Code of Conduct

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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.


General Conduct

This section of the policy shall apply to all domains where 'Miraheze' as a group has authority. A non-exhaustive list of things this includes is the website itself, any IRC channel on freenode.net in the #miraheze- namespace (including #miraheze itself), and Phabricator.

Be nice. We're all part of the same community, so be friendly, be welcoming, and generally be a nice person. Be someone that other people want to be around.

Be respectful. Disagreement is no excuse for poor manners. We work together to resolve conflict, assume good intentions and do our best to act in an empathic fashion. We don't allow frustration to turn into a personal attack. A community where people feel uncomfortable or threatened is not a productive one.

Harassment of other users is unacceptable. Depending on the severity of your actions, you may be warned once or immediately banned/quieted depending on the medium.

Ask for help when unsure. Nobody is expected to be perfect in this community. Asking questions early avoids many problems later, so questions are encouraged, though they may be directed to the appropriate forum. Those who are asked should be responsive and helpful.

Step down considerately. If you're a staff member, or have some form of responsibility in running community resources (ie. you're operating a bot), be aware of your own constraints. We all know that life can get busy, so if you know that a new job or family situation will impact your ability to participate in the community, find a way to step down gracefully. Make sure someone can take over for you, and transfer the relevant information (contacts, passwords, etc.) for a smooth transition.

We all go on tangents sometimes, and casual off-topic discussion is fine. However for all of Miraheze's services, if you are a disruption to actual on-topic discussions you may be removed.

In addition to our Content Policy that covers our website, all forms of spam are unacceptable.

Our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy apply to services besides our website, where applicable.

Definition of Harassment

Harassment and poor manners defined in this Code of Conduct includes those set forth below, but are not limited to:

Personal attacks, violence, threats of violence, or deliberate intimidation.

Offensive, derogatory, or discriminatory comments.

Gratuitous or off-topic use of sexual language or imagery.

Inappropriate or unwanted public or private communication, following, or any form of stalking.

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 (as explained here) is acceptable.

Harming the discussion or community with methods such as sustained disruption, interruption, or blocking of community collaboration (i.e. trolling).

Discrimination (unless required by law), particularly against marginalized and otherwise underrepresented groups. Targeted outreach to such groups is allowed and encouraged.

Using the code of conduct system for purposes other than reporting genuine violations of the code of conduct (e.g., retaliating against a reporter or victim by filing a report claiming their response was harassment).

Attempting to circumvent a decision of the Commission or appeals body, e.g. unblocking someone during a period the Commission banned them.

IRC Specifics

This section applies to all IRC channels in the #miraheze namespace on freenode.net. We understand that IRC can be a very useful tool for communicating with Miraheze Staff and Volunteers in real-time, but please keep the following in mind:

Like on our other services, spam is not allowed and off-topic discussion should only go so far.

IRC channel or namespace operators (users with the +o ChanServ flag in one or more #miraheze* channels) have discretion when it comes to IRC channel moderation.

  1. miraheze operators should specify time lengths and reasons for all bans and quiets so that eir will manage our ban list

Phabricator Specifics

Phabricator is our open source issue tracking software (among other things), and we know it can be hard to make sense of all the things going on there.

As always, please be respectful of everyone using Phabricator.

Please try to be understanding when we can't quickly get to certain tasks or have to decline them for one reason or another.

Spam, or any other inappropriate behavior violating this Code of Conduct on Phabricator, may result in your account being disabled by a Phabricator Administrator.

Moderation

The Miraheze Support platforms (IRC, Phabricator, any other medium defined by the commission) are not free speech venues; they are for discussion about Miraheze. Each of these spaces have their own moderators.

The Code of Conduct Commission members and moderators are held to a higher standard than other community members. If a commission member or moderator creates an inappropriate situation, they should expect less leeway than others, and should expect to be removed from their position if they cannot adhere to the CoC.

Complaints about commission members or moderator actions must be handled using the reporting process below.

Enforcement

The Code of Conduct Commission is a group of people that represent the Miraheze community. They are responsible for handling conduct-related issues. Their purpose is to de-escalate conflicts and try to resolve issues to the satisfaction of all parties. They are elected as per the Commission rules.

If you encounter someone violating the Code of Conduct, you should contact the Commission by following Code of Conduct/Commission.

The decision of the Code of Conduct Commission can be only appealed once, with the exception of permanent ban (that can be appealed once a year), and if the party does not appeal within a month after the decision, it is final. Final decision of the Commission cannot be overturned by the Staff team, unless it involves legal matters (Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, or any applicable policy)

Supplementary Provisions for forming first Code of Conduct Commission

First members of the Commission is set to be 5 people, 2 of which are delegated by the System Administrators, 1 of which are delegated by the Stewards, and 2 of which are elected directly by the community. The seat for community-elected member will follow Miraheze Meta Requests for Permissions procedures. The first election should start right after the proposed amendment is ratified by the community via a Request for Comment.

The first Commission members should develop procedures for future Commission election with community consultation.

Attribution

Part of this policy has been adapted from Golang Code of Conduct, Django Code of Conduct - Reporting Guide, Wikimedia Code of Conduct Technical Committee, Wikimedia Technical spaces Code of Conduct, Ubuntu Code of Conduct v2.0 and Google Developer Community Guidelines, and all are licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-sharealike 3.0 Unported.

In the event of any differences in meaning between the original English version and a translation, the original English version takes precedence.