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Hello Revelstoke folks,

Whether you’re a new or long-time reader, welcome to the Stoke List. This is a vibrant online community – it’s a buy and sell site, it’s a forum, it’s a giant lost and found, it’s a place to advertise events, sales, and so much more. Half the community visits this site on a daily basis, so thanks for dropping in. Please use the site for good and keep it positive.

Stoke List rules to live by:

  • IF YOU DON’T HAVE ANYTHING NICE TO SAY, DON’T SAY ANYTHING AT ALL. Think before you write. Simmer down. Didn’t your mom teach you not to be cruel to others? If she’d be shocked, embarrassed or appalled at what you’ve written, don’t post it.
  • No defamation. Libel is a written statement about a person that damages the person’s reputation. Libel will not be accepted. Got a problem with a business? Contact them directly to rationally discuss your specific concerns. Problem with a person? Talk to them personally. Don’t post it on the Stoke List. Also, stop having problems with people. Seriously – you’re a grownup. Maybe the problem is you. Libel isn’t necessarily the same as having a critical opinion, but if the claim is written to hurts someone’s reputation that is not acceptable.
  • No profanity or obscenity. Whether it’s in the title or the post, if your ad contains profanity it will be deleted.
  • Don’t use anonymity to be a jerk. Just because you don’t have to sign your name, don’t use that anonymity to say things you wouldn’t otherwise say.
  • Don’t post to incite hatred. That means posts designed specifically to stir the pot. You know who you are.
  • Xenophobia will never be tolerated. Xenophobia is an unreasonable fear or hatred of strangers or foreigners or of that which is strange or foreign. It shows just how small you are. This town strives to be welcoming and inclusive and you should too. You’d be a lot happier!
  • Posts cannot incite crime or make threats.

I’m the Stoke List mom. I check the site throughout the day every day, read every post and delete what I have to. Sometimes I'm away from my computer for a while because it's nice out, or I'm on a vacation, or it's a powder day, or I left my computer at work overnight, or I’m sleeping. Don't fret - when we see something inappropriate we’ll delete it. However, wouldn’t it be nice if we didn’t have to delete anything? Play nice. If you've gotten a scolding email from me, you deserved it – don’t do it again. If you think I've missed something that should be deleted, email me.

We firmly believe in free speech and respect people's right to have an opinion. Freedom of speech includes the ability to voice critical opinions. Deciding whose opinions are and aren't valid is a slippery slope, and we do not delete posts just because we don't agree with them. People are entitled to their opinion so long as they're not inciting crime, making threats, sharing obscenity or profanity, or being libellous by publishing a false claim about a person. However, freedom of speech does not include the right to incite hatred. Play nice!

Since we started the Stoke List almost four years ago, there have been well over 100,000 posts. The Stoke List serves as a forum for this community, and it's often hilarious and sometimes really productive. Please use it for good rather than bad. If you have a complaint about a business, let the business owner know in person. If you hate that lots of new people move here for the outdoor activities, get used to it. If you’re new to town, make sure you get all the facts first. If you sit at your computer every day thinking of things to complain about, re-evaluate your life and do some good instead. Did you have a great experience somewhere? Post about it. See something that made you smile? Great! Share it with us!

Think twice before you post in anger, frustration or just to be cruel. Move on and make the best of life - carrying around grudges and resentment won’t make your feel better, but maybe volunteering as an ESL tutor, playing music, making art, getting some exercise, meeting new friends at a coffee shop, or starting a new business will. Lead by example, friends.

Whoever you are, enjoy Revelstoke - this place is magical. Smile at everyone you pass on the street. We all choose to live here (either born or transplanted), so we’ve all got that in common. Remember the “campsite rule” - leave Revelstoke in better shape than when you found it. That means something different to everyone and can be really simple: patronize local businesses or galleries; volunteer with an organization; join a committee; join the community band; shovel your neighbour’s driveway or mow their lawn; look both ways before you cross the street (whether you're walking, on a bike, or in a car!); pat dogs (whether they're downtown or not!); donate to the food bank; be nice to the people helping you; hold the door open for people; pick up litter (and your dog's doo-doo); smooth out differences in a peaceful manner rather than resorting to violence or angry words; and don’t get into needlessly petty arguments on the Stoke List. This goes for all of you! Questions, concerns, comments, happy thoughts? Lemme know.

Here’s a final note. Ghandi said, “Be the change you want to see in the world.”

Keep smiling, and keep on keeping on. Teamwork!


Karilyn Kempton from the Stoke

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Fri, 26 Apr 2013 22:31:48 GMT