Informed people live longer
24 March 2018 06:27 (South Africa)
Reader Covenant

Reader covenant

The Daily Maverick doesn't have terms of service or an acceptable use policy or a service level agreement. These are our promises to you, and what we expect from you in return. 

Give us a tiny slice of your time and we'll give you the world. We'll also throw in a whole lot of fun, just to sweeten the deal.

In the background, there's a whole lot more to it, of course, but that's all just detail. The Daily Maverick exists to provide you with the news, analysis, insight and opinion that you need. Whether you're required to make big decisions or just want to hold your own over lunchtime conversation, we'll provide the tools.

Here's another promise: we won't ever waste your time. We don't let algorithms decide what is important and what is not. Our journalists and editors are humans, and some of the best and most experienced ones around at that. They've spent decades refining the craft and we think they're pretty good at it.

The result is a service that will tell you what happened yesterday, what's happening now and what's going to happen today – and what it all means. The important stuff is all here, the politics, business and economics. But we realise you may need more than that. So we'll provide you with the social currency you need to talk to the friends about that big game yesterday, or to talk to your office buddies about the latest gossip from the celebrity pack. And we're not going to let you be ignorant about the latest in arts and culture or science and technology either. Put that in your newspaper and smoke it.

We'll do all of that for you, and we'll do it with the greatest of integrity. Nobody will ever pay for our opinions, no matter the size of the chequebook. We will never sell your private information, or let somebody else dictate our agenda, or conspire behind your back.

You are the centre of our universe.

If you want a one-way connection, with us sitting on the other side of your screen working day and night to keep you informed, then that's all you really need to know. But if you want to engage, talk back – and we very much hope that you do – then we'll expect a little more from you.

For starters, we expect you to call us out when we screw up, as we inevitably will. We expect you to tip us off to important stuff we might otherwise not know about. We expect you to participate, and share your wisdom and insight with us and with other readers. If you choose to do that – and this is where you need to take some time to consider the consequences – then we expect you to do so using your real name. We're great fans of online anonymity and the benefits it can bring, but this isn't the place for it. Anonymity does not breed thoughtful, civilised debate. Real names make for a real community.

Other than that the only rules are those of polite society everywhere. We won't tolerate hate speech, for instance, and if you engage in any you may find that your comments have disappeared, been disemvoweled, or otherwise disrupted. Think of our moderators as benign bouncers; you'll never know they're there unless you cross the line in a determined fashion.
We realise that this requires a lot of trust, more than you would normally invest in a website. Why should you trust us? Stick around and let us show you. We believe trust can only be earned – and we believe we can earn yours.