Over the last few weeks there has been an increase in discussion related to race-related issues and the Black Lives Matter movement on the website. While this is primarily a deal-sharing community, there are often deals or discussions posted that make these topics relevant- for instance Nike closing its stores on Juneteenth
, or Humble Fight for Racial Justice Bundle
, and we want to encourage constructive debate.
Sadly, these threads have often become argumentative, upsetting to members of our community and staff, and difficult to moderate consistently under our current rules.
So to clear this up, we wanted to make plain hotukdeals’ position: Systemic racism exists, and often leads to racial injustice - in the US, the UK and many other countries. Any comments or behaviour that we feel denies these facts, or downplays the effects of them, will be removed and persistent behaviour will be treated as any rule-breaking is under our code of conduct.
I’m sure there will still be comments that are difficult for us to judge, as this is a complex issue, so this is intended as a guiding statement to set out our stall. Members of the Community Support team who remove activity from the website based on this statement are acting in line with our policy, and we have updated the site rules
to reflect this.
The tragic events of the last few weeks have highlighted the need for further education about and consideration of the problems facing Black and other minority communities. We are continuing to learn ourselves and will keep our policies under review. Please get in touch with us if you see anywhere you think we could improve our actions or approach and we are always happy to discuss.
PS. We have debated whether to leave this thread open for comments. We're going to begin by doing so, and will be moderating it on the basis of the approach above - if it becomes overly argumentative though we will consider locking and removing all comments