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 spamming

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

No hostile communication

No personal attacks

No insults, harassment, ad hominem, threats, or other intimidation.

No condescension

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.

Misc notes

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 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.

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