use, I wondered what it really meant. I had to reread carefully it several times and even now I am not absolutely certain what it really means and what these terms imply about how I can use the wiki. The main policy areas that I think the Terms of Use cover are:

  • Membership - Who can and cannot join the website.
    • Behaviour - How should members behave.
    • Rights - What rights do members have.
    • Responsibilities - What are members responsible for and how can they be held accountable for their actions.
  • Content - What is and is not acceptable content.
  • Copyrights - Who has the rights to use and modify the content that is contributed to
  • Ownership - Who owns and operates the website.
  • Dispute resolution - How are disputes resolved and breaches of the terms of use dealt with.

Each of these areas need some explanation either as part of a policy article or as separate articles. The two priority areas that I see as needing the most explanation are Membership and Content, because these areas seem to be where users are most likely to breach the Terms of Use. - Cameron (talk) 18:40, 15 August 2014 (CDT)