Who runs SE23.life?

See: se23.life/about for our current admins and moderators.

The site was founded by Honor Oak resident @chrisbeach, of Brighter Code Ltd.

Why was SE23.life set up?

In an era dominated by Facebook, forums must keep up. SE23.life offers well-organised information for local residents, real-time updates, personally-tailored notifications and a powerful search tool. It also all works well on all devices.

Our moderation aims to be transparent and fair, benefiting from diversity of opinion within the moderation team.

I’d like to advertise my business. Where do I start?

See instructions here

  • If you’re a local business, you can create your first topic free-of-charge
  • It’s also free of charge (and encouraged) to respond to mentions of your business anywhere on the forum
  • There is a small charge if you’d like to create subsequent topics about your business

What does “verified” mean and how do I get verified?

See information here

How do I…

See: SE23.life How-to Guides

Joining Groups on SE23.life

We offer special discussion groups you can opt in to for in-depth conversation on subjects that interest you - from politics to cycling.

You can opt-in on the groups page.

Politics

SE23.life is politically neutral and not aligned to any party or campaigning organisation

  • Please keep general political debate and partisan politics in the General Politics category.
    (verified members can opt in here).

  • The #local-politics category is for objective discussion of Council / GLA / Local Election matters etc.

Moderators reserve the right to:

  • remove any party political campaigning without warning (the forum is not a campaign platform)

  • move any discussions of wider political issues from public forum categories into the General Politics category.

Where is the forum based, and what software does it use?

SE23.life is hosted in a datacentre in York, and was built using the open-source Discourse platform.

Feedback on Moderation or Individual Moderators

Please respect moderator decisions, which aim to be fair and even-handed.

We understand members may not always agree with moderation decisions, but we respectfully ask you to avoid posting such feedback in the public areas of the forum.

If you wish to question any decision, please communicate this directly and in confidence to the the team by messaging @moderators or by emailing team@se23.life

We take all feedback seriously and will respond quickly.

Please also keep in mind that none of our moderators are paid and give up their free time to help keep the site running smoothly - they’d all be very happy if no moderation was required!

Guidelines

Please treat this discussion forum with the same respect you would a public park. We, too, are a shared community resource — a place to share skills, knowledge and interests through ongoing conversation.

These are not hard and fast rules, merely aids to the human judgment of our community. Use these guidelines to keep this a clean, well-lighted place for civilised public discourse.

Improve the Discussion

Help us make this a great place for discussion by always working to improve the discussion in some way, however small. If you are not sure your post adds to the conversation, think over what you want to say and try again later.

The topics discussed here matter to us, and we want you to act as if they matter to you, too. Be respectful of the topics and the people discussing them, even if you disagree with some of what is being said.

One way to improve the discussion is by discovering ones that are already happening. Please spend some time browsing the topics here before replying or starting your own, and you’ll have a better chance of meeting others who share your interests.

Be Agreeable, Even When You Disagree

You may wish to respond to something by disagreeing with it. That’s fine. But, remember to criticise ideas, not people. Please avoid:

  • Name-calling.
  • Ad hominem attacks.
  • Responding to a post’s tone instead of its actual content.
  • Knee-jerk contradiction.

Instead, provide reasoned counter-arguments that improve the conversation.

Your Participation Counts

The conversations we have here set the tone for everyone. Help us influence the future of this community by choosing to engage in discussions that make this forum an interesting place to be — and avoiding those that do not.

Discourse provides tools that enable the community to collectively identify the best (and worst) contributions: favorites, bookmarks, likes, flags, replies, edits, and so forth. Use these tools to improve your own experience, and everyone else’s, too.

Let’s try to leave our park better than we found it.

If You See a Problem, Flag It

Moderators have special authority; they are responsible for this forum. But so are you. With your help, moderators can be community facilitators, not just janitors or police.

When you see bad behavior, don’t reply. It encourages the bad behavior by acknowledging it, consumes your energy, and wastes everyone’s time. Just flag it. If enough flags accrue, action will be taken, either automatically or by moderator intervention.

In order to maintain our community, moderators reserve the right to remove any content and any user account for any reason at any time. Moderators do not preview new posts in any way; the moderators and site operators take no responsibility for any content posted by the community.

Always Be Civil

Nothing sabotages a healthy conversation like rudeness:

  • Be civil. Don’t post anything that a reasonable person would consider offensive, abusive, or hate speech.
  • Keep it clean. Don’t post anything obscene or sexually explicit.
  • Respect each other. Don’t harass or grief anyone, impersonate people, or expose their private information.
  • Respect our forum. Don’t post spam or otherwise vandalise the forum.
  • Don’t “bump” your own topics unless you are adding information or reducing the price of a wanted/offered item.

These are not concrete terms with precise definitions — avoid even the appearance of any of these things. If you’re unsure, ask yourself how you would feel if your post was featured on the front page of the Guardian.

This is a public forum, and search engines index these discussions. Keep the language, links, and images safe for family and friends.

Keep It Tidy

Make the effort to put things in the right place, so that we can spend more time discussing and less cleaning up. So:

  • Don’t start a topic in the wrong category.
  • Don’t cross-post the same thing in multiple topics.
  • Don’t post no-content replies.
  • Don’t divert a topic by changing it midstream.
  • Don’t sign your posts — every post has your profile information attached to it.

Rather than posting “+1” or “Agreed”, use the Like button.

Post Only Your Own Stuff

You may not post anything digital that belongs to someone else without permission. You may not post descriptions of, links to, or methods for stealing someone’s intellectual property (software, video, audio, images), or for breaking any other law.

Powered by You

This site is operated by your friendly local staff and you, the community. If you have any further questions about how things should work here, open a new topic in the site feedback category and let’s discuss! If there’s a critical or urgent issue that can’t be handled by a meta topic or flag, contact us via the staff page.

Terms of Service

Yes, legalese is boring, but we must protect ourselves – and by extension, you and your data – against unfriendly folks. We have a Terms of Service describing your (and our) behavior and rights related to content, privacy, and laws. To use this service, you must agree to abide by our TOS.