Contributing to the Living Assessment

While anyone can access and edit content on the living assessment, there is a code of conduct associated with content on the site. Editors are expected to write from a neutral point of view and include no original research. When editing content, therefore, it is important to:
  • Avoid advocacy by characterizing issues rather than debating them
  • Strive to provide information, not promote a particular cause
  • Explain major points of view in a balanced, impartial manner and present them in context
  • Cite reliable sources that are directly related to the topic of the article and that directly support the material as presented
  • Refrain from analysis or synthesis of material that serves to advance a position not advanced by the sources
  • Ensure that all material added to an article is attributable to a reliable source (even if not actually attributed)

Core Policies

The LivingAssessment, like many other wikis, has several core policies: neutral point of view, verifiability, no orignial research, and accurate, reliable, and relevant sources. Editors should be be familiar with all:

Neutral Point of View - All content must be written from a nuetral point of view, representing significant views fairly, proportionately, and without bias.
Verifiability - Material challenged or likely to be challenged, and all quotations, must be attributed to a reliable source that directly supports the material. Readers must be able to check that material added to the Living Assessment has already been published by a reliable source.
No Original Research - The LivingAssessment is not a place to publish or post original thought: all material in the Living Assessment must be attributed to an accurate, reliable, and relevant source.
Accurate, Reliable, and Relevant Sources - Articles should be based on reliable, third-party, published sources with a reputation for fact-checking and accuracy. Sources may be text materials (printed or online), or audio, video, or multimedia materials that have been distributed and archived by a reputable third-party. Sources should directly support the information as it is presented in the article, and should be appropriate to the claims made. Relevant sources may include, but are not limited to: governmental or non-governmental assessments, plans, monitoring evaluation reports, and studies, including relevant neighboring land management plans. Such documents may include State forest assessments and strategies, the Resources Planning Act assessment, ecoregional assessments, nongovernmental reports, State comprehensive outdoor recreation plans, community wildfire protection plans, and State wildlife action plans.

Rules of Engagement

While OurForestPlace does not discriminate against any views, we reserve the right to delete any comments, posts, or activity found on the LivingAssessment that suggest any inappropriate behavior as shown by the examples below, with the understanding that this list is not all-inclusive:
  • Violent, obscene, profane, hateful, racist, bullying, intimidating, or harassing comments
  • Comments that threaten or defame any person or organization
  • Material that constitutes copyright infringement
  • Solicitations, advertisements, or endorsements of any outside product or service
  • Comments that suggest or encourage illegal activity
  • Multiple successive off-topic posts by a single user
  • Repetitive posts copied and pasted by multiple users
Egregious or repeated violations regarding behavior of this nature may result in the deletion of your activity and reporting of your account to site administrators for appropriate action. Appropriate action can include removal of your account.