Code Of Conduct

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  • Be respectful of others
  • Do not harass/solicit others
  • Do not share personal information of others to people outside the community
  • Do not divulge privileged information of any company, to anyone in our team
  • Job opportunities can be posted in #jobs, but any professional recruitment should go through group organizers.
  • Don't spam the channels with links, screenshots, or other external information for the purpose of monetizing or soliciting members
  • Don't RSVP 'yes' to and then not attend meetups

Acting according to our code of conduct should not leave you in an embarrassing situation. That said, be careful never to divulge any personal or confidential information in Slack. We have no control over how anybody else in the team could be logging and using the information provided by anyone else.

This is a safe space, lets keep it that way.

Code of Conduct

“Black Code Collective” in this document refers to the Black Code Collective Slack organization at “The administrators” refers to the administrators on this organization, a list is available at the top of the Team Directory (click on view admins) (must be a member of the organization to view).

Black Code Collective is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone. We do not tolerate harassment of participants in any form.

This code of conduct applies to all Black Code Collective spaces, including, public channels, private channels and direct messages, both online and off. Anyone who violates this code of conduct may be sanctioned or expelled from these spaces at the discretion of the administrators.

Some Black Code Collective spaces may have additional rules in place, which will be made clearly available to participants. Participants are responsible for knowing and abiding by these rules.

Harassment includes:

  • Offensive comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, mental illness, neuro(a)typicality, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion
  • Unwelcome comments regarding a person’s lifestyle choices and practices, including those related to food, health, parenting, drugs, and employment.
  • Deliberate misgendering or use of “dead” or rejected names
  • Gratuitous or off-topic sexual images or behaviour in spaces where they’re not appropriate
  • Physical contact and simulated physical contact (eg, textual descriptions like “hug” or “backrub”) without consent or after a request to stop.
  • Threats of violence
  • Incitement of violence towards any individual, including encouraging a person to commit suicide or to engage in self-harm
  • Deliberate intimidation
  • Stalking or following
  • Harassing photography or recording, including logging online activity for harassment purposes
  • Sustained disruption of discussion
  • Unwelcome sexual attention
  • Pattern of inappropriate social contact, such as requesting/assuming inappropriate levels of intimacy with others
  • Continued one-on-one communication after requests to cease
  • Deliberate “outing” of any aspect of a person’s identity without their consent except as necessary to protect vulnerable people from intentional abuse
  • Publication of non-harassing private communication

Conduct specific to recruitment activities

The Black Code Collective group, and its admins, acknowledge that finding skilled black developers is a serious problem that needs serious attention. However, the Black Code Collective Slack team is first and foremost a safe space for developers to talk, share and collaborate. Therefore, the following are specific conditions regarding recruitment, and recruitment opportunities.

  • Professional recruiters are not allowed access to the Black Code Collective group unless approved by organizers.
  • Users (including admins) may not under any circumstances share personal details of Black Code Collective members with recruiters without that user's explicit consent.
  • Advertising an opportunity in brief within the #jobs is acceptable unless by professional recruiters.
  • Those looking for developer assistance, including but not limited to non-technical founders, are prohibited from soliciting members but are otherwise welcome to attend Black Code Collective events and participate in Slack discussions.

Participation Expectations

Meetup Attendance

Members of the Black Code Collective meetup are expected to keep their RSVPs current. Doing so ensures that Black Code Collective resources are efficiently utilized. As such, organizers reserve the right to ban any member who is a no-show to more than three meetup events in a six-month period. In this context, a no-show is a member who, after RSVP-ing 'yes' to a meetup, does not attend the meetup and does not change his or her meetup status at least three hours prior to the start of the meetup event.


If you are being harassed by a member of Black Code Collective, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact an admin directly via DM. Administrators will respond as soon as they are able. If the person who is harassing you is on the admin team, they will recuse themselves from handling your incident.

This code of conduct applies to Black Code Collective spaces, but if you are being harassed by a member of Black Code Collective outside of our spaces, we still want to know about it. We will take all good-faith reports of harassment by Black Code Collective members, especially the administrators, seriously. This includes harassment outside our spaces and harassment that took place at any point in time. The administrators reserve the right to exclude people from Black Code Collective based on their past behavior, including behavior outside Black Code Collective spaces and behavior towards people who are not members of the Black Code Collective community.

In order to protect volunteers from abuse and burnout, we reserve the right to reject any report we believe to have been made in bad faith. Reports intended to silence legitimate criticism may be deleted without response.

We will respect confidentiality requests for the purpose of protecting victims of abuse. At our discretion, we may publicly name a person about whom we’ve received harassment complaints, or privately warn third parties about them, if we believe that doing so will increase the safety of Black Code Collective members or the general public. We will not name harassment victims without their affirmative consent.

Acceptable Content

The Black Code Collective community is a collection of professional developers, as such it is expected that the content made available by members of the community should at all times adhere to the acceptable content policy. This policy is intended to protect the community's image, as well as the image of its members, through restrictions on certain classes of content which may be deemed to be unsuitable in a work or family context.

Classes of content which we deem to be unsuitable include:

  • Pornographic or sexually suggestive material, either in graphic or text form.
  • Depictions of physical or emotional abuse, either in graphic or text form.
  • Persecution of any individual as a result of their race, gender, religion or other physical traits.
  • Material intended to, without basis, harm the reputation of any individual whether a member or not.
  • Unsolicited advertising with the exception of job offers in the #jobs channel.
  • Links, screenshots, or other external information for the purpose of monetizing or soliciting members which provide no value to the Black Code Collective community.

We respect the right for people to have free speech in a safe space, but we want to be welcoming and reflect the best of our community. To that end, if you feel uncomfortable with conversations in a chat please feel free to leave or mute a channel, and if you feel personally victimized please let one of the admins know.


Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

If a participant continues to engage in harassing behavior, the administrators may take any action they deem appropriate, up to and including expulsion from all Black Code Collective spaces and identification of the participant as a harasser to other Black Code Collective members and/or the general public.

What about private conversations?

Slack supports private channels and direct messages to facilitate "off the record" conversations. If you need to, please make use of those features.

We feel this requirement is adequately covered by the above built-in Slack feature, but please be aware that this does not preclude the possibility that anyone else could be recording your private conversations.


This code of conduct is subject to change as circumstances require, all current members of the Black Code Collective community will be notified through the #annoucements channel prior to these changes taking effect.

If you feel there are aspects to this code of conduct which should be modified, please contact one of the organizers with your suggestions.


This Code of Conduct is heavily based on the ZA Developers Code of Conduct and the Offline First Code of Conduct for Slack.

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