NDC Community Code of Conduct [draft v2 and v2.1]

NDC COMMUNITY CODE OF CONDUCT

The NEAR Ecosystem is an open place where anyone can contribute by active or passive participation, regardless of age, race, location, experience, gender, personality, and religion.

These codes apply anywhere you work or deal with members of the NEAR community, and are balanced with a trust in the good intentions of our community members. These spaces are defined as:

  • Online spaces: the Governance Forum, Discord, Telegram, Reddit, Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, etc.
  • NEAR events, off and in-person events
  • Working with other community members virtually or in-person
  • When speaking of the NEAR Ecosystem in open spaces
  • When representing the NEAR Ecosystem at offline and in-person events

To achieve this, it is necessary to have a safe ground for all, and hence, we see that everyone should consider and agree to adhere to the following conduct guidelines:

USE OF LANGUAGE

In dealing with people all around the world, we have to be cautious of the use of language as many unharmful methods of speech aren’t bad in some areas but bad in others. A community member MUST use a moderate method of speech in dealing with others.

BEING CONSTRUCTIVE

Every member of the community must take into account that people could get offended by your method of presentation. Hence, apologies as needed, and take corrections for future purposes.

ACCOUNTABILITY

You must learn to accept that every member of the community holds every other person accountable for actions and answers to unclear situations. Hence, you have to do well to answer respectably.

BE ON POINT BUT REMAIN DECENT

While working, reporting, and answering others can be difficult as people respond to things differently, it is required that you can still present your view, and speech in fairness of speech and not react to how things are thrown at you. This will make it easier for even others to understand you better.

CARRY EVERYONE ALONG

It is proven that two heads are better than one. Hence, lean to NOT always feel to be right, even though you think you are. Remember that diversity brings better and faster growth.

Learn to allow others to present their views regardless of what you think. This will help others grow and meet up the pace with you as time gives us all a chance.

ABILITY TO SPEAK AND BE SILENT

While speaking is a choice, being silent is also. Remember that you can choose not to speak on a matter at all (NOT WHEN YOU HAVE TO REPORT TO THE COMMUNITY). This could be due to a sensitive discussion or one that could get you off your decency in speech. You are free to let the community know and be silent for the time you feel like it.

NO ASSUMPTIONS

You should not think everyone will always talk, or address issues the way you will. Even when you are wrong or they are.

Also, try not to assume the worst of people. If someone is offering a suggestion or some piece of advice, keep an open mind instead of jumping on the defensive in order to allow for instances of collaboration and growth.

DO AS YOU SAY

As we pursue the NEAR future, you should always lead the activity of transparency as you demand others this will make things easy for others to follow good examples. Growth cannot be achieved with just positive vibes by words and no suitable actions.

VIOLENCE

NEAR community gives no room for violence and you should not find yourself doing such either on or offline. You need to note that being passive in the act of violence is also not accepted. You should also not insight someone else to be violent or be self-violent.

ATTACKS

As we seek this growth together, we will often disagree about many views but this doesn’t give room for personal or collective attacks. This has no room in the community and should be a no-go area for everyone that seeks to be part of the community.

Please note that constructive criticism does have its place within the community so long as there is:

  • no gaslighting (psychological manipulation to the point of someone questioning their own reality),
  • false accusations (i.e. no credible evidence to support the claim), or
  • repeated relentless statements or accusations against an individual(s) when such claims have been discredited or when the individual/community members have asked for them to cease.

The tangible differences between attacks/harassment and constructive criticism, is that in the case of constructive criticism:

  • The comments are phrased with the intention to be helpful and productive
  • No accusations or threats are contained within any comments ever
  • The golden rule is observed (i.e. you are treating others the way you would wish to be treated)

FOUL LANGUAGE

The community shall not condone any foul language that has to do with age, gender, religious, racial, economic status, social background, health, sex, etc. to avoid creating discrimination by use of words, stay away from words you are not sure of.

ILL MANNERS

Activities during on and offline events that are against other people’s private space or choice WON’T be tolerated. These are such as:

  • Excessive use of alcohol or other recreational foods by oneself or pushing others to do so.
  • Making fun of people who abstain from intake of certain recreational liquids, pushing them to drink, and talking to others about people’s choice of not taking these drinks.
  • Giving negative words or gestures about people’s choices.
  • Inappropriately exposing one’s sensitive body parts or pushing others to do so
  • Making fun of people’s dietary choices.
  • Championing ill behaviour.

