One of the tasks @micheleminno and I have to perform as members of the Mozilla Open Leaders program is the development of a code of conduct. Right now, HTC covers this subject in its FAQ section. Here are a few excerpts:
If You See a Problem, Flag It
Moderators have special authority; they are responsible for this forum. But so are you. With your help, moderators can be community facilitators, not just janitors or police.
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. If enough flags accrue, action will be taken, either automatically or by moderator intervention.
In order to maintain our community, moderators reserve the right to remove any content and any user account for any reason at any time.
Always Be Civil
Nothing sabotages a healthy conversation like rudeness:
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 grief anyone, impersonate people, or expose their private information.
Respect our forum. Don’t post spam or otherwise vandalize the forum.
These are not concrete terms with precise definitions — avoid even the appearance of any of these things [emphasis added]. If you’re unsure, ask yourself how you would feel if your post was featured on the front page of the New York Times.
If you would like to help with the process of developing a COC, please reply to this topic. Note that the MOL program will be ending soon, so please respond in the next week. Thank you!
We expect all community participants (contributors, paid or otherwise; sponsors; and other guests) to abide by this Code of Conduct in all community venues–online and in-person–as well as in all one-on-one communications pertaining to community business.
This code of conduct and its related procedures also applies to unacceptable behavior occurring outside the scope of community activities when such behavior has the potential to adversely affect the safety and well-being of community members.
I’m not sure we want to use the same language, but the idea would be worth considering.
Hi, I updated the enforcement section to say “if content/account does not agree with this code of conduct” - Earlier version had “remove content or account for any reason at any time”. I will send this as PR to Github repo.
My screen is different too, @healthyswimmer. I guess we need to be aware of differences in operating systems.
I just made a few changes to the COC; of course, LMK what you think.
I’d also like to include this text somewhere (again from GRIS’s COC):
A supplemental goal of this Code of Conduct is to increase open [source/culture/tech] citizenship by encouraging participants to recognize and strengthen the relationships between our actions and their effects on our community.
I just pinned the topic globally (got tired of hunting for it in the topic list); LMK if not OK.
I updated the github version, that now it’s our current code of conduct. Any further change and refinement is welcome, the code of conduct is a living document as it evolves along with the community self-conscience and awareness.