25 years of age and older
Because a human beings mind isn’t fully developed until the age of 25, Utopia42 will be a 25 and older community.
In the future we will allow younger ages, but we need to build Utopia42 first.
Once we can secure the information, Utopia42 will no longer be anonymous
This is a key part of Utopia42 - Utopia42 leadership will be able to provide personal information to legal entities in order to protect other members of Utopia42. That personal info will not be available to other Utopia42 members, only to Utopia42 leadership.
Utopia42 leadership info will be alongside all member info. Once the info can be well secured Utopia42 will start collecting personal info. Until that time, only basic information will be kept.
This has 2 positive effects - It allows for people to still have their anonymity within the Utopia42 society, but allows Utopia42 leadership to enforce responsibility for actions if legal actions are necessary.
It will also allow Utopia42 to ban an actual person and not just an email or account. This will be critical as the society grows since once someone violates the code of conduct and is ejected from the community we do not want them returning under another account or name.
Ideally we would use Blockchains to ensure authenticity of the information.
We base our opinions of others on their behaviors, actions and speech, and not based on physical characteristics.
We choose to create a place where we are valuing people for their actions, speech and behaviors. Each one of us can change our actions, behavior and speech as these are skills. We do not believe that physical characteristics which divide us apart as fellow human beings are important to a digital persona.
We do not encourage real visual representations of your physical appearance.
All of us have been judged by our physical appearance throughout our lives. It's just the reality of it. For good or ill, it's how this physical world is made up.
Visual information about members of Utopia42 is discouraged, as skin color, ethnicity and appearance are not relevant to your digital personas reputation and value to the community. I know this is not the current trend, but the digital landscape has the potential to be a "great leveler" and I believe in promoting digital avatars instead.
Members of Utopia42 will have granular control of what information is shared to other Utopia42 members. No external sharing is currently being investigated.
We take responsibility for our own actions, speech and behavior online.
It's great when everyone is behaving well, but we are all human and we know that sometimes we have "an off day" or react in a way that we may not be proud of. It's part of being human. What's important is that we take responsibility for our own actions and treat everyone involved as a fellow human being.
Most of the value comes from the spoken community.
Communities that are based on typed information (forums, IM’s, chat boards, facebook, reddit, etc.) do not have the amount of information that is available in a verbal conversation. As a result we have all experienced a breakdown in communications due to misunderstandings during typed conversations. In fact it's often said that mindset of the reader is more important than the actual words they are reading.
We can no longer expect that any text-based interactions are effective at swaying an opinion, having a productive discussion, or building a significant connection with another human being. If we really want to learn or help others learn, then we need to speak with one another or to at least listen.