Code Of Conduct
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Code of Conduct

This Code of Conduct can be summarized in two words: be respectful. However, we kindly ask you to read it in its entirety.

This code of conduct outlines our expectations for participants within the Hacker Experience community, as well as steps to reporting unacceptable behavior. We are committed to providing a welcoming and inspiring community for all and expect our code of conduct to be honored. Anyone who violates this code of conduct may be banned from the community.

Our open source community strives to:

  • Be friendly and patient.
  • Be respectful: Not all of us will agree all the time, but disagreement is no excuse for poor behavior and poor manners. We might all experience some frustration now and then, but we cannot allow that frustration to turn into a personal attack. It’s important to remember that a community where people feel uncomfortable or threatened is not a productive one.
  • Be welcoming: We strive to be a community that welcomes and supports people of all backgrounds, identities and beliefs.
  • Be considerate: Your work will be used by other people, and you in turn will depend on the work of others. Any decision you take will affect users and colleagues, and you should take those consequences into account when making decisions. Remember that we’re a world-wide community, so you might not be communicating in someone else’s primary language.
  • Be careful in the words that we choose: We are a community of professionals, and we conduct ourselves professionally. Be kind to others. It's OK to reject ideas or disagree, but do not insult or put down other participants. Harassment and other exclusionary behavior aren’t acceptable.
  • Be civil: Don't say things you wouldn't say in a face-to-face conversation. Avoid gratuitous negativity. When disagreeing, please reply to the argument instead of calling names. E.g. "That is idiotic; 1 + 1 is 2, not 3" can be shortened to "1 + 1 is 2, not 3."
  • When we disagree: Try to understand why. Disagreements, both social and technical, happen all the time. It is important that we resolve disagreements and differing views constructively. Remember that we’re different. The strength of our community comes from its diversity, people from a wide range of backgrounds. Different people have different perspectives on issues. Being unable to understand why someone holds a viewpoint doesn’t mean that they’re wrong. Don’t forget that it is human to err and blaming each other doesn’t get us anywhere. Instead, focus on helping to resolve issues and learning from mistakes.
  • Stay on topic: We are an open source software community. Discussions related to the project, directly or indirectly, are by all means welcomed. However, our community is probably not the best place to discuss unrelated political, religious or controversial issues. If a discussion completely unrelated to the Hacker Experience community arises, please remember all participants of this rule.
  • Be kind to beginners: Beginners use open source projects to get experience. They might not be talented coders yet, and projects should not accept poor quality code. But we were all beginners once, and we need to to reject code with kindness. If possible, show ways on how the beginner can improve his code.
  • Assume positive intent: When someone posts something we expect community members will assume positive intent on the part of the post. We may choose to disagree with the idea and reject the suggestion, but we expect that it was made in order to be supportive of the community goals.
  • Don't feed the troll: Everything a troll wants is attention. The best thing you can do is ignore him. If you feel offended, please report his behavior to us as described later in this document.

Diversity Statement

We encourage everyone to participate and are committed to building a community for all. Although we will fail at times, we seek to treat everyone both as fairly and equally as possible. Whenever a participant has made a mistake, we expect them to take responsibility for it. If someone has been harmed or offended, it is our responsibility to listen carefully and respectfully, and do our best to right the wrong.

Although this list cannot be exhaustive, we explicitly honor diversity in age, gender, gender identity or expression, culture, ethnicity, language, national origin, political beliefs, profession, race, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status and technical ability. We will not tolerate discrimination based on any of the protected characteristics above, including participants with disabilities.

Reporting Issues

If you experience or witness unacceptable behavior — or have any other concerns — please report it by contacting us via All reports will be handled with discretion and the project team is obligated to maintain confidentiality with regard to the reporter of an incident.

In your report please include:

  • Your contact information.
  • Names (real, nicknames, or pseudonyms) of any individuals involved. If there are additional witnesses, please include them as well. Your account of what occurred, and if you believe the incident is ongoing. If there is a publicly available record (e.g. a mailing list archive or a public IRC logger), please include a link.
  • Any additional information that may be helpful.

After filing a report, a representative will contact you personally, review the incident, follow up with any additional questions, and make a decision as to how to respond. If the person who is harassing you is part of the response team, they will recuse themselves from handling your incident. If the complaint originates from a member of the response team, it will be handled by a different member of the response team. We will respect confidentiality requests for the purpose of protecting victims of abuse.


When dealing with complaints, the response team must take in consideration the essence of this Code of Conduct. The subject of analyzing someone's else statements and how someone felt offended by it can be highly subjective sometimes.

Statements are open to interpretation. We expect the response team to remain open minded, identify their own biases and elevate their level of understanding of the situation.

Attribution & Acknowledgements

This Code of Conduct is largely based on the Open Code of Conduct from the TODOGroup. It also contain excerpts or ideas from the Hacker News guidelines.

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Tanner1638, Staff