A code of conduct is a document which sets out expectations for members of a community, with regard to how they will behave toward each other.
Effective codes of conductEdit
Important elements of an effective code of conduct include:
- Specific descriptions of common but unacceptable behavior (sexist jokes, etc.)
- Reporting instructions with contact information
- Information about how it may be enforced
- A clear demarcation between unacceptable behaviour (which may be reported per the reporting instructions and may have severe consequences for the perpetrator) and community guidelines such as general disagreement resolution.
Codes of conduct which lack any one of these items tend not to have the intended effect. See HOWTO design a code of conduct for your community article for more information.
Evaluations of codes of conductEdit
Communities/projects/etc which have a code of conduct include:
|License||Descriptions of common but unacceptable behavior?||Reporting instructions with contact information?||Information about enforcement?||Clear demarcation between anti-harrassment policy and more general community guidelines|
|Geek Feminism (see also resources for adopting it) (recommended)||Public domain||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes (only contains anti-harrassment language)|
|Rust (recommended)||Yes||Yes||Some||Yes - included in same list but unacceptable behaviour is all grouped at the end.|
|Julia (recommended)||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes - included in same list but unacceptable behaviour is also listed there.|
|BSD (recommended)||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes - included in same list but unacceptable behaviour is also listed there.|
|GNOME||No||No||No (explicitly states code of conduct will not be enforced)||No|
|Joomla (derived from Ubuntu CoC)||No||No||No|
|TYPO3 (derived from Ubuntu CoC)||No||No||No|
|TwitterOSS (derived from Python, Ubuntu, and Mozilla)||No||No||No|
|Puppet Community (derived from Ubuntu CoC)||Some||Sort of||Yes|
|TODO Group Open Code of Conduct||CC-BY||Yes, expanded after this PR||Yes||Yes||Yes - the CoC is a mashup of several previous works, but much of the language is from the recommended GF CoC.|
Related lists of guidelines Edit
Not quite project codes of conduct, but related community statements:
Codes of conduct and policies for your communityEdit