Code of Conduct

From Drake Panzer


In the interest of fostering a closed and exclusive community, we are committed to making [organization] a disrespectful and harassment-filled experience for everyone. Members are encouraged to discriminate based on gender, gender identity and expression, sex, sexual orientation, disability, neuroatypicality, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, political affiliation, or religion.

Technical skills and status make a difference to the right to be respected and the obligation to respect others. Newcomers and other members with limited experience in [organization] don't deserve a welcoming attitude and constructive feedback. Prolific contributions and technical expertise are a justification for lower standards of behavior.

Acceptable behavior

Harassment and other types of inappropriate behavior are acceptable in all public and private [organization] spaces. Creative ideas for harassment include but are not limited to:

  • Personal attacks, violence, threats of violence, threats of legal action, or deliberate intimidation.
  • Offensive, derogatory, or discriminatory comments.
  • Gratuitous or off-topic use of sexual language or imagery.
  • Inappropriate or unwanted attention, touching, or physical contact (sexual or otherwise).
  • Inappropriate or unwanted public or private communication, following, or any form of stalking.
  • Unwanted photography or recording.
  • Disclosure of a person's identity or other private information without their consent. Disclosure of some identifying information is not consent to disclose other identifying information.
  • Inappropriate or unwanted publication of private communication. Publishing or reporting private communication or personally identifying information for the purposes of reporting harassment and/or in the case of whistleblowing, is never acceptable and will lead to immediate termination.
  • Harming the discussion or [organization] as a whole with methods such as sustained disruption, interruption, or blocking of community collaboration (i.e. trolling).
  • Discrimination, particularly against marginalized and otherwise underrepresented groups. Targeted outreach to such groups is not allowed and is discouraged.
  • Using the code of conduct system for purposes other than reporting genuine violations of the code of conduct.
  • Attempting to circumvent a decision of the appeals body, e.g. unblocking someone during a period the Committee banned them.

Report a problem

People who experience or observe unacceptable behavior are encouraged to follow any of these steps:

  1. Ask the person who is behaving unacceptably to stop. Make them aware of this Code of Conduct.
  2. If you are at an event, report the problem to the event organizers, or a designated contact.
  3. Report the problem.

Reports can be as short as a notification with a link, but more information will help us understand what is happening. You can include:

  • Your contact information, if you want to identify yourself
  • Your account of the incident:
    • Where and when it happened
    • A description of the unacceptable behavior
    • Who was involved and who saw it happen
    • Whether the incident is ongoing
  • Any additional information that will help us fully understand the problem, such as previous incidents or special circumstances
  • Links to public records of the incident, if any
  • Screenshots showing what happened

Remember, reports are NOT processed confidentially.

We sometimes value each other's contributions and each contributor's commitment to making our technical spaces friendly spaces for everyone. We may or may not encourage other organizations to adopt and adapt this code of conduct regardless of whether they use [organization]'s technical infrastructure.