Code of Conduct

Like the technical community as a whole, the STE||AR Group is made up of a mixture of professionals, students, and volunteers from all over the world, working on every aspect of the mission – including mentorship, educating, and connecting people.

Diversity is one of our core strengths, but it may, at times, lead to communication issues and discord. To that end, we have a few ground rules that we ask people to adhere to. This code applies equally to founders, mentors, students, and those seeking help and guidance.

This document is not an exhaustive list of things that you cannot do. Rather, take it in the spirit in which it is intended – a guide to make it easier to enrich all of us and the technical communities in which we participate.

This code of conduct applies to all spaces, physical and electronic, managed by the STE||AR Group. This includes meeting rooms, offices, IRC, the mailing lists, the issue tracker, any other forums created by the project team, which the community uses for communication, and – certainly – direct personal communications. This code may also apply to external venues that the team does not directly control as conversations held there may affect a person’s ability to participate within our team.

If you believe someone is violating the code of conduct, we ask that you report it by emailing conduct@stellar-group.org.

  • Be friendly and patient.
  • Be welcoming. We strive to be a community that welcomes and supports people of all backgrounds and identities. This includes, but is not limited to members of any race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, color, immigration status, social and economic class, educational level, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, size, family status, political belief, religion, and mental and physical ability.
  • Be considerate. Other people will use your work, and you in turn will depend on the work of others. Any decision you take will affect users and colleagues, and you should consider those consequences when making decisions. Remember that we are a worldwide community, so you might not be communicating in someone else’s primary language.
  • Be respectful. Not all of us will agree all the time, but disagreement is no excuse for poor behavior 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 is important to remember that a community where people feel uncomfortable or threatened is not a productive one. Members of the STE||AR Group should be respectful when dealing with other members as well as with people outside the broader community.
  • Give credit when credit is due. We expect everybody to adhere to and promote the principles of academic integrity, accountability, independence/impartiality, and professionalism in their research engagements. In this spirit, we especially value the proper acknowledgement of the accomplishments of other people. We will not tolerate plagiarism or copyright infringement.
  • Be careful in the words that you choose. We are a community of professionals, and we conduct ourselves professionally. Be kind to others. Do not insult or put down other participants. Harassment and other exclusionary behavior are not acceptable. This includes, but is not limited to:
    • Violent threats or language directed against another person.
    • Discriminatory jokes and language.
    • Posting sexually explicit or violent material.
    • Posting (or threatening to post) other people’s personally identifying information (“doxing”).
    • Personal insults, especially those using racist or sexist terms.
    • Unwelcome sexual attention.
    • Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behavior.
    • Repeated harassment of others. In general, if someone asks you to stop, then stop.
  • When we disagree, try to understand why. Disagreements, both social and technical, happen all the time and in the STE||AR Group this is no exception. It is important that we resolve disagreements and differing views constructively. Remember that we are different. The strength of the STE||AR Group comes from its diverse community, with many people from a wide range of backgrounds. Different people have different perspectives on issues. Being unable to understand why someone holds a viewpoint does not mean that those viewpoints are wrong. Do not forget that it is human to err and blaming each other does not get us anywhere. Instead, focus on helping to resolve issues and learning from mistakes.

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