Thursday, February 22, 2007

Gonnae no dae that!

Translation of title for non-Scots... Please do not do that.

Neil Winton is doing really interesting stuff (as always) and I left a comment on one of his recent posts Higher English Revision that started me thinking. I made a comment that the blogging rules for his school were almost all negative. E.g.
I will not use any swearing or inappropriate language.
I will not threaten or provoke anyone.

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In my comment, I said, "It seems a shame that there are no balancing positive rules. For example, 'I will make positive and encouraging comments on other peoples blogs.' " There will probably have to be some negative rules but some of the existing rules could easily be given a more positive spin. For example, instead of the current first rule you could use: "I will always use positive and appropriate language."

However, my comment started me thinking. I'm sure I read someone else talking about making positive rules relatively recently. I thought it was David Warlick or Ewan McIntosh... but either I'm havering or looking in the wrong places on their blogs.

So, help me out here. Is there already a positive rule set out there? If not, does anyone want to start a wiki to make one?

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Ewan McIntosh said...

Positive guidelines for staff and pupils in the East Lothian support wiki:

Not many nots in there, if I remember right.

David said...

I knew I'd read something somewhere. Thanks Ewan.