Those who engage in these will be treated in the same way as these activities are treated.

ADDITIONS/CORRECTIONS

This document is subject to any form of changes as the community deems fit. This isn’t to give room for some certain ill activities but to make the space a better place for interaction.

By existing and engaging with the NEAR ecosystem and community each individual implicitly agrees to the above and if there are instances of behaviour and interaction contradicting this code, corrective action may be taken as outlined in the NDC Community Dispute Resolution Process.


Logistical notes:

  • once finalized, every new Forum user will have to ‘agree to’ the above Code of Conduct when they sign in for the first time on gov.near.org; as well as every new user in the NDC Discord server by clicking “I Agree”
  • this should also be posted/linked to wherever the NDC has a web presence, i.e. a website
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With the 2 weeks of community review, certain edits have been made so the Code of Conduct (v2.1) reads as follows:

NDC COMMUNITY CODE OF CONDUCT

The NEAR Ecosystem is an open place where anyone can contribute by active or passive participation, regardless of age, race, location, experience, gender, personality, and religion.

These codes apply anywhere you work or deal with members of the NEAR community, and are balanced with a trust in the good intentions of our community members. These spaces are defined as:

  • Online spaces: the Governance Forum, Discord, Telegram, Reddit, Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, etc.
  • NEAR events, off and in-person events
  • Working with other community members virtually or in-person
  • When speaking of the NEAR Ecosystem in open spaces
  • When representing the NEAR Ecosystem at offline and in-person events

To achieve this, it is necessary to have a safe ground for all, and hence, we see that everyone should consider and agree to adhere to the following conduct guidelines:

USE OF LANGUAGE

In dealing with people all around the world, we have to be cautious of the use of language as many unharmful methods of speech aren’t bad in some areas but bad in others. A community member MUST use a moderate method of speech in dealing with others at all times.

BEING CONSTRUCTIVE

Every member of the community must take into account that people could get offended by your method of presentation. Hence, apologies as needed, and take corrections for future purposes.

ACCOUNTABILITY

You must learn to accept that every member of the community holds every other person accountable for actions and answers to unclear situations. Hence, you do well to answer respectably in all situations.

BE ON POINT BUT REMAIN DECENT

While working, reporting, and answering others can be difficult as people respond to things differently, it is required that you can still present your view, and speech in fairness of speech and not react to how things are thrown at you. This will make it easier for even others to understand you better. This seeks to bring calmness in a situation of dispute or misunderstanding. What is explained is that as a community member, you try not to reply aggressively to an already heated up communication. Decency here will be about sticking with the community’s standard of speech.

DIFFERENCES MAKE US STRONGER

It is proven that two heads are better than one. Hence, learn to NOT always feel you need to be right, even though you may think you are. Remember that diversity brings better and faster growth.

Harvard Business Review (and other credible cultural and business journals) have identified that Innovation can be directly related to the diversity level in teams. The source for this impact is that many different views, context and experiences lend to better and more creative problem-solving, though most critically that diversity creates empathy, and empathy (standing in the shoes of another) leads to deeper insights.

Learn to allow others to present their views regardless of what you think. Inclusive, welcoming environments that promote diverse thinking help to drive innovation and are proven to attract talent according to sources such as Forbes, Deloitte, and McKinsey.

Citation:
Levine, Stuart R. “Diversity Confirmed to Boost Innovation and Financial Results.” Forbes. January 15, 2020. Diversity Confirmed To Boost Innovation And Financial Results.
&
Ivanov, Eugene. “Non-Profit & Social Impact: The Role of Diversity in Innovation.” HeroX. The Role of Diversity in Innovation | Employee Diversity I HeroX.

ABILITY TO SPEAK AND BE SILENT

While speaking is a choice, being silent is also. Remember that you can choose not to speak on a matter at all (NOT WHEN YOU HAVE TO REPORT TO THE COMMUNITY). This could be due to a sensitive discussion or one that could get you off your decency in speech. You are free to let the community know and be silent for the time you feel like it.

