Code of Conduct
Personal threats or discriminatory threats towards arbitrary groups on Solid gitter, Solid forum, or the W3C Solid Community Group call and mailing list may result in a ban of the threatening individual by the Solid Manager.
Repeated and sustained straying from the defined aims of the Solid gitter channels may result in a ban of those individuals straying from those defined aims by the Solid Manager.
Below are some general expectations around how participants of the Solid community are encouraged to behave.
Participants in the Solid community are expected to behave professionally and respectfully. This community is committed to maintain a positive and constructive community while helping to build Solid. This commitment calls for a community where participants behave according to the rules of the following Code of Conduct:
- Communicate and behave with respect, professionalism, fairness, and sensitivity.
- Communicate constructively and avoid demeaning or insulting behavior or language.
- Be welcoming. We strive to be a community that welcomes and supports people of all backgrounds and identities. This includes, but is not limited to, members of any race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and physical and mental abilities.
- Be mindful of people's time and effort spent on contributions to the project. In discussions, read other people's points, make an effort to understand, and reply to relevant statements and questions they write. Substantiate your opinions, concerns, or issues respectfully with arguments of an appropriate technical level to keep the discussion clear and focused.
- Do not insult or put down other participants. Harassment (whether verbal, physical or sexual) and other exclusionary behavior is not acceptable.
- Disagreements, both social and technical, happen all the time. Whenever inappropriate behaviors are observed members of the community should strive to bring the discussion back to a more professional level. In most cases misunderstandings and disagreements can be resolved informally. Do not hesitate to contact the Solid Manager if you feel that your concerns are not being sufficiently addressed. We hope that most concerns can be solved this way. However, if one person believes another's behavior is inappropriate (inconsistent with the Code of Conduct or the good working of the group), and ordinary communication between them is not possible, escalation of the issue can take place by contacting the Solid Manager. They may temporarily or permanently ban an individual from participating in activities, e.g. in a chat, mail or in Git for acting against the Code of Conduct.
Best practices for the Solid Community include:
- Contribute! Help Solid be the best it can be. Work together constructively toward the good working of the technology.
- Stay on topic. Remember others voices need to be heard as well as yours and you must allow the space for other members to participate (e.g. don't monologue or respond to every comment).
- Respect the expertise and contributions of other members of the community (e.g. don't assume that you're "the smartest person in the room"). Remember that this is a community with different backgrounds who have valuable contributions to make.
- Listen first and be sure you understand the point of view of the other person (e.g. don't assume that others are disagreeing with you because they don't understand what you’re saying and don't suggest that another person's comments are invalid because they have a different opinion).
- Respond from an informed and inclusive point of view (e.g. don't respond to comments without reading the background information).
- Do review the work of others to see if you are doing something that other groups have already done (i.e. don't “reinvent the wheel”).
- Know that your contribution is still valuable even if it is not integrated.
- Remember the work is about more than just your area of interest (e.g. don't let your personal or professional goals impede the progress of the group).
- Do contact the Solid Manager if you feel someone has been working in a way that is having a negative impact on the work of the group, if they are insulting or harassing you, or unfairly impeding your own ability to work.
- Maintain an open mindset and encourage others to do the same. There might be things you or others haven't heard about yet, so be open to send and receive pointers to more info.
- There are multiple ways of achieving the same goals, but when you build something new, check what already exists so we can better understand and help you with your contribution.
Reporting a Code of Conduct Concern
To report a code of conduct concern you may:
- Submit an issue to the solid/culture GitHub repository
- Contact the Solid Manager via gitter
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Write to the solid/chat room on gitter with your concern
- https://www.w3.org/Consortium/cepc/ (and an as-of-yet unpublished “Best Practices for Working Groups”)