Snowdrift.coop Community Guidelines
We promote the highest standards and best practices to maintain a healthy and respectful discussion space. To that end, we have a strict Code of Conduct (along with a separate set of general guidelines and advice).
Notes about flagging and getting flagged
Flagging is not about just serious offenses
Many different things can mess up productive discussion, and mistakes can come from normal, well-intended people. Flagging simply hides posts temporarily and sends a notice to the poster to edit and repost. So, it is the appropriate tool for any case where a post really ought to be fixed. It’s not necessarily a rebuke or anything to take personally or badly. Simply fix and repost and continue.
Flagging doesn’t produce any other real penalties. So, don’t hesitate to flag violations as appropriate, and don’t feel discouraged or unwelcome if your post is flagged.
We will only ban or otherwise limit users who continually and blatantly violate the Code of Conduct.
Code of Conduct
We enforce the following rules. Please flag any and all violations.
Assume good faith
Unless malice is overwhelmingly evident, assume good intentions from others.
Even when flagging others’ comments, assume that issues come from misunderstandings, error, ignorance, or carelessness rather than from bad faith.
Keep criticism constructive
When sharing criticism, keep it constructive and expressed in a helpful manner.
Instead of saying simply that something is bad or doesn’t work, provide details about the problem and offer suggestions if possible.
Take criticism constructively
Don’t take constructive criticism personally, and don’t be defensive.
If others criticize or reject your views in a respectful and logical manner, acknowledge and respond respectfully and constructively.
If others express real hostility or any other violation of this Code of Conduct, such comments should be flagged. Do not respond publicly to Code-of-Conduct violations.
If your comment is flagged, simply edit to address the concern and repost. If you feel a flagging is wrong or malicious, alert a moderator.
Keep meta comments outside of focused topics
In topical contexts (such as issue tickets, topical discussion threads etc.), only post on-topic comments. Any meta comments about the discussion itself should be posted elsewhere with no more than a link at the original topic (consider using Discourse’s “Reply as a Linked Topic” and private-message features).
Respect others’ privacy
No stalking, unwanted personal attention, or unwelcome revealing or speculating about personal details of others.
In cases of sincere, good-faith curiosity about someone’s experience or identity, ask politely in a manner such that they will feel free to decline the request.
No posting of completely off-topic items or of repeated links or statements outside of appropriate context.
No sexualized comments
Although we welcome lighthearted and casual communication, sexual references may make people feel uncomfortable and have no place in anything relevant to Snowdrift.coop.
No hostile communication
No personal attacks
No insults, harassment, ad hominem, threats, or other intimidation.
Condescension means treating others as inferior. Subtle condescension still violates the Code of Conduct even if not blatantly demeaning.
No hate speech or similar
No stereotyping of or promoting prejudice or discrimination against particular groups or classes of people.
In cases where criticism of ideology or culture remains on-topic, engage respectfully in discourse about the ideas.
Flag Conduct violations
Anyone who sees a violation of the Code of Conduct has the responsibility to flag the item for revision by the author. Even if it does not offend you personally, violations hurt the community overall. Once flagged, a comment’s author will have a chance to post an edited, improved version.
If you offer any feedback when flagging, that feedback itself must respect the Code of Conduct.
If you recognize a problem with your own posting, edit and correct it.
If the original poster and the user alleging a violation do not agree on a resolution, notify a moderator who can address the situation.
Additional communication ideals
Beyond the Code of Conduct, we maintain a separate list of optimal communication guidelines and habits which we encourage everyone to read and regularly revisit.
The following notes are not part of the Code of Conduct.
Posting legally, under FLO copyright license
In posting your own work here, you automatically license the material under CC BY-SA 4.0 International, the same license we use for all Snowdrift.coop writings. Of course, the attribution in your case will be to you, since you remain the author and copyright holder. If you prefer, you can specify in your profile that you put your posts under CC BY or CC0 (which are the two common and more-permissive licenses compatible with CC BY-SA).
You may not post anything where you do not hold the copyright, unless it is licensed freely for your use or the posting would clearly qualify as fair-use.
Giving us feedback
If you have any questions or comments about how work here, see these options:
- meta:forum category for general questions about the forum software and set up
- meta:support category for personal help using the forum or any other part of Snowdrift.coop
- To contact us privately, send a private message here to a member of the staff or see the additional options at the Snowdrift.coop contact page.
Terms of Service
Yes, legalese is boring, but we live in this awful bureaucratic legal world. To use this service, you must agree to abide by our Terms of Service describing your (and our) legal behavior, rights, and responsibilities.