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 identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, mental illness, neuro(a)typicality, physical appearance, body size, age, race, nationality, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, family structure, spirituality, religion (or lack thereof), education, or other inherent qualities.
Social.Coop is based on the values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity. In the tradition of their founders, cooperative members believe in the ethical values of honesty, openness, social responsibility and caring for others.
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.
3. Encouraged Behaviour
I will help maintain a culture of inclusivity and open participation by:
Showing care, consideration and respect for others, in my speech and actions.
Assuming good faith from other members of the community.
Ensuring that criticism is constructive.
Attempting to cooperate before conflict arises.
Participating in an authentic way.
4. Unacceptable Behaviour
I will not:
Use violence, threats of violence, or violent language directed against another person.
Harass – defined as continuing to interact with another person after having been asked to cease contact.
This includes, but is not limited to, unwelcome sexual attention, deliberate intimidation, stalking, and dogpiling.
Make offensive comments or insults, for example, those related to 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, or other inherent qualities.
Advocate, or encourage, any of the above behavior.
I am responsible for the content I share, and will strive to:
Include alt-text descriptions when posting visual media.
Include transcriptions when posting audio media.
Give credit, recognising the contributions of others.
I will not post, threaten to post, nor share:
Personally Identifiable Information (“doxing”)
Sexual Material, either:
Without consent, or,
Depicting individuals appearing to be under age 18 — including Loli.
I will use content warnings (CWs) whenever appropriate and always when sharing violent or sexual material.
I will neither engage in excessively frequent posting of a product or service nor promote products or services not provided by an individual, a cooperative, or a community.
Any of the parties directly involved or affected can request reconsideration of a moderation or Code of Conduct violation proceeding by notifying [the Community Working Group] with a concise description of your grievance.
Your request will be handled in accordance with our reporting guidelines.
8. Consequences of Unacceptable Behavior
Remedial 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 suspension.
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.
9. 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. 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.
11. 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.