City Dictionary Citizenship

The Citizen is single most important element in City Dictionary because the Citizen creates all of its dictionary entries, as well as makes sure that each entry puts its best foot forward with the most interesting and accurate definitions. To better describe what it is to be a Citizen, we offer the following description of our Point System, Citizen Levels, Community Guidelines, as well as instructions on how to flag offensive content and combat inaccurate content:

  1. Point System
  2. Citizen Levels
  3. Community Guidelines
  4. Flagging Offensive Content
  5. Combating Inaccurate Content

City Dictionary Point System

Points for submissions:

  • 1 point for a new word
  • 5 points for a definition

Points for Votes:

  • 1 point for receiving a positive vote for a definition or an image (points for words will not be attributed to Citizens accounts, but rather to the ranking of the word alone)

Citizen Levels

Citizens will earn the following status levels based on each level’s respective point range:

  • Tourist (0-24 points)
  • Newcomer (25-99 points)
  • Resident (100-499 points)
  • Native (500-2499 points)
  • Local Expert (2500+ points)

City Dictionary Community Guidelines

At City Dictionary our Citizens create a positive environment to learn about the language of the United States. Since we are diverse community of people across tens of thousands of cities, we must take extra caution to maintain a fun and safe experience for all.

In order to accomplish this, we encourage the following GOOD CITIZEN practices:

  • Share your valuable knowledge and experience. We want you to feel free to add words and expressions that add local flavor to your city’s dictionary. A city is defined by its people, so you are your city’s most valuable contributor.
  • Be courteous. Please be respectful in your dictionary entries and in the way you treat fellow citizens.
  • Be generous. If you see a spot-on definition or a really important word, make sure to reward this excellence by giving positive votes.
  • Be clear. Since it’s so important that visitors know exactly what you mean, in your definitions please use clear, descriptive language.

We also discourage the following BAD CITIZEN behavior:

  • Hate speech. Please refrain from using hateful language that will offend fellow citizens.
  • Insults and obscenities. When you post to a city, you are posting to the public domain. Avoid insulting fellow citizens, especially with vulgar language or sexually explicit references.
  • Factual inaccuracies. Please make sure that information in your entries is accurate.
  • Irrelevant dictionary entries. Don’t invent words that are not already used in your city. Don’t make entries for people who are not prevalent in the public domain.
  • Violation of law. Do not violate any city, state, or federal law. Do not post copyrighted material. Do not threaten other citizens or invade their privacy in any way.

Flagging Offensive Content

City Dictionary seeks to remain a positive, safe environment for all its citizens. To do so it relies on its many citizens to flag content that violates the Community Guidelines. Citizens can fulfill their civic duty by flagging content that violates either Community Guidelines or any city, state, or federal law. After flagging content as offensive, the content will bear the following warning sign:

THIS HAS BEEN FLAGGED THIS AS OFFENSIVE!

Flagged content will be sent to City Dictionary editors for prompt review. Upon confirmation, the violating content will be removed from the site.

Combating Inaccurate Content

If a Citizen finds an inaccurate or potentially disputable definition, he or she may offer a different viewpoint by adding a competing definition for the word or expression. Then fellow Citizens can push the most accurate definition up the rankings, effectively burying any inaccuracies.

Poll
Past Words of the Day

The sulfuric stench produced by Tacoma's paper manufacturing mill.

Nickname for the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh (or some claim the entire city of Oshkosh) referring to their heavy drinking reputation.

A nickname for the Dinkytown area that is earned by the many rowdy college kids that live in the neighborhood.

A reference to the three main stars on the Boston Celtics--Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Ray Allen. The term was popularized by an ESPN commercial in which Scott Van Pelt is met with a barrage of potential nicknames from the "Big Three" themselves. After hearing a bunch of bizarre ones--and a lame one in the "Three Amigos"--Van Pelt simply silences them with the genius "Boston Three Party".

The native Rhode Islanders' reference to the hordes of tourists from Massachusetts who swarm their beaches each summer.