CommunityRule is a governance toolkit for great communities.
Too many of our communities adopt default governance practices that rely on the unchecked authority of founders, admins, or moderators, lacking even basic features of small-scale democracy. The purpose of CommunityRule is to help communities establish appropriate norms for decision-making, stewardship, and culture.What core values does the community hold? What is the legal status of the community’s assets and creations?
We acknowledge that the governance practices we share here have long roots in diverse cultures. To ensure this inheritance remains a commons, content on CommunityRule is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License, which means that anyone has the right to use and adapt it, and adaptations must be re-shared under the same license.
CommunityRule is a project of the Media Enterprise Design Lab at the University of Colorado Boulder, in collaboration with the Metagovernance Project (metagov.org). Anyone who finds this project useful, or potentially so, is welcome to contribute suggestions, changes, and additions.How are participants suspended or removed? What special roles can participants hold, and how are roles assigned?
CommunityRule is currently administered and primarily authored by MEDLab director Nathan Schneider.Are there limits on the terms or powers of participant roles?
To contribute to the project, post Issues and Merge Requests to the project on GitLab (see footer for link), or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.How does the community manage access to administrative accounts and other tools? How does the community manage funds and economic flows? How are grievances among participants addressed?
If a community of contributors and users forms around CommunityRule, it should develop into a more community-driven governance model with the help of CommunityRule itself.
The Publish feature is experimental. Rules may be removed without notice