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An open-source and open community project is one in which participants choose to work together, and in that process experience differences in language, location, nationality, and experience. In such a diverse environment, misunderstandings and disagreements happen, which in most cases can be resolved informally. In rare cases, however, behavior can intimidate, harass, or otherwise disrupt one or more people in the community, which this project will not tolerate.
A **Code of Conduct** is useful to define accepted and acceptable behaviors and to promote high standards of professional practice. It also provides a benchmark for self evaluation and acts as a vehicle for better identity of the organization.
This code (**CoC**) applies to any participant in this project's community – developers, participants in meetings, teleconferences, mailing lists, conferences or functions, etc. Note that this code complements rather than replaces legal rights and obligations pertaining to any particular situation.
## Statement of Intent
This project is committed to maintain a **positive** [work environment](#work-environment). This commitment calls for a workplace where [participants](#participant) at all levels behave according to the rules of the following code. A foundational concept of this code is that we all share responsibility for our work environment.
## Code
1. Treat each other with [respect](#respect), professionalism, fairness, and sensitivity to our many differences and strengths, including in situations of high pressure and urgency.
2. Never [harass](#harassment) or [bully](#workplace-bullying) anyone verbally, physically or [sexually](#sexual-harassment).
3. Never [discriminate](#discrimination) on the basis of personal characteristics or group membership.
4. Communicate constructively and avoid [demeaning](#demeaning-behavior) or [insulting](#insulting-behavior) behavior or language.
5. Seek, accept, and offer objective work criticism, and [acknowledge](#acknowledgement] properly the contributions of others.
6. Be honest about your own qualifications, and about any circumstances that might lead to conflicts of interest.
7. Respect the privacy of others and the confidentiality of data you access.
8. With respect to cultural differences, be conservative in what you do and liberal in what you accept from others, but not to the point of accepting disrespectful, unprofessional or unfair or [unwelcome behavior](#unwelcome-behavior) or [advances](#unwelcome-sexual-advance).
9. Promote the rules of this Code and take action (especially if you are in a [leadership position](#leadership-position)) to bring the discussion back to a more civil level whenever inappropriate behaviors are observed.
10. Stay on topic: Make sure that you are posting to the correct channel and avoid off-topic discussions. Remember when you update an issue or respond to an email you are potentially sending to a large number of people.
11. Step down considerately: Members of every project come and go, and the Hyperledger Project is no different. When you leave or disengage from the project, in whole or in part, we ask that you do so in a way that minimizes disruption to the project. This means you should tell people you are leaving and take the proper steps to ensure that others can pick up where you left off.
## Glossary
#### Demeaning behavior
is acting in a way that reduces another person's dignity, sense of self-worth or respect within the community.
#### Discrimination
is the prejudicial treatment of an individual based on criteria such as: physical appearance, race, ethnic origin, genetic differences, national or social origin, name, religion, gender, sexual orientation, family or health situation, pregnancy, disability, age, education, wealth, domicile, political view, morals, employment, or union activity.
#### Insulting behavior
is treating another person with scorn or disrespect.
#### Acknowledgement
is a record of the origin(s) and author(s) of a contribution.
#### Harassment
is any conduct, verbal or physical, that has the intent or effect of interfering with an individual, or that creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment.
#### Leadership position
includes group Chairs, project maintainers, staff members, and Board members.
#### Participant
includes the following persons:
* Developers
* Anyone from the Public partaking in this project's work environment (e.g. contribute code, comment on our code or specs, email us, attend our conferences, functions, etc)
#### Respect
is the genuine consideration you have for someone (if only because of their status as participant in Hyperledger Project, like yourself), and that you show by treating them in a polite and kind way.
#### Sexual harassment
includes visual displays of degrading sexual images, sexually suggestive conduct, offensive remarks of a sexual nature, requests for sexual favors, unwelcome physical contact, and sexual assault.
#### Unwelcome behavior
Hard to define? Some questions to ask yourself are:
* how would I feel if I were in the position of the recipient?
* would my spouse, parent, child, sibling or friend like to be treated this way?
* would I like an account of my behavior published in the organization's newsletter?
* could my behavior offend or hurt other members of the work group?
* could someone misinterpret my behavior as intentionally harmful or harassing?
* would I treat my boss or a person I admire at work like that ?
_Summary_: if you are unsure whether something might be welcome or unwelcome, don't do it.
#### Unwelcome sexual advance
includes requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, where:
* submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual's employment,
* submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as a basis for employment decisions affecting the individual,
* such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's work performance or creating an intimidating hostile or offensive working environment.
#### Workplace Bullying
is a tendency of individuals or groups to use persistent aggressive or unreasonable behavior (e.g. verbal or written abuse, offensive conduct or any interference which undermines or impedes work) against a co-worker or any professional relations.
#### Work Environment
is the set of all available means of collaboration, including, but not limited to messages to mailing lists, private correspondence, Web pages, chat channels, phone and video teleconferences, and any kind of face-to-face meetings or discussions.
## Incident Procedure
To report incidents or to appeal reports of incidents, send email to one of the maintainers. Please include any available relevant information, including links to any publicly accessible material relating to the matter. Every effort will be taken to ensure a safe and collegial environment in which to collaborate on matters relating to the Project. In order to protect the community, the Project reserves the right to take appropriate action, potentially including the removal of an individual from any and all participation in the project. The Project will work towards an equitable resolution in the event of a misunderstanding.
## Credits
This code is based on the [Hyperledger Project's CoC](, [W3C’s Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct]( with some additions from the [Cloud Foundry](‘s Code of Conduct.
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# Questions
If you are having difficulties using the Watson APIs or have a question about the IBM Watson Services, please ask a question on [dW Answers] ( or [Stack Overflow] (
# Issues
If you encounter an issue with the kit, you are welcome to submit an issue. Before that, please search for similar issues. It's possible somebody has encountered this issue already.
# Pull Requests
If you want to contribute to the repository, please fork the project and create a pull request. After your Pull Request (PR) has been reviewed and approved, a maintainer will merge it into the master branch.
# Legal stuff
We have tried to make it as easy as possible to make contributions. This applies to how we handle the legal aspects of contribution. We use the same approach — the [Developer's Certificate of Origin 1.1 (DCO)](DCO1.1.txt) — that the Linux® Kernel [community]( uses to manage code contributions.
We simply ask that when submitting a pull request, the developer includes a sign-off statement in the pull request description.
Here is an example Signed-off-by line, which indicates that the submitter accepts the DCO:
Signed-off-by: John Doe <>
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Developer's Certificate of Origin 1.1
By making a contribution to this project, I certify that:
(a) The contribution was created in whole or in part by me and I
have the right to submit it under the open source license
indicated in the file; or
(b) The contribution is based upon previous work that, to the best
of my knowledge, is covered under an appropriate open source
license and I have the right under that license to submit that
work with modifications, whether created in whole or in part
by me, under the same open source license (unless I am
permitted to submit under a different license), as indicated
in the file; or
(c) The contribution was provided directly to me by some other
person who certified (a), (b) or (c) and I have not modified
(d) I understand and agree that this project and the contribution
are public and that a record of the contribution (including all
personal information I submit with it, including my sign-off) is
maintained indefinitely and may be redistributed consistent with
this project or the open source license(s) involved.
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