Code Of Conduct

This Code of Conduct covers our behaviour as members of the KwaMoja Community, in any forum, mailing list, wiki, web site, IRC channel, public meeting or private correspondence.

  1. Be considerate. Our work will be used by other people, and we in turn will depend on the work of others. Any decision we take will affect users and colleagues, and we should take those consequences into account when making decisions. KwaMoja has many users and contributors. Even if it's not obvious at the time, our contributions to KwaMoja will impact the work of others. For example, changes to code, infrastructure, policy, documentation, and translations during a release may negatively impact others' work.

  2. Be respectful. The KwaMoja community and its members treat one another with respect. Everyone can make a valuable contribution to KwaMoja. We may not always agree, but disagreement is no excuse for poor behaviour and poor manners. We might all experience some frustration now and then, but we cannot allow that frustration to turn into a personal attack. It's important to remember that a community where people feel uncomfortable or threatened is not a productive one. We expect members of the KwaMoja community to be respectful when dealing with other contributors as well as with people outside the KwaMoja project and with users of KwaMoja.

  3. Be collaborative. Collaboration is central to KwaMoja and to the larger free software community. This collaboration involves individuals working with others in teams within KwaMoja. This collaboration reduces redundancy, and improves the quality of our work. Internally and externally, we should always be open to collaboration. Our work should be done transparently and we should involve as many interested parties as early as possible. If we decide to take a different approach than others, we will let them know early, document our work and inform others regularly of our progress.

  4. When we disagree, we consult others. Disagreements, both social and technical, happen all the time and the KwaMoja community is no exception. It is important that we resolve disagreements and differing views constructively and with the help of the community and community processes. We have the Technical Board, the Community Council, and a series of other governance bodies which help to decide the right course for KwaMoja. There are also several Project Teams and Team Leaders, who may be able to help us figure out the best direction for KwaMoja. When our goals differ dramatically, we encourage the creation of alternative sets of packages, or derivative distributions, using the KwaMoja Package Management framework, so that the community can test new ideas and contribute to the discussion.

  5. When we are unsure, we ask for help. Nobody knows everything, and nobody is expected to be perfect in the KwaMoja community. Asking questions avoids many problems down the road, and so questions are encouraged. Those who are asked questions should be responsive and helpful. However, when asking a question, care must be taken to do so in an appropriate forum.

  6. Step down considerately. Members of every project come and go and KwaMoja is no different. When somebody leaves or disengages from the project, in whole or in part, we ask that they do so in a way that minimises disruption to the project. This means they should tell people they are leaving and take the proper steps to ensure that others can pick up where they left off.

We pride ourselves on building a productive, happy and agile community that can welcome new ideas in a complex field, and foster collaboration between groups with very different needs, interests and goals. We hold our leaders to an even higher standard, in the Leadership Code of Conduct, and arrange the governance of the community to ensure that issues can be raised with leaders who are engaged, interested and competent to help resolve them.

Mailing lists and web forums

Mailing lists and web forums are an important part of the KwaMoja community platform. This code of conduct applies to your behaviour in those forums too. Please follow these guidelines in addition to the general code of conduct:

Please use a valid email address to which direct responses can be made.

Please avoid flamewars, trolling, personal attacks, and repetitive arguments.