Community Code of Conduct

_“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much”

Open Source Community Africa community is made up of members from around Africa, with a diverse set of skills, personalities, and experiences. It is through these differences that our community experiences great successes and continued growth. When you're working with members of the community, this Code of Conduct will help steer your interactions and keep Open Source Community Africa a positive, successful, and growing community.

Our Community

Members of Open Source Community Africa are open, considerate, and respectful. Behaviours that reinforce these values contribute to a positive environment, and include:

Being open

Members of the community are open to collaboration, whether it's on PEPs, patches, problems, or otherwise. Focusing on what is best for the community. We're respectful of the processes set forth in the community, and we work within them.

Acknowledging time and effort

We're respectful of the volunteer efforts that permeate the OSCA community. We're thoughtful when addressing the efforts of others, keeping in mind that often times the labor was completed simply for the good of the community.

Being respectful of differing viewpoints and experiences

We're receptive to constructive comments and criticism, as the experiences and skill sets of other members contribute to the whole of our efforts.

Showing empathy towards other community members

We're attentive in our communications, whether in person or online, and we're tactful when approaching differing views.

Being considerate

Members of the community are considerate of their peers -- other OSCA members.

Being respectful

We're respectful of others, their positions, their skills, their commitments, and their efforts.

Gracefully accepting constructive criticism

When we disagree, we are courteous in raising our issues.

Using welcoming and inclusive language

We're accepting of all who wish to take part in our activities, fostering an environment where anyone can participate and everyone can make a difference.

Our Standards

Every member of our community has the right to have their identity respected. The OSCA community is dedicated to providing a positive experience for everyone, regardless of age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, ethnicity, nationality, race, or religion (or lack thereof), education, or socio-economic status.

Inappropriate Behavior

Examples of unacceptable behavior by participants include:

  • Harassment of any participants in any form

  • Deliberate intimidation, stalking or following

  • Logging or taking screenshots of online activity for harassment purposes

  • Publishing others' private information, such as a physical or electronic address, without explicit permission

  • Violent threats or language directed against another person

  • Incitement of violence or harassment towards any individual, including encouraging a person to commit suicide or to engage in self-harm

  • Creating additional online accounts in order to harass another person or circumvent a ban

  • Sexual language and imagery in online communities or in any conference venue, including talks

  • Insults, put downs, or jokes that are based upon stereotypes, that are exclusionary, or that hold others up for ridicule

  • Excessive swearing

  • Unwelcome sexual attention or advances

  • Unwelcome physical contact, including simulated physical contact (eg, textual descriptions like "hug" or "backrub") without consent or after a request to stop

  • Patterns of inappropriate social contact, such as requesting/assuming inappropriate levels of intimacy with others

  • Sustained disruption of online community discussions, in-person presentations, or other in-person events

  • Continued one-on-one communication after requests to cease

  • Other conduct that is inappropriate for a professional audience including people of many different backgrounds

Community members asked to stop any inappropriate behavior are expected to comply immediately.

Weapons Policy

No weapons are allowed at OSCA events. Weapons include but are not limited to explosives (including fireworks), guns, and large knives such as those used for hunting or display, as well as any other item used for the purpose of causing injury or harm to others. Anyone seen in possession of one of these items will be asked to leave immediately, and will only be allowed to return without the weapon.

Consequences

If a participant engages in behavior that violates this code of conduct, the Open Source Community Africa Code of Conduct team may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the community and community events with no refund of event tickets.

Thank you for helping make this a welcoming, friendly community for everyone.

Scope

OSCA Events

This Code of Conduct applies to the following people at events hosted by Open Source Community Africa:

  • Board members

  • Core team

  • Team

  • Chapter leads

  • Contributors

  • Moderators

  • Speakers

  • Panelists

  • Tutorial or workshop leaders

  • Poster presenters

  • People invited to meetings or summits

  • Exhibitors

  • Organizers

  • Volunteers

  • All attendees

The Code of Conduct applies in official venue event spaces, including:

  • Exhibit hall or vendor tabling area

  • Panel and presentation rooms

  • Hackathon or sprint rooms

  • Tutorial or workshop rooms

  • Poster session rooms

  • Summit or meeting rooms

  • Staff areas

  • Con Suite

  • Meal areas

  • Party suites

  • Walkways, hallways, elevators, and stairs that connect any of the above spaces

The Code of Conduct applies to interactions with official event accounts on social media spaces and applications, including:

  • Comments made on official event channels on Discord

  • Comments made on official event social media posts

  • Comments made on official conference apps

  • Comments made on event video hosting services

  • Comments made on the official event hashtag or panel hashtags

Event organizers will enforce this code throughout the event. Each event is required to provide a Code of Conduct Committee that receives, evaluates, and acts on incident reports. Each event is required to provide contact information for the committee to attendees. The event Code of Conduct Committee may (but is not required to) ask for advice from the Open Source Community Africa Code of Conduct team. Open Source Community Africa Code of Conduct team can be reached by emailing community@oscafrica.org.

OSCA Online Spaces

This Code of Conduct applies to the following online spaces:

  • Code repositories, issue trackers, and pull requests made against any Open Source Community Africa controlled GitHub organization

  • Any other online space administered by Open Source Community Africa

This Code of Conduct applies to the following people in the official Open Source Community Africa online spaces:

  • Community managers

  • Admins of the online space

  • Core team

  • Moderators

  • Chapter leads

  • Maintainers

  • Reviewers

  • Contributors

  • All community members

Each online space listed above are required to provide contact information for any administrators/moderators to the Open Source Community Africa Code of Conduct team.

Each online space listed above is encouraged to provide a welcome message with a link to this Code of Conduct and the contact information for making an incident report community@oscafrica.org to community members.

Open Source Community Africa Code of Conduct team will receive and evaluate incident reports from the online communities listed above. Open Source Community Africa Code of Conduct team will work with online community administrators/moderators to suggest actions to take in response to a report. In cases where the administrators/moderators disagree on the suggested resolution for a report, the Source Community Africa Code of Conduct team may choose to notify the Open Source Community Africa board.

Contact Information

If you believe that someone is violating the code of conduct, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of the Open Source Community Africa Code of Conduct team immediately. They can be reached by emailing community@oscafrica.org or messaging Bolaji#3828 on Discord.

License

Creative Commons License

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Attributions

This Code of Conduct is based on Code of Coduct of the Python Software Foundation which was forked from the example policy from the Geek Feminism wiki, created by the Ada Initiative and other volunteers, which is under a Creative Commons Zero license.