Who can view the content on this site?
All areas of this website except Civil Discourse, submission forms, and user account management pages are open to the public, so please use discretion in deciding what to post here. Civil Discourse is restricted to logged-in Colby account holders.
Who can subscribe? Who can post?
Users must log in to subscribe to emails or to create posts, and anyone with a Colby.edu email address can log in. All others can only view posts.
How can retirees receive ColbyNow emails?
Retirees who do not have Colby logins will not be able to manage their subscriptions but will continue to receive a daily email containing the day’s posts.
When are posts emailed to subscribers?
Emails go out early each morning. Events are emailed to subscribers on their start dates and, optionally, on two additional dates of the submitter’s choosing. Submitters can choose up to three dates on which to include Announcements and Marketplace posts in emails to subscribers. New posts to the Ride Board and Lost and Found are included in the next day’s email.
How long will this content exist?
Posts to ColbyNow will automatically expire after three months, and no archive will exist for posts older than this.
Civil Discourse FAQs
Are there restrictions on what I can post?
Members of the Colby community are in no way limited or restricted in posting; however, members are being reminded that they are accountable for their words.
What has changed recently?
A series of questions will be added to the posting process to provide an opportunity for reflection before you publish your post. This is to encourage and create a healthy environment for productive and thoughtful discourse.
Is this a filter? Am I still allowed to voice my opinion?
There is no moderation or approval process. If an individual wants to create a post, they may. The questions are aimed at helping you organize your thoughts and consider community implications before posting.
Why did this happening?
As with any initiative, it is important to periodically revisit and make changes or additions based on the current needs of our community. This is simply a reminder to encourage individuals to participate in a more impactful and thoughtful way.
Can I still see past posts?
Yes, past Civil Discourse posts are archived annually. To explore the archive, please visit: https://www.colby.edu/civildiscoursearchive/
Does the website still require login credentials?
Yes, you must use your Colby login to access the site. However, please remember that your email can still be widely and permanently distributed.
If there is a technical problem, who can I contact?
To address questions or concerns about the Civil Discourse , please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
How does this relate to the Statement of Principles on Freedom of Inquiry and Expression document?
Aspects of the Principles on Freedom of Inquiry and Expression document were explored and considered to make the current changes to the Civil Discourse as Colby works toward fostering and maintaining a healthy community centered on active and honest engagement that allows each member the freedom to express oneself understanding there are responsibilities that come with such freedom.