Commit 38a0a7cc authored by Neil McGovern's avatar Neil McGovern

Added CoC to main site

CVS version numbers

english/code_of_conduct.wml: INITIAL -> 1.1 
english/sitemap.wml: 1.50 -> 1.51
parent c6572d09
#use wml::debian::template title="Debian Code of Conduct" BARETITLE=true
<meta name="keywords" content="code of conduct, coc">
Version 1.0 ratified on April 28th, 2014.
<p>The Debian Project, the producers of the Debian system, have adopted a code
of conduct for participants to its mailinglists, IRC channels and other modes
of communication within the project.</p>
<hr />
<h2>Debian <q>Code of Conduct</q></h2>
<strong>Be respectful</strong>
In a project the size of Debian, inevitably there will be people with
whom you may disagree, or find it difficult to cooperate. Accept that,
but even so, remain respectful. Disagreement is no excuse for poor
behaviour or personal attacks, and a community in which people feel
threatened is not a healthy community.
<li><strong>Assume good faith</strong>
Debian Contributors have many ways of reaching our common goal of a
<a href="$(HOME)/intro/free">free</a> operating system which
may differ from your ways. Assume that other people are working towards
this goal.
Note that many of our Contributors are not native English speakers or
may have different cultural backgrounds.
<li><strong>Be collaborative</strong>
Debian is a large and complex project; there is always more to learn
within Debian. It's good to ask for help when you need it. Similarly,
offers for help should be seen in the context of our shared goal of
improving Debian.
When you make something for the benefit of the project, be willing to
explain to others how it works, so that they can build on your work to
make it even better.
Keep in mind that what you write once will be read by hundreds of
persons. Writing a short email means people can understand the
conversation as efficiently as possible. When a long explanation is
necessary, consider adding a summary.
Try to bring new arguments to a conversation so that each mail adds
something unique to the thread, keeping in mind that the rest of the
thread still contains the other messages with arguments that have
already been made.
Try to stay on topic, especially in discussions that are already fairly
<li><strong>Be open</strong>
Most ways of communication used within Debian allow for public and
private communication. As per paragraph three of the <a
href="$(HOME)/social_contract">social contract</a>, you should preferably
use public methods of communication for Debian-related messages, unless
posting something sensitive.
This applies to messages for help or Debian-related support, too; not
only is a public support request much more likely to result in an answer
to your question, it also makes sure that any inadvertent mistakes made
by people answering your question will be more easily detected and
<li><strong>In case of problems</strong>
<p>While this code of conduct should be adhered to by participants, we
recognize that sometimes people may have a bad day, or be unaware of
some of the guidelines in this code of conduct. When that happens, you may
reply to them and point out this code of conduct. Such messages may be
in public or in private, whatever is most appropriate. However,
regardless of whether the message is public or not, it should still
adhere to the relevant parts of this code of conduct; in particular, it
should not be abusive or disrespectful. Assume good faith; it is more
likely that participants are unaware of their bad behaviour than that
they intentionally try to degrade the quality of the discussion.
Serious or persistent offenders will be temporarily or permanently banned
from communicating through Debian's systems. Complaints should be made
(in private) to the administrators of the Debian communication forum in
question. To find contact information for these administrators, please
see <a href="$(HOME)/intro/organization">the page on Debian's
organizational structure</a>.
<hr />
<h2 id="guidelines">Further reading</h2>
<p>Some of the links in this section do not refer to documents that are
part of this code of conduct, nor are they authoritative within Debian.
However, they all do contain useful information on how to conduct
oneself on our communication channels.
<li>Debian has a <a
<li>The <a href="">Debian Community
Guidelines</a> by Enrico Zini contain some advice on how to communicate
<li>The <a
href="$(HOME)/MailingLists/#codeofconduct">Mailing list
code of conduct</a> is useful for advice specific to Debian mailing
<p><em>Updates to this code of conduct should follow the normal GR procedure.
However, the DPL (or the DPL's delegates) can add or remove links to other
documents in the "Further reading" section after consultation with the project
and without requiring a GR.</em></p>
......@@ -86,6 +86,7 @@ sub title_of {
<li><linkto "intro/about">
<li><linkto "social_contract">
<li><linkto "code_of_conduct">
<li><linkto "intro/free">
<li><linkto "intro/why_debian">
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