CoTech Code of Conduct

Also see Code of Conduct - CoTech. Needs to be pushed forward.

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That’s a good idea. Is there anything we need to do other than picking one and saying that it applies here? Happy to try and help move that along but just want to make sure I’m up to speed on any discussions that have previously happened.

Speaking for myself, I’m really happy that this forum gets used by a much wider group of people than just CoTech members. But as CoTech is paying to run this software and CoTech members are using their free time to moderate it, I think we can probably make decisions (such as closing threads) to minimise the time we need to spend moderating if it’s getting too much.

They are not simply designed for online communications so it would be odd to apply one only to an online forum without amendment?

Better to have one that applies to CoTech as a whole, we will hopefully be able to have physical meetings again in 2021.

I’d suggest using the Mozilla one as the basis, it is the most comphresive and professional looking and is CC-SA, we would need to edit it to some extent and then agree it (via a Loomio vote?), perhaps we could use a cotech · GitLab repo or a page so we can see diffs for the edits?

Not a mod but I’m a big fan of contributors covenant which works well for online communities but can easily be applied/extended to in-person events as well.

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Good suggestion, I like that fact that it is shorter that the Mozilla one.

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here are two I had a hand in writing, if interested

Hey folks I’m going to necro bump this thread. We’re working on a Code of Conduct proposal at the CoTech Gathering June 2022. There’s going to be a proposal on the Loomio to adopt the following CoC which has been adapted from the Contributor Covenant.

CoTech Code of Conduct

Our Pledge

We as members, contributors, and facilitators pledge to make participation in our community a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of age, body size, visible or invisible disability, ethnicity, sex characteristics, gender identity and expression, level of experience, education, socio-economic status, nationality, personal appearance, race, religion, or sexual identity and orientation.

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

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

  • Demonstrating empathy and kindness toward other people
  • Being respectful of differing opinions, viewpoints, and experiences
  • Giving and gracefully accepting constructive feedback
  • Accepting responsibility and apologizing 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

Examples of unacceptable behavior include:

  • The use of sexualized language or imagery, and sexual attention or advances of any kind
  • Trolling, insulting or derogatory comments, and personal or political attacks
  • Public or private harassment
  • Publishing others’ private information, such as a physical or email address, without their explicit permission
  • Other conduct which could reasonably be considered inappropriate in a professional setting

Enforcement Responsibilities

Community facilitators 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 facilitators have the right and responsibility to remove, edit, or reject comments, commits, code, wiki edits, issues, and other contributions that are not aligned to this Code of Conduct, and will communicate reasons for moderation decisions when appropriate.


This Code of Conduct applies within all community spaces, and also applies when an individual is officially representing the community in public spaces. Examples of representing our community include using an official e-mail address, posting via an official social media account, or acting as an appointed representative at an online or offline event.


Instances of abusive, harassing, or otherwise unacceptable behaviour may be reported to the community facilitators responsible for enforcement at [INSERT CONTACT METHOD]. All complaints will be reviewed and investigated promptly and fairly.

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

Enforcement Guidelines

Community facilitators 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 facilitators, 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 behavior.

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 behavior, 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.


This Code of Conduct is adapted from the Contributor Covenant, version 2.0, available at Contributor Covenant:.

Community Impact Guidelines were inspired by Mozilla’s code of conduct enforcement ladder.

For answers to common questions about this code of conduct, see the FAQ at Contributor Covenant: Frequently Asked Questions about Contributor Covenant. Translations are available at Contributor Covenant: Contributor Covenant Translations.

There is now a proposal on Loomio to adopt this: