Code of Conduct/Commission

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This page documents a Miraheze global policy, this policy follows consensus and/or Staff guidelines. All Miraheze users should follow it, and changes made to it should be discussed on the talk page.

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The Code of Conduct Commission is the final arbitration body for disputes under the Code of Conduct, a user may only contact the commission once another group (i.e. Stewards, Global Sysops, IRC/Discord operators, etc.) has been contacted and they are not happy with result after sufficient discussion or that group has exhausted its process. The Code of Conduct Commission's role is to arbitrate the dispute and produce a binding result that analyses and resolves both the issues of the dispute and any improvements that can be made with previous handling. After the review is complete, the Commission may take any action necessary against the user violating the Code of Conduct or may impose a different sanction (or remove the current one). Users that do not show previous dispute resolution methods have been attempted will be redirected to the other groups and will not be heard.

Reports sent to conduct at miraheze.org will be treated with urgency and confidentiality. When assessing behaviors of the users, the commission may consider their behaviors outside the Miraheze areas (ie. on other forums, mailing lists, etc... ) for context. The reporter's identity will not be disclosed to anyone outside of the Code of Conduct commission, unless asked otherwise.

A CoC violation should only be reported to Code of Conduct Commission by emailing conduct at miraheze.org, reporting elsewhere will not be acknowledged.

Procedures for handling a case

  • mail conduct at miraheze.org with the following information:
    • Your contact info (so we can get in touch with you if we need to follow up)
    • Names (real, nicknames, or pseudonyms) of any individuals involved. If there were other witnesses besides you, please try to include them as well.
    • The other group(s) contacted before contacting the Commission, and any actions or decisions they may have taken.
    • When and where the incident occurred. Please be as specific as possible.
    • Your account of what occurred. If there is a publicly available record (e.g. a wiki revision or a public IRC log) please include a link.
    • Any extra context you believe existed for the incident.
    • If you believe this incident is ongoing.
    • Any other information you believe we should have.
  • your mail will be forwarded to the code of conduct commission members.
    • reports are confidential, unless the reporter asks the commission otherwise.
  • After the commission receives the complaint, they will issue an immediate response within 72 hours from the submission, possibly with a temporary response (ie. temporary ban until they are fully investigated by the Commission, or temporary permission revoke until full decision is made.)
    • Miraheze Support Platform moderators may issue a temporary response in accordance with the Code of Conduct. After the temporary measure, they MUST send their report with their reason to the Commission.
  • Commission will review the incident, and determine what happened.
    • Commission will then reach a decision what to do. This includes...
      • Do nothing.
      • Issue a warning to the offender, privately.
      • Issue a warning to the offender, publicly.
      • An imposed vacation (i.e. asking someone to "take a week off" from wiki or IRC). They'll be asked to take this break voluntarily, but if they don't agree then a temporary ban may be imposed to enforce this break.
      • Temporary or permanent ban, from some or all of Miraheze space. (Wiki, Phabricator, IRC, etc)
  • Commission will notify the reporter about the decision, no matter what.
    • In rare cases the Commission may determine that a public statement will need to be made. If that is the case, the identities of all victims and reporters will be treated confidentially. This information will not be included in the public statement, unless those individuals instruct the Commission otherwise.

Appealing

The Commission will make clear on decision any period of time that must pass before another appeal regarding sanctions can be made to the Commission.

Terms of the members

Members of the Code of Conduct Commission serve the commission for a year. Member can resign voluntarily, or removed by a majority vote of the commission members, without counting the member in question.

Current and past members of the commission are listed here.

Conflict of interest

Members of the Code of Conduct commission should not take part in any discussion if doing so would place them in a conflict of interest and should recuse themselves from the matter. A conflict of interest would be:

  • Professional - the commission member and user involved are collaborating together (wiki collaboration, sysadmin collaboration, etc.)
  • Financial - Having financial ties to a person involved in a case.
  • Family and personal - Family member or close personal relationship.

If a member decides to recuse themselves for the reasons listed above, a temporary member should be appointed from the Staff team.

If a member of the Commission is also a member of the Staff team, then they are automatically recused when reviewing the Appeal cases.

Other procedures

Code of Conduct Commission may have their own procedures for the matters not described on this page.