NO ASSUMPTIONS

You should not think everyone will always talk, or address issues the way you will. Even when you are wrong or they are.

Also, try not to assume the worst of people. If someone is offering a suggestion or some piece of advice, keep an open mind instead of jumping on the defensive in order to allow for instances of collaboration and growth. Work to not assume what people think or are doing, ask questions and receive feedback gracefully.

DO AS YOU SAY

As we pursue the NEAR future, you should always lead the activity of transparency as you demand others this will make things easy for others to follow good examples. Growth cannot be achieved with just positive vibes but needs words and suitable actions.

FOUL LANGUAGE

The community shall not condone any foul language that has to do with age, gender, religious, racial, economic status, social background, health, sex, etc. to avoid creating discrimination by use of words, stay away from words you are not sure of.

ESCALATION OF CONFLICT

Escalation of conflict is not a responsible approach to conflict. If you have a conflicting view with a community member contact them directly in the way they offer and address the issue accordingly.

There IS a distinction between raising important points, asking hard questions, and speaking your truth.

Therefore here are a few examples of escalation that are not acceptable:

  1. If a community member responds to your hard question and you do not like the answer you are free to contact them directly to discuss it.
  2. If you see an argument between community members offer to help in the resolution, but do not feed the fire.
  3. If you have insights into an illegal activity contact THIS LINK to our legal team for confidential correspondence.*

*To be developed in conjunction with the Legal Working Group.

If an individual or group is in violation with any aspect of this Code of Conduct, then an escalation for the purposes of a resolution of conflict can be pursued through the Community Dispute Resolution Process.

BULLYING & ATTACKS

As we seek this growth together, we will often disagree about many views but this doesn’t give room for personal or collective attacks. This has no room in the community and should be a no-go area for everyone that seeks to be part of the community.

Please note that constructive criticism does have its place within the community so long as there is:

  • no gaslighting (psychological manipulation to the point of someone questioning their own reality),
  • false accusations (i.e. no credible evidence to support the claim), or
  • repeated relentless statements or accusations against (an) individual(s) when such claims have been discredited or when the individual/community members have asked for them to cease.

The tangible differences between attacks/harassment and constructive criticism, is that in the case of constructive criticism:

  • the comments are phrased with the intention to be helpful and productive
  • no accusations or threats are contained within any comments ever
  • the golden rule is observed (i.e. you are treating others the way you would wish to be treated).

VIOLENCE

NEAR community gives no room for violence and you should not find yourself doing such either on or offline. You need to note that being passive in the act of violence is also not accepted. You should also not encourage someone else to be violent or be self-violent.

ILL MANNERS

Activities during on and offline events that are against other people’s private space or choice WON’T be tolerated. These are such as:

  • Excessive use of alcohol or other recreational foods by oneself or pushing others to do so.
  • Making fun of people who abstain from intake of certain recreational liquids, pushing them to drink, and talking to others about people’s choice of not taking these drinks.
  • Giving negative words or gestures about people’s choices.
  • Inappropriately exposing one’s sensitive body parts or pushing others to do so
  • Making fun of people’s dietary choices.
  • Championing ill behaviour.

Those who engage in these will be treated in the same way as these activities are treated.

ADDITIONS/CORRECTIONS

This document is subject to any form of changes as the community deems fit. This isn’t to give room for some certain ill activities but to make the space a better place for interaction.

By existing and engaging with the NEAR ecosystem and community each individual implicitly agrees to the above and if there are instances of behaviour and interaction contradicting this code, corrective action may be taken as outlined in the NDC Community Dispute Resolution Process .

Logistical notes:

  • once finalized, every new Forum user will have to ‘agree to’ the above Code of Conduct when they sign in for the first time on gov.near.org ; as well as every new user in the NDC Discord server by clicking “I Agree”
  • this should also be posted/linked to wherever the NDC has a web presence, i.e. a website
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I really hope that the violence ends and those who practice it are punished in some way. I know, it’s not cool to be silenced, harassed, accused, banned… And the people who do that remain active in the community and with power of decision. Because of permissiveness like what happened to me, I left this community and it’s really hard to go back to believing that this here has a future.

@Nanashara