- Be welcoming. OpenStreetMap US strives to be a community that welcomes and supports people of all backgrounds and identities. Some examples of behavior that contribute to creating a positive environment include:
- The use of welcoming and inclusive language;
- Respect for differing viewpoints and experiences;
- Empathy towards other community members.
- Be considerate and patient. Actively seek to acknowledge, respect, and understand fellow community members. Our community depends on the work of each other to maintain and strengthen the health and integrity of OpenStreetMap. Any decision you make may affect others, and those consequences should be taken into account. While critique is a natural and important part of our culture, good critiques are kind, respectful, clear, and constructive.
- Assume good faith. It is surprisingly easy to misunderstand each other, be it online or in person; particularly in such a culturally and linguistically diverse setting as OpenStreetMap US. Misunderstandings can easily arise when we are in a rush, or otherwise distracted. Please ask clarifying questions before assuming that a communication was inappropriate.
- Be respectful. Enthusiastic discussions are part of the lifeblood of a successful project but can also lead to disagreements. We should strive to keep our discussions and disagreements appropriate. Members of the OpenStreetMap US community should be respectful when dealing with others, within and outside of the global OpenStreetMap community. We note, however, that non-OpenStreetMap US spaces are not part of this Code of Conduct.
- When we disagree, try to understand why. Disagreements, both social and technical, happen easily and often. It is important that we seek to understand each other and work to resolve disagreements and differing views constructively. When someone contradicts your own perceptions, try to understand where the other person is coming from. Try to ask questions that will serve to clarify, rather than to escalate, an issue.
Examples of untolerated behaviors include, but are not limited to:
- Violent threats or language directed against another person, including deliberate intimidation or harassment (online or in-person);
- Verbal, written, or physical abuse;
- Discrimination of any person or group of persons;
- Discriminatory jokes and language;
- Conduct or speech which might be considered sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic, xenophobic, ableist or otherwise discriminatory or offensive in nature;
- The use of unwelcome, suggestive, derogatory or inappropriate nicknames or terms;
- Disrespect towards others (ex. personal insults, innuendo);
- Posting sexually explicit or violent material, or including this content in events such as conference presentations, talks, workshops, or parties;
- Posting (or threatening to post) other people's personally identifying information ("doxing");
- Inappropriate attention or contact. Be aware of how your actions affect others. If it makes someone uncomfortable, stop. This includes:
- Continued unwelcomed one-on-one communication after a request to cease
- Unwelcome sexual attention
- Repeated harassment of others. In general, if someone asks you to stop, then stop.
- Sustained disruptions of community events and discussions;
- Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behavior.
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