Code of Conduct: Please read first!

Welcome to the Finding Ada community!

The Finding Ada community forum is a place where people can come to talk about not just the issues of gender in STEM, but also to share information about organisations working in this area, to volunteer to help such organisations, to plan Ada Lovelace Day events, to share job postings and careers information, and to shoot the breeze and relax with friends.

We want this to be a friendly and welcoming place where different points of view can be heard, and where we can have thoughtful and deep discussions about issues that we are all passionate about. We believe in the value of robust evidence, but also respect the importance of individual experience.

We moderate discussions quite carefully in order to try to ensure that we maintain a positive, open and supportive atmosphere. That doesn’t mean we want everyone to agree all the time, but whilst dissent is encouraged and respected, abuse will not be tolerated. Please be especially aware that, when it comes to online interactions, perception is often more important than intent so take special care to ensure that what you write reflects what you mean.

Our Pledge

We pledge to make participation in our community a harassment-free experience for everyone.

We pledge to act and interact in ways that contribute to an open, welcoming, diverse, inclusive, and healthy community.

Our Standards

Examples of behaviour that contributes to a positive environment for our community include:

  • Demonstrating empathy and kindness toward other people, especially new members.
  • Being respectful of differing opinions, viewpoints, and experiences.
  • Giving and gracefully accepting constructive feedback.
  • Accepting responsibility and apologising to those affected by our mistakes, and learning from the experience.
  • Focusing on what is best not just for us as individuals, but for the overall community.
  • Assuming good faith and giving people the benefit of the doubt.

Examples of unacceptable behaviour include:

  • The use of sexualised language or imagery, and sexual attention or advances of any kind.
  • Trolling, insulting or derogatory comments, and personal or political attacks.
  • Publishing others’ private information, such as a physical or email address, without their explicit permission.
  • Exploiting a power or status advantage, real or perceived, over someone in a less privileged position.

Please refer to the Guidelines below for additional discussion of inappropriate behaviours. The list is not exhaustive and we reserve the right to add to it over time.

The Role of Men in Women’s Space

This space is about celebrating and supporting women in STEM, which can be done as well by men as by women. However, we do ask men to prioritise listening over speaking, particularly on discussions about women’s experiences. As a man in this forum, your first thought should be for what you can learn and how you can help, rather than what you can say.

Enforcement Responsibilities

Community leaders are responsible for clarifying and enforcing our standards of acceptable behaviour and will take appropriate and fair corrective action in response to any behaviour that they deem inappropriate, threatening, offensive, or harmful.

Community leaders have the right and responsibility to remove, edit, or reject any comments, posts or other contributions that are not aligned to this Code of Conduct, and will communicate reasons for moderation decisions when appropriate.

Scope

This Code of Conduct applies within all community spaces within the Finding Ada Network, including the community forum, blog comments, and mentorship platform.

Enforcement

Instances of abusive, harassing, or otherwise unacceptable behaviour should be reported to community leaders. All complaints will be reviewed and investigated promptly and fairly.

All community leaders are obligated to respect the privacy and security of the reporter of any incident.

Enforcement Guidelines

Community leaders will follow these Community Impact Guidelines in determining the consequences for any action they deem in violation of this Code of Conduct:

1. Correction

Community Impact: Use of inappropriate language or other behaviour deemed unprofessional or unwelcome in the community.

Consequence: A private, written warning from community leaders, providing clarity around the nature of the violation and an explanation of why the behaviour was inappropriate. A public apology may be requested.

2. Warning

Community Impact: A violation through a single incident or series of actions.

Consequence: A warning with consequences for continued behaviour. No interaction with the people involved, including unsolicited interaction with those enforcing the Code of Conduct, for a specified period of time. This includes avoiding interactions in community spaces as well as external channels like social media. Violating these terms may lead to a temporary or permanent ban.

3. Temporary Ban

Community Impact: A serious violation of community standards, including sustained inappropriate behaviour.

Consequence: A temporary ban from any sort of interaction or public communication with the community for a specified period of time. No public or private interaction with the people involved, including unsolicited interaction with those enforcing the Code of Conduct, is allowed during this period. Violating these terms may lead to a permanent ban.

4. Permanent Ban

Community Impact: Demonstrating a pattern of violation of community standards, including sustained inappropriate behaviour, harassment of an individual, or aggression toward or disparagement of classes of individuals.

Consequence: A permanent ban from any sort of public interaction within the community.

Guidelines

The following behaviours will not be tolerated:

  • The use of sexualised language or imagery, and sexual attention or advances of any kind.
  • Trolling, insulting or derogatory comments, and personal or political attacks.
  • Sustained interruption of discussions.
  • Public or private harassment or bullying.
  • Deliberate intimidation.
  • Exploiting a power or status advantage, real or perceived, over someone in a less privileged position.
  • Racism, sexism, ageism, homophobia, etc.
  • Soliciting or offering medical or psychological advice, on the forum or by private message.
  • The creation of sockpuppets or accounts that impersonate someone else.
  • Other conduct which could reasonably be considered inappropriate in a professional setting

The following types of content are prohibited:

  • Libellous content, defamation, or content illegal under English law.
  • Content that is not safe for work, even behind spoilers.
  • Posts designed to disrupt, provoke or offend.
  • Copyrighted materials: Do not post copyrighted material in full, always quote a small portion and link to the rest.
  • Your own or others’ private information, such as a physical or email address, phone number or other personal details. This includes the details of people who are not members of the forum. Publicly available work-related contact info may be allowed under certain circumstances - ask a mod first. If you want to share your own details via private message, then that is your prerogative.

If in doubt, ask a community leader or moderator and be patient when waiting for a reply. All moderators are volunteers and in different time zones, so we may have to discuss an issue before we decide what our options are. This may require giving a particular discussion thread a ‘time out’, so if that occurs, please respect the time out and do not start duplicate threads on the same matter.

Attribution: This Code of Conduct is adapted from the Contributor Covenant, version 2.0, available at https://www.contributor-covenant.org/version/2/0/code_of_conduct.html.

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