Being a knowledge community, MUNPlanet is all about bringing future, current and former MUNers together around shared interests, as well as connecting those in the know and those who seek knowledge.
Topics are the tools that enable these connections happen, by allowing members to tag their questions, articles and events. In order for the Community to run smoothly, its members shall follow the rules (policies) outlined below.
Topics Policies serve to:
- Categorize shared knowledge
- Help members who are following a topic find interesting and valuable content
- Help MUNPlanet to deliver the right content to members' feeds
Topic Naming Policy
Rule: Capitalization of nouns, followed by abbreviation in brackets, e.g. Security Sector Reform (SSR )Capitalization
Always capitalize the first and last word of a topic name, and capitalize all other words except for articles, conjunctions, and prepositions with less than five letters.
Here are some examples:
- Security Council Resolutions (capitalize all words)
- Resolution (document) (don't capitalize document because it's a clarifying term)
- Topics on MUNPlanet (don't capitalize on because it's a preposition)
- The Security Council (capitalize the because it's the first word)
- States Members of the United Nations (don't capitalize the because it's an article)
In general, nouns should be preferred as topic names, rather than verbs and adjectives. For example, use Munning instead of doing MUN, and use drafting instead of making drafts.
Topics that are nouns should be named as the plural form of the noun, unless the noun is a mass noun. For example:
- Sanctions (plural)
- Resolutions (plural)
- Windmills in the Netherlands (plural)
- United Nations (mass noun)
- Security Studies (mass noun)
Topic names need to be unambiguous. There can only be a single topic on MUNPlanet for each name; the system does not allow duplicates. e.g. There is only one topic named “International Relations”.
Topics names that would otherwise be ambiguous should be followed by a clarifying term in parentheses. For example: the position of a Chair would be named “Chair” (UN position)" whereas the piece of furniture could be marked as Chair (furniture). As part of the UN jargon, Chair is commonly referred to as position of a chairperson, chairman or a person presiding over a UN body. The clarifying term should be lowercased unless it should normally be capitalized, such as if it's a proper noun.
Topic names should be just long enough to be unambiguous but no longer. e.g. MUN Lifestyle, World Economic Forum, International Relations Theories.
Topic names should be phrased in a way that isn't controversial, or inflammatory, and that would be agreed upon by people on both sides of an issue. Avoid slang.
Topic Description Policy
Topic description should be two sentences long. First sentence is a short definition of the term and the second is a short guide for MUNPlanet members.
Public Relations (PR)
PR is a distinctive management function which helps establish and maintain mutual lines of communication, understanding, acceptance, goodwill and cooperation between an organization and all of its stakeholders. Here you can find all the questions, answers and posts shared about PR and by all means feel free to contribute yours.
- MUN Topic
This topic is dedicated to Seoul Model United Nations, an annual student-run initiative that has been held in Seoul and is commonly referred to as SEOMUN. Here you can find all the questions, answers and posts shared about SEOMUN and by all means feel free to contribute yours.
- City Topic
Seoul — officially the Seoul Special City — is the capital and largest metropolis of South Korea and a host to SEOMUN. Here you can find all the questions, answers and posts shared about Seoul and by all means feel free to contribute yours.
Topic Images Policy
Members can add only thumbnail images. This should be a square image (Resolutions: 150x150, 300x300, etc.). Listed below are directions for specific sets of topics:
- Company, Institution, Organisation Topic
Logo, preferably with transparent background
- MUN Topic
MUN logo, preferably with transparent background
- City Topic
City Coat of Arms (easily found on Wikipedia), preferably with transparent background
- Other Topics (Fundraising, PR, etc.)
If you search on Google Images, you will most likely find this images in clipart, png or icon section
Background images can only be added by admins. Their minimal resolution is 1600x1000 pixels. If member possesses a perfect background image under his copyright or Creative Commons licence he can offer it to admins.
Topic Tagging Policy
Topics should be:
· Precise and directly relevant to the content, making it more likely that the content is seen by people who would be interested in it. For example, if the question is “What are 3 most effective MUN PR tactics?” Public Relations (PR) is the topic directly relevant to the question.
· Relevant to all answers provided to a question. For example, if the question is "What are the most controversial UN Security Council resolutions?", "Resolution 1244" is not an appropriate topic for the question.
· Moderate in number. As a general guideline, there should be no more than 5 topics.
MUNPlanet members and moderators may take action against inappropriately applied topics.
If a question or an article is not tagged with the main topic(s) that it is about, members should add those topics.
When questions include too many topics, moderators may take one or more of the following actions:
· Questions may be marked as “too many topics” and the authors will be messaged by moderators directly to remove the excessive topics.
· If the authors do not react accordingly within 48 hours, the moderators may edit the topics.
When articles include too many topics or inappropriately applied topics, moderators may take one or more of the following actions:· Inappropriate topics may be removed.