Welcome to the Dataquest Community! We’re glad you’re here and hope you make the most out of our global data science network. Please read the Community Guidelines below, and work to uphold these in each interaction within our Community.

This is a Civilized Place for Public Discussion

Please treat this discussion forum with the same respect you would a public park. We, too, are a shared community resource — a place to share skills, knowledge, and interests through ongoing conversations.

These are not hard and fast rules, merely guidelines to aid the human judgment of our Community and keep this a clean and well-lighted place that enables peer-to-peer support.

Improve the Discussion

Help us make this a great place for discussion by always working to improve the discussion in some way, however small. If you aren’t sure your post adds to the conversation, think over what you want to say and try again later.

The topics discussed here matter to us, and we want you to act as if they matter to you, too. Be respectful of the topics and the people discussing them, even if you disagree with some of what is being said.

One way to improve the discussion is by discovering ones that are already happening. Spend time browsing the topics here before replying or starting your own, and you’ll have a better chance of meeting others who share your interests.

Be Kind

You may wish to respond to something by disagreeing with it. That’s fine. But remember to criticize ideas, not people. Please avoid:

  • Name-calling
  • Ad hominem attacks
  • Responding to a post’s tone instead of its actual content
  • Heedless contradiction

Instead, provide reasoned counter-arguments that improve the conversation.

In addition:

  • Be civil. Don’t post anything that a reasonable person would consider offensive, abusive, or hate speech.
  • Keep it clean. Don’t post anything obscene or sexually explicit.
  • Respect each other. Don’t harass or grieve anyone, impersonate people, or expose their private information.
  • Respect our forum. Don’t post spam or otherwise vandalize the forum.

Your Participation Counts

The conversations we have here set the tone for every new arrival. Help us influence the future of the Community by choosing to engage in discussions that make this forum an interesting place to be — and avoiding those that do not.

The Community provides tools that enable us to collectively identify the best (and worst) contributions: bookmarks, likes, flags, replies, edits, and so forth. Use these tools to improve your own experience, and everyone else’s, too.

Let’s leave our Community better than we found it.

If You See a Problem, Flag It

Community Moderators have special authority; they are responsible for this forum. But so are you!

When you see bad behavior, don’t reply. It encourages the bad behavior by acknowledging it, consumes your energy, and wastes everyone’s time. Just flag it.

To maintain order in our Community, moderators reserve the right to remove any inappropriate content and any user account (if the user breaks the rules) at any time. Community Moderators don’t preview new posts. Neither they nor site operators take responsibility for any content posted by the Community.

Keep It Tidy

Make the effort to put things in the right place, so that we can spend more time discussing and less cleaning up. So:

  • Don’t start a topic in the wrong category.
  • Don’t cross-post the same thing in multiple topics.
  • Don’t post no-content replies.
  • Don’t divert a topic by changing it midstream.
  • Don’t sign your posts — every post has your profile information attached to it.
  • Rather than posting “+1” or “Agreed”, use the Like button.

Post Only Your Own Stuff

You may not post anything digital that belongs to someone else without permission. You may not post descriptions of, links to, or methods for stealing someone’s intellectual property (software, video, audio, images), or for breaking any other law.

Ask for Help

If there’s a critical or urgent issue that can’t be handled by a flag, contact us via the Help Center.