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The Plasma Code of Conduct

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We are committed to providing a friendly and safe environment for all, regardless of level of experience, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, personal appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, age, religion, nationality, relationship status or other similar characteristic.


If you have any questions or wish to report harassment you may contact the Plasma community moderators by e-mailing This e-mail alias currently messages Paul Bone only. Reports will be handled discreetly.

Rules for conduct

All participants are expected to follow these rules at all times.

  • Avoid using rude, sexual, or otherwise inappropriate nicknames or avatars.
  • Harassment is unwelcome behaviour, we will exclude anyone engaging in harassment. Harassment may include:
    • Violence, threats of violence or violent language directed against another person.
    • Discriminatory, hateful, or exclusionary jokes, language, remarks and behaviour.
    • Personal insults and cursing directed at another person, cursing at things is okay, but not with oppressive language.
    • Posting or displaying sexually explicit or violent material.
    • Posting or threatening to post other people’s personally identifying information ("doxing").
    • Inappropriate photography or recording.
    • Inappropriate physical contact. You should have someone’s consent before touching them.
    • Unwelcome sexual attention. This includes, sexualized comments or jokes; inappropriate touching, groping, and unwelcomed sexual advances.
    • Deliberate intimidation, stalking or following (online or in person).
    • Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behaviour.
  • Disruptive behaviour interferes with other people's ability to contribute or use Plasma.
    • Trolling, flaming, baiting or other attention-stealing behaviour is not welcome.
    • Sustained disruption of community events, including talks and presentations.
  • The moderators are responsible for maintaining a healthy and happy community, and this code of conduct may be subject to change or interpretation to achieve that.


  • These rules apply to the IRC channel, github and the mailing lists and any other 'official' place as listed on
  • Private harassment is also unacceptable. Whether you're a regular contributor or a newcomer, if you feel you have been or are being harassed or made uncomfortable by a community member, please contact us (see above). We care about making this community a safe place for you and we've got your back.
  • Conduct outside the project may affect a person's eligibility to hold a position of responsibility (eg: code review, moderation), and may contribute to their standing within the Plasma community.

Good ideas for productive conduct

When differences of opinion arise we want to have productive discussions, here are some ideas for ensuring discussions remain productive and respectful.

  • Respect that people have differences of opinion and that every design or implementation choice carries a trade-off and numerous costs. Disagreements about such decisions are okay so long as they are productive and everyone avoids personal attacks.
  • Please keep unstructured critique to a minimum. If you have solid ideas you want to experiment with, make a fork and see how it works.
  • When providing feedback, ask yourself "Is this code/docs/etc better than before?" not "Is this contribution perfect?", particularly for new contributors.
  • Spamming mailing lists, IRC channels etc can make it difficult for other on-topic discussions to occur. Interruptions like these will be moderated if necessary. We do not forbid small off-topic discussions like "How was your weekend?" as they are usually positive for the community.


These are the policies for upholding our community's standards of conduct. If you feel that a discussion needs moderation, please contact the Moderation Team (see above).

  1. Moderators will first respond with a warning for most violations. If the violation is particularly severe mods may exclude someone immediately and permanently.
  2. If the warning is unheeded, the user will be "kicked," i.e., kicked out of the communication channel to cool off.
  3. If the user comes back and continues to make trouble, they will be banned, i.e., indefinitely excluded.
  4. Moderators may choose at their discretion to un-ban the user if it was a first offense and they offer the offended party a genuine apology.
  5. If a moderator bans someone and you think it was unjustified, please take it up with that moderator, or with a different moderator, in private. Complaints about bans in-channel are not allowed.
  • Moderators are held to a higher standard than other community members. If a moderator creates an inappropriate situation, they should expect less leeway than others.

In the Plasma community we strive to go the extra step to look out for each other. Don't just aim to be technically unimpeachable, try to be your best self. In particular, avoid flirting with offensive or sensitive issues, particularly if they're off-topic; this all too often leads to unnecessary fights, hurt feelings, and damaged trust; worse, it can drive people away from the community entirely.

And if someone takes issue with something you said or did, resist the urge to be defensive. Just stop doing what it was they complained about and apologize. Even if you feel you were misinterpreted or unfairly accused, chances are good there was something you could've communicated better — remember that it's your responsibility to make your fellow contributors comfortable. Everyone wants to get along and we are all here first and foremost because we want to talk about cool technology. You will find that people will be eager to assume good intent and forgive as long as you earn their trust.

Other projects

For other projects adopting the Plasma Code of Conduct, please contact the maintainers of those projects for enforcement. If you wish to use this code of conduct for your own project, consider explicitly mentioning your moderation policy or making a copy with your own moderation policy so as to avoid confusion.

Adapted from the Rust Code of Conduct and the Citizen Code of Conduct. CC-BY-SA 3.0

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