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Ethics Policy

We here at PDR take our writing and behavioral ethics very seriously. We like making sure our practices are very transparent for the people that are using our website so that they can be sure what they are reading is truthful and unbiased.

Gaming Personalities

PDR prefers to stick to talking about games rather than game industry drama.

To reflect this, we focus on the games rather than the people that make them and what they say (or don't say) in public. We consider the personal beliefs or actions that developers or other industry figures might convey in public to be irrelevant to the games they make regardless of what that might be or how it makes people feel.

What this means in real terms is that if a game looks interesting we will cover it. If the game has bugs or other issues, we will say it. What we won't do is refuse to cover games because of an opinion the developer might hold that we or other people disagree with. Likewise we won't say a game is great just because a developer says or believes something we do agree with. We cover the games not the people that make them.

Rumors

PDR don't post rumors as news. We think that more often than not rumors can be more harmful than useful for the gaming community. The PDR community are welcome to post about and discuss rumors on the PDR forums as long as the topics and comments adhere to the forum rules.

Personal Beliefs

PDR writers try and stay neutral when it comes to our personal beliefs with oversight from the owners of the website. We understand that not everyone holds the same personal beliefs whether that be about politics, gender, religion or anything else. Because of this we feel it is better to just do our best to keep all of those things out of our coverage of games. Any views expressed on a writer's personal social media account/s are not views held by PDR. However any writers using their personal social media accounts to harass, bully or espouse discriminating views will be held accountable by PDR.

Disclosure

Getting review copies of games is part of the business that we are a part of. If we had to buy every game that we covered we would soon be out of business. In any coverage of a game where the writer/s were given a review copy of the game, that information will be disclosed in the relevant article. No writers on PDR directly receive keys for games from developers. All correspondence with developers or publishers is done by the owners of the website only and not the writers on the site. This is to mitigate any potential issues with developers offering direct payment or other coercive tactics that could potentially skew the coverage of a game.

Gifts

Any gifts that are not review copies of games will be disclosed to the community and only used for giveaways. No writers at PDR are permitted to take any gifts from developers or publishers and any that do so will no longer write for PDR. Any gifts that are given to PDR will be disclosed on the forums so the community can keep track of who gave them and when they were given away.

Payment for Coverage

PDR do not do game coverage for payment. End of story. Any writers that take money for coverage will be removed from the writing team and the coverage deleted.

Advertisements

PDR use third party advertising services to display our advertisements. This means we can't be influenced by publishers or developers to cover their games in a way that might be more positive than it would be if they were not advertising with us. If in the event that we do take an advertising deal from a game publisher or developer, we will not cover the advertised game on PDR.

Donations and Support

PDR does accept donations and does run a Paetron, however does not accept money from PR companies, developers or publishers. Any money that is given to PDR in this manner from a publisher or developer will be returned.

Conflicts of Interest

We take conflicts of interest at PDR very seriously. If any writer is a personal friend of a developer they may not cover the games that developer makes. Writers for PDR are encouraged to keep their distance from any developers that they may have to cover, which would be all of them.

SPJ Code of Ethics

PDR adhere to the Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics. Specifically these elements of the code:

– Avoid conflicts of interest, real or perceived. Disclose unavoidable conflicts.

– Refuse gifts, favors, fees, free travel and special treatment, and avoid political and other outside activities that may compromise integrity or impartiality, or may damage credibility.

– Be wary of sources offering information for favors or money; do not pay for access to news. Identify content provided by outside sources, whether paid or not.

– Deny favored treatment to advertisers, donors or any other special interests, and resist internal and external pressure to influence coverage.

– Distinguish news from advertising and shun hybrids that blur the lines between the two. Prominently label sponsored content.

– Explain ethical choices and processes to audiences. Encourage a civil dialogue with the public about journalistic practices, coverage and news content.

– Respond quickly to questions about accuracy, clarity and fairness.

– Acknowledge mistakes and correct them promptly and prominently. Explain corrections and clarifications carefully and clearly.

– Abide by the same high standards they expect of others.

User Comments

Writers do not have the power to delete comments on articles. Instead we have moderators that do not write articles to handle any issues with comments with oversight from the owners of PDR.

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