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Guidelines: Code of Conduct

How we cooperate. Suggestions for rules, practices, and expectations. A work in progress.

Published onNov 30, 2020
Guidelines: Code of Conduct

How we cooperate. Suggestions for rules, practices, and expectations, how credit is given / shared, how anonymous participation is protected, how ideas are given space to develop / how we may add, edit, intervene, and interrogate what others have put forward… how to meaningfully address / incorporate / resolve difference of opinion / approach; how to assume authorship and accountability for parts of the whole. 

We have sovereignty over our work, our contributions to discussion, and how and where our views, intentions, and participation are represented and included.

  • we add ourselves as contributors to each piece of work we want attribution for. 

  • we use color coding, comments, footnotes, or other methods to indicate our contributions to collaborative text.

  • we may choose to contribute anonymously.

  • we may choose to remove our names as contributors (or the material of our contributions) at any point.

we balance this sovereignty with respectful protection for the contributions, views, and intentions of others, as they have articulated them.

  • we ask for input, and require consent, from others before determining what they are accountable for, how their work and their views are represented. 

  • we assume others' participation to be purposefully anonymous unless they name themselves as contributors. 

  • we ask permission or seek clarity before deleting or orphaning (partial copy/paste) other people’s comments or footnotes

  • we follow specific guidelines for contributing to a part of the work; if no guidelines are given we may attempt to specify them ourselves.

  • we wait for consensus from all contributors to a particular piece of work before making it visible to a wider group.

In our interactions (whether textual, video-based, or other):

  • we are patient, mindful, and respectful. 

  • we listen and make sure others are heard. 

  • we move with an expectation of asynchronous participation.

  • we protect people's needs to do things at their own speed / on their own schedule. in practice this may mean adopting multiphase timelines, catching people up as needed, tracking backwards at times.

  • we admit when we're wrong, apologize, and accept responsibility for our actions.

  • we always move towards greater legibility - we add comments, ask questions, try new wording, split off new documents or media as necessary.

  • we document our work and the changes we've made in a spirit of kindness and transparency.


Sarah Ciston:

testing a comment. this highlight feature is what i’ve always wanted. ironically, this is not a very anonymous feature.