Last updated: 22 September 2021
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Kohort Community Guidelines Together, we can make this community a safe place for everyone. Please read the code of conduct and guidelines below to ensure that your participation is well-managed in our vibrant discussions.
As a diverse community, we strive to make everyone feel safe and welcomed.
We welcome contributions from everyone who shares our goals and wants to contribute in a
healthy and constructive manner within our community. As such, we have adopted this code of
conduct and require all those who participate to agree and adhere to these Community
Participation Guidelines to help us create a safe and positive community experience for all.
These guidelines aim to support a community where all people should feel safe to participate, introduce new ideas, and inspire others regardless of background, family status, gender, gender identity or expression, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, native language, age, ability, race and/or ethnicity, caste, national origin, socioeconomic status, religion, geographic location, or other aspects of diversity.
We are stronger together as a community than alone so we focus on creating a safe space for diversity, collaboration, and inclusivity. These guidelines exist to enable diverse individuals and groups to interact and collaborate to mutual advantage. This document outlines both expected and prohibited behavior.
Value each other’s ideas, styles, and perspectives. We may not always agree, but disagreement is no excuse for poor manners. Be respectful in all interactions and communications, especially when debating the merits of different options. Be aware of your impact and how intense interactions may affect people. Be direct, constructive, and positive. Take responsibility for your impact and your mistakes – if someone says they have been harmed through your words or actions, listen carefully, apologize sincerely, and correct the behavior moving forward.
Seek diverse perspectives. Diversity of views and of people on teams powers innovation, even
if it is not always comfortable. Encourage all voices. Help new perspectives be heard and
listen actively. If you find yourself dominating a discussion, it is especially important to
step back and encourage other voices to join in. Be aware of how much time is taken up by
dominant members of the group. Provide alternative ways to contribute or participate when
Be inclusive of everyone in an interaction, respecting and facilitating people’s participation. Think about how you might facilitate alternative ways to contribute or participate. If you find yourself dominating a discussion, step back. Make way for other voices and listen actively.
Our goal should not be 'to win' every disagreement or argument. A more productive goal is to be open to ideas that make our own ideas better. Strive to be an example for inclusive thinking. 'Winning' is when different perspectives make our work richer and stronger.
We have a global community with members that come from many cultures and backgrounds. Cultural differences can encompass everything from official religious observances to personal habits to clothing. Be respectful of people with different cultural practices, attitudes, and beliefs. Work to eliminate your own biases, prejudices, and discriminatory practices. Think of others’ needs from their point of view. Use preferred titles (including pronouns) and the appropriate tone of voice. Respect people’s right to privacy and confidentiality. Be open to learning from and educating others as well as educating yourself; it is unrealistic to expect others to know the cultural practices of every ethnic and cultural group, but everyone needs to recognize one’s native culture is only part of positive interactions
By matching your actions with your words, you become a person others want to follow. Your actions influence others to behave and respond in ways that are valuable and appropriate for our organizational outcomes. Hold yourself and others accountable for inclusive behaviors.
You should not schedule review sessions for commercial reasons; abuse the mentor programme; attempt to drive traffic to other sites or market unrelated products; or make false claims against other members of the community.
You should not ask anything beyond design-related topics unless both parties consent. You should not violate others' privacy, copyrights, or trademarks in their work or speech. You should not duplicate any personal profiles, descriptions, emails, and links without permission directly from the party.
You should treat everyone with respect in every interaction. You should not treat others differently because of their race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, sex, gender, gender identity, disability, or serious diseases. As a part of ADPList, we expect this our members to respect everyone, regardless of what platform they are on.
Violence and threats of violence are not acceptable - online or offline. This includes incitement of violence toward any individual, including encouraging a person to commit self-harm. This also includes posting or threatening to post other people’s personally identifying information (“doxxing”) online.
Conflicts will inevitably arise, but frustration should never turn into a personal attack. It is not okay to insult, demean or belittle others. Attacking someone for their opinions, beliefs, and ideas is not acceptable. It is important to speak directly when we disagree and when we think we need to improve, but such discussions must be conducted respectfully and professionally, remaining focused on the issue at hand.
Hurtful or harmful language related to background, family status, gender, gender identity or
expression, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, native language, age, ability, race
and/or ethnicity, caste, national origin, socioeconomic status, religion, geographic
location, or other attributes is not acceptable.
This includes deliberately referring to someone by a gender that they do not identify with, and/or questioning the legitimacy of an individual’s gender identity. If you’re unsure if a word is derogatory, don’t use it. This also includes repeated subtle and/or indirect discrimination; when asked to stop, stop the behavior in question.
Unwelcome sexual attention is not acceptable. This includes sexualized comments, jokes, or imagery in interactions, communications, or presentation materials. The sharing or distribution of sexualized images or text is unacceptable.
Sustained disruption of events, forums, or meetings, including talks and presentations, will not be tolerated. This includes:
We will treat influencing or leading such activities the same way we treat the activities themselves, and thus the same consequences apply.
Non-tolerated behavior from any member of Kohort, including those with decision-making
authority, will not be tolerated. Intentional efforts to exclude people (except as part of a
consequence of the guidelines or other official action) from Kohort activities are not
acceptable and will be dealt with appropriately.
Failure to represent Kohort as a community member by demonstrating any non-tolerated behavior such as harassment/discrimination/hurtful language on another platform that isn't Kohort is not acceptable and will be dealt with appropriately. Reports of harassment/discrimination will be promptly and thoroughly investigated by the people responsible for the safety of the space, event, or activity. Appropriate measures will be taken to address the situation.
Anyone being asked to stop unacceptable behavior is expected to comply immediately. Violation of these guidelines can result in anyone being asked to leave an event, group session, or online space, either temporarily or for the duration of the event, or being banned from participation in spaces, or future events and activities in perpetuity.
Kohort staff and volunteers are also held accountable and staff in violation of these guidelines may be subject to further consequences, such as disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment or volunteers. For contractors or vendors, violation of these guidelines may affect the continuation or renewal of the contract.
In addition, any participants who abuse the reporting process will be considered to be in violation of these guidelines and subject to the same consequences. False reporting, especially to retaliate or exclude, will not be accepted or tolerated.
If you believe you’re experiencing unacceptable behavior that will not be tolerated as
outlined above, please reach us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
After receiving a concise description of your situation, they will review and determine the next steps. In addition to conducting any investigation, they can provide a range of resources, from a private consultation to other community resources. They will involve other colleagues or outside specialists (such as legal counsel), as needed to appropriately address each situation.
Please also report to us if you observe a potentially dangerous situation, someone in distress, or violations of these guidelines, even if the situation is not happening to you.
If you feel you have been unfairly accused of violating these guidelines, please follow the same reporting process.
This set of guidelines is distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike
These guidelines have been adapted and modified from Kohortʻs original Community Guidelines as well as from Mozilla Community Participation Guidelines and Contributor Covenant.
Kohort may amend the guidelines from time to time and may also vary the procedures it sets out where appropriate in a particular case. Your agreement to comply with the guidelines will be deemed agreement to any changes to it. This policy does not form part of any Kohort employee’s contract of employment or otherwise has a contractual effect.