Our primary goal is to be inclusive to the largest number of communities and viewpoints, with the most varied and diverse backgrounds possible. As such, we are committed to providing a friendly, safe and welcoming environment for all, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, ability, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, age, and religion (or lack thereof).
We have a list of generally offensive and demeaning words that we prefer people not use. Expletives that are directed at other people will never be accepted.
The use of names that people use outside of the internet is important and fosters more community openness. We value names because our interactions are with real people, not some avatar or a username. We encourage all members to use their full name when participating in our online communities, as long as they feel comfortable doing so.
We also ask that members use login/usernames that are non-offensive. Your username does not need to be your full name, and should not contain offensive terms.
Users should flag inappropriate behavior to moderators or administrators. This includes but is not limited to reporting: violations of this code of conduct, spam messages, messages posted in the wrong channel or category.
It is important that all users’ questions, answers and comments are in line with this CoC, as well as with the category and topic, or channel, they belong to. When approaching a point of conflict, moderators and administrators should act in an empathic manner. Over-moderation is harmful to the atmosphere of the community and should be avoided.
While in practice most actions from moderators and administrators will be friendly reminders, they should act on complaints/reports quickly and involve other team members if necessary. They should take appropriate, usually private, action if they see any abuse or harassment. They must be sensitive to cultural differences, time zones, etc., but take prompt action when necessary. A moderator is one who exists to serve the community.
Except in the most egregious cases, moderators will follow these guidelines:
In those cases of obvious, flagrant violations, moderators will remove the post immediately, and bring the issue to the attention of the private tg_mikros_admins Slack channel.
Although not explicitly called out in this CoC, we ask that all moderators be aware of and intervene in the case of spam.
Spam is a post or a series of posts where the content is primarily solicitation, nonsense, overly short/long, or off-topic. Posts where the content is not hand-crafted or is too generic/useless may also be considered spam. Spam accounts are user accounts which post spam content or are created in series to secure access to the site and its privileges, or both. Spam posts and accounts may be automated or manual. If a moderator notices multiple spam accounts in succession, the account may be blacklisted.
We realize spam can be hard to define in some cases, so we will rely on the community or moderators to identify and flag it and handle it appropriately. Obvious spam posts should be promptly deleted; non-obvious spam may be flagged for review. Users are encouraged to flag posts as spam to help bring them to a moderator’s attention.
Not all spam posts are by spam users. For example, a legitimate user account may be compromised. If a moderator notices a reputable user account posting spam, the spam post(s) should be deleted immediately and the user notified. If spam posts continue, the account may be suspended until the user can regain control of his/her account.
Commercial content is allowed if relevant to answering a question or keeping inline with a topic. More specific policies and guidelines governing commercial content forthcoming.
We expect users to demonstrate responsibility for their actions and to be accountable for the impact of those actions.
The following behaviors are expected and requested of all community members:
The following behaviors are considered unacceptable within our community:
If someone is subject to or witnesses unacceptable behavior, or has any other concerns, they are strongly encouraged to notify an administrator as soon as possible. Every reported concern will follow this workflow until resolved:
If you need to reach out the administrators, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be in contact. This is a private group, and correspondence will be kept confidential.
If you have any issues or need help, please feel free to reach out.