Disclosure and/or recusal from top­ics, peo­ple, reviews, impres­sions, etc. is an impor­tant fac­tor in pro­vid­ing the most fair and accu­rate cov­er­age we can provide. As such, we have laid out the­se dis­clo­sure poli­cies.

We strive to cov­er all sit­u­a­tions that may come up, but expect the­se to be updat­ed if sit­u­a­tions arise that require addi­tion­al claus­es and updates to our dis­clo­sure. User feed­back is impor­tant in this regard as well. If there are cir­cum­stance we are not cov­er­ing, or issues we are not address­ing, then please leave your feed­back in the com­ments below or con­tact us.


Reviews, Impressions, and Let’s Plays

Content pro­duc­ers are required to dis­close the source of the pro­duct (eg. game, comic, movie, book, etc.) they are pro­vid­ing cov­er­age on. Additionally con­tent pro­duc­ers are required to dis­close con­nec­tions they may have to com­pa­nies or indi­vid­u­als relat­ed to the pro­duct. This includes:

  • Whether the pro­duct was pur­chased by the con­tent cre­ator, given as a gift, or pro­vid­ed by the publisher/distributor/developer of the pro­duct for pur­pos­es of cov­er­age.
  • Whether the pro­duct was obtained through Kickstarter, Indigogo, or anoth­er crowd-funding source (with the excep­tion of Patreon, con­trib­u­tors are barred from sup­port­ing indi­vid­u­als or com­pa­nies on Patreon and must dis­close pri­or Patreon dona­tions to edi­to­ri­al staff).
  • Additionally, pro­duct cov­ered that is in an “Early Access” or pre­view state will be pre­sent­ed as an “Impression.” Preview con­tent, whether alpha or beta state soft­ware or Early Access, will be pre­sent­ed “as is” and labeled as not indica­tive of the final pro­duct
  • All con­tent pro­duc­ers and edi­to­ri­al staff are required to dis­close any con­nec­tions to indi­vid­u­als or com­pa­nies con­nect­ed to the pro­duct they are cov­er­ing. If fair cov­er­age to a pro­duct can­not be pro­vid­ed then pro­duc­ers or edi­to­ri­al staff are to recuse them­selves

Coverage of Events and Issues

We strive for fair and accu­rate cov­er­age of events and issues. People will always come into an event or issue with pre­con­ceived notions and bias­es. Our def­i­n­i­tion of objec­tiv­i­ty in rela­tion to jour­nal­is­tic pur­suits iden­ti­fies the­se bias­es and requires us to put the­se in check as to gath­er the facts of an event and present them as fair­ly as pos­si­ble. Our audi­ence is an impor­tant fac­tor in ensur­ing we do the absolute best job we can cov­er­ing issues. As such, our con­tent pro­duc­ers and edi­tors are required to dis­close any con­nec­tions to a sub­ject so our audi­ence can keep the­se in mind. When a pro­duc­er or edi­tor feels they can­not check their bias­es to work a sto­ry objec­tive­ly, then they are to recuse them­selves. Connections that are required to be dis­closed to our audi­ence are:

  • Whether a pro­duc­er or edi­tor is or has been friends with some­one con­nect­ed to a sto­ry
  • Whether a pro­duc­er or edi­tor has pre­vi­ous­ly worked with or for some­one or an orga­ni­za­tion con­nect­ed to a sto­ry
  • Whether a pro­duc­er or edi­tor has pre­vi­ous­ly fund­ed or donat­ed to a per­son or orga­ni­za­tion
  • Whether a pro­duc­er or edi­tor is a mem­ber of a indus­try orga­ni­za­tion (eg. IGDA, ESA, SPJ, etc.)

Additionally, we strive to have our arti­cles be as up-to-date as is pos­si­ble. Some sto­ries may­be devel­op­ing as they are pre­sent­ed, new infor­ma­tion will come in, or a new source will come for­ward. We update our arti­cles when new infor­ma­tion comes forth and that will always be dis­closed with an “Update Note.”

Crowd-funding and Donations

While we whol­ly sup­port the build­ing trend of fund­ing projects, indi­vid­u­als and com­pa­nies through crowd sourced options, we feel that cer­tain avenues and amounts con­sti­tute a con­flict of inter­est. When cov­er­ing prod­ucts and events relat­ed to the indus­tries we are cov­er­ing, we feel that the fol­low­ing dis­clo­sures and pro­hi­bi­tions need­ed to provide as accu­rate of cov­er­age we can provide:

  • Content Producers and edi­tors can fund Kickstarter or Indiegogo projects, but not in sig­nif­i­cant amounts. All fund­ing of this type must be dis­closed to edi­to­ri­al staff and in any cov­er­age pro­vid­ed. If the edi­to­ri­al staff deter­mi­nes the amount fund­ed would influ­ence cov­er­age, pro­duc­ers or edi­tors will be told to recuse them­selves from cov­er­age
  • All staff at SuperNerdLand is pro­hib­it­ed from sup­port­ing indi­vid­u­als or com­pa­nies through Patreon. This is not a state­ment again­st Patreon as a plat­form. We just feel that fund­ing of this type can con­sti­tute too much of a con­flict of inter­est when pro­vid­ing cov­er­age of prod­ucts, orga­ni­za­tions or indi­vid­u­als. All pre­vi­ous Patreon dona­tions must be dis­closed to edi­to­ri­al staff, and must be dis­closed in con­tent when rel­e­vant to cov­er­age
  • Early Access pur­chas­es are allowed. As one receives a pro­duct for the mon­ey give, we view this as just a pur­chase. When cov­er­ing an Early Access pro­duct, it will be pre­sent­ed as an “impres­sions” as the final pro­duct is unavail­able and thus not review-able
  • Donations to 501c non-profit orga­ni­za­tions are allowed, but if an pro­duc­er or edi­tor is donat­ing to an orga­ni­za­tion they are cov­er­ing, they must dis­close this to edi­to­ri­al staff and in cov­er­age. If the amount is sig­nif­i­cant, edi­to­ri­al staff reserves the right to recuse some­one from cov­er­age

 

Extra Disclosure/Recusal

 

We have a con­trib­u­tor, Pory, whom is also a mod­er­a­tor on /r/KotakuInAction on Reddit, and some oth­er forums on the inter­net. As such, we have set up extra lay­ers of dis­clo­sure and recusal for this con­trib­u­tor.

  • 1) I will imme­di­ate­ly dis­close any bias­es I have in mate­ri­al that I am cov­er­ing at the begin­ning of an arti­cle.  In addi­tion, I will excuse myself from writ­ing any arti­cle that I feel I am unable to cov­er neu­tral­ly.
  • 2) I will not post arti­cles writ­ten by myself, or oth­er writ­ers for SuperNerdLand, to forums where I am a mod­er­a­tor.
  • 3) I will not cov­er #GamerGate, red­dit, or any forums where I am a mod­er­a­tor in arti­cles that I write.
  • 4) If an arti­cle writ­ten by a SuperNerdLand writer is post­ed in a forum that I mod­er­ate, I will abstain from any mod­er­at­ing deci­sions regard­ing the thread/article.
  • 5) If an arti­cle writ­ten by a com­pet­i­tive site to SuperNerdLand is post­ed in a forum that I mod­er­ate, I will abstain from any mod­er­at­ing deci­sions regard­ing the thread/article*1.
  • 6) Forums that I mod­er­ate require the use of archives for link­ing to sites deemed by the com­mu­ni­ty to be unde­serv­ing of page­hits.  If the list of sites that we use requires mod­i­fi­ca­tion, I will abstain from any deci­sions regard­ing it.*2

Posted 9÷4÷2015 By Pory

*1 Updated 9÷5÷2015 By Pory

*2 Updated 9÷6÷2015 By Pory

Additionally, if users want to see what actions mod­er­a­tors on /r/KotakuInAction are tak­ing, they can view an open mod his­to­ry here: https://modlog.github.io/#/r/KotakuInAction

(Updated 9÷8÷2015: Added the Extra Disclosure/Recusal sec­tion to detail extra con­trib­u­tor dis­clo­sures where applic­a­ble.)