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Hashgraph.org Community Code of Conduct

Hashgraph.org Community Participation Guidelines

The Hashgraph.org Community welcomes the participation of everyone who shares our goals and wants to contribute in a healthy and constructive manner within our community. Therefore, we are implementing this code of conduct, and require all those who participate to agree and adhere to these Community Participation Guidelines in order to help us create a safe, positive, and educational 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
  • National origin
  • Socioeconomic status
  • Religion
  • Geographic location
  • Any other dimension of diversity

The concepts of Trust, Fairness, and Security are foundational to hashgraph. In turn, openness, collaboration and participation are foundational to the Hashgraph.org community. We gain strength from diversity and actively seek participation from those who enhance it. These guidelines exist to enable diverse individuals and groups to interact and collaborate to mutual advantage. This document outlines both expected and prohibited behavior. 

Disclaimer

While Hashgraph.org is sponsored by Hedera, the content made available on Hashgraph.org is solely the responsibility of Hashgraph.org. The information being provided on Hashgraph.org does not constitute an endorsement or an approval by Hedera of any products, services or opinions expressed. Hedera bears no responsibility for the accuracy, legality or content of the Hashgraph.org or for outbound links from Hashgraph.org. Contact the Hashgraph.org for answers to questions regarding its content.

 

 

When and How to Use These Guidelines

These guidelines outline our behavior expectations as members of the Hedera Hashgraph communities in all Hedera activities, both offline and online. Your participation is contingent upon following these guidelines in all Hashgraph.org activities, including but not limited to: 

  • Working within Hashgraph.org.
  • Working with other Hashgraph.org community participants virtually or co-located.
  • Interacting with Hedera Hashgraph or Hashgraph.org social networks
  • Hedera Hashgraph or Hashgraph.org public events.
  • Participating in Hashgraph.org online or in-person trainings.
  • Participating in Hedera Hashgraph or Hashgraph.org-related forums, mailing lists, wikis, websites, chat channels, bugs, group or person-to-person meetings, and Hashgraph.org-related correspondence.

If you experience behavior outside of Hashgraph.org communities, in person or online, that makes participation in Hashgraph.org not a safe and positive community experience for all, please contact us at [email protected].  

Expected Behavior

The following behaviors are expected of all community members: 

Be Respectful

Value each other’s ideas, styles and viewpoints. We may not always agree, but disagreement is no excuse for poor manners. Be open to different possibilities and to being wrong. Be kind in all interactions and communications, especially when debating the merits of different options. Be aware of your impact and how intense interactions may be affecting 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 going forward. 

Be Direct but Professional

We are likely to have some discussions about if and when criticism is respectful and when it’s not. We mustbe able to speak directly when we disagree and when we think we need to improve. We cannot withhold hard truths. Doing so respectfully is hard, doing so when others don’t seem to be listening is harder, and hearing such comments when one is the recipient can be even harder still. We need to be honest and direct, as well as respectful. 

Be Inclusive

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 possible.

Be inclusive of everyone in an interaction, respecting and facilitating people’s participation whether they are: 

  • Remote (on video or phone)
  • Not native language speakers
  • Coming from a different culture
  • Using pronouns other than “he” or “she”
  • Living in a different time zone
  • Facing other challenges to participate

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 to them. 

Understand Different Perspectives

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. 

Appreciate and Accommodate Our Similarities and Differences

Hashgraph.org community members 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. 

Protect Private information and Intellectual Property. 

Protect and respect intellectual property, photos and confidential information. Disclosing identifiable images or records is prohibited.

Comply with FTC Guidelines on Endorsements and Testimonials

Communications much comply with the FTC guidelines on endorsement and testimonials.  When representing a business or communicating about a company or its products, disclose any relevant employment or affiliations and any compensation or benefits received by the company. Endorsements must reflect the honest opinions, findings, beliefs or experiences of the endorser

 

Behavior That Will Not Be Tolerated

The following behaviors are considered to be unacceptable under these guidelines. 

Violence and Threats of Violence

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. 

 

 

Personal Attacks

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. 

Derogatory Language

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
  • National origin
  • Socioeconomic status
  • Religion
  • Geographic location
  • 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 or Physical Contact

Unwelcome sexual attention or unwelcome physical contact is not acceptable. This includes sexualized comments, jokes or imagery in interactions, communications or presentation materials, as well as inappropriate touching, groping, or sexual advances. This includes touching a person without permission, including sensitive areas such as their hair, pregnant stomach, mobility device (wheelchair, scooter, etc) or tattoos. This also includes physically blocking or intimidating another person. Physical contact or simulated physical contact (such as emojis like “kiss”) without affirmative consent is not acceptable. This includes sharing or distribution of sexualized images or text. 

Disruptive Behavior

Sustained disruption of events, forums, or meetings, including talks and presentations, will not be tolerated. This includes: 

  • ‘Talking over’ or ‘heckling’ speakers.
  • Drinking alcohol to excess or using recreational drugs to excess or pushing others to do so.
  • Making derogatory comments about those who abstain from alcohol or other substances, pushing people to drink, talking about their abstinence or preferences to others, or pressuring them to drink - physically or through jeering.
  • Otherwise influencing crowd actions that cause hostility in the session.

Influencing Unacceptable Behavior

We will treat influencing or leading such activities the same way we treat the activities themselves, and thus the same consequences apply. 

Consequences of Unacceptable Behavior

Bad behavior from any community member, including those with moderator/admin rights or 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 Hashgraph.org activities are 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 asked to stop unacceptable behavior is expected to comply immediately. Violation of these guidelines can result in you being ask to leave an event 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. 

Hashgraph.org staff are held accountable, in addition to these guidelines, to Hashgraph.org’s staff code of personal conduct. Hashgraph.org staff in violation of these guidelines may be subject to further consequences, such as disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment. For contractors or vendors, violation of these guidelines may affect continuation or renewal of 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. 

Reporting

If you believe you’re experiencing unacceptable behavior that will not be tolerated as outlined above, please contact [email protected] and the designated person for your event, activity or a Hashgraph.org moderator/administrator. After receiving a concise description of your situation, our legal and HR teams will review and determine 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, including legal counsel, only 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. 

Who to Contact

Hashgraph.org Events

All Hashgraph.org events will have designated a specific safety guideline with emergency and anti-abuse contacts at the event as well as online. These contacts will be posted prominently throughout the event, and in print and online materials. Event leaders are requested to speak at the event about the guidelines and to ask participants to review and agree to them when they sign up for the event. 

Reports will receive an email notice of receipt. Once an incident has been investigated and a decision has been communicated to the relevant parties, all have the opportunity to appeal this decision by sending an email to [email protected]   

Ask questions

Everyone is encouraged to ask questions about these guidelines. If you are organizing an event or activity, reach out for tips building inclusion for your event, activity or space. Your input is welcome and you will always get a response within 24 hours (or on the next weekday if it is the weekend) if you reach out to [email protected].  If you wish you receive notice when we update the guidelines, drop us a line and we will add you to the updates notification list. 

License and attribution

This set of guidelines is distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license

Modifications to these guidelines

Hashgraph.org 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. 

Comments

  • Additionally, I would greatly encourage everyone keeping a high signal to noise ratio. Posting only valuable and relative information in helping to improve our collective knowledge.
  • chazzpmchazzpm Posts: 1
    Hedera Hashgraph 

    The commitment's document to adhere to our community is a guideline of human sustentability in peace and in multiculture, a reinforcement policy needs a zero tolerance of uni-culture visions of no tolerance to others

    Thanks so much for the create future way of better life Hedera Hashgraph seeks for mankind

    Charles R Paez Monzon
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