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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
In no small part due to the wide exposure of a high-profile article published earlier in the week on in-fighting and other disgraceful behaviors from developers and contributors, Gentoo announced a proposed Code of Conduct. Today, a vote on the proposed Gentoo Code of Conduct passed with votes tallying 6 to 1.
Some of the guidelines include:
Be courteous. Though respect is earned, it must start somewhere. Respect someones right for their own opinion and acknowledge that they do deserve a measure of politeness in your response.
Give accurate information in the spirit of being helpful.
Respectfully disagree with or challenge other members. The operative word here is respectfully.
Using the correct forum for your post. Bug reports and idle chatter do not belong on the gentoo-dev mailing list; discussion about a wide-ranging change to the tree probably does not belong on Bugzilla. Different fora will also have different standards of behaviour -- a joke that is perfectly acceptable on IRC will be taken differently when made on a mailing list.
Admit the possibility of fault and respect different point of views. No one is perfect -- you will get things wrong occasionally. Don't be afraid to admit this. Similarly, while something may seem perfectly obvious to you, others may see it differently.
If you screw up, take responsibility for your actions.
Flaming and trolling. What is trolling? You are deemed to be trolling if you make comments intended to provoke an angry response from others. What is flaming? Flaming is the act of sending or posting messages that are deliberately hostile and insulting.
Posting/participating only to incite drama or negativity rather than to tactfully share information.
Being judgmental, mean-spirited or insulting. It is possible to respectfully challenge someone in a way that empowers without being judgemental.
Constantly purveying misinformation despite repeated warnings.
Disciplinary action can be imposed and will be up to the discretion of an official charged with the duty of maintaining good order. Breaches of the Code of Conduct guidelines can be reported to the proctors.