These are some general rules which I try to follow when having discussions with other people. I’ve been putting them together over the past few years based on my interactions with others. If you have any other ideas on how to add to this Code of Conduct, please comment below or send me an email.
1 – No bullying. This includes name-calling, ridiculing, belittling, mocking, and abusing.
2 – Make as few assumptions as possible about whoever you’re communicating with.
3 – Keep statements as truthful as possible.
4 – Keep your information relevant.
1 – Try not to load it with false assumptions/assertions.
An example of loading a question with false information is: if you were to ask someone who doesn’t hate the color blue “why do you hate the color blue?”.
1 – If someone asks you a question that can be answered with a yes or no, answer it with a yes or no. If it can be answered with a yes or no but you don’t know the right answer, say “I don’t know”.
2 – Include part of the question in the answer. This can help keep your answer relevant.
Grice’s Maxims of Conversation are aimed at helping with effective communication. While they have received some criticisms, I think they are useful for critical thinkers who want to share information effectively. I include them here for you to decide whether or not you want to use them.
1 – The Maxim of Quantity: don’t say too much or too little. Say only that which is necessary.
2 – The Maxim of Quality: don’t say things that you know are false or things that you can’t back up with evidence. Be as honest as possible.
3 – The Maxim of Relation: don’t say things which are irrelevant. Only include relevant information.
4 – The Maxim of Manner: don’t be ambiguous. Keep your speech clear and easy to understand.