In the spirit of the first Cooperative Principle, Open and Voluntary Membership, a primary goal of social.coop is to be inclusive to the widest range of members, with as varied and diverse backgrounds as possible. As such, we are committed to providing a friendly, safe, and welcoming environment for members, regardless of gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, mental illness, neuro(a)typicality, physical appearance, body size, age, race, nationality, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, family structure, religion (or lack thereof), education, philosophy, political opinion, or other qualities.
We invite all those who participate in social.coop to help us create safe and positive experiences for everyone.
2. Encouraged Behavior
The following behaviors are encouraged:
Participate in an authentic way. In doing so, you contribute to the health and longevity of this community.
Be welcoming and helpful to new members.
Exercise consideration and respect in your speech and actions.
Assume good faith
Attempt collaboration before conflict. When engaging in criticism, aim to ensure it is constructive.
When posting images, please remember to post alt-text/descriptions to make them accessible to folks who use screen-readers.
Give credit for content you post and recognition for the contributions of others.
Use of content warnings (CW) is recommended when you feel it might be appropriate, and required for explicitly sexual material.
3. Unacceptable Behavior
The following behaviors are unacceptable within our community:
Violence, threats of violence, or violent language directed against another person.
Offensive comments, particularly against people from marginalized groups, including jokes or personal insults; for example, those related to gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, mental illness, neuro(a)typicality, physical appearance, body size, age, race, nationality, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, family structure, religion (or lack thereof), education, philosophy, political opinion, or other qualities.
Unwelcome comments regarding a person’s lifestyle choices and practices, including those related to food, health, parenting, drugs, and employment.
Posting or displaying sexually explicit or violent material without appropriate content warnings. Posting of sexual material depicting individuals appearing to be under age 18 is entirely prohibited.
Posting, or threatening to post, personally identifying information ("doxing").
Harassment, defined as continuing to interact with a user after having been asked to cease contact. This includes unwelcome sexual attention, deliberate intimidation, stalking, dogpiling, etc.
Spamming. Promotion of products or services not provided by either an individual or a cooperative, and/or excessively frequent postings may be judged by moderators to be spam or unacceptable.
Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behavior.
4. Reporting Guidelines
See the separate document on Reporting Guidelines here: [link]
Any of the parties directly involved or affected can request reconsideration of a moderation or Code of Conduct violation decision by notifying [the Community Working Group] with a concise description of your grievance. Your request will be handled in accordance with our reporting guidelines.
6. Consequences of Unacceptable Behavior
Disciplinary action for infractions of the Code of Conduct will be determined by [the Community Working Group]. The [Community Working Group Operations Team] may take any action they deem appropriate, up to and including a temporary ban. Following serious or multiple infractions, the [Community Working Group] is empowered by the social.coop bylaws to further sanction an offending member, up to and including expulsion from the co-op.
Community members who are found to have engaged in unacceptable behavior may recover by following redress procedures to be outlined by the Community Working Group.
We expect all social.coop community participants to abide by this Code of Conduct in all community venues–online and in-person–as well as in all one-on-one and group communications via any medium pertaining to community business.
This code of conduct and its related procedures also applies to unacceptable behavior occurring outside the scope of community activities when such behavior has the potential to adversely affect the safety and well-being of community members.
Although this CoC is enforceable only to Members of Social.Coop the Community Working Group shall further explore methods for documenting, redressing, and supporting members who are subject to Harassment or other forms of unacceptable behavior coming from outside users/instances in dialogue with other instances.
8. Open Process
We've sought to anticipate areas of concern and have provided clear guidelines for what is acceptable and unacceptable behavior within social coop/mastodon. We expect that things will arise which we have not foreseen or which we have not yet clarified the boundaries. Please be advised that if you post something deemed questionable and NOT already covered, there will be an open process using your posting as the flashpoint for defining appropriate/inappropriate behavior."
The Community Working Group will maintain a list of resources about codes of conduct and strategies for constructive and healthy discussion online.
10. License and Attribution
This Code of Conduct is distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International license.
Portions of text derived from the Citizen Code of Conduct. Revision 2.2. Posted 6 March 2017.
Social.coop Member Code of Conduct. Version [2.1]. Posted [7/12/2018]
Aaron Wolf, Stephanie Jo Kent, Fabián Heredia Montiel, Matt Noyes: Changes to wording of list of qualities – does anything need to change for everyone to be happy?
Aaron Wolf added “Assume good faith”
Fabián Heredia Montiel replaced “there is high likelihood of content being considered Not Safe For Work (NSFW), inflammatory, or insensitive.” to “you feel it might be appropriate, and required for explicitly sexual material”
Aaron Wolf, Jon Pincus, and Stephanie Jo Kent: Changes and discussion on second point, long/exhaustive list or shorter list of examples?
Fabián changed spam/unacceptable postings from “entirely unrelated to the social.coop community” to “not provided by either an individual or a cooperative”
Stephanie Jo Kent added “appearing to be” to <18s sexual material prohibition
Fabián added “dogpiling” to sixth point
Stephanie changed first line from “If a community member engages in unacceptable behavior, following redress procedures (for a Member to recover from a ruling of unacceptable behavior)reporting, notifying, documenting) to be outlined by the Community Working Group” to current
Stephanie added last statement “Community members who are found to have engaged in unacceptable behavior may recover by following redress procedures to be outlined by the Community Working Group.“
Stephanie added “and group” communications and “via any medium”
Matt Noyes added paragraph [someone else wrote this, I just added it - MN]