[HOT] New Code of Conduct

Dale Kunce dale.kunce at gmail.com
Mon Oct 30 18:23:29 UTC 2017

HOT is a growing community and a growing NGO. As we’ve grown we no longer
know everyone else that is a contributor by first name. We increasingly
haven’t ever seen each other in real life, haven’t been to a mapathon
together, and work on disparate projects. As we’ve grown we’ve also had our
growing pains with disagreements, hurt feelings, and sometimes worse. Last
year, at the direction of the board, the Governance Working Group (GWG)
starting working together on a number of issues to provide structure and
guidance to the HOT community. The GWG worked diligently on the Code of
Conduct <https://www.hotosm.org/hot_code_of_conduct> now being announced.

The CoC reflects the needs of the community to enable HOT to continue to
grow and thrive the way it has over the past few years. The Board recently
approved the CoC submitted to it by the GWG. Going forward all HOT board
members, members, and anyone using HOT’s resources will be subject to the
guidance and rules of the CoC. The CoC will eventually be embeded into all
of HOT’s online platforms and new users will be required to agree before
using HOT resources.

Ultimately we broke down the CoC into two parts. A shorter version and a
longer version with more guidance and explanation. Below is the short
version, the version we want everyone to follow and be mindful of day to
day. I also encourage everyone to read the longer version as its got some
really great stuff.

*Short Version*

HOT is committed to providing an inclusive, welcoming, and safe environment
for people of of any race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, colour,
immigration status, social and economic class, educational level, sex,
sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, size, family
status, political belief, religion, and mental and physical ability.

Encouraged Behaviors:

   - Be friendly and patient.
   - Be welcoming.
   - Be considerate.
   - Be respectful.
   - Be careful in your word phrasing and tone.
   - Assume all communications are positive.
   - When we disagree, try to understand why.

Behaviors that Won’t be Tolerated:

   - Verbal, written, or physical abuse.
   - Discrimination of any person.

The HOT Membership has a formal Complaint Handling Process
<https://www.hotosm.org/hot_code_of_conduct#complainthandling> to assist
with serious issues.

Please read the Full Version
<https://www.hotosm.org/hot_code_of_conduct#fullversion> when you get a

A huge high five and appreciation goes out to the Governance Working Group
members who worked so hard to discuss, draft, and finalize our new Code of

   - Heather Leson
   - Martin Dittus
   - Blake Girardot
   - Joseph Reeves
   - Melanie Eckle
   - Mikel Maron
   - John Crowley

Dale Kunce
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