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HackSlash Developer Club

Community Guidelines and Code of Conduct

HackSlash is a student developers' community powered by Mozilla Campus Clubs Network that focuses fundamentally on software development. HackSlash subsists on the belief that everyone can create & innovate. HackSlash Community welcomes contributions from everyone who shares our goals and wants to contribute in a healthy and constructive manner within our community. HackSlash is always looking for new ways to empower developers and support our growing community. Whether we're developing new ideas or just making one of the many decisions we make every day, these core values guide us towards our mission of empowering developers.

As such, we have adopted this code of conduct and require all those who participate to agree and adhere to these Community Guidelines and Code of Conduct in order to help us create a safe and positive community experience for all.

These guidelines aim to support a community where all people should feel safe to participate, introduce new ideas, explore it and inspire others, regardless of:

  • Background
  • Family status
  • Gender
  • Gender identity or expression
  • Marital status
  • Sex
  • Sexual orientation
  • Native language
  • Age
  • Ability
  • Physical appearance
  • Body size
  • Race and/or ethnicity
  • Caste
  • Nationality
  • Socioeconomic status
  • Religion
  • Geographic location
  • Any other dimension of diversity

Expected Behaviour of HackSlash Members

The following behaviors are expected of all HackSlash Community Members:

  • Be Respectful to everyone

    Be respectful in all interactions and communications, especially when debating the merits of different options. Be aware of your impact and how intense interactions may be affecting people. Be direct, constructive, and positive.

  • Be Direct but Professional

    One should strictly refrain from any kind of abusiveness on community handles. Keep your conversation professional and formal.

  • Understanding Different Perspectives

    A more productive goal is to be open to ideas that make our own ideas better

  • Appreciate and Accommodate Our Similarities and Differences

    HackSlash comes from many cultures and backgrounds. Respect people's right to privacy and confidentiality. Be open to learning from and educating others as well as educating yourself.

  • Take all reasonable steps to prevent and respond to all forms of violence against, and exploitation, neglect, and abuse of, members (including people with disability).

  • Provide supports and services in a safe and competent manner, with care and skill.

  • Act with integrity, honesty, and transparency.

Code of Conduct

This Code of Conduct helps us build a community that is rooted in contribution, innovation, and mutual respect. Make it clear that the Code of Conduct extends to all members, including participants, volunteers, organizers, sponsors, judges, mentors, and the HackSlash Core team.

Prohibited Behaviours in community

We will treat influencing or leading such activities the same way we treat the activities themselves, and thus the same consequences apply. The following behaviors are considered to be unacceptable under these guidelines. Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • No spam, NSFW, or otherwise offensive content.

  • Violence and Threats of Violence

    Any type of violence and threats of violence are not acceptable - online or offline. This includes incitement of violence toward any individual, including encouraging a person to commit self-harm.

  • Personal Attacks

    Attacking someone for their opinions, beliefs, and ideas is not acceptable. It is important to speak directly when we disagree and when we think we need to improve, but such discussions must be conducted respectfully and professionally, remaining focused on the issue at hand.

  • Derogatory Language

    This includes deliberately referring to someone by a gender that they do not identify with, and/or questioning the legitimacy of an individual's gender identity. Hurtful or harmful language related to background, family status, gender, gender identity or expression, Marital status, sexual orientation, native language, socioeconomic status, age, ability, caste, religion, ethnicity is not acceptable.

  • Unwelcome Sexual Attention or Physical Contact

    Unwelcome sexual attention or unwelcome physical contact is not acceptable. This includes sexualized comments, jokes, or imagery in interactions, communications, or presentation materials, as well as inappropriate touching, groping, or sexual advances.

  • Disruptive Behaviour

    Sustained disruption of events, forums, or meetings, including talks and presentations, will not be tolerated.

Zero Tolerance Policy

We have a ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY for in-person or online harassment of any kind, including but not limited to:

  • Stalking/following
  • Deliberate intimidation
  • Harassing photography or recording
  • Offensive verbal language
  • Physical or cyber threats

Consequences of Unacceptable Behaviour

  • Bad behavior from any member, including those with decision-making authority, will not be tolerated. Intentional efforts to exclude people from HackSlash activities are not acceptable and will be dealt with appropriately.
  • Reports of harassment/discrimination will be promptly and thoroughly investigated by the people responsible for the safety of the space, event, or activity.
  • Anyone being asked to stop unacceptable behavior is expected to comply immediately. Violation of these guidelines can result in anyone being asked to leave an event or online space, either temporarily or for the duration of the event, or being banned from participation in spaces, or future events and activities in perpetuity.
  • HackSlash core members in violation of these guidelines may be subject to further consequences, such as disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion from the community.
  • In addition, any participants who abuse the reporting process will be considered to be in violation of these guidelines and subject to the same consequences. False reporting, especially to retaliate or exclude, will not be accepted or tolerated.
  • Any member who does not follow the code of conduct will be removed from the community.
  • Any disrespect towards the HackSlash Leads and core body of the community will not be tolerated.

HackSlash Events

All HackSlash events will have designated a specific safety guideline with emergency and anti-abuse contacts at the event as well as online. These contacts will be posted prominently throughout the event, and in print and online materials. Event leaders are requested to speak at the event about the guidelines and to ask participants to review and agree to them when they sign up for the event.

Once an incident has been investigated and a decision has been communicated to the relevant parties, all have the opportunity to appeal this decision by sending an email to


If you feel uncomfortable or think there may be a potential violation of the code of conduct, please report it immediately using one of the following methods. All reporters have the right to remain anonymous. Please use to report.

After receiving a concise description of your situation, we will review and determine the next steps. In addition to conducting any investigation, we can provide a range of resources, from a private consultation to other community resources. If you feel you have been unfairly accused of violating these guidelines, please follow the same reporting process.

If you have any questions regarding these policies, please contact HackSlash by e-mail at


These guidelines have been adapted with modifications from Mozilla Community Participation Guidelines.

Modifications to these Guidelines

HackSlash may amend the guidelines from time to time and may also vary the procedures it sets out where appropriate in a particular case. Your agreement to comply with the guidelines will be deemed agreement to any changes to it.

Version: 1.0.0

This document was last updated on: January 11, 2022