Social Media and Online Moderation Policy

A dialogue can realize its full possibilities only if there is charity.

—Eugene England, “The Possibility of Dialogue

Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought holds central the belief that fostering conversation with a variety of viewpoints is crucial to critical engagement. Social media accounts (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, and YouTube) are used to share and discuss news, recent and archival publications, and upcoming events. We also hope to foster community, inspire conversation, and invite participation with Mormon and Latter-day Saint culture.

Dialogue has fostered cultural-critical conversation on a variety of diverse viewpoints for over half a century, conversation that has repeatedly led to cultural and scholarly breakthroughs. We welcome all who wish to participate in Dialogue’s grand legacy by bringing faith into conversation with larger streams of world religious thought and human experience as a whole. We invite all to foster their artistic and scholarly talents. We also encourage our readers to submit a Letter to the Editor or other piece for review and potential publication.

The crucial and constructive conversation which Dialogue fosters is made possible by an environment of charity and respect. The views expressed in individual publications are solely those of the individual authors, and not necessarily those of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Community of Christ, other institutions within the broader Mormon diaspora, or of the editors, staff, and board of directors at Dialogue. In spite of this, Dialogue seeks to protect its contributors and staff from personal attacks or contentious comments that do not foster an atmosphere where a dialogue is possible. We welcome collaboration with other creators who wish to uphold the mission of Dialogue. If interested in collaboration, please email us at [email protected].

In our online interactions, Dialogue follows our guiding principles:

  • Every person should be treated with respect.
  • Language that is prejudiced or phobic (including but not limited to comments on race, sex, gender identity/expression, sexuality, nationality, ethnicity, religion, class, etc.) does not encourage a respectful and charitable dialogue. 
  • A climate of civility and constructivity is created when interlocutors listen and learn from one another.

Comments, mentions, replies, and other ways of engaging with social media are welcome and invited. If conversation becomes heated, disrespectful, and against our guiding principles, some individuals may be prohibited from participation. On Twitter, we have engaged the DezNat Block List for these reasons. Dialogue reserves the right to limit online engagement on the part of any individual actor in any circumstance, including circumstances not enumerated here. Individuals utilizing anonymous accounts will be subjected to stricter scrutiny than accounts with personal and professional identities attached. 

If you believe your non-anonymous personal or professional social media account has been blocked incorrectly from participating in Dialogue’s online forums, you may submit a formal appeal affirming your commitment to our social media policy to [email protected]. We thank you for your patience as we process your appeal.

The direct messaging feature on all our platforms are open for quick and timely responses. For inquiries regarding Dialogue, submissions, and other matters, you may also contact us at [email protected]

Last Updated: 11 February 2021

We must speak and listen patiently, with good humor, with real expectation, and then our dialogue can serve both truth and charity. 

—Eugene England, “The Possibility of Dialogue