The FreeCAD Project community covers people from a wide variety of countries, backgrounds and positions. This global diversity is a great strength of the project, but can also lead to communication issues, which may in turn cause unhappiness. To maximise happiness of the project community taken as a whole, all members (whether users, contributors or committers) are expected to abide by the project’s code of conduct. At a high level the code can be summarized as “be excellent to each other”. Expanding on this:
Be respectful: disagreements between people are to be expected and are usually the sign of healthy debate and engagement. Disagreements can lead to frustration and even anger for some members. Turning to personal insults, intimidation or threatening behaviour does not improve the situation though. Participants should thus take care to ensure all communications / interactions stay professional at all times.
Be considerate: remember that the community has members with a diverse background many of whom have English as a second language. What might appear impolite, may simply be a result of a lack of knowledge of the English language. Bear in mind that actions will have an impact on other community members and the project as a whole, so take potential consequences into account before pursuing a course of action.
Be forgiving: humans are fallible and as such prone to make mistakes and inexplicably change their positions at times. Don’t assume that other members are acting with malicious intent. Be prepared to forgive people who make mistakes and assist each other in learning from them. Playing a blame game doesn’t help anyone.
Project maintainers are responsible for clarifying the standards of acceptable behavior and are expected to take appropriate and fair corrective action in response to any instances of unacceptable behavior.
Project maintainers 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, or to ban temporarily or permanently any contributor for other behaviors that they deem inappropriate, threatening, offensive, or harmful.
This Code of Conduct applies both within project spaces and in public spaces when an individual is representing the project or its community. Examples of representing a project or community include using an official project e-mail address, posting via an official social media account, or acting as an appointed representative at an online or offline event. Representation of a project may be further defined and clarified by project maintainers.
Instances of abusive, harassing, or otherwise unacceptable behavior may be reported by contacting any of the community admins or moderators at https://forum.freecadweb.org/memberlist.php?mode=team . All complaints will be reviewed and investigated and will result in a response that is deemed necessary and appropriate to the circumstances. The project team is obligated to maintain confidentiality with regard to the reporter of an incident. Further details of specific enforcement policies may be posted separately.
Project maintainers who do not follow or enforce the Code of Conduct in good faith may face temporary or permanent repercussions as determined by other members of the project’s leadership.
This Code of Conduct is adapted from the Contributor Covenant, version 1.4, available at https://www.contributor-covenant.org/version/1/4/code-of-conduct.html and the libvirt Code of Conduct, available at https://libvirt.org/governance.html.
For answers to common questions about the Contributor Covenant, see https://www.contributor-covenant.org/faq