We can has Values

Hello passionate, involved, mission oriented members (I assume no others would be reading this blog),

Today I am obviously very busy working for the IGDA in between trying to ship games.  What I want to put out there is IGDA’s core values. Yes, you may have to dig on the website to find them but they were the product of months of work a couple of years ago, and we take them seriously. They are:

  • Community
  • Professionalism
  • Expression
  • Innovation
  • Impact
  • Leadership
  • Fun

So as our Community Expresses themselves trying to have Impact and Lead, I would like to call attention to *how* we do that, as that is what Professionalism pertains to.  IGDA unfortunately is not old enough yet to have created a Professional Code of Ethics, but you can see an example of one over at the first professional organization I ever joined, IEEE. The purpose for a Code of Ethics is to establish community standards for what professional conduct is and is not.  I do believe members are striving to be Professional, however we are challenged sometimes because we have no group agreement yet on what that means.

In the meantime, we do have some rules that are defined by laws, some of which we need to begin to more strongly enforce immediately. Our staff is posting a reminder of the terms of use for our forums. We love our forums, we need our forums,they’re important to us! However we can only have them if we follow these terms – it’s not an option. If a moderator removes your post, please review it before contacting the moderator to see if you can see why your post might have been removed. Consult with the moderator if you need suggestions on how to phrase your perspective or idea to comply with what are really basic and normal requirements for forums. If anyone wants to flame about someone else please do it on non-IGDA resources.

I know this will upset some people, however it is part of IGDA having to grow up just a little here. I think it still means we can have Fun and Expression and all those other good values. But without Professionalism, can we call our craft a profession?

Tobi